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Student Takes Seat On School Board

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.

August 26, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Opening Day Brings School Budget Adjustments

The first day of school could best be described as organized bedlam. School personnel and Oakdale police officers were out in force on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to help keep safety a priority and the chaos to a minimum as parents ushered their children onto school campuses all around town.
The Oakdale schools were ready to accept the students to kick off the school year but pedestrian and auto traffic nearly overwhelmed the streets in front of each school. The first day of school is always hectic, but this year most of the school bussing in the city limits had to ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Concerned For Student Safety

The Oakdale school board is concerned about student safety with the lack of enough volunteers to serve as crossing guards at "hot spots" on the highway (F Street). The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a report on the status of the crossing guard situation at the Aug. 10 regular meeting.
Superintendent Fred Rich relayed that Oakdale Police Department, which is responsible for the F Street crossing guards, does not have enough volunteers to man the crosswalk areas. OPD had to cut paid crossing guards from its budget earlier this year.
Trustee Mike Tozzi found it "unacceptable ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Crossing Guards Needed For Schools

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.

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley and Kim Van Meter | Education


School Board Cuts Sports Transport $

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.

July 15, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer Projects Prep Schools

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.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New OHS Vice Principal Named

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.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Project Progressing

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.

July 01, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Adopts Budget

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.

June 24, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Card Use Supports Academic Boosters

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.

June 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Cloverland Employee Honored As ‘Unsung Hero’

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.

June 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Funds Cut Despite Success

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.

June 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New High School Principal Named

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.

June 02, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Go Club Places In National Contest

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.

May 27, 2009 | | Education


SROs Leaving Oakdale Campuses

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."

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | 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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