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CSU trustees cap presidential compensation

In response to concerns over rapidly escalating executive pay, the California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday moved to cap presidential compensation.

January 27, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Education


TUSD lunches already close to new USDA mandates

School cafeterias will soon feature a lot more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and reduced sodium under new guidelines from the USDA.

January 27, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Pitman band members earn honors

Pitman High School Band members Bryan Rosales (French Horn), Eddie Savelson (French Horn), Jamie Orlando (Flute) and Ryan Williams (Basson) were selected to the Northern California Honor Band, which preformed last weekend in Stockton. Rosales and Savelson have also been selected to the All-California Honor Band.

January 24, 2012 | Hector Ramirez | Education


School officials caught in the middle with transitional kindergarten

Turlock Unified School District officials are scratching their heads over what course of action to take about transitional kindergarten. Assistant Superintendent Lacrisha Ferriera even jokingly admitted the quandary is affecting her sleeping patterns. Odds are she isn't alone.

January 24, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


TUSD fares well on annual academic report

The report cards are out and the Turlock Unified School District is showing marked improvement in academic performance for the third consecutive year.

January 20, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


School district earns ‘A’ for energy conservation

The Turlock Unified School District has saved more than $1.22 million since April of 2009, when energy conservation efforts were launched. Those saved funds are diverted away from utility bills and moved back into the TUSD general education budget.

January 20, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Turlock, Denair school employees receive accolades for going above and beyond

The Stanislaus County Office of Education honored 22 outstanding school district classified employees during the Employees Making A Difference ceremony, held Tuesday at Peterson Event Center in Modesto.

January 20, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Dutcher students honored for responsibility

Dutcher Middle School students Lucas Bartel (7th grade) and Rayana Plancarte (8th grade) were recently honored as the Turlock Unified School District's Character Counts students of the month for the trait of responsibility.

January 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Pitman, THS keep school newspapers alive

The school newspaper was once an essential part of any educational campus. It was where students, parents and community members went to see what was happening on campus. In the past several years as school districts across the state have struggled with budget cuts, school newspapers have been reduced to just a shell of what they once were.

January 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Turlock students join list of service academy nominees

Congressman Jeff Denham nominated 23 Californians for appointments to our nation's service academies. Among the nominees are three local high school seniors who Denham nominated for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

January 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Stanislaus Military Academy growing, changing lives and impacting generations

It's about 7:45 a.m. on the first day back from holiday break at the Stanislaus Military Academy. It's about 30 degrees outside and the young men and women of SMA are hurting - they've been running, pounding out pushups and standing in formation.

January 10, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Turlock High steps up efforts to raise CAHSEE scores, grades

The graduating seniors of 2006 were the first class in the state required to take and pass the California High School Exit Exam.

January 06, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


'Making a Difference' in Turlock schools

More than a dozen Turlock Unified School District classified employees were nominated for Stanislaus County's 2011-12 Employees Making a Difference award. Nominees from TUSD will be selected to participate in a regional and state competition. Employees are nominated based on work performance, school and community involvement, leadership, commitment and going above and beyond the call of duty.

January 06, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Budget proposal puts wrench in kindergarten plans; leaves November babies out of class

Keyes resident Yolanda Howey had planned to send her son to transitional kindergarten next school year, but now that plan is up in the air and she could be paying $3,000 for another year of pre-school.

January 06, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Education foundation names first board

The Turlock Unified School District now has a powerful fundraising ally in the form of the recently established Turlock Education Foundation, which was officially introduced to the TUSD Board of Trustees at Tuesday's board meeting.

January 03, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


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Articles by Section - Education


The changing landscape of science in the classroom

When pre-service teachers in Iris Haapanen's credential course at California State University, Stanislaus sought out local classrooms in which to observe science lessons as part of their compulsory coursework, the task proved more challenging than expected.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Osborn students find the right beat in ballet folklorico

Michelle Carillo began traditional Mexican dancing, or ballet folklorico, at five years old when her grandmother took her to the Santa Clara County Fair and signed her up to dance with a group. She continued dancing until she was 16 and while she enjoyed expressing herself through dance, she did not imagine that one day she would help other children enjoy the same cultural experience she did as a child.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher geometry students have formula for success

Dutcher Middle School students Joven Hundal, Erika Gonzalez and Neema Arishida have many things in common: they have all performed perfectly on the mathematics portion of the California Standards Test, they all have 4.0 grade point averages and they all placed in the annual Mathematics Superbowl competition through the Stanislaus Math Council.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD bans sugary treats in schools

The days of parents swinging by their child's classroom with a large pink box of cupcakes on their little one's birthday are gone as the Turlock Unified School District recently updated its Wellness Policy to prohibit sugary treats in the classroom.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Spring break math camp available for local students

Professor Viji Sundar of California State University, Stanislaus claims that doing math is more fun than eating ice cream and aims to teach children this approach at her annual math camp.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Expo offers junior high students look into future choices

Lunchtime at Turlock Junior High School on Thursday was more than a reprieve from the classroom for a quick bite to eat, as it was also a chance for students to consider their future in a fun and interactive environment at the Gifted and Talented Education Club College and Career Expo.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Every 15 Minutes a harrowing experience

When Officer Joey Cardenas delivered mock death notifications to parents of Delhi High School students on Tuesday as part of the anti-drunk driving Every 15 Minutes program, it was a very real experience for him personally, the parent of a former participant.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Students blend science, arts in Walnut ‘SMart Fair’

While elementary students are used to receiving instruction, the tables turned for some sixth graders at Walnut Elementary on Wednesday as they delivered lesson plans to fellow students as part of the school's inaugural "SMart Fair."

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Final LCAP review open to TUSD parents and community

The Turlock Unified School District has been undergoing a lot of change lately, from the structure of how funds are received to the curriculum being taught. The transitional state is bound to raise questions for parents who can fortunately be a part of the conversation through the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local student meets TPD police chief

KCody Rogers has faced several challenges in his 10 short years including attending seven different schools across two states. However, he has recently reached a stable level of excellence at Julien Elementary School where he was treated to an inspiring experience on Thursday: meeting the Turlock Police Department Police Chief Robert Jackson and receiving an inspirational achievement award plaque.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher students bring Civil War history to life

History is not just what is written in books; it is lived everyday and for local middle school students, sometimes relived. Dutcher Middle School eighth grade students dove head first into an interactive approach to the Civil War period on Wednesday by dressing in period clothing and reenacting daily activities of late 19th century America.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


School aide punished for Facebook post

What was meant as a good deed for a former student resulted in a Crowell Elementary School Para Instructional Aide facing a formal reprimand from the Turlock Unified School District on an allegation she broke a confidentiality clause.

April 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Education


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


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