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Science Fair First Week In May

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District's annual Science Fair will take place from May 3-6 at the FES Hall located on North Lee Avenue, across from Fair Oaks Elementary School.

April 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Teen Earns Degree Before Diploma

On April 30, Oakdale teen Alex Harris will receive an associate's degree in Chemistry from Modesto Junior College - one month before he receives his high school diploma. And, after just one year of enrolling at the junior college.

April 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Sierra View Wins Science Olympiad

Sierra View Elementary School brought home the championship trophy from the 13th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad held on April 24. The event took place at Hickman Elementary School and hosted approximately 300 competing elementary school children from 21 schools throughout the region.

April 28, 2010 | | Education


Students Discover Florida Over Spring Break

Spring Break in Florida generally conjures up images of beach parties and swarms of teens and college students who aren't there to learn about the delicate ecosystem of the Everglades. But for some students from Oakdale Junior High School, spending their recent Spring Break in Florida on an educational tour gave them a new appreciation for learning and new perspectives on science and history.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District, Teachers Reach Agreement

The Oakdale Teachers Association and the Oakdale Joint Unified School District reached an agreement on a contract for teachers for the upcoming school year on April 15. They had reached a tentative agreement on March 30 and on April 14, the OTA held a general membership meeting to discuss the agreement, with the ratification vote taking place the following day.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Portraits Create Memories For Orphans

Oakdale High School art students have recently made a difference in the lives of orphans halfway around the world. Earlier this year, the students drew portraits from photographs of orphans in Uganda and sent them to the children as keepsakes.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer School Cancelled

Summer school will not be in session, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to suspend it for this year at the April 12 regular meeting.

April 14, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Students Active In Community Service

Community service fundraisers and a food drive have been part of an ongoing campaign at Oakdale Junior High School, raising student awareness about various needs in the community.

April 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Program Cut Impact Felt On Campus

Five years ago former police chief Gary Hampton and Oakdale Unified School District embarked on a joint venture between the police department and the local schools facilitated by a special grant to employ two School Resource Officers (SRO), one for the high school and one that would rove between the junior high and the various elementary schools. It was around this same time that the DARE, Drug Abuse and Resistance Education, program was axed in favor of the SRO program.

April 07, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Donations, Volunteers Sought For Sober Grad

Oakdale Sober Grad Night is right around the corner. The all-night safe and sober celebration event for Oakdale High School graduates follows graduation on Friday, May 28 and runs from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The event is held at Sierra View Elementary School.

March 31, 2010 | | Education


OHS Bound For Occupational Olympics, Career Expo

Approximately 700 Stanislaus County high school students, including Oakdale High School students, will converge on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock today, Wednesday, March 24 for the 25th Annual Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition (OOCE). The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

March 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


S.O.S. Run For Schools Sees Tremendous Turnout

More than 370 participants woke up early and turned out to "Support Oakdale Schools" on Saturday morning, March 20 for the first S.O.S. Fun Run/Walk to raise money for schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

March 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Teams Earn Top Awards At Science Olympiad

The Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are both advancing to the Northern California (NorCal) Science Olympiad competition set for Saturday, April 17 at Clovis North High School in Fresno since recently performing well at the regional competition.

March 17, 2010 | | Education


Magnolia Walk Days Keep Fitness Fun

The sun is shining and it's a Friday at Magnolia Elementary School. Students run out to the playground after they finish their lunch and crowd around a check-in area to participate in Fun Walk Friday.

March 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Staffers Protest Cuts

Teachers and school employees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District showed up to school on the morning of Thursday, March 4 wearing black clothing and decorated their cars with black balloons and signs. Banners also hung along school fences and walls, and flyers were distributed to show parents and passersby their opposition to statewide budget cuts to education. "Budget Cuts Don't Heal," "Quality Education Is Priceless," and "Save Our School" were some of the slogans that were posted around the campuses.

The California Teachers Association mobilized the "day of action" statewide. Locally, members of the Oakdale Teacher's ...

March 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Wong Captures Bright Minds Award

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.

June 12, 2013 | | Education


Super Summer Camp Offers Fun, Learning

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.

June 05, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Celebrates Graduates

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.

May 29, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Eighth Graders Mark Milestone

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.

May 29, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Education


Awards, Honors For OHS Seniors

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.

May 22, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


CSU Stanislaus Graduation Slated

California State University Stanislaus will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.

May 21, 2013 | | Education


YES Company Presents “Ragtime”

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.

May 17, 2013 | | Education


Science Community Center Opening

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.

May 17, 2013 | | Education


Native American Life Studied

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.

May 15, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


SkillsUSA Team Seeks Donations

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.

May 07, 2013 | | Education


2013 Volz Recipient Announced

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.

May 01, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fifth Graders ‘Complete’ Space Mission

A trip to Sacramento turned out to be a simulated trip to outer space recently for fifth graders at Fair Oaks Elementary School.

April 25, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


MJC Choral, Vocal Extravaganza

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.

April 23, 2013 | | Education


Young Scientists To Compete

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.

April 18, 2013 | | Education


Realistic DUI Tragedy Played Out

A drunk driver, a bloody crash scene, dead and dying vehicle occupants.

April 17, 2013 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Education


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