News & Announcements

What APC does for our Staff

  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Staff Appreciation Events
  • Grant Funding
  • Discretionary Funding for all AHS Staff
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Things to Know this Week

  • Attendance Procedures – Please remember that students must sign in and out in the Attendance Office when coming/leaving campus or when late to school for any reason. For the complete list of procedures, please refer to this document.
  • Substitute Teachers Needed – Ever thought about being a substitute teacher? Flexible schedule, great academic environment, and earning potential! If so, now’s your chance. Acalanes Union High School District is in need of substitute teachers for all four high schools.  Criteria and requirements have changed so if interested, please call (925) 280-3900 x6623 to inquire further. 
  • Lunchtime Volunteers Needed – Our AHS lunch staff needs our help to reduce long lunch lines. If you have an hour to spare on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday, grab a friend and sign up here to help pass out lunches.  This is a unique opportunity to be on campus for a quick hour and see our students in action.  Questions? Contact Caroline Volk or Rebecca Ward
  • Submit Your Student’s Vaccination Status – If your student is vaccinated, you can submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination here. Vaccinated students are not subject to quarantine if they are asymptomatic and determined to be a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual. If you do not have a Google account, which is required to submit the documents electronically, you may use your student’s school email address.
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APC Membership

2021-22 Donations to APC
We hope you see the value that Acalanes Parents Club brings to our community. We are grateful for your donations this school year. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, you can do so here. And to make your donation go even further, don’t forget to check if your company has a corporate matching program by visiting DoubleThe Donation. Thank you for being a part of the APC community! We couldn’t do it without you!
Kelly Daggs, VP Fundraising and Corporate Match

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APC in Action

Friday, Sept 17 from 8:45-10:00am Dons Dialogue with Principal Shawn  The meeting will take place both in the Collaboration Center and over Zoom. We will hear updates from Principal Shawn about happenings on campus, a share out of the Student Belonging Assessment Data, get a Homecoming update from our Student Activities Director Katherine Walton, receive our monthly report from Student Leadership and more! Look for an email later this week with details and a Zoom link.

The first part of the meeting will be our APC General Meeting to approve our budget.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Acalanes Community Always (ACA)

ACA IS BACK: Calling all Acalanes Alumni & Parents of Alums
One of the primary goals of ACA is to engage and better connect former students and their families to campus. An effort is underway to create an Acalanes Alumni Database that can be used to find ways to help former students remain active members of the ACA family after graduation. We invite all ages and classes of alumni to fill out the following Google form so you can be part of the lifelong ACA family. Click here to register.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Happy Yom Kippur!
Save the Date! Tuesday, Oct 12 at 7:00pmAUHSD’s DEI Book Club will be hosted by Miramonte High School. More info coming soon.
In case you missed it, the unstoppable Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez has defeated another US Open champion this week! Read how the US Open champions diversity, inclusion, and respect as its irreplaceable cornerstones.
September is Hunger Action Month, so it seems fitting to look at food insecurity right here in Contra Costa County. It turns out a staggering 40% of our children cannot access enough food every day, in part caused by food deserts — neighborhoods without enough access to fresh produce or other fresh, healthy foods. How did this happen? Read this blog on root causes to find out more.

Facts Corner

  • 2020 saw a 6% increase in reported hate crimes, defined as “crimes directed against individuals because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender or gender identity.” Although this represents the highest total in twelve years, the Anti-Defamation League reports this statistic is likely low. Learn more here.
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Parent Education

How do we as parents help our teens become more technology-literate especially since they have so much access to it?  What are the risks for our teens while on social media?  The Social Dilemma can help you learn more about the risks. It is available for free in a variety of languages on YouTube until the end of the month.
You are invited to join Miramonte’s first parent education event of the year with JustineFonte, Monday, Sept 20 from 6:45-8:15pm via Zoom about the impact of the pornography industry on the sexual health of our students. The digital age brings a new level of complexity with regard to sexuality. How do we understand our bodies, behaviors, and beliefs about sex when they are heavily influenced by pornography and other explicit media content? Our youth are particularly vulnerable. How can we promote sex-positivity when pornography is the default sex ed for many teens? This session will examine these questions, equip parents to talk with their teen(s), and offer time for Q&A. Please click the link to register.
Feel free to reach out and connect with us with ideas for future topics, shareable resources, or thoughts:

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Friday, Dec 3 at 6pm – LPIE Poker Party
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct 5 at 9am. Full event details available here.

Jennifer Palmer and Michele Colaco
Acalanes LPIE School Chairs
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From the Activities Director

2021-2022 Clubs
We had an amazing club day during academy this past Friday. Club meetings will begin this week. To see our 2021-2022 clubs, check out the spreadsheet.
The Student Support board is hosting a suicide awareness week from Sept 13-17 in honor of suicide awareness month. To begin the week, we are creating a mural with an inspirational quote where kids can imprint their hands on the poster with purple paint. On Tuesday we make purple friendship bracelets. On Wednesday, we have a struggling and grateful posters event where people can write what they are struggling with and what they are grateful for in the 300 wing. On Thursday, we hand out goodie bags with candy, purple masks and more. To end the week, we will wear purple to honor suicide awareness month.
Class Shirts, ASB Spirit Shirt & Spiritwear
If your student missed picking up their class shirt, ASB shirt or spiritwear, please encourage them to stop by room 314 during breaks.
Peek at the Week:
Homecoming 2021 – September 26 through October 2 – Let the Games Begin!
We have solidified Homecoming 2021-2022 and are so excited for it to begin! A couple highlights for our community and students to join in!

  • Monday, Sept 20 – Friday, Oct 1 Canned Food Drive (class competition)
  • Sunday, Sept 26 from 10am-3pm Hallway Decorating
  • Wednesday, Sept 29 from 7:30-9:30pm Student Dodgeball
  • Friday, Oct 1 during Academy Homecoming Rally
  • Saturday, Oct 2 from 7-10pm ACA Homecoming! Encourage your student to join for an evening full of food, carnival games, tons of activities, and more. Tickets go on sale this week via the webstore. $25 with ASB; $55 without ASB.

Saturday, Oct 2 from 7-10pm Homecoming Event Chaperones Needed
We will host a homecoming event for our students on the football field. Although it won’t look the same as previous homecoming dances, we have a fun night planned with plenty of activities and games to keep the students engaged & having fun. In order to ensure a safe night, we are looking for 25 parent chaperones. Please view this sign up and consider signing up today! Thank you!
As always, I am here to support you and your students. If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail.
Katherine Walton, Student Activities Director

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College & Career


  • College Visits in the CCC

Seniors!  All visits are held in the CCC. Tell your student to come by the CCC in the morning to pick up a pass. Sign up on Naviance or email 

  • Merrimack College 9:30am
  • Occidental College 10:15am
  • Reed College (virtual)11:15am
  • Soka University (virtual)  12:00pm
  • Cal State Chico (virtual) 1:30pm
  • Grand Canyon University  2:15pm


  • Oregon State University  8:00am
  • University of Puget Sound 8:45am
  • Kenyon College (virtual)  9:45am
  • Louisiana State University (virtual) 12:00pm
  • University of Delaware (virtual) 12:55pm                           


  • US Navy 10:15-11:15 Sign up on CCC Academy                   


  • College of the Holy Cross (virtual) 8:35am
  • Boston College  9:20am
  • Macalester College 11:25am
  • Bucknell University (virtual) 12:55pm
  • Hamilton College (virtual) 1:35pm
  • Gonzaga University 2:20pm


  • Join a College Visit – Check out the VISITS above.


  • Volunteer and Work in the Community  – Click here for some ideas to get you started. We will be visiting with all students this year to introduce them to Naviance and ways to expand their interests.


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