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TUSD faces grim budget decisions

The Turlock Unified School District's Budget Advisory Committee is scheduled to present a list of five budget reduction recommendations to the Board of Trustees at Tuesday's regular meeting.

April 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | TOP STORIES


A father’s sacrifice

Turlock parents Les and Cindy Crutcher received some of the scariest news a parent could ever hear last May.

April 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | TOP STORIES


Keys to Learning students shine at Academic Pentathlon

The Keys to Learning Charter Academic pentathlon team collected 14 medals during the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Junior High Pentathlon, held last week in Modesto.

April 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Crowell student on deck for historic Coast Guard launch

Crowell Elementary fourth grader Emily Van Gorder will never forget her recent trip to USCG Base Alameda for the commissioning of the USGCS Stratton. First Lady Michelle Obama was in attendance to launch the first Coast Guard cutter to be named after a woman, Capt. Dorothy C. Stratton, who helped establish the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard in 1944.

April 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Event to raise awareness of need for organ donors

There's a serious deficit in Stanislaus County, and it's not the budget.

April 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Red Cross seeks local heroes

The Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties, is looking for local people who have gone above and beyond in helping their neighbors to honor at the annual Heroes Breakfast.

April 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Local students enjoy spring break

Spring break has finally arrived for local students - offering a short reprieve from school work and ample time to catch up on a little fun.

April 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Taking an Easter stroll

Students from Turlock Nursery School went on an Easter walk Thursday morning to Willard Anderson's home garden in Turlock. Anderson owns a home near the school, and opened his garden to the students. The trip tied into the student's reading of "Peter Rabbit and the Briar Patch." At Anderson's garden they followed the trails like little bunnies.

April 06, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Crowell readies to ‘rock the test’

A loud and raucous gathering of Crowell Elementary students could be heard screaming on Thursday - all because of a test.

April 06, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Two initiatives, one goal: Save California’s failing education system

California ranks 47th nationally in per-pupil spending and has the largest class sizes in the country. Over the last three years, $20 billion has been cut from schools and more than 40,000 educators have been laid off.

April 06, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Dressed up for Easter

Students from Pitman High's home economics program sewed 30 dresses for donation to the Salvation Army in Turlock. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock bought the material from Cloth and Quilts in Turlock, at a discounted price.

April 03, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Band fundraiser serves up McDonald’s with a smile

Pitman High School Principal Rod Hollars, Athletic Director Dave Walls, Band Director Rueben Modesto and a host of Pitman High band students and supporters invaded the McDonald's on Geer Road Tuesday evening.

April 03, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


State lauds Merced College infant, toddler program

Last year Modesto Junior College cut its entire child development center for students with children. At the same time Merced College expanded its program to receive students as well as non-students.

April 03, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


TUSD moves ahead with TK program

The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the implementation of a transitional kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year, despite uncertain state budget scenarios.

April 03, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Principal credits enriched education as key to school’s success

Walnut Elementary Education Center was singled out by the California Department of Education on Thursday as a 2012 California Distinguished School.

March 30, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


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