From an early age, Long Beach native Jade Mosely faced many obstacles. She was removed from her birth parents who were battling drug addiction and raised by the foster care system. Her challenges could have easily stopped her from her pursuing her goals but last week she graduated with a bachelor's degree from California State University, Stanislaus.
Everyone in the 2013 graduating class from California State University, Stanislaus had a long journey before they crossed the platform to accept their diplomas on Friday.
Hundreds of graduates from Turlock, Pitman, Turlock Christian and Denair high schools donned traditional cap and gowns to receive their diplomas this week, joining their classmates in commencement ceremonies that have been held throughout the week and will continue into early June.
There is a special relationship that exists between a player and a coach. Just ask NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The former Pitman High student returned to his alma mater during Thursday night's commencement ceremony in a surprise appearance to pay tribute to his longtime mentor and friend, Brandon Harris.
In the past 25 years, Turlock resident Felica Renshaw has spent over 500,000 hours working in schools within the Turlock Unified School District. Her hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed, as she was named the district's 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
Students at Dennis Earl Elementary welcomed a few special guests on Tuesday, as Principal Tami Truax brought a few animals from her farm to visit. Students eagerly lined up to pet ponies, alpacas and other farm animals in a safe and supervised environment. Although the small grass field at Dennis Earl wasn't a full fledged zoo, the smiles on the curious faces of the students, definitely made for something special.
The California State University Board of Trustees has decided to look no further for top leadership at Turlock's CSU Stanislaus campus. The trustees appointed Joseph F. Sheley the permanent president of California State University, Stanislaus; Sheley has held the position as interim since June 2012.
When the girls of Walnut Elementary announced they'd be chopping their long hair into short bobs, they touched off a movement of sorts at the school. On Wednesday, 41 brave students gathered during a special opening ceremony and cut at least 10 inches of their hair to be donated to Locks of Love.
Although many classroom seats will be empty for Turlock schools this summer, stomachs will not.
Described as "the most stable fiscal footing in well over a decade," by Governor Jerry Brown, the May revision of the state's 2013-14 budget has been released, maintaining a $1.1 billion reserve.
Denair Unified School District Interim Superintendent Walt Hanline faced the community at a public forum on Monday, and tackled the hard questions about the district's uncertain future.
Over 1,400 third graders spent Friday learning where their food comes from at the fourth annual Ag Edventure Day at California State University, Stanislaus.
Dennis Earl Elementary third grade teacher Michelle Cardoso strives to take her students' learning beyond the classroom and into the community.
Jamie Garner, a sixth grade teacher for the Discovery Math Science Program at Walnut Elementary, has long been a treasured educator to her students. Now, Garner's exemplary teaching has also earned her the title of 2013 Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year for the 4th-6th grade division.
California State University, Stanislaus students celebrated the end of another year at Warrior Day on Friday. This annual campus party was almost canceled last year due to concerns about alcohol sales and consumption. In 2012, a scaled-down, student-only event was put together at short notice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With elections just around the corner, tension is building between community members and Delhi Unified School District Board member Jesus Rodriguez.
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.
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