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Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Approves Teacher Contract

April 24, 2019

Dublin, CA – During the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on April 23, the Board voted unanimously to approve the labor contract for its certificated employees. The new contract, which includes a 4.5% pay increase, a health insurance subsidy, safety and security enhancements, secondary student contact limits, K-5 class size limits and more, runs through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. After months of bargaining, the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) reached a Tentative Agreement on April 11. The agreement was taken to the DTA for ratification on April 15 and was approved by 99.8% of its members. Read more…


Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber & Stoller Opens at Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center Sat. April 27

April 24, 2019

PLEASANTON, CA–Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s “Smokey Joe’s Café-The Songs of Leiber & Stoller” opens on April 27, 2019. The show runs April 27, May 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00 PM and April 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 2:00 PM. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm and is rated PG. Smokey Joe’s Cafe is performed at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.


This musical theatrical revue features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway”, “Stand by Me”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog”, “Love Potion No. 9”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Yakety Yak”, and “Charlie Brown.” It celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.” The original Broadway cast won a Grammy award in 1997, was nominated for seven Tony awards and was the longest musical revue on Broadway in history.

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Congressman Eric Swalwell Returns to Dublin High School as Candidate for President with Hometown Rally

April 15, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–Congressman Eric Swalwell, Dublin High School Class of ’99, returned to his alma mater yesterday for a his first Candidate for President Rally in front of an enthusiastic hometown audience. The rally had all the trappings we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the coming year leading up to the Primaries – music, speeches and signs, signs and more signs.

In the case of Swalwell, he built his stump speech around his middle class roots which ultimately landed him in Dublin after multiple moves and school changes in search for an affordable home. He laid out his agenda starting with gun control – he held his first Candidate for President Town Hall at Parkland – and covered issues you’d expect of a Democratic candidate including the cost of education, economic opportunity for the middle class, universal healthcare coverage and restoring trust in Washington. Swalwell also pledged to have a Lincoln-esque cabinet of rivals if elected, by including Republicans in his cabinet. Swalwell joked that he appears on Fox News regularly so that his parents, both Republicans, have a chance to see him on TV.

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Dublin Teachers Strike Averted: DUSD and DTA Reach Tentative Agreement Ending Labor Negotiations

April 12, 2019

Dublin, CA–The 2018-19 school year has been the year of teachers strikes across the country as teachers negotiate for better pay and benefits. The Dublin Unified School District and Dublin Teachers Association have been in intense negotiations with teachers holding test votes on strike action and organizing large rallies.

Today the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) and the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) announced that during negotiations on April 11, 2019, the two parties reached a tentative agreement that, once ratified, will bring closure to their current labor negotiations, establishing a contract that extends through the 2019-2020 school year. Read more…

Dr. Dave Marken Returns to Dublin as Interim Superintendent

April 10, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees President Amy Miller issued the following statement today regarding Dr. Dave Marken stepping out of retirement to act part-time as Dublin’s Interim Superintendent (following the resignation of Dr. Leslie Boozer).


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To The Dublin Unified School District Community:

I am delighted to share the news that Dr. Dave Marken has agreed to serve as the
Interim Superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District over the next few months
as the Board of Trustees conducts a search for the District’s new leader. He will join
the District team on April 15th. Read more…

Dublin High School Alum Congressman Eric Swalwell Declares Candidacy for President of the United States

April 9, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School Class of ’99 alum Congressman Eric Swalwell is a candidate for President of the United States. Swalwell will be holding a Kickoff Rally at Dublin High School this Sunday April 14 from 2pm – 4pm. In January 2013 we featured a three-part series of articles following Swalwell’s inauguration.

Swalwell, an Iowa native now serving his fourth term representing California’s 15th Congressional District, announced his candidacy Monday night on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The announcement kicks off a 10-day national sweep with events planned in Florida, Iowa, South Carolina, California, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

“I’ve been in Congress for six years. I see an America in quicksand, making zero progress on anything that matters. I hear from school children who are learning in fear because too many lawmakers love their guns more than they love our kids,” Swalwell said. “We can no longer count on the same old people to solve the same old problems. Nothing will change until we have a leader who is willing to go big on the issues, be bold with solutions, and do good in governing.” Read more…

Dublin High School Senior Wesley Wong on Supporting the Valley Children’s Museum

April 6, 2019

By Wendy Fukumaki (Interview by Michael Utsumi)

DUBLIN, CA–On May 31st, the largest graduating class in the history of Dublin High School will walk through their commencement ceremony. For many, it will be a time for celebration. For others, it will also include many moments of reflection. For one former John Green Elementary Gator, it will become a full-circle moment. It began with taking after-school classes with an emphasis in chemistry. This just furthered his interest in STEM related courses and a potential career in automation. We were introduced to DHS senior Wesley Wong by a proponent of the Valley Children’s Museum. We are pleased to share the progress of the VCM and to highlight Mr. Wong’s contributions.

VCM Exterior

As told by Wendy Fukumaki:

One of Dublin’s best kept secrets is the Valley Children’s Museum. Never heard of it? Well you’re not alone. Keep on reading so that you can be “in-the-know” and share it with others! Valley Children’s Museum (VCM) has been in existence for 18 years serving the Tri-Valley. It began with a group of dedicated parent volunteers who created hands-on learning activities and brought them into Tri-Valley classrooms. In 2007, VCM received the donation of a 53’ mobile classroom trailer which can accommodate up to 20 students plus teachers and facilitators. The trailer was originally created as a mobile classroom about the California Missions. Recently, through a donation from Sandia Labs, the trailer has now been converted into a Makerspace with the goal of offering creative STEAM play (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Walls have been outfitted with magnetic and LEGO panels and chalkboards, and new supplies have been installed for building, experimenting and creating. Let the “challenges” begin! Read more…