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School News
updated: Nov 28, 2012, 3:02 PM

Source: Unified School District

Dos Pueblos Student's Experience Provides Powerful Message to Teens About Safe Driving

The 1995 Mustang convertible driven by Dos Pueblos senior Thomas Dwelley is but a crumpled shell of its former self. Hard to believe that Thomas was in the car, and survived, when the vehicle careened off Gibraltar Road and landed some 200 feet below. When Thomas, now back in school, removes his cap, the thin, vertical scar on the side of his head is a reminder of the brain surgery he underwent following his 18- hour ordeal, alone and injured in terrain below Gibraltar Road. Were it not for the roll bar his father had installed in the Mustang, the outcome of the accident could have been very different.

Thomas credits his father for finding him by tracing his location, with the help of AT&T, via the cell phone he had been carrying.

Thomas was not drinking. He was not texting. He was out for a drive before heading to a school football game. He readily accepts responsibility for driving too fast on Gibraltar Road that night in early August. "I'm lucky to be alive. I was just driving, feeling overconfident. It was a stupid mistake, I was being a cocky teenager." he says. Thomas sustained some brain damage that required surgeons to remove a section of his skull and replace it with a titanium implant. Unbelievably, he did not break any bones. As for lessons learned, "It taught me a lot about being safe...Cars need to be taken seriously."

Yesterday he was interviewed by DP News, which is expected to broadcast the interview tomorrow morning, to tell his story and promote safe driving [we hope to post the interview here when it is available tomorrow]. Thomas wanted others to learn from his mistake and felt that having students see the vehicle could drive the point home. This morning, Thomas Towing, owned by a family that is part of the Dos Pueblos High School community, towed the smashed Mustang to campus, free of charge, to be on display for three days as a very visual reminder of what can go wrong. Stunned teens gathered around the vehicle today, amazed that anyone could have survived the crash. The company that made the roll bar has since sent a representative to photograph the vehicle, a testament to how it saved someone's life.

As for his next car? Thomas is thinking about a nice Toyota with plenty of air bags.


Granger and Peterson to Be Honored As Goleta's Finest San Marcos High's Automotive Technology teacher Russ Granger and Dos Pueblos student Haley Peterson will be honored tonight at the 63rd Annual Goleta's Finest, presented by the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place at the Bacara Resort and Spa.


Catch a Clip of Tarzan Dos Pueblos High School's Theater Department's production of Disney's "Tarzan" is featured on Music Theater International's Showspace website as one of only three pilot productions in the United States. A video from the show can be seen at www.mtishowspace.com

Theatre teacher Clark Sayre says, "Disney Theatrical President Thomas Schumacher sent a nice note to the DP company after viewing the video, which he called 'lavish' and 'inventive.'"

The theatre department is getting ready for this spring's production, and south coast premiere, of "In the Heights."


Charter School Students Address a Need This week, the Leadership group at Santa Barbara Charter Middle School will be shopping for a local nonprofit, Angels Bearing Gifts. This organization delivers personalized gifts each Christmas to people who are disabled and have no family. The students will be shopping for items that each recipient has requested.They will wrap the gifts and return them to the Angels Bearing Gifts office.


Washington Students Prepare for Annual Math and Engineering Challenge On Tuesday, December 18, Washington Elementary School will hold its annual 5th/6th grade GATE Math and Engineering Challenge. Students from both grade levels will be joining together into teams to solve some very difficult and challenging conceptual math problems. After this is completed, there will be presentations of the solutions from various students. Once the answers have been determined there will be an engineering challenge where student will tackle hands-on projects, like building a tower with straws and chewing gum. Teacher Barry Nitikman says, "I always invite a team of parent-engineers to work with the same challenge, so the kids can see how the pros would work within the same parameters." The math challenge segment takes place between 10:15-11:30 a.m. ======================

La Cuesta and Dos Pueblos Work Together Gathering Teens for Jeans With the support of Dos Pueblos High School, La Cuesta High School's leadership students tripled the number of jeans collected in the second annual Teens For Jeans campaign. By working together, the students will donate 183 pairs of jeans to Casa Esperanza and 138 to Noah's Anchorage. Principal Kathy Abney says, "What a great opportunity for students to serve the community in a positive way."


DP Media Students Collect Awards at National Journalism Conference and Competition Dos Pueblos High School teacher John Dent reports, " This weekend, over 4,500 students from across the country converged in San Antonio, Texas for a national journalism conference and competition. The Dos Pueblos Media Pathway sent 10 students and two advisers representing broadcast, news, and yearbook journalism, and they came away big winners. Dos Pueblos' 2012 yearbook earned 8th place in the 'Best of Show' category, the first time a book on the central coast has earned this honor. Individually, over 1,750 students competed.

Dos Pueblos students returned home with the following awards: Broadcast Commercial, Superior, Ankush Khemani Feature Writing, Honorable Mention, Haley Peterson Newspaper News/Feature Photography, Excellent, Kierstin Brown First-Year Photo, Superior, Savanna Fox Yearbook Student Life Photography, Superior, Shannon Thoits Yearbook Layout: Inside Pages, Superior, William Pan Mr. Dent continued, "In addition, our yearbook company was so impressed by the layout and design of the book, they have offered to hire current and past editors to produce their templates for schools across the country. Mentor and community partner in education William Macfayden was honored as a 'Friend of Journalism' for his continued support of local student journalists."


The Hits Will Keep Coming at Goleta Valley Junior High "Got Broadway?" will be here this weekend. Goleta Valley Junior High School theater students will stage the song and dance revue of Broadway favorites on Saturday, December 1, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. Hits from Hairspray, Wicked, Grease, Phantom of the Opera, and Singing in the Rain will be performed. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets are available at the door or through teacher Carolyn Ross.


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