Driving rain, wind, and cold weather couldn't stop the Oakdale High School Marching Band recently as it took first place at the Lincoln Review of Champions in Stockton. On Nov. 17 bands from the Bay Area, Fresno, and the Central Coast flocked to the review because it's one of the last of the competitive marching band season, which coincides with the end of the football season.
The number of Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Stanislaus River at the Knights Ferry recreation area appears to be one of the best in several years. Fourth graders in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently witnessed the spawning activity and did field studies as part of their state standards salmon unit.
This fall, 166 high school juniors and seniors from nine high schools throughout the county participated in the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest, a competition sponsored, in part, by Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and other entities. Nineteen students were honored for their essays at an awards ceremony on Nov. 20 at the SCOE Board Room, Modesto. A total of $10,000 in scholarships awards were presented, which included one $2,000 scholarship, two $1,500 scholarships, two $1,000 scholarships, four $500 scholarships, and ten $100 cash awards.
The President has been elected and seven sophomore and junior students along with one teacher from Oakdale High School plan to travel to Washington D.C. to watch his public inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
The "lease-leaseback" method to build the new Central Kitchen facility on J Street was approved in a 4-2 vote by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Nov. 5 regular meeting.
Top spellers from area schools will compete in Stanislaus County Elementary Spelling Championship today, Nov. 7, at Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. The Elementary Spelling Championship is for children in fourth through sixth grades.
As fall brings in the changing of the weather, and orange pumpkins, it also brings Ag Day to Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools. The school sites were both alive with a combination of teachers, presenters, animals, and students on Friday, Oct. 26.
October 31, 2012|
Learning about the election process and holding mock Presidential elections at each elementary school site has been the course of study for the school district's GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students.
Student writers from Oakdale High School keep chipping away at their work and recently finished the first act of a short story they're working on for the Western Writers of America's student novella publication.
A huge jump in membership and heavy participation in club endeavors has brought Oakdale High School's "S" Club to the forefront by shining a spotlight on volunteerism and service activities for students.
The Stanislaus County Culinary Arts Institute held its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a standing-room-only crowd of community members, governmental officeholders, area dignitaries, and other supporters on hand.
Incentives for students helped drive some special fundraising goals for the annual Jog-a-thon held at Oakdale elementary schools on Oct. 12 to raise money for the schools' respective Parent Teacher Clubs.