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Students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been in school for nearly a week, as it started Aug. 10, and the school sites have been abuzz with activity and in making the necessary adjustments.

August 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Enrollment Increase For School’s Start

Students have registered for classes and found out who their teachers are going to be for the new school year. School starts today, Wednesday, Aug. 10 for students throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. That includes Cloverland, Fair Oaks, Magnolia and Sierra View elementary schools in addition to the Oakdale junior and senior high schools.

August 10, 2011 | | Education


Time Nearing To ‘Round Up’ Students

School starts in Oakdale on Wednesday, Aug. 10. To get the students processed with their books, ID cards, school pictures, and oriented to campus, Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are each hosting "Round Ups" over the course of two days on Aug. 3 and 4.

July 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parents Upset At Delay In Valley Home Superintendent’s Leave

Voting in closed session on Tuesday night, July 19, the Valley Home School Board by a 5-0 margin agreed to place Superintendent-Principal Thomas "Kevin" Hart on paid administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of child molestation by the Oakdale Police Department.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education


Valley Home - School Chief Due In Court

The arrest of Valley Home Joint School District Superintendent/Principal Kevin Hart on suspicion of child molestation has been fraught with mystery and suppression of information, including to interested parties of the school system itself.

July 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education


New Vice Principal Joins Junior High Team

Oakdale Junior High School students will meet their new Vice Principal in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, Jon Webb has already started doing some work and preparing for the start of school on Aug. 10.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Superintendent Invites Input

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Marc Malone is creating three new councils to serve in advisory and facilitative roles to the district related to facilities planning, operational planning, and classroom education.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Trustees Approve Administrator Contracts

Two-year contracts for Oakdale Joint Unified School District assistant superintendents Barbara Shook and Terri Taylor were unanimously approved by the OJUSD Board of Trustees in an action at the July 11 regular meeting. The contracts are effective through June 30, 2013.

July 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District Names New Cloverland Principal

Cloverland Elementary School will see a new Principal this year. Larry Bonds has officially taken over the role, effective July 1. He was the unanimous choice to fill the role of a seven-person interview panel that included Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Marc Malone and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Barbara Shook, two elementary school principals, a teacher, an office staff member, and a parent.

July 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Educational Tour - Students Experience US History On East Coast

Lessons learned from United States history books came alive when a contingent of three Oakdale Junior High School teachers and 40 recent eighth grade graduates made a non-school educational trip to the East Coast, covering Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City.

July 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OTA Gets New President

After serving for 10 years as the Oakdale Teachers Association president, Sierra View Elementary School teacher Linda Kraus recently stepped down. Noting that "it's time" to make room for new blood and to focus more on her other California Teachers Association project commitments and as council chairperson for the Stanislaus Service Center, which serves more than 25 locals, Kraus has passed the reins to fellow Sierra View teacher Stacy Graham.

June 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer Work Projects In Progress At Schools

School is out for summer but the district's maintenance employees are getting the annual deep cleanings and special maintenance projects done while the students are on vacation.

June 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools: No New Budget Cuts, For Now

For now, there are no new planned budget cuts for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Following a public hearing at the June 13 regular meeting of the OJUSD Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 proposed budget.

June 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Lifetime Honor - Optometrist Receives Teaching Award

Of all the accolades framed with pride on Dr. A. Lee Scaief's wall, the Oakdale optometrist, is most proud of the Merton Flom - the Big Kahuna of awards in his field.

June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Oakdale Graduates Walk Stage

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District held several graduation ceremonies over the course of three days, May 25-27, each hosted at Oakdale High School. Commencement exercises for Oakdale High School, Oakdale Junior High School, and Alternative Education schools East Stanislaus High School, Valley Oak High School, and Oakdale Charter High School hosted more than 700 graduates in all.

Check out the June 1 issue of The Oakdale Leader for more coverage and photos.

June 03, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Record Keepers: OHS Wins Academic Decathlon

Oakdale High School's winning record at the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon has stayed intact for the 13th consecutive year. OHS brought the championship trophy back to Oakdale from the two-day event filled with interviews, speeches, and tests on Feb. 1-2 at Gregori High School in Modesto. The OHS team now advances to the state contest held in mid-March in Sacramento.

February 05, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Talks Safety

School safety, communicating a crisis to the public, laws relating to weapons on campus, and suggestions for improvements were all part of a special meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees on Jan. 28.

January 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Class Acts - School Employees Honored

Kim Leverett and Annabeth Alcazar are "Employees Making a Difference" as voted on by their peers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

January 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Cast Egyptian Masks

Sixth grade students at Sierra View Elementary School recently made mummy masks of their own faces as a project for their unit of study on ancient Egypt.

January 30, 2013 | | Education


OHS Team Pursues Aca Dec Trophy

Could this year be the Baker's Dozen or the Lucky 13 of consecutive championships for the Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team?

January 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Ready For Academic Contest

Oakdale High School has captured 12 successive Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championship trophies. How the team fares at this year's competition will be revealed this weekend, Feb. 1-2, as they face off against nearly a dozen other high school teams in a series of interviews, speeches, and tests.

January 29, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Special Safety Meeting Scheduled

A special board meeting for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District to cover school safety plans is slated for Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30p.m. at the Oakdale City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second. The meeting is open to the public.

January 23, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Counseling Gets Social

The Oakdale High School counseling department is looking for people to "like" them.

January 23, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Classified Employees To Be Honored

Kim Leverett, an Administrative Assistant in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District office, and Annabeth Alcazar, an English Language Program Instructional Aide at Sierra View Elementary School, will be among 28 classified school employees in Stanislaus County honored today, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at a special reception held at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto.

January 22, 2013 | | Education


School Care Closet Needs Restocking

Once donations have been made to local charities and the holidays are over, some people forget that there are continuous needs and those holiday donations can be quickly depleted.

January 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Trustees Hear Safety Plan

An overview of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's safety plan and coordinated crisis response plan was presented to the district Board of Trustees at the Jan. 14 regular meeting. In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, information about school district safety plans has been in the forefront of people's minds.

January 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Public Invited To County Music Fest

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.

January 15, 2013 | | Education


General Fund Impact - Special Ed Costs Soaring

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).

January 08, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Kids’ Museum Gives Glimpse Of Ancient Egypt

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.

January 02, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Breakfast Honors Kids Doing School Right

Oakdale High School's academic movers and shakers were honored recently with the "Doing High School Right" breakfast for the first semester.

December 26, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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