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Living with Multiple Sclerosis – What I’m Telling My Sons in Five Minutes

December 13, 2017

I’m going to start with this: I’m not dying. That’s the most frightening part. The thought I might not be around. I have to get that out of the way.

Then I’m going to back up.

I was overweight. It was 2011, and we had a toddler and a newborn. I wasn’t sleeping well, but I was eating well. Really well. All the food.

Time to make a change. I’d been fit my entire life, so my dad bod didn’t compute. I started running obsessively, often making it over to Bernal or up to the estates on Foothill. Upwards of ten miles five times a week.

It worked. I was 175 lbs. Down from a 225 I hadn’t thought possible. The diet was cleaned up, too. An annoyingly portion controlled routine of grass fed protein and vegetables, with the occasional dip into ancient grains for variety.

Michael Ruegg

Dublin High School History Teacher Michael Ruegg

I just rolled my eyes as I read over that. Think about how my wife Sara felt.

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Disney Internships for College Students – How to Prepare and Succeed

December 11, 2017

For every child who has dreamed of a vacation at a Disney park, there is a college student dreaming of a job at the Walt Disney Company. A few years ago we interviewed Dublin High School Class of 2011 alum Emily Edlund about her experiences in the Disney College Program. As part of our Women in STEM Series we also spoke with a Disney Imagineer about her path to a career in Disney Imagineering. Building on our theme of articles on college internship opportunities we recently spoke with Scott Barczak, Sr. Manager, International Recruitment at Disney Worldwide Services.

MK Overlook2 When students are considering internship options what are the breadth of opportunities offered by the Walt Disney Company?

Scott Barczak: “The Disney College Program offers opportunities at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, with the majority of opportunities available at Disney World due to the shear size of the resort. What we always say to those who are looking for roles is to think about the guest experience. When our guests come to Walt Disney World and Disneyland they want to enjoy our incredible attractions, eat at our restaurants and bring home memories of their visit from our merchandise locations. It’s no surprise, therefore, that most of the roles available are in those lines of business. We’re looking for hosts and hostesses at our attractions, quick service food and beverage locations, and sales personnel at our merchandise locations. These roles are available at both our theme parks and our resorts. We also hire lifeguards for our resort pools and water parks.” What are the opportunities beyond the Disney College Program, specifically professional internships? Read more…

Dublin School District and Dublin Teachers Association Reach Tentative Agreement

December 7, 2017
DUBLIN, CA–After 18 months without a contract, work-to-rule and protests the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association, with the help of a state-appointed mediator, have reached a tentative agreement to prevent a strike. The following statement was released by DUSD and DTA earlier this evening:
“Leaders of Dublin’s school district and of the Dublin Teachers Association have agreed to seek approval of the Mediator’s Recommended Agreement that would resolve bargaining for two years (2016/2017 and 2017/2018) and bring an end to lengthy contract talks.
“The recommended agreement was put forward by a state-appointed mediator during the course of today’s meeting between the two sides. The recommended agreement includes a pay raise for each of the two years.
“Dublin Unified representatives will convey the mediator’s recommended agreement to the School Board on December 12, assuming DTA members in the district have ratified and approved the agreement December 11th.
“We are grateful to the mediator for his work to bring the negotiating parties together, and for developing this compromise mediator’s recommended agreement. Both parties have agreed that the mediated negotiations are confidential. We will share more information when we are permitted to do so.”

Congressman Eric Swalwell on Landing a Congressional Internship and the Intern Experience

December 7, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Our next article covering college internship opportunities looks at public service at Congressional Offices. We spoke with Congressman Eric Swalwell (Dublin High School Class of ’99) on the role internships have played in his career, and the opportunities available for college students in his office – locally and in Washington D.C. We also asked if Congressional interns can look forward to a future where more internships are paid.

DSC_7425 What role did internships play in your college experience? Read more…

Candlelight March to School District Office Demonstrates Support for Dublin Teachers

December 5, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–The compensation agreement between the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) and the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) has remained unresolved – dating back to the 2016-17 school-year. The impasse has now extended beyond 18 months of negotiations.

While a state mediator with convene with both parties on December 7th, DTA sought to strike a more visible show of community support. As the sun began to set on Tuesday evening, teachers, students and community members gathered at the plaza in front of the Dublin High School Performing Arts Center at 4:30 PM. Members of DTA leadership reminded the crowd of what was important. These elements included the fact that many surrounding districts have successfully negotiated employment contracts and that fair/equitable compensation which includes health benefit support would aid in attracting and retaining teaching talent.


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Dublin Teachers Association Announces Protest March for Tuesday’s School Board Meeting

December 4, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–The Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) announced a candlelight march to the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) Tuesday night coinciding with the bi-weekly Board of Trustees meeting. California Teachers Association President Eric Heins plans to attend the march which will include several speakers. DTA claims hundreds of teachers will be participating in the protest.

Parents and students have also been invited to join the march which starts in front of the Center for Performing Arts and Education at Dublin High School, 8151 Village Parkway, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, and ends three blocks later at the Dublin Unified School District Boardroom,7471 Larkdale Ave., Dublin, 94568.

DTA declared an impasse earlier this fall after receiving the latest offer from DUSD in mid-October. Both sides will meet with a state mediator on Thursday, Dec. 7. In November DTA announced via social media that a practice strike vote had been held with wide support from teachers.
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Dublin High School Freshman Hosting Net Neutrality Protest This Thursday

December 4, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–I’ve met so many adults that don’t understand why kids even get involved in the community. Sure, they applaud us if we accomplish something, but they bet on our failures if we take on a project that adults would normally do. They count the hours before our “immaturity” or “irresponsibility” ruins the project. If we do indeed fail, they pat our backs and tell us that it was okay because we are just kids. Although it sounds reassuring, it accentuates how little some adults expect from us. So how do we as kids avoid the fear of fulfilling this stereotype? We don’t participate. We don’t get involved in our community. We don’t dare to do anything that an adult does typically. After all, an adult always does it better. Right?


In middle school, I joined an organization that would change my perspective on exactly how much difference a kid could make. The advisor of that club is the one who encouraged me to write this article. She would always leave projects to us, the board, to facilitate, and would simply help if we needed guidance. Her firm belief was that the youth contained enormous amounts of potential, but it simply wasn’t known or expressed. With a team of about twenty youths leading over two hundred students, we the board started fundraisers, raised awareness, and even hosted a regional conference. We followed in the footsteps of the previous board, and we passed the legend on as we moved into high school. However, something that we kept for ourselves was the understanding of a youth’s potential. With this mindset, we pressured ourselves to think outside of the box. We took charge and crafted our own paths. This revered knowledge was a maxim that we lived by.

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