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Growing Up In The School System With ADHD

O’NEALS – Minarets High School student Daniel Hooker will be the first direct male descendant on his father’s side to graduate from high school in at least three generations. “They all struggled academically and dropped out before graduation,” says mom Patti of Daniel’s father’s side of the family. “We believe early intervention for Daniel, along with school and home support ...

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Minarets Offers Vocational Training at Water-School

O’NEALS – In his book, “The Great Thirst: Californians and Water,” historian Norris Hundley Jr. said the Golden State has the “largest, most productive and most controversial water system” in the world, mostly referring to its scarcity and practices of distribution. The California water industry provides drinking water and wastewater to residential, commercial and industrial sectors amounting to about 30 ...

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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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Minarets Key Club Members Decorate Floats For 2013 Rose Parade

O’NEALS – Key Club members from Minarets High School left town in the wee early hours of the morning on Sunday, Dec. 30, and made their way south to Pasadena, California. What was their mission? These 9 young leaders were off to decorate floats for the renowned Tournament of Roses Parade. Float decorating Key Club members include Hayden Righter, Michaela ...

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Veterans Bring History To Life For Minarets Film Makers

O’NEALS – When a Black Hawk helicopter touched down on the broad expanse of lawn at Minarets High School on Tuesday, Nov. 13, it was just the beginning of a day set aside to honor our veterans. More than 20 veterans volunteered to come to the school and tell their stories, sharing real-life experience with students who have been learning ...

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Spring Valley School Receives First 5 Grant

O’NEALS – Spring Valley School is the recipient of a $2,500 grant to cover much-needed supplies for the school’s transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten, awarded by First 5 of Madera County. TK was created by a California law, passed in 2010, called the Kindergarten Readiness Act. TK offers children with birthdays between September and December a developmentally appropriate curriculum in ...

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Minarets FFA Students Bring Home National Honors

O’NEALS – Six students returned home to Minarets High School as National Champions, after reaping top honors at the prestigious Future Farmers of America (FFA) competition in parliamentary law and procedure, Parli Pro, held over three days in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event (CDE), teams conduct a mock chapter meeting to show their knowledge of ...

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Minarets Filmmakers Learn History From Those Who Served

Written by Daniel Ching O’NEALS — The time has come to celebrate our veterans once again. This year Minarets High School will be hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Dinner in the Minarets Gym. Last year was extremely successful in honoring our veterans and bringing the amazing stories of our veterans to life by having students interview the veterans on ...

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The History of O’Neals

O’Neals is a tiny hamlet located along Willow Creek just off Road 200, about 15 miles south of North Fork. It is much the same size as it was back in old west days, with ranching and farming still the life blood of the area. The Ponderosa Telephone Company has been thriving there for over 100 years. Charles O’Neal first ...

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