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Walnut Elementary's principal Mark Holmes was up against the wall on Wednesday as the elementary students duct taped him to a wall as a reward for meeting their spring fundraising goal. The students sold popcorn and Easter chocolate bunnies among other things ultimately raising $12,000 to help pay for field trips and school electives. For every two items sold, students received a piece of duct tape and overall 17 rolls of tape were used as 314 students received at least one piece to tape their principal to the wall, including Isabelle Silveria who is pictured adding her piece ...

March 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Students put real world skills to the test in Occupational Olympics

Last Friday Pitman High School students flocked to prom in their gowns and tuxedos with many young girls sporting one traditional accessory: a corsage. Made of fresh flowers and ribbon, these wristlet bouquets were not only a feminine accessory but benefited their peers as corsages were created and sold by students of the Pitman Art and History of Floral Design course.

March 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Smarter strategies to come in TUSD lunchrooms

While providing healthy lunch options in the school cafeteria is important, school districts across the country, including Turlock Unified School District, are learning ways to incite children to make consistently healthier choices for lunch.

March 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Model student KCody Rogers finds fun in learning

At 10 years old, KCody Rogers possesses the traits that are usually only seen in adults: respect, hard work and goal setting. A fourth grader at Julien Elementary, KCody is an intrepid student that has found the joy in education at an early age.

March 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


A dose of reality: Lawyers from Ukraine visit CSUS during national crisis

Ukrainian attorney Olena Lysenko stepped onto the California State University, Stanislaus campus with a small blue and yellow ribbon tied to her handbag, and while it looked like a simple accessory it actually represented something much more serious: the Ukrainian revolution.

March 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Walnut Red Ribbon winners

After submitting a video and a portfolio of photos depicting Walnut Elementary School's Red Ribbon Week activities to the national Positive Promotions Red Ribbon Week Contest, the local elementary school placed second and was awarded $200.

March 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dennis Earl celebrates Assyrian New Year

While Assyrians may not have a country, they do have a close-knit community to call home in Turlock.

March 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pre-prom program offers Pitman students haunting look at drunk driving

Prom is one of the most highly anticipated moments for high school students across the country, but the tone at Pitman High School was somber rather than upbeat before the big night on Friday. Aptly timed, the local school played host to the Every 15 Minutes program, a powerful recreation of a fatal drunk driving car crash that involves students as the victims and perpetrator of the casualty.

March 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD upgrades technology to handle upcoming testing

Students in classrooms across the Turlock Unified School District may be trying their hand at new Google Chromebooks, a personal computer that runs mostly on internet connection, in upcoming months as the District prepares for the upcoming field test by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, commonly known as SBAC.

March 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Celebrating trees takes root at Walnut

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a video is worth $10,000, at least at Walnut Elementary in Turlock.

March 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Edwin Betady reaches for the stars, literally

How does one go from being curious about space in junior high school to taking classes at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA? According to Edwin Betady, you follow your dreams.

March 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


'Sounds of Celebration'

Community members enjoyed the voices and performances of over 900 choir, orchestra and band students of the Turlock Unified School District on Saturday at the Festival on the Green event. The third annual festival was created to showcase student talent in one collective, community event rather than dispersing the performances over several nights of the week as in years past. Pitman High School's gym was filled with lyrical sound as students performed for friends, family and District supporters.

March 18, 2014 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Education


Superintendent honored for literacy efforts

Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny DaMarto isn't just making a difference in the lives of Turlock students, he's also helping to end illiteracy in Stanislaus County.

March 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


CSUS makes efforts to conserve water

Gov. Jerry Brown's declaration of a State of Emergency for the drought in California did more than turn heads, it encouraged action. California State University, Stanislaus is implementing long term and short term efforts to ensure that only essential water is being used, as well as conserved for future use.

March 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


DUSD remains on the fiscal recovery path

While the Denair Unified School District's budget was recently negatively certified, which means that the District is unable to meet its financial obligations for the current and subsequent fiscal year, the outlook is optimistic as changes are being made to lay a new foundation of economic responsibility within the District.

March 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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Academic decathlon to put local students to the test

Known as the "biggest academic event for local schools," the 36th annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon will kick off this weekend with a two-day series ...

February 04, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Stanislaus State begins search for new president

Following current Stanislaus State President Joseph F. Sheley's retirement announcement in November, the California State University Board of Trustees will hold an open forum ...

February 04, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Turlock Unified approves salary increase, greater benefits cap for teachers

After months of negotiations that at one time ended in an impasse, Turlock Unified School District has officially reached an agreement with the over 700 ...

February 02, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Senator Bill Bradley to speak at Stanislaus State

A United States Senator, Olympic gold medalist, Rhodes Scholar, two-time NBA champion and former presidential candidate will speak at Stanislaus State this month as part ...

February 02, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Modesto Junior College in running for $1 million Aspen Prize

The achievements of Modesto Junior College are undeniable after the school was named as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges to be ...

January 29, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Denair Charter principal to resign at end of school year to raise family

Although Denair Elementary Charter Academy Principal Sara Michelena announced her intent to resign at the end of the school year, her dedication to making sure ...

January 28, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


Pitman High to start up new computer science class

Pitman High School will program students with the knowledge they need for a career in computer science beginning next year with "Exploring Computer Science AB ...

January 26, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


More setbacks prompt Turlock Unified to delay gym completion date, increase project budget

The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees were willing-but not all too delighted-to approve another increase to the budget for the girls ...

January 26, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Education


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