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Legislative News

Did you attend Advocacy Day 2021? If you missed it, videos of all the panel discussions are on YouTube. This year the legislator panel featured State Senator Steve Glazer and State Assemblyperson Rebecca Bauer-Kahan rapidly running through a wide array of proposed bills, as well as providing a close-up view of how legislators actually got work done this year. The health and equity panels featured “Finding Balance During a Pandemic and Beyond” and “Building Competence for Equity”. Finally, the superintendent panel provided an opportunity for these busy leaders to discuss current education issues in depth.  

Advocacy Day takes a lot of planning and effort by dedicated parents in our community – many thanks to them for an excellent job!  

Questions? Email our APC Legislative Representative.

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APC in Action

The slate for the incoming members of the 2021-22 Acalanes Parents Club Board was approved by this year’s board. The next step is for APC General Membership to approve it on Friday, May 21, prior to the final Dons Dialogue of the school year. Contract APC Parliamentarians Dawn Brightbill & Sarah Cusumano at for more information. 

2021-22 Acalanes Parents Club Board Slate*



Kristen Labrosse


Veronique Kuhner

VP Communications

Lisa Spiegler

VP Community Partners

Natasha Acuña

VP Fundraising

Kelly Daggs

VP Services

Raina Foster

Co-Head Class Liaison & ACA Liaison

Jen Dodge

Co-Head Class Liaison & ACA Liaison

Heidi Hambidge


Audra Fraioli


Katharine Wallace

Assistant Treasurer

Kathleen Brekke


Nina Ruebner

Past Pres/Parliamentarian

Angela Ketcham


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Acalanes Community Always (ACA)

ACA Celebrates the Last 25 Days of the 2020-21 School Year
Encourage your students to check out all the ways they can connect each day before the school year comes to a close. Here’s the link to the 25 Days of ACA. Let’s finish the year ACA Strong! 

**EVENT FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN & THEIR FAMILIES** This Tuesday, May 4 from 5:30-6:30pm Acalanes Athletics & Activities Night, Acalanes Main Quad
This is a “not to miss” event geared towards new Freshmen and their families highlighting ways to get involved at Acalanes. Incoming Freshmen and their parents can meet coaches and athletes from all the 22 Acalanes sports, connect with student leaders, and learn more about the numerous clubs on campus. Last names A-L are scheduled from 5:30-6pm and M-Z from 6-6:30pm. Share this information with new ACA families! Questions? Email here

Shop & Eat Local for Mother’s Day
Lafayette businesses would LOVE our support for your Mother’s Day gift purchases & dining. Check out the Lafayette’s Chambers Gift & Restaurant Guide for Mothers Day. Let them know you’re an Acalanes family when you shop!

Questions, comments, or feedback, email

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

There are a number of events happening for our students in May as we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and celebrate the communities who have helped shape this country. Check in with them to encourage participation and growth! 

  • AAPI is a broad term for a hugely diverse community of people. This article will help you understand quite how large and diverse! 

Thursday, May 6 from 7-8:30pm Final session of Dr. Lori Watson’s Racial Equity Seminar
An email with a zoom link has been sent to all those registered. We thank you for putting yourself into this often uncomfortable space in order to do this important work.

Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm
Los Angeles based actor, performer & speaker Shaan Dasani brings his rap poetry storytelling piece I GOT A STORY TO TELL YA to Acalanes High School, to deliver a powerful message about growing up, self-acceptance and rising above hate. Register for this event here

Volunteer opportunities for Acalanes DEI – get involved!
We are looking for new people to join our efforts and get in on the highly relevant work of DEI. Email us! If you believe in the need for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and enjoy writing, are a social media wizard or interested in web content creation, come join us! 

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Membership & Fundraising

Buy a Brick, Leave a Legacy
Honor a graduating Senior or favorite teacher, or write a special memory on a brick on the Dons Legacy Wall! On sale now on the Acalanes
webstore, or print a mail-in form. Mail-in forms may also be picked up in the AHS Main Office.

Acalanes Flags
The perfect gift for incoming students, graduating students and students in between, who are enjoying their highschool journey — Acalanes Flags! Flags are available in two sizes on the
Acalanes webstore. They can be enjoyed indoors (think bedroom wall!) as well as outside. Get yours today and share your school spirit. Go Dons!

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We are excited to announce the Project LPIE winners! For the last eight years, Project LPIE has encouraged our Acalanes students to dream big and create at their highest level. Participants submit work that is judged by professionals in the designated field with cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Congratulations to this year’s winners! 

The last installment of the LPIE Podcast Series is a conversation with Richard Whitmore and John Nickerson, the superintendents of Lafayette and Acalanes school districts. Richard and John reflect on the highlights and lowlights of this extraordinary year. They also explain the history behind the decline in California school funding, and why foundations like LPIE are essential. What would our schools look like without LPIE? And, bonus, what do these superintendents anticipate our schools to look like when our children return in August 2021? 

Laura-Kate Rurka & Jennifer Palmer
Acalanes LPIE School Chairs

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From the Activities Director

What a great week we had celebrating the decades! Students did a wonderful job with class skits, hallway decorating and all the fun opportunities to connect at lunch and after school. 

  • Missed the Homecoming rally or want to watch it again? Our students are so incredibly talented. Set aside some time and watch the rally here.

We continue moving into the home stretch of the year & the weeks are jam-packed with programming and celebration. 

May 7 Deadline! Student Applications for New Crew Leaders Due!
If your student is a current Sophomore or Junior and are looking to take a bigger role on campus, they should sign up to be a New Crew leader! New Crew leaders are responsible for welcoming Frosh to campus during Frosh orientation and the beginning of school. Also, New Crew leaders consistently help with making the Frosh experience better and lead events that are targeted for the new incoming students. New Crew leaders are not just for the Class of 2025; they are also here to help make the transfer student experience a whole lot better. If your student is interested in applying to be a New Crew leader for the 2021-2022 school year, have them fill out the Google form by May 7.

Speaker Series
Each May, we intentionally bring in speakers to speak to our Seniors but open it up to all. Check out the Senior Section to learn more and register. It all kicks off tomorrow!

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
There are opportunities to learn, engage in dialogue and celebrate. We are encouraging students to opt in to at least 1 opportunity. Take a peek at the
calendar of events, with a spotlight on:

  • Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm: AAPI Speaker Shaan Dasani – Register here to attend! Los Angeles based actor, performer & speaker Shaan Dasani brings his rap poetry storytelling piece I GOT A STORY TO TELL YA to Acalanes High School, to deliver a powerful message about growing up, self-acceptance and rising above hate. As a South-Asian transgender man, Shaan works to blaze trails in the entertainment industry.  After the performance, there will be opportunity for questions, conversations and thoughts.

2020-2021 Clubs
Club meetings continue. Check out our 49 clubs! Clubs continue to be one of the best ways for students to connect as we enter the fourth quarter. 

If I can ever do anything to help you or your student, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Katherine Walton, Student Activities Director

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Wellness Center

With AP exams coming up next week and finals on the horizon, please encourage your kids to seek us out by email or by popping in if they’re on campus. Many of us vacillate between being healthy strivers and perfectionists and unhealthy ones. Distressing thoughts are one of the markers of unhealthy perfectionism. These include negative thinking, distorted thoughts, and being stuck in worrying about the future mode. That type of thinking can lead to avoidance of duties or harmful coping mechanisms such as substance abuse or even self-harm.  All of this runs counter to being focused–the thing students most need to succeed in finishing out the school year. If you see your child grappling with these unhealthy thoughts or harmful behaviors, encourage them to visit the Wellness Center or email Casey or Allen.

Allen Choi, Wellness Coordinator
Casey Sasner, Intake Specialist

For updates, tips and advice, follow Wellness on Social Media: Instagram @acalaneswellness

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College & Career


  • Update Naviance with College Decisions/Exit Survey Congratulations to all seniors!  Please 1) log into Naviance 2) Click on About Me 3) Choose Surveys from Your School 4) Click Senior Exit Survey to update the decisions. This is how your students’ final transcripts will be sent!

  • Thursday, May 20 at 6pm Senior Awards Night – This will be live-streamed, as space will be limited this year. Seniors receiving awards will be notified next week.


  • Stay in the loop  – Please follow the CCC instagram to keep up-to-date with college timeline details. Share this with your students too. @ahs_college_career.  

  • Job Opportunities – Encourage your child to come to the CCC to learn about local job opportunities.
  • Resume Support – Please let your student know that Mrs. Levy enjoys helping students build their resumes. Naviance is also a great spot to work on resumes. 


  • Activity Building – Drop by the CCC to learn how to add activities into Naviance.

Latest News
Please follow the CCC instagram to keep up-to-date. Share this with your students too. @ahs_college_career


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AP Exams
From our testing coordinator: AP Exams are fast approaching. It is EXTREMELY important that students check their College Board AP Classroom account to verify their AP Exam dates/times as some have been changed by the College Board due to schedule conflicts or non payment of exams. Students are either taking Admin 1, Admin 2, or Admin 3. It is the responsibility of each individual student to check their AP Exam dates/times and be prepared for their exam day. Each exam administration has very specific instructions, all students need to review the details of their exams entirely. Exam specific details can be found on the
AHS TESTING HOMEPAGE. All exam formats are final.

June 7 through July 15 – AUHSD Summer School
Summer school is for students who need to repeat a required course after earning a D or F grade. Email your counselor for an application.   

Counselor Appointments
We love talking to our students! Email is the best way to reach us. Counselors have appointment slots for students and will email them a link for signing up. 

A- Ed  Anne Schonauer
Ee-Kr  Christine Todd
Ku-Ros  Marissa Meadows
Rot-Z  Susan Martin

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