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Dublin Elementary School Girl Scouts Rally to Support the One Warm Coat Project

February 5, 2016

DSC_0752DUBLIN-CA–Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, GA in 1912. Over one hundred years later, there are close to 2 million Scouts actively participating in the United States. Further, the movement has spread to over 100 countries around the globe. The Girl Scout mission centers on building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Earlier this week, had the opportunity to meet with the members of Troop 31193. This is a group of eight 4th graders that all happen to be students at Dublin Elementary School. We sat down in the MPR to discuss different items and we asked specific questions. Here are some of their responses:

Q: Why do you like being in Girl Scouts?

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Opens Tonight at the Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center

January 30, 2016

DSC04598PLEASANTON, CA–Are you looking for a family-friendly way to kick-off the weekend? If so, look no further than the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton where the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens tonight for a run that concludes on Valentine’s Day. As they’ve done so effectively for previous productions, PCRT, co-founded by Dublin teacher Joy Sherratt, transforms Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center into an undersea oasis.

The Little Mermaid opens tonight and runs through February 14, 2016: Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. There will be additional matinee performances on Saturdays, February 6 and February 13, 2016 at 2pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

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Dublin School Board Trustees Roadtrip to Sacramento to Advocate for Facilities Funding

January 29, 2016

Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Debates Dublin High School Schedule ChangeDUBLIN, CA–Three Dublin Unified School Board Trustees traveled to Sacramento on Wednesday to advocate for a dialogue on the topic of school facilities funding and the impact that it is having on the rapidly growing Dublin school district.

Board President Dan Cunningham, Vice President Megan Rouse and Trustee Amy Miller spent the day in meetings at the State Capitol with legislators and state officials, culminating in an appearance before the State Allocation Board, the body that allocates facilities funding for schools in California.

At the State Allocation Board meeting, Dublin became the first district in the state to request that the SAB agendize the issue of raising developer fees to Level 3 and expressed public support for a statewide School Bond Measure, which will be on the ballot in November.

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Valley High School Graduate Follows Her Pageant Dreams and Serves as an Ambassador

January 28, 2016

Aliyah Martin 1DUBLIN, CA–Amid all of the events that occurred last December, a rather innocuous contest gained immediate and worldwide attention. The event was the annual Miss Universe competition. This televised program gained instant notoriety when host Steve Harvey incorrectly awarded the crown to Miss Columbia. The mantle was then correctly presented to Miss Philippines and the aftermath was internet history.

Online, the reaction was swift and many surmised that this was a calculated attempt by the organizers to bring attention to this telecast. For at least the next couple of weeks, the subject was trending highly and it sparked much discussion about the veracity of these endeavors. While this temporary firestorm eventually died down, it also gave us an opportunity to explore the experiences of a recent Valley High School graduate. Counselor Liz Buckley introduced to Ms. Aliyah Martin last fall. Aliyah attained her diploma from VHS in June 2015 and is now a student at Diablo Valley College where she is continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education/Development. She hopes to someday become a teacher.

What separates Ms. Martin from her colleagues is that she is actually competed in pageants. The initial inspiration came from a friend that had previously participated and a simply flyer in the mail encouraged Aliyah to ultimately take the leap. Subsequently, she entered into her first National American Miss Pageant in San Jose in 2014.

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Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Hanke Announces Retirement

January 26, 2016
Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Dr Stephen Hanke

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke

DUBLIN, CA — Dr. Stephen Hanke, who has served as Superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District for the past 10 years, announced his retirement Tuesday night at the Board of Trustees meeting.

Hanke’s retirement from the position will be effective June 30, 2016.

The Board of Trustees will immediately begin the process of preparing the search for Dr. Hanke’s “I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve the Dublin community for the past 10 years, and am especially proud to be a part of an amazing team of leaders and teachers who have worked very hard to build our school district into what it is today, a highly sought-after, strong organization focused on what really matters, student learning,” Dr. Hanke said. “This decision is a difficult one for me to make and has been on my mind for a time. After much discussion with my family, we have decided the time is right to take this step.”

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Dublin School District Publishes Answers to Questions Regarding Growth, Overcrowding

January 21, 2016
Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Dr Stephen Hanke

Superintendent Dr. Hanke

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke sent an email and FAQ to parents and community members Wednesday regarding rapid growth and overcrowding impacting multiple schools. Dr. Hanke also announced a “School Facilities Academy” to be held on Monday February 1 (6:30 – 8:30pm) in the Dublin High School Performing Arts and Education Center. As per the invitation, “a panel of experts in school construction financing, real estate and legal counsel will be providing relevant, current information on issues related to Dublin’s growth challenges and the impact on our schools.”

Below is the text of the email and FAQ that were issued earlier today. Have questions that were not answered by the District FAQ? Leave your questions as comments and we’ll forward to the District.

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Dublin 2016-17 School Year to Start Aug 15, Union Agreement Reached

January 15, 2016

DUSD proposed calendar 2016-17The Dublin Unified School District has reached an agreement with the Dublin Teachers Association covering the next two school years. For teachers, the agreement includes one-time and ongoing salary increases. For students and parents, the agreement adjusts the 2016-17 school year to start earlier – on August 15, 2016 – and end early – on June 2, 2017. The adjusted schedule allows high school students to complete finals before the winter break and provides more days in the classroom for AP students before the standardized AP exams scheduled by the College Board. The updated agreement including the school calendar was approved by the Dublin School Board earlier this week at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

Press release from the Dublin Unified School District released yesterday afternoon:

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