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Fair Oaks Students Grow In Leadership Roles

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After the final votes were tallied, in a group of 45 students vying for four student council seats at Fair Oaks Elementary School, sixth grader Josh Fewell, fifth graders Mason Barnes and Hunter Falconi, and fourth grader Joseph Fewell were elected as officers.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dedication Slated For OHS Pool

The long-awaited and much-anticipated aquatic center at Oakdale High School is on the cusp of readiness for full use.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District Adds Another K Class

The numbers of Kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have exceeded the projections, with 25 more students than expected, according to the district office."We added another kinder class at Fair Oaks to alleviate some high kinder class loads across the district," said Marc Malone, OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.Letters were recently sent to parents of kindergartners in the district offering them the chance to transfer their children to the class created at Fair Oaks.Fair Oaks Principal David Kindred said that a number of parents have responded and there are currently 18 students in the ...

September 01, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning has officially assumed his position as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's governing body – the Board of Trustees.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Student Leaders See Changes

Changes have been made to the face of Leadership and the responsibilities of student leaders at Oakdale Junior High School.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Is In Session

Throngs of students and parents descended on Oakdale's schools this past week for the official start of school on Wednesday, Aug. 11. As of that day, the district had 5,345 total students enrolled, according to the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone.

August 18, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Teacher Stricken In Classroom

Longtime Oakdale teacher Veronica Patron was found on the floor in her classroom unconscious and not breathing by a fellow staff member at Oakdale High School on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students “Rounded Up” For School’s Start

The school bells are ringing as school is back in session today, Aug. 11 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. However, before the hustle and bustle of the first day a lot of preparation took place at Oakdale Junior High School and Oakdale High School to process paperwork for the students and to orient new students to the campus in what are known as "Round Up."

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Exhibitors Shine At County Fair

Again, Oakdale's livestock exhibitors dominated the competition at the Stanislaus County Fair held July 16-25. Results are still being gathered for Oakdale FFA and the town's several 4-H clubs, but listed below are the top placings known as of press time.

August 04, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Round Ups, Orientations Kick Off School

The first day of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District is just two weeks away, starting on Wednesday, Aug. 11. To get students familiar with campuses, provide them with class schedules, take photos, purchase PE clothes, and more, the high school and junior high hold a series of roundups for all students and orientations for new, incoming students.

Principal Mike Moore reported that the Oakdale High School Roundup schedule is as follows: Seniors will meet on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Juniors will meet later that day from 12:30 p ...

July 28, 2010 | | Education


East Coast Tour Fun, Educational For Students

An educational tour of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia turned out to be hot and humid, but also educational as 31 recent Oakdale Junior High School graduates and four teachers headed east for a week during the summer.

Typically, the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. is scheduled to take place during spring break, but this year organizers decided to try something different.

July 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Get Summer Vacation Spruce Up

Summer is the time for major cleaning and special maintenance projects at the schools and this year is no exception in Oakdale.The entrance area to the Oakdale High School gymnasium is undergoing some modifications as the school district brings it up to date to satisfy ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. The school district's Director of Maintenance and Operations Dan Casey reported that changes are being made to the steps, there will be railing, new planter boxes, and a new grass area. Demolition of the front area was completed last week to make way for the changes.The ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parent Clubs Plan To Fund Outdoor Ed

Some determined parents in Oakdale's parent teacher organizations have banned together to save sixth grade Outdoor Education from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's budgetary chopping block.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Music Boosters Focus On New School Year

The Oakdale Music Boosters is a group of parents who have put a priority on music in their children's lives and are dedicated to keeping the band programs afloat during this time of budget hardships in the schools.

June 23, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Sixth Graders Achieve Perfect Attendance Records

Students Micaela Maaske and Emily Greenwood have attended Oakdale schools all their lives and each recently completed the sixth grade. One was at Magnolia the other at Sierra View and somehow each managed to never miss a day of school.

June 09, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Students Cast Egyptian Masks

Sixth grade students at Sierra View Elementary School recently made mummy masks of their own faces as a project for their unit of study on ancient Egypt.

January 30, 2013 | | Education


OHS Team Pursues Aca Dec Trophy

Could this year be the Baker's Dozen or the Lucky 13 of consecutive championships for the Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team?

January 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Ready For Academic Contest

Oakdale High School has captured 12 successive Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championship trophies. How the team fares at this year's competition will be revealed this weekend, Feb. 1-2, as they face off against nearly a dozen other high school teams in a series of interviews, speeches, and tests.

January 29, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Special Safety Meeting Scheduled

A special board meeting for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District to cover school safety plans is slated for Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30p.m. at the Oakdale City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second. The meeting is open to the public.

January 23, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Counseling Gets Social

The Oakdale High School counseling department is looking for people to "like" them.

January 23, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Classified Employees To Be Honored

Kim Leverett, an Administrative Assistant in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District office, and Annabeth Alcazar, an English Language Program Instructional Aide at Sierra View Elementary School, will be among 28 classified school employees in Stanislaus County honored today, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at a special reception held at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto.

January 22, 2013 | | Education


School Care Closet Needs Restocking

Once donations have been made to local charities and the holidays are over, some people forget that there are continuous needs and those holiday donations can be quickly depleted.

January 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Trustees Hear Safety Plan

An overview of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's safety plan and coordinated crisis response plan was presented to the district Board of Trustees at the Jan. 14 regular meeting. In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, information about school district safety plans has been in the forefront of people's minds.

January 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Public Invited To County Music Fest

Community members are invited to attend the Stanislaus County Music Festival on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Modesto Junior College Auditorium. The festival will begin with high school and junior high school Honor Choir performing at 7p.m. on Friday. The high school and junior high school Honor Orchestra will perform at 2p.m. on Saturday with the festival concluding Saturday evening with the high school and junior high school Honor Band performing at 7p.m. There is no charge for admission.

January 15, 2013 | | Education


General Fund Impact - Special Ed Costs Soaring

Special education costs are increasing for school districts, while the state and federal governments' contributions are decreasing, according to a 25-page report on special education in California released Jan. 3 by the state Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO).

January 08, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Kids’ Museum Gives Glimpse Of Ancient Egypt

Magnolia Elementary School's annual sixth grade Egyptian Museum project was put on display on Dec. 21. Approximately 90 sixth graders from Rachelle Savage's, Shelley Rien's, Gina Bijleveld's and Steve Alban's classes participated by exhibiting their "artifacts" at the museum. Three classrooms hosted the museum and Egyptian hostesses welcomed other classes that toured the exhibits.

January 02, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Breakfast Honors Kids Doing School Right

Oakdale High School's academic movers and shakers were honored recently with the "Doing High School Right" breakfast for the first semester.

December 26, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Offer Gifts In A Shoebox

A school-wide service project that was inspired by a children's story recently made the holidays a little brighter for local children who are served through Oakdale's Center for Human Services.

December 26, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Safety Examined

In the wake of the school tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 14, questions about the safety plans of schools are on the minds of people in communities across the country, including here in Oakdale.

December 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Stellar Students

Knights Ferry Elementary School recently announced its Students of the Month for November 2012. Congratulations to students from front left, Jenna O'Neil, Levi Dickens, Carter Sturtevant, Emily Watson, and Rilyn Cassaretto. Back row: Presley Wilson, Brayden Sousa, Madison Willis, and Aleesha Harden.

December 15, 2012 | | Education


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