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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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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


DUSD celebrates Week of the Young Child

Preschool and kindergarten students of the Denair Unified School District were treated to a special day of festivities on Friday in a culminating celebration of Week of the Young Child. The themed week is an annual celebration sponsored through the National Association for the Education of Young Children which aims to draw attention to the need and importance of childhood development.

April 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Cunningham Elementary hosts first Family Fitness Night

The common adage "A family that plays together, stays together" rang true at Cunningham Elementary School on Friday evening where families gathered to participate in healthy outdoor activities at the first ever Family Fitness Night.

April 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


From pain to philanthropy

Hospital doctors and nurses take care of various patients for a multitude of issues every day, but they rarely have the opportunity to see their patients performing successfully in life once they have left the hospital. After a traumatic experience that left Turlock Christian sophomore McAllister Russell in the hands of the Children's Hospital of Oakland for several weeks, the local student felt it imperative to give back to the people who helped save her life.

April 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


DUSD hires new financial business exec

The Denair Unified School District is often compared to a close-knit family and this week the District is welcoming new blood through the hire of Linda Covello, the new Chief Business Officer.

April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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