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Top Spellers Headed For County Contest

Top spellers from area schools will compete in Stanislaus County Elementary Spelling Championship today, Nov. 7, at Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. The Elementary Spelling Championship is for children in fourth through sixth grades.

November 06, 2012 | | Education


Ag Day Delights, Informs Students

As fall brings in the changing of the weather, and orange pumpkins, it also brings Ag Day to Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools. The school sites were both alive with a combination of teachers, presenters, animals, and students on Friday, Oct. 26.

October 31, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Education


GATE Students Busy Learning About Elections

Learning about the election process and holding mock Presidential elections at each elementary school site has been the course of study for the school district's GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Write Trail - Students’ Short Story Grows As December Deadline Nears

Student writers from Oakdale High School keep chipping away at their work and recently finished the first act of a short story they're working on for the Western Writers of America's student novella publication.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


S Club - Students In Service

A huge jump in membership and heavy participation in club endeavors has brought Oakdale High School's "S" Club to the forefront by shining a spotlight on volunteerism and service activities for students.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schoolyard Art: Making Shrubs Shape Up

A gas-powered hedge trimmer, a hand-held hedge trimmer, and grass shears are his tools.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Culinary Institute Cooking

The Stanislaus County Culinary Arts Institute held its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a standing-room-only crowd of community members, governmental officeholders, area dignitaries, and other supporters on hand.

October 24, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


MAPS Presents Science Friday

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer two science presentations on Friday, Oct. 26 at Modesto Junior College's East Campus on College Avenue.

October 23, 2012 | | Education


Schools Meet Jog-A-Thon Goals

Incentives for students helped drive some special fundraising goals for the annual Jog-a-thon held at Oakdale elementary schools on Oct. 12 to raise money for the schools' respective Parent Teacher Clubs.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Parade, Game Friday

Oakdale High School's Football Homecoming game is this Friday night, Oct. 19, with activities taking place at the high school all week leading up to the game that will pit the OHS Mustangs against the Weston Ranch Cougars.

October 17, 2012 | | Education


School Success - District Breaks 800 API

Oakdale Joint Unified School District is the first unified school district in Stanislaus County to break the 800 barrier in the Academic Performance Index (API). A score of 800 is the "gold standard" for API scores, which are computed through students' state standardized test scores, and OJUSD recently returned an overall district API score of 801. The district had an overall score of 796 last year.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Work - Board Approves Facilities Projects

Members of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District board gave unanimous approval for the district to move forward with prioritized facilities projects at the Oct. 8 regular meeting.

October 10, 2012 | | Education


Successful OEF Fundraiser Tops Prior Years

Individuals and businesses stepped in and stepped up their giving this year to support the Oakdale Educational Foundation's fundraising event Music 'n' Motion on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club (OGCC).

October 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Week Kicks Off Saturday

Oakdale High School's Homecoming Week is Oct. 15-19; however, the week unofficially kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 13, when students will get Oakdale into the Homecoming spirit by painting the windows of downtown businesses.

October 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Get $1.3 Billion In Lottery Funds

State Controller John Chiang announced Sept. 28 that payments from the Lottery Education Fund to school districts, educational institutions and state agencies for the 2011-12 fiscal year totaled $1.32 billion.

October 02, 2012 | | Education


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Back To The Books – School Is In Session

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.

August 14, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Governor Signs Transgender Students Bill Into Law

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.

August 12, 2013 | | Education


Round Ups Corral Students For Start Of School

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.

August 07, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Needs Need Filling

Affording adequate school supplies can be a challenge for a number of families of school-age children in Oakdale.

July 31, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Back To School For Needy Students

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.

July 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Super Summer Camp Ready To Wrap

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.

July 24, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Backpack Drive Kicks Off At SCOE

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.

July 23, 2013 | | Education


After School - Oasis Program Revamped

A redesign of the Oakdale Junior High School after school program called "Oasis" is ready for students when school starts on Aug. 8.

July 17, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Go With The Flow - Program Draws Hi 4-H Members

The Stanislaus County Hi 4-H (high school age) recently sent 27 members to Tennessee on an exchange program, including Oakdale Hi 4-H members Tiffany Thompson, Melissa Thompson, Denise Thompson, Emily Pinheiro, Jordan McCain, and Nathan Soares, with leaders Jolene Thompson, Vicki Soares, and Diana Connacher.

July 10, 2013 | | Education


Developer Fees Bolster OJUSD Pockets

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District is showing increased revenue from developer fees compared to last year, according to the district's Chief Business Officer Susan Dyke.

July 10, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Young Exhibitors Ready For Fair

Many young people in Oakdale are spending a lot of time and effort in getting their animals ready to exhibit for a 10-day run at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 12-21.

July 10, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Larry Mendonca Gains New School Title

Larry Mendonca, the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Director of Pupil Services, was recently promoted and will assume responsibilities as the new Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services and Facilities on July 1.

June 26, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


The 'Write' Trail - Young Authors Now Published

Publication. It's the dream of many a writer.

June 26, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Maintenance Staff Busy With Summer Projects

During the summer, the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's maintenance department is busy getting the campuses ready to look their best when students arrive on Aug. 8 for the start of the new school year.

June 26, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Spending Plan In Place

The 2013-14 proposed budget for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District was approved at the recent Board of Trustees regular meeting. However, the budget will likely require updates and modifications in the future as it does not reflect the final state budget.

June 19, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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