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District Develops Teaching Strategies

As part of his vision to keep the Oakdale Joint Unified School District moving forward and continuously improving, Superintendent Marc Malone wanted teachers to identify instructional norms and create a cohesive strategy to improve student learning.

March 14, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Mr. Mustang Selected

Oakdale High School senior Justin Martinez was named Mr. Mustang on March 9 in the 2012 OHS Mr. Mustang contest held at the Magnolia school auditorium. He was also named Mr. Congeniality. Senior Marcus Hernandez and junior Adam Lahey tied for First Runner Up, seniors Jeremy Neathery, Thomas Angarole, and Braden Lee also competed.

March 13, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Eye Science

Third graders usually don't take part in dissecting cow eyeballs as part of their science studies. But students in Melissa Clark's class at Magnolia Elementary School aren't a usual group.

March 07, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Science Fair Slated

Hundreds of kindergarten through sixth grade students are preparing for the annual Oakdale Joint Unified School District science fair. The fair runs Tuesday, March 13 through Thursday, March 15 and takes place at the FES Hall on Lee Avenue.

March 06, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Prep For Science Olympiad

Budding young scientists from throughout the region are gearing up for the 26th Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad set for Saturday, March 3 at Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. inside the gym.

February 29, 2012 | | Education


Egypt Comes To Life

While ancient Egypt existed thousands of years ago, Cloverland Elementary School sixth graders brought the relics and artifacts from the reign of the pharaohs to life by recreating them and exhibiting them in their classroom "museums."

February 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Program Offers ‘How To’ For Higher Learning

In an effort to further engage Spanish-speaking parents of Oakdale High School students in their children's education, with an emphasis on helping their children to achieve a post-secondary education, a nine-week program called Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is being offered to facilitate the goal.

February 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Elementary GATE Students On Learning ‘Mission’

District GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students are getting ready for an out-of-this-world mission in the form of a play.

February 08, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dandy Dozen - Oakdale Decathletes Capture Crown

The winner of the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon is Oakdale High School.

February 08, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Focus On The Future - Eighth Graders Learn About Ag Science, Elective Options

Students who are enrolled in various types of agriculture classes at Oakdale High School visited Oakdale Junior High School on Friday, Jan. 27 to make presentations and display their FFA project animals.

February 01, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Week Off Slated For Schools

Some families will have to make special arrangements for the care of their children in late February, as school won't be in session. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District will have a full week off for "Presidents' Week," which takes place Feb. 18-22. The Monday and Friday that week are holidays and the three days in between are days off. They are not furlough days, nor is it Spring Break, which takes place in April.

February 01, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Ready-Set-Read! - Simoncini Tapped For National Assignment

A year ago, Oakdale High School teacher Pete Simoncini submitted a lengthy application to read and evaluate Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history essays from the national AP U.S. history test.

February 01, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


On Hold - Transitional K Limbo?

While the state legislature has mandated that school districts across California put transitional kindergarten programs into action at the start of the next school year (Kindergarten Readiness Act), Oakdale Joint Unified School District is putting the implementation of it on hold.

January 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Employees Advance To State Event

Oakdale Joint Unified School District school bus mechanic and bus driver Richard Melo and Dina Page, lead custodian at Fair Oaks Elementary School, were recently named two of the six nominees who were chosen to represent Stanislaus County in the California School Employee of the Year program, coordinated by the California Department of Education.

January 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Title Defense - Aca Deca Team Preps

The academic "Super Bowl" for local high schools, the 32nd Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, is a little over a week away and Oakdale High School is preparing for the possibility of attaining its 12th consecutive championship.

January 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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STAR Test Scores Released

The California Department of Education recently released the percentages of students who scored proficient or above across the state on 2013 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests.

August 20, 2013 | | Education


Outdoor Education Discussed

The Outdoor Education Program, also known as sixth grade science camp, was the subject of a report and public comments at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Aug. 12.

August 14, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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


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