The search is over for a new Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and the Board of Trustees didn't have to look too far. Current Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone was tapped to fill the Superintendent position after a comprehensive search and two full days of interviews.
"Simply stated, a comprehensive search and interview process was always foremost in the minds of the trustees," said Board President Rick W. Jones. "The interview process was arduous and fair, with top-quality candidates applying. It was unequivocally clear that Marc Malone truly earned the Superintendent's position."
The raising and lowering of the American flag at Cloverland Elementary School is carried out daily by a group of well-trained second graders, and by the somber looks on their faces when they carry out the task, they take what they're doing quite seriously.
Oakdale High School hosted the Central Valley Jostens Renaissance Conference on March 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Students and adult advisors from numerous junior high and high schools attended the event that included an inspirational speaker, workshops for students and advisors alike, an interactive lunch with a DJ host, and a rally.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District has taken over the reins of the children's summer program from the City of Oakdale, as the city is no longer operating the summer childcare program that has been hosted at Magnolia Elementary School.
Adopt-A-Classroom helps teachers connect with community partners who donate funds to use for classroom needs. Recently, some Oakdale High School teachers received an unexpected contribution of funds to use in their classrooms.
Former National Football League player Julian Jenkins recently visited Oakdale High School as a representative of the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) to educate parents and student-athletes on the necessary steps required to play sports at the collegiate level.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees has narrowed the field of Superintendent candidates to seven to be slated for interviews on April 1-2. This was decided in an action in a closed session meeting held March 28.
Potential changing trends were reflected in the California Healthy Kids Survey administered to fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh graders in December 2010. The results were reported to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at a recent meeting by the district's Director of Categorical Programs Kristi Rapinchuk.
Both healthier and less healthy behaviors were revealed in the California Healthy Kids Survey that was administered to Oakdale fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh graders in December 2010.
While Oakdale ninth and eleventh graders showed healthier behaviors in the categories of alcohol, tobacco, and inhalant use compared to their peers, they also posted significant increases in marijuana use.
A Top 10 finish was earned by the Oakdale High School Aca Deca team at the 32nd Annual California Academic Decathlon held March 11-14 in Sacramento. Placing eighth overall made the OHS team the highest-ranking Northern California Aca Deca team this year. Top 10 teams were awarded with plaques and the OHS team earned eight individual medals.
Sierra View Elementary School third grade teacher Lisa Greenhow has been selected as a finalist for the Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year award for the K-3 division. She is amongst two other kindergarten through third grade teachers in the county who are up for the award.
Fair Oaks Elementary students in Catherine Morman's third grade class learned all about the importance of water safety through a program offered by the Knights Ferry branch of the US Army Corps of Engineers when Norm Winchester and his Siberian husky, Kaiya, visited the school site recently.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District will be able to meet its current financial obligations for this fiscal year and will be solvent for the next two subsequent years if the state makes no changes, according to a report made by interim chief business officer Susan Dyke at the March 14 regular meeting of the district's Board of Trustees.
More than 300 projects were entered in the 28th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District that ran March 7-10 at the Oakdale FES Hall. Event coordinator Kathy Jenkins reported that most of the entries were from the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, there were numerous individual projects, seven class projects, and the group projects were exhibited by third through eighth graders. She coordinated the event with school district staff member Brenda Kindred.
As many contemplate the outcome of the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday another type of contemplation is swirling around Oakdale High School as the AcaDec Team looks to the 35th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon.
This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.
The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is once again planning to present scholarships to deserving High School seniors in the Central Valley region. One of these scholarships will go a graduating senior whose family is a member of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum.
It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.
A hero's welcome was waiting at Sierra View Elementary School for Army Specialist Evan Bachelder earlier this month. The soldier is also son-in-law to second grade teacher Linda Kraus and the school staff treated him to a Welcome Home reception, which was followed by a visit with some students.
Offering your home to an exchange student from another country may be something to think long and hard about, but for Carol Berger it was an easy choice. Starting out being a host family, Berger invited several exchange students into her home over the past 20-plus years and has been a representative for exchange companies for more than two decades.
Oakdale Junior High was recognized earlier this month by Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Board of Supervisors for its Red Ribbon Week decorating efforts. The school was awarded First Place in the Middle School/Junior High Division. A total of 30 schools from the varying grade level categories participated.
In the day and age of SMART boards, Chromebooks and web surfing a group of Oakdale Junior High seventh graders are spending a bit of their school year Career Cruising.
Cy Cole, founder and Director of Oakdale Academy, recently offered his students an opportunity to combine service and education. The most recent application came in the way of sharing the story of a Waterford couple in need of assistance. As a follow-up to the students spending time serving, they were asked to recount the experience in an article, as if writing for a newspaper.
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