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DUSD receives $1.1 million loan from county

The Stanislaus County Office of Education is stepping up to help the embattled Denair Unified School District deal with its cash flow problems by issuing a $1.1 million loan.

May 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Samantha Scott earns K-12 perfect attendance

Pitman High School graduating senior Samantha Scott has spent 15,210 hours in class while a student in the Turlock Unified School District over the past 13 years. Each school year consists of 180 days and Scott has been at all 2,340 days, from kindergarten to senior year of high school.

May 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pitman students pilot tour guide program at Castle Air Museum

Pitman High senior Ryan Hanson's father was born on the Castle Air Force Base in Atwater so when he discovered that he could return to the site and give tours to younger students at the now Castle Air Museum through a program at his high school, he jumped at the opportunity.

May 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Wakefield club runs toward success

Those passing by Wakefield Elementary Friday afternoon probably saw students in green shirts running around the school with three words in big, yellow letters on their backs: Be the Motivation.

May 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Employment up, wages down, finds report

Locals seeking employment can rest assured that their odds of attaining a job are increasing as several sectors in the San Joaquin Valley are growing and employing more people, despite a slight decrease in wages.

May 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Scholarship money awarded to Denair Charter Academy students for first time

Seven graduates preparing to leave Denair Charter Academy can start the next chapter of their academic career with a smile on their face as they are the first group of graduates from the Charter to receive scholarship money.

May 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


At age 79 Alice Walner earns her high school diploma

When Alice Ruth Walner left Turlock High School at 16-years-old without graduating, she did not imagine that she would return more than 60 years later to walk across the stage at the Turlock Adult School graduation ceremony to receive her high school diploma and give a speech to the graduating class.

May 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pitman student’s Michael Jackson performance goes viral

Pitman High School junior Brett Nichols grew up watching Michael Jackson videos religiously, but little did he know one day he would be the center of attention with his performance of the late superstar's famed song "Billie Jean" generating over 5.5 million views one day after being uploaded to YouTube.

May 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD has good character

Turlock Unified School District Staff were recognized for their contributions, large and small, to the District through TUSD's Character Counts initiative at the board meeting Tuesday night. Each month the District recognizes students from each school who exemplify the monthly character building trait, such as respect or trustworthiness, and this month it was the staff's turn to be honored for their worthwhile efforts. Those recognized included: Jackie Bernaciak, Brown Elementary School; Becky Perdue, Crowell Elementary School; Maria Covarrubias, Cunningham Elementary School; Mary Richards, Dutcher Middle School; Natalie Hayes, Earl Elementary School; Esmirna Imperial, eCademy Charter at Crane School ...

May 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Lunch will cost a little more for TUSD students

Local parents paying to have their child eat a 'hot lunch' at school may consider packing a sandwich for their little one as the Turlock Unified School District will be charging $40 more a year for school lunches to account for increased food costs in upcoming years.

May 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


GDI Insurance hosts Community Safety Saturday

The intersection of Canal Street and Geer Road in Turlock was partly closed down on Saturday but there was no accident or street fair in sight. Rather, it was the Capital Insurance Group's Community Safety Saturday hosted by local business GDI Insurance.

May 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Tlaloc Barajas achieves Eagle Scout

Students and staff of Crowell Elementary have probably noticed the campus looking spruced up as of late, with fresh coats of paint on parking curbs, benches, poles and more. While the project benefitted the school's appearance, it also served a dual purpose as Tlaloc Barajas' Eagle Scout project.

May 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair Unified updates logo to reflect District's new direction

After a tumultuous year and a half that left the Denair Unified School District facing a potential state takeover due to its poor fiscal condition, the District is reinventing itself with a renewed vision evident in its new District logo.

May 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Stewardship tour highlights almond industry innovation, challenges

Hundreds of almond orchards flank the entrance of Stewart and Jasper, an almond processing facility on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley. Follow the long drive and eventually those almond orchards are replaced with a more unique crop: solar panels.

May 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Crowell students get early start on career planning

When April Welch moved from Turlock Junior High School to Crowell Elementary to teach sixth grade, she brought her knowledge, teaching tools and one novel idea to the elementary school level: a Career Fair.

May 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Cross with caution: City begins North Walnut median construction

When the school bell rings most students are eager to escape the confines of the classroom and dart off campus, but some Turlock Junior High School students' paths may be impeded due to the construction of a median strip on the eastside of the campus on North Walnut Road.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


United Samaritans Foundation celebrates two decades in community

Years ago there was an area of Hughson that was called "Lost City" – a housing development recognizable only by its dilapidated condition. In one of the two bedroom apartments lived a family with eight children and each day they would make their way to the United Samaritans Foundation food truck for lunch where they would see the friendly face of Maris Sturtevant.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlocker celebrates international education in China

Turlocker Matthew Jacob recently traveled far beyond city limits to the Great Hall of the People in China to talk international education at the Commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the re-establishment of educational exchanges between the U.S. and China.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TID chief dam safety engineer nationally recognized

Turlock Irrigation District Chief Dam Safety Engineer Peggy Harding is gaining national attention as a female trailblazer in an industry dominated by men, evident by her recent "Women With Hydro Vision" award from the PennWell Hydro Group.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grizzly Rock Café offers locals American cuisine off the beaten path

Name: Grizzly Rock Café

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City water conservation measures lackluster compared to state regulations

While the State Water Resources Control Board recently approved an emergency regulation to allow local governments and agencies to fine citizens for excessive outdoor water use, local citizens will not be affected by the new measures since the City of Turlock instituted its own water conservation rules more than 20 years ago.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New title, new positions at the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance

The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance has undergone a makeover that has the organization sporting a new name with new leaders at the helm of what is officially now known as the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Progress made in downtown McDonald’s

While downtown Turlock prepares to play host to a McDonald's restaurant in the future, the surrounding area will also be spruced up through an agreement with the City of Turlock and the hamburger franchise owner.

July 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


TID Directors tour city water treatment plant

Precisely one week after the Turlock Irrigation District's weekly meeting that left the City of Turlock and the District at odds over the use of local water, the TID Board of Directors made their way to the City's Water Quality Control Facility to take a firsthand look at how local sewer water is treated to become irrigation water.

July 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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