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Making a difference

Turlock Unified School District administrators and trustees congratulated the 11 district employees who received the Stanislaus County "Employees Making a Difference" award for their dedication to education. Heidi Lawler, TUSD director of human resources, gave each winner a certificate before they shook the hands of all six trustees along with TUSD superintendent Sonny Da Marto. All winners received a round of applause and a standing ovation for their hard work.

January 08, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


University students have mixed opinions on AB 656

When a state assemblyman proposes a bill that could mean more than $1.5 billion a year to higher education, students at cash-strapped universities sit up and listen.

January 08, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Education


State offers new flexible policies for school districts

About three times a year, the Turlock Unified School District updates their policies to be in compliance with new laws brought down by the state. This time the state's changes offer more flexibility and options to policies without requiring districts to adopt the new options.

January 05, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


School board continues with plans for stadium renovations, while postponing action

The face-lift for Joe Debely is moving forward even with a law suit filed on Dec. 24, 2009, requesting a halt of all future plans to continue the Joe Debely Stadium Modernization project. And Modesto attorney Richard Harriman had a few words to say about it.

January 05, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


TUSD Board to appoint new trustee to fill vacant seat

With a conflict of interest forcing newly elected Turlock Unified School District Trustee Lori Crivelli to resign after one meeting, the board must fill the vacant position within 60 days by special election or appointment.

January 05, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Education


School district officials and police look to end unsafe traffic practices

On Oct. 6, 2007, Rachel McClure, then 7, was walking home from school when she was hit by a car. Rachel was air-lifted to UC Davis Children's Hospital immediately following the accident. She had multiple skull and facial fractures, bleeding and swelling in the brain, internal bleeding, a broken hip, a fractured pelvis, and a compound fracture to her left leg, according to family friend Rhea Spanglo. A month later, Rachel returned home to family and friends who were grateful that she was alive.

December 22, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


A taste of giving

Two sixth grade immersion classes at Osborn Elementary School enjoyed a pizza and ice cream party courtesy of Century 21 M&M and Associates for their hard work donating over 200 coats for the News 10 "Coats for Kids" program. As of Wednesday, Osborn students had collected 173 coats, which will be donated to the Salvation Army to help the cold in the local area. In total, Century 21 M&M Associates received over 605 coats to donate to area nonprofits.

December 18, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


Walnut students take top prize in video contest

Three Walnut Elementary students got a taste of being famous on Thursday when they attended a live press conference to announce their first place award in the California Film Festival contest "Lights, Camera, Save Lives!"

December 18, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


Turlockā€™s Texas Ranger talks with students about priorities

Local baseball player Tom Mendonca has a lesson to teach about priorities. This Turlock High School graduate went on to win the College World Series with the Fresno State Bulldogs. He was also named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player and he won the Joe Kearney Award in 2009, which recognized him as the top male athlete in the Western Athletic Conference. After all of his success, however, he says that baseball is not his top priority.

December 18, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Education


Conflict of interest forces new TUSD trustee to resign

Turlock Unified School District Trustee Lori Crivelli resigned her seat on with only one meeting under her belt on Wednesday due to a potential conflict of interest.

December 18, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


Turlock students come up short in Mock Trials

Turlock and Pitman high students spent the last three months learning how the court system works with the hope that their understanding could be turned into winning prosecution and defense teams. While their arguments were compelling, in the end, they were left with no appeal to move on in the Stanislaus County Mock Trials event.

December 15, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


TUSD starts off the new year with fresh perspectives

Three new trustees were sworn into office at the Turlock Unified School District Board meeting on Tuesday, ushering in a new era in district leadership.

December 11, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


CSUS students and faculty stage multiple rallies against recent cuts

California State University, Stanislaus students staged a massive walkout Wednesday morning to protest the loss of Winter Term, cuts to classes and professors, and what many termed as the "poor leadership" of President Hamid Shirvani.

December 11, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Education


Anti-Debely coalition voice legal concerns

Despite the threat of potential litigation at Tuesday's Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting, the board moved forward with the master plan of the Joe Debely Stadium renovations with some additional add-ons for a cost of about $3.6 million.

December 08, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


Bullies beware: TUSD is out to stop you

Spring is the time of year for flowers to bloom and Mother Nature to come out of hibernation, but it is also the time when bullying incidents spring up the most.

December 08, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Education


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Turlock schools go red

Schools throughout Turlock Unified School District have been looking significantly redder this week and it's not due to early Christmas decorations. In fact, the extra hues of red throughout the district can be attributed to Red Ribbon Week, a week-long event that encourages students to be drug free.

October 30, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


School district responds to concerns regarding Common Core math

Two weeks after parents and community members voiced their concerns about the Turlock Unified School District's lack of an accelerated math course at the junior high level, TUSD has Common Core Math 7 Honors and Common Core Math 8 Honors courses in the works.

October 28, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Head Start celebrates half a century of academic success

Crowell Elementary School's Head Start Program has not only prevailed through recent budget cuts, it has thrived. According to coordinator of Turlock Unified School District Early Education Programs Judy Huerta, whatever funding they lost due to budget cuts, they have gotten back in recent years.

October 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Pitman band urges district to allow use of charter buses

The feeling of frustration was palpable at Turlock Unified School District's meeting on Tuesday as the Pitman High School Band and the Board of Trustees attempted to meet each other halfway regarding transportation usage within the district.

October 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Pitman hosts squealing event for breast cancer awareness

Pitman High School English teacher Joni Busby can personally testify that kissing a pig is not as bad as it might seem. However according to Busby, it did not hurt that she did the oink-worthy task all for the school's Kiss the Pig Contest, which benefitted the American Cancer Society of Modesto.

October 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Delhi Board member facing retaliation from community members

With elections just around the corner, tension is building between community members and Delhi Unified School District Board member Jesus Rodriguez.

October 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Pitman students offer local Halloween fun

Those looking for a scary good time before Halloween need not look further than Turlock, thanks to Pitman High School's Athletic Booster Club, Drama Club, and collaborating art students.

October 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


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