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Ready-Set-Read! - Simoncini Tapped For National Assignment

A year ago, Oakdale High School teacher Pete Simoncini submitted a lengthy application to read and evaluate Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history essays from the national AP U.S. history test.

February 01, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


On Hold - Transitional K Limbo?

While the state legislature has mandated that school districts across California put transitional kindergarten programs into action at the start of the next school year (Kindergarten Readiness Act), Oakdale Joint Unified School District is putting the implementation of it on hold.

January 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Employees Advance To State Event

Oakdale Joint Unified School District school bus mechanic and bus driver Richard Melo and Dina Page, lead custodian at Fair Oaks Elementary School, were recently named two of the six nominees who were chosen to represent Stanislaus County in the California School Employee of the Year program, coordinated by the California Department of Education.

January 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Title Defense - Aca Deca Team Preps

The academic "Super Bowl" for local high schools, the 32nd Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, is a little over a week away and Oakdale High School is preparing for the possibility of attaining its 12th consecutive championship.

January 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Option For Graduation Credits

Career Technical Education classes (CTE) offered at the high school level will now count toward graduation requirements in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The Board of Trustees heard the first reading of additions about the CTE option to board policy regarding graduation requirements at the Jan. 23 regular meeting.

January 24, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Valley Home Superintendent Looks To Future

Following months of obstacles and encountering new territory starting in the summer of 2011, the Valley Home Joint School District is starting 2012 anew. Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis represents the new era for the 170-student K-8 district after being hired as the new Superintendent/Principal to be a permanent replacement for former administrator Thomas Kevin Hart.

January 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dog Previews His Sniff Power

"Dale" the detection dog was on the campuses of Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School on Friday, Jan. 6 showing off his contraband-detection skills with his handler Debra DeShon.

January 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Festivities Slated For Friday

Oakdale High's freshmen, junior varsity and varsity basketball teams aren't the only potential big winners on Friday when Oakdale plays host to East Union at the Mustang gymnasium. The night is Oakdale's Winter Homecoming, where 2012 King, Queen, Prince and Princess selections will be made. Candidates for (junior) King are Spencer Thomas, Marcus Northcutt, Cameron Sluggett, Adam Lahey and Ericksen Dickens. Candidates for (junior) Queen are Tiffany Thompson, Tiara Marquez, Hayley Benson, Makenzie Ohe and Gabby Acosta. Candidates for (freshmen) Prince are Tony Ott, Preston Brunk, Chad McDonald, Tyler Flores and Wade Branch. Candidates for (freshmen) Princess ...

January 09, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Education


Detection Dogs Due On Campus

This spring, Oakdale High School will begin having "detection dogs" on campus to assist in enforcing the student conduct code. An informational student assembly is slated for Friday, Jan. 6 during school and a parent assembly will be held that evening at 6 p.m. at Oakdale Junior High School.

January 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home Hires New Superintendent

In an action announced at a special board meeting on Dec. 27, Valley Home Joint School District Board of Trustees hired Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis as the new Superintendent/Principal.

January 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home Hires New Superintendent

Valley Home Joint School District hired Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis as the new Superintendent/Principal in an action announced at a special board meeting held Dec. 27.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Ready To Deliver Post-Holiday Gifts

For several years the Oak Valley Care Center has been the recipient of Christmas gifts from students in Tara Vandermark's class at Fair Oaks Elementary School. The sixth graders have conducted an annual candy cane "candy gram" fundraiser to earn money to fill wants and needs at the care center.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Responds To $$ Cuts

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that trigger cuts will take place due to an over-projection of income for the state of $2.2 billion. Most of the cuts automatically take effect Jan. 1, with school cuts taking place Feb. 1.

December 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Art Students Raise Money Decorating Trees

To earn money to pay for an art field trip to San Francisco, National Art Honor Society students at Oakdale High School have found a way to apply their talents and offer community members a convenient way to complete their holiday home decorations.

December 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Trees For Troops To Be Erected

Oakdale High School's Interact club will once again put out collection bins and Christmas trees at locations in town where shoppers can drop off bags of necessity items for U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

December 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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OJUSD Hosts 32nd Annual Science Fair

Oakdale students from kindergarten through eighth grade dusted off their beakers, pulled out their scales and searched the Web to gather ideas to submit for the 32nd Annual Science Fair. Students from all four elementary schools, as well as Oakdale Junior High School, were represented in this year's event.

May 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Teachers Settle Contract

It was once again a standing room only start to the monthly meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, April 20. This time however, the Technology and Staff Development Center was not filled with teachers, but rather parents of accomplished students.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Magnolia Third Graders Dig Into Squid

Magnolia Elementary School third grade teacher Melissa Clark is excited about dissection.

March 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Represents At Regional Science Olympiad

Oakdale High School's Science Olympiad team finished this year's regional Science Olympiad competition tied for fifth. The team fell short in the tiebreaker, number of gold medals, which will send Central Catholic to the State finals. The top four go to finals. The team faced an unfortunate circumstance when one event was thrown out do to a scoring mistake by the event supervisor.

March 19, 2015 | | Education


End In Sight For Negotiations?

The bad news is: our teachers have not yet settled salary negotiations. The good news is: if settled they have the opportunity to reopen for another increase in October.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Freshman Accompanied By 4-Legged Companion

If today's teenager is to be selfish and lazy, one need not tell Hope Kindred. The Oakdale High School freshman missed that memo.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Students Step Up For Positive Change

Oakdale Junior High School staffers Ben Cortez and Brandi Chavez are aiming to join forces. During the 2014-2015 school year, Cortez the teacher and Chavez the staffer each have pioneered new programs which are proving successful on the campus.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Freshman Accompanied By 4-Legged Companion

If today's teenager is to be selfish and lazy, one need not tell Hope Kindred. The Oakdale High School freshman missed that memo.

March 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Students Step Up For Positive Change

Oakdale Junior High School staffers Ben Cortez and Brandi Chavez are aiming to join forces. During the 2014-2015 school year, Cortez the teacher and Chavez the staffer each have pioneered new programs which are proving successful on the campus.

March 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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