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Miss Manners visits Turlock Christian

Chivalry is not dead, at least not at Turlock Christian where Miss Manners provided junior high and high school students insight into the importance of social decorum and propriety in the world after high school on Friday.

April 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair High hosts Diego Rivera exhibit

A steady of flow of students and community members wound in and out of the Denair High School library this week but they were not checking out books. Instead, they were witnessing the traveling Diego Rivera exhibition which featured several replicated works by the famed painter.

April 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Budget breakdown: TUSD prioritizes spending for 2014-2015 school year

Toni Boster, the parent of a student in the Turlock Unified School District, recently remarked how refreshing it is to be able to use the word "spend" rather than "cut" at a TUSD Board of Trustees meeting. Boster is also chair of the Budget Advisory Committee, which is composed of a variety of stakeholders within the District and serves as an advisory committee to the Board. The advisory committee presented its spending priorities to the Board in March, which were then honed over the past several weeks into nine items. On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees approved these nine expenditures ...

April 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Former teacher joins race for mayor

Although Mayor John Lazar has opted to forego a third term as Mayor with his recent announcement to drop out of this year's election, Turlock citizens will still have two candidates to choose from when marking their ballots in November as retired teacher, Ed Brault, 85, joins the race with Turlock farmer Gary Soiseth.

April 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


CSUS brings hands-on science to Osborn

When Iris Haapanen explains the sciences to her teaching credential students at California State University, Stanislaus she tells them to look around: look at the stars, at the trees, at the carbonation in soda - it's all science. This spirit of consciousness is the same dynamic that Haapanen aims to recreate at the annual CSUS Science Fun Nights at Osborn Elementary school.

April 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD to vote on ban of electronic nicotine devices

For every rule there is a loop hole and this includes the Turlock Unified School District's anti-tobacco policy which is being updated to include electronic nicotine devices.

April 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local sorority highlights Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Awareness Day was Wednesday and landmarks across the country were lit up in blue in recognition to those touched by autism around the globe. The national initiative also took a local turn at California State University, Stanislaus where sorority Alpha Xi Delta hosted a public event for families to increase autism awareness and support their philanthropic organization, Autism Speaks.

April 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TJHS 7th grade team takes 2nd in academic pentathlon

While many students often dread completing their homework, there are some who thrive in the academic environment, such as the 7th grade academic pentathlon team at Turlock Junior High School, which is composed of these study-ready students who recently took 2nd place in the county competition.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Nonprofit leaves its ‘STAMP’ on the community

Upon his return from teaching English in Japan for three years, Turlock native Michael Camara could not shake the teaching bug. After joining in on his family's venture in the dairy industry, Camara soon found himself tutoring the children of an employee who were struggling with English. It was through this experience that he conceived the idea to launch a nonprofit with the aim of not only helping students but also teachers in the educational community, thus the Stanislaus Tutoring and Mentoring Program was born.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Uber comes to the Central Valley

When Turlock native Spencer Rinkus moved to San Francisco he did not anticipate that he would eventually work for one of the most popular startups in the Bay Area: Uber. An application that individuals can download to their iPhone or Android devices, Uber connects riders with certified drivers that are near them, revolutionizing the transportation and cab services industry. After a small advertising startup at which Rinkus was working was acquired by Yahoo!, Rinkus was on the hunt for another position and found his way to Uber.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


6,764 years of Assyrian culture

March 21 marked the 6764 Assyrian New Year, and local community members honored the event on Saturday at the Assyrian American Civic Club where guests of all ages celebrated Assyrian heritage through traditional dance, food and customs.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Ag in Motion inspires local students

Drivers near the intersection of Colorado and Hawkeye Avenues in the past week were probably wondering what a large, colorful trailer was doing on the Dutcher Middle School campus. Upon closer inspection, people passing by could read a few words printed on the exterior:" Bringing ag science to youth."

March 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


THS administrators experience Navy’s Educator at Sea program

Last week Turlock High School principal Marie Peterson and counselor Eric Swanson missed three days of school, but not for typical reasons that educators are often gone such as conferences or trainings. This time, they were far out at sea on a Naval aircraft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

March 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


University to open art gallery downtown

While Turlock's downtown restaurant scene has expanded in recent years, the area will soon be playing host to a more culturally appetizing establishment: the California State University, Stanislaus Art Gallery.

March 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CSUS kicks off lecture series with famed economist

Last November newly sworn-in president of California State University, Stanislaus Joseph Sheley expressed his mission to bridge the gap between the college and its surrounding community. This goal is starting to come to fruition as the university played host to renowned economist Arthur Laffer Thursday evening.

March 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Local sorority aims for equality for disabled

The sisters of the Alpha Pi Sigma sorority at California State University, Stanislaus are working to increase awareness and equality for disabled individuals through their newfound partnership with The Society for Disabilities.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Spring into the Easter holiday with family themed events

Spring is in the air and jelly beans are on the shelves of grocery stores across the country which means Easter is fast approaching.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Merced County honors local volunteers

Last week may have been National Volunteer Week but the efforts made by local individuals and organizations in Merced County are lasting contributions that will boost the local community all year long.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cyrus Elia finds the right note for success in music

Cyrus Elia is a 16-year-old sophomore at Pitman High School with a knack, or rather a gift, for music. Recently named one of 16 cellists in California to make the All State Orchestra, Elia attributes his success to his musical family's encouragement and the supportive Turlock Unified School District programs. Referred to as "easily in the top 1 percent of all the students I've had the pleasure to work with in my 14 year career" by Pitman High School director of bands Ruben Modesto, Elia spent time reflecting upon his musical experience and discussing his plans for the ...

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


DUSD celebrates Week of the Young Child

Preschool and kindergarten students of the Denair Unified School District were treated to a special day of festivities on Friday in a culminating celebration of Week of the Young Child. The themed week is an annual celebration sponsored through the National Association for the Education of Young Children which aims to draw attention to the need and importance of childhood development.

April 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Cunningham Elementary hosts first Family Fitness Night

The common adage "A family that plays together, stays together" rang true at Cunningham Elementary School on Friday evening where families gathered to participate in healthy outdoor activities at the first ever Family Fitness Night.

April 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


From pain to philanthropy

Hospital doctors and nurses take care of various patients for a multitude of issues every day, but they rarely have the opportunity to see their patients performing successfully in life once they have left the hospital. After a traumatic experience that left Turlock Christian sophomore McAllister Russell in the hands of the Children's Hospital of Oakland for several weeks, the local student felt it imperative to give back to the people who helped save her life.

April 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock woman reflects on 100 years

World War II, the Nixon Watergate scandal, the civil rights movements of the 1960s and the jazzercise fad of the 1980s - Maryadell Boone has seen it all and then some as today marks her 100th birthday. While Boone has lived through some of the most iconic decades of recent history, throughout the vast changes Boone's life has remained relatively the same.

April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


DUSD hires new financial business exec

The Denair Unified School District is often compared to a close-knit family and this week the District is welcoming new blood through the hire of Linda Covello, the new Chief Business Officer.

April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock Leadership forges local partnerships

If a community's strength is reflected in its leaders, then Turlock is a powerful community due in part to the mission of Leadership Turlock.

April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CSUS Relay for Life generates thousands for cancer research

Thousands of people cross the California State University, Stanislaus campus each day, but on Saturday hundreds of those people were walking for a cause: cancer.

April 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Recent immigrant Bryan Hernandez finds academic success

Although he moved to the United States from Mexico only a year ago, Bryan Hernandez is already fluent in English, something many individuals spend a lifetime trying to do.

April 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Can you dig it? Dutcher Middle School garden comes to fruition

Three apple trees, two almond trees, five grape vines and rows of radishes, green beans and corn-this is just the beginning of the Dutcher Middle School garden.

April 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


DaMarto named finalist for Superintendent of the Year

Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny DaMarto was named a finalist for the 2013 Superintendent of the Year through the National Association of School Superintendents. DaMarto attended a NASS symposium in Southern California in March where he collaborated and discussed key issues and challenges educators face today.

April 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


'Time to Fly'

Those in Livingston who glanced at the sky on Sunday morning saw more than just clouds and sunshine: they saw a multitude of colors as kites of all shapes and sizes hung in the air.

April 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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