Super Summer Camp, offered by Oakdale Joint Unified School District, is kicking off for the second year on Monday, June 4. When the City of Oakdale decided to stop operating the program, the school district took over the summer recreation program for children and added a few extras.
As one era of their lives has come to an end, a new era, full of promise, lies ahead for Oakdale's graduates.
In an effort to stop trouble before it starts, 100 adult and high school student volunteers came together to help with an "ounce of prevention" at the Drugstore Project event on May 16 for approximately 800 fifth and sixth graders in the school district.
They've climbed the ladder of academic success and while proud of their achievements, three Oakdale High School students remain humble about their honor in being named "head of the class."
With more than $120,000 in pledges and donations for scholarships this year, 105 seniors from Oakdale High School turned out for the 44th Annual Scholarship Night program at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on May 8.
Approximately $3.5 million in developer fees and project savings is expected to mature at the end of June 2013 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and must be used for construction or facilities improvements within the next five years. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a report on district facilities at the regular meeting on May 14 and the steps that have been taken so far to prepare to use those funds once they are available so that they are not "lost."
The pomp and circumstance of graduation is just around the corner as schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District host a series of commencement ceremonies next week. School administrators have provided information and instructions for families and friends of graduates, as well as the graduates themselves, who attend these community events.
The Fair Oaks Elementary School first graders received a special treat Wednesday, May 9 when they traveled by bus to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County.
Eight individuals made decisions to retire at the end of this school year from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
Developer fees and project savings totaling approximately $3.5 million, which must be used for construction or facilities improvements within the next five years, is expected to mature at the end of June 2013 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District
Retirees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District will be honored with a reception on Monday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m., just prior to the 6:30 p.m. Board of Trustees regular meeting at the district's Technology and Staff Development Center near Oakdale High School.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 7-11, various schools in the area have recognized teachers for their passion and skills in educating children. At Valley Home School, the Parent Teacher Club organized a week of special activities.
Jim Greaves has been teaching students for 50 years and counting – and he has no plans to retire.
With Oakdale High School's graduation just weeks away, the Sober Grad Night committee is working on putting the finishing touches on the event geared to help the students celebrate and have fun while staying out of harm's way.
Cloverland Elementary School's Parent Teacher Club is hosting the school's 8th Annual Art Show this week. It is open to friends and family on Tuesday, May 1 from 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. and also on Wednesday, May 2 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Classrooms will also be touring the art show on Tuesday, May 1 during the open hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Recent Oakdale High School graduate Danny Wong was surprised a few days after his graduation ceremony, awarded with a life-changing PG&E Bright Minds scholarship of up to $30,000 a year renewable for up to five years for educational costs. Wong is the first Stanislaus County student to win a Bright Minds Scholarship. He had applied and knew he won a scholarship, but he had no idea of the magnitude until it was announced during a special reception at Oakdale's Cafe Bliss.
Now in its third year, an eight-week summer program known as Super Summer Camp, kicked off on June 3 with 74 children present – the highest number so far during the first week of camp, said camp co-supervisor Carla Moore. Super Summer Camp is operated by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District at the Magnolia Elementary School campus and ends July 26.
Excited graduates filed into the stadium to the traditional Pomp and Circumstance while friends and families cheered them on in one the most important events of their young lives at Oakdale High School's 119th Annual Commencement on Friday, May 24.
A sure sign of stepping into young adulthood, the nearly 350 Oakdale Junior High School eighth grade graduates received their diplomas and crossed that threshold into high school. They will be freshmen at OHS in August and celebrated the closing chapter of junior high in front of family and friends at a packed Corral on Thursday night, May 23.
With graduation only days away, Oakdale High School's Class of 2013 is about to embark on a new part of life – one that officially launches them out of childhood and toward adulthood.
California State University Stanislaus will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.
Tickets are now on sale for YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company's summer production of "Ragtime." Tickets can be purchased at the Gallo Center for the Arts box office and via their website: www.galloarts.org. Performances are slated for July 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30p.m. and also July 21, and 28 at 3p.m.
Modesto Junior College and Yosemite Community College District will hold a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Science Community Center on Tuesday, May 21 at 10a.m. on the West Campus at 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. The public will have the opportunity to tour the facility with MJC faculty and staff members to learn about the numerous educational opportunities available in the new building.