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'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


From the vine to wine

As Haley Acree sipped a clear, sugary liquid from a plastic cup in class at Pitman High School on Wednesday, turning over the flavors in her mouth, her face suddenly revealed an eager expression as she chirped, "Blueberry!"

March 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


CSUS career fair prepares students to consider job prospects

When California State University, Stanislaus student Jessica Dickman was asked about her expectations for her future upon graduating from the university this spring, she responded with a question: "What expectations?"

March 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Student Spotlight: Dustin Grein stays active, physically and intellectually

In the current days of technology where students are more likely to be sitting on a couch than playing kick-the-can in the street, Dustin Grein is an exception.

March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Festival keeps music alive in Turlock Unified

The third annual Festival on the Green is more than an opportunity to hear the student bands, orchestras and choirs of the Turlock Unified School District, it's an opportunity to make musical learning a reality for future students of the District.

March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Next generation of ag leaders

In California alone there are over 70,000 student members in over 300 Future Farmers of America chapters, or FFA. On Monday 18 of those local graduating high school seniors were recognized for their contributions and potential in the agriculture industry by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.

March 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local students release classroom-raised salmon

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.

March 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock teacher accepts national award in D.C.

Sixth grade teacher Jamie Garner of Walnut Elementary missed school this week because she was busy shaking President Barack Obama's hand in Washington, D.C.

March 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD prepares to accommodate long-term growth

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.

March 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Governor Brown talks local education in Stanislaus

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.

March 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD reduces teaching staff, increases class size

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.

March 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TJHS celebrates School to Watch designation

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.

March 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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MJC offers Cal-OSHA training courses

Modesto Junior College's Workforce Development and Community Education have teamed-up to offer two new Cal-OSHA training courses in May to assist area employers in understanding and applying OSHA standards.

April 24, 2014 | | Education


New Christian preschool to open its doors in Turlock

Spring marks the time of upcoming graduations, but it's also a time for parents to consider having their young ones take their first step in education by enrolling in preschool. Now parents have a new option to consider in town: Cornerstone Christian Preschool.

April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | 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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