DUSD NEWSLETTER: FEBRUARY 2019
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DUSD DISPATCH
FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS:  On February 25, 2019, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the middle and high schools that are being honored under the 2019 Distinguished Schools Program. Among those schools are Fallon Middle School and Dublin High School. Sponsored by the California Department of Education and California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years. For more information, visit  http://bit.ly/DUSD-CDS19
BOARD MEMBER CUNNINGHAM ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION:  During the February 26, 2019, Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) Board meeting, Trustee Dan Cunningham announced his resignation effective March 1, 2019. Mr. Cunningham has served on the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees since 2008 and his current term was scheduled to end in November 2020. Read the full release here http://bit.ly/DUSD-DCR
FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE: During the February 26 board meeting, the status of the future high school project was reviewed. A video containing the full update can be found online at  http://bit.ly/DUBD-BV-22619 . You can jump to the specific segment addressing the high school by clicking item "F1" on the agenda. 
The District and its legal counsel stated a couple of introductory meetings had taken place between district staff and the architectural firm, that stakeholder roles are being defined, and that an educational spec meeting will happen in early March. It also stated that the consultant, on average, holds around 30 stakeholder meetings during the process of designing the school, so there will be ample opportunity for public input. 
Regarding site acquisition, the eminent domain action continues to move forward. The District has a verbal agreement with the owner to go to mediation. The District has deposited the probable amount of compensation, based on the appraised value of the property ($29.01M), into court. The property owner can settle and withdrawal the money at any time. If an agreement is not made, litigation drags on, and the school site design is ready to go, there is a statutory process to gain possession of the site before a final judgment so that the construction process can move forward and timelines are kept. 
Board president Miller asked if there was any doubt about the District's ability to acquire the land, and legal counsel said there was not.
DISTRICT RECOGNITION: Since 1989, Dublin Schools have given a special District Recognition to certificated, classified, and administrators staff, as well as volunteers who have consistently demonstrated notable achievement in supporting the District's mission. These people are nominated by members of the school community including teachers, administrators, parents, community groups, classified staff, and students. To see the full list of 2018-2019 District Recognition honorees and images from the event,visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-DR-1819.
TOP HIGH SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA: Niche has released its list of the   top 100 public high schools in California , which includes traditional, charter, and magnet schools. According to the   California Department of Education , the state has 1,311 traditional public high schools and 268 charter high schools serving nearly two million students. Of those 1,579 schools in California, Dublin High School was ranked #70, putting it in the top five percent and earning the school an A+ rating from Niche. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Niche100
PARCEL TAX MEASURE: Since 2008, our community has supported and renewed a local $96 parcel tax measure that provides locally-controlled funding for our schools.This source of funding is set to expire this year, and without renewal, our schools will lose approximately $1.7 million annually. To protect the quality of education and instruction in our local schools, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place a measure on the May ballot to renew this funding. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-19-PT
DAR GOOD CITIZEN AWARD: The José Maria Amador chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently held its annual student awards ceremony. Dublin High School senior Madeline Baalman won the DAR Good Citizen Award. The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship, including dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Valley High School's Bailey Morita was awarded honorable mention. 
DUSD SPELLING BEE: On February 21, Dublin held the finals of its first-ever Junior High Level (7th & 8th grade) District Spelling Bee. The event featured six spellers, two each from Cottonwood Creek, Fallon, and Wells. After seven rounds, the winners were:
  • 1st Place: Anisha Rao, 8th grader at Fallon Middle School
  • 2nd: Place: Brighton Alcantara, 8th grader at Wells Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Yudith Anil, 7th grader at Fallon Middle School
Anisha and Brighton will join Sehej Sondh and Tarini Gurusankar, our Elementary Level winners, at the Alameda County Spelling Bee on March 16, 2019, in San Leandro. Congrats to all our exceptional spellers!
DPIE RECOGNITION: During the February 12 Board meeting, we recognized Dublin Partners in Education's generous support of Dublin Unified School District’s students and staff, including 2018-2019 school year contributions of $10,000 per school site. DPIE, we are thankful for all you do for Dublin schools!
HEALTH ADVISORY: Flu season is upon us. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feels some or all of these symptoms: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some may have vomiting and diarrhea.If your child becomes ill, keep your child home. He/she must be fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, before returning to school. Consult your medical provider for guidance.
Good health habits like covering your cough, washing your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, can stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. 
Resources for Parents:
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED : Dublin Unified is always looking for additional classroom substitutes! If you have a bachelor's degree and would like to work with some amazing students, please apply! Substitute Teacher Application
SHOP WITH A COP: During the February 12 Board meeting, the District recognized the Dublin Police Department's 2018 "Shop with a Cop" program, which saw Dublin Police officers take ten local families in need on a holiday shopping spree. Thanks to Target for supporting the program!
BUILD A BIKE: During the February 12 Board meeting, the District recognized Dublin Rotary for providing more than 60 bikes to 60 students and $3,000 worth of $100 gift cards to 30 Dublin Unified School District families over the holiday season. Thank You Rotary for all you do for Dublin and DUSD families!
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT AT DHS: Dublin High senior Noah Fourby recently completed his Eagle Scout Service Project, which is designed to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. An Eagle Scout Service Project is the culmination of the Scout's leadership training and requires a significant effort on the Scout's part. The project must benefit an organization other than the BSA, and it cannot be performed for an individual or a business or be commercial in nature. Completing an Eagle Project is a requirement in order for Boy Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout rank. Noah's project involved landscaping three areas and adding seating next to Dublin High School's future Wellness Center. The area will be used by students and staff between classes. Noah and his crew designed and executed an inviting space for the DHS community.  
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, visit http://bit.ly/2EhcT40
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING:  On Monday, March 11, 2019, please join the Tri-Valley SELPA and the Dublin Unified School District for a special screening of "Angst" at the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts & Education. The goal of the documentary is to raise awareness about anxiety by starting a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. Through candid interviews, the producers utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a renowned Olympic athlete and mental health advocate . Free tickets are now available and space is limited! The evening will begin with light refreshments at 6:00 p.m., followed by the special screening at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 500 persons. Should we reach this capacity and have a “wait list”, we will consider a second showing on a different date. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Angst-RSVP.
DUBLIN INTEGRITY IN ACTION 10TH ANNUAL BOWL-A-RAMA:  Dublin Integrity in Action will host its 10th Annual Bowl-a-Rama on March 3, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the promotion of Integrity through the Integrity in Action Character Education program within Dublin Unified School District and the City of Dublin. Sponsorship opportunities as a Lane or an Event Sponsor are available. Lane and Event Sponsors receive print and verbal recognition throughout the event. Gather family, friends and co-workers of all ages for an exciting time at this casual and fun event!
BUDGET WORKSHOP : Have you ever wondered where the school district's budget comes from and how it is allocated? During the December 13, 2018, Special Board Meeting/Budget Workshop, a detailed overview of the budget was presented. It is available to watch at: http://bit.ly/DUSD-Board-Vid - the Budget Workshop begins about 38 minutes into the video. T he Budget Workshop presentation can be viewed at http://bit.ly/DUSD-BW-121318 .
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, those 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:
  • March 3: Dublin Integrity in Action 10th Annual Bowl-A-Rama
  • March 6: Collaboration Day
  • March 11: Screening of Angst at DHS
  • March 12: Board Meeting
  • March 15: No School
  • March 18: 9-12 Teacher Work Day (No school grades 9-12)
  • March 26: Board Meeting
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