As part of his vision to keep the Oakdale Joint Unified School District moving forward and continuously improving, Superintendent Marc Malone wanted teachers to identify instructional norms and create a cohesive strategy to improve student learning.
Oakdale High School senior Justin Martinez was named Mr. Mustang on March 9 in the 2012 OHS Mr. Mustang contest held at the Magnolia school auditorium. He was also named Mr. Congeniality. Senior Marcus Hernandez and junior Adam Lahey tied for First Runner Up, seniors Jeremy Neathery, Thomas Angarole, and Braden Lee also competed.
Third graders usually don't take part in dissecting cow eyeballs as part of their science studies. But students in Melissa Clark's class at Magnolia Elementary School aren't a usual group.
Hundreds of kindergarten through sixth grade students are preparing for the annual Oakdale Joint Unified School District science fair. The fair runs Tuesday, March 13 through Thursday, March 15 and takes place at the FES Hall on Lee Avenue.
Budding young scientists from throughout the region are gearing up for the 26th Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad set for Saturday, March 3 at Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. inside the gym.
While ancient Egypt existed thousands of years ago, Cloverland Elementary School sixth graders brought the relics and artifacts from the reign of the pharaohs to life by recreating them and exhibiting them in their classroom "museums."
In an effort to further engage Spanish-speaking parents of Oakdale High School students in their children's education, with an emphasis on helping their children to achieve a post-secondary education, a nine-week program called Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is being offered to facilitate the goal.
District GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students are getting ready for an out-of-this-world mission in the form of a play.
The winner of the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon is Oakdale High School.
Students who are enrolled in various types of agriculture classes at Oakdale High School visited Oakdale Junior High School on Friday, Jan. 27 to make presentations and display their FFA project animals.
Some families will have to make special arrangements for the care of their children in late February, as school won't be in session. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District will have a full week off for "Presidents' Week," which takes place Feb. 18-22. The Monday and Friday that week are holidays and the three days in between are days off. They are not furlough days, nor is it Spring Break, which takes place in April.
A year ago, Oakdale High School teacher Pete Simoncini submitted a lengthy application to read and evaluate Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history essays from the national AP U.S. history test.
While the state legislature has mandated that school districts across California put transitional kindergarten programs into action at the start of the next school year (Kindergarten Readiness Act), Oakdale Joint Unified School District is putting the implementation of it on hold.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District school bus mechanic and bus driver Richard Melo and Dina Page, lead custodian at Fair Oaks Elementary School, were recently named two of the six nominees who were chosen to represent Stanislaus County in the California School Employee of the Year program, coordinated by the California Department of Education.
The academic "Super Bowl" for local high schools, the 32nd Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, is a little over a week away and Oakdale High School is preparing for the possibility of attaining its 12th consecutive championship.
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.