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Campaign Focuses On School Attendance

Increasing student attendance rates and raising awareness about the importance of school attendance is the goal of a recently-launched campaign by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

September 26, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Annual Benefit For Oakdale Schools Slated

In its effort to enrich the educations of students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, the Oakdale Educational Foundation is holding the "Music 'n' Motion" fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Teachers Seek New Classroom Funding Options

When Sierra View Elementary School second grade teacher Linda Kraus finally decided that she needed a digital camera for her classroom, instead of always borrowing the school camera, she knew where to turn.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Show Kindness, Compassion - OJUSD Students Challenged To Step Up

An essay written by a student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado inspired a program called Rachel's Challenge to combat bullying and create a culture of kindness and compassion on school campuses.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Schools Lead In Exit Exam Passage

Oakdale schools' pass rates of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) are higher than any other unified school district in Stanislaus County and surpass the county and state average pass rates, according to a report given to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Sept. 10 regular meeting.

September 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Bullying Presentation Due For Students, Community

Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Her family found her diary that contained an essay called "My Ethics, My Codes of Life" and then developed a program called Rachel's Challenge, which in part, challenges students to eliminate prejudice, set big goals, and be mindful of their influence.

September 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Pressing Tees, Raising Money

A project to raise money by printing T-shirts is gaining steam in the Oasis after school program at Oakdale Junior High School.

September 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


County Culinary School Cooking Up Cool

Whether learning life skills or prepping for a culinary career, Oakdale High School ROP students are enjoying the fruits - literally - of their labor as they learn how to cut, prepare, and cook as part of the culinary arts course offered at the newly opened Oakdale Community School campus on South Yosemite Avenue.

August 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Fair Oaks Changes Parent Group Affiliation

Fair Oaks Elementary School has made a switch from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The PTA group decided to disband and become a new type of parent-teacher organization because they felt a PTC would better meet the needs of the school.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fall Previews Debut Today

As the 2012-13 school year ushers in a new cast of athletes for each sport, it also offers a chance for the Oakdale Leader to preview Oakdale High's perennially successful programs on their respective fields of play. Today's Aug. 29 edition of The Leader features the first of a three part series highlighting 'Oakdale's Most Wanted' athletes and the teams they play for. This week, team previews on Mustang football and volleyball teams can be found on Page B1, accompanied by Old West-style wanted posters featuring two of 'Oakdale's Most Wanted': Spencer Thomas and Kellie Gratigny ...

August 29, 2012 | | Education


Oakdale Teacher Named Poet Laureate

Poetry is a passion for Gillian Wegener; she said it is a big part of who she is.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Kindergarten Class Added

An increased number of kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District has resulted in the establishment of an additional kindergarten class and the hiring of a temporary teacher for the school year.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Chance To Help Magnolia School Win Grant

The community and supporters of Oakdale schools have an opportunity to help Magnolia Elementary School win a grant from Raley's through an online contest. The contest is in its final days and ends this Friday, Aug. 31.

August 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Art Corps Kicks Off At Fair Oaks

Dedicated volunteers coupled with great support from teachers and family interest have made it possible to launch the Art Corps program this year at Fair Oaks Elementary School, a year earlier than expected.

August 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Enrollment Up In Oakdale Schools

Student enrollment numbers appear to be up slightly this year, wrapping up a full week of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. School started Aug. 14 and OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Terri Taylor supplied enrollment numbers on Aug 20.

August 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | 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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