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OJUSD Approves Increases For Staff

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board, teachers and classified staff have settled contracts. On Monday, Feb. 1 during its monthly scheduled meeting, contracts for all district employees, as well as salary increases for management, classified positions and board compensation were approved.

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Aca Dec Team Pursues Trophy For 16th Year

The Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team has been the reigning Stanislaus County Champions for as long as some team members have been alive. That's a tall order to maintain; the nine member competing team, however, shared they are up to the task.

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

OHS Teen Dancer Lands Scholarship Opportunity

Oakdale High School freshman Anthony Reynoso won't be found making his mark on the baseball diamond of OHS, nor will he be found on the track or tennis court.

January 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Stanislaus County Students Prepare For Music Festival

Community members are invited to attend the Stanislaus County Music Festival on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Modesto Junior College Auditorium. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday with the high school and junior high school Honor Choir. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the high school and junior high school Honor Orchestra will perform, with the festival concluding Saturday evening with the high school and junior high school Honor Band performing at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

January 27, 2016 | | Education

School District Boundary Study Results Released

After several months of review and data collection by an outside source, findings and recommendations are back concerning the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, OJUSD, Boundary Study.

January 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Fair Oaks Elementary Gets Green Light for Donation

Just months after its completion for use, the Fair Oaks Elementary School multi-purpose room is getting a new addition.

January 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Educational Technology Conference Scheduled

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting the 17th Annual Educational Technology Conference (ETC) 2016 on Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at California State University Stanislaus (CSUS) One University Circle, Turlock. The ETC 2016 conference is a professional development opportunity for integrating technology into education. A wide variety of sessions will be offered that demonstrate how technology can support student achievement. Sessions are geared to teachers, administrators, support staff, IT professionals, technology coordinators and pre-service educators.

January 20, 2016 | | Education

Students Gear Up For Annual Academic Decathlon Contest

Weathering late-night study sessions, team practices and hours of reading, Stanislaus County high school students are pulling out all the stops as they head into the home stretch of preparations for the 2016 Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon. Hailed as the biggest academic event for local high schools, the decathlon is a two-day series of tests, speeches and interviews featuring this year's theme, "India."

January 20, 2016 | | Education

Homecoming Week In Full Swing

Tuesday, Jan. 19 marked the beginning of Winter Homecoming Week at Oakdale High School. The theme for the week is "Mustangs Out of This Universe." Activities will include theme days as well as a Class Theme Day on Thursday, Jan. 21. Themes by class for that day will be: Seniors - Hunger Games; Juniors - Harry Potter; Sophomores - Sky High and Freshmen - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Friday will be Red and Gold Day and a rally will be staged during the lunch hour. Royalty candidates will be crowned prior to the Varsity Boys Basketball game at OHS Friday night. Following ...

January 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Resource Officer Position Renewed

Police presence will once again be in evidence for the student body of Oakdale Joint Unified School District campuses.

January 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Oakdale Junior High will host the Third Annual Royal Rams Competition on Friday, Jan. 8 at Magnolia Auditorium. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. A total of 27 Teams, encompassing 54 eighth grade students, will compete in the categories of fitness, formal wear and famous couples. Awards are given by category as well as overall top three winners. Proceeds from the event benefit the eighth graduation Six Flags Marine World Trip.

December 30, 2015 | | Education


Valley Home students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at a Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Alex Stevens, Cody Bartholomew, Ashley Espino, Skye Braaten, Maria Alvarez, Scott Segraves, Dominic Gonzales, Raul Guerrero and Josephine Webster.

December 30, 2015 | | Education

Magnolia Enjoys McHenry Field Trip

Magnolia Elementary third graders took a ride out of town earlier this month as they made their way to Modesto for a quick field trip. The four third-grade classes were treated to tours of both the McHenry Mansion as well as the McHenry Museum.

December 30, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Oakdale, Riverbank Students Earn Academy Nominations

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the 2015 service academy nominees from California's 10th district. Rep. Denham nominated 16 students from cities across the district to four of the nation's prestigious military academies. Among them are Oakdale and Riverbank nominees.

December 23, 2015 | | Education

OJUSD Music Programs Perform For Packed House

The past week wrapped up two weeks of musical enjoyment for students and the families of Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Elementary band kicked off the holiday merriment, with a packed house at Magnolia Auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Students of Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School band delighted the listeners the following evening with a toe tapping concert also hosted at Magnolia.

December 23, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

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Junior High Rams Ready For Red Ribbon Week

Oakdale schools are in the midst of observing Red Ribbon Week and the junior high had its kickoff celebration on Monday. Here are a few ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Fair Oaks Falcons recently elected as the school's Student Council leaders are, left to right: Jessica Birchall, President; Brooke Wheat, Vice President; Jaxton Morton ...

October 26, 2016 | | Education

Poet’s Corner

Diamond Poem

October 26, 2016 | | Education

Fourth Graders Begin To Examine Chinook

Things may seem a little fishy with Oakdale Joint Unified fourth graders these days, as teacher Krista Smith has begun making her migration to the ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

OJUSD Prepares For Annual Red Ribbon Week Events

Monday, Oct. 24 will mark the start of the Red Ribbon Week, nationally observed each year. The national theme for this year's event is ...

October 19, 2016 | | Education


Magnolia Bears were all abuzz last week as they competed in the school's Annual Spelling Bee. The top three winners for this year's ...

October 19, 2016 | | Education

School District Assessment Scores Show Positive Trend

It was a night focused on academia Monday, Oct. 10 during the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting, as Assistant Superintendent Kristi Rapinchuk reviewed results ...

October 12, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Homecoming Hopefuls Ready For Spotlight

Homecoming Week will end with the crowning of new royalty on Friday night at the Corral. By the end of the evening, a new King ...

October 12, 2016 | | Education


The newly elected Student Body Officers of Magnolia Elementary school are, from left: Logan Thomas, President; Maya Baza, Vice-President; Annie Albertoni, Secretary and Grace Constant ...

October 05, 2016 | | Education


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