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Science Fair First Week In May

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District's annual Science Fair will take place from May 3-6 at the FES Hall located on North Lee Avenue, across from Fair Oaks Elementary School.

April 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Teen Earns Degree Before Diploma

On April 30, Oakdale teen Alex Harris will receive an associate's degree in Chemistry from Modesto Junior College - one month before he receives his high school diploma. And, after just one year of enrolling at the junior college.

April 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Sierra View Wins Science Olympiad

Sierra View Elementary School brought home the championship trophy from the 13th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad held on April 24. The event took place at Hickman Elementary School and hosted approximately 300 competing elementary school children from 21 schools throughout the region.

April 28, 2010 | | Education


Students Discover Florida Over Spring Break

Spring Break in Florida generally conjures up images of beach parties and swarms of teens and college students who aren't there to learn about the delicate ecosystem of the Everglades. But for some students from Oakdale Junior High School, spending their recent Spring Break in Florida on an educational tour gave them a new appreciation for learning and new perspectives on science and history.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District, Teachers Reach Agreement

The Oakdale Teachers Association and the Oakdale Joint Unified School District reached an agreement on a contract for teachers for the upcoming school year on April 15. They had reached a tentative agreement on March 30 and on April 14, the OTA held a general membership meeting to discuss the agreement, with the ratification vote taking place the following day.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Portraits Create Memories For Orphans

Oakdale High School art students have recently made a difference in the lives of orphans halfway around the world. Earlier this year, the students drew portraits from photographs of orphans in Uganda and sent them to the children as keepsakes.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer School Cancelled

Summer school will not be in session, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to suspend it for this year at the April 12 regular meeting.

April 14, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Students Active In Community Service

Community service fundraisers and a food drive have been part of an ongoing campaign at Oakdale Junior High School, raising student awareness about various needs in the community.

April 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Program Cut Impact Felt On Campus

Five years ago former police chief Gary Hampton and Oakdale Unified School District embarked on a joint venture between the police department and the local schools facilitated by a special grant to employ two School Resource Officers (SRO), one for the high school and one that would rove between the junior high and the various elementary schools. It was around this same time that the DARE, Drug Abuse and Resistance Education, program was axed in favor of the SRO program.

April 07, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Donations, Volunteers Sought For Sober Grad

Oakdale Sober Grad Night is right around the corner. The all-night safe and sober celebration event for Oakdale High School graduates follows graduation on Friday, May 28 and runs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The event is held at Sierra View Elementary School.

March 31, 2010 | | Education


OHS Bound For Occupational Olympics, Career Expo

Approximately 700 Stanislaus County high school students, including Oakdale High School students, will converge on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock today, Wednesday, March 24 for the 25th Annual Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition (OOCE). The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

March 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


S.O.S. Run For Schools Sees Tremendous Turnout

More than 370 participants woke up early and turned out to "Support Oakdale Schools" on Saturday morning, March 20 for the first S.O.S. Fun Run/Walk to raise money for schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

March 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Teams Earn Top Awards At Science Olympiad

The Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are both advancing to the Northern California (NorCal) Science Olympiad competition set for Saturday, April 17 at Clovis North High School in Fresno since recently performing well at the regional competition.

March 17, 2010 | | Education


Magnolia Walk Days Keep Fitness Fun

The sun is shining and it's a Friday at Magnolia Elementary School. Students run out to the playground after they finish their lunch and crowd around a check-in area to participate in Fun Walk Friday.

March 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Staffers Protest Cuts

Teachers and school employees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District showed up to school on the morning of Thursday, March 4 wearing black clothing and decorated their cars with black balloons and signs. Banners also hung along school fences and walls, and flyers were distributed to show parents and passersby their opposition to statewide budget cuts to education. "Budget Cuts Don't Heal," "Quality Education Is Priceless," and "Save Our School" were some of the slogans that were posted around the campuses.

The California Teachers Association mobilized the "day of action" statewide. Locally, members of the Oakdale Teacher's ...

March 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Board Moves Forward With Common Core

Preparing for the pending Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation was a primary topic at the Feb. 3 Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.

February 05, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Aca Dec Team Brings Home Trophy

Oakdale High School won the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championship on Feb. 1, following two days of testing, speeches, and interviews.

February 03, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Aca Dec Team Eyes County Prize

Oakdale High School has won 13 consecutive Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championships and number 14 is at stake.

January 29, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Say Hay - Making A Difference

Janet Hay of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District will represent Stanislaus County in the 2014 State Classified School Employees of the Year Program in the Child Nutrition category, recently announced by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Stanislaus Charter.

January 29, 2014 | | Education


‘School Choice Week’ This Week

This week is School Choice Week in California and across the country. More than 440 events are planned across the Golden State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.

January 27, 2014 | | Education


Eighth Grade Parent Night Meeting

Parents of eighth grade students who will enter the ninth grade for the 2014-2015 school year at Oakdale High School are invited to attend the Eighth Grade Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the OHS main gym.

January 21, 2014 | | Education


Valley Charter High School Hosts Open House

Valley Charter High School's (VCHS) Open House is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 108 Campus Way, Modesto. The open house is an opportunity for all parents and prospective students to meet students and teachers and to learn more about the programs offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College and how to enroll for the current and upcoming school years. A robotics league match will be running during the open house. Spectators will be able to enjoy the excitement and view robotics opportunities for younger siblings.

January 14, 2014 | | Education


Students Prep For Future City Contest

Students from 10 Stanislaus County schools, including Valley Home School, and two Stanislaus County organizations will participate in the Stanislaus County Mock Future City Competition on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 4p.m. – 8p.m. at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The final round of the competition is open to the public and begins at 6:15p.m.

January 07, 2014 | | Education


Allergy Injection Act Starts In New Year

Starting Jan. 1, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (H.R. 2094) will take effect. This important legislation will help protect students with food allergies. The bill encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have "stock" epinephrine auto-injectors on hand, such as EpiPens, that are not prescribed to a specific student but can be used for any student or staff member in an emergency.

December 24, 2013 | | Education


OHS Care Closet Needs Pre-Holiday Stocking

Oakdale High School's Care Closet, known as Veronica's Care Closet, for less fortunate students is in great need of some re-stocking prior to the Christmas Break. The last day of school prior to the break is Friday, Dec. 20.

December 12, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Learns About Social Media

A presentation about student rights, free speech, and social media responsibility was an educational topic for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Dec. 9.

December 11, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Salmon Study Spawns Learning

Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Stanislaus River at the Knights Ferry recreation area offers an opportunity for Oakdale students to learn firsthand about the habitat and life cycle of the native fish.

December 04, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Food Drive Slated

Oakdale High School's Leadership students are hosting a canned food drive from Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. Students and staff can drop off cans anytime to room K-3 on campus.

November 13, 2013 | | Education


Valley Charter High School Hosts Open House

Valley Charter High School's (VCHS) Open House is slated for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. at the school, 108 Campus Way, Modesto. The open house is an opportunity for parents and prospective students to meet students and teachers; learn more about the school, the programs offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College, and how to enroll for the current and upcoming school years.

November 12, 2013 | | Education


Outdoor Ed Report Stirs Audience Comments

A report on the status of the district's history of contributions and options on how it could contribute again to the sixth grade Outdoor Education program, also known as science camp, garnered pointed comments from Parent Teacher Club members, the Oakdale Teachers Association President, district administrators, and others at the Nov. 4 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.

November 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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