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Band students give command performance

Turlock Junior High School band members Ross Valenzuela, Isaac Tucker, Angel 'Big Daddy' Avalos and Diego Basulto earned a command performance at a recent event at California State University, Stanislaus. The sax quartet has been performing together for two years. Thanks to their superior command performance they have been invited to perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts during the Modesto Community Concert Association Young Artists Concert, to be held March 25.

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Mast Blast stars

Julien Elementary sixth graders Lauren Gomez and Roma Raje finished fifth overall in the binary STAR test at the Stanislaus Mathematics Council's Sixth Grade Math Blast. Julien Elementary sent 13 students to the competition, which was held at Savage Middle School in Modesto.

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Nominees sought for math and science teaching excellence award

Congressman Jeff Denham announced the beginning of the nomination and application process for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Education


Delhi Unified earns grant for transitional kindergarten

The Delhi Unified School District was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Packard Foundation to operate the district's transitional kindergarten program next school year.

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Osborn student always looks on the bright side of life

Jose Morales, a fifth grader at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy, lives every day to the fullest. But there was a time when his mother Ana, feared he wouldn't have many days left. Jose never let that fear over take him.

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Government looking into expulsion rates across the country; Turlock Unified ‘pretty low’

The United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is looking to shed light on what they call the "problem of excessive use of suspension and expulsion of students as a disciplinary tool in the nation's schools."

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Stanislaus says farewell to Shirvani

California State University, Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani will leave Turlock's university to become chancellor of the North Dakota University system.

March 13, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Education


Delhi Unified receives grant for transitional kindergarten

Delhi Unified School District was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Packard Foundation to operate the district's transitional kindergarten program next school year.

March 09, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Family Fitness Night

Walnut Elementary Education Center families got into the fun of fitness Thursday night with a beach-themed event. Parents and students exercised together to the sounds of the Beach Boys in the Walnut gym.

March 09, 2012 | BY MACIE BENNETT TURLOCK JOURNAL | Education


Medeiros students show character

Medeiros sixth grader Maddie Heidman and fourth grader Julio Torres are the Turlock Unified School District's Character Counts students of the month for the character trait of fairness.

March 09, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Delhi Medical Academy hopes to groom next generation of medical professionals

When Dr. Eloisa Fuentes, a former Delhi resident and Livingston High graduate, was in college she would hear her classmates talking about career ambitions in advanced medical fields. After some time she decided that if they could reach for the stars then she could too. After she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at California State University, Fresno in 1997 (magna cum laude), she moved onto the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and then Stanford for her residency.

March 09, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


TUSD to cut number of preschool students served

Turlock Unified School District Officials held an informational closed-door meeting with state-funded preschool personnel and union representatives on Friday.

March 09, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Delhi Unified to hand out pink slips; Hilmar cuts school days

The Delhi Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the preliminary layoff of 16.5 full-time certificated teachers during a meeting held on Monday evening.

March 09, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Reports shows decline in obesity among California schoolchildren

Following years of preventive and legislative efforts to positively affect the health of children, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that the rise in obesity and drop in fitness levels have stabilized in California students. The results are in a peer-reviewed report titled "Obesity and Physical Fitness in California School Children," published in the American Heart Journal.

March 06, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Education


Chatom student makes video to help school cafeteria win makeover

Luke Mancebo is only in second grade, but the Chatom Elementary student has already starred in his very own cooking video.

March 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Education


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Articles by Section - Education


The changing landscape of science in the classroom

When pre-service teachers in Iris Haapanen's credential course at California State University, Stanislaus sought out local classrooms in which to observe science lessons as part of their compulsory coursework, the task proved more challenging than expected.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Osborn students find the right beat in ballet folklorico

Michelle Carillo began traditional Mexican dancing, or ballet folklorico, at five years old when her grandmother took her to the Santa Clara County Fair and signed her up to dance with a group. She continued dancing until she was 16 and while she enjoyed expressing herself through dance, she did not imagine that one day she would help other children enjoy the same cultural experience she did as a child.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher geometry students have formula for success

Dutcher Middle School students Joven Hundal, Erika Gonzalez and Neema Arishida have many things in common: they have all performed perfectly on the mathematics portion of the California Standards Test, they all have 4.0 grade point averages and they all placed in the annual Mathematics Superbowl competition through the Stanislaus Math Council.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD bans sugary treats in schools

The days of parents swinging by their child's classroom with a large pink box of cupcakes on their little one's birthday are gone as the Turlock Unified School District recently updated its Wellness Policy to prohibit sugary treats in the classroom.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Spring break math camp available for local students

Professor Viji Sundar of California State University, Stanislaus claims that doing math is more fun than eating ice cream and aims to teach children this approach at her annual math camp.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Expo offers junior high students look into future choices

Lunchtime at Turlock Junior High School on Thursday was more than a reprieve from the classroom for a quick bite to eat, as it was also a chance for students to consider their future in a fun and interactive environment at the Gifted and Talented Education Club College and Career Expo.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Every 15 Minutes a harrowing experience

When Officer Joey Cardenas delivered mock death notifications to parents of Delhi High School students on Tuesday as part of the anti-drunk driving Every 15 Minutes program, it was a very real experience for him personally, the parent of a former participant.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Students blend science, arts in Walnut ‘SMart Fair’

While elementary students are used to receiving instruction, the tables turned for some sixth graders at Walnut Elementary on Wednesday as they delivered lesson plans to fellow students as part of the school's inaugural "SMart Fair."

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Final LCAP review open to TUSD parents and community

The Turlock Unified School District has been undergoing a lot of change lately, from the structure of how funds are received to the curriculum being taught. The transitional state is bound to raise questions for parents who can fortunately be a part of the conversation through the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local student meets TPD police chief

KCody Rogers has faced several challenges in his 10 short years including attending seven different schools across two states. However, he has recently reached a stable level of excellence at Julien Elementary School where he was treated to an inspiring experience on Thursday: meeting the Turlock Police Department Police Chief Robert Jackson and receiving an inspirational achievement award plaque.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher students bring Civil War history to life

History is not just what is written in books; it is lived everyday and for local middle school students, sometimes relived. Dutcher Middle School eighth grade students dove head first into an interactive approach to the Civil War period on Wednesday by dressing in period clothing and reenacting daily activities of late 19th century America.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


School aide punished for Facebook post

What was meant as a good deed for a former student resulted in a Crowell Elementary School Para Instructional Aide facing a formal reprimand from the Turlock Unified School District on an allegation she broke a confidentiality clause.

April 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Education


Cyrus Elia finds the right note for success in music

Cyrus Elia is a 16-year-old sophomore at Pitman High School with a knack, or rather a gift, for music. Recently named one of 16 cellists in California to make the All State Orchestra, Elia attributes his success to his musical family's encouragement and the supportive Turlock Unified School District programs. Referred to as "easily in the top 1 percent of all the students I've had the pleasure to work with in my 14 year career" by Pitman High School director of bands Ruben Modesto, Elia spent time reflecting upon his musical experience and discussing his plans for the ...

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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