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Dublin Library Offers Volunteer Opportunities for Middle and High School Students

July 12, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Apart from being a wonderful community resource for all ages, the Dublin Public Library has numerous volunteer opportunities available for students entering grades 6-12. Through their participation in these volunteer programs, high school students can work towards fulfilling their community service requirements for graduation. Although middle school students cannot apply their volunteer hours earned at the library towards their high school diploma, these programs offer them a great opportunity to start giving back to the community, while developing leadership skills and building more confidence.

Having been a library volunteer myself since middle school, I have found it to be a truly rewarding experience. Each volunteer has the opportunity to utilize his or her unique skills while providing valuable services to the community. The friendly and dedicated library staff always welcome you with a smile, and are happy to guide you along the way.
I reached out to Mary Ayers-Hughes, the Teen Librarian at the Dublin Library, for more information about these volunteer opportunities for both middle and high school students.

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Neha Harpanhalli: First of all, how can a high school student sign up to become a volunteer at the library? Read more…

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U. of Texas School of Law 2017 and Dublin High School 2011 Alum Kirsten Johansson on Surviving Law School

July 10, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–As part of our Life in College and Life After College series of profiles we’ve followed Dublin High School alum through many adventures. Our next interview is a must read for any student considering law school. University of Texas School of Law graduate Kirsten Johansson shares her experiences surviving three intense years of law school including summer internships that led to a full-time job on graduation. Kirsten graduated from Dublin High School with the Class of 2011, then completed her undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University. Kirsten contributed a Life in College article back in 2015 about what it takes to get into law school; we recently caught up with Kirsten, who is now preparing for the California Bar Exam, in-between marathon study sessions.

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Kirsten on her first day of kindergarten (in Dublin!) and last day of law school

OneDublin.org: Given what it takes to get accepted into law school, and the work required to graduate, what did it feel like to walk across the stage and accept your degree?

Kirsten Johansson: “It felt fantastic! After three years of long nights and tons of stress it was wonderful to earn my degree. At the same time it was bittersweet because I still have the Bar Exam to study for immediately after graduating.”

OneDublin.org: Did 1L live up to its reputation?

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“Wizard of Oz” Opens July 15 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore

July 9, 2017

The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents the classic family favorite, The Wizard of OZ, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, opening July 15th, running through July 30th. Written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” became the well-known film in 1939, but this stage production was only recently created in 1987 by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

For those hoping to see the movie recreated on stage, you are in luck, the show follows the script almost word for word, with the extra addition of the song and big dance number, “The Jitterbug”, originally filmed for the movie, but sadly didn’t make the final cut. Included in the production everyone’s favorite songs, “Over the Rainbow”, originally dropped from the movie, but thankfully added back in, and of course, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, “If I Were King of the Forest”, “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, “We’re Off to See the Wizard” and the rest.

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DPIE Summer Academy Fosters Continuous Learning Throughout the Summer

July 5, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–The school calendar in the Dublin Unified School District concluded on May 31st. However, when you drive past Dublin High School, both parking lots are filled with vehicles. The reason for this is that Dublin High School is hosting a Summer Academy for the sixth straight year. This program is a unique collaboration Dublin Unified, Dublin High and the Dublin Partners in Education organization (DPIE). Keep in mind that every public school district does not necessarily offer summer programs. This is generally due to various factors which include student demand, availability of facilities and most importantly, financial resources. Successfully conducting a summer school program includes several significant challenges.

Just consider recruiting qualified teachers that are willing to work an accelerated three week session in any subject. The enrollment of students is an entirely separate process from what DHS ordinarily conducts. Tuition must be collected and documented in a timely fashion. The last key element is monetary support. One of the reasons that this program flourishes is due to the generosity of DPIE, which in turn helps to keep the tuition costs reasonable. How can we characterize the Summer Academy as a success? Consider that in the first year, there were 150 students participating. This summer, Dublin High will serve 1,060 students.

We wanted to take a peek inside this offering. The result is the viewpoints from an administrator and a current student.

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Jessica Bouchard on Life as a Kinesiology Major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

June 26, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Our next Life in College Series article profiles Dublin High School Class of 2016 alum Jessica Bouchard who just finished the first year of her college journey to earn a degree in kinesiology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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OneDublin.org: Walk me through your decision process to choose Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Jessica Bouchard: “Cal Poly was on my list from the start, both my parents are alumni, so I had lots of encouragement to apply! Cal Poly is just the right amount of away from home, where I’d be away but not a plane ride away, unlike some of the other schools I considered. A big factor is that Cal Poly has a kinesiology major, which a lot of the UC’s and out-of-state schools I also looked at didn’t have. Cal Poly was the only school I applied to under early admission, so when I heard back in December I had three weeks to decide – and if I said no that would be it. It was hard because I wasn’t going to hear from the other schools I applied to for several months, but in the end Cal Poly was the right fit for me.”

OneDublin.org: How would you describe what it’s like to be a Cal Poly student to students considering their college options? Read more…

Dublin High School Alum Camille Chabot Defeats Cancer Twice, Graduates on Time from Cal Poly SLO

June 22, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School Class of ’13 graduate Camille Chabot and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Class of ’17 alum walked the stage on Father’s Day to receive her BS in Liberal Studies. What is remarkable is she walked with her class, graduating on time in four years, despite battling stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer not once, but twice. Camille endured surgery, a dozen chemotherapy sessions, a relapse, and a bone marrow transplant. Camille continued her studies through a local community college, even working on a laptop computer during chemo sessions. She missed three quarters in the classroom at Cal Poly, but remained on track academically with the help of professors and advisors.

We most recently spoke to Camille after her first round of treatments, when she hoped cancer would be behind her. We circle back now with both cancer defeated and undergrad completed to learn more about how she stayed on track despite extraordinary challenges.

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James Morehead: Describe the feeling of graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Father’s Day, on-time with the rest of your class, after everything you’ve been through battling cancer.

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Dublin High School Principal Maureen Byrne Reflects on her First Year at the Helm

June 16, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–The Rotary Club of Dublin hosts weekly meetings on Tuesdays. The most recent guest speaker was Maureen Byrne, Principal at Dublin High School. As an Assistant Principal for many years, she was elevated to the position of Principal in 2016 upon the retirement of Carol Shimizu.

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At the Rotary meeting, Ms. Byrne’s presentation was a focused look at how the now three-year old Freshman Mentoring Program (FMP) at Dublin High School is faring. This concept was modeled after several members of the District staff made visits to Stevenson High School in the Chicagoland area. This is a high school with an enrollment in excess of 4,000 students. The reason why this institution has been hailed is two-fold: as a public school, the leadership of Stevenson had made a concerted effort to reduce the number of “D’s” and “F’s” attained by a portion of their students. One of the vehicles that provided this opportunity was a dedicated period throughout the day to prepare freshmen students with a mentoring program that directed their focus on how to successfully navigate high school. Further, this period could also be utilized to provide subject-specific tutoring to help ensure that student success goals could be clearly identified and achieved. While the overall program continues to be refined, it is clear that it is making a positive impact.

We sat down with Principal Bryne and to reflect on the significance of this past year.

OneDublin.org: Describe your tenure at Dublin High School and evaluate your first year as Principal.

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