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.
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.
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.
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.
Students from Delhi High School are getting extra assistance in preparing for college thanks to a federal grant received by the Center for Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Merced.
The California State Allocation Board recently disbursed $923.8 million to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools for the construction and modernization of 377 schools, including a Turlock Unified School District $904,000 project at Roselawn High School.
The "Sounds of Christmas" filled Hilmar on Thursday when students from Elim Elementary delivered an unforgettable program for family and friends at Hilmar High's Strom Gym. So many cheerful visitors watched in wonder that there were three separate performances and at each one Strom Gym was packed to capacity. The Elim Elementary Band, Intermediate Band and Elementary Singers performed holiday classics such as "Deck the Halls," "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," followed by rousing dance performances from Elim's fourth and fifth grades.
California State University, Stanislaus Department of Education students, faculty and families donated items to make literacy boxes, which included books, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue, erasers and puzzles. Department of Education Associate Professor Mary Borba and colleague Anne Weisenberg handed out about 108 literacy boxes to Wakefield students in an effort to promote reading and writing over the holiday break. Both Borba and Deisenberg encouraged the students to play school during the break.