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Dublin Partners in Education Brings PSAT Prep Training to Dublin High School

October 19, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Annually, over 3.5 million students take the PSAT exam. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board. Nationally, the emphasis has focused on sophomores and junior. However, younger students are also eligible to participate. The scores are also utilized to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Historically, the test had been administered on Saturday mornings during the fall. In more recent years, a national test date has been established with two alternate days. This year, it took place on October 10th. While the exam was being proctored for all 9th – 11th graders, the Seniors were treated to a rotating seminar schedule. This included discussion with representatives from Las Positas College and U.C. Santa Barbara. The third session focused on life after high school and the high potential of living away from home.


While it varies by district or school, the average cost for the exam is around $16.00. Under regular circumstances, it would be up to the student to pay this fee. Under a program that was initiated in 2017, the Dublin Partners in Education worked with the Dublin High School administration. The result was that DPIE agreed to fund this testing program for the second year in a row – at no cost to the students. reached out to two assistant vice principals at DHS to solicit their feedback on this important day. Krista Taylor and Jennifer Nickl provided the responses. In this day and age, do you advise students to prepare or study for the PSAT exam or is it wiser to go in “cold”? Read more…


Dublin High School Students Win Dreammakers & Risktakers Award

October 18, 2018

PLEASANTON, CA–Thanks to a #BulletinFromGoogle story created earlier today by Dublin High School teacher Eugene Chou (full Bulletin story here) we’re able to share a couple of highlights from the Dreammakers & Risktakers Award luncheon held earlier today in Pleasanton. Dublin High School students Neha Harpanhalli and Christy Koh won the award for their creating the mobile phone app “Stay on Course” which is currently in production at Dublin High to help students track their progress for graduation requirements. The app started as an engineering class project several years ago and is now a released product.

“The Dreammakers and Risktakers luncheon salutes student innovators from the Tri-Valley region whose ideas hold the promise to change the world. It showcases the talent and bravery of the next generation, and gives the opportunity for civic leaders to recognize them.” (source)


(All photos Eugene Chou)

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Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s Fundraising Drive to Bring Mamma Mia! to Pleasanton

October 17, 2018

5983d4c9d95b9DUBLIN, CA–We’ve shared multiple stories about the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre‘s productions over the years, and profiled co-founder, actor and Dublin Unified School District TVTIP instructional coach Joy Sherratt. The good news – PCRT’s next production is the joyous and ever-popular musical Mamma Mia!, lined up to run January 26 – February 10, 2019 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

The ask for community help – PCRT needs to raise $10,000 to cover pre-production costs due to a change in their relationship with the City of Pleasanton (more on the upcoming production, and the need for funding, in our latest interview with PCRT co-founder Joy Sherratt). How are theatre companies like PCRT funded? Read more…

Dublin High School Drama Brings Neil Simon’s “Rumors” to the Performing Arts Center

October 15, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Neil Simon’s Rumors is coming to the Dublin High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Presented by the Dublin High School Drama Department and directed by DHS drama teacher Kathryn DeLapp, Rumors will run until Sunday, October 28th for a total of six performances.

Rumors is a farcical play set in uptown Manhattan during the 1980s. When married couple Chris and Ken arrive at the house of Charlie and Myra Brock for a dinner party to celebrate the latter couple’s tenth wedding anniversary, they are astounded to find that Charlie has shot himself in the head and Myra is missing. As more guests begin to arrive at the dinner party, wild speculation and gossip about what has happened transforms the situation into one of confusion and fear.

The Dublin High production of Rumors will feature two separate casts. The Manhattan Cast will perform all evening shows, and the Westchester Cast will perform all matinee shows.

Come see Rumors and support the incredibly talented cast and crew of the DHS Drama Department. Tickets are available at

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Celebrate the International Day of the Girl with Disney’s Inspirational #DreamBigPrincess Campaign

October 11, 2018

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy

Our mission is Celebrating Education Excellence, including a long-running series of articles profiling Women in STEM, and to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (October 11, 2018) we’re putting a spotlight on Disney’s new new global video series offering advice and inspiration on achieving success for the next generation of young leaders around the globe. The series will be shared across social media to unlock up to a $1M donation from Disney to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative.

Disney’s New #DreamBigPrincess Global Video Series features 21 aspiring young filmmakers from 13 countries who have created digital shorts spotlighting the stories of female trailblazers including Emily Blunt, Jennifer Lee, Kathleen Kennedy, Jo Malone CBE, Robin Roberts & Victoria Arlen along with renowned athletes, doctors, scientists and more.

“Dreaming big is one of the most important things any of us can do – to keep aiming higher,” says Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, who was interviewed for the series by Maud Webster, age 16, from the UK. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is giving a voice to a group of talented young women, helping them tell stories that kids can learn from, whatever their ambition.”

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The College Campus Tour Project Featuring Dublin High School Alum

October 7, 2018

College campus tours are a ritual of the college admissions process, both fun and stressful, making the reality of the transition to college more real and present. For years now we’ve published the stories of Dublin High School alum during (Life in College Series) and after (Life After College Series) college.

We’re now inviting Dublin High School alum to share tours of their college campuses – from a student’s perspective. These tours will go beyond the glossy brochures that are flooding mailboxes across Dublin and show what it’s like to walk across campus. We’ll be updating this story as more tours arrive, each tour shared to use using Bulletin, from Google. (Contact us at for an invite code to Bulletin to add your campus tour.)


UC Berkeley campus (photo credit: Madison Hildenbrand)

With no further ado here are our campus tours, with more coming soon! Read more…

New High School in East Dublin Being Debated at Tonight’s School Board Meeting

September 25, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–The need for, and debate surrounding, a second comprehensive high school to be located on the east side of Dublin has been a controversial topic for over a decade. This website was inspired in part by the debate over the (now defunct) Tri-Valley Learning Corp’s failed attempt to start a charter high school in Dublin.

At tonight’s Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting a second comprehensive high school moves a step closer to reality with the many topic of discussion being the acquisition of the Promenade location, using Bond Measure H funds. The name “Promenade” comes from a long promised but never constructed walkable retail location tucked between blocks of town homes. For long-time east Dublin residents, the Promenade brings back memories of model home maps and mock-ups of a community retail location.


As per the Board announcement, “As further discussed and described in the Staff Report attached hereto and incorporated by reference, the District has been facing and continues to face significant population growth and increased residential and commercial development within its boundaries, which has caused severe overcrowding of the District’s facilities. As a result, the District has a need to acquire land for new school sites and related educational purposes, including a new high school.”

The two key agenda items are both required steps enroute to acquiring the land. Building a new school in California is a complex process; acquiring land for that school is complexity on top of complexity with environmental and other regulations in play to help ensure students a safe school site for decades to come. Both key agenda items are public hearings open for comment: Read more…