Most eighth-graders are not proficient in geography, a new report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office finds, with just 24 percent of eighth-graders “proficient” in geography in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.
October 30, 2015|
Even if you've never smoked in your life, it's still breathtaking to hear Victor DeNoble's story about taking on the multi-billion dollar tobacco industry. His story sounds like a good spy novel; thick black covered windows, rat murders, betrayal and FBI debriefing in an underground warehouse.
Top spellers from area schools will compete in Stanislaus County Spelling Championships in November. The Elementary Spelling Championship, for children in grades 4-6, is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Gregori High School, 3701 Pirrone Road, Modesto. The Junior High Spelling Championship, for those in grades 7-8, is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and Dot Foods, both events are open to the public and begin promptly at 5 p.m.
Fences are decorated, ribbons are hung, bracelets passed out and Oakdale Joint Unified School District has once again embraced Red Ribbon Week. The annual event is held nationally every year during the last full week of October. The 2015 Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30.
Selecting fresh fruits and vegetables were on the 'To Do List' for over 1400 Oakdale elementary school students over the past week. Food 4 Thought made a return appearance to Oakdale Joint Unified School District, stopping this time at Fair Oaks and Magnolia elementary schools. Cloverland and Sierra View elementary schools were visited in September.
Oakdale High School Future Farmers of America, had an outstanding evening last week as they were acknowledged at the Stanislaus/Tuolumne Sectional Opening and Closing Contest. The event was hosted Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Gregori High School in Modesto.
A few Oakdale High School S-Club members give their costumes a review and practice their Halloween 'scare or be scared' reactions as the group prepares for their annual Trick or Treat for cans event. The group will visit the Vineyard and Burchell Hill developments on Friday, Oct. 23 and the Oakdale Golf Course area on Saturday, Oct. 24 in search of donations to benefit local food cupboards.
A new report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes the case that state investment in higher education has fallen dramatically over the past decades. Many states are now contributing only a small fraction of the cost of "state" colleges and universities.
October 21, 2015|
The American Red Cross and many community partners and agencies continue to deliver humanitarian assistance to families in Calaveras, Amador, and Lake counties one month after two of the most destructive wildfires in California's history sparked. The Butte and Valley fires burned more than 150,000 square acres and destroyed more than 1,700 homes, displacing thousands of families.
A mild fall morning would prove to be just what the Run Doctor ordered as close to 2700 elementary school students of Oakdale Joint Unified School District took to their respective fields for the annual Jog-a-Thon on Friday, Oct. 9.
Dana Suskind is a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, whose speciality is cochlear implants that allow people who are born deaf to hear. She is also founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, also based at the University of Chicago. TMW researches programs that maximize the critical language development period of birth to 3 years old while helping to draw public attention to this critical phase of brain development.
October 14, 2015|
Both the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California Los Angeles found themselves under fire Thursday morning after hosting a “Kanye Western” party, in which partygoers dressed up in “baggy clothes, plumped lips and padded bottoms” and, in some cases, black face by way of charcoal, according to The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper.
October 11, 2015|