It is a rarity to have a student have a seat on a school board, and even more rare for that student to have a vote. Oakdale High School senior Michael Homer was recently sworn in as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees to serve as a voice for the student body in the district and to vote on issues that come before the board.
Budget constraints have eliminated the five formerly paid positions of crossing guards from the Oakdale Police Department budget, leaving the three most heavily used crosswalks during the school year unmanned and needing volunteers to ensure the safety of students before and after school.
And with less busing being provided by the Oakdale Joint Unified District this school year, officials expect the amount of students walking to school to increase.
Student athletes and their families are going to have to reach in their own pockets to pay for transportation to and from sporting events. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the July 13 regular meeting to require student athletes to pay fees for transportation to athletic events. The district made reductions to its expenditures, which includes athletic transportation, in order to balance its budget. The athletic transportation budget line item was brought to an expenditure of $55,000, down from an actual $130,000.
This is the time of year that schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District get a deep cleaning. Floors are stripped and waxed, carpets are shampooed, every desk and chair is cleaned top and bottom, bathrooms are scrubbed, walls and blinds are washed. Once the maintenance crews are done, the rooms and offices even smell clean. Plus, exterior walls and sidewalks are pressure washed and trees are trimmed.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently named Michael Tambini to the position of Vice Principal and Athletic Director at Oakdale High School. Tambini replaces Mike Moore who accepted the Principal role at OHS. Tambini officially started in his new position in July.
New, permanent classroom buildings at Oakdale Junior High School are taking shape as Diede Construction workers continue to hammer away at the project with an expected completion date of March 2010.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 2009-2010 proposed budget. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.
It's as easy to use as a credit card, a simple swipe will funnel a portion of money to a cause that supports students at Oakdale High School in their academic pursuits, but it's nothing extra out of your pocket.
Unsung heroes make substantial contributions that are typically unknown or unacknowledged and they frequently go without recognition. However, the special efforts of one employee of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District didn't go unnoticed.
The California Healthy Kids Survey has shown overall decreases in substance use and violence in Oakdale schools, but funding for the programs that have fueled these results has been severely cut and the district is playing a waiting game to see if grant funding will come through.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently announced Mike Moore as the new Principal at Oakdale High School. Moore served as a Vice Principal at OHS since 2004 and has held the duties of Athletic Director for the past two years as well. Moore is replacing Rick Jones who retired after being at the helm for eight years.
Some students at Fair Oaks Elementary School recently participated in an online 10-week long Go tournament against more than 70 teams, where almost all were middle and high schools, as well as some private Chinese schools. The Fair Oaks students participated on four different teams garnering second place in the junior division of the School Cup, only 0.15 points behind first place, as well as individual silver and bronze medals.
Tough times are here and as Fred Rich, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent put it, "The fluff is all gone and it has been for quite a while."
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.
A drunk driver, a bloody crash scene, dead and dying vehicle occupants.
The Modesto Junior College Choreographer's Showcase will be presented April 17, 18, and 19 in the Cabaret West Dance Theatre, MJC West Campus, El Capitan building at 7:30p.m.
A group of young writers are nearly at the end of their journey of becoming published authors. It may be the end of the trail for their western short story, but it could be the beginning of new opportunities.
Katie Schultz, a sophomore at Oakdale High School, was selected as one of three finalists to compete in Speech Trek, a statewide speech contest sponsored by the American Association of University Women – California.
The Associated Students of Modesto Junior College will present "An Evening with Neil Shubin," on April 19 from 5p.m. to 6p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media arts Center. Dr. Shubin is an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer.
The city entered into an agreement with longtime consultant Amy Augustine of Augustine Planning Associates of Sonora in order to assist the city with the preparation of an "Expanded Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration" for the Valley View River Access Trail, required by the state grant program.
Oakdale resident and Valley Charter High School (VCHS) student Matthew Gery won a gold medal recently at the SkillsUSA California Region 5 Leadership and Skills Conference and will compete at the state contest in San Diego April 4-7.
A class focusing on raising awareness and to motivate teens to stop using tobacco or join a voluntary cessation program was part of a pre-cessation class held recently at Oakdale High School.