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Spring Fling Brings Cha-Ching

Magnolia Elementary School hosted its first "Spring Fling" fundraising carnival on Friday, April 20 to replenish funds for the Parent Teacher Club, which covers costs of special arts programs for students and various field trips.

April 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Perrone Tapped As Leo Volz Winner

The Leo Volz Scholarship winner was formally announced and approved at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the April 23 regular meeting. The Leo Volz Scholarship is a 100-percent paid tuition award to any accredited four-year university and is awarded to a well-rounded student who must meet a number of selection criteria.

April 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Okays Facilities Fees Increase

For the first time in four years, facilities fees will see an increase in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. At the April 23 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved a resolution to increase the Level I fees. There was first a public hearing on the matter where the board heard a brief report by Ken Reynolds, who compiled the 2012 Developer Fee Justification Study.

April 24, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Tradition Takes Hold In Cowboy Capital

It was just last year when Oakdale Saddle Club invited all four Oakdale Elementary Schools to participate in the rich history of our western lifestyle and rodeo heritage of the "Cowboy Capital of the World" with the Rodeo Spirit Contest. The Oakdale Saddle Club is a strong supporter of the annual AG Days at Oakdale Elementary Schools where many club members volunteer to educate children about area ranching and the sport of rodeo.

April 11, 2012 | | Education


Mission To Early California

A recent hands-on California missions project helped students get a better picture of the structures and functions of the missions in early California history. All fourth graders at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Wendi Petroni's, Heather O'Hearn's, and Lisa Graham's classes recently presented their historic California missions projects, which were represented in different forms and showed the investment of time made by the students.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Cultural Participation Aids Spanish Language Growth

Learning a new language can be a challenge and Oakdale High School Spanish teacher Joe Gilbert believes that it takes more than just book learning to master it.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


‘Old School’ Learning Returns

What's old has become new again in the ASPIRE after school program at Magnolia Elementary School. With most home economics classes having fallen victim to long-ago budget cuts, the after school program is offering a new generation of students the opportunity to learn the basics of sewing.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


‘Old School’ Skill Reappears

Some local after school program students are taking a time-honored tradition and turning it into a new-found skill. Previously passed down to generations of girls by their mothers, some students in Magnolia Elementary School's ASPIRE program are learning an old craft that's new to them that they can use for fun, family, or a fashion career.

April 03, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Golden Words - Oakdale Students Hear From 1992 Olympic Medalist

A collection of leadership students from all seven Valley Oak League high schools gathered in the Mustang gymnasium on March 21 to listen to Olympic gold medalist Darnell Hall, who celebrated his 10-year anniversary of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona by speaking with local students.

March 28, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Education


School Success Off And Running

The third annual SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Fun Run/Walk event brought out runners and walkers of all ages to raise money for schools in Oakdale on Saturday, March 24. SOS committee member Stacey Aprile reported that there were 360 race registrants this year for the 1-mile and 5K event that wound its way through the neighborhood streets of Oakdale, starting and finishing at Cloverland Elementary School.

March 28, 2012 | | Education


OJUSD Targets Student Underperformance

Addressing the needs of underperforming subgroups of students will be the subject of a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 3 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The 6 p.m. event to be held at the Magnolia Elementary School auditorium is part of a district-wide effort to help parents help their children improve their academic performance.

March 28, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Science Fair Wraps Up Successful Year

Hundreds of science projects filled the rooms of the FES Hall March 13-15 as students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the 29th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Young Musician Earns Award

Oakdale High School junior Aimee Ramirez received a "Superior" rating for her flute performance along with a certificate and medal from the Central Valley chapter of California Music Educators Association (CMEA) in a recent solo/ensemble competition. Ratings for the competition are: needs improvement, fair, good, excellent, and superior.

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Center Offers No Stress Prom Help

To get ready for the prom, the combined expenses of a prom ticket, hair, makeup, jewelry, shoes, and a matching bag really add up. The biggest expense, however, is often the dress.

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Trustees Approve New Position

The addition of a new position for a mental health therapist/clinician at Oakdale High School was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the March 12 regular meeting.

March 14, 2012 | 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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