PLEASANTON, CA–It was an overcast Thursday morning in Pleasanton. But, frankly, it could have been any day of the week. The serenity of a Tri-Valley moment was suddenly shattered by the gruesome sound of a car collision and the associated horror of vehicular casualties. Fortunately, this articulation was not real and was created by a cooperative between the Pleasanton Police Department, Amador Valley High School and a small team of talented students from Dublin High School. In a scene that looked all too authentic, the junior and senior classes of AVHS witnessed Day One of the program “Every 15 Minutes” just outside the grounds of their school site.
The scholarship comes from the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation, which annually awards as many as fifteen $10,000 scholarships to top California college sophomores and juniors with proposed public-service projects. Kournoutas was awarded along with another UC Davis student, Sina Zarandi.
Both will work on a project titled “Inspire to Aspire,” which is a mentorship program designed to help at-risk high school students in underprivileged parts of the greater Sacramento area. Working in conjunction with psychologists Philip Zimbardo of Stanford, and other renowned professors, they aim to provide the counsel and support required to allow the students to reach their full potential.
Commenting on the projects, Kournoutas stated: Read more…
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”.
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…
DUBLIN, 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.
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.
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.”
Retiring Fallon Music Instructor Lee Carpenter Celebrates a Lifetime of Devotion to Dublin Music Education
“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.
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, 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.