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Turlock High School Class of 1944 celebrates 70 years

Just over 70 years ago the Turlock High School Class of 1944 celebrated a milestone moment - graduating high school - on June 6, the same day that the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy marking the beginning of the end of World War II.

June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Landmark trees near TUSD to be removed

The old adage 'all that glitters is not gold' is true for the expansive American Elm trees that have provided aesthetic beauty to the historic Turlock Unified School District building for several generations but are now the subject of a District project to remove and replace the trees due to interior rot and disease.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Simon Staley plants seeds of success

When Simon Staley attended the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Scholarship Luncheon a few years ago as a Pitman High School senior, he was slightly conspicuous as the only student honored not wearing a blue Future Farmers of America jacket - the unofficial uniform for many local agriculture students.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Hilmar High celebrates 102nd commencement ceremony

Fireworks exploded in the sky over Hilmar on Thursday evening but it wasn't an early Fourth of July celebration, but rather a celebration to mark the 102nd graduating class of Hilmar High School graduation.

June 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Emily McAlister finds the right note for success

When Emily McAlister began private music lessons as a child she hated practicing, but little did she know that those lessons would serve as a foundation for her success as an award winning violinist at just 17 years old.

June 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Graduation day

High school graduation season is not only a time for families to gather and congratulate their siblings, children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews on their milestone achievement, it is a time for graduating seniors to express themselves. From throwing confetti and releasing balloons to chest bumping and taking 'selfies' on stage with their diplomas, the Class of 2014's creative solutions to going out with style could be seen at ceremonies across the Valley.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair Unified bids fond farewell to retiring teachers

Three long-time teachers at the Denair Unified School District will be retiring after collectively serving more than 75 years in the District.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pitman students prepare for National Future Business Leaders Conference

Across the state of California there are more than 7,000 student participants in the Future Business Leaders of America club, 297 of which are registered to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville, Tenn. Six Pitman High School students are among the 297 teenagers flying from California to compete side by side against teenagers from across the country, vying for a top spot in a multitude of business-related examinations and performances.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


CSU Stanislaus celebrates the class of 2014

Ana Orozco Cortez is the daughter of immigrants that came to the United States to pick grapes for a living. As the first in her family to earn a college degree, Cortez's story is inspiring but it is not unique.

May 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD looks into allegations against elementary principal

The Turlock Unified School District is in the process of examining claims against Crowell Elementary principal Linda Alaniz made by several instructors who filed grievances against the principal after being involuntarily reassigned to teach different grade levels.

May 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Students get bee education

A sweet smell wafted through the air on Friday morning near the Earl Elementary cafeteria but it wasn't the residual, syrupy smell from students eating breakfast that morning: it was honey.

May 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


DUSD receives $1.1 million loan from county

The Stanislaus County Office of Education is stepping up to help the embattled Denair Unified School District deal with its cash flow problems by issuing a $1.1 million loan.

May 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Samantha Scott earns K-12 perfect attendance

Pitman High School graduating senior Samantha Scott has spent 15,210 hours in class while a student in the Turlock Unified School District over the past 13 years. Each school year consists of 180 days and Scott has been at all 2,340 days, from kindergarten to senior year of high school.

May 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pitman students pilot tour guide program at Castle Air Museum

Pitman High senior Ryan Hanson's father was born on the Castle Air Force Base in Atwater so when he discovered that he could return to the site and give tours to younger students at the now Castle Air Museum through a program at his high school, he jumped at the opportunity.

May 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Wakefield club runs toward success

Those passing by Wakefield Elementary Friday afternoon probably saw students in green shirts running around the school with three words in big, yellow letters on their backs: Be the Motivation.

May 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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Students back in school with new schedule

For approximately 14,000 students throughout the Turlock Unified School District, the start of the new school year officially kicked off on Monday. At Brown Elementary, students, parents, and guardians alike shared the same optimistic vision and hopes for the upcoming school year.

August 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


MJC offers county's first addiction counseling program

As the only community college in Stanislaus County that offers a Chemical Dependency Counseling Program, Modesto Junior College can fully prepare students academically to take the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Program's state licensing exam. Once licensed, students can apply their knowledge and expertise to help individuals who are battling addictions.

August 15, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


DUSD hopes increased rate of pay will draw in more substitute teachers

At their first regular board meeting of the school year, the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees approved an increase to the daily and long term rate of pay for substitute teachers in hopes of attracting more eligible educators to Denair schools.

August 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Trash goes high tech at UC Merced

University of California, Merced is taking trash collection to the next level by incorporating new high-tech, solar-powered receptacles onto their campus.

August 12, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Walnut teacher wins national Environmental Education award

Walnut Elementary teacher Bret Sutterly has taken the 'Go Green' message to heart in his classroom and his efforts have been recognized on a national level.

August 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Denair enlists motivational speakers to help start off the year

On top of the usual excitement that accompanies going back to school, Denair Unified School District will be hosting two popular motivational speakers with the hope they can give the District the inspiration it needs to kick off the school year.

August 08, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Upperclassmen offer advice to incoming freshmen before move-in day

For California State University, Stanislaus' incoming freshmen, the first day of college is quickly approaching and students may be lacking the guidance they need to have a successful first year. In an effort to enlighten these students, upperclassmen at CSU Stanislaus offer their own experiences and advice in hopes of preparing them just in time for move-in day on Aug. 17.

August 08, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Education


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