After a 25 year long career in the construction industry, Art Doucette decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in chemistry and biology. One day while walking the California State University, Stanislaus campus Doucette crossed paths with a stranger - Viji Sundar, a professor in the Mathematics Department. The two began to talk and by the end of their conversation, Doucette decided on his career path: he would be a teacher as well as a summer instructor for Sundar's Math and Science Summer Camp.
While the number of California school districts in financial jeopardy has diminished by two-thirds in the past year, Denair Unified School District remains on the list of negatively certified districts that are projected to not be able to meet their financial obligations for the 2014-2015 school year.
When Pauline Cepeda came to the United States from the Philippines as an eight year old her mother insisted that she take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to improve her English and break out of her shell, so she signed her up for the Young Writers Workshop. Little did Cepeda know that she would grow up in the workshop over the next 10 years where her writing would flourish and she would eventually serve as a mentor for other young writers.
More than 475 future Warriors swarmed the California State University, Stanislaus Friday at the first of five New Student Orientations to prepare incoming students for life at the Turlock campus.
Parents of students in the Turlock Unified School District may need to make child care changes to adjust to the new bell schedule on Wednesdays next school year that has students released almost an hour earlier to accommodate the District's new Local Control Accountability Plan.
A new charter school geared towards struggling students may become a part of the Turlock Unified School District as soon as the 2014-2015 school year pending District approval.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three long-time teachers at the Denair Unified School District will be retiring after collectively serving more than 75 years in the District.
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.
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.
Denair Unified School District is taking steps to expand its tobacco-free policy to include the prohibition of electronic hookahs and other vapor-emitting devices, with or without nicotine content.
At Cunningham Elementary's "Friday Morning Opening" Principal Tami Truax challenged students to work hard and be respectful every day and then had a bucket of ice water dumped on her head.
The campus community gathered at California State University, Stanislaus for President Joseph Sheley's annual address, which ranged from the university's financial situation, the collaborative need for a school signature and identity, and the increased health and safety efforts of campus.
Although only two weeks into the new school year, Turlock High School has already lined up high-profile motivational speaker and former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch to speak to students on Nov. 7.
Modesto Junior College awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to 246 students for the fall 2014 term at their recent annual scholarship ceremony.
University of California, Merced took another step toward environmental stewardship with the opening of its new Science and Engineering 2 Building set for Wednesday.
Stanislaus Military Academy has made the administrative decision this year to shift its focus towards academic quality by decreasing class sizes, implementing class periods, and increasing educational instruction.
At their first scheduled meeting of the school year, the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees established new policies and policy changes to increase overall student success, one of which will push back exclusionary discipline practices, such as suspension, in favor of positive interventions to correct misbehaving students.
In order to fully prepare students for college, Turlock High School is now offering more Advanced Placement courses than ever.
Approximately 9,000 students converged at California State University, Stanislaus for the first day of classes Thursday and throughout the campus, from faculty to administration to knowledgeable seniors and excited freshmen, all had high expectations for the upcoming school year.
In its annual "Condition of College & Career Readiness" report released today, ACT found that California students taking the organization's college readiness test surpassed the nation's scores in English, reading, math, and science. The ACT assessment, which is administered to high school students, serves as a good indicator of how much a student is academically prepared to pursue a postsecondary education.
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.
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