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Students start new year with excitement

Students around town on Monday woke up early, grabbed their backpacks and sack lunches, and trekked off to their respective schools to begin a brand new academic year.

August 17, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


Wakefield’s Aaron Mello turns to music outside of school

Most of Wakefield Principal Aaron Mello's days are filled with children laughing, teachers instructing and school bells ringing. But outside of the school yard, he can be seen jamming with his rock 'n roll band called LIVIN'.

August 13, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


Teachers, administrators prepare for first day of school

While area youth are trying to live up their last few days of summer, teachers, administrators and school staff members have been busy getting ready for a new academic year.

August 13, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


UC Merced launches back-to-school supply drive

As kids go back to school, they need backpacks, binders, paper, markers, pencils, and pens – a pricy proposition for many parents.UC Merced has partnered with Rock Da Block, a program run through a local nonprofit, to help collect and provide these school supplies to those in need.The timing is on point, according to Merced County Superintendent of Schools Lee Anderson, who expects more students than ever to lack supplies needed for success."In these challenging economic times, many of our local families do not have the means to purchase school supplies after they have taken care of their ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


UC Merced Med School plan earns plaudits from assembly members

Sacramento lawmakers voiced support for a UC Merced medical school on Thursday, during an annual meeting of the assembly committee dedicated to the school.The assembly members lauded the plan as a cost-effective means of addressing the state's anticipated physician shortage. California will need as many as 17,000 additional physicians in 2015, with the need greatest in areas like the Central Valley.Work is scheduled to start on the school in 2015, with a unique teaching model that won't require the construction of a costly teaching college. Instead, students will study for two years at UC Merced ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


Stanislaus lab temporary home of ancient lizard fossil

Susan Bowman spends most of her days in the geology laboratory at California State University, Stanislaus, digging, dusting, gluing and otherwise cleaning up the fossilized remains of a giant aquatic lizard. Bowman is a graduate of CSU Stanislaus with a bachelor of arts in Anthropology and Archeology, and a minor in geology and paleontology. She is an intern at the Bureau of Land Management and first laid eyes on the fossil in the Panoche Hills in western Fresno County. She said that getting the fossil out was a little difficult. The section of shale where the lizard was found was ...

August 13, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Education


TUSD union negotiations move into fact finding

Since the Turlock Unified School District declared impasse on May 4, the unions and district administration have been battling in the negotiation room in an effort to leave all parties satisfied. So far no such luck.

August 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


Struggle for higher education

Over the next few weeks college freshmen across the state will move into their dorms, set their class schedules and buy those expensive textbooks. But one thing will be different this year - fewer Turlock High School and Pitman High School graduates will occupy the college halls this fall.

August 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


University foundation cleared of wrongdoing

An investigation by the state Attorney General's Office into the fund raising practices of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation has cleared the charitable organization of any wrongdoing, but advised the board to implement steps to improve their financial management.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Education


CSU Stanislaus named among best colleges, once again

Back, to back, to back, to back, to back. It's a fivepeat.

August 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


MJC interim classrooms near completion

With Modesto Junior College's Founders Hall closed through August 2011 for a long overdue renovation project, construction is wrapping up on an interim classroom facility known as "Pirates' Village."

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


More fall classes at CSU Stanislaus

CSU Stanislaus added more than 60 courses and class sections to its fall schedule on Thursday, thanks to an infusion of federal stimulus funds.The courses run the gamut from Introduction to Composition, to Advanced Business Law and Existentialism. Classes from 28 different fields have been added.Students have just three weeks to sign up for the new classes before Fall semester begins on Aug. 23. The semester concludes on Dec. 17 due to an extended 15-week length, up from the 13-week Fall semester of past years due to schedule changes related to replacing Winter Term with a three-week self-supported ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


Spring CSU Stanislaus admissions

The application filing period for Spring 2011 California State University, Stanislaus hopefuls opened Sunday, but the lack of a state budget has left the college unsure of how many students it can afford to accept.Applicants will receive, at best, a conditional acceptance with no offer of admission until the CSU system learns more about the budget.The constitutional deadline for the governor and Legislature to adopt a budget passed on June 15. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers disagree on how to best close a $19.1 billion deficit, with Schwarzenegger refusing to sign a budget without state pension, tax ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


Walnut administrators turn to cycling for fitness, outlet

Running two magnet programs at Walnut Elementary School takes some talent, but cycling for a minimum of 32 miles a week in addition to running a school, takes both dedication and endurance.

August 03, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


Debely renovations right on track

There are just three more weeks and counting until the renovations at Joe Debely Stadium will be complete and ready just in time for the first football game on Aug. 27. The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees took a tour of the almost complete stadium on Tuesday to view the recently finished football field. The artificial turf field is already set up for some football games with everything installed with the soccer and football lines already painted. Installation of the all-weather track will begin today is expected to take a couple of weeks. New goal posts were also ...

July 20, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


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Ready for the Easter parade

Pitman High student Jazmyn Monares presented Salvation Army Major Debi Shrum with one of the 24 spring dresses that were handmade by Anne Cornell's Fashion Class. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock has been donating fabric to the Fashion Class to make dresses for the Salvation Army twice a year - just before Christmas and Easter - since 2002. The dresses will be given to kids in the Army's after-school program or to parents who have children that are receiving social services from the Salvation Army.

March 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Turlock student Kate Ogden explores new depths

To become a certified scuba diver, one must have both the knowledge of the fundamental principles of scuba diving and the expertise to master basic scuba skills through confined water dives and open water dives.

March 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


A Renaissance education

Dutcher Middle School expanded its interactive history endeavors on Tuesday with its first ever Renaissance Day for seventh grade students. During the event, students expanded their knowledge on a variety of Renaissance-related activities including wheat weaving, poppet making, medicine and falconry-all of which tied into the students' World History curriculum. The school's history activities will carry on today with interactive lessons on United States History curriculum during Dutcher's traditional Civil War Day for eighth graders, where students will learn more about Civil War weaponry, marching drills and games.

March 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Young authors receive motivation for literary futures

"When you hear the word 'author' you may only associate it with adults, but what many people don't realize is that anyone with a love of writing and a lot of perseverance can become an author if they set their mind to it-no matter what age they are."

March 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


University hosts 20th annual Cesar Chavez Celebration

The gratitude felt towards activist Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to improve the treatment, pay and working conditions of farm workers, was clearly demonstrated by California State University, Stanislaus when just one year after his death in 1993, the university organized what would be its first annual Cesar Chavez Celebration.

March 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Educating the next generation of nurses

California State University, Stanislaus student Erick Padilla had no idea that all the afternoons he spent after school waiting for his dad to pick him up from Oak Valley Hospital would ultimately inspire him to become a nurse.

March 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Students hone their career path at Occupational Olympics

What do robots, fashionable clothing, and flowers all have in common?

March 26, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Young filmmaker attends White House screening

If asked one year ago whether or not she could imagine herself at the White House with President Barack Obama watching a short film she had made, Erin Benning would have most likely laughed.

March 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Education


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