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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…

“One Last Time” for Dublin High School Video Production Film Festival

May 13, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–In the spirit of Avengers: Endgame, all good things do come to an end. According to Video Production instructor, Michael D’Ambrosio, the May 17th screening of the Annual DHS Film Festival will be the fifth and final iteration of this series. While tickets for this one-night only event sold out in less than two minutes, a live stream will be available on It is somewhat bittersweet as has chronicled the development of this program since its inception in 2014 and the initial film festival screening in Spring, 2015. What started with 15 short video pieces that involved about 40 students has grown into a class that includes five sections and an advanced video production class that focused solely on long form layout.

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Dublin Voters Pass Measure E Parcel Tax with Nearly 75 Percent Approval

May 9, 2019

yes-on-eDUBLIN, CA–While results are currently unofficial, pending a count of ballots dropped off on election day, mail-in results show nearly 75 percent of Dublin voters approved the Measure E parcel tax, ensuring approximately $1.7 million in annual revenue will continue to flow into the district. Parcel tax funds will aid in efforts to attract and retain high quality teachers, support academic achievement, keep class sizes smaller, maintain school libraries, current instructional materials and classroom technology, and assist students reading below their grade level.

“This result reaffirms one of the characteristics of Dublin and its citizens that I love most,” said Amy Miller, President, Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “Our kids always come first! There is widespread support for education, and that has been the case for as long as I can remember. I want to thank our community for continually supporting our efforts to provide the best quality education for our students.”

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Former DUSD Administrator Dave Marken Returns to Dublin With a Purpose

May 4, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–The most recent Dublin Unified School District meeting confirmed the return of one of its “native sons.” The employment contract for Dr. Dave Marken was affirmed in his role as Interim Superintendent of the DUSD. Given the fiscal/academic calendar, his role is confirmed through June 20, 2019. This employment agreement will be in force through this date or when a permanent successor is tendered employment. The new employment calendar will commence on July 1, 2019 and there remains an opportunity for the school district to retain his services until such a hire is executed.

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Dublin High School Earns US News & World Report 2019 Best High School Recognition

May 1, 2019

usnewsDUBLIN, CA—With a score 92.29 out of 100, Dublin High School earned a place in the annual US News & World Report Best High Schools ranking, released April 30. The ranking methodology (explained here) is based on publicly available data taken from Common Core data,  statewide math and reading level assessment tests and high school graduation rates, The College Board (for Advanced Placement exam data) and the International Baccalaureate (for IB exam data). Read more…

Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Approves Teacher Contract

April 24, 2019

Dublin, CA – During the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on April 23, the Board voted unanimously to approve the labor contract for its certificated employees. The new contract, which includes a 4.5% pay increase, a health insurance subsidy, safety and security enhancements, secondary student contact limits, K-5 class size limits and more, runs through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. After months of bargaining, the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) reached a Tentative Agreement on April 11. The agreement was taken to the DTA for ratification on April 15 and was approved by 99.8% of its members. Read more…