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.
A race meant to be fun, promote physical fitness, and raise money for Oakdale schools is the goal of the Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Run/Walk committee.
Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.
Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan has kicked off the 'scholarship season' of the 2014-15 school year with her recent earning of a $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom. The high school senior was surprised by a check presentation, as well as a new Mac Book Air during her 6th period class on Monday.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.
In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.
For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.
Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.
The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.
The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.
The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.
Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.
Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.
The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.
It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.
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