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Dublin’s STEM Students Can’t Wait for a Second Comprehensive High School (OPINION)

April 24, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–This past weekend, in the heart of Silicon Valley, present and future STEM enthusiasts took to the streets to March for Science. It is timely, therefore, that on Tuesday night the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees will make a critical decision that will impact hundreds of Dublin STEM students in the years ahead. Trustees will be reviewing the scope and budget of a new Science and Engineering Building at Dublin High School. This is a critical decision because insufficient lab science capacity at Dublin High School is already a crisis for Dublin’s STEM students.

At a time when our country is not producing sufficient STEM students to meet the demand of technology companies we should be doing everything possible to enable our students to pursue STEM careers. According to a U.S. News / Raytheon study published May 2016, “STEM jobs have increased much faster than overall employment: 28 percent since 2000 compared to 6 percent for all jobs” and “the U.S. will be dependent on foreign workers to fill future STEM jobs”.

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Rapid housing growth has left parents, students and educators across Dublin impacted by an overloaded school system. One of those impacts has been insufficient lab space at Dublin High School for engineering, biomedical and science students. As a result, enrollment in the engineering and biomedical academies has been capped and hundreds of students have been turned away from the lab science classes they will need to succeed in college. My wife and I first learned of this issue over a year ago when we learned of the lab science shortage during a routine meeting with our younger daughter’s guidance counselor. We were speechless – and I’ve spoken with teachers who have had students in tears after learning there is not space for them in the science classes they need. Students, educators and parents are all on the losing end of a preventable problem. Read more…

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Dublin High School Production of “Guys and Dolls” Opens Friday at Performing Arts Center

April 20, 2017

guysanddollsposterDUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School Drama’s spring musical, Guys and Dolls, opens on Friday, April 21st at 7 PM in the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education for a seven performance run that completes Sunday April 30.

This 1951 Tony award-winner for Best Musical is based on two short stories from author Damon Runyon, and was made into a successful film adaptation in 1955 starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. A notorious New York City crap game organizer, Nathan Detroit, challenges gambler Sky Masterson to a $1,000 bet that he is certain he cannot lose: to take a mission girl, Sarah Brown, out to dinner in Havana, Cuba. Sky accepts, and ends up hopelessly falling in love with Sarah, while Nathan’s 14-year fiancee Adelaide becomes increasingly frustrated with his failure to commit to a wedding. Both men ultimately end up reconsidering their priorities to set things right.

The Dublin High production of Guys and Dolls will run from April 21-23, and again from April 27-30. Tickets and showtimes are available here.

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Dublin High School Named Gold Ribbon Award School along with Fallon and Wells Middle Schools

April 18, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–In a series of press releases issued today the Dublin Unified School District announced that Dublin High School, Fallon Middle School and Wells Middle School have been recognized by the State of California as Gold Ribbon Award honorees. Five Dublin Schools were also named to the 2016 California Honor Roll, presented by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Alliance (CBEE). Dublin’s Honor Roll Schools are Dublin High School, Kolb Elementary School, Amador Elementary School, Dougherty Elementary School and Green Elementary School.

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The California Department of Education officially announced the Gold Ribbon Award recipients Wednesday afternoon. Dublin’s three honorees were among 17 in Alameda County and 275 statewide.

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 475 secondary schools were eligible to apply this year. All three schools will be honored at a regional event on May 4.

“To have all three of our eligible secondary schools honored makes us incredibly proud,” said Dublin Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer. “It speaks to the dedication of our district and our staff to offer the children of our community an exceptional educational experience. It is also a tribute to the hard work of our students and the commitment of our community to high academic standards for all.”

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Retiring Fallon Music Instructor Lee Carpenter Celebrates a Lifetime of Devotion to Dublin Music Education

April 10, 2017

“They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” Charlie Parker.

DUBLIN, CA–We last checked in with Dublin Unified School District Music Instructor Lee Carpenter almost three years ago. At the time, he had shifted from a successful and lengthy stint at Dublin High School and was adjusting to a new role as music instructor and band director at Fallon Middle School. At the time, he told us that this might be a nice “adjustment” into a somewhat smaller role. Little did he know, at the time, that the FMS music program would explode and that it would become as robust as ever. However, after 38 years in the profession, Mr. Carpenter has formally announced that he will commence his retirement from DUSD after June 30th. It is both an exhilarating moment and one that also causes deep reflection.

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It has been a career that includes both in-class instruction and the responsibility of leading musicians through various exhibitions and competitions. In addition, Lee has been an active Adjudicator for such organizations as the Western Band Association (WBA), the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) and Winter Guard International. Much like a baseball umpire, he has been required to objectively judge various competitions across the area without bias. But beyond his daily teaching responsibilities, Lee has also embraced the job of previously representing his fellow colleagues in the role of President of the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA). Along with the title, it placed another burden upon his shoulders – to ensure that his teaching brethren were receiving a fair shake. In this and many other ways, it exemplifies how Mr. Carpenter and his career was a star among stars. And for this reason, we wanted to receive this thoughts on a career well earned.

OneDublin.org: When you assumed leadership at Fallon Middle School, the entire band program was constituted by 37 students. Please provide us with a 2017 update as to what the entire band program looks like today. Read more…

Dublin School Board Ratifies Student Uniform Policy for 2017-18 School Year

April 1, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–This summer’s shopping list for Dublin parents has a new twist – school uniforms. Dress code policy has been a topic of controversy as long as there have been schools. Parents nationwide are familiar with skirt lengths determined by finger tips, bandanas banished to eliminate gang colors and mid-rifs relegated under crisply ironed uniforms.

Changes to Dublin’s dress code policies in recent years, however, have not been sufficient to satisfy concerns raised by some in the community. “Back when I was in school,” shared one resident during a recent Board meeting, “we only had one style of clothing – sharp and classy. Kids today are a rag-tag bunch.” As United Airlines discovered recently, however, enforcing a dress code policy can be controversial.

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Last year of jeans and t-shirts in Dublin schools?

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Fallon Middle School CJSF Hosting Annual Conference this Saturday

March 23, 2017

by Riya Chopra (student, Fallon Middle School)

DUBLIN, CA–It is no secret that Fallon Middle School has more than its fair share of academically gifted students. CSF, or the California Scholarship Federation, is a statewide organization that recognizes how these students owe much of their success to their communities. CSF and its middle school counterpart, CJSF, strive to foster a sense of volunteerism and community service in middle- and high-schoolers who are already achieving in academically. Their motto is “Scholarship for Service”, and their annual conference provides an opportunity to reward and recognize those students who contribute to their community in incredible ways.

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The chapter at Fallon Middle School, comprised of 242 seventh and eighth graders, is the largest student organization on campus. We pride ourselves on being completely student-led and student-driven. This year, we were given the honor of hosting the annual CSF/CJSF Conference, in which CJSF is celebrating 50 years of existence. In addition, Fallon Middle School CJSF was nominated for the 2016 Dublin Organization of the Year. Read more…

Life in College at the University of Michigan : Liz Fu Draws on Dublin High School Experience to Pursue Passion for Art and Design 

March 22, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN—Dublin High School Class of 2016 graduate Elizabeth “Liz” Fu is a freshman at the University of Michigan currently studying branding and identity through the UMich Stamps School of Art and Design, and user experience design through the university’s School of Information.

“Basically, branding and identity is the design of the corporate image used by companies for advertising purposes—through logos, typefaces, and other visual aspects,” Liz says.

She adds: “User experience (UX) design works to augment user satisfaction by improving the usability and accessibility of a product, typically in web and app design.”

I recently caught up with this multitalented former Gael, who shared more about her exciting experiences at the University of Michigan and reflected on her passion for art and design.

Neha Harpanhalli: You’re currently planning on majoring in Human Computer Interaction, and minoring in the Art & Design program with a focus on graphic design/branding and identity. How did you become interested in this field?
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