From the Activities Director

From the Activities Director

2020-2021 Clubs Kick Off This Week!
Get excited! Clubs are the best way to connect students to campus right now. Please watch this quick video from Katherine Walton where she details everything you need to know about clubs this year. Encourage your student to check out the module in Canvas tomorrow to see the 43 clubs on campus and find out more about them. Club meetings will begin on Wednesday and students will receive a spreadsheet in their Canvas inbox this week with times, days and Zoom links.

Sunday (TODAY!) at 5 pm – Acalanes Game Night
Join us for game night! We will have three different games running simultaneously in breakout rooms. This is a great chance for your student to decompress, connect with peers, and have some friendly competition. Students were sent the Zoom link through Canvas, and it can also be found on Instagram – @ahs_dons – link in bio.

Monday, Sept 21 (TOMORROW!) from 7:30 to 9am or 1:30 to 3pm – Yearbook/APC Flags/Spiritwear/Class Shirt Late Pick-up
Come to Room 314 to get your items. 

Friday, Sept 25 from 9 to 10am During Academy – Student Equity Council Meeting
Encourage your student to join this open group, hosted by Katherine Walton, that dialogues about issues of equity on the Acalanes campus. On Friday, the group will discuss the racial equity lessons, plan programming, and hear more from Acalanes administration about the equity site plan. 

September Student Equity Newsletter

Applications Due Friday, Sept 25 – Pen Pal Program with Stege Elementary
Acalanes High School students and Stege Elementary School students can join in a pen pal program! We will match a student from each school to one another based on common interests. There will be weekly letters or emails to your buddy with different themes each week. Once you fill out the google form, there will be an expectations meeting at lunch via Zoom Wednesday, Sept 23. Interested students MUST be at the expectations meeting to participate unless you specify ahead of time that you cannot attend.

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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Monday, May 4 Blueprint Launches Next Issue

Visit to access Blueprint’s latest issue via PDF. Enjoy well researched stories with a local angle thanks to Acalanes’ talented student journalists. Additionally, Blueprint will launch a new literary magazine, The Azure, on May 8 featuring entries from Project LPIE and our school community.

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Breaking Down the Walls

As a campus, we are lucky to be bringing back Breaking Down the Walls for all 10th and 11th graders. It is a wonderful program funded by APC for students to build relationships with one another, break down barriers between them and truly start to understand each other. Feedback from last year was extremely positive. All 10th and 11th graders are participating and the alpha breakdown is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan 22: Last Names A-Go
  • Thursday, Jan 23: Last Names Gr-O
  • Friday, Jan 24: Last Names P-Z
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Open Mic Night Nov 20

 Join us at Sideboard in Lafayette at 6pm for our biannual Open Mic Night. Come out, eat dinner, and enjoy student talent (we have over 15 performers scheduled). This is one of our favorite nights of the year!


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In an effort to better communicate with students and the community on big events each month, we have created a Dons Show Up calendar (on the homepage of the Acalanes website). As a community, you can feel the support for one another on campus. Thank you for showing up!


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DONS SHOW UP in October!

In an effort to better communicate with students and the community on the big events each month, we have created a Dons Show Up in October calendar (on the homepage of the Acalanes website). This week’s events: 

Tuesday Senior Night, Volleyball
Wednesday DramaDons’ opening night of The Laramie Project
Thursday Senior Night, Tennis  

It’s a great week to be a Don!

Is your student a senior? Make sure to remind them to attend the lunch meeting Monday (tomorrow)  in room 314 to play senior dodgeball. Senior dodgeball, in it’s 2nd year, is a tradition not to be missed. Students form teams of 12 (11 seniors + 1 staff member) and play over 3 days in November. 

Wednesday Unified Sports plays at Heritage High School at Lunch. 

Is your student a freshman? Remind them to come out to capture the flag on Thursday at lunch. New Crew leaders will be out there playing alongside with them. Great way to spend a lunch period.


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6th Man Jersey

Order deadline extended to gather a few more last minute orders! Order a personalized 6th Man jersey by Wednesday October 16th to wear to any athletic event including basketball! Jerseys can be customized with last name and graduation year on the back. Check them out-they are awesome! Jerseys take 4-5 weeks in production.

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Lamorinda Tackles Cancer on October 18

Come out to the home football game wearing lavender (universal color for cancer) and support our community as we do our part to tackle cancer. Together with Campolindo, we will have a tailgate before the game, and posters that people can decorate honoring someone who has had cancer (these will be hung around the stadium). Acalanes & Campo have teamed up to design a long sleeve shirt with “Lamorinda Tackles Cancer.” It is on sale at lunch for $20.


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The 1st quarter is coming to an end this week!

To support students, encourage them to attend “stressbusters” at lunch on Friday, October 11 in the front quad. 


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6th Man Jersey: Two more days to order!

Order a personalized 6th Man jersey by Tuesday, October 8  to wear to any athletic event including basketball! Jerseys can be customized with last name and graduation year on the back. Check them out-they are awesome!

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