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Emily McAlister finds the right note for success

When Emily McAlister began private music lessons as a child she hated practicing, but little did she know that those lessons would serve as a foundation for her success as an award winning violinist at just 17 years old.

June 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Graduation day

High school graduation season is not only a time for families to gather and congratulate their siblings, children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews on their milestone achievement, it is a time for graduating seniors to express themselves. From throwing confetti and releasing balloons to chest bumping and taking 'selfies' on stage with their diplomas, the Class of 2014's creative solutions to going out with style could be seen at ceremonies across the Valley.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair Unified bids fond farewell to retiring teachers

Three long-time teachers at the Denair Unified School District will be retiring after collectively serving more than 75 years in the District.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pitman students prepare for National Future Business Leaders Conference

Across the state of California there are more than 7,000 student participants in the Future Business Leaders of America club, 297 of which are registered to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville, Tenn. Six Pitman High School students are among the 297 teenagers flying from California to compete side by side against teenagers from across the country, vying for a top spot in a multitude of business-related examinations and performances.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


CSU Stanislaus celebrates the class of 2014

Ana Orozco Cortez is the daughter of immigrants that came to the United States to pick grapes for a living. As the first in her family to earn a college degree, Cortez's story is inspiring but it is not unique.

May 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD looks into allegations against elementary principal

The Turlock Unified School District is in the process of examining claims against Crowell Elementary principal Linda Alaniz made by several instructors who filed grievances against the principal after being involuntarily reassigned to teach different grade levels.

May 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Students get bee education

A sweet smell wafted through the air on Friday morning near the Earl Elementary cafeteria but it wasn't the residual, syrupy smell from students eating breakfast that morning: it was honey.

May 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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


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


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Adult school administrator takes home prestigious honor

Continuing the recent success of Turlock educators, Turlock Adult School Principal Isaias Rumayor, Jr. was recognized as Adult Education Administrator of the Year by the ...

May 03, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Education


Stanislaus students experience the real south during 'Alternative Spring Break'

At nearly every bend in the roads they took in Alabama, nine Stanislaus State students were reminded they weren't in California anymore.

April 29, 2016 | | Education


Two Turlock educators named finalists for Teachers of the Year

The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced the 2016 Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year finalists on Tuesday, with 12 ...

April 29, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Education


UC Merced receives $5 million for Interdisciplinary Research Center

The National Science Foundation presented researchers at the University of California, Merced, with a $5 million grant for an Interdisciplinary Research Center. The new center ...

April 28, 2016 | | Education


Walnut Speech Faire provides more than just competition

Students at Walnut Elementary had the chance to make their voices heard at the school's sixth annual Walnut Speech Faire. The faire offered 60 ...

April 28, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Education


Medeiros Elementary celebrates 10th anniversary

Sandra Tovar Medeiros Elementary School celebrated its 10th anniversary Monday with an emotional ceremony that celebrated the school's namesake and looked back at the ...

April 26, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Education


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