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Oakdale Student Takes Board Seat

Oakdale High School senior Madison Lane was sworn in and took her seat on the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Aug. 13 regular meeting. Sworn in by board president Mike Tozzi, Lane was selected as the student representative to the board for the 2012-2013 school year and will vote on matters before the board, except for personnel matters.

August 15, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Marching Band Preps For Fall

The Oakdale High School marching band recently participated in a three-day band camp so as to "hit the ground running" at the start of school, said school district band director Ross McGinnis.

August 15, 2012 | | Education


School Starts, New ROP Culinary Program Offered

Culinary arts are on the menu of offerings at the new campus of Oakdale Community School which opens Wednesday, Aug. 15 at South Yosemite Avenue and Wakefield Drive. The school, which is run by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), is offering the new culinary arts program to its own students and also Oakdale High School students.

August 14, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Annual Round Ups Slated For Schools

School starts Tuesday, Aug. 14 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, so the high school and junior high school will have their annual "Round Ups" for students entering seventh through 12th grades.

August 01, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


The 'Write' Trail - Young Authors Build Characters, Plot

(Editor's Note: This is part of a multi-installment series following the progress of a special publishing project.)

August 01, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student, Staff Achievements Source Of School Pride

While the community is likely aware of the many awards that came to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District during the 2011-2012 school year, seeing all those achievements listed together in one place really emphasizes the level of accomplishment.

July 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer Projects Abound In School District Facilities

School is out for summer, but maintenance workers are busy in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District getting the schools ready for the return of students.

July 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Kids Program Going To The Dogs

Six-year-old Leah Arrighi sits on the carpeted floor of the Oakdale Public Library's community room reading aloud from a children's book to another – three years older than she is.

July 11, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Education


The 'Write' Trail - Publishing World Opened To Teen Writers

Creative writing students at Oakdale High School are embarking on a project outside the classroom that will involve them in the real world of publishing.

July 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Cattle Breeders Win Big At Junior Field Day

Oakdale FFA members Caitlynn Hartzell and Harlee Burtschi, along with Orange Blossom 4-H members Carley Azevedo and Jakob Burtschi returned with championship awards, and some crowns, from the California Nevada Junior Hereford Association field day held June 15-17 in Angels Camp.

July 04, 2012 | | Education


Kids Fill Days At Summer Camp

Sending kids off to camp for the summer without them ever leaving town is easier than it sounds. Oakdale's Super Summer Camp keeps children in kindergarten through sixth grades engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.

July 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Wonders Of Yellowstone - Trip An Adventure For Oakdale Travelers

A late spring trip showcased the natural beauty of the nation's oldest national park for a small group of Oakdale Junior High School students, teachers, and chaperones, offering them a firsthand experience with mountain wildlife and geological wonders.

June 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Budget Woes - OJUSD: Less School Just Not Realistic

A month's worth of classroom time to be cut from the school calendar was recently suggested by California Governor Jerry Brown if California voters reject his tax initiatives on the November ballot.

June 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Moves On Volz Fund Change

With concerns that the Leo Volz Scholarship Fund could be in danger, the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees held a discussion on options on how to deal with financial changes in the scholarship fund's balance and the fund's investment firm. The fund was established in 1996-97 to provide full tuition and books scholarships, paid for through the fund's interest income, to Oakdale High School seniors who represent the most outstanding, well-rounded students in their class.

June 13, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Mustangs Take Manhattan - OHS Drama Students Enjoy Slice Of New York City

As many contemplated Memorial Day plans and graduation parties during the last week of May, one select group of Oakdale High students and a handful of adults had 'Big City' plans.

June 13, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | 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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