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Dublin High School PFSO Gael Gazette – 9-1-2011

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

Dublin High School Events Calendar

  • 9/2 NO SCHOOL Staff Development Day
  • 9/5 NO SCHOOL Labor Day
  • 9/7 Tassajara Prep High School charter petition public hearing in the Dublin High library – read more…
  • 9/9 Back to School Dance 8:45p.m.-10:45p.m. on JV Softball field behind the stadium
  • 9/12 Athletic Boosters Meeting 7p.m. Career Center
  • 9/12 Assembly- 9/11 Tribute
  • 9/13 Senior Kickoff, all day
  • 9/15 Back to School Night for Parents 6:30p.m.
  • 9/15& 9/16 Club Fair (see details below)
  • 9/19 Band Booster Meeting 6:30p.m. Choir Room
  • 9/23&24 Improv Show 7:00p.m. Little Theatre
  • 9/26 Dublin High 101 – 6:30 p.m./PFSO Meeting 7p.m., Library
  • 9/28 Senior/Junior Parent Night 6:30p.m. Little Theatre
  • 9/29 Tri-Valley College Fair at Foothill High School 6:30-8:30p.m.
  • 10/3-10/8 Homecoming Week


As new president of the PFSO, I just wanted to say Thank You for so many of our successes in the last few months.

Thank you to all who worked early in the summer in our fireworks booths. It was a crazy (and profitable) 10 days, and we couldn’t have done it without all the folks who pitched in!

Thank you to all who volunteered to work at registration. Your help was absolutely crucial to getting our school year off to a great start.

And last by not least, thank you to all who made donations to the PFSO and to your class accounts.

Last spring, the PFSO board voted on a new funding model that will allow us to contribute more to filling campus needs. We have implemented a line-item budget that provides funds to every department and we hope to have a bigger role in closing budget gaps as the year goes on.

Our ability to do that is directly related to your generosity.

If you are new to Dublin High, we want to let you know about a great new opportunity to get the lay of Gael-land!

We will present Dublin High 101 before our regular PFSO meeting on Monday, Sept. 26. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the library and we would love to see you there! It’s our goal to give you great information about the parent groups that provide such important support on our campus.

Looking forward to getting started!

Michelle McDonald- PFSO President


The 4th Annual “Raise Your Class” Gaela will be held on Sat. November 5th at the San Ramon Golf Club at 6:00 p.m. Come join us for an adult evening that will include appetizers, buffet dinner, no-host bar, as well as dancing. There will also be silent, live, and dessert auctions plus lots of great raffle items!

Tickets are on sale now for $55 per person. To purchase tickets, you can mail a check made out to Dublin High PFSO and also include a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Raise Your Class Gaela
PO Box 2559
Dublin, CA 94568

Tickets can also be purchased on Fridays at lunch where the movie tickets are sold (in front of Student Activities). Also look for a convenient online payment option coming soon.

For questions, please email You can also contact Yvonne 828-7060 or Stacey 833-0884.

Tables are reserved in groups of 10, so get a group of friends together and purchase your table now! You can also sponsor a staff member by purchasing a ticket for them! Come join a fun evening and help support our kids and our school at the same time!

Important Meeting Regarding the Charter School Petition

Please mark your calendars! The Dublin School Board of Trustees has called a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the DHS Library to take public input on the resubmission of the Tassajara Prep Charter Petition.

If you are interested in speaking on the issue of a charter high school in Dublin, you should plan to attend the meeting. As representatives of your PFSO, we will be there and we would like to see a large gathering in support of Dublin High School on this evening. You can speak or you can listen. But let’s support Dublin High as a community! The Board of Trustees will not be making a decision on the petition at this meeting, but this is a required public hearing as part of the charter process.

Read more…


The theme for this year’s homecoming activities is Decades. Classes have been choosing their favorite Decade and will be busy making the most of their themes for all the homecoming events.

The homecoming parade, carnival, and football game will take place on Friday, October 7th. The homecoming dance will be the next day, Saturday, October 8th.

Sometime this month you will receive a special update with all the important information regarding our homecoming events.


Please mark your calendars for the Parent’s Back to School night on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30p.m. Meet your student’s teachers and keep informed.

Meet the New PFSO Board


  • Michelle McDonald

Vice President

  • Chris Bennett


  • Michele Phippen
  • Christi Slofkosky


  • Colleen Schoenthal

Senior Class Parent Reps

  • Terri Dyer
  • Shari Jackman
  • Kristen Finn

Junior Class Parent Rep

  • Stephanie Theard

Sophomore Class Parent Reps

  • Stacey Maloney
  • Yvonne Nickles

Freshman Class Parent Reps

  • Tamara Elias
  • Patricia Wilcox


The organizers of the “RAISE YOUR CLASS” fundraiser are hoping the parent community at DHS will get involved in our fundraising efforts.

It is more important than ever that this PFSO-sponsored event is successful.

The PFSO has approved a budget which promises to give each department at DHS at

least $500 to help purchase much needed supplies and materials to better instruct our children. All the profits from Raise Your Class go toward this PFSO cause as well as contributing money to each current class at DHS to support their Safe and Sober Grad Night event.

If you have connections to restaurants, services, golf courses, sports memorabilia, if you have season tickets to a sporting event and can donate a pair for one game or if your family simply wants to purchase an item to be used in our auctions…we want to hear from you!

You can also sponsor our event with a monetary contribution in exchange for advertising. We would be happy to send or email our sponsor-level packages.

We are also looking for “Friends with Class”. With a $25 donation to our event, your family will be mentioned in our event program.

If you can help in any of the above mentioned ways, please email


Dublin High School has over 36 clubs/organizations on campus. These clubs are a great way for your students to get involved in something that interests them at the school. Parents might want to encourage your child to check out these clubs by visiting the Club Fair. The Club Fair will be during lunch on Thursday 9/15 and on Friday 9/16 in front of the cafeteria. Read more…


Dublin High will be holding a practice SAT test for students on Saturday, September 17th from 9am-1pm. The cost is $15. For more information, please see Mrs. Halket in the Counseling Office or email


California Scholarship Federation Applications are now available in the Counseling Office. The Deadline to turn them in is September 30.

The Dublin High Academic Block D application period starts in October (read more…)

PSAT Sign-Ups Going on Now

Your student can sign up for the PSAT now through October 10, 2011. The test day is October 15 at 8:00 am. Payments will only be taken in the student activities center during lunch and after school. The cost for the PSAT is $28.00. If you need a fee waiver; sign up to see your counselor in the counseling department. Payments can be made by check or cash. Checks need to be made out to DHS. Sign ups are on a first-come basis. Space is limited to 350 seats so please hurry.

Here are six reasons why your student should sign up for the PSAT:

  1. Assesses your critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills
  2. Get specific suggestions on how to improve your academic skills
  3. Prepare for the SAT with a free personalized study plan
  4. Enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for recognition and scholarships
  5. Request free information from colleges and universities

Use MY College QuickStart to access free resources and information about college and career planning.

Attention Class of 2015

The Freshmen Class of 2015 has launched a Facebook Page to get out info about their class activities throughout the year.

If you are a freshman parent, go to Facebook and “Like” the Dublin High School Class of 2015 Page. Click here…

ATTENTION Junior and Senior Parents

Please mark your calendars for Parent’s Night with the counselors.

Junior and Senior Parents meet on 9/28 at 6:30p.m. in the Little Theatre. Students are welcome. The counselors will go over subjects related to the two grade levels including: important calendar dates, SAT/ACT information, college applications, and more.

They will also review updates from the CSU and UC systems regarding impaction and college admission. It will be very worthwhile to come to these nights but in case you are unable, the counseling department will be posting their power point presentations on the website.


Regal movie tickets will be on sale every Friday in front of Student Activities. Ticket prices are $7.50 per ticket for non- pass restricted movies. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2014.

Save the Date!

Tri Valley College Fair 2010

When: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 6:30-8:30 PM Where: Foothill High School

Who: UC, CSU, California Private Schools, Out of State Colleges and Universities, Military Academies/ROTC Vocational/Technical Schools For more information contact: Julie Duncan

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