Sixth graders in Tara Vandermark's class at Fair Oaks traveled back in time recently and hosted a Roman Time Machine for their peers.
Graduation ceremonies took place in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District this year over the course of three days, and the weather wasn't entirely cooperative.
Every student at Cloverland Elementary School produced a piece of art for the school's Sixth Annual Art Corps Art Show - that's 540 pieces of student artwork, plus teacher artwork. This year's theme was "Art & Soul" for the event that was open to the public, held May 12-13.
In the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, the Alternative Education graduations, which consists of East Stanislaus, Valley Oak and Oakdale Charter High School, will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 at the Oakdale High School gym. Doors open at 7p.m. Approximately 75 to 80 students will graduate.
For a student, graduating at the top of their class is an accomplishment that speaks to their dedication, responsibility, and focus, as well as a healthy dose of brainpower.
Oakdale Sober Grad Night (SGN) for Oakdale High School graduates takes place next week and event organizers are still seeking donations to sponsor students with "scholarship" tickets.
Oakdale High School seniors were awarded more than 220 scholarships worth over $96,000 at the high school's Senior Awards Night on May 4, with 98 seniors receiving the awards.
Oakdale students learned more about agriculture recently, seeing and touching animals and equipment that live and work on the farm, and listening to presenters tell about Ag-related careers and the ag industry.
Todd Medema recently learned that he will now be able to attend the college of his dreams - Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - due to his receipt of a very special scholarship.
Some real world experiences were brought to life recently with a special viewing of preserved bodies for Oakdale High School students enrolled in anatomy and physiology classes and health career classes.
An action item on the agenda of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees for the May 10 regular meeting brought a number of concerned parents to the meeting and to the podium for public comments.
Fair Oaks Elementary School Go Club (FOGO) students recently won the Junior School Cup in an online national (plus Canada) school team 'Go' tournament and had its youngest players ever, two third graders, and the most girls ever, half of the players. They also set a new record for the most points earned in the Junior Division.
Kindergartners at Sierra View recently participated in the first Super 'K' Science Day where they covered life, earth, and physical sciences. Organized by district science teacher Anne Marie Bergen at the request of Sierra View teachers, and with support from volunteers, each kindergarten class took a half-hour rotation through a series of five different science themes that encompassed the full morning.
Two Oakdale Joint Unified School District employees, Penny Muniain and Shelly Crist, will be honored at a dinner on Friday, May 7 as recipients of the School Bell Award. Oakdale Teachers Association President Linda Kraus described the School Bell as an award that is "given to educators and/or community members who exemplify service to the community through their contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education and the enrichment of the lives of children."
After a six-hour red eye flight on April 9 from San Francisco to New York City, 50 students of the Oakdale High School Drama club and chaperones, under the direction of OHS drama teacher Bryan Mills, explored the Big Apple for five days during their spring break.
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.
A "field trip" came to school for Fair Oaks Elementary third graders on May 8 to study the Yokuts people. The Yokuts populated this area at one time and consisted of a number of different tribes.
Valley Charter High School is seeking donations to send a group of students, including one from Oakdale, to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championships in Kansas City, Mo., June 21-29.
When Oakdale High School senior Mason Schmidt was recently called out of his English class to the Principal's office, he knew there was an announcement to be made, but he wasn't sure if the news was good or not.
A trip to Sacramento turned out to be a simulated trip to outer space recently for fifth graders at Fair Oaks Elementary School.
Modesto Junior College will present a Choral and Vocal Extravaganza on Friday, April 26 in the Performing and Media Arts Center Main Auditorium at 7:30p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens.
Approximately 300 elementary school children from throughout the region, including Oakdale's Magnolia and Sierra View elementary schools, are gearing up for the 16th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad – slated for Saturday, April 20 from 8a.m. – 3p.m. at Hickman Elementary School, 13306-A Fourth St., Hickman. Admission is free.
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