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Campaign Focuses On School Attendance

Increasing student attendance rates and raising awareness about the importance of school attendance is the goal of a recently-launched campaign by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

September 26, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Annual Benefit For Oakdale Schools Slated

In its effort to enrich the educations of students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, the Oakdale Educational Foundation is holding the "Music 'n' Motion" fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Teachers Seek New Classroom Funding Options

When Sierra View Elementary School second grade teacher Linda Kraus finally decided that she needed a digital camera for her classroom, instead of always borrowing the school camera, she knew where to turn.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Show Kindness, Compassion - OJUSD Students Challenged To Step Up

An essay written by a student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado inspired a program called Rachel's Challenge to combat bullying and create a culture of kindness and compassion on school campuses.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Schools Lead In Exit Exam Passage

Oakdale schools' pass rates of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) are higher than any other unified school district in Stanislaus County and surpass the county and state average pass rates, according to a report given to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Sept. 10 regular meeting.

September 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Bullying Presentation Due For Students, Community

Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Her family found her diary that contained an essay called "My Ethics, My Codes of Life" and then developed a program called Rachel's Challenge, which in part, challenges students to eliminate prejudice, set big goals, and be mindful of their influence.

September 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Pressing Tees, Raising Money

A project to raise money by printing T-shirts is gaining steam in the Oasis after school program at Oakdale Junior High School.

September 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


County Culinary School Cooking Up Cool

Whether learning life skills or prepping for a culinary career, Oakdale High School ROP students are enjoying the fruits - literally - of their labor as they learn how to cut, prepare, and cook as part of the culinary arts course offered at the newly opened Oakdale Community School campus on South Yosemite Avenue.

August 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Fair Oaks Changes Parent Group Affiliation

Fair Oaks Elementary School has made a switch from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The PTA group decided to disband and become a new type of parent-teacher organization because they felt a PTC would better meet the needs of the school.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fall Previews Debut Today

As the 2012-13 school year ushers in a new cast of athletes for each sport, it also offers a chance for the Oakdale Leader to preview Oakdale High's perennially successful programs on their respective fields of play. Today's Aug. 29 edition of The Leader features the first of a three part series highlighting 'Oakdale's Most Wanted' athletes and the teams they play for. This week, team previews on Mustang football and volleyball teams can be found on Page B1, accompanied by Old West-style wanted posters featuring two of 'Oakdale's Most Wanted': Spencer Thomas and Kellie Gratigny ...

August 29, 2012 | | Education


Oakdale Teacher Named Poet Laureate

Poetry is a passion for Gillian Wegener; she said it is a big part of who she is.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New Kindergarten Class Added

An increased number of kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District has resulted in the establishment of an additional kindergarten class and the hiring of a temporary teacher for the school year.

August 29, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Chance To Help Magnolia School Win Grant

The community and supporters of Oakdale schools have an opportunity to help Magnolia Elementary School win a grant from Raley's through an online contest. The contest is in its final days and ends this Friday, Aug. 31.

August 27, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Art Corps Kicks Off At Fair Oaks

Dedicated volunteers coupled with great support from teachers and family interest have made it possible to launch the Art Corps program this year at Fair Oaks Elementary School, a year earlier than expected.

August 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Enrollment Up In Oakdale Schools

Student enrollment numbers appear to be up slightly this year, wrapping up a full week of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. School started Aug. 14 and OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Terri Taylor supplied enrollment numbers on Aug 20.

August 22, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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OJUSD Talks Safety

School safety, communicating a crisis to the public, laws relating to weapons on campus, and suggestions for improvements were all part of a special meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees on Jan. 28.

January 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Class Acts - School Employees Honored

Kim Leverett and Annabeth Alcazar are "Employees Making a Difference" as voted on by their peers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

January 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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


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