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Dublin High School PFSO Gael Gazette 2-1-2013

Important updates for Dublin High School parents from the Dublin High PFSO. Prior updates available here. Contact the Dublin High PFSO at

Dublin High School Events Calendar February 2013

  • 2/1-12 Academic Block D Applications accepted
  • 2/1 1st Semester Report Cards mailed
  • 2/4 Athletic Booster Meeting, 7p.m. Staff Lounge
  • 2/6 Las Positas Senior Night-check your mailer
  • 2/7 Financial Aid Night, 6:30p.m. Student Union
  • 2/11 Band Booster Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Career Center
  • 2/12 Honors/AP Info Night 6:30p.m. Little Theatre
  • 2/13 Collaboration Day, early release at 1:48p.m.
  • 2/13 Ben Kaplan’s “City of College Dreams”, 7p.m. Student Union
  • 2/13 Courageous Conversations Part 2, 6:30p.m. Wells Middle School Pavilion
  • 2/14 Winter Rally
  • 2/25 PFSO Meeting 7p.m. Staff Lounge
  • 2/27 Collaboration Day Early release at 1:48p.m.
  • 2/28 8th Grade Family Night 6:30p.m. Student Union

Financial Aid and AP/Honors Nights Coming in February

The Counseling Department presents two important informational meetings for parents and students. Financial Aid Night will be on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm in the Little Theater. This evening workshop is open to parents of all grade levels, but most importantly senior parents should attend to learn about the different types of financial aid, loans, work study and scholarships available for your students.

AP/Honors Night will held be on Tuesday February 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theater. Students that are interested in taking any Advanced, Honors or AP course should plan on attending this important meeting with their parents.

Another Courageous Conversation

Please join another Courageous Conversation with the Dublin Unified School District, Part II: Drug Detection Dogs in DUSD. This event will take place on 2/13 at 6:30 PM in the Wells Middle School Pavilion 6800 Penn Drive.


The Academic D Block application period is February 1-12. Applications are due by 12:30 pm on February 12th. The applicants will be using grades from Fall Semester 1 on this application.

Applications are available on the DHS website and in the Counseling Office during the application period dates. Students should apply after each semester completed at DHS with a 3.5 GPA or above (see application for all criteria). If anyone has any questions regarding Block D, please contact Maryann Campisi directly (925) 833-3300 x7050 or email and remember to put DPRIDE in the subject line.

What is Academic D Block? Read more…

9th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner – May 3, 2013

Please join us on Friday, May 3, for the 9th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner to benefit Dublin High School Athletic Boosters. The Golf Tournament will return to the fun and friendly San Ramon Golf Club. Participation Fees include golf, cart, golf shirt, and dinner for the same low price of $150 per player. Gather a foursome for the discounted price of $550. Winners will receive cash prizes this year!

If you are not a golfer, you can still join the party at the Golf Tournament Cinco De Mayo Dinner on Friday, May 3, 2012 at the Dublin Shannon Center! Margaritas and Mexican food will be plentiful while bidding takes place at the silent auction. Dinner tickets will be $35 for a delicious dinner catered by New Mecca Cafe. You haven’t REALLY tasted Mexican food until you’ve tried Mexican food prepared by New Mecca Cafe! Gather your friends to reserve a table and enjoy a great night out to support all of our student-athletes. Reservation information will follow in the next few weeks.

This event takes MANY HANDS to make it a success. If you can volunteer a lot, or even just a little bit of time, please contact Shari Jackman at Go Gaels!!

Also, if you know of a local business which might like to sponsor the event, please contact Shari at or Michelle McDonald at Thank you for your support!


Attention students and parents: We want to invite you to a free paying-for-college seminar featuring Ben Kaplan, the best-selling author of How to Go to College Almost for Free and founder of

Ben has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and personally won more than two dozen scholarships worth $90,000–enough to attend Harvard virtually for free!

Ben’s free seminar for Bay Area families will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dublin High School’s Student Union.

The seminar will show you how to find, apply for, and win lucrative college scholarships, as well as maximize financial aid and free tuition credits. The event is free but because space is limited, be sure to reserve your seat by registering online at

Pricing change for Regal Movie Tickets

The price of Regal movie tickets are going up to $8 starting February 1st. Movie tickets are on sale every Friday in front of Student Activities during lunch. Ticket prices are now $8 per ticket for non-pass restricted movies.

Please contact Cyber Stacey at or call Yvonne at 828-7060 to make arrangements if you want to buy in bulk or cannot make it to DHS at lunch time. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2014.


Beginning February 1, the package price of senior events increases to $205. You can now purchase each event individually — Senior Banquet ($55); Senior Picnic ($65), and Grad Night ($85). Checks can be made payable to: DHS Class of 2013 Grad Night. You can drop off payment to Student Activities or pay using a credit card by visiting the PFSO store at


Junior Prom tickets are now on sale in Student Activities. The presale ticket price is $75 includes dinner, beverages and dancing.

The prom will take place on Saturday, March 23rd. It is going to be held at the beautiful Canyonview in San Ramon. Buy your tickets early and save. Prices will go up to $85 for our late birds in March.

From the Career Center


New scholarships are posted in the Career Center and on the Career Center website almost daily. Please continue to browse the listings to find a fit. There are also other scholarship match databases listed on the Career Center website.

Career Speaker Bureau

On February 19th, the Career Center will host the next lunchtime career speaker. Fingers crossed that the next speaker will be from the Digital Arts area. Stay tuned for the final announcement by checking the calendar on the Career Center website. Students are invited to bring their lunch to the Career Center and learn about possible career paths.

College Presentations

  • 2/4/13 – The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
  • 2/5/13 – The Art Institute of San Francisco

We will also have a presentation from Cal State East Bay and Grand Canyon University in late February. The exact dates have not been finalized so please check the Career Center website for more details.


Why not shop and support DHS at the same time? please register at for our Bond Rewards fundraising program. Your online shopping through Bond Rewards raises money for DHS and gives you cash back as well. We have nearly 200 families already registered, but we are off to something of a slow start. Please consider using this easy, convenient fundraising vehicle to bring needed funding to Dublin High through the shopping and purchasing that you already do.

ALSO, keep an eye open on our Donation Page for clubs and groups on campus who need your support. Your donations will go directly to them.

Catalyst SAT Bootcamp at Dublin High School

Dublin High School is proud to partner with Catalyst for an SAT Bootcamp, a one-weekend seminar that guarantees students march into the SAT with go-to strategies for every single question they’re going to face. Catalyst’s SAT Bootcamp is the only prep class designed by instructors who have earned more than 20 perfect scores on the actual SAT. Selected topics include:

  • How to crack math questions that stump more than 90% of test-takers
  • How to craft a perfect score SAT essay, no matter what question the SAT asks
  • How to zoom in on key information within long reading passages that cause most students to run out of time
  • How to avoid falling for the SAT’s most deceptive trap answers


9am-1pm on Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd at Dublin High School.

COST Just $165 per student for the entire weekend and course materials.

For more information or to enroll, visit and click the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website’s menu bar. The deadline to enroll in this special SAT prep opportunity is Wednesday, February 27th at 6pm.

Students Recognized for Integrity in Action

The following students were identified by their teachers has having demonstrated the Integrity in Action trait “I have a Positive Attitude” or “I am Giving”. The PFSO would like to acknowledge these students:

  • Adrian Guerro
  • Ben Sher
  • Bernice Villa Real
  • Calvin Loebrich
  • DeAndrean (Dede) Irvin
  • Emily Bryant
  • Eric Turner
  • Erick Tamayo Vazquez
  • Gabrielle Espanola
  • Jaylin Redmond
  • Jesy Nelson
  • Kellie Lue
  • Matt Harris
  • Melissa Madera
  • Nadia Park
  • Natalia Haddad
  • Nicole Hamre
  • Patrick Wallace
  • Sam Rubinelli
  • Zach Warzyniak
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