Sixth graders in Tara Vandermark's class at Fair Oaks traveled back in time recently and hosted a Roman Time Machine for their peers.
Graduation ceremonies took place in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District this year over the course of three days, and the weather wasn't entirely cooperative.
Every student at Cloverland Elementary School produced a piece of art for the school's Sixth Annual Art Corps Art Show - that's 540 pieces of student artwork, plus teacher artwork. This year's theme was "Art & Soul" for the event that was open to the public, held May 12-13.
In the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, the Alternative Education graduations, which consists of East Stanislaus, Valley Oak and Oakdale Charter High School, will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 at the Oakdale High School gym. Doors open at 7p.m. Approximately 75 to 80 students will graduate.
For a student, graduating at the top of their class is an accomplishment that speaks to their dedication, responsibility, and focus, as well as a healthy dose of brainpower.
Oakdale Sober Grad Night (SGN) for Oakdale High School graduates takes place next week and event organizers are still seeking donations to sponsor students with "scholarship" tickets.
Oakdale High School seniors were awarded more than 220 scholarships worth over $96,000 at the high school's Senior Awards Night on May 4, with 98 seniors receiving the awards.
Oakdale students learned more about agriculture recently, seeing and touching animals and equipment that live and work on the farm, and listening to presenters tell about Ag-related careers and the ag industry.
Todd Medema recently learned that he will now be able to attend the college of his dreams - Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - due to his receipt of a very special scholarship.
Some real world experiences were brought to life recently with a special viewing of preserved bodies for Oakdale High School students enrolled in anatomy and physiology classes and health career classes.
An action item on the agenda of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees for the May 10 regular meeting brought a number of concerned parents to the meeting and to the podium for public comments.
Fair Oaks Elementary School Go Club (FOGO) students recently won the Junior School Cup in an online national (plus Canada) school team 'Go' tournament and had its youngest players ever, two third graders, and the most girls ever, half of the players. They also set a new record for the most points earned in the Junior Division.
Kindergartners at Sierra View recently participated in the first Super 'K' Science Day where they covered life, earth, and physical sciences. Organized by district science teacher Anne Marie Bergen at the request of Sierra View teachers, and with support from volunteers, each kindergarten class took a half-hour rotation through a series of five different science themes that encompassed the full morning.
Two Oakdale Joint Unified School District employees, Penny Muniain and Shelly Crist, will be honored at a dinner on Friday, May 7 as recipients of the School Bell Award. Oakdale Teachers Association President Linda Kraus described the School Bell as an award that is "given to educators and/or community members who exemplify service to the community through their contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education and the enrichment of the lives of children."
After a six-hour red eye flight on April 9 from San Francisco to New York City, 50 students of the Oakdale High School Drama club and chaperones, under the direction of OHS drama teacher Bryan Mills, explored the Big Apple for five days during their spring break.
Cancer prevention and awareness were the focus of "Relay Recess" at Fair Oaks Elementary school on March 28. The event is a mini version of Relay For Life, the national fundraiser tied to the American Cancer Society.
Two special musical programs are coming up at Modesto Junior College.
Young students are learning about community service and about character from some Oakdale High School student mentors involved in their after school program.
What are Oakdale High School students wearing to the prom this year? A recent prom fashion show, a first-time event for OHS and planned by students in the leadership class, held in the school gym on March 15 during lunchtime gave students some ideas and resources for the special evening.
Bullets were a hot topic at the Monday night Oakdale school board meeting.
Broken records seemed to be the theme for the day at the SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 9, as several were broken at the fundraising event hosted at Cloverland Elementary School.
Several parents showed up at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on March 11 to air their grievances during public comments about how discipline is handled at Sierra View Elementary School in relation to a case where a sixth grader brought bullets to school.
Read Across America is a national event to promote reading and is held in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is on March 2. On Friday, March 1, a contingent of Oakdale High School students took part in the event and read across Oakdale, visiting the school district's four elementary schools and sharing storybooks they created themselves.
Oakdale's Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee is busy in preparation for this year's Sober Grad event but they are ready to pass the torch to a new generation of members.
The SOS (Save Oakdale Schools) family fun walk/run is taking place this Saturday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m., starting at Cloverland Elementary School. The fundraiser is a fun event that promotes fitness and raises money for Oakdale Joint Unified School District schools that are trying to make do with less because of budget cuts.
Oakdale High School's "Gold" team recently captured a fourth place finish and secured its fifth consecutive trip to the Northern California (Nor Cal) Science Olympiad State Finals during the 27th Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad held March 2 at CSU Stanislaus.
Students wishing to apply for financial aid for California State University campuses for the 2013-2014 academic year should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting a FAFSA is Saturday, March 2. Students are strongly encouraged to apply by that priority deadline, as financial aid may be limited for submissions after March 2.
More than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools will participate in the 27th Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 2 at California State University, Stanislaus (One University Circle, Turlock).
The Josten's Renaissance program is about recognizing and awarding students for academic achievement. Whether students are maintaining good grades or improving their grades, the point is to reward them for their efforts and encourage them to continue focusing on academics.
The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation by Richard Hilton, speaking on "Dinosaurs of California" on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30p.m. in Forum 110 at Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave., Modesto.