It is a rarity to have a student have a seat on a school board, and even more rare for that student to have a vote. Oakdale High School senior Michael Homer was recently sworn in as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees to serve as a voice for the student body in the district and to vote on issues that come before the board.
Budget constraints have eliminated the five formerly paid positions of crossing guards from the Oakdale Police Department budget, leaving the three most heavily used crosswalks during the school year unmanned and needing volunteers to ensure the safety of students before and after school.
And with less busing being provided by the Oakdale Joint Unified District this school year, officials expect the amount of students walking to school to increase.
Student athletes and their families are going to have to reach in their own pockets to pay for transportation to and from sporting events. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the July 13 regular meeting to require student athletes to pay fees for transportation to athletic events. The district made reductions to its expenditures, which includes athletic transportation, in order to balance its budget. The athletic transportation budget line item was brought to an expenditure of $55,000, down from an actual $130,000.
This is the time of year that schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District get a deep cleaning. Floors are stripped and waxed, carpets are shampooed, every desk and chair is cleaned top and bottom, bathrooms are scrubbed, walls and blinds are washed. Once the maintenance crews are done, the rooms and offices even smell clean. Plus, exterior walls and sidewalks are pressure washed and trees are trimmed.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently named Michael Tambini to the position of Vice Principal and Athletic Director at Oakdale High School. Tambini replaces Mike Moore who accepted the Principal role at OHS. Tambini officially started in his new position in July.
New, permanent classroom buildings at Oakdale Junior High School are taking shape as Diede Construction workers continue to hammer away at the project with an expected completion date of March 2010.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 2009-2010 proposed budget. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.
It's as easy to use as a credit card, a simple swipe will funnel a portion of money to a cause that supports students at Oakdale High School in their academic pursuits, but it's nothing extra out of your pocket.
Unsung heroes make substantial contributions that are typically unknown or unacknowledged and they frequently go without recognition. However, the special efforts of one employee of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District didn't go unnoticed.
The California Healthy Kids Survey has shown overall decreases in substance use and violence in Oakdale schools, but funding for the programs that have fueled these results has been severely cut and the district is playing a waiting game to see if grant funding will come through.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently announced Mike Moore as the new Principal at Oakdale High School. Moore served as a Vice Principal at OHS since 2004 and has held the duties of Athletic Director for the past two years as well. Moore is replacing Rick Jones who retired after being at the helm for eight years.
Some students at Fair Oaks Elementary School recently participated in an online 10-week long Go tournament against more than 70 teams, where almost all were middle and high schools, as well as some private Chinese schools. The Fair Oaks students participated on four different teams garnering second place in the junior division of the School Cup, only 0.15 points behind first place, as well as individual silver and bronze medals.
Tough times are here and as Fred Rich, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent put it, "The fluff is all gone and it has been for quite a while."
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.