DUSD NEWSLETTER: MAY 2019
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DUSD DISPATCH
MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER
Dear DUSD Community Members, 

The Dublin Unified School District takes great pride in being an inclusive organization. The beauty of public education is we bring in people from all over the globe, people with different beliefs, lifestyles, races, and preferences, and it's our role to provide them a safe environment and a world-class education. I've had the opportunity to be in the District for 13 years and Dublin Unified holds a special place in my heart because it does such a great job creating an inclusive space.

Of course, there is always room for improvement, and we are committed to addressing issues and making needed changes.

I'm so very thankful for the students, staff, and community that make Dublin a place where everyone has an opportunity to learn and grow. 

As the school year comes to a close, we want to thank you for partnering with us and developing a community of lifelong learners. To our students, we hope you have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you in August!

Best,

Dave Marken 
Interim Superintendent 
Dublin Unified School District
DUBLIN PRIDE: On May 29, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees approved Resolution 2018/19-43 acknowledging June 2019 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Pride Month. On the morning of May 31, we raised the American, Californian, and Pride flags in front of the DUSD Office. Although Pride Month begins on Saturday, June 1st, we held this event early since it is the last day our students and staff will be with us before the summer break begins. Thank you for celebrating this moment with us. http://bit.ly/2Z1OAi9
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATES:  Throughout May, input sessions were held with a broad selection of stakeholder groups, including the DTA, CSEA, student leadership, city leadership, the ACOE, DPIE, DUSD Executive Cabinet, Tri-Valley SELPA, LCAP committee members, Dublin Integrity in Action, Tri-Valley ROP, Bond and Parcel Tax oversight committee members, current DUSD Board of Trustee members, Board candidates, and more. Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School hosted community input meetings while an online survey provided an alternative method of providing input. The goal of these stakeholder meetings is to secure the input needed to formulate the Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Leadership Profile. This profile will guide the district as it searches for its next superintendent. 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
FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL UPDATES: Planning for the future high school continues to move forward. On May 29, the architect firm SIM-PBK presented updated design concepts to the Board based on ongoing community input. The revised plans can be downloaded here and the accompanying video can be found here . For more information, visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Future-HS-Updates
JASPER TRAN NAMED NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Cottonwood Creek music teacher, Jasper Tran, has been named the Dublin Unified School District New Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. Mr. Tran is dedicated to providing engaging and quality music lessons to the school’s elementary and middle school students. In his first year as a Dublin teacher, he built the Cottonwood Creek music program from the ground up and is continuously seeking opportunities to improve and expand. Congratulations Jasper! More at  http://bit.ly/DUSD-NTOTY-1819
GRADUATION & PROMOTION TIME: Students across the district are moving on to the next phase of their lives. This is the time of year we see our kindergarten students move to elementary school, 5th-graders move to middle school, 8th-graders move to high school, and our 12th-graders move on to college, career, or service to our country. These moments represent a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication on behalf of students, teachers, and parents. Congratulations to all! You make Dublin proud! Check out these photos from Valley High , Fallon and Wells . More photos will be posted on our Facebook page soon!
NASA BOUND: "Working at NASA has always been a dream of mine. I’m very excited to work alongside the people who are doing what I hope to one day do. This internship will not only provide me the exposure to real world problems that NASA is trying to solve, but also help me explore further my interest in processing large data into meaningful information."
Dublin High Junior, Mihika Sharma, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Read more at  http://bit.ly/DHS-NASA
RETIREMENT & YEARS OF SERVICE: On May 24, we held our annual Retirement and Years of Service recognition event. The Dublin Unified School District is fortunate to have so many people who have dedicated years of their lives to enriching our students, schools, and community. For those who have made Dublin schools their career, we thank you! For those now heading into retirement, we wish you years of happiness in the next chapter of your lives! http://bit.ly/2MiUji4
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP: Congratulations to Dublin High School's Christy Koh for being named a National Merit Scholarship recipient. Ms. Koh has secured a $2,500 scholarship. Finalists for the National Merit Scholarships emerged from a list of about 16,000 semi-finalists who qualified based on their scores in the previous year’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken by about 1.6 million high school juniors.
WELL DONE CARSON! Congratulations to the Dublin High School Drama Department and the entire cast and crew of The Pajama Game which had been 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. We are thrilled to report that Carson Merrick was awarded Overall Best Supporting Actor during the event on May 13.
USA BADMINTON: Dublin Elementary 5th grader, Jasmine Yeung, recently made her second USA Junior Badminton Team. After playing 19 matches in 4 days during the USA Badminton Junior International Trials in April, she qualified to represent the United States in the U13 girls singles and girls doubles categories. She will compete in the Pan America Junior Championships to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada in July. In 2017, Jasmine won three gold medals (girls singles, girls doubles, and mixed doubles) as a member of the USA Junior Badminton Team. Great job Jasmine!
DHS SENIORS RECEIVE NEARLY $5M IN SCHOLARSHIPS: There was a celebratory atmosphere at Dublin High on May 18. The school held its annual Senior Awards, which recognizes graduating students that have received scholarships. To date, Dublin High's class of 2019 have received a total of $4,960,033 in scholarship money. Congratulations DHS Seniors! See pictures at http://bit.ly/2W476V5
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
GREEN'S MATH OLYMPIADS: A group of nearly 30 Green Elementary students recently competed in the Math Olympiad program, a math problem-solving contests for teams of up to 35 students in grades 4 through 8. Last year, nearly 170,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 30 countries were represented. Green's team was named to the 'National Math Olympiad Honor Roll' and won the 'Highest Team Achievement Award.' It was also named to the 'National Meritorious Achievement List.' The Top Ten kids from John Green's team were: Sophia Henningsen, Shrey Mukherjee, Suhani Gupta, Tina Lin, Monisha Anand, Aanya Pandia, Kylie Wong, Maya Peav, Joshua Wu, and Shiv Gupta. The team was led by Math Teacher, Mrs. Jacquline Paul. Well done Ms. Paul and Green Gators! These images are from their end of the season party. http://bit.ly/2I9Hami
STARS OF INTEGRITY : Dublin Integrity in Action recently held its annual 'Stars of Integrity' Student Character Recognition event, which honors students from each school who are exemplary role models, demonstrating character and integrity to their peers. It was a fantastic night, highlighting some incredible students. Do you recognize any of these kids? http://bit.ly/2JPl5MW
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:
  • 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
  • August 13, 2019 – First Day of School
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