More than 300 projects were entered in the 28th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District that ran March 7-10 at the Oakdale FES Hall. Event coordinator Kathy Jenkins reported that most of the entries were from the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, there were numerous individual projects, seven class projects, and the group projects were exhibited by third through eighth graders. She coordinated the event with school district staff member Brenda Kindred.
A race meant to be fun, promote physical fitness, and raise money for Oakdale schools is the goal of the Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Run/Walk committee.
The Oakdale High School Aca Deca team placed eighth overall at the 32nd Annual California Academic Decathlon held March 11-14 in Sacramento, making it the highest-ranking Northern California team this year. Oakdale parent Lori Bolme said the team captured eight individual medals when she delivered the report during public comments to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the March 14 regular meeting.
Fun activities and events helped motivate children and generate enthusiasm for reading in Oakdale schools when Read Across America, a nationwide event to promote literacy, was observed on March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Another championship award has been added to Oakdale High School's academic trophy case as the OHS Science Olympiad team took the top prize at the 25th Annual Regional Science Olympiad at Modesto Junior College on March 5. They will advance to the NorCal State Championships in Clovis on April 9.
What's the effect of a single good deed? Students at Magnolia Elementary School are about to find out once they watch a drama production featuring their peers that focuses on doing nice things for others.
When a student needs sweat clothes or tennis shoes for PE, school supplies, a jacket, or even a backpack for school, KIND is there to help fill that need.
The Salmon Project for this year's fourth graders at Sierra View Elementary School recently came to an end as they released the Chinook salmon they've been studying and learning about since the fall.
After several months of preparation and the harried intensity of pulling together the last minute details, 20 of Oakdale High School's best and brightest science students will compete in the 25th Annual Regional Science Olympiad at Modesto Junior College on March 5.
The tentative successor agreement between the Oakdale Teachers Association and the Oakdale Joint Unified School District was ratified by the district's Board of Trustees at the Feb. 28 regular meeting. The teachers agreed to a 2.5 percent pay cut and five unpaid furlough days for the 2011-2012 year. This will result in a salary savings of $471,581 to the district in the 2011-2012 budget.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees ratified a tentative agreement with the Oakdale Teachers Association last night at the Feb. 28 board meeting. The teachers agreed to a pay cut and furlough days for the 2011-2012 school year. Read the March 2 issue of The Leader for more details.
College awareness has been a theme throughout February at Oakdale High School, as February is College Awareness Month. Further, in support of College Awareness Month on a countywide level, Feb. 18 was "Wear Your College Logo to Work" day.
Maybe they're not future hip hop superstars but sophomores in Bob Wessling's biology class at Oakdale High School found their inner musicians and made biology rap songs about DNA and RNA.
Oakdale High School student Chloe Schoemann was named the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman at the Saturday, Feb. 19 scholarship competition, formerly known as Junior Miss, held at Magnolia School auditorium.
This week marks the final week of Oakdale's Super Summer Camp program offered through the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Camp is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and campers can attend any or all of the weeklong summer sessions.
School supplies are being collected now, as Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials look toward the fast approaching start of the new school year.
Homeschooling is a rewarding educational alternative. It is especially valuable for those families wanting to pass on their religious heritage, family values or personal beliefs to their children. Special needs or high achieving children who do not fit into a typical campus classroom benefit greatly from the one on one work at an individual pace.
Oakdale FFA members recently attended a three-day sectional leadership conference in Pinecrest over a weekend, at Camp Sylvester. During this time FFA chapters from the Stanislaus-Tuolumne section and the Tri-Rivers section went along with two delegates selected by their chapters. These delegates were to vote for the new sectional officers that would represent each section at regional meetings and events and also help run the section.
Trot on down to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds for horse show and livestock events before the fair opens.
Knights Ferry School held its commencement ceremony on June 3, graduating 13 eighth graders. Each of the graduates had speaking parts in the ceremony.
The 2014-2015 school budget was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the June 9 regular meeting.
Summer Camp is open. Oakdale's Super Summer Camp started on June 2 and is an eight-week summer program for children in kindergarten through sixth grades to keep them engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.
Valley Home Joint School District held its eighth grade commencement ceremony on May 21 at the school gymnasium, with eight students graduating.
Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.
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