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Critical School Board Votes Tuesday: New High School and Engineering & Science Buildings

June 24, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–If you are parent of a student in Dublin’s public school system, or a local taxpayer interested in education issues, make sure to attend tomorrow’s School Board meeting (Tuesday June 25, 6pm, 7471 Larkdale Avenue). Trustee and Superintendent turnover at the Dublin Unified School District has risked the timely approval of two important projects. Key items up for a vote at Tuesday’s meeting

  • Action item: “Approve Contract Award for Construction of the Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building and Phase 1B Interim Housing Project”
  • Action item: “Approve Site Plan Concept and Educational Program for a Future Comprehensive High School”

The District staff and educators recommend both proposals proceed. If either of these votes fails to pass overcrowding at Dublin High School, and infrastructure capacity issues impacting Engineering & Design Academy and Biomedical Academy students, will continue unmitigated. The District is already unable to serve all of the science and engineering needs due to a lack of physical capacity – a failure to move forward will result in more students being turned away from popular STEM programs. Read more…


Dublin Area 4 Voters Elect Gabrielle Blackman as New School Board Member

June 5, 2019

dsc_1850Dublin, CA – Dublin Area 4 residents voted in the June 4 Special Election and selected Ms. Gabrielle Blackman as their representative to the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. Ms. Blackman will serve the remainder of former Trustee, Joe Giannini’s, four-year term which ends in December 2020. Trustee Giannini resigned his position on October 22, 2018.

While results are currently unofficial, available information shows 69.4 percent (488 votes) of Area 4 voters selecting Ms. Blackman. A specific date for Ms. Blackman to join the Board has not been confirmed, but will likely be in July or later after the Alameda County Registrar of Voters has certified the election results. Read more…

Dublin High School Junior Mihika Sharma Lands Internship at University of Texas to Analyze NASA Earth Science Data

May 28, 2019

Dublin, CA, May 23, 2019 – Dublin High School Junior, Mihika Sharma, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Ms. Sharma will work with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research from data received from NASA’s earth observing satellites as well as designing Mars habitats, Lunar Exploration, and analysis of images from the International Space Station. This nationally competitive program sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium selects students who will increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through earth and space education.

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“Working at NASA has always been a dream of mine,” said Ms. Sharma. “I’m very excited to work alongside the people who are doing what I hope to one day do. This internship will not only provide me the exposure to real world problems that NASA is trying to solve, but also help me explore further my interest in processing large data into meaningful information.”

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Dublin High School Team Takes 3rd Place in 19th Annual National Economics Challenge

May 24, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School was one of 16 U.S. finalist teams selected to compete at the 19th Annual National Economics Challenge in New York, sponsored by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). More than 10,000 students competed nationwide to represent their states in the finals. Dublin’s team is coached by DHS Assistant Principal Jennifer Nickl.

The only one of its kind, CEE’s NEC builds critical thinkers and tomorrow’s leaders. The NEC recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

“Not only does the NEC allow students to collaborate, but it offers them an engaging way to learn economics, which is so important in life,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO. “Each year I am so impressed by the caliber of students participating in the NEC. This competition ably demonstrates the intellectual strength and potential of tomorrow’s leaders.” Read more…

Transitioning to a Healthier Lifestyle Extends to All Students

May 22, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–So many wonderful things are happening all around us. Sometimes one just needs to know where to look: case in point, a fitness center located on Village Parkway. If your child attends Dublin High School, you’ve probably driven past this business hundreds of times. However, something extra-special occurs there every Thursday afternoon. In what can be defined as a perfect collaboration, local business and the school district have united to create an opportunity for a wonderful collection of students.

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The Transition Program operates out of the Valley High School campus. It serves students from ages 18-22 that possess some form of developmental disability. Transition strives to prepare young people for the vital tasks that they will need in order to thrive as adults. Skills are taught in fiscal responsibility, vocational training and meal planning, among others. One of the foundation blocks of the program is to promote lifelong physical activity. Transition teacher Bree LeMoine reached out years ago to the owners of Platinum Fitness in Dublin and a relationship was hatched. Read more…

Dublin Youth Chess: State, National and International Powerhouse

May 18, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–Two years ago, I wrote for about how Dublin scholastic chess was on the rise, and would soon challenge Bay Area suburbs Fremont and Cupertino, which have long produced some of the best chess players and teams in the state and country.

Today, Dublin has in some ways eclipsed those towns, with a burgeoning youth chess scene that puts us on the state, national AND international map. Read on to learn more and/or skip ahead to the bottom if you want to learn about opportunities for your child to play!


Fallon Middle School chess team

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Surviving the Transition to College: Tips From a Rough First Year

May 16, 2019

I just completed my first year at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Spoiler alert: no, it was not the best year of my life and no, I did not ‘thrive’. I dealt with extreme homesickness, loneliness, roommate issues, and an overwhelming sense of not belonging. I did not settle in quickly and I never fell in love with my school. But don’t let this all scare you. My first year experience may not have been the start to the ‘best four years of my life’, but I learned a lot and don’t regret my decision at all.


After committing to McGill

Looking back on my first year, there are many things I could have done to make it more positive. However, I also made a lot of good choices. So, here is a list of what I believe you can do to have a better first year and grow as much as possible:

1. Go far away from home, if possible

I want to start off by saying that I know many students are not able to go to school far from home. I am lucky to have dual citizenship and thus the benefit of very low Canadian tuition. But, if you do have the means to move far from home, even if still in the same state, do it. Read more…