Top spellers from area schools will compete in Stanislaus County Elementary Spelling Championship today, Nov. 7, at Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. The Elementary Spelling Championship is for children in fourth through sixth grades.
As fall brings in the changing of the weather, and orange pumpkins, it also brings Ag Day to Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools. The school sites were both alive with a combination of teachers, presenters, animals, and students on Friday, Oct. 26.
Learning about the election process and holding mock Presidential elections at each elementary school site has been the course of study for the school district's GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students.
Student writers from Oakdale High School keep chipping away at their work and recently finished the first act of a short story they're working on for the Western Writers of America's student novella publication.
A huge jump in membership and heavy participation in club endeavors has brought Oakdale High School's "S" Club to the forefront by shining a spotlight on volunteerism and service activities for students.
A gas-powered hedge trimmer, a hand-held hedge trimmer, and grass shears are his tools.
The Stanislaus County Culinary Arts Institute held its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a standing-room-only crowd of community members, governmental officeholders, area dignitaries, and other supporters on hand.
The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer two science presentations on Friday, Oct. 26 at Modesto Junior College's East Campus on College Avenue.
Incentives for students helped drive some special fundraising goals for the annual Jog-a-thon held at Oakdale elementary schools on Oct. 12 to raise money for the schools' respective Parent Teacher Clubs.
Oakdale High School's Football Homecoming game is this Friday night, Oct. 19, with activities taking place at the high school all week leading up to the game that will pit the OHS Mustangs against the Weston Ranch Cougars.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District is the first unified school district in Stanislaus County to break the 800 barrier in the Academic Performance Index (API). A score of 800 is the "gold standard" for API scores, which are computed through students' state standardized test scores, and OJUSD recently returned an overall district API score of 801. The district had an overall score of 796 last year.
Members of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District board gave unanimous approval for the district to move forward with prioritized facilities projects at the Oct. 8 regular meeting.
Individuals and businesses stepped in and stepped up their giving this year to support the Oakdale Educational Foundation's fundraising event Music 'n' Motion on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club (OGCC).
Oakdale High School's Homecoming Week is Oct. 15-19; however, the week unofficially kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 13, when students will get Oakdale into the Homecoming spirit by painting the windows of downtown businesses.
State Controller John Chiang announced Sept. 28 that payments from the Lottery Education Fund to school districts, educational institutions and state agencies for the 2011-12 fiscal year totaled $1.32 billion.
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.
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).
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.
Oakdale High School's academic movers and shakers were honored recently with the "Doing High School Right" breakfast for the first semester.
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.
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.
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.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to move forward with a Request for Qualifications for architectural services for the district's new Central Kitchen and a multi purpose room design that will be for Fair Oaks and Cloverland elementary schools.
Riverbank Unified School District (RUSD) lead grounds man, Ronnie Robbins, is settling in to a new role, retirement, after completing 33 years of service with the district. Robbins originally worked at Rio Altura Elementary School, which is now the site of Riverbank Language Academy, for 10 years. Then he moved to Cardozo Middle School and spent a year and a half as the groundskeeper there. The rest of his 22-year career was spent as the lead grounds man for the school district, working at a variety of locations.
Animal organs helped elementary school students learn more about human body systems when they recently had the opportunity to analyze them during a dissection "party."
The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, directed by Anne Martin, will present a concert for kids of all ages tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of the Media and Performing Arts Center on east campus. The concert has an early start time of 7p.m. to accommodate families with young children.
Driving rain, wind, and cold weather couldn't stop the Oakdale High School Marching Band recently as it took first place at the Lincoln Review of Champions in Stockton. On Nov. 17 bands from the Bay Area, Fresno, and the Central Coast flocked to the review because it's one of the last of the competitive marching band season, which coincides with the end of the football season.
Oakdale High School students comprised 11 out of 19 award recipients and swept the top three spots at the recent awards ceremony for the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest.
The number of Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Stanislaus River at the Knights Ferry recreation area appears to be one of the best in several years. Fourth graders in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently witnessed the spawning activity and did field studies as part of their state standards salmon unit.
This fall, 166 high school juniors and seniors from nine high schools throughout the county participated in the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest, a competition sponsored, in part, by Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and other entities. Nineteen students were honored for their essays at an awards ceremony on Nov. 20 at the SCOE Board Room, Modesto. A total of $10,000 in scholarships awards were presented, which included one $2,000 scholarship, two $1,500 scholarships, two $1,000 scholarships, four $500 scholarships, and ten $100 cash awards.