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Model UN Team Returns With Awards

World politics didn't daunt Oakdale High School's Model UN team as they attended Stanford University's Model United Nations Conference Nov. 12-14. The 19-member OHS team was assigned to be the Russian Federation and came home with some awards.

November 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


FFA Rounds Up Support

Sitting at small, square tables of four, 185 women and a few men came out to roll the dice to support Oakdale FFA at its Fourth Annual Wild West Bunco Night and Dinner fundraiser on Nov. 17. Oakdale FFA advisor Ed Hartzell said attendance was up by about 20 people this year, and it showed, as the Gene Bianchi Community Center was abuzz with attendees who were ready to play.

November 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Care Closet For Teens Renamed For Teacher

Oakdale High School's "Care Closet" fills needs that underprivileged students have for clothing, food, and hygiene items. Now, it has been renamed as "Veronica's Care Closet."

November 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Waiver Filed To Remove Magnolia From State List

Magnolia Elementary School has been named to the list of California's 1,000 lowest achieving schools, even though its API (Academic Performance Index) score is 807. A score of 800 is the state's gold standard that elementary schools hope to achieve.

November 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Girl Wins County Spelling Bee

C-h-a-m-p-i-o-n. That's the title that Oakdale Junior High School eighth grader Rachelle Pabalan earned at the recent countywide spelling bee. She tied for the first place award at the Stanislaus County Spelling Championship on Nov. 9.

November 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Model UN Team Ready

Oakdale High School's Model UN (United Nations) team is gearing up to compete at the Stanford University Model UN conference, Nov. 12-14. Led by OHS teacher Stephen Mauchley, 19 OHS students, many of whom are team veterans, will participate in this year's event. This is Mauchley's third year working with the Model UN team, but his first as the team's advisor.

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Vendors, Shoppers Help School PTA

Over 20 vendors turned up to offer their home business wares to shoppers at Fair Oaks Elementary School on Nov. 5 at the first "Vendor Blender" fair. Hosted by the Fair Oaks Parent Teacher Association, the event also brought out a large number of parents who stopped in to shop when they picked up their children after school.

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Civility Campaign Launched For Schools

The Stanislaus County Office of Education launched a campaign called "Choose Civility" on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to address the issue of declining civility and to encourage people to choose positive, respectful behaviors.

November 03, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Serve As Role Models For Red Ribbon Week

Following several days of activities focusing on being drug free, Red Ribbon Week in Oakdale schools wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 29. While all the schools planned events under the same "I am Drug Free" theme, they each had their own unique plans to bring awareness and education to students about living drug-free lives.

November 03, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Pie Sales To Benefit Outdoor Education

In a combined effort, members of the Fair Oaks, Sierra View, Cloverland, and Magnolia elementary schools' parent teacher association and clubs have formed a group called Campsavers to raise money for sixth grade Outdoor Education.

October 27, 2010 | | Education


Hats On, Ag Days Raise Student Awareness

On Oct. 22, Oakdale elementary students woke up in the morning and put on their cowboy boots and their favorite hats.

October 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Boosters Support School Music Programs

"Music makes the people come together," so sang Madonna.

October 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Learn, Dine With Scientists

Students learned about careers in science, hearing the information from the scientists themselves at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's annual Dinner with a Scientist. Janet Hamby, Vice Principal of Fair Oaks Elementary School, was the organizer for the event this year that took place on Oct. 13 at the Almond Pavilion. The 82 students who participated ranged from sixth grade through high school age. There were 13 scientists who attended the evening, many returning from past years, including a few newcomers with veterinarian Dr. Mike Adian, anatomy and physiology specialist Michele Monlux, and physics specialist Thomas Nomof.

October 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Superintendent - Search Process Under Fire

A special board meeting to decide how to proceed with the selection of a Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District brought out about 50 concerned teachers, parents, and community members on Monday, Oct. 18, filling the OJUSD Technology and Staff Development Center.

October 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Trustees Hear Solar Project Proposal

In considering the state's fiscal crisis and looking for ways to free up money in the school district's coffers, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Tim Hern gave a presentation on the possibility of doing an $850,000 solar energy project in the district to the Board of Trustees at the Oct. 11 regular meeting.

October 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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OHS Welcomes Newest Vice Principal

The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.

September 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Student Representative Pabalan Prepared For Transition

Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Apple’s Core - Schools Take A Bite Out Of First Phase

The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Coyotes Howl Over Birthday

It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Sierra View - Musical Entertainment For The Masses

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to this small town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 13, 2014 | Virginia Still | Education


Backpacks And Lunch Sacks – Back To School

There is indeed no rest for the weary in the way of education. Today marks the final 'official' day of Summer Break 2014 as students, teachers and administrators throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the first day of school.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Round ‘Em Up

There is just barely a week of summer break left for students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The first day of school districtwide is set for Thursday, Aug. 7. While the elementary age students may fill this final week with backpack shopping or playdates, the upper grades are busy at their respective campuses.

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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