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OHS Marching Band Earns Santa Cruz Win

The 2015-15 school year is proving to be one for the record books for Oakdale High School marching band, drumline, colorguard and drum major as all four recently entered the winners circle at the Santa Cruz Band Review.

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Sierra View sixth grade teacher and Technology Mentor Amanda Hensley, top photo, guides her class through an underwater adventure and school lesson via Google Expeditions. Students of Sierra View, as well as Oakdale Junior High were selected to be participants in the pilot Google program. At side, a young participant of the piloted Google Expeditions Pioneer Program was visibly excited Tuesday by what was witnessed through the Google Cardboard. Similar to the once popular 'view finders,' the smart phone compatible devices take students on virtual field trips to locations around the world

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Agriculture, PE Credits Center Stage For Board

For anyone not in the know, Monday night's school board meeting made it evident. The community of Oakdale holds strong to its agriculture roots, as the Oakdale City Council Chambers hosted a sea of blue corduroy jackets and standing room only occupancy.

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Red Ribbin Wrap

Oakdale Junior High math teacher Chris Lewis, left as he goes to the spike, while Courtney Martinez, Financial Secretary studies the shot. The two were participants in the Staff versus OJHS Volleball team last Wednesday as part of Red Ribbon Week activities.

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

School District Responds To Scores

A public release of sub-standard results for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores, commonly known as Common Core Testing, statewide quickly went viral in mid-September. Parents, teachers and administrators critical of the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) quickly voiced 'told you so' responses.

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Best tools for scholarship and admission essay writing

It's never too early to start crafting your best college admission essay. The application and scholarship essays you complete practically determine your future. That’s why you need to focus and practice. It’s not easy to develop superb academic writing skills, but you should keep in mind that progress is inevitable when you invest enough time and effort into this goal.

November 03, 2015 | Robert Morris | Education

Texas teacher threatened to give her students an F if they said God existed

Saying God is real may get you an F.

November 03, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

Does college make people less religious?

The United States has something to learn from the rest of the world about keeping the faith.

November 02, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

The role of a school resource officer

A video of a school resource officer assaulting a female student went viral on Monday afternoon, according to The State.

November 01, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

Texas and textbook publisher still scrambling to repair damage from racially charged caption

Teaching history is inherently controversial, but sometimes the perspectives offered are so out of left field that no one is willing to defend them.

November 01, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Weak geography competence among U.S. eighth-graders flows from narrowed focus, experts argue

Most eighth-graders are not proficient in geography, a new report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office finds, with just 24 percent of eighth-graders “proficient” in geography in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores.

October 30, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Whistle Blower Makes Stop At OHS

Even if you've never smoked in your life, it's still breathtaking to hear Victor DeNoble's story about taking on the multi-billion dollar tobacco industry. His story sounds like a good spy novel; thick black covered windows, rat murders, betrayal and FBI debriefing in an underground warehouse.

October 28, 2015 | | Education

Oakdale Spellers Ready For County Championship

Top spellers from area schools will compete in Stanislaus County Spelling Championships in November. The Elementary Spelling Championship, for children in grades 4-6, is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Gregori High School, 3701 Pirrone Road, Modesto. The Junior High Spelling Championship, for those in grades 7-8, is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and Dot Foods, both events are open to the public and begin promptly at 5 p.m.

October 28, 2015 | | Education

Oakdale Joint Unified Rallies To Cause

Fences are decorated, ribbons are hung, bracelets passed out and Oakdale Joint Unified School District has once again embraced Red Ribbon Week. The annual event is held nationally every year during the last full week of October. The 2015 Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30.

October 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Young Students Buy Into Campus Farmers Market

Selecting fresh fruits and vegetables were on the 'To Do List' for over 1400 Oakdale elementary school students over the past week. Food 4 Thought made a return appearance to Oakdale Joint Unified School District, stopping this time at Fair Oaks and Magnolia elementary schools. Cloverland and Sierra View elementary schools were visited in September.

October 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

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Junior High Rams Ready For Red Ribbon Week

Oakdale schools are in the midst of observing Red Ribbon Week and the junior high had its kickoff celebration on Monday. Here are a few ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Fair Oaks Falcons recently elected as the school's Student Council leaders are, left to right: Jessica Birchall, President; Brooke Wheat, Vice President; Jaxton Morton ...

October 26, 2016 | | Education

Poet’s Corner

Diamond Poem

October 26, 2016 | | Education

Fourth Graders Begin To Examine Chinook

Things may seem a little fishy with Oakdale Joint Unified fourth graders these days, as teacher Krista Smith has begun making her migration to the ...

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

OJUSD Prepares For Annual Red Ribbon Week Events

Monday, Oct. 24 will mark the start of the Red Ribbon Week, nationally observed each year. The national theme for this year's event is ...

October 19, 2016 | | Education


Magnolia Bears were all abuzz last week as they competed in the school's Annual Spelling Bee. The top three winners for this year's ...

October 19, 2016 | | Education

School District Assessment Scores Show Positive Trend

It was a night focused on academia Monday, Oct. 10 during the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting, as Assistant Superintendent Kristi Rapinchuk reviewed results ...

October 12, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Homecoming Hopefuls Ready For Spotlight

Homecoming Week will end with the crowning of new royalty on Friday night at the Corral. By the end of the evening, a new King ...

October 12, 2016 | | Education


The newly elected Student Body Officers of Magnolia Elementary school are, from left: Logan Thomas, President; Maya Baza, Vice-President; Annie Albertoni, Secretary and Grace Constant ...

October 05, 2016 | | Education


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