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MyAlcoholStory: A Student-Founded Organization Dedicated to Addressing Teen Alcoholism

February 6, 2023

“Approximately one out of every ten alcoholic drinks in the United States is consumed illegally. Despite 21 being the legal drinking age, children as young as 12 years old have engaged in under-age alcoholism. In fact, more than 70% of teens have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage by the time they reach age 18” (American Additction Centers). 

Teen alcoholism is a growing issue that poses a significant threat to the physical and mental health of young individuals. Despite the obvious dangers of under-aged drinking, many teenagers still struggle with alcohol abuse, often due to peer pressure or a lack of support from those around them. To address this issue, two Dublin High School students founded MyAlcoholStory, a website/mobile app where students can share stories about their past experiences regarding alcohol abuse with complete anonymity and privacy under an user alias. 

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John Green Elementary Recognized as a 2023 California Distinguished School

January 11, 2023

Dublin, CA – January 10, 2023 – On January 6, 2023, the California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the elementary schools selected for the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Program. Dublin’s John Green Elementary was among the recipients of this prestigious award. This is the third time Green Elementary has received this honor, joining other DUSD schools with multiple California Distinguished School recognitions, including Dublin High (5x), Wells Middle School (5x), and Frederiksen Elementary (2x). Other DUSD schools to be recognized as a California Distinguished School include Amador, Kolb, Dougherty, Murray, and Fallon.

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A Pandemic Impacted Journey Yields a Worthy Self Discovery for DHS Alumnus

November 29, 2022

It may be many years before the final analysis is written on how the global pandemic caused by the emergence of COVID-19 has impacted our society, psyche, and history. What we do know is that it had an effect in virtually every community. For this profile, we will follow the journey of Dublin High School Class of 2019 graduate Andy Rabago. Prior to his graduation, he matriculated through Dougherty Elementary and Fallon Middle School. As the oldest of three boys, Mr. Rabago accepted and embraced the mantle of role model to his younger siblings.

Prior to even stepping foot onto the campus of DHS, his post high school plans were far from solidified. In fact, pursuing higher education was clearly not on his radar. There were numerous reasons for his ambivalence: Why not simply move forward and work in the trades sector? Would the cost of college tuition be prohibitive? Could he compete and thrive in a university environment? As is often the case, a member of the school community listened to his concerns and opened his mind to the possibilities. In Andy’s case, it was AVID Coordinator, Streisand Hall.

Andy Rabago, Dublin High School Class of 2019 graduate and Senior at California State University Monterey Bay. Photo by: Micheal Utsumi
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Topping-Off Ceremony is a Significant Milestone for Emerald High School

November 15, 2022

A symbolic, yet meaningful event occurred on November 4th at an active construction zone in Dublin situated between Central Parkway and Dublin Blvd. The weather cooperated and welcomed various members of the Dublin Unified School District office staff, leadership from throughout the district, and many members of the community. At 1:00 pm, the site was opened to the public to safely walk-through elements of the Phase 1 construction of Emerald High School (“EHS”).  This was a “feet on the ground” experience to view up close what many had wondered would ever come to fruition.

This oftentimes circuitous journey of realizing EHS officially began in 2015. To gain some perspective this was the same year that the musical “Hamilton” debuted in Lower Manhattan, NY, the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA championship in 40 years, and Microsoft launched Windows 10.

Guests gather to sign the beam before it is raised into place. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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Life as a Student of the Humanities – from Dublin High School to UC Berkeley

November 8, 2022

DUBLIN, CA–When I tell people I’m studying a subject within the humanities, they usually jump to an eyebrow raise coupled with some iteration of the following: 

What are you going to use that degree for? How are you going to make any money? Wow, I wish I had an easy major too…

By now, I’ve grown accustomed to the rude comments, the derisive laughter. But the question that never fails to amuse me is this:

What will your parents think?

Anjali Pajjuri
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Don Biddle Community Park Opened with Original Poem by Dublin’s Poet Laureate

September 25, 2022

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin welcomed a new, 31-acre centrally-located park yesterday with a grand opening celebration that featured speakers, a ribbon-cutting, art unveilings, and an original poem read by James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA). The Don Biddle Community Park is named after former long-time Dublin public servant Don Biddle, who served the City in many capacities during his decades in Dublin. Biddle passed away in 2018 and was represented by his daughter Patricia Biddle.

There was also live music provided by Salvage Tide, inflatables, a rock wall, train tours of the park, trolley tours of the Boulevard neighborhood, face painting, yard games, and a barbecue lunch provided by the Dublin Little League and Dublin United Soccer League.

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Poets Take the Mic Returns to City of Dublin’s Splatter Festival – Sept 10

September 2, 2022

DUBLIN, CA–The City of Dublin’s annual Splatter Festival returns Saturday September 10 in Emerald Glen Park. The event, which runs from 12:00pm to 8:30pm, features Poets Take the Mic on the Side Yard Stage at 2:30pm. The 45-minute performance features eight local poets reciting original poetry.

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Dublin Trailblazer and Supporter of Public Education Don Biddle Honored with Community Park

August 25, 2022

2022 is a very significant milestone for Dublin – for many reasons. The city recently celebrated its 40th year of incorporation. On the surface, that may seem to be a very “youthful” number, however, it’s helpful to consider some history. It is equally important to recognize one of the city’s pioneers and his steadfast support of the town’s students. That individual is Don Biddle. The establishment of the transcontinental railroad fueled the rapid growth of both Pleasanton and Livermore in the late 1800’s. For decades though, Dublin remained a comparable dusty patch that was known more as a hub for freight and the town had relatively few residents relative to its neighbors. However, with the onset of World War II, three separate military bases were rapidly constructed where troops lived and trained. By the end of the war, over 300,000 personnel had spent significant time in the area.

The Don Biddle Community Park in Dublin will celebrate a Grand Opening on Saturday, September 24th from 10 am to 1 pm. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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Dublin High English Teacher Ramany Kaplan Named ACOE Teacher of the Year for DUSD

May 18, 2022

Earlier this month, the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) announced the 2022 Teachers of the Year, as selected by Alameda County school districts and Regional Occupation Programs. In sum, there were 18 educators recognized. Dublin High School’s Ramany Kaplan was selected as the recipient for the Dublin Unified School District.

Ms. Kaplan been in the education field for 14 years and she is completing her fifth year at DHS. Throughout this time, she has pushed beyond the boundaries of her classroom to positively impact the lives of students in all four grades. In our conversation, she disclosed discovering a unique balance of employing her professional skills with the confidence of feeling empowered to try innovative strategies. On top of it all, Ramany also serves as an advisor to both the Freshman Mentor Program and the Dublin Shield Newspaper. Given her very full schedule, we were delighted to find a mutual time to sit down together.

DUSD Teacher of the Year, Ramany Kaplan, an educator at Dublin High School. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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Wells Middle School Photographers Discover Beauty in Every Direction

May 4, 2022

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one that I’m going to take tomorrow.” Imogen Cunningham – American Photographer

Middle school is often looked upon as the bridge between primary and secondary education. Mechanically, elementary students depart from the “cocoon” of largely remaining in one classroom with their teacher. As they matriculate, 6th – 8th graders learn to manage a daily structure that exposes them to multiple educators and to befriend fellow students that didn’t attend their previous schools. A true benefit during these years is to supplement one’s curriculum with self-chosen elective courses.

The three middle school sites within the Dublin Unified School District offer many elective options including courses in World Languages, Performing Arts and Visual Arts, to name just a few of the groupings. At Wells Middle School, Karey Ronnow has offered beginning and advanced photography courses for several years. Photography 1 teaches students the basic elements of composition and image design. This includes a focus on color, light, theory, and practical applications. Photography 2 adds skills to imagery, design, manipulation, and presentation. This is aided by advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Wells Middle School student photographers, Layoni Jayasinghei and Kai Trigg. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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