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College Recruiting Mass Marketing Mailers Fill Mailboxes

February 7, 2018

The stacks of college recruiting mailers started last year and continued unabated into this fall. For fun we saved every envelope, flyer and personalized poster and postcard. We saved our favorite, the wrapped stack of personalized letters and notes, paper clipped in bundles, and topped with a “handwritten” post-it note exclaiming “Come Visit!”. We filled a bin with these stacks of mass produced marketing materials and wondered – how much marketing money is being expended to drive college applications?

Untangling what colleges spend on recruiting is a tricky exercise. Reviewing the University of California Annual Financial Report it’s difficult to tell where marketing and recruiting expenses are buried. Is it somewhere in the $1.4B allocated to “Institutional support” or possibly the $1.2B spent on “Student services”?


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Dublin High School InvenTeam Hosting Mid-Grant Technical Review on Feb 8

February 5, 2018

Over the past few months, the Dublin High School InvenTeam has been working to develop SpORT, an assistive technology device that allows students with disabilities to participate in basketball and soccer at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics. The team, led by Engineering Academy coordinator Eugene Chou, was awarded a $9,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program to develop SpORT back in October. They will be hosting a mid-grant technical review to share their project with the community on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6-8 PM during Future Freshman Family Night and Open House at Dublin High School.


This technical review will be held in the Career Center and is open to all community members interested in learning more about the project and the team’s progress over the past four months. The event will feature presentations from the software, mechanical, and electrical sub-teams, who will also be displaying their project documentation and answering questions. The community can expect to see a demonstration of their software and the prototype they have built so far. The team is also seeking feedback from the community to improve on their current design.

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East Dublin Comprehensive High School: Recommended Sites Identified

February 2, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–The Dublin Unified School District will review recommendations from the Community Review Committee formed to “assess, analyze and explore options related to the plan for a future high school” at the Tuesday February 6, 2018 Board of Trustees meeting. 18 members of the community spent five months reviewing options, with the full report available here. At the Board of Trustees meeting there will include a public presentation as well as a closed session discussion.

The committee evaluated eleven potential sites and eliminated six, with the five remaining options being Di Manto A, Di Manto B/C, Fallon Middle School, Fallon Sports Park and Promenade (highlighted in red on the map below).

The committee recommends that the Board move forward with one of the shortlisted sites. The controversial Zeiss location was one of the eleven sites but was eliminated from consideration in part due to “community-voiced safety concerns”. The existing Murray / Nielsen DUSD location was eliminated as being “clearly outside the service area”. Other options including Camp Parks and two sites on the eastern edge of Dublin were eliminated as not practical for a variety of reasons.

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Dublin Second Comprehensive High School Location Options (in red)

Dublin Partners in Education Honors the Past and Showcases the Future at Open House Event

January 24, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Since its formation in 1992, the Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) has functioned to support all school sites associated with the Dublin Unified School District. Historically, the City of Dublin was not officially incorporated until 1982. Until that point, schools operated in the Amador School District (Pleasanton, CA) until the district was formalized. During that time, the first class of high school students formed at Amador High School until the construction of Dublin High School – starting with a freshman class and then adding one class per year.


Today, the DUSD is home to over 9,000 students that are housed in 11 different school sites. A critical partner to bridge fiscal gaps for support programs has been DPIE. While each individual school has invested into continuing efforts into funding their own initiatives, there has been a “blanket” need to ensure that every site can benefit from programs that can impact an entire campus of students.

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Fallon Middle School’s Athletics Program Brings Cricket to Student Sports

January 22, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Over the years, has been exposed to the inventive Physical Education team at Fallon Middle School. Recently, we have showcased the Swing Dance competitions and a module on the traditional Philippine dance of “Tinikling”. On an overcast Friday in late December, we were introduced to the progress of the cricket program at Fallon. An afternoon which most families would be finalizing plans for Winter Break, a number of students descended upon the blacktop with a different mission in mind.


We were met by Eric Lamonica, Athletic Director at Fallon. Adjoining him were two dozen students that organized their equipment and set up the “pitch.” As defined, the sport of cricket is a bat and ball game played between two teams of eleven players. The competition has some similarities to American baseball in that each phase of play is call an inning and the objective for the offensive team to score as many runs as possible. However, there is a radical difference in the duration of the two sports. While the outcome of a baseball game is usually decided upon in nine innings, cricket takes a different path. Twenty-20 can be played over a few hours with each team having a single inning of 20 overs (120 deliveries). Conversely, Test matches are played over five days, often with unlimited overs and the teams playing two innings apiece.

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“1776 the Musical” Coming to Bankhead Theater – Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

January 10, 2018

LIVERMORE, CA–Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s latest production “1776 the Musical” opens this Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. 1776 (music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone) premiered on Broadway in 1969 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into a film and was revived on Broadway in 1997.


1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence. The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty, and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

The show runs January 13, 20, 27 at 8:00 pm and January 14, 21, 27 and 28 at 2:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm with an additional Saturday matinee on January 27th at 2pm and is rated PG. 1776 the Musical is performed at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550.

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Life as a Microbiology Major: Amy Peng’s Journey from Dublin High School to UC San Diego

January 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA—Dublin High School Class of 2017 graduate Amy Peng is a freshman at the University of California, San Diego currently studying microbiology, and the latest profile in our popular Life in College Series. After completing her major, Amy hopes to attend medical school and possibly specialize in women’s health or pediatrics.

Amy credits her ROP Medical Occupations class, which she took during her senior year at Dublin High School, as the course that most influenced her to pursue this field. At DHS, she also participated in lacrosse, orchestra, and art club, and was an FMP mentor during her junior year.


During the break, I had the chance to catch up with Amy, to learn more about her experiences so far at UC San Diego and how she is working towards a career in STEM. Amy also shared some valuable advice for DHS Gaels hoping to pursue a similar path.

Neha Harpanhalli: When did you decide that a career in STEM was the right choice for you? Why did you choose to pursue microbiology in particular?

Amy Peng: “I actually decided to pursue a career in STEM very early on. When I was in elementary school, I just thought how my doctor ‘magically’ helped me feel better when I was sick and I wanted to emulate that same feeling. I just knew that I wanted to help others. I’m still not completely sure that STEM is the right choice for me, but it’s the path that I’m on right now and it seems promising in terms of what I have experienced so far.

“I chose microbiology because I knew that if my end goal was to go to medical school, then I had to pick a major that would fulfill those course requirements. Originally, I was going to pursue general biology, but at UCSD, it is a capped major [limited enrollment] so I decided to go with microbiology instead.” Read more…