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Festival keeps music alive in Turlock Unified

The third annual Festival on the Green is more than an opportunity to hear the student bands, orchestras and choirs of the Turlock Unified School District, it's an opportunity to make musical learning a reality for future students of the District.

March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Next generation of ag leaders

In California alone there are over 70,000 student members in over 300 Future Farmers of America chapters, or FFA. On Monday 18 of those local graduating high school seniors were recognized for their contributions and potential in the agriculture industry by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.

March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local students release classroom-raised salmon

On a cool Friday morning, over 20 Dennis Earl Elementary students could be found winding their way down a foot trail near the edge of the Tuolumne River at Fox Grove Park. With their teacher and a local Turlock Irrigation District Fish and Wildlife representative hoisting an ice chest full of salmon, the students completed their good deed for the day by releasing the salmon they had raised into the river.

March 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock teacher accepts national award in D.C.

Sixth grade teacher Jamie Garner of Walnut Elementary missed school this week because she was busy shaking President Barack Obama's hand in Washington, D.C.

March 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD prepares to accommodate long-term growth

Too much of a good thing can exist, such as when classes at schools are overfilled with students which can impact the academic environment and the quality of learning. Fortunately, the Turlock Unified School District keeps track of trends and is planning for an increase in student enrollment in upcoming years.

March 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Governor Brown talks local education in Stanislaus

Gov. Jerry Brown took a more literal approach to his latest state funding initiative, the Local Control Funding Formula which places more spending authority in the hands of local districts, by paying local public education officials a visit last week.

March 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD reduces teaching staff, increases class size

As Turlock Unified School District prepares for its first year under the new Local Control Funding Formula, 17 temporarily contracted teachers will be released from their positions at schools across the District.

March 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TJHS celebrates School to Watch designation

The central quad of Turlock Junior High School was crowded with the school's student body of over 1,300 on Monday, who were joined by local and state dignitaries during a morning ceremony celebrating the selection of the local junior high school as a California 2014 School to Watch.

March 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Grab a book and take a look

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So they sat in the classroom all that cold, cold, wet day.

March 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair cuts teaching positions

The past year has been a tumultuous one for the Denair Unified School District, and although it has narrowly avoided a state takeover, the difficult decisions are not over as the District has officially voted to cut several positions.

February 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


City takes green message to school

It's time to "go green" but not because Saint Patrick's Day is fast approaching. Rather, it is the City of Turlock's annual Go Green Week, the City's primary environmental educational campaign.

February 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


MJC hiring for increased class offerings

Qualified locals looking to make an impression on college students through instruction may have the opportunity to do so at Modesto Junior College, which is hiring full time faculty to accommodate the additions of hundreds of new courses.

February 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD students raise $27k for children with heart disease

Thirty children will have the opportunity to attend a summer session of Camp Taylor, a camp for children with heart disease, thanks to the efforts of the Turlock Unified School District students who raised $27,400 through a coin drive.

February 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Olympic inspiration

Denair Academic Avenues charter school students were treated to an inspirational morning assembly on Friday as local Olympian Ali Cox spoke about her experience rowing in the 2004 Summer Olympics. A silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and a gold medal world champion among other accomplishments, Cox stressed the four key elements to her success to the students: setting goals, working hard, being a good teammate, as well as being focused and prepared. Cox chose four excited students to wear her memorabilia from the significant rowing years of her career, from her time at the University of San ...

February 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Evolving Education: Online college courses require attention for the future

First it was chalkboards, then it was white boards and now it is online message boards. The face of education is changing.

February 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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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


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


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


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