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Dublin High School PFSO Gael Gazette 3-1-2012

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 March 2012

  • 3/1 8th Grade Parent Night 7p.m. Sports Complex
  • 3/2 FAFSA/Cal Grant Deadlines CSF Apps due
  • 3/2 3rd Quarter Progress reports mailed
  • 3/5 Collaboration Day early release at 1:47p.m.
  • 3/7 Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7 p.m. Career Center
  • 3/8 District Concert 7p.m. Old Gym
  • 3/12 Band Booster Meeting 6:30p.m., Choir Room
  • 3/13 & 14 CA High School Exit Exams CAHSEE
  • 3/16 Principal’s Coffee 8:30a.m. Meet in the Administration building
  • 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 3/19 Collaboration Day early release at 1:47p.m.
  • 3/19 PFSO Meeting, 7p.m. Library Community Room
  • 3/23 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/24 Junior Prom Canyon View San Ramon
  • 3/26 Staff Development Day NO SCHOOL
  • 3/28 Block D Awards, 6:30p.m. Cafeteria
  • 3/29, 30, &31 Spring Drama Production 7p.m.
  • 4/1 Spring Drama Production 2p.m.

Dublin Shield Student Newspaper Available Online

In case you weren’t aware the Dublin Shield is (and has been) available for download/electronic viewing on the DHS website by “mousing over” “Resources” and clicking “Dublin Shield Newspaper” or at the following link:

Career Center Workshops

Here are some great opportunities for students to take advantage of this month. Lunch time workshops topics:

  • 3/3 Get Your Resume Ready for a Summer Job!
  • 3/17 Applying to Community College? Need help?

Athletic Boosters Golf Tournament

Come out and join other Dublin High parents at the Athletic Boosters’ 8th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on Friday, May 4. This fun event helps support every student-athlete at DHS! The Golf Tournament will return to the fun and friendly San Ramon Golf Club. The participation fee of $150 includes golf, use of a cart, lunch, a golf shirt, and dinner. Or grab three others for a fun foursome at the reduced price of $550! We’ll also have some great contests with big cash prizes!

If you are not a golfer, you can still join the party at the Golf Tournament’s Cinco De Mayo-themed dinner at the Dublin Shannon Center after the tournament at 6:00 p.m. Margaritas and fajitas will be plentiful while bidding takes place at the silent auction. Dinner tickets will be $35 for a grilled steak and chicken fajita meal with all of the fixings! Gather your friends to reserve a table and enjoy a great night out!

For reservations, sponsorship info, or questions: email the Athletic Boosters at . You will soon be able to register online at

10th Graders Get Ready for Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Our school will administer the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to all 10th-graders on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14, 2012, at the school site during regular school hours in a large group setting.

It is essential that your student is here both days. Please speak to your student about the importance of passing this exam. Remind him/her to take all the time necessary to complete the exam. Encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep before and to eat a nutritious breakfast. The goal is to have all students pass on the first attempt. All students must pass both California High School Exit exam tests in order to receive a diploma. If students do not pass the ELA portion, they will automatically be enrolled next year in the CAHSEE prep class. This will be one of their electives.

If students do not pass the Math portion, they will start after-school tutorial in the fall.

For students who do not pass a section of the test, they must continue to take it until they pass. Juniors have two opportunities to take the test while seniors have five opportunities. If students do not pass by the senior year, they will not walk in graduation.

Attention Juniors Parents

Tickets are now on sale in Student Activities for the Junior Prom which is on Saturday, March 24th at Canyon View in San Ramon.

For this week only, ticket prices are $72. Beginning next week they will go up to $77.

To purchase tickets, students must bring in a signed permission slip. Permission slips are available in Student Activities.

Attention Seniors Parents

Senior Events are on sale now. Purchase the package with all 3 events or you can purchase individual events. Senior Banquet ($55); Senior Picnic ($55); and Grad Night ($85). For the banquet, remember to specify Chicken or Vegetarian Meal and Pajama Bottom size. Checks can be made payable to: DHS Class of 2012 Grad Night. You can drop off the form and payment to Student Activities, or mail it to Shari Jackman at 7343 Kolb Place, Dublin CA 94568. You can also purchase the Senior Package or individual events at

Memory Board Photo Collages are due by 4/5. For more info please contact parent reps Shari Jackman at; Kristen Finn at; or Terri Dyer at

For Baccalaureate we will be putting together a slide show, featuring the Seniors throughout their lives. Stay tuned for more information on where to send baby pictures, school-year pictures (particularly with DHS friends in elementary and middle school), and DHS photos.

March 15th is the deadline to apply to Las Positas College

March 28th are the Las Positas Colege Assessments Tests in our Career Center (Students need to sign up)

The PFSO announces the 2012 Scholarship Award. In keeping with our dedication to the ongoing education of Dublin High School students, the PFSO this year will recognize up to six individuals. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors based on involvement in extracurricular activities, service to school and community, and an application which includes a creative essay. The awards will be $500 each. Applications for the PFSO Scholarship Award 2012 are now available in the Counseling Office. The deadline for Applications is April 13, 2012.

Fundraising News

Regal movie tickets will be on sale every Friday in front of Student Activities during lunch. Ticket prices are $7.50 per ticket for non-pass restricted movies.

Please contact Cyber Stacey at or call Yvonne at 828-7060 or Stacey at 833-0884 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.

Dublin High Students Recognized for Integrity in Action

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

  • Josh Greenhouse
  • Ashley Barlow
  • Vanessa La
  • Randy Nguyen
  • Johnny Punla
  • Akash Shah
  • Andrew Lew
  • Brian Cruz
  • Jason Van Dorn
  • Elliott Wang
  • Ed Achziger
  • Aaron Rimshaw
  • Jeff Dyer
  • Maria Tabitha
  • Villa Real
  • Will Merz
  • Crystal Fisher
  • Tristan Elias
  • Corinne Wolters
  • Lindsay Webber
  • Aislan Veits

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar to Reveal How the Internet Knows What You Want

A new seminar in the second season of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)/Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar Series will take place on Monday March 5, 6-7:15p.m. in the Multi-Disciplinary Building 2400, Room 2420. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $2.

The seminar will reveal math and computer science techniques that collect, sort, categorize and process online information. Seminar presenters are two LLNL experts: Van Emden Henson, Ph.D., Applied Mathematician; and Andy Yoo, Ph.D., Computer Scientist. The seminar is part of a series, “Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done.”

The March 5 seminar is entitled “A Child’s Garden of Graphs: How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science is dominating your life.” Following is the abstract. “How does Netflix (or Amazon) recommend the movies (or products) you may like? How do Google, AltaVista, or Bing assemble their lists of results? How does Expedia find an airline itinerary? How do Facebook or LinkedIn find people you may know? How do dating sites propose possible matches? How do banks catch potentially fraudulent activities? These, and many, many more, are examples of graphs in action.

“While some of the graph algorithms are subtle and complex, a surprising number are remarkably simple. Many can best be understood and implemented with the tools of linear algebra. But the modern world is also the world of exponential growth of information, and many of the graphs behind these applications are rapidly growing to extraordinary size. How do we deal with graphs having tens or hundreds of billions of vertices? How can we deal with information at enormous scales?

“Where the mathematician and the applications scientist devise the algorithms to organize, mine, or employ the information, it falls to the computer scientists to create the architectures, hardware, software environments, and implementations making the computations possible. In this talk, Van Emden Henson will describe some of the graph-based problems that have become ubiquitous in today’s world, and the mathematical tools used to address them, and Andy Yoo will describe the challenges and approaches to realizing these methods on the most modern computational engines.” For more information about the seminar, please visit the website at

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Presents Donation to Dublin High School

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