It is a rarity to have a student have a seat on a school board, and even more rare for that student to have a vote. Oakdale High School senior Michael Homer was recently sworn in as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees to serve as a voice for the student body in the district and to vote on issues that come before the board.
Budget constraints have eliminated the five formerly paid positions of crossing guards from the Oakdale Police Department budget, leaving the three most heavily used crosswalks during the school year unmanned and needing volunteers to ensure the safety of students before and after school.
And with less busing being provided by the Oakdale Joint Unified District this school year, officials expect the amount of students walking to school to increase.
Student athletes and their families are going to have to reach in their own pockets to pay for transportation to and from sporting events. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the July 13 regular meeting to require student athletes to pay fees for transportation to athletic events. The district made reductions to its expenditures, which includes athletic transportation, in order to balance its budget. The athletic transportation budget line item was brought to an expenditure of $55,000, down from an actual $130,000.
This is the time of year that schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District get a deep cleaning. Floors are stripped and waxed, carpets are shampooed, every desk and chair is cleaned top and bottom, bathrooms are scrubbed, walls and blinds are washed. Once the maintenance crews are done, the rooms and offices even smell clean. Plus, exterior walls and sidewalks are pressure washed and trees are trimmed.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently named Michael Tambini to the position of Vice Principal and Athletic Director at Oakdale High School. Tambini replaces Mike Moore who accepted the Principal role at OHS. Tambini officially started in his new position in July.
New, permanent classroom buildings at Oakdale Junior High School are taking shape as Diede Construction workers continue to hammer away at the project with an expected completion date of March 2010.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 2009-2010 proposed budget. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.
It's as easy to use as a credit card, a simple swipe will funnel a portion of money to a cause that supports students at Oakdale High School in their academic pursuits, but it's nothing extra out of your pocket.
Unsung heroes make substantial contributions that are typically unknown or unacknowledged and they frequently go without recognition. However, the special efforts of one employee of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District didn't go unnoticed.
The California Healthy Kids Survey has shown overall decreases in substance use and violence in Oakdale schools, but funding for the programs that have fueled these results has been severely cut and the district is playing a waiting game to see if grant funding will come through.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently announced Mike Moore as the new Principal at Oakdale High School. Moore served as a Vice Principal at OHS since 2004 and has held the duties of Athletic Director for the past two years as well. Moore is replacing Rick Jones who retired after being at the helm for eight years.
Some students at Fair Oaks Elementary School recently participated in an online 10-week long Go tournament against more than 70 teams, where almost all were middle and high schools, as well as some private Chinese schools. The Fair Oaks students participated on four different teams garnering second place in the junior division of the School Cup, only 0.15 points behind first place, as well as individual silver and bronze medals.
Tough times are here and as Fred Rich, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent put it, "The fluff is all gone and it has been for quite a while."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week represents the first full week of school – it started Aug. 8 – and the enrollment numbers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are still fluid, moving up and down.
Today, Aug. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic and controversial School Success and Opportunity Act into law. Assembly Bill 1266 – which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 – was authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and passed the California State Senate and Assembly earlier this summer.
Class schedules, textbooks, PE clothes, student I.D. photos, senior portraits, hearing tests, early yearbook purchases and more were on the checklists of students who attended the high school and junior high Round Ups in Oakdale this year.
Affording adequate school supplies can be a challenge for a number of families of school-age children in Oakdale.
It's back to school time and schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are collecting school supplies and backpacks for underprivileged students to help them start the school year on the right foot.
It's hard to say goodbye to summer but school is about to start and the eight-week Super Summer Camp program in Oakdale is wrapping up its final week, ending on July 26.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting an all-day backpack drive on Friday, July 26 from 6a.m. – 6p.m., on the front steps of SCOE, 1100 H St., Modesto.
A redesign of the Oakdale Junior High School after school program called "Oasis" is ready for students when school starts on Aug. 8.