DUSD NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2019
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APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER
JASON EWING DUSD TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Green Elementary School teacher Jason Ewing, has been named the Dublin Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. Mr. Ewing is known for creating a learning environment that fosters independence, problem-solving, and cooperation. He tries to instill a positive attitude, personal responsibility, enthusiasm, confidence, independence, and inquisitiveness in his students. Jason is a driving force behind environmental efforts on campus, including being a mentor to the Green Team, which assists in recycling paper, bottles and composting. He spearheaded the Ocean Plastics Pollution Solution program, which had his 5th-grade class teach other students about plastics, resulting in reduced plastic waste on campus. Mr. Ewing also manages the Gator Garden and the school’s Garden Club. More info at http://bit.ly/2DUSD-TOTY-1819
ALAMEDA COUNTY CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Wells Supervisor, Patrice Shumway, has been named one of the Alameda Country Classified Employees of the Year. "Ms. Shumway leads by example as the campus supervisor at Wells Middle School. Ms. Shumway has that special personality that can work with a student with both professionalism and kindness. Ms. Shumway is dedicated to her work and supports campus safety for all students." Congratulations Patrice! More info at  http://bit.ly/ACOE-CEofY-19
DR. DAVE MARKEN RETURNS TO DUBLIN AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT: 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. Dr. Marken worked in our District for 13 years, serving as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Dublin High, a Sr. Director of Secondary Education and Student Services, and then as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Human Resources. Dave then accepted a role as Superintendent of Schools at Newark Unified, where he retired after serving in that position for five years.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: DUSD has created a web page with information regarding the search for a new superintendent. The district will update this page on a regular basis and email the community as warranted. For more information visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Sup-Search-2019
TRUSTEES APPROVE TEACHER CONTRACT: 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. More Info at   http://bit.ly/DUSD-Approved-Contract
MAY 7 VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT: Since 2008, our community has supported and renewed a local $96 parcel tax measure that provides locally-controlled funding for our schools. This funding has helped to maintain a high level of reading, writing, math and science instruction in our schools and helps keep high-quality teachers in our classrooms. This funding provides $1.7 million annually, and is set to expire this year. $1.7 million is equivalent to the cost of 20 or more teachers or staff. These funds also support academic programs and services and help maintain class sizes. 
 
Measure E appears on the all-mail ballot election this month, so no polling places will be open on Election Day. To vote, ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, May 7. Or ballots can be dropped off at the drop-box at Dublin Civic Center, located at 100 Civic Plaza. 
 
If you lost your ballot or want to vote in person, you can go the The Wave Community Center at 4201 Central Pkwy. It will be open: 
  • Saturday, May 4: 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Sunday, May 5: 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Monday, May 6: 8:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Tuesday, May 7: 7 AM to 8 PM
DISTRICT OFFICE HIRES: On April 23, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ronald Hickey to the position of Project Manager II, and Sarah Lopez to the position of Director of Communications and Community Involvement. Mr. Hickey comes to us with a wealth of experience including work in the Pittsburgh and Washington Unified School Districts. Ms. Lopez comes to Dublin from Amethod Public Schools, where she served as the Communications and Development Manager.
FALLON & COTTONWOOD CREEK LEADERSHIP UPDATES: During the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on April 9, the Board approved the selection of two open principal positions in Dublin. Dr. Lorianne Ventura will remove the term “interim” from her title and become the permanent Principal at Cottonwood Creek K-8. Risha Krishna will step into the role of Principal at Fallon Middle School, following former Principal Sheri Sweeney’s move to the position of Director of Secondary Education. More information at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Admin-0415
TWO DUSD EMPLOYEES HONORED BY DUBLIN ROTARY:  Two Dublin Unified School District employees were honored by the Rotary Club as part of its 2019 Community Service Awards. Congratulations to Dublin High history teacher Ron Rubio for your great work over nearly 40 years as a teacher! Also, congratulations to Custer Rodriguez, our 2019 Classified School Employee of the Year.
PAJAMA GAME RECOGNIZED: The Dublin High School drama department wrapped up its production of The Pajama Game on April 28. On April 29, it was nominated for Best Overall Production, Best Supporting Actor (Carson Merrick), and Best Supporting Actress (Priyanka Kedia) as part of the Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors. Nominees will compete in front of a panel of nationally recognized judges on May 13 at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts. This regional awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre! Congratulations to Kathryn DeLapp and the entire cast of The Pajama Game! More info at http://bit.ly/DUSD-PajamaGame
DHS BUDDIES PROGRAM: Nichole Slavec's Childhood Growth and Development class at Dublin High recently hosted students from Frederiksen Elementary as part of her "Buddies" program, which pairs DHS and Frederiksen students in a mentoring relationship. The Buddies program has been in place for four years and helps the Frederiksen students develop their social and emotional skills through the Integrity in Action character traits program while allowing DHS students to get classroom leadership experience, develop lesson plans, and gain skills they can leverage in a wide variety of future career paths. Ms. Slavec works closely with Frederiksen counselor Erin Johnson on this unique and mutually beneficial program. See images at http://bit.ly/DHS-CGD
FORMER BOARD MEMBER RECOGNIZED: During the April 23 Board meeting, former Board member, Dan Cunningham, was recognized for his years of service by past and present school board members and district employees. Mr. Cunningham was also recognized by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahn, Congressman Eric Swalwell, Mayor David Haubert, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and State Senator Steven Glazer. More at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Cunningham
FREMONT BANK DONATES $10,000 FOR DHS WELLNESS CENTER: D uring the Board Meeting on April 23, Fremont Bank made a generous donation of $10,000 to be used to help complete the Wellness Center at Dublin High School. Thank you Fremont Bank!
FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES: Planning for the future high school continues to move forward. The District and its architect, SIM-PBK have been meeting with various stakeholder groups including community members, students, and staff representing CTE, PTLW, Librarians, Tutoring, Child Nutrition, Art Teachers, Science Teachers, Lab Support, Special Education, M&O/Custodial, Information Technology, Clerical Staff and more. Regular updates are posted on the district website. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Future-HS-Updates
NEW EQUIPMENT FOR M&O TEAM: During the April 9 Board meeting, the Board approved the acquisition of a wide variety of equipment for the Maintenance & Operations team, including a forklift, scissor lift, generators, compressors, plumber camera, and more. In some cases, the items will replace aging equipment, while other items will add to the team's toolkit. Ultimately, the new equipment will improve the team's ability to efficiently support sites, staff, and students. The items will be purchased using funds that are restricted to maintenance items only. No General Fund monies will be used. This action comes on the heels of the Board approving the acquisition of a new fleet of vehicles for the M&O team.
DHS FILM FESTIVAL: Experience the DHS Film Festival May 17, 2019. Tickets on sale May 2nd at 11:45 AM at  www.GAELSVB.COM
RETIREMENT & YEARS OF SERVICE EVENT:  The Retirement and Years of Service Celebration will be held on May 24th at the Shannon Center at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.
DISTRICT OFFICE PLAYS FOUR SQUARE AT GREEN: Matt Campbell, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and Mark McCoy, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources recently challenged a group of Green Elementary students to a game of four square. The Green students were gracious winners! ;-)
WMS ATTENDS TECH CHALLENGE: A group of Wells Middle School students (Raavi Avaneendra, James Campbell, Ethan Chae, Samridhee Bhatt, Pranitha Rajaa, Ala Cross, and Evan Zabala) recently participated in the Tech Challenge, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, designed to inspire the innovator in everyone. Each year, The Tech Challenge presents a new design inspired by a real-world scenario. The challenge takes place over several months as participants form a team, design, build and test their project. The challenge culminates in a showcase event, the Tech Challenge, where teams present their project to judges. This year's challenge saw the Wells team, Team Hover Discover, create a hovercraft that could carry a payload down a ramp with different features such as a tunnel, sandpaper, and holes in the ramp. 
SUMMER SCHOOL: The Dublin Unified School District Summer School program is designed for students who are academically at risk. The K-8 program is designed for remediation of skills prior to returning to school in the fall. The High School (9-12) program provides opportunities for credit recovery. Your K-5 student requires a teacher recommendation to be accepted. Middle school students require a counselor or teacher recommendation. High school students require counselor recommendation. For more information on Summer School, go to http://bit.ly/DUSD-Summer19
LIVERMORE INNOVATION FAIR MAY 4: The Livermore Innovation Fair is a project targeted to bring STEM + Arts excitement in the community. It is a free, family-friendly showcase of discovery and imagination that is equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show, and community carnival. This year’s theme is “Building for the Moon and Beyond” to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. Inspired by the maker movement, hundreds of young STEM enthusiasts will have the chance to build things, get involved in experiments and demonstrations, and take various gadgets for a test drive. Attendees will have a first-person experience in a range of STEAM-related fields, including rocketry, robotics, 3D printing and production, virtual reality, speakers series, and others. This is an inclusive event for children of all ages and abilities. For tickets, visi t https://lvpac.org/event/livermore-innovation-fair-2/
COMMUNITY SURVEY: The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) is conducting a Community Needs Assessment Survey and wants to hear from you! The purpose of the survey is for AC-OCAP to receive input from the community to help identify the needs and gaps in services that exist for Alameda County's low-income residents. Take the survey here and enter to win a $50 gift card. Survey responses must be received by Monday, June 10, 2019 to be eligible for the gift card drawing. Take the survey at http://bit.ly/AC-OCAP-Survey
COMMITTEE VACANCIES: Are you interested in serving your community? The Dublin Unified School District currently has vacancies on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee and the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. For more information, visi t http://bit.ly/2EhcT40
BOARD MEETINGS: Did you know all Board meetings are streamed live at DublinUSD.TV and archived on the District website at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Board-Vid ? Special Board meetings are also captured. We recently started posting summary reports from each regular board meeting, which can be found at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Board-Buzz
WETIP ANONYMOUS CRIME/THREAT REPORTING: DUSD has a relationship with WeTip, a service that allows people to share anonymous tips about potential threats or crimes at Dublin schools and facilities. That information is shared with local law enforcement and district officials and responded to immediately. You can share information anonymously online http://www.wetip.com or over the phone 1-800 732-7463 
DO YOU HAVE A TIP?:  Is there is a great story you think we should know about? If so, send us the lead. Include a few sentences of background information and some photos. We can't guarantee we'll cover it (don't take it personally, there is a lot going on in a district with 12K students and just over 1K staff) but we'd love to know. Email your tip to " communications@dublinusd.org ."
IMPORTANT DATES:
  • April 30, 2019 – Special Board Meeting/Superintendent Search Process and Timeline
  • May 7, 2019 – Measure E Vote By Mail Ballot
  • May 8, 2019 – Special Board Meeting/Facilities Workshop
  • May 14, 2019 – Regular Board Meeting
  • May 28, 2019 – Regular Board Meeting
  • May 31, 2019 – Last Day of School
  • June 4, 2019 – Board of Trustees Area 4 Special Election
  • June 10, 2019 – High School Summer School Starts
  • June 11, 2019 – Elementary & Middle School Summer School Starts
  • June 11, 2019 – Regular Board Meeting
  • June 25, 2019 – Regular Board Meeting
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