Magnolia Elementary School hosted its first "Spring Fling" fundraising carnival on Friday, April 20 to replenish funds for the Parent Teacher Club, which covers costs of special arts programs for students and various field trips.
The Leo Volz Scholarship winner was formally announced and approved at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the April 23 regular meeting. The Leo Volz Scholarship is a 100-percent paid tuition award to any accredited four-year university and is awarded to a well-rounded student who must meet a number of selection criteria.
For the first time in four years, facilities fees will see an increase in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. At the April 23 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved a resolution to increase the Level I fees. There was first a public hearing on the matter where the board heard a brief report by Ken Reynolds, who compiled the 2012 Developer Fee Justification Study.
It was just last year when Oakdale Saddle Club invited all four Oakdale Elementary Schools to participate in the rich history of our western lifestyle and rodeo heritage of the "Cowboy Capital of the World" with the Rodeo Spirit Contest. The Oakdale Saddle Club is a strong supporter of the annual AG Days at Oakdale Elementary Schools where many club members volunteer to educate children about area ranching and the sport of rodeo.
A recent hands-on California missions project helped students get a better picture of the structures and functions of the missions in early California history. All fourth graders at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Wendi Petroni's, Heather O'Hearn's, and Lisa Graham's classes recently presented their historic California missions projects, which were represented in different forms and showed the investment of time made by the students.
Learning a new language can be a challenge and Oakdale High School Spanish teacher Joe Gilbert believes that it takes more than just book learning to master it.
What's old has become new again in the ASPIRE after school program at Magnolia Elementary School. With most home economics classes having fallen victim to long-ago budget cuts, the after school program is offering a new generation of students the opportunity to learn the basics of sewing.
Some local after school program students are taking a time-honored tradition and turning it into a new-found skill. Previously passed down to generations of girls by their mothers, some students in Magnolia Elementary School's ASPIRE program are learning an old craft that's new to them that they can use for fun, family, or a fashion career.
A collection of leadership students from all seven Valley Oak League high schools gathered in the Mustang gymnasium on March 21 to listen to Olympic gold medalist Darnell Hall, who celebrated his 10-year anniversary of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona by speaking with local students.
The third annual SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Fun Run/Walk event brought out runners and walkers of all ages to raise money for schools in Oakdale on Saturday, March 24. SOS committee member Stacey Aprile reported that there were 360 race registrants this year for the 1-mile and 5K event that wound its way through the neighborhood streets of Oakdale, starting and finishing at Cloverland Elementary School.
Addressing the needs of underperforming subgroups of students will be the subject of a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 3 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The 6 p.m. event to be held at the Magnolia Elementary School auditorium is part of a district-wide effort to help parents help their children improve their academic performance.
Hundreds of science projects filled the rooms of the FES Hall March 13-15 as students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the 29th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
Oakdale High School junior Aimee Ramirez received a "Superior" rating for her flute performance along with a certificate and medal from the Central Valley chapter of California Music Educators Association (CMEA) in a recent solo/ensemble competition. Ratings for the competition are: needs improvement, fair, good, excellent, and superior.
To get ready for the prom, the combined expenses of a prom ticket, hair, makeup, jewelry, shoes, and a matching bag really add up. The biggest expense, however, is often the dress.
The addition of a new position for a mental health therapist/clinician at Oakdale High School was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the March 12 regular meeting.
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.