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Heroes Recognized at Frederiksen Elementary School’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration

November 6, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–For the 13th year, Frederiksen Elementary School marked a school wide recognition of Veterans Day. Given its close proximity to Camp Parks, all branches of the U.S. military were celebrated on the blacktop in a morning presentation.


As in previous years, this ceremony was planned and executed by Ms. Catherine Brown and Ms. Jamie Perez. It was an event that was filled with singing, a nod to the history of In Flanders Field, the respectful process of flag folding, a moment of silence for fallen soldiers and outright gratitude to all of our veterans and current service members.

Camp Parks Garrison Commander Sergeant Major Jason Johnson explained that on average, only 1% of the general population will elect to join the armed services. Yet these people make the sacrifice not only for themselves, but for the safety of our nation. VFW Post 6298 member Dave Ham explained the significance of the decorative poppies and shared that these are constructed by veterans that are recovering from combat injury. One of the most stirring moments was the playing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes by Tesser Call of the VFM Local 1000.

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Halloween Starts with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Animals Playing with Pumpkins

October 31, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–To help you get ready for an evening of Halloween Trick or Treating and costumed celebrations with a dose of cute here is a cool video released by the Walt Disney Company from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Florida.

Do you think pumpkins are fun? So do the animals in this video – fun and delicious!

Happy Halloween Dublin!

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s “Guys and Dolls” Opens Sat Nov 3 in Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center

October 29, 2018

PLEASANTON, CA–Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s Guys and Dolls opens Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, and continues November 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8:00 pm and November 4, 11, 18 at 2:00 pm. Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances after opening on Broadway in 1950 and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers.

“Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.” (source)

This show will delight those seeing it for the first time as well as those seeing it again. This exceptionally strong cast will entertain you with lots of laughs, well-choreographed dance numbers and extremely talented voices that harmonize beautifully with some of the most memorable show numbers of all time. Familiar showstoppers include: “Luck Be a Lady”, “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”, “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Adelaide’s Lament”.

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Dublin School Board Set to Vote on $28.2M Deal with SCS Development for “At Dublin” Project

October 23, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–SCS Development, the owner of 76.1 acres along Tassajara Road near Dublin Boulevard, and developer of the planned At Dublin project, have reached an Agreement with the Dublin Unified School District for the accelerated payment of $28.1M in development fees plus an additional contribution of up to $100,000 towards the development costs of a preliminary schematic design for the future high school at the Promenade site. This agreement is conditional on the City of Dublin’s exercise of its discretion whether to approve the development.

[UPDATE 10/23/18 – The Dublin School Board voted 3-1 in favor of the Agreement. A short signing ceremony with representatives from SCS Development was held after the vote.]


“At Dublin” Project Concept

The proposed Agreement is available here and more details on the project from the City of Dublin are available here. The Dublin School Board is scheduled to debate and vote on the agreement at tonight’s Board of Trustees Meeting (5:30pm in the DUSD Boardroom).

According to information provided by DUSD, the “District takes no position as to whether the development should or should not be approved, as that is a matter entirely within the City’s sole jurisdiction. However, the District must take all steps necessary to ensure the availability of adequate school facilities in the event that the City does approve development. The agreement reached with AT Dublin gives assurance that adequate school facilities will be available for students who would reside in the project if approved. The agreement does so by providing for funding equal to the full mitigation of the school facilities impact of the project, at a level previously unprecedented in the District. The effect on the District is therefore neutral with or without project approval.

“The up-front mitigation payment provided for by the agreement is more than twice the statutory amount SCS is legally required to pay. The payment is being offered by SCS to help DUSD with its facilities needs, including the purchase of land and development of a new high school. The District recently selected and is moving forward with the Promenade site as the best option for the location of a Dublin high school. The high school will be designed for an ultimate capacity for 2,500 students, with the first phase to be built including capacity for 1,000 students.”

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Dublin Partners in Education Brings PSAT Prep Training to Dublin High School

October 19, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Annually, over 3.5 million students take the PSAT exam. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board. Nationally, the emphasis has focused on sophomores and junior. However, younger students are also eligible to participate. The scores are also utilized to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Historically, the test had been administered on Saturday mornings during the fall. In more recent years, a national test date has been established with two alternate days. This year, it took place on October 10th. While the exam was being proctored for all 9th – 11th graders, the Seniors were treated to a rotating seminar schedule. This included discussion with representatives from Las Positas College and U.C. Santa Barbara. The third session focused on life after high school and the high potential of living away from home.


While it varies by district or school, the average cost for the exam is around $16.00. Under regular circumstances, it would be up to the student to pay this fee. Under a program that was initiated in 2017, the Dublin Partners in Education worked with the Dublin High School administration. The result was that DPIE agreed to fund this testing program for the second year in a row – at no cost to the students. reached out to two assistant vice principals at DHS to solicit their feedback on this important day. Krista Taylor and Jennifer Nickl provided the responses. In this day and age, do you advise students to prepare or study for the PSAT exam or is it wiser to go in “cold”? Read more…

Dublin High School Students Win Dreammakers & Risktakers Award

October 18, 2018

PLEASANTON, CA–Thanks to a #BulletinFromGoogle story created earlier today by Dublin High School teacher Eugene Chou (full Bulletin story here) we’re able to share a couple of highlights from the Dreammakers & Risktakers Award luncheon held earlier today in Pleasanton. Dublin High School students Neha Harpanhalli and Christy Koh won the award for their creating the mobile phone app “Stay on Course” which is currently in production at Dublin High to help students track their progress for graduation requirements. The app started as an engineering class project several years ago and is now a released product.

“The Dreammakers and Risktakers luncheon salutes student innovators from the Tri-Valley region whose ideas hold the promise to change the world. It showcases the talent and bravery of the next generation, and gives the opportunity for civic leaders to recognize them.” (source)


(photo credit: Eugene Chou)

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Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s Fundraising Drive to Bring Mamma Mia! to Pleasanton

October 17, 2018

5983d4c9d95b9DUBLIN, CA–We’ve shared multiple stories about the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre‘s productions over the years, and profiled co-founder, actor and Dublin Unified School District TVTIP instructional coach Joy Sherratt. The good news – PCRT’s next production is the joyous and ever-popular musical Mamma Mia!, lined up to run January 26 – February 10, 2019 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

The ask for community help – PCRT needs to raise $10,000 to cover pre-production costs due to a change in their relationship with the City of Pleasanton (more on the upcoming production, and the need for funding, in our latest interview with PCRT co-founder Joy Sherratt). How are theatre companies like PCRT funded? Read more…