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Fair Oaks Students Grow In Leadership Roles

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After the final votes were tallied, in a group of 45 students vying for four student council seats at Fair Oaks Elementary School, sixth grader Josh Fewell, fifth graders Mason Barnes and Hunter Falconi, and fourth grader Joseph Fewell were elected as officers.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dedication Slated For OHS Pool

The long-awaited and much-anticipated aquatic center at Oakdale High School is on the cusp of readiness for full use.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District Adds Another K Class

The numbers of Kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have exceeded the projections, with 25 more students than expected, according to the district office."We added another kinder class at Fair Oaks to alleviate some high kinder class loads across the district," said Marc Malone, OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.Letters were recently sent to parents of kindergartners in the district offering them the chance to transfer their children to the class created at Fair Oaks.Fair Oaks Principal David Kindred said that a number of parents have responded and there are currently 18 students in the ...

September 01, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning has officially assumed his position as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's governing body – the Board of Trustees.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Student Leaders See Changes

Changes have been made to the face of Leadership and the responsibilities of student leaders at Oakdale Junior High School.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Is In Session

Throngs of students and parents descended on Oakdale's schools this past week for the official start of school on Wednesday, Aug. 11. As of that day, the district had 5,345 total students enrolled, according to the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone.

August 18, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Teacher Stricken In Classroom

Longtime Oakdale teacher Veronica Patron was found on the floor in her classroom unconscious and not breathing by a fellow staff member at Oakdale High School on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students “Rounded Up” For School’s Start

The school bells are ringing as school is back in session today, Aug. 11 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. However, before the hustle and bustle of the first day a lot of preparation took place at Oakdale Junior High School and Oakdale High School to process paperwork for the students and to orient new students to the campus in what are known as "Round Up."

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Exhibitors Shine At County Fair

Again, Oakdale's livestock exhibitors dominated the competition at the Stanislaus County Fair held July 16-25. Results are still being gathered for Oakdale FFA and the town's several 4-H clubs, but listed below are the top placings known as of press time.

August 04, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Round Ups, Orientations Kick Off School

The first day of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District is just two weeks away, starting on Wednesday, Aug. 11. To get students familiar with campuses, provide them with class schedules, take photos, purchase PE clothes, and more, the high school and junior high hold a series of roundups for all students and orientations for new, incoming students.

Principal Mike Moore reported that the Oakdale High School Roundup schedule is as follows: Seniors will meet on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Juniors will meet later that day from 12:30 p ...

July 28, 2010 | | Education


East Coast Tour Fun, Educational For Students

An educational tour of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia turned out to be hot and humid, but also educational as 31 recent Oakdale Junior High School graduates and four teachers headed east for a week during the summer.

Typically, the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. is scheduled to take place during spring break, but this year organizers decided to try something different.

July 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Get Summer Vacation Spruce Up

Summer is the time for major cleaning and special maintenance projects at the schools and this year is no exception in Oakdale.The entrance area to the Oakdale High School gymnasium is undergoing some modifications as the school district brings it up to date to satisfy ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. The school district's Director of Maintenance and Operations Dan Casey reported that changes are being made to the steps, there will be railing, new planter boxes, and a new grass area. Demolition of the front area was completed last week to make way for the changes.The ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parent Clubs Plan To Fund Outdoor Ed

Some determined parents in Oakdale's parent teacher organizations have banned together to save sixth grade Outdoor Education from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's budgetary chopping block.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Music Boosters Focus On New School Year

The Oakdale Music Boosters is a group of parents who have put a priority on music in their children's lives and are dedicated to keeping the band programs afloat during this time of budget hardships in the schools.

June 23, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Sixth Graders Achieve Perfect Attendance Records

Students Micaela Maaske and Emily Greenwood have attended Oakdale schools all their lives and each recently completed the sixth grade. One was at Magnolia the other at Sierra View and somehow each managed to never miss a day of school.

June 09, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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The 'Write' Trail - Young Authors Now Published

Publication. It's the dream of many a writer.

June 26, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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


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