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Dublin High School’s Madison Hildenbrand on Pursuing Engineering in High School and Beyond 

February 9, 2016

IMG_7587DUBLIN, CA–Our popular Women in STEM Series continues with Dublin High School senior Madison Hildenbrand. Madison entered Dublin High with no idea what she wanted to do after high school and after several years in Dublin High’s Engineering and Design Academy, and an internship with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, has decided to study engineering in college next year. With one college acceptance already received, and others likely, we sat down with Madison to learn more about what inspired her to pursue engineering. What sparked your interest in the Dublin High School Engineering and Design Academy?

Madison Hildenbrand: “I’ve always been curious about how things work so I decided to take the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) class to see if I was interested in engineering, because at that point I had no idea what I wanted to do. And while I didn’t really like the IED class because it was a lot of computer modeling and I prefer hands on activities, I did decide to take the Principles of Engineering class which showed me many different facets of engineering and had lots of hands on work. Most important though was an internship I had last summer with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the City of Dublin Public Works Department where I worked with traffic engineers on problems in the City of Dublin. I worked on civil engineering projects including modeling street overlays in AutoCAD Civil 3D, helped with project funding applications, and worked on re-striping projects. I really enjoyed civil engineering because I was able to be outside and wasn’t on a computer all day.” What did your experience working with engineers teach you about the perception of engineers vs. the reality?

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Dublin High School Principal Carol Shimizu Announces Retirement

February 8, 2016

Crystal Apple Awards Pleasanton California Dublin High School Principal Carol Shimizu

DUBLIN, CA–Another shoe dropped in the Dublin Unified School District today with the announcement that Dublin High School principal Carol Shimizu would retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year, ending a 48-year career in education. Ms. Shimizu has been principal since 2004. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke also announced his retirement earlier this year.

The district will immediately begin the process of preparing the search for Shimizu’s successor.

“It’s time,” Shimizu said. “This is a very difficult decision on an emotional topic. I’ve come to this decision after a great deal of thought and considerable discussions. After 48 years of gratifying experiences, it’s time to pass the baton. I will always consider Dublin High School my home.”

During Shimizu’s tenure, Dublin High School has become one of the top high schools in the region and in the state. Under Shimizu’s leadership:

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Dublin High School to Screen “Beyond Measure”, Award-Winning Sequel of “Race to Nowhere”

February 7, 2016

Beyond Measure Dublin High School ScreeningDublin parent Dana Ogden, who wrote the widely read and discussed open letter on students struggling with too much homework and too little sleep, is bringing a special event to the Dublin community. To help parents and educators discuss solutions to the problem there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary “Beyond Measure” on Tuesday February 16, 6pm, at the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education. The event is free and advance registration is required.

Where many past documentaries have dwelled on the education crisis and the policies to blame for it, “Beyond Measure” follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. Subverting our high-stakes education culture, even when it means putting their jobs at risk, the film’s featured educators are the advance guard in a burgeoning national movement to reinvent school. By spotlighting success stories, “Beyond Measure” shows that it is possible to rise above America’s toxic achievement fixation and build a richer, deeper, more empowering, and student-centered education culture from the ground up.

dana ogdenDana Ogden: “I would like to personally invite you to attend this screening and I would be honored if you were so inclined to sign up and join the “plan of action” committee after watching it.  To register for the film, “Beyond Measure” please click here. While it is a free event, everyone must register in advance in order to attend.”

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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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