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Meet DUSD Difference Makers and Passionate Volunteers Gloria Gregory and Deborah Yamasaki

May 15, 2015

The series on “Difference Makers” continues by highlighting a pair of individuals that are making their presence felt in completely different ways. This should come as no surprise as the ongoing series of profiles has been an eye-opening experience. We will start at one end of the spectrum and then travel to another. Both individuals are worthy of a spotlight and their contributions are note worthy.

We will begin with a spotlight on Ms. Gloria Gregory. Gloria is the Executive Director of the community/faith based organization, CityServe. This group serves a multitude of civic and school organizations throughout the Tri-Valley. met with Ms. Gregory in 2014 to discuss her “adoption” of Valley High School – DUSD’s continuation high school. This adoption took shape in many forms – including the establishment of a bi-monthly “Breakfast Club”, the support of a special screening of the film “When the Game Stands Tall” and the support of a Thanksgiving lunch for its students. The relationship established by Gloria and her colleagues at CityServe is special and demands to be recognized. We recently had the opportunity to discuss the nature of this connection between the two groups.

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Dublin High School Drama’s “12 Angry Men” Captured by ROP Photojournalists

May 14, 2015

Dublin High School Tri-Valley ROP students Miguel Alvarado, Jonny Barnett, Jordan Bluford, and Aaron Johal teamed up to capture the recent run of the Dublin High Drama Club production of the classic play “12 Angry Men”. Each student photographer shares their answer to three questions along with a selection of photographers from the production.

ROP Photojournalist Miguel Alvarado:

  • What was your favorite scene? “I enjoyed the scene where they dramatically pause right before intermission, holding up the fight between two characters on stage.”
  • Who was your favorite actor? “Savannah”
  • Who was your favorite character? “I picked Savannah because of the one scene in which she stares at the wall because she’s supposed to be looking out a window. It was just super funny.”

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Dublin High School 7 Period Schedule Approved for 2015-16 by Dublin School Board

May 13, 2015

Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting May 12 2015One of the most hotly debated and yet most intriguing subjects that have been publicly discussed over the past four weeks came to a head at the regularly scheduled DUSD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night. This discussion spanned over two community town hall presentations, a special work study session by the Board and at this evening’s meeting.

At stake was the continuation and expansion of the College and Career Readiness Program (CCRP) at Dublin High. The initial implementation of the CCRP was evident in this current academic year. It resulted in a 55 minute daily lunch period. This expansion allowed the formation of the Freshmen Mentoring Program (FMP) which dedicated a 25-30 minute space of time for 9th graders to experience a variety of counseling/mentoring/enrichment programs.

For the proponents of the CCRP, the initiative would not be complete without ultimately incorporating a seventh period into the existing school day. The proposal including shortening the passing period from six to five minutes, maintaining the expanded lunch period, reducing instructional class time from 55 to 51 minutes and instituting a mandatory seventh period – also known as the “Gael Period.”

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Dublin High School Publishes Revised Plan and Budget for Proposed 7 Period Schedule

May 12, 2015

Dublin High SchoolDublin High School has published a revised plan for the proposed College and Career Readiness Program which includes a mandatory 7th period starting in the 2015-16 school year. The updated plan includes significantly more detail than what was presented at the March 24 School Board Meeting when the plan was first introduced. The cost of the program is estimated at $1.2M.

The revised plan will be presented, up for discussion and a possible vote at tonight’s Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting tonight (5:30pm / 7471 Larkdale Ave.). As per the agenda item, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke “recommends approval of the modifications in the DHS College Career Readiness Program for the 2015-16 school year pending budget confirmation from the Governors May Revise.” Dr. Hanke provided the following reference as one of the drivers for the program: College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School and in particular Chapter 3 – Ways to Develop Self-Management Skills and “College Knowledge” (David T. Conley, Feb 2010).

Reviewing the following three documents, which are attached to the School Board Meeting agenda item, is recommended:

Public comments (typically 2-3 minute statements) will be taken during the board meeting.

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Dublin Parents Debate Proposed Longer School Day at Dublin High School

May 7, 2015

Dublin High SchoolAn important debate is playing out at Dublin High School regarding a proposed schedule change that would introduce a mandatory 7th period, extend the school day by up to 32 minutes, and add at least $500,000 to the budget based on current estimates. The proposal was first introduced at the March 24th School Board Meeting and was summarized by in mid-April (read more…)

The proposed plan requires approval by the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. The first opportunity for a vote on the proposal is at the Tuesday May 12th School Board Meeting which starts at 5:30pm (7471 Larkdale Ave.
Dublin, CA). Attendance by parents and students is strongly recommended as there will be an opportunity for the community to provide input regarding the decision.

To help continue the debate from a parent perspective, below are two letters provided to by parents of Dublin High School students. One letter is in favor of the proposed change, and one letter is in opposition to the proposed change. Parents are also encouraged to watch a District video of the April 30 School Board Special Work Session which was solely focused on debating the proposed change. We also received a letter from a Dublin High School science teacher in support of the proposal.

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12th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Celebrates Teachers from Dublin and Pleasanton

May 4, 2015
Crystal Apple Award Winner

Crystal Apple Award Winner

For the 12th year Dublin and Pleasanton high school students of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints led an event that connects teachers, students and the community in a celebration of education excellence. This year “building connections” was the impromptu theme as students and teachers agreed that the true value of a high school education is building connections during the critical transition from adolescence to adulthood.

What makes the Crystal Apple Awards unique is that students not only nominate and select the recognized teachers, but also run the evening celebration. During seminary, a religious study class held early each morning before school, students are given the opportunity to nominate a teacher that has not only made learning more meaningful, but also one who fosters character values they deem important to life.  The nominations are then considered by a committee comprised of students who review all nominations and then choose the recipients for the year.

Crystal Apple Awards 2015

Crystal Apple Awards 2015

As in prior years, the event featured student-led presentations filled with photo essays and memories of each recognized teacher, along with emotional thank you’s from the Dublin High School, Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School teachers. The Crystal Apple Awards recognize teachers who take the extra time and care to look after each of their students and help them in their school career, while also giving guidance in living a good life.

The Crystal Apple Award recipients for 2015 are:

  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton) – Brett Bower, Clif Simms and Rick Sira
  • Dublin High School (Dublin) – Katina Lewis and Jeanne Morgan
  • Foothill High School (Pleasanton) – Theresa Ochoa-Lionetti and Donna DeGiobbii

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First Annual Walk 4 Education Supporting Dublin Schools to be Held on May 16

May 3, 2015

Dublin, CA — American Swim Academy is hosting a Walk 4 Education to benefit the Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) and the Dublin schools. The walk takes place at Dublin High School – Gael’s Stadium on Saturday, May 16 from 9am until 12pm. The Dublin community, as well as students, friends and families from every Dublin school, are invited to participate in the walk to raise funds and awareness for the Dublin Partners in Education.

“This is an exciting new venture as we kick off our first annual Walk 4 Education. The Walk 4 Education is an opportunity for Dublin Partners in Education to collaborate with all of the schools in the Dublin Unified School District. This is an occasion for the community to come together and celebrate our wonderful schools, our families, school employees and our business supporters in Dublin,” said Dr. Stephen Hanke , Dublin’s Superintendent

Registration is open to the public at The entry fee is just $5 and each registered participant will receive a t-shirt and refreshments. There will also be a Family Fun Festival during the walk with live entertainment, DJ music, family-friendly booths and more. “The event will be fun for the entire family and a great way for the community to show support for the schools, said Kristin Sand, Director of the American Swim Academy in Dublin. “We are hoping this walk is a step in the right direction toward a brighter future for our children.”

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