Things may seem a little fishy with Oakdale Joint Unified fourth graders these days, as teacher Krista Smith has begun making her migration to the varying school sites. Smith's migration, however, doesn't come by way of a fish snack cracker or a classroom pet, the salmon teacher spends two days of lecture time teaching the students about Chinook Salmon. As result of her teachings the students then travel to Knights Ferry to visit the Stanislaus River and learn further about the sea life in their natural habitat.
Monday, Oct. 24 will mark the start of the Red Ribbon Week, nationally observed each year. The national theme for this year's event is "YOLO. Be Drug Free." The popularly used acronym YOLO stands for "You Only Live Once." Each of the OJUSD school sites has developed a plan for daily Red Ribbon Week activities around the theme.
Magnolia Bears were all abuzz last week as they competed in the school's Annual Spelling Bee. The top three winners for this year's event were, from left: Jackson Hammond, Third Place; Brooklin Werner, Second Place and Emma Frazer, First Place. Emma will now go on to represent Magnolia at the County Spelling Bee.
It was a night focused on academia Monday, Oct. 10 during the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting, as Assistant Superintendent Kristi Rapinchuk reviewed results and comparisons for the Spring 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment System (SBAC) testing. The tests replaced the STAR assessment system as the curriculum has changed to Common Core Standards.
Homecoming Week will end with the crowning of new royalty on Friday night at the Corral. By the end of the evening, a new King and Queen, Prince and Princess will be selected for Oakdale. Candidates will be featured in Friday's parade and the winners revealed at Friday night's Homecoming game. Following are photos of the candidates.
The newly elected Student Body Officers of Magnolia Elementary school are, from left: Logan Thomas, President; Maya Baza, Vice-President; Annie Albertoni, Secretary and Grace Constant, Sergeant-at-Arms.
Oakdale Junior High School students are spending a bit more time in their classes this year. While the length of their school day has not been altered, their time spent in the classroom has. How? Simple, class time modification by way of reducing the schedule from an eight period day to a seven period day.
Aspiring artist and Fair Oaks Elementary sixth grader, Kenadee Martinez recently paid a visit to Apparel Graphics, left, to sign off on the proof of her art work. The Fair Oaks sixth grader submitted the winning art piece, right, for this year's Oakdale Elementary School Jog-a-thon T-shirts. Kick-offs for the Oct. 14 event were hosted at elementary schools this past week and students will now be seeking sponsorships. Kenadee's art will grace over 2500 shirts worn throughout the district.
Oakdale Junior High School Associated Student Body officers for the 2016-17 School year are, from left: Tyler Brown, President; Ronal Zucker, Vice President; Ashlynn Leibenson, Secretary; Jennifer Blanco, Rally Commissioner; Kate Wessling, Rally Commissioner; Mason Sekona, Public Relations and JJ Novotny, Sergeant at Arms.