The Oakdale FFA chapter held its annual awards banquet at the Bianchi Community Center on May 3, handing out numerous achievement awards for its members, as well as recognizing parents and others in the community who've been supportive.
Administrative Changes At Schools
Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning, considered an outstanding and well-rounded student, was recently named the winner of the Leo Volz Scholarship. The prestigious and coveted scholarship pays 100 percent of an Oakdale student's college tuition and books for four years of undergraduate education at an accredited two- or four-year college of their choice.
What Oakdale High School senior will have his four-year college education paid for in full due to being an outstanding, well-rounded student? He's the winner of a special scholarship endowed by a former local farmer. Find out who the 2011 Leo Volz Scholarship winner is in the May 4 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
While their peers are out on the playground for lunchtime recess, more than a dozen students at Cloverland Elementary School are meeting, by choice, with adults to read books.
Oakdale Junior High School seventh graders, teachers and parent chaperones are off on a Southwest adventure, including some exploration of the Grand Canyon, for a six-day educational tour during Spring Break, April 25-30.
Two local educators or community members who make a significant difference in the community through their contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education and the enrichment of the lives of children are selected by the Oakdale Teachers Association each year to receive the California Teachers Association School Bell award. They help instill in others the knowledge, judgment and values that shape society and enhance the lives of future generations.
Oakdale High School art teacher Nancy Kern, librarian Audrey Rinna, and history teacher Marty Fauria had a vision to extend the historical mural that is housed in the school library.
In what is being called a rousing success by participants, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce sponsored job shadow event hosted the highest number of applicants in the history of the program with 37 students and 43 applicants.
Two local individuals have made significant contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education. Additionally, they've enriched of the lives of children in this community and were recently selected by the Oakdale Teachers Association to receive the 2011 California Teachers Association School Bell award.
Who are they?
After a comprehensive and competitive search process, Marc Malone was recently named the new Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Malone currently serves as the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and will assume the Superintendent role on July 1 from the retiring Fred Rich.
Oakdale elementary schools got into the rodeo spirit on April 8, embracing Oakdale's western heritage by dressing and decorating in cowboy style in honor of the Oakdale Rodeo.
Fair Oaks Elementary School recently won the Elementary Science Olympiad, out of 20 teams, bringing home their third championship in the past five years. The Fair Oaks team consisted of 17 members and was coached by teachers Danny Rogers and Mary White. Fair Oaks had 10 students medal in six events.
The Oakdale High School Science Olympiad team had its best finish yet at the NorCal State Science Olympiad championship, according to team coach Cameron Nickerson. This year the team earned medals in three events, compared to one medal on each of the two prior trips to the NorCal event.
The search is over for a new Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and the Board of Trustees didn't have to look too far. Current Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone was tapped to fill the Superintendent position after a comprehensive search and two full days of interviews.
"Simply stated, a comprehensive search and interview process was always foremost in the minds of the trustees," said Board President Rick W. Jones. "The interview process was arduous and fair, with top-quality candidates applying. It was unequivocally clear that Marc Malone truly earned the Superintendent's position."
Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.
Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan has kicked off the 'scholarship season' of the 2014-15 school year with her recent earning of a $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom. The high school senior was surprised by a check presentation, as well as a new Mac Book Air during her 6th period class on Monday.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.
In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.
For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.
Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.
The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.
The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.
The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.
Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.
Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.
The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.
It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.
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