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Some Bunny Loves Me

What were all the animals doing on the campuses of Fair Oaks and Cloverland elementary schools on Friday, Oct. 21? Look for the answer in the Oct. 26 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

October 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home School Board Hires Consultant

The Valley Home Joint School District Board of Trustees voted 3-0 to hire Educational Leadership Associates (ELA) to facilitate the process to fill the interim Superintendent/Principal position at the Oct. 11 regular meeting. The district will be receiving a discounted fee of $6,000 for the contract term and not to exceed $6,500 from the firm owned by retired Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Wendell Chun. Trustees Ron Smith and Susan Calvin were absent.

October 19, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Loomin’ Large - Ancient Art Form Weaves Way Into Kids’ Lives

Weaving is an ancient process of making cloth that dates back to several thousand years B.C. While the method may be old, it is not yet forgotten as students at Oakdale Junior High School are learning the craft during an art enrichment class in the Oasis after-school program.

October 19, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Red Ribbon Week Offers Drug Drop Off

Oakdale Joint Unified School District will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24-28. All school sites will decorate with red ribbons, enjoy daily dress up days, and host lunchtime activities all promoting the message, "It's up to me to be drug free."

October 19, 2011 | | Education


Oakdale Girl Selected National Junior Leader

After being presented with a very special opportunity, 11-year-old Alexa DaRosa recently trekked across the country to Washington D.C. by herself to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC).

October 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District, Unions Open Agreement Process

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District and the Oakdale Teachers Association exchanged initial proposals to modify their collective bargaining agreement in an action taken in a public hearing at the OJUSD Board of Trustees Oct. 10 regular meeting. OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Terri Taylor said at the meeting that she'd present the California School Employees Association #830 with its respective proposal on Oct. 11, as a CSEA representative was not available at the time of the public hearing.

October 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Schools Benefit From Foundation Dinner

The Oakdale Educational Foundation (OEF) didn't miss a beat this year as its annual fundraiser on Sept. 24 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club (OGCC) offered up musical entertainment, live auction action, and fine dining all in the name of drumming up financial support for Oakdale schools.

October 05, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Traditions Surround OHS Homecoming

Homecoming spirit is in the air at Oakdale High School as the students celebrate with a week of activities leading up to the Friday night football game against Lathrop High School.

October 05, 2011 | | Education


It's Homecoming Week In Oakdale

It's fall, it's football, it's Homecoming Week. Oakdale High School students are on a "California Adventure" for this year's homecoming theme and this week features spirit activities to get both the student body and the community rallied in support of the Oakdale Mustangs.

October 04, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Entertainment With A Twist

Castmates from the Oakdale Community Theater production of Oliver showed up recently on a different stage. Find out where they were performing in the Oct. 5 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

September 29, 2011 | | Education


Beginning Band Bulging

The beginning band program in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District has expanded to twice its size in the course of one year and the bulge in the number of students has required significantly more instruments.

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJHS Book Fair Offers New Online Ordering

After weeks of preparation, collecting teachers' wish lists, and transforming the Oakdale Junior High School library, the school's Fall Book Fair will run Monday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 7. The theme for this year's event is "To the Book Fair and Beyond: Reading Is Out of This World."

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Senses Used To Help Students Write Creatively

An English writing project recently allowed Oakdale Junior High School students to go camping in the wilderness – while staying at school.

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Begins Prep For Homecoming Week

Leadership students at Oakdale High School are ramping up their preparations for football homecoming on Friday, Oct. 7. Students representing each class at the high school will paint windows along F Street in downtown Oakdale with the "California Adventure" theme on Saturday, Oct. 1 to help infuse some Mustang spirit into the community.

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Elementary Band Numbers Increase

The Beginning Band program is busting at the seams in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District due to some ideas the district's band instructor Ross McGinnis implemented. However, the increase has resulted in a gap between the number of budding musicians and available instruments. While the program managed to round up a few dozen used instruments, still more are needed.

September 27, 2011 | 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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