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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


Recipes For Success - GATE Students Focusing On Goals

Four cups of honesty, three-and-a-half cups of modesty, three cups of responsibility, two cups of respect, and one-and-a-half cups of good language.

September 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fundraiser Supports Science, Math Opportunities For Girls

Each year several seventh grade girls from Oakdale, Riverbank, and Escalon are selected by the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to attend a week-long, all-girls camp called "Tech Trek" to encourage them in the fields of math and science.

September 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dance Students Prep For Performance

Nine Oakdale dance students will have their moment in the spotlight at Modesto Junior College's Jam n' Jive this weekend.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Education


Board Trustees Review OHS Pool Costs, Income

A financial overview and first year analysis of the Oakdale High School pool was on the agenda at the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Virtual Night School Offers Class Credits For Students

For high school juniors and seniors who have failed a class, a different kind of night school offers the opportunity to make up those needed credits. Last year the Oakdale Joint Unified School District offered a pilot program called E2020 for students to recapture credits in lieu of regular night school, which was originally part of the adult education program and had been eliminated due to budget cuts.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District API Score Up, No Score For OHS

Oakdale Joint Unified School District has the highest Academic Performance Index (API) score – 797 – for any unified school district in the county this year, up from 794 last year. However, Oakdale High School didn't help the district achieve that number. All test scores for OHS were invalidated because of a teacher error.

September 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


International Pilgrimage - St. Mary’s Oakdale Youth Take Journey Of Faith

An educational and religious opportunity to grow stronger in their faith and closer to God recently took five adults and 14 teenagers from Oakdale's St. Mary's Catholic Church to World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain. Held every three years in different countries, the international event for Catholic youth attracted approximately 1.5 million people.

September 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Posts Top Unified API Score

Details on Academic Performance Index (API) scores for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are available and show that Oakdale schools made the district the highest scoring unified school district in the county with a score of 798. However, there's an irregularity as there's no posted API score for Oakdale High School.

September 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Alum Featured In College Magazine

Majoring in Business and minoring in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), 2010 Oakdale High School graduate Todd Medema was recently featured in a small write-up on page 7 of the July 2011 issue of Carnegie Mellon Today magazine.

August 31, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Voting Voice - Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Paul Perrone recently took his seat on the Board of Trustees for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District when he was sworn in at a meeting earlier this month.

August 31, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself

Oakdale schools are busy this week, as they make the most of a short schedule and Red Ribbon Week observation. Red Ribbon Week is hosted nationwide the last full week of October.

October 29, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Scholarship Nets $10,000 For Pabalan

Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan has kicked off the 'scholarship season' of the 2014-15 school year with her recent earning of a $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom. The high school senior was surprised by a check presentation, as well as a new Mac Book Air during her 6th period class on Monday.

October 15, 2014 | | Education


Student Expulsions Approved

Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.

October 14, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Black And White Of Cyber Bullying

In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers

For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mustang Homecoming Seasoned For Success

Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.

October 01, 2014 | | Education


Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms

The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First

The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Welcomes Newest Vice Principal

The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.

September 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Student Representative Pabalan Prepared For Transition

Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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