Super Summer Camp, offered by Oakdale Joint Unified School District, is kicking off for the second year on Monday, June 4. When the City of Oakdale decided to stop operating the program, the school district took over the summer recreation program for children and added a few extras.
As one era of their lives has come to an end, a new era, full of promise, lies ahead for Oakdale's graduates.
In an effort to stop trouble before it starts, 100 adult and high school student volunteers came together to help with an "ounce of prevention" at the Drugstore Project event on May 16 for approximately 800 fifth and sixth graders in the school district.
They've climbed the ladder of academic success and while proud of their achievements, three Oakdale High School students remain humble about their honor in being named "head of the class."
With more than $120,000 in pledges and donations for scholarships this year, 105 seniors from Oakdale High School turned out for the 44th Annual Scholarship Night program at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on May 8.
Approximately $3.5 million in developer fees and project savings is expected to mature at the end of June 2013 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and must be used for construction or facilities improvements within the next five years. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a report on district facilities at the regular meeting on May 14 and the steps that have been taken so far to prepare to use those funds once they are available so that they are not "lost."
The pomp and circumstance of graduation is just around the corner as schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District host a series of commencement ceremonies next week. School administrators have provided information and instructions for families and friends of graduates, as well as the graduates themselves, who attend these community events.
The Fair Oaks Elementary School first graders received a special treat Wednesday, May 9 when they traveled by bus to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County.
Eight individuals made decisions to retire at the end of this school year from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
Developer fees and project savings totaling approximately $3.5 million, which must be used for construction or facilities improvements within the next five years, is expected to mature at the end of June 2013 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District
Retirees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District will be honored with a reception on Monday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m., just prior to the 6:30 p.m. Board of Trustees regular meeting at the district's Technology and Staff Development Center near Oakdale High School.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 7-11, various schools in the area have recognized teachers for their passion and skills in educating children. At Valley Home School, the Parent Teacher Club organized a week of special activities.
Jim Greaves has been teaching students for 50 years and counting – and he has no plans to retire.
With Oakdale High School's graduation just weeks away, the Sober Grad Night committee is working on putting the finishing touches on the event geared to help the students celebrate and have fun while staying out of harm's way.
Cloverland Elementary School's Parent Teacher Club is hosting the school's 8th Annual Art Show this week. It is open to friends and family on Tuesday, May 1 from 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. and also on Wednesday, May 2 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Classrooms will also be touring the art show on Tuesday, May 1 during the open hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.