The Denair Unified School District has had its fair share of turbulence in the past year, but as the District turns the corner into a new year they are also turning over a new leaf to welcome a superintendent and a fact finding report.
Ethan Millerick is a student at Turlock Junior High School who has undergone five open heart surgeries in his 12 short years. It's for students like Ethan that the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to make Feb. 12 TUSD Heart Day.
Not every student can claim to be a published writer at 11 years old, but Carolyn Boster is an exception.
As the contentious Denair Unified School District turns the corner into a new year, one thing remains the same: The Denair Unified Teachers Union and the District do not agree on the fundamental facts of the District's fiscal crisis.
Turlock High School graduate Garrett Weston has gone bicoastal. As one of two students selected at California Maritime Academy for the prestigious Admiral Douglas H. Teeson scholarship, Weston spent the past semester taking part in the Williams-Mystic Program where learning spanned far beyond the textbook.
A school is just a block of buildings and a classroom is just a room, but what makes these places learning environments is the collaboration between students and teachers that breeds academic and personal growth.
Matthew Devins, a program specialist at Turlock Unified School District's Special Education Office for the past nine years, works on a daily basis to bring support and services to mentally ill students in the District. Having suffered first hand from anxiety and depression, Devins knows the importance of addressing students' needs at an early age.
Whether it's a Little League trophy or a pat on the back from your boss at work, being recognized for hard work feels good; when it is the President of the Unites States congratulating you, it feels great.
Earl Elementary students met their goal of filling 10 Turlock Together Barrels with food and toy donations meaning Principal Tami Truax and Assistant Principal Margaret Osmer had to live up to their promise to dress up like a hot dog and hamburger as a reward on Wednesday. The foodie administrators congratulated the students in a morning assembly for their hard work and contribution to the less fortunate in town.
Thousands of students have attended school in the Turlock Unified School District, many of whom have interacted with Alice Pollard in one way or another. As a teacher, advisor, dean, assistant principal and principal, Pollard has left her mark on TUSD at all levels and will continue to influence education at the county level in her newly elected position on the Stanislaus County Board of Education.
Change is not unfamiliar in the Denair Unified School District, where currently the district's charter schools, Denair Academic Avenues Elementary School and Denair Charter Academy, are undergoing structural changes amidst the district's fiscal crisis.
Whether it's a ballerina tutu or a costume, receiving a dress is a special moment for a little girl. Pitman High School students are helping to make the Christmas time even more special by providing local, underprivileged girls with handmade dresses.
Cheyenne Musgraves' interests are somewhat paradoxical: she is a self-proclaimed old soul with an interest in digital design. It is these unique interests that make her a school leader.
Denair Unified School District's Interim Superintendent Walt Hanline tendered his resignation on Wednesday evening, the day before the swearing in of newly elected board members – but the board voted 4-1 to keep him.
The Turlock Unified School District is learning to navigate uncharted funding waters precipitated by Governor Jerry Brown's initiative to allocate more money and executive decision to local school districts.
On a cool Friday morning, over 20 Dennis Earl Elementary students could be found winding their way down a foot trail near the edge of the Tuolumne River at Fox Grove Park. With their teacher and a local Turlock Irrigation District Fish and Wildlife representative hoisting an ice chest full of salmon, the students completed their good deed for the day by releasing the salmon they had raised into the river.
Sixth grade teacher Jaime Garner of Walnut Elementary missed school this week because she was busy shaking President Barack Obama's hand in Washington, D.C.
Too much of a good thing can exist, such as when classes at schools are overfilled with students which can impact the academic environment and the quality of learning. Fortunately, the Turlock Unified School District keeps track of trends and is planning for an increase in student enrollment in upcoming years.
Gov. Jerry Brown took a more literal approach to his latest state funding initiative, the Local Control Funding Formula which places more spending authority in the hands of local districts, by paying local public education officials a visit last week.
As Turlock Unified School District prepares for its first year under the new Local Control Funding Formula, 17 temporarily contracted teachers will be released from their positions at schools across the District.
The central quad of Turlock Junior High School was crowded with the school's student body of over 1,300 on Monday, who were joined by local and state dignitaries during a morning ceremony celebrating the selection of the local junior high school as a California 2014 School to Watch.
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So they sat in the classroom all that cold, cold, wet day.
The past year has been a tumultuous one for the Denair Unified School District, and although it has narrowly avoided a state takeover, the difficult decisions are not over as the District has officially voted to cut several positions.
It's time to "go green" but not because Saint Patrick's Day is fast approaching. Rather, it is the City of Turlock's annual Go Green Week, the City's primary environmental educational campaign.
Qualified locals looking to make an impression on college students through instruction may have the opportunity to do so at Modesto Junior College, which is hiring full time faculty to accommodate the additions of hundreds of new courses.
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