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Campaign Focuses On School Attendance

Increasing student attendance rates and raising awareness about the importance of school attendance is the goal of a recently-launched campaign by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

September 26, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Annual Benefit For Oakdale Schools Slated

In its effort to enrich the educations of students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, the Oakdale Educational Foundation is holding the "Music 'n' Motion" fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Teachers Seek New Classroom Funding Options

When Sierra View Elementary School second grade teacher Linda Kraus finally decided that she needed a digital camera for her classroom, instead of always borrowing the school camera, she knew where to turn.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Show Kindness, Compassion - OJUSD Students Challenged To Step Up

An essay written by a student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado inspired a program called Rachel's Challenge to combat bullying and create a culture of kindness and compassion on school campuses.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Schools Lead In Exit Exam Passage

Oakdale schools' pass rates of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) are higher than any other unified school district in Stanislaus County and surpass the county and state average pass rates, according to a report given to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Sept. 10 regular meeting.

September 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Bullying Presentation Due For Students, Community

Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Her family found her diary that contained an essay called "My Ethics, My Codes of Life" and then developed a program called Rachel's Challenge, which in part, challenges students to eliminate prejudice, set big goals, and be mindful of their influence.

September 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Pressing Tees, Raising Money

A project to raise money by printing T-shirts is gaining steam in the Oasis after school program at Oakdale Junior High School.

September 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


County Culinary School Cooking Up Cool

Whether learning life skills or prepping for a culinary career, Oakdale High School ROP students are enjoying the fruits - literally - of their labor as they learn how to cut, prepare, and cook as part of the culinary arts course offered at the newly opened Oakdale Community School campus on South Yosemite Avenue.

August 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Fair Oaks Changes Parent Group Affiliation

Fair Oaks Elementary School has made a switch from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The PTA group decided to disband and become a new type of parent-teacher organization because they felt a PTC would better meet the needs of the school.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fall Previews Debut Today

As the 2012-13 school year ushers in a new cast of athletes for each sport, it also offers a chance for the Oakdale Leader to preview Oakdale High's perennially successful programs on their respective fields of play. Today's Aug. 29 edition of The Leader features the first of a three part series highlighting 'Oakdale's Most Wanted' athletes and the teams they play for. This week, team previews on Mustang football and volleyball teams can be found on Page B1, accompanied by Old West-style wanted posters featuring two of 'Oakdale's Most Wanted': Spencer Thomas and Kellie Gratigny ...

August 29, 2012 | | Education


Oakdale Teacher Named Poet Laureate

Poetry is a passion for Gillian Wegener; she said it is a big part of who she is.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Kindergarten Class Added

An increased number of kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District has resulted in the establishment of an additional kindergarten class and the hiring of a temporary teacher for the school year.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Chance To Help Magnolia School Win Grant

The community and supporters of Oakdale schools have an opportunity to help Magnolia Elementary School win a grant from Raley's through an online contest. The contest is in its final days and ends this Friday, Aug. 31.

August 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Art Corps Kicks Off At Fair Oaks

Dedicated volunteers coupled with great support from teachers and family interest have made it possible to launch the Art Corps program this year at Fair Oaks Elementary School, a year earlier than expected.

August 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Enrollment Up In Oakdale Schools

Student enrollment numbers appear to be up slightly this year, wrapping up a full week of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. School started Aug. 14 and OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Terri Taylor supplied enrollment numbers on Aug 20.

August 22, 2012 | 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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