Focus on Education: Oakdale school board to meet

local@modbee.comApril 20, 2013 

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Oakdale council chambers, 277 N. Second Ave. Trustees will recognize students' academic honors, and vote on next year's school calendar and a resolution for ending state payment delays. There will be a report on a Sierra View Elementary discipline incident. See the agenda at

SYLVAN TRUSTEES TO MEET: The Sylvan Union School District Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave. Trustees first will interview applicants for assistant superintendent of human resources. In open session, the board will hold a budget discussion and give direction on priorities for additional funds expected for the coming year. See the full agenda at

GEOLOGY TREK: Summer geology and earth science courses in the field are being offered by Modesto Junior College. Geology 174: The Geology of the Colorado Plateau, will be held June 14-29. Trip cost is $650 for food, transportation, and teaching materials, plus registration fees. There will be an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Science 132, east campus, 435 College Ave. For more, visit http://hayesg.faculty., or contact MJC geology Professor Garry Hayes at

MERCED TEENS: High school students can explore the wilderness while gaining academic and leadership skills. The Adventure Risk Challenge will accept applications for its summer immersion courses in Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe through Friday. ARC holds 40-day courses for ninth- through 11th-grade Merced County students. Scholarships are available. Download applications at For more, contact Will Fassett at or (209) 742-3984.

HOME-SCHOOL EVENTS: Classical Conversations, Classical Christian Homeschool Community, will hold an information meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2532 Scenic Drive. There will be a parent practicum, "Returning to Roots and Reason: The Art of Arithmetic," May 22-24, with children's camps at $35 to $39 per child. For more, go to or call Gina Heckinger at (209) 578-6773.

CALAVERAS SPELLERS: Seventh-grader Maxwell Stickels of Toyon Middle School in Valley Springs and eighth-grader Brianna Gilbert of Mark Twain Elementary in Angels Camp will represent Calaveras County at the state Spelling Championship. Winners of Thursday's event were: sixth-graders Michael Rourke of Valley Springs School, and Kaiya Hall and Yasamin Eldredge of Avery Middle School; seventh-graders Maxwell, Ashley Hibdon of Mark Twain and Katie Duquette of Avery Middle; eighth-graders Brianna, Sarajean St. John of Christian Family Learning Center and John Leiga of Toyon; ninth-graders Emma Tribble and Jordan Strauch of Bret Harte High; and Kelly Baird of Calaveras High.

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