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TUSD considering budget with $2.8 million boost in funding

The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees received a tentative budget for the 2017-2018 school year at their June 6 meeting, which detailed a spending plan of just over $152 million and an increase of $2.8 million in base grant funding through the Local Control Funding Formula.

June 13, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


Pitman High FFA students seek regrowth

While the school year may have ended two weeks ago, for 15 Pitman High School FFA students the time to fight for a better agriculture program at their school wasn't over. The group, clad in their signature blue and gold FFA jackets, addressed the Turlock Unified School Board of Trustees Tuesday night, asking for more support for the fledgling Pitman ag program.

June 06, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Design work begins for school bond projects

When Turlock voters passed Bond Measures N and O last November, they knew the funding would be used within the Turlock Unified School District to address critical educational and facility needs, including safety improvements, upgrades and modernizations. Nearly seven months later, the District has now set into motion a plan to put those funds to use, using a combination of professional and local experience at each school site to design projects that will best benefit each campus.

May 26, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


GRADUATION SEASON

Graduations and commencement ceremonies began this week, and Stanislaus State President Ellen Junn commemorated her first time handing out degrees for the university by taking a selfie with graduates from the colleges of Business Administration and Science. At Pitman High School, Jose Abundiz was ecstatic to receive his diploma, as was Roselawn High School graduate Ricardo Salas at his school's ceremony. At eCademy's high school graduation, Alisa Caldwell sang a song she wrote in honor of the Class of 2017.

May 25, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


School district able to go green thanks to state funding

The Turlock Unified School District is well on its way to becoming more energy efficient thanks in part to funding from Proposition 39.

May 25, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


Pride trio make history with three-way valedictorian tie

Around this time each year, hundreds of seniors from multiple high schools in the area prepare for graduation: the culmination of years of studying and testing. From these groups of seniors, an even smaller number are given the prestigious title of valedictorian as recognition for being the very best academically among their classmates.

May 23, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Pitman to offer Sports Medicine course

The Turlock Unified School District has always emphasized its Career Technical Education programs by providing high school courses related to professions students may take an interest in, from agriculture to industrial technology. Now, Pitman High School students will have one more option to choose from next year when the school provides its first Sports Medicine course, giving pupils additional opportunities in the health science and medical technology pathway.

May 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


School district plans for track renovations at Turlock, Pitman high schools

Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees committed $1 million during their last meeting for anticipated improvements to both the Pitman High School track and the district's Joe Debely Stadium, located at Turlock High School, which will include replacing the stadium's turf as well as possibly repositioning Pitman's track.

May 19, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


Turlock student places in top five at state spelling bee

Alisha Chakravarty isn't your average sixth grader. When the rest of her family is watching movies, she would rather write an essay, and even when she doesn't have a test, she's studying anyway. This work ethic recently paid off for the Julien Elementary School student when she finished as a Top 5 Finalist at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee last Saturday, lasting 11 rounds and showing off a vocabulary that even the most talented writers would envy.

May 18, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


On Track program prepares graduates for bright futures

Four special education students in the Turlock Unified School District's On Track Transitions Program walked the stage at Wednesday morning's graduation ceremony, concluding a journey that taught them valuable lessons they will use not only in their everyday lives, but as they enter the workforce as well.

May 18, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


MJC Irrigation Technology Program celebrates industry placements and first graduates

The Irrigation Technology Program at Modesto Junior College marked a milestone on April 28, as the first graduates participated in the Commencement Ceremony. Upon completion of the program's second year, it awarded five Associate of Science degrees and 14 certificates of achievement. This is not only a first for MJC, but for California as well, because MJC's program is the first A.S. degree in irrigation technology in the state.

May 18, 2017 | | Education


Stanislaus Military Academy instructor named Teacher of the Year

Stanislaus Military Academy's Ron Kunnen may be relatively new to the education field - he's only been teaching for five years - but he's already making a huge impact on his students and school. The dedication Kunnen has shown to education and making a difference in the community earned him the 2017 Juvenile Court, Community and Alternative Schools Administrators of California Teacher of the Year award.

May 16, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Education


A dream fulfilled: Connie Valverde set to graduate from Turlock Adult School

As a teenager growing up in the 1960s, Connie Valverde had dreams of earning an education, starting a family and making a life for herself in the United States. Living in the heart of Mexico in Puebla City, roughly 86 miles south of Mexico City, Valverde seemed to be in route to achieving her goals when she was suddenly forced to withdraw from the Mexican school system.

May 16, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Education


Denham makes special visit to THS national champion air rifle team

Winning the 2017 JROTC National Air Rifle Championship in March was reward enough for the Turlock High School air rifle team, who went into the competition as underdogs, but Wednesday morning they received another wave of congratulations and recognition from Congressman Jeff Denham.

May 11, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


Competitive bidding on school bonds leads to taxpayer savings, more project funding

The sale of the first series of Bond Measures N and O brought good news for Turlock residents and students alike, as more funds than expected will be available for projects to improve the Turlock Unified School District at a less-than-anticipated cost to taxpayers.

May 11, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


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Denair grad honored with prestigious agricultural award

Recent Denair High School graduate Kyle Prock was born and raised in the small, rural town just east of Turlock, so he knows a thing ...

June 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


Extended day kindergarten coming to Crowell School

A pilot program at Crowell Elementary School will provide additional learning time for students in the campus' transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes during the 2017-2018 ...

June 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


Turlock school board welcomes new trustee

The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees embraced a new face at their meeting Tuesday night, voting to accept a provisional appointment of longtime ...

June 22, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


TUSD tech interns gain hands-on experience

Chris Gemperle was just three years old when his parents gave him his first computer, and since then, the Turlock High School senior has had ...

June 20, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


School district demolishes trees around Dennis Earl

Many Turlock residents driving around Dennis Earl Elementary School over the past week were shocked to find all of the trees lining the front grounds ...

June 20, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Proposed budget for Denair Unified focuses on DECA expansion, new textbooks

The rapidly-expanding Denair Elementary Charter Academy will add classrooms for its growing dual-immersion program, and students throughout the Denair Unified School District will be able ...

June 16, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Education


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