(Editor's Note: This week, The Leader brings back a popular regular feature of several years ago, the poetic writings of local students. These poems were submitted through the GATE program; however, The Leader welcomes poetry submissions from all students at local schools, all grade levels. Not all poems submitted will be published; we will feature a few each time the Poet's Corner appears.)
Oakdale students at Sierra View and Cloverland Elementary schools were recently visited by Food 4 Thought, LLC and treated to their Farm to School program. The students were educated about farming as well as given an opportunity to take home some farm fresh produce. Visits to Magnolia and Fair Oaks have been scheduled for October.
Standing both strong and united, Oakdale High School Senior Class officers are ready to get to work for the Class of 2017. Officers include, clockwise from left: Sophie Hill, President; Collin Harrity, Secretary; Maddy Brewer, Treasurer and Farrah Gomes, Vice- President.
To feed the world's rapidly growing population and tackle many other global challenges, our country's next generation of leaders will need to be highly-skilled in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). That's why the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has awarded the Knights Ferry Elementary School District with a $25,000 grant.
Newly hired Oakdale Joint Unified certificated staff attended orientation on Friday to prepare them for the 2016-17 school year. Photographed, front row: Grace Tobias, Megan Stevens, Lindsay Rice, Angela Camboia, Kim Bianchi, Stacy Giesler. Middle row: Alyssa Guzman, Rachel Barfield, Margie Fast, Jessica Menefee, Alexis Greer, Sue Kirland. Back row: Marjean Rath, Leslie Carver, Matt Candelario, Jessica Fisher, Bobby Cole, Breanna Vaughn, Sara Lofton, Cynthia Rawe, Joey Prather, Andrew Cayabyab, Veronica Hallsteinsson. Not present: Savannah Stender and Sara Martin.
Monday night proved to be par for the course as Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees gathered for the first meeting of the 2016-17 school year. With the opening of the new year just two days post meeting, the session was a short 30-minute gathering reviewing financial reports and general business.
As Oakdale youth busy themselves searching for shoes, backpacks and supplies, Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators and staff are equally busy on their respective campuses. Each of the four elementary schools, as well as Oakdale Junior High, will welcome new administrators to their sites to start the 2016-17 school year. Classes resume for all students on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the opening of California's 10th District Congressional App Challenge. This challenge invites middle and high school students to compete with peers to create and showcase their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The best app will be displayed in an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on Nov. 2, 2016 and will be judged by a panel of local judges. The 10th District's winner will be announced during the week of Dec. 5, 2016.
Twelve-year-old Seth Ackerman doesn't hold the secret to wellness or exceptional health. The former Fair Oaks sixth grader does, however, hold a plaque and the honor of being acknowledged for zero days of absence or tardies during his seven years of attendance at the elementary school.