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“Fiddler on the Roof” Opens Tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton

April 17, 2015

Fiddler on the Roof - Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre - 83The Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre‘s production of the moving and Tony awarding-winning musical “Fiddler on the Roof” opens tonight in Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center (4444 Railroad Avenue) at 8:00pm with performances continuing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm through May 3.

Winner of 9 Tony Awards in 1965 and still touching audiences worldwide today with its humor, warmth and honesty, Fiddler on the Roof is a musical theatre tradition! Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this universal theme cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

A free Inside the Show discussion with the actors and directors will take place after the matinee performance on Sunday April 19 providing theatre lovers with a special opportunity to interact with the actors.

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Dublin High School Planning to Extend School Day by 32 Minutes, Make 7th Period Mandatory

April 16, 2015

Dublin High SchoolDublin High School’s plan to extend the school day by 32 minutes by adding a mandatory 7th period is currently being debated by the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. The plan, delayed one year due to a lack of parent support last year, is back on the table for implementation in the 2015-16 school year. The primary motivations for the change are to strengthen the freshman program to include a Freshman Seminar, provide struggling students with more support opportunities and to provide more flexibility with existing classroom space as Dublin High School’s student population continues to grow by 100-200 students per year.

The Dublin Unified School District will be holding a pair of Town Hall meetings to discuss the proposal on Thursday, April 23 and Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dublin High School Library. The sessions will include a presentation from District and Dublin High officials, and most importantly a question and answer session to hear community concerns. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.

Dublin High School and District staff presented the proposal at the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on March 24. Presentation available here… On demand video replay of the Board meeting available here… (select agenda item J-1).

Based on our review of the material provided the changes can be summarized as follows: Read more…

Life at Auburn University – Pursuing Aerospace Engineering in Sweet Home Alabama

April 15, 2015
Eric Turner Dublin High School graduation

Eric Turner

For our next Life in College Series article we travel to Auburn University in Alabama to profile Dublin High School Class of 2013 alum Eric Turner.

Eric writes about the difficult decision to go to school thousands of miles from friends and family, what inspired him to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering, how Dublin High School prepared him for the rigor of an engineering curriculum and provides advice for high school students who are completing their senior year in preparation for the transition to college. You’ve decided to attend a college far from home, in Auburn, Alabama. Was that a difficult decision?

Eric Turner: “When I was applying for colleges the summer before my senior year at Dublin High School, Auburn was among the furthest schools I chose. It was easy to apply to Auburn because I had my sights set on staying in California and really I had no initial intention of going there. During February of my senior year, my grandfather and I decided to tour Auburn and it was that weekend that really sold it for me. Auburn’s campus is absolutely gorgeous and it was tough to go back and tour colleges in California after because of how beautiful it was. With that said, it wasn’t the campus that helped me make my decision to become an Auburn Tiger. What really set Auburn apart from other schools was how much the students really enjoyed the school. The sense of school spirit and pride was unmatched anywhere else I looked and it was this love that people had for Auburn that drew me to love it as well.

“As the summer after I graduated began to come to an end, I started to hesitate whether or not deciding to move to Auburn was a good idea. There were so many friends I had to leave and I would have to be more than 2,000 miles from my home and family. I really had no idea what I was in for when I committed to living so far from everyone I knew. Looking back now though, leaving California was a great for me because it has given me a chance to experience something new and given me a better perspective on how great living in the San Francisco Bay Area is. College to me has really been about trying new things and growing as an individual and it has done so much more than that. Leaving California was absolutely a difficult decision to make but it was one that I would recommend to anyone.” What sparked your interest in engineering in general, and specifically a major in Aerospace Engineering? Read more…

Dublin High School Lady Gaels Varsity Basketball Team Reflects on a Historic Season

April 13, 2015
Dublin High School Lady Gaels Basketball NorCal Pregame 2

Dublin High School Lady Gaels Basketball

Spring sports are presently in full flight at Dublin High School. Some of these endeavors include baseball, softball, tennis, swimming, track and lacrosse. But, before we turn the page on fall sports, we wanted to recognize a DHS team that just completed an epic season – and of historic proportions.

In early February, posted a story featuring the successful season that the Lady Gaels basketball team was enjoying. When published, their record was 20 wins versus only two losses. At this point, the team was beginning to approach the end of their regular season. However, what loomed on the horizon was an opportunity to compete in the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament. Would this team, that started its season just before Thanksgiving, allow itself to dream even bigger than before? Might an opportunity to compete in the CA state tournament even be possible? The team and their supporters were about to find out.

In the NCS Championships, teams are seeded into different brackets based largely upon the size of school enrollment. While one of the larger schools competing, the DHS Lady Gaels were slotted into Division 2. They were fortunate to host their first two post-season games against Del Oro and Saint Francis, respectively. These victories set up a showdown with athletic powerhouse Carondelet on a neutral court at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. The tone and the stakes were clearly higher.

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Meet Murray Elementary School Difference Makers – Jennifer May and Mark Pelham

April 10, 2015
Murray Elementary School

Murray Elementary School

The focus of the Difference Maker series now turns to Murray Elementary School. Principal Carrie Nerheim quickly volunteered two individuals to spotlight for this feature. They are two of simply numerous individuals that are making a positive and significant difference in the lives of students and families at this school site. Several years ago, Murray might have been characterized as the smallest and most unique elementary site in the Dublin Unified School District and it housed the unique Pathways program. In 2015, it possesses many of the same characteristics, but it is also experiencing the same enrollment gains that are occurring across the district. And, with that, is managing the challenges of growth. Murray Elementary has benefitted from the infrastructure development opportunities due to Measure C. A new kindergarten complex has been constructing in the rear of the campus. Additionally, a new ingress/egress pathway has been opened which has added an immense improvement to facilitating movement at drop-off and release on a daily basis – in addition to providing much needed parking for staff and visitors.

Our profile focuses on two key parent volunteers. Their contributions to Murray share a commonality, yet are different at the same time. appreciated the opportunity to recently visit with both. It is no wonder that this site is referred to as “Magical Murray.”

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Life at Whitman College – Jillian Colwell’s Journey to Walla Walla, Washington

April 9, 2015
Jillian Colwell

Jillian Colwell’s popular Life in College Series continues with a profile of Dublin High School Class of 2014 alum and Whitman College Class of 2018 freshman Jillian Colwell.

Jillian shares how Dublin High School athletics, including cross country, track, and soccer, helped shape her high school experience, how she’s adjusted to life in Walla Walla, Washington far from the major cities of the Bay Area, and offers advice to high school seniors looking forward to their first year of college. What was your thought process during your senior year that led you to Whitman College?

Jillian Colwell: “Like most, my senior year at Dublin High School was spent full of excitement and query, comparing colleges, jotting down pros and cons. Quite early in the process and after several campus tours, my focus began to narrow to smaller, Liberal Arts colleges as I enjoyed their smaller feel and moreover I was still unclear about the direction I was planning to major. Along with my search for a fit academically, I was also determined to include athletics, running cross country, as part of my college experience.  In the end I applied to a handful of private schools mostly in southern California, to two UCs, two schools in Washington State, and one in Oregon. My final decision was difficult as each school that offered me acceptance had distinct and appealing qualities, however after a second visit to Whitman College, it was clear to me that this was my best fit.” Would you describe the Whitman experience?

Colwell: “My Whitman experience has been an amazing introduction to creative thinking, independence, and a whole new world of outdoor adventure.  I have definitely been challenged in the classroom, with a full schedule of courses required in a Liberal Arts distribution as well as courses unique to Whitman such as “Encounters” a class for all freshman where we are learning to analyze a variety of classic texts and novels and recognize their parallels.  On the flip side Whitman’s Eastern Washington location lends to and offers a renowned Outdoor Program where I’ve been introduced to rock climbing, cross country skiing, sand dune sliding and I hope to soon learn sea and whitewater kayaking.”

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LLNL Engineer Dr. Vanessa Tolosa’s Quest for Neurotechnology Breakthroughs

April 7, 2015
Dr Vanessa Tolosa

Dr Vanessa Tolosa

The next entry in our popular Women in STEM Series profiles Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Principal Investigator Dr. Vanessa Tolosa. Ms. Tolosa was recently the keynote speaker at the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair where middle and high school students from across the Tri-Valley shared projects and applications of the scientific method.

Ms. Tolosa earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA.

James Morehead: What does the scientific method mean to you?

Dr. Vanessa Tolosa: “The core message of the scientific method is to first come up with an idea, a hypothesis, for why something might be happening, and then test that hypothesis by performing experiments. The experiments aren’t random; rather you look at a specific variable that you believe is causing the problem or effect, perform tests and measure or monitor the response. If you are right, you’re done; if you’re wrong you adjust the test and iterate. That alone is really the heart of science and engineering, it’s what I did while completing my PhD, what I do when conducting research, and what I do on a daily basis without thinking about it.

“Taking a step back, what I just described is what people do every day to avoid being fooled by charlatans. You stop and ask questions – how does this cure work and why? What evidence is there to demonstrate the hypothesis? Just stopping to ask questions is a key element of the scientific method. When it becomes natural to ask questions, formulate and test hypotheses, it makes you less susceptible to being fooled. This way of thinking more independently helps me every day in and outside the lab.”

Morehead: When sparked your interest in engineering?

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