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Dublin High School PFSO Gael Gazette 3-1-2013

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 March 2013

  • 3/2 FAFSA/Cal Grant Deadlines
  • 3/4 Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7 p.m. Staff Lounge
  • 3/5 District Jazz Band Concert 7p.m. Student Union
  • 3/7 District Band Concert 7p.m. Location Sports Complex
  • 3/8 3rd-Quarter Progress reports mailed
  • 3/8 Final Day to purchase Junior Prom tickets
  • 3/11 Las Positas Assessment for Seniors
  • 3/12 & 13 CA High School Exit Exams/CAHSEE
  • 3/13 Collaboration Day, early release at 1:48p.m.
  • 3/13 CSF Applications due
  • 3/13 Prep for College Night for Juniors 6:30p.m. Student Union
  • 3/14 Bullying and Cyber Bullying Presentation 6:30p.m. Student Union
  • 3/16 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 3/18 Band Booster Meeting 6:30p.m., Career Center
  • 3/21 Plan Results for Sophomores 6:30p.m. Student Union
  • 3/23 Junior Prom, Canyon View San Ramon 6:30p.m.
  • 3/25 PFSO Meeting, 7p.m. Staff Lounge
  • 3/27 Collaboration Day, early release at 1:48 p.m.
  • 3/27 Block D Awards, 6:30p.m. Student Union
  • 3/29 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/29 Minimum Day
  • 4/1-4/5 Spring Break

PFSO Dollars at Workd

At the last PFSO meeting the group approved the purchase of new books for the History Department to use in their World War II studies. Approval was also given for a new software program that would help detect plagiarism in various subjects. Financial assistance was also given to the Dublin Shield journalism class to finish out the year and also start up money for a program so that they can go digital for the future, do more newspapers on a weekly basis that way and cut down the classes’ costs. The PFSO has distributed approximately $10,000 this year so far in campus support to a variety of departments. It is because of your generous support. Thank you!

Another Courageous Conversation – On Bullying

The final seminar in the Courageous Conversations Series will cover Bullying and Cyber Bullying, issues we are dealing with frequently on the Dublin High campus. This talk will take place on March 14th at 6p.m. in the Student Union. Look for a flier coming soon from Cyber Stacey.

Dublin High School Counseling Dept. News

For Senior Parents– if your student has applied online to Las Positas College for next year, they need to come to the Counseling Office to sign up to take their assessment tests here at DHS on March 11. First come, first served!

For Junior Parents– It is time for you and your student to start planning for life after high school. Don’t miss Prep for College Night on March 13th at 6:30 pm in the Student Union. Learn about your options for college, how to prepare, apply, pay for it, and more! For Sophomores Parents- You and your student are invited to pick up your PLAN results and stay for a short presentation on how to interpret you scores and use the PLAN to study for the ACT. We will meet on March 21st at 6:30 pm in the Student Union.

CSF Applications are due– Please have your student turn in their CSF application along with a $5 application fee to the Counseling Office by 3/13.

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students. Founded in 1921, the California Scholarship Federation is the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California.

CSF Membership is based on scholarship and is gained after qualifying grades are earned each semester. In order to become a member, the student must submit an application each semester the student is eligible. A point system specified in the CSF State By-Laws establishes the membership requirements. To secure eligibility for CSF membership, a student must earn sufficient points from pre-approved course lists. The majority of the required membership points must come from University of California accepted course work.

Please see and click on the CSF Handbook for more information as well as qualifying class lists.

Dublin High School Career Center News

Listed on the Career Center website, you and your students may look for scholarships, summer opportunities including: pre-college academic programs; other pre-college experiences; study abroad programs; and internship resources. You will also a find list of spring Open Houses/ Preview Days as well as a calendar of Career Center events.

If your child needs academic support, the Career Center hosts Homework Club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school until 4p.m.

Peer tutors will assist your student with their homework.

Important Dates from the Career Center:

March 2nd Teen Job and Career Fair 2013, 1-4 p.m. at the Dougherty Station Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon (meet with employers, apply for jobs, mock interviews, resume workshops and “how to sell yourself” workshop.

March 5th CSU East Bay – presentation at DHS during 5th and 6th periods. Students may sign up in the Career Center to attend.

March 11th A representative from Diablo Valley Community College (DVC) will be on campus during 5th period to walk prospective students through the application, placement testing and other requirements to enroll in summer or fall classes. If there are enough interested students, they will do the placement testing on the DHS campus. Seniors should sign up in the Career Center to attend.

March 12th Lunchtime Career Speaker Bureau – Students bring their lunch to the Career Center and learn about careers in Business and Finance. Steve Armstrong, First Vice President of Comerica Bank, will be our featured speaker.

March 13th Got Skills? Explore Trade Apprenticeship career opportunities at the Carpenter’s Pleasanton Training Center Auditorium, 2350 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton, from 6-8 p.m. No registration required. Approximately 20 Trades Apprenticeship programs to be represented.

March 15th Former DHS student and current U. S. Military Academy Cadet Ben Young will speak to interested students about his West Point experience. Students interested in applying to any of the military academies may want to attend. Students sign up in the Career Center for this 6th period presentation.

March 20th CSU Humboldt – presentation at DHS during 5th and 6th periods. Students sign up in the Career Center to attend one of the sessions.

March 30th Free Mock SAT Test and Strategy Seminar, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza. You must bring a calculator and two #2 pencils. To receive your scores you must also attend a SAT Results Seminar on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. This follow-up event is also at the Dublin Public Library. To register go to or contact the Dublin Library at 925-803-7252.

Fundraising News

***Regal movie tickets will be on sale every Friday in front of Student Activities during lunch. Ticket prices are $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

***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.

You can support our Irish Guard marching band and their quest to find new uniforms right now on the DONATE page. Go to and click the DONATE button at the top of the page for more information!

May 3, 2013 – SAVE THIS DATE!

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!


Our school will administer the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to all 10th-graders on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, 2013, 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

March 4-8 is the final week to purchase Junior Prom tickets. Tickets are $85 and available in Student Activities when you turn in your Prom Contract.


** You can now purchase senior events 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

**The PFSO announces the 2013 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 2013 are now available in the counseling office. The deadline for applications in April 12, 2013.


The students in the Leadership Class voted to not have a Sadie Hawkins dance this year. In its place will be a “Dateless Dance.” The dance will take place on Friday, April 12th from 8-10:30 in the Student Union. (Note: This is also the night of the spring play, which is why we are starting the dance a bit later!) We would like to encourage kids to go to the play and come to the dance after.

Great News from the Music Department

Allen West, who plays tenor saxophone, was selected for the Northern California Band Association High School Honor Band where he was seated First Chair. Allen follows that up by being selected for the All-State Honor Band where he was seated Third Chair out of all the players in the entire state.

The Winterguard has received two second place finishes in their division – with the latest second place being earned at the Fallon Middle School Competition which hosted middle schools & high schools.

The Winter Percussion has received a second place finish at the James Logan Competition and recently a first place at the Fallon Middle School Competition. There were four high schools in their division.

Dublin High School Band along with some wonderful high schools: Saratoga, Homestead, Acalanes, Clovis West;… and several more will be performing at an invitational band festival hosted by Sonoma State. They will perform Saturday, March 9th, at 8:30am in Sonoma State’s beautiful new theater.

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:

  • Alexa Mercado
  • Brooklyn Dees
  • Caitlin Carrion
  • Carley Reger
  • Chris Albrecht
  • Daniel Choi
  • David Tan
  • Karina Gurusiddaiah
  • Kathryn Foster
  • Lily Radwan
  • Madison Matthies
  • Manny Rubio
  • Marry Brilliante
  • Michael Shaner
  • Morgan Brizee
  • Pat Taugher
  • Samuel Merrill
  • Sidney Kim
  • Tiye Brandon
  • Zoie MacDougall
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