Co-Presidents’ Message

APC is kicking off the second semester with a number of exciting programs thanks to your donations and support. Some of the highlights APC is funding include:

Breaking Down the Walls will be on campus next week working with all sophomores and juniors to help students break down barriers between them to build stronger relationships with one another creating a more inclusive climate on campus. Refer to the Student Activities section to learn more. 

APC Spring Grants are now open for students, teachers, and parents with a focus on ideas that will enhance the educational and campus experience of AHS students in new and innovative ways. Refer to grant guidelines here, and submit your creative solutions using the application form. Email completed applications to Laura White or deliver to the APC box in the office. Grant applications are due by noon on Friday, Feb 21. 

Acalanes Testing Center (ATC), located in the Peer Tutoring Office, is a new program that strives to support students in need of making up tests from excused absences. Students may ask their teacher whether or not the ATC is an option for their testing since teachers must pre-approve utilization of the resource. The center provides a valuable alternative to using the Academy period for test taking.

We hope you have added the upcoming Course Preview & Open House to your calendar for Thursday, January 30th (see below). Students and parents of incoming 8th Grade, Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors are encouraged to attend.

Dawn Brightbill and Sarah Cusumano


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Course Preview and Open House

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020-2021 Course Preview and Open House from 5:30-8pm for Students and Parents
The night is a valuable resource for current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors who are mapping out their future courses, as well as an excellent way for incoming 9th grade students to experience all that Acalanes has to offer. It’s also a great way to connect with fellow Acalanes parents. Mark your calendars to attend and stay tuned for an event schedule next week.



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Fundraising: Don’s Legacy Wall

Give a gift that will leave a forever legacy at AHS! Pay tribute to your upcoming graduate, past graduates, your favorite teacher, or anyone who has contributed to your time at Acalanes.  You can even dedicate a brick to your AHS sports team, performance group or favorite club. Bricks make a wonderful graduation gift. Be creative, be unique and leave a lasting impression on AHS!  

Inscriptions can be a maximum of three lines, with up to 17 characters per line.  To order your brick before the May 1 deadline, make your $250 tax deductible donation to Acalanes Parents Club on the AHS Web Store.

Questions? please contact Melissa Arends


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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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Let’s Go to the Movies! An Oscar After-party

Tuesday, Feb 11 Let’s Go to the Movies! An Oscar After-party from 7-8:30pm in the Small Theatre As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” Join us for an enthralling conversation with NYU professor Harry Chotiner as he takes us on a deep dive into 2019 films such as Irishman, Marriage Story, Little Women, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite. Mr. Chotiner will also touch on how the Academy works, the winners and losers, diversity, movie theatre attendance in the U.S. and more! See you after the Oscars! The Small Theatre/Drama room is located on the Quad at Acalanes. Reserve your spot here.


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Thursday, Feb 27 Fostering Resilience in Complex Times

Fostering Resilience in Complex Times with Dr. Dan Peters from 6:30-8pm in the Acalanes Library Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D, Psychologist, Author and Executive Director of Summit Center, will share his wisdom at a presentation you don’t want to miss! The pressure to be successful, get good grades, be a good athlete and develop talents is growing for our children. With it comes the growing parenting pressure to raise children who can compete in the increasingly competitive world.  Dr. Dan has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in overcoming worry and fear, and learning differences. Reserve your spot here.


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