Dear Dublin Community,
Before students, staff and the Dublin community dive into a much needed, and well deserved, summer break, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the 2017-2018 school year. And what a year it was!
We were recognized for our academic excellence with John Green Elementary being named a California Distinguished School, Dublin High receiving a Distinguished School Award from Project Lead the Way, Amador Elementary being named to the Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll, and the District being honored as one of the Top 100 Best School Districts in California.
I was touched by the kindness and character found in our elementary schools. Dougherty students raised money for the East Bay SPCA, Kolb participated in Kids against Hunger, Frederiksen honored our Veterans, Dublin Elementary hosted its Ability Awareness week, Murray students raised money for the homeless, Amador celebrated Kindness Week, and Green helped hurricane victims.
Dublin middle schools won numerous accolades as well. The Wells Band and Color Guard swept most of their competitions, and the school's photography program dominated events for middle and high schools. A Wells student won a California Music Educators Association Gold Medal at the California State Solo and Ensemble Festival, and Roadrunner Leadership raised $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. At Fallon, the chess club won the State Championship, while the girls wrestling team won the Tri-Valley Athletic League title for the second year in a row. A Fallon student made the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and the school's Science Olympiad and Debate teams both had winning seasons.
While celebrating its 50th year, Dublin High had many successes. From an athletic standpoint, there were outstanding performances by many of our teams, including cross country, track and field, boys and girls basketball, and doubles badminton. From a science and engineering perspective, Gale Force Robotics, and the InvenTeam excelled, while DHS students helped to lead the State Leadership Conference for Health Occupation Students of America. Gaels were recognized for their achievements at the Regeneron Science Talent Search and the Chevron Design Challenge. Our artistic side was on display in the award-winning Urinetown, another incredible Film Festival, the undefeated JV and Varsity hip-hop teams, a fantastic season by the Irish Guard, and Noah Mac making us proud on The Voice. There was a request for unity and inclusion during Dubversity Week and a touching gathering to memorialize the students lost during the Parkland, Florida shooting. We also had an impressive graduating class of 2018, with students earning over 1 million dollars in scholarships.
Valley High continues to achieve excellent results, including the prestigious District Attorney's Justice Academy accepting one of its students. Valley students' showed their generosity by winning the Savers donation drive for the second year in a row! Valley also partnered with Whole Foods and Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) to sharpen their culinary skills. The graduating seniors at Valley were equally impressive with many earning thousands in scholarships, one earning an Eagle Scout designation, and numerous awards from Dublin Integrity in Action.
I am so proud of the countless academic, artistic, athletic and social accomplishments at the high school level. Success at Dublin and Valley High is a reflection of the incredible investment our teaching staff, from kindergarten through high school, has made in our students. It's a reflection of the Board of Trustees making tough decisions. It's a reflection of all our departments, staff, and administrators committing to the success of our students. It's a reflection of every parent who has volunteered their time at a school site or sat up late with their child helping them work through a math problem or edit an essay. The success I see at our high schools is a direct reflection of our community.
I must also thank the City of Dublin, DPIE, Dublin Integrity in Action, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, the Dublin Police Department, the Rotary Club of Dublin, the Community Review Committee and all the others that have worked with us this year to improve the Dublin Unified experience. We value your partnership.
It's been a fantastic year. I'm so proud to be part of this community and excited to see what the next school year brings.
Enjoy your summer!
Dr. Leslie Boozer
Dublin Unified School District