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Life in Harvard University: Dublin High School’s Armaan Sengupta Explores Computer Science at the Ivy League

February 12, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Dublin High School Class of 2017 graduate Armaan Sengupta is a freshman at Harvard University currently pursuing a degree in computer science. Armaan was accepted to Harvard through the non-binding Early Action program, in which an admitted applicant is not obligated to enroll.


“While I was working on one of my entrepreneurial projects outside of Dublin High, I was able to get a summer internship at Harvard to work on a similar project,” Armaan recalls. “Throughout the six weeks I spent at Harvard, I fell in love with the campus and what it felt like being surrounded by a big city like Boston.

“After this experience, I decided I might as well apply to Harvard through Early Action, even though I had little hope of actually getting in,” he continues. “Finding out that I got into Harvard through Early Action during class at Dublin High School still holds as one of the best days of my life.”

Here, Armaan shares more about a typical day in the life of a Harvard student, and how his experiences at Dublin High School influenced him to pursue computer science at the Ivy League.

Neha Harpanhalli: When did you first become interested in computer science?
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Dublin High School Winter Arts Showcase Continues through February 16

February 9, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–There is a quiet, yet special event at Dublin High School that was survived and thrived over the years. It is a simple celebration of the arts that spotlights artwork from DHS students. One purpose of this event is to shine a light on the artistic craft of students that have chosen to feature their work in various forms of media. With the multitude of events – often converging across the academic calendar, it is important that we highlight this meteor across the sky – an event that will only run through February 16th in the “N” cluster of campus during lunch period.


Let’s take a step and understand the genesis of this program. We reached out to Visual Arts Instructor, Noel Sollom to gain a baseline of understanding. Noel explained that The Winter Show has been a part of the Visual Arts Department for as long as the DHS Gallery has been operational- since 1986. Having an on-campus gallery has been an incredible resource for students. Not only is it a space to celebrate and display student achievement, but it also functions as a classroom for learning about curatorial practice, professional art display techniques and becoming a patron of the cultural arts.

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College Recruiting Mass Marketing Mailers Fill Mailboxes

February 7, 2018

The stacks of college recruiting mailers started last year and continued unabated into this fall. For fun we saved every envelope, flyer and personalized poster and postcard. We saved our favorite, the wrapped stack of personalized letters and notes, paper clipped in bundles, and topped with a “handwritten” post-it note exclaiming “Come Visit!”. We filled a bin with these stacks of mass produced marketing materials and wondered – how much marketing money is being expended to drive college applications?

Untangling what colleges spend on recruiting is a tricky exercise. Reviewing the University of California Annual Financial Report it’s difficult to tell where marketing and recruiting expenses are buried. Is it somewhere in the $1.4B allocated to “Institutional support” or possibly the $1.2B spent on “Student services”?


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Dublin High School InvenTeam Hosting Mid-Grant Technical Review on Feb 8

February 5, 2018

Over the past few months, the Dublin High School InvenTeam has been working to develop SpORT, an assistive technology device that allows students with disabilities to participate in basketball and soccer at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics. The team, led by Engineering Academy coordinator Eugene Chou, was awarded a $9,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program to develop SpORT back in October. They will be hosting a mid-grant technical review to share their project with the community on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6-8 PM during Future Freshman Family Night and Open House at Dublin High School.


This technical review will be held in the Career Center and is open to all community members interested in learning more about the project and the team’s progress over the past four months. The event will feature presentations from the software, mechanical, and electrical sub-teams, who will also be displaying their project documentation and answering questions. The community can expect to see a demonstration of their software and the prototype they have built so far. The team is also seeking feedback from the community to improve on their current design.

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East Dublin Comprehensive High School: Recommended Sites Identified

February 2, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–The Dublin Unified School District will review recommendations from the Community Review Committee formed to “assess, analyze and explore options related to the plan for a future high school” at the Tuesday February 6, 2018 Board of Trustees meeting. 18 members of the community spent five months reviewing options, with the full report available here. At the Board of Trustees meeting there will include a public presentation as well as a closed session discussion.

The committee evaluated eleven potential sites and eliminated six, with the five remaining options being Di Manto A, Di Manto B/C, Fallon Middle School, Fallon Sports Park and Promenade (highlighted in red on the map below).

The committee recommends that the Board move forward with one of the shortlisted sites. The controversial Zeiss location was one of the eleven sites but was eliminated from consideration in part due to “community-voiced safety concerns”. The existing Murray / Nielsen DUSD location was eliminated as being “clearly outside the service area”. Other options including Camp Parks and two sites on the eastern edge of Dublin were eliminated as not practical for a variety of reasons.

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Dublin Second Comprehensive High School Location Options (in red)

Dublin Partners in Education Honors the Past and Showcases the Future at Open House Event

January 24, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Since its formation in 1992, the Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) has functioned to support all school sites associated with the Dublin Unified School District. Historically, the City of Dublin was not officially incorporated until 1982. Until that point, schools operated in the Amador School District (Pleasanton, CA) until the district was formalized. During that time, the first class of high school students formed at Amador High School until the construction of Dublin High School – starting with a freshman class and then adding one class per year.


Today, the DUSD is home to over 9,000 students that are housed in 11 different school sites. A critical partner to bridge fiscal gaps for support programs has been DPIE. While each individual school has invested into continuing efforts into funding their own initiatives, there has been a “blanket” need to ensure that every site can benefit from programs that can impact an entire campus of students.

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Fallon Middle School’s Athletics Program Brings Cricket to Student Sports

January 22, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Over the years, has been exposed to the inventive Physical Education team at Fallon Middle School. Recently, we have showcased the Swing Dance competitions and a module on the traditional Philippine dance of “Tinikling”. On an overcast Friday in late December, we were introduced to the progress of the cricket program at Fallon. An afternoon which most families would be finalizing plans for Winter Break, a number of students descended upon the blacktop with a different mission in mind.


We were met by Eric Lamonica, Athletic Director at Fallon. Adjoining him were two dozen students that organized their equipment and set up the “pitch.” As defined, the sport of cricket is a bat and ball game played between two teams of eleven players. The competition has some similarities to American baseball in that each phase of play is call an inning and the objective for the offensive team to score as many runs as possible. However, there is a radical difference in the duration of the two sports. While the outcome of a baseball game is usually decided upon in nine innings, cricket takes a different path. Twenty-20 can be played over a few hours with each team having a single inning of 20 overs (120 deliveries). Conversely, Test matches are played over five days, often with unlimited overs and the teams playing two innings apiece.

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