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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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Schools Getting Handle On Gender Access Law

In California schools, a student's gender identity, not their biological sex, will determine whether or not they participate in girls or boys activities and sports, as well as which restroom they use due to a bill recently signed into law.

August 21, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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


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