DUSD NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2019
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JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
DHS ENGINEERING & SCIENCE BUILDING FINAL EIR APPROVED: During the January 22, 2019 DUSD Board meeting, the Trustees heard final updates from staff and community input regarding the Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Following input and deliberation, the Board approved the final EIR in a 4-1 vote. Once complete (target Fall 2020), the three-story Engineering & Science Building will contain approximately 47,000 square feet of space that will be used for engineering classrooms, flexible science labs, hub space, restrooms, a weight room, and maintenance room. Click here for more information.
NEW DUSD MISSION, VISION, AND CORE VALUES:  The Board of Trustees took formal action at the January 8, 2019 regular board meeting to update the District Vision, Mission, and Core Values, as follows:
Vision:  Education That Inspires Lifelong Learning
Mission:  Dublin Unified School District will educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success.
Core Values:
We Believe In...
  • Cultivating curiosity and critical thinking that guides rational, fair-minded, compassionate behavior
  • Providing a balanced comprehensive educational experience that bolsters achievement, integrity, resilience, flexibility, and a strong sense of self-worth
  • Valuing all students and their individual pursuits
  • Recognizing that our most valuable resources are our students, teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, and community
  • Building equity and inclusiveness in a safe environment
  • Creating supportive relationships and teamwork to bring us together
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 funding has helped to maintain the high level of reading, writing, math and science instruction in our schools and helps keep high-quality teachers in our classrooms. 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. Click here for more information.
#BELLASBATTLE: On January 28, Wells students showed their support for classmate Isabella Collins by wearing her favorite color purple. The Wells 8th grader was recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Learn more about her story here . To h elp her family click here .
TRI-VALLEY SELPA RESOURCE AND TRANSITION FAIR:  On Saturday, February 2, the Tri-Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee will host a Resource and Transition Fair at Dublin High School. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union and adjoining classrooms. Approximately 40 vendors will share their resources with attendees. Workshops will be offered throughout the day; follow this link to check out workshop offerings! Food will be available for purchase. Use this link to share information with your families. Please note that this flyer contains a link to EventBrite where families can sign up!
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. RSVP here.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Today marks 30 years since Ilene Misheloff's disappearance on Jan. 30, 1989. Each year, on the anniversary of her disappearance, her parents, family, and friends hold a candlelight vigil and walk in hopes that it will bring awareness to her case. The walk will follow the path Ilene took home that day. Starting at 7 p.m. this evening, the walk will begin at Wells Middle School and proceed to Saint Raymond Church.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES: During the January 22, 2019 Board Meeting, Dr. Matthew Campbell was announced as the new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Dr. Campbell comes to us from the Fremont Unified School District, where he currently serves as the Director of Student Support Services. He taught Economics, World History and Civics at Amador, was the Vice Principal at Hart Middle School and Foothill High School, in Pleasanton, the Principal at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek (Acalanes Union) and started his teaching career at Dublin High. Click here for more information.
DIRECTOR OF SECONDARY EDUCATION: Also during the January 22, 2019 Board meeting, Fallon Principal, Sheri Sweeney, was announced as our new Director of Secondary Education. Ms. Sweeney brings over 15 years experience at the secondary education level, five of which have been served here in Dublin, as well as significant practice and training as a school administrator, instructional coach, and teacher. These skills are complemented by a background in law and non-profit program management. HR will begin the process of filling the Fallon principal position immediately. Click here for more information.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER: The Dublin Unified School District welcomes its new Chief Technology Officer, Max Eissler. Mr. Eissler comes to Dublin with three decades of technology experience, including nearly two decades of educational technology experience, on his resume. Click here for more information.
POLICE AND DUSD ISSUE WARNING REGARDING ASSASSIN GAME: S tudents from Dublin High School will once again begin playing the “Assassin” game. This game is not sanctioned, supported or approved by the Dublin Unified School District or Dublin High School. Dublin Police Services, DUSD, and DHS administration are very concerned about the safety of our students and thus, collectively, are informing parents and students about the risk associated with these activities. Please read the joint press release for more information.
SCIENCE TALENT : Congratulations to DHS senior Mallika Pajjuri! She has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Mallika will receive $2,000 award, and Dublin High School will also receive $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities.
ARTS EXCELLENCE: Did you know Dublin High School senior Preston Mah (AKA DJ GhostDragon) was number 23 on the Billboard Dance Club charts for his song Lion last year? Preston is an electronic dance music producer and DJ. He is also a classically trained musician who plays piano, drums, guitar, and flute. Well done Preston!
DHS CROSS COUNTRY: The DHS Cross Country Team continued its tradition of excellence in 2018, with the boys' team three-peating the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) and North Coast Section (NCS) titles, in the process, breaking the NCS team time record and the team qualifying for State! For the first time in DHS history, the girls' team medaled at NCS, taking third, and also sending two members to State. At the January 8, 2019 Board meeting, these tremendous athletes and their coaches were recognized for their exceptional season.
TEEN MENTAL HEALTH/WELLNESS TRAINING: On January 17, 2019 at the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts & Education, the Crisis Support Services from Alameda County conducted a parent training to improve understanding of children's mental health and wellness issues. Over 60 parents, staff, and community physical and mental health providers received training on the following:
  • Identifying common mental issues that affect adolescents (Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors)
  • Recognizing warning signs of suicide in an adolescent
  • Learning how to begin a conversation about suicide with an at risk adolescent
  • Developing and using a safety plan with at risk adolescents
  • Seeking professional help
  • Providing resources to support mental issues
Resources presented can be accessed through the DUSD website at: Link
HOMELESS HELP: HS Junior Arshad Mohammed has founded a nonprofit organization, TOUCH Lives, which has raised approximately $2500 to distribute 1,600 blankets/bed sheets, 400 hygiene kits, 450 beanies, and 300 socks. He loves interacting and supporting those in need of assistance. His organization gives to homeless communities in San Francisco, Hayward, Oakland, San Jose, Stockton, etc. For more information, click here.
DISTRACTED DRIVING CAMPAIGN: Distracted driving is a serious issue. It only takes a second for tragedy to strike. Check out this video Dublin High Video Production students Matthew Reed and Tyler Revak created for the City of Dublin. Dublin Police and the Alameda County Fire Department assisted in the production. The video is part of a City-sponsored public awareness campaign focused on distracted driving. View the video here.
ONLINE SAFETY: No matter how diligent we are, it's hard to be fully aware of what our children are doing online. Children of all ages have access to cell phones and laptops, often when they are unsupervised. This lack of supervision can make digital technologies a tool for children to be bullied or groomed by those with bad intentions.
We encourage you to talk with your children about how to protect themselves online. We encourage you to ask them tough questions. Most of all, we encourage you to access their phones, laptops and browsing history on a regular basis. This is the only way to know what your child is doing online.
We understand this can be awkward or feel invasive, but its far better to know what your child is doing online, and to talk with them about it, then it is to assume they are doing the right thing all the time.
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!
TRI-VALLEY WRITERS CONTEST: Tri-Valley Writers is proud to present its Eight Annual Writing Content for high school students. The event is open to a ll students attending high schools in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon. For details on the event, click here .
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 ."
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