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.
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.
An open forum was held at California State University, Stanislaus on Monday to discuss the potential permanency of Interim President Joseph Sheley. University students, trustees and department heads evaluated Sheley's performance, pointing out both the good and areas in need of improvement throughout the campus.
Denair Unified's new interim superintendent didn't pull any punches during Thursday's board of trustees meeting, calling for even more cuts to help fix the district's financial problems. He also, however, rescinded previous teacher lay-offs that didn't "make sense" to him.
While students across Turlock have been enjoying the warm spring weather during recess and physical education time, students at Julien Elementary have been watching the bulldozing of their playground. The Julien construction plan, which includes the creation of a new parking lot, is a point of contention between a group of parents and Turlock Unified School District administration.
Fourth and fifth graders at Sacred Heart Elementary School will take a step back in time to the pioneer days as part of the Yosemite Environmental Living Program. During an overnight visit at Yosemite on May 20, students will confront the problems of the pioneers by performing tasks such as cooking, blacksmithing, spinning, candle dipping, covered wagon packing, square dancing and craft making - all without electricity.
For special education students in the Turlock Unified School District's On Track Transitions Program, this year was full of significant milestones: learning how to tie shoes without help, completing a load of laundry, and performing tasks with multiple steps.
While Cunningham Elementary School students were heading to the multipurpose room for lunch on Monday afternoon, fifth grader Ben Watson was en route to his favorite restaurant, Panera Bread, with Principal Tami Truax.