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Top Spellers Headed For County Contest

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.

November 06, 2012 | | Education


Ag Day Delights, Informs Students

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.

October 31, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Education


GATE Students Busy Learning About Elections

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.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Write Trail - Students’ Short Story Grows As December Deadline Nears

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.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


S Club - Students In Service

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.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schoolyard Art: Making Shrubs Shape Up

A gas-powered hedge trimmer, a hand-held hedge trimmer, and grass shears are his tools.

October 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Culinary Institute Cooking

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.

October 24, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


MAPS Presents Science Friday

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.

October 23, 2012 | | Education


Schools Meet Jog-A-Thon Goals

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.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Parade, Game Friday

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.

October 17, 2012 | | Education


School Success - District Breaks 800 API

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.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Work - Board Approves Facilities Projects

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.

October 10, 2012 | | Education


Successful OEF Fundraiser Tops Prior Years

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).

October 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Week Kicks Off Saturday

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.

October 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Get $1.3 Billion In Lottery Funds

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.

October 02, 2012 | | Education


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SOS Event Sets Records

Broken records seemed to be the theme for the day at the SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, March 9, as several were broken at the fundraising event hosted at Cloverland Elementary School.

March 13, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parents Complain To School Board

Several parents showed up at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on March 11 to air their grievances during public comments about how discipline is handled at Sierra View Elementary School in relation to a case where a sixth grader brought bullets to school.

March 12, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students In Service - Read Across Oakdale

Read Across America is a national event to promote reading and is held in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is on March 2. On Friday, March 1, a contingent of Oakdale High School students took part in the event and read across Oakdale, visiting the school district's four elementary schools and sharing storybooks they created themselves.

March 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fresh Faces Sought For Sober Grad Help

Oakdale's Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee is busy in preparation for this year's Sober Grad event but they are ready to pass the torch to a new generation of members.

March 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


SOS Fundraiser This Saturday

The SOS (Save Oakdale Schools) family fun walk/run is taking place this Saturday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m., starting at Cloverland Elementary School. The fundraiser is a fun event that promotes fitness and raises money for Oakdale Joint Unified School District schools that are trying to make do with less because of budget cuts.

March 06, 2013 | | Education


OHS Advances To State Science Contest

Oakdale High School's "Gold" team recently captured a fourth place finish and secured its fifth consecutive trip to the Northern California (Nor Cal) Science Olympiad State Finals during the 27th Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad held March 2 at CSU Stanislaus.

March 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


CSU Student Financial Aid Applications Due

Students wishing to apply for financial aid for California State University campuses for the 2013-2014 academic year should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting a FAFSA is Saturday, March 2. Students are strongly encouraged to apply by that priority deadline, as financial aid may be limited for submissions after March 2.

March 02, 2013 | | Education


Young Oakdale Scientists Prepare For Olympiad

More than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools will participate in the 27th Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 2 at California State University, Stanislaus (One University Circle, Turlock).

February 27, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Come To Oakdale For Ideas

The Josten's Renaissance program is about recognizing and awarding students for academic achievement. Whether students are maintaining good grades or improving their grades, the point is to reward them for their efforts and encourage them to continue focusing on academics.

February 27, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


California Dinosaurs Presentation Offered

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation by Richard Hilton, speaking on "Dinosaurs of California" on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30p.m. in Forum 110 at Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave., Modesto.

February 19, 2013 | | Education


OHS Team Earns Academic Medals, Awards At County Competition

Oakdale High School finished first overall and also won the Super Quiz at the 33rd Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon on Feb. 1-2 at Gregori High School, Modesto. The "Aca Dec" is considered the biggest academic event for local high schools and is presented by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE). It is a two-day series of tests, speeches and interviews, featuring this year's theme, "Russia" with a focus on the space race and the Russian revolution.

February 12, 2013 | | Education


A Baker's Dozen - Aca Dec Team Takes Trophy

Oakdale High School has taken the academic championship trophy again, for the 13th time in a row. The OHS team beat out 11 other high schools, swept the top spots for individual high points, and also won the Super Quiz at the 33rd Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon on Feb. 1-2 at Gregori High School, Modesto.

February 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale School Board Partly Restores Salary Cuts

Oakdale Joint Unified School District employees will see a portion of their salaries restored in actions taken by the district Board of Trustees at the Feb. 4 regular meeting. The school district is able to meet the costs incurred.

February 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Student Attends Obama Inauguration

It's not a trip he will forget. Ever.

February 06, 2013 | Virginia Still | Education


Record Keepers: OHS Wins Academic Decathlon

Oakdale High School's winning record at the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon has stayed intact for the 13th consecutive year. OHS brought the championship trophy back to Oakdale from the two-day event filled with interviews, speeches, and tests on Feb. 1-2 at Gregori High School in Modesto. The OHS team now advances to the state contest held in mid-March in Sacramento.

February 05, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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