Stanislaus County junior high school students are gearing up for the 12th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Pentathlon. Approximately 150 students are slated to participate in the one-day series of tests, speeches and essays. The public is invited to attend the culminating event, the Super Quiz and Awards Presentation, on Saturday, April 30 at Prescott Junior High School, 2243 West Rumble Road, Modesto. There is no charge for admission. The Super Quiz will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
The Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team has wrapped up another successful year. In March, the OHS team traveled to Sacramento for the 16th consecutive year as the Stanislaus County representative.
Valley Home students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at a Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Jesse Ruddy, Joshua Blasengym, Seth Presant, Dylan Fmura, Carlos Astorga, Colter Rice, Alex Felix, Ryan Wells and Skylah Mecca (not pictured).
From learning the products of California to getting a chance for an up close look at some farm animals, the students at Valley Home School (kindergarten through eighth grade) were busy all day Thursday, with presentations from two different groups of FFA students.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting a Teacher Recruitment Job Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at SCOE's downtown offices, 1100 H St., Modesto. This year's job fair is open to fully-credentialed teachers or intern-eligible candidates and credential completion candidates by August 2016 (verified by Program Completion letter or Intern Eligible letter) who pre-register on-line by Wednesday, March 30 at www.edjoin.org. Admission is free. (Candidates who do not pre-register will be admitted into the fair at 10 a.m.)
This week marks the final time that Magnolia Elementary School Principal Julie Minabe and Vice-Principal Kathy Jenkins will observe Spring Break as Oakdale Joint Unified staff members. At the March 14 OJUSD School Board meeting, the retirement of the Elementary school administrators as well as a host of others, was approved by the board.
Oakdale High School's Science Olympiad Team participated in the 2016 Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad earlier this month. Two teams attended representing OHS. The Gold Team earned an Overall Second Place honor which now advances them to the Northern California State Finals for the eighth consecutive year. The Red Team earned a respectable 10th Place overall.
The sun broke through the clouds as runners and walkers reported to the Cloverland Elementary School campus for the Seventh Annual SOS Fun Run on Saturday, March 12. The annual event welcomed close to 250 participants entered in the one mile and 5k race distances.
Pam Wright and Gail Marganelli, Co-Presidents of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon Branch, have announced the winners of the local AAUW Speech Trek public speaking project. On Feb. 25, competing students (all from Oakdale High School) delivered their 5-6 minute original speeches on "Gender Bias and Inequality." This challenging topic asked that the speech makers conduct research, and address the questions of what is gender bias, what is its impact on people, and why should organizations such as AAUW continue to work to change its practice?