The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees ratified a tentative agreement with the Oakdale Teachers Association last night at the Feb. 28 board meeting. The teachers agreed to a pay cut and furlough days for the 2011-2012 school year. Read the March 2 issue of The Leader for more details.
Oakdale High School student Chloe Schoemann was named the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman at the Saturday, Feb. 19 scholarship competition, formerly known as Junior Miss, held at Magnolia School auditorium.
College awareness has been a theme throughout February at Oakdale High School, as February is College Awareness Month. Further, in support of College Awareness Month on a countywide level, Feb. 18 was "Wear Your College Logo to Work" day.
Maybe they're not future hip hop superstars but sophomores in Bob Wessling's biology class at Oakdale High School found their inner musicians and made biology rap songs about DNA and RNA.
"Macbeth: The Musical" – a musical comedy version of Macbeth – with student-created characters and lines has been performed by students in the school district's Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) program, or "gifted learner" program, through the second and third weeks of February. The GATE students at each elementary school site in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have presented two to three performances of the musical, each site with its own cast.
Oakdale Community School students found their inner artistic talent with the help of muralist Rhonda Darling McDonald as they painted a mural of an Oakdale sunset on the bare walls of their Third Avenue schoolroom, Wednesday, Feb. 9.
After a "decade of dominance," the Oakdale High School Aca Deca team found a way to top their prior accomplishments: they won again. The team now boasts 11 consecutive championships from the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon.
The leadership profile for the future Superintendent of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District was approved at the Feb. 7 special meeting of the Board of Trustees. Trustees Mike House, Mike Tozzi, and student member Daniel Dunning were absent.
The unique opportunity to go behind locked gates to see the inner workings of the Oakdale Irrigation District with a tour of some of its tunnels was recently presented to a small group of Oakdale teachers. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District held a staff development day on Jan. 27 and the OID tour was one of the offered workshops where the participants could visit and learn about OID's water storage and delivery facilities.
Oakdale's Alivia Antinetti was honored at the Jan. 29 CSU Stanislaus (Stan State) Warriors' basketball game Make-A-Wish night, hosted by the college's Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). The Magnolia Elementary School first grader is a cancer survivor and has been in remission since March 2010.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Tim Hern resigned from his post, effective Monday, Jan. 24. Hern accepted a position at Lodi Unified School District as the Chief Business Officer. The Lodi district is approximately five times the size of OJUSD, with 27,000 ADA (Average Daily Attendance).
For 10 consecutive years, Oakdale High School has reigned over the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon as champions. With each win, it seems the pressure is turned up for the next year's team. For a few years before Oakdale's decade of dominance, the team was knocking on the door of the county championship behind the then-dominant Modesto High School. OHS holds the record for wins at the contest and they are all consecutive.
While students are out of class early on the upcoming minimum day on Jan. 27, the teachers will be still be working, learning new ways they can improve their knowledge and skills in the classroom.
Tim Hern, Assistant Superintendent for Business for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, resigned effective Jan. 24 and was hired as Chief Business Officer by a larger school district. He worked for OJUSD since Oct. 2003 and was in attendance at the district's Jan. 24 regular board meeting. Look for the full story in the Jan. 26 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.