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Round Ups Corral Students For Start Of School
Oakdale Junior High School student volunteers from left, Lily Kendig, Tara Wright, and Jenna London help scan textbooks in the school library before distributing them to students at the OJHS Round Up on July 31. - photo by Dawn M. Henley/The Leader



Class schedules, textbooks, PE clothes, student I.D. photos, senior portraits, hearing tests, early yearbook purchases and more were on the checklists of students who attended the high school and junior high Round Ups in Oakdale this year.

Oakdale Junior High School held its student Round Up for incoming seventh and eighth graders on July 31. Student and adult volunteers helped at the OJHS Round Up manning various stations in the gym and also helping librarian Barbara Denys scan and distribute textbooks in the school library.

Denys said that she started a week prior getting the stacks of books started for distribution, and getting the students and teachers orders entered into the computer. She said that they processed about 800 students at the roundup, totaling about 4,500 books.

“We prepared so well this year. It was a well-oiled machine. No stress,” she said. “The kids have been phenomenal and my parent helpers have been fabulous.”

Oakdale High School held its two-day Round Up on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1 and 2 for all four classes. OHS Vice Principal Diana Crofts reported that the high school started the Round Up differently this year and it has streamlined the process, helping them to process each class more quickly.

Students lined up at the doors of the OHS old gym, received a checklist card and went through various stations to register, get their locker assignments, purchase PE clothes, and pay fees associated with yearbooks and student body I.D. cards. Then they had their photos taken in the school cafeteria, and they finished with picking up their textbooks and class schedules in the library.

“It’s been so smooth… The kids have all been here early. It’s been great,” Crofts said.

Leadership and Link Crew students were also a big part of making the process move along, helping at various stations and with instructions. Link Crew members ushered incoming freshmen around for a tour of the campus and played icebreaker games with them. The approximately 300 freshmen present on Aug. 2 also heard a speaker in the stadium and enjoyed a pizza lunch.

Crofts said that 450 invitations to attend the Round Up were sent to incoming freshmen. She said not all come to the Round Up because some of those invitees may have moved out of the area and some wait until school starts to register and take care of other necessities.

Seniors had their portraits taken for the yearbook in the main gym throughout the whole week from July 29-Aug. 2.

Classes resume at all schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District on Thursday, Aug. 8 for the 2013-14 school year.