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New Option For Graduation Credits

Career Technical Education classes (CTE) offered at the high school level will now count toward graduation requirements in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The Board of Trustees heard the first reading of additions about the CTE option to board policy regarding graduation requirements at the Jan. 23 regular meeting.

January 24, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Valley Home Superintendent Looks To Future

Following months of obstacles and encountering new territory starting in the summer of 2011, the Valley Home Joint School District is starting 2012 anew. Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis represents the new era for the 170-student K-8 district after being hired as the new Superintendent/Principal to be a permanent replacement for former administrator Thomas Kevin Hart.

January 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dog Previews His Sniff Power

"Dale" the detection dog was on the campuses of Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School on Friday, Jan. 6 showing off his contraband-detection skills with his handler Debra DeShon.

January 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Festivities Slated For Friday

Oakdale High's freshmen, junior varsity and varsity basketball teams aren't the only potential big winners on Friday when Oakdale plays host to East Union at the Mustang gymnasium. The night is Oakdale's Winter Homecoming, where 2012 King, Queen, Prince and Princess selections will be made. Candidates for (junior) King are Spencer Thomas, Marcus Northcutt, Cameron Sluggett, Adam Lahey and Ericksen Dickens. Candidates for (junior) Queen are Tiffany Thompson, Tiara Marquez, Hayley Benson, Makenzie Ohe and Gabby Acosta. Candidates for (freshmen) Prince are Tony Ott, Preston Brunk, Chad McDonald, Tyler Flores and Wade Branch. Candidates for (freshmen) Princess ...

January 09, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Education


Detection Dogs Due On Campus

This spring, Oakdale High School will begin having "detection dogs" on campus to assist in enforcing the student conduct code. An informational student assembly is slated for Friday, Jan. 6 during school and a parent assembly will be held that evening at 6 p.m. at Oakdale Junior High School.

January 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home Hires New Superintendent

In an action announced at a special board meeting on Dec. 27, Valley Home Joint School District Board of Trustees hired Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis as the new Superintendent/Principal.

January 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home Hires New Superintendent

Valley Home Joint School District hired Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis as the new Superintendent/Principal in an action announced at a special board meeting held Dec. 27.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Ready To Deliver Post-Holiday Gifts

For several years the Oak Valley Care Center has been the recipient of Christmas gifts from students in Tara Vandermark's class at Fair Oaks Elementary School. The sixth graders have conducted an annual candy cane "candy gram" fundraiser to earn money to fill wants and needs at the care center.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Responds To $$ Cuts

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that trigger cuts will take place due to an over-projection of income for the state of $2.2 billion. Most of the cuts automatically take effect Jan. 1, with school cuts taking place Feb. 1.

December 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Art Students Raise Money Decorating Trees

To earn money to pay for an art field trip to San Francisco, National Art Honor Society students at Oakdale High School have found a way to apply their talents and offer community members a convenient way to complete their holiday home decorations.

December 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Trees For Troops To Be Erected

Oakdale High School's Interact club will once again put out collection bins and Christmas trees at locations in town where shoppers can drop off bags of necessity items for U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

December 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Help The Community

DeleteSome programs in Oakdale schools demonstrate caring and help others in the community all year round but during the holidays, the schools really step up their support.

November 30, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Bands March In, Jazz It Up

Oakdale High School Marching Band and Jazz Band competed recently at the Central California Band Review in Merced. Both groups took third place in their divisions, an accomplishment that district band director Ross McGinnis is pleased about, as they went up against some "heavyweight" bands. The OHS Jazz Band missed the second place spot by .65 of a point out of 100 points. McGinnis said that OHS is in a different division this year that is "bigger, badder."

November 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District Broaches Subject Of Audience Behavior

In an effort to rein in certain behaviors at public performances, the Oakdale Joint Unified School District is trying to educate students and adults about proper audience etiquette.

October 26, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Ag Day Brings Farm Life To School

Students at Fair Oaks and Cloverland elementary schools were able to get up close and personal with different kinds of animals, farmers and ranchers, and other people who work in agriculture on Oct. 21 as the schools both hosted Ag Day Roundups. The events each featured dozens of indoor and outdoor presenters and displays representing different facets of agriculture.

October 26, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Maintenance Staff Busy With Summer Projects

During the summer, the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's maintenance department is busy getting the campuses ready to look their best when students arrive on Aug. 8 for the start of the new school year.

June 26, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Spending Plan In Place

The 2013-14 proposed budget for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District was approved at the recent Board of Trustees regular meeting. However, the budget will likely require updates and modifications in the future as it does not reflect the final state budget.

June 19, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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


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