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Fair Oaks Students Grow In Leadership Roles

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After the final votes were tallied, in a group of 45 students vying for four student council seats at Fair Oaks Elementary School, sixth grader Josh Fewell, fifth graders Mason Barnes and Hunter Falconi, and fourth grader Joseph Fewell were elected as officers.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dedication Slated For OHS Pool

The long-awaited and much-anticipated aquatic center at Oakdale High School is on the cusp of readiness for full use.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District Adds Another K Class

The numbers of Kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have exceeded the projections, with 25 more students than expected, according to the district office."We added another kinder class at Fair Oaks to alleviate some high kinder class loads across the district," said Marc Malone, OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.Letters were recently sent to parents of kindergartners in the district offering them the chance to transfer their children to the class created at Fair Oaks.Fair Oaks Principal David Kindred said that a number of parents have responded and there are currently 18 students in the ...

September 01, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning has officially assumed his position as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's governing body – the Board of Trustees.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Student Leaders See Changes

Changes have been made to the face of Leadership and the responsibilities of student leaders at Oakdale Junior High School.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Is In Session

Throngs of students and parents descended on Oakdale's schools this past week for the official start of school on Wednesday, Aug. 11. As of that day, the district had 5,345 total students enrolled, according to the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone.

August 18, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Teacher Stricken In Classroom

Longtime Oakdale teacher Veronica Patron was found on the floor in her classroom unconscious and not breathing by a fellow staff member at Oakdale High School on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students “Rounded Up” For School’s Start

The school bells are ringing as school is back in session today, Aug. 11 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. However, before the hustle and bustle of the first day a lot of preparation took place at Oakdale Junior High School and Oakdale High School to process paperwork for the students and to orient new students to the campus in what are known as "Round Up."

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Exhibitors Shine At County Fair

Again, Oakdale's livestock exhibitors dominated the competition at the Stanislaus County Fair held July 16-25. Results are still being gathered for Oakdale FFA and the town's several 4-H clubs, but listed below are the top placings known as of press time.

August 04, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Round Ups, Orientations Kick Off School

The first day of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District is just two weeks away, starting on Wednesday, Aug. 11. To get students familiar with campuses, provide them with class schedules, take photos, purchase PE clothes, and more, the high school and junior high hold a series of roundups for all students and orientations for new, incoming students.

Principal Mike Moore reported that the Oakdale High School Roundup schedule is as follows: Seniors will meet on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Juniors will meet later that day from 12:30 p ...

July 28, 2010 | | Education


East Coast Tour Fun, Educational For Students

An educational tour of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia turned out to be hot and humid, but also educational as 31 recent Oakdale Junior High School graduates and four teachers headed east for a week during the summer.

Typically, the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. is scheduled to take place during spring break, but this year organizers decided to try something different.

July 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Get Summer Vacation Spruce Up

Summer is the time for major cleaning and special maintenance projects at the schools and this year is no exception in Oakdale.The entrance area to the Oakdale High School gymnasium is undergoing some modifications as the school district brings it up to date to satisfy ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. The school district's Director of Maintenance and Operations Dan Casey reported that changes are being made to the steps, there will be railing, new planter boxes, and a new grass area. Demolition of the front area was completed last week to make way for the changes.The ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parent Clubs Plan To Fund Outdoor Ed

Some determined parents in Oakdale's parent teacher organizations have banned together to save sixth grade Outdoor Education from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's budgetary chopping block.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Music Boosters Focus On New School Year

The Oakdale Music Boosters is a group of parents who have put a priority on music in their children's lives and are dedicated to keeping the band programs afloat during this time of budget hardships in the schools.

June 23, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Sixth Graders Achieve Perfect Attendance Records

Students Micaela Maaske and Emily Greenwood have attended Oakdale schools all their lives and each recently completed the sixth grade. One was at Magnolia the other at Sierra View and somehow each managed to never miss a day of school.

June 09, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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School Board Members Get Earful From Public

Public comments seemed to dominate the agenda at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Oct. 14.

October 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Pocahontas Production Opens Friday

Oakdale High School Drama Club, under the Direction of Bryan Mills along with seniors Kalli Ford and Shauna Hodge, will present their version of Pocahontas this weekend at the Oakdale High School Theater on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the business office or at the door if available.

October 02, 2013 | | Education


Substitute Pleads Not Guilty

Appearing with his attorney for only a few minutes, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Substitute Teacher Bryan Thies pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child.

October 02, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Education


Teaching Teachers About Tech

Providing meaningful technology support, learning, and community to teachers is the goal for the Tech Learning Community project, which is being facilitated in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District by Danesa (Jepson) Menge, a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Oakdale Junior High School.

September 25, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Annual Tobacco Slam Training For Youth

The Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs Department, in partnership with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN), and Follow the Signs, will host the Ninth Annual PHAST Tobacco Slam training on Tuesday Oct. 1, 8:30a.m. – 2p.m. at the Martin Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto.

September 24, 2013 | | Education


School Honors – API Scores Reflect Growth

Academic Performance Index (API) scores were recently released and Oakdale area schools performed well, mostly seeing increased growth in their scores from their baseline scores last year.

September 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Benefit Triathlon Saturday At OHS

The Oakdale High School "Get Amped" Club will sponsor the second annual Kim Stogdell Memorial Triathlon on the OHS campus on Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m.

September 18, 2013 | | Education


Constitution Day Observance, Speaker At MJC

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project will present a Constitution Day Observance featuring Stephen R. Routh, speaking on "The Congress, the President, and the Power to Make War" today, Tuesday, Sept.17 at 7p.m. in Forum 102 on East Campus, 435 College Ave. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

September 17, 2013 | | Education


Saturday Start Up

It wasn't exactly the way they planned it, but the Oakdale Youth Soccer League kicked off its fall schedule with a full slate of contests on Saturday, Sept. 7.

September 11, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Education


Common Core Main Topic At School Board Meeting

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were the primary topic of discussion and criticism at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees Sept. 9 regular meeting.

September 11, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Nursing Program Facility Ribbon Cutting Planned

Modesto Junior College, Columbia College and the Yosemite Community College District will hold a Redbud Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3p.m. in the Redbud Building at Columbia College, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. The ceremony will be teleconferenced to Glacier Hall on MJC's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Both event sites are open to the public and will offer light refreshments. Self-guided tours of Redbud will also be available following the ribbon cutting.

September 03, 2013 | | Education


Elementary Band Signups Tonight

Signups for Beginning or Advanced Elementary Band in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District takes place tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Sierra View Elementary School, 1323 East J St., Oakdale. The signups are for fifth and sixth graders throughout the entire school district.

August 27, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Getting Handle On Gender Access Law

In California schools, a student's gender identity, not their biological sex, will determine whether or not they participate in girls or boys activities and sports, as well as which restroom they use due to a bill recently signed into law.

August 21, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


STAR Test Scores Released

The California Department of Education recently released the percentages of students who scored proficient or above across the state on 2013 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests.

August 20, 2013 | | Education


Outdoor Education Discussed

The Outdoor Education Program, also known as sixth grade science camp, was the subject of a report and public comments at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Aug. 12.

August 14, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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