The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of former school trustee Rick W. Jones to fill a vacant seat on the board at the March 8 regular meeting.
Oakdale High School science teacher and Science Olympiad coach Cameron Nickerson said it best when he reported, "Oakdale Science Olympians rocked the Regionals."
Fair Oaks Elementary School Principal David Kindred made a special visit to Linda Kraus' second grade class at Sierra View Elementary School on Feb. 26 to kick off Read Across America, which was on March 2. Kindred read "Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss, and taught a draw-along lesson of the Cat in the Hat to Kraus' students.
"Mr. Kindred has been a guest in my room for the previous three years," Kraus said. "I invite him in each year to do this lesson in preparation for Read Across America Day, which is March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday."
Some Oakdale educators are sending out an "S.O.S." to help Oakdale schools. The Support Oakdale Schools (S.O.S.) Family Fun Run/Walk event has been organized in conjunction with the Oakdale Educational Foundation (OEF) to raise money for schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
It's been a decade of championships, a decade of dominance.
A total of $2.1 million in potential cuts to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District budget was approved by the Board of Trustees at the Feb. 8 regular meeting. The district must cut between $1.5-$2.2 million from the budget, depending on the state's final, approved budget. Adjustments to the budget will be brought before the board once the state budget is finalized and union negotiations are complete. The district knows that, at minimum, it must cut $1.5 million.
Oakdale High School has taken the top prize in the county Academic Decathlon competition for the past nine consecutive years. Fair or not, there's a great deal of pressure this year on the OHS team to bring home its tenth win. The team members are fully aware of the other schools that are gunning for them, as well as the expectations from the school and the community that are upon them to achieve.
The Careers In Manufacturing (CIM) Road Show made a visit to Oakdale High School on Jan. 26, bringing in approximately 170 people who were interested in finding out more about available jobs for students and recent high school graduates.
A discussion on closing the Oakdale High School campus for lunchtime was on the agenda at the Jan. 11 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.
The lives of scores of underprivileged students are affected for the better because of the creation of a small, inconspicuous room at Oakdale High School. Actually, it's what's inside the room that has really made the difference: deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, ramen noodles, bottled water, paper and pencils, binders, clothing.
Recently elected trustees were sworn in at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Dec. 14.
In a year when school districts have been hit especially hard financially, it was a welcome relief when 74 grants totaling $97,000 were recently awarded to teachers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District from the Oakdale Educational Foundation. Grants were awarded to individual teachers and groups of teachers to benefit their students at an awards reception on Dec. 3 held at Oakdale High School.
Fourth grade students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been learning about the life cycle of Chinook salmon and the lessons recently ramped up with a Salmon Day educational field trip to the Stanislaus River and information center in Knights Ferry.
Staff Sergeant Joe Evans met with second graders at Sierra View Elementary School recently, in honor of Veterans Day, and told them about his experiences in the service and the sacrifices made by him and his family, as well as others who serve in the military.
Elementary gifted learner students recently held mock trials where they learned about courtroom justice and all the work that goes into taking a case to trial.
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.