Turlock Adult School held its commencement ceremony on Wednesday, kicking off Turlock's graduation season. Students in the area will be marching to the beat of Pomp and Circumstance over the course of the next two weeks, with nine schools holding graduation ceremonies.
Fifth grade students at Cunningham Elementary got a chance to display their float-building expertise on Wednesday when the school held its annual State Float Parade. Floats celebrating each of the nation's 50 states were marched throughout the campus, giving parents, teachers and others in attendance a chance to celebrate the approaching Memorial Day.
When school starts again in Denair, students and staff will welcome new principals at three campuses. Kara Backman will take over at Denair High School, Kelly Beard will become the new leader at Denair Middle School and Lucy Zamora will take the reins at Denair Elementary Charter Academy.
Potential future students of Stanislaus State took the field Friday as the university held its annual Head Start sports fitness clinic that saw preschool students running, jumping and swinging their way toward healthier lifestyles.
Growing up, Jakob Bradley always knew that he wanted to join the Coast Guard. The Turlock High School senior remembers watching "The Guardian" as a child, marveling at the Coast Guard officer's bravery and ability in the water. As a swimmer and water polo player himself, Bradley hoped that he too could one day become a hero.
In his inaugural address to students in 2012, California State University, Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley laid out what would be a four-year mission to raise awareness of the high-quality education offered at the Turlock campus.
Not all heroes wear capes, or so the saying goes. In the case of Cunningham Elementary student Lidia Esquer and former Cunningham student Xiana Garza, heroes wear the bright, fluorescent vests of the Eagles Squadron – the safety program that allows fourth, fifth and sixth graders to help students navigate the school parking lot and surrounding crosswalks safely. The two sixth graders were honored Friday morning by AAA Northern California in a School Safety Patrol Program awards assembly for their outstanding safety skills.
Continuing the recent success of Turlock educators, Turlock Adult School Principal Isaias Rumayor, Jr. was recognized as Adult Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. Rumayor, along with 19 other local educational leaders, was honored for his outstanding accomplishments at the ACSA Region VII Spring Conference in South Lake Tahoe over the weekend.
The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced the 2016 Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year finalists on Tuesday, with 12 teachers vying for a chance to be one of four teachers that can call themselves the best in the county.
The National Science Foundation presented researchers at the University of California, Merced, with a $5 million grant for an Interdisciplinary Research Center. The new center will help strengthen research of biological matter, such as proteins and cells, and how they come together to perform specific tasks, much like small machines.
Students at Walnut Elementary had the chance to make their voices heard at the school's sixth annual Walnut Speech Faire. The faire offered 60 young students in grades kindergarten through sixth the opportunity to experience public speaking, gaining confidence that will be carried with them throughout school and into their adult lives.