Message from Associate Principals

FEBRUARY 5, 2023

Happy February Acalanes!

This month we are thrilled to be celebrating Black Excellence month.  There are multiple programming opportunities for our students to opt into. Be sure to read Student Activities below to learn more about all the amazing projects and door decorations that are happening around campus.

Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders – We are building our class schedules for the fall of 2023 now! Until February 8th, students should enter their course selections into Aeries and attend their previously scheduled appointments with their counselors. Please note, course selections should be entered into Aeries BEFORE students meet with their counselors. Students must come to the appointment with courses submitted and with a completed and signed form in hand to give to their counselor. If you have any questions or need any further information, please visit our counseling page on the Acalanes website.

This Friday during Academy, all students will be staying in their 4th period class for our third equity lesson of the school year. This Friday’s lesson will be centered around classism and social class. Our goal and intentions for this lesson are to provide an opportunity for our students to understand what classism and social class are and how our own assumptions can create misunderstandings. While no one needs to know each other’s personal economic experiences, it is important that we are aware that we all have different circumstances. If you would like to further engage this topic with your students, below are three reflection questions that can help guide your conversation based on the lesson that we present.

  1. Do you feel that you have an understanding of what classism and social class are? Are they terms you have heard before?
  2. Is it easy to talk about class differences amongst our peers? Why or why not?
  3. Are there assumptions we make regarding others and what they may have or not have?  What assumptions do we have of others simply if they live in the bay area?
  4. What is something that we can do to be more aware, or things you can do or change to halt assumptions about others?

Our equity lessons provide our high schoolers an opportunity to openly dialogue about social issues in a safe, academic environment. This is a great opportunity to have an open discussion with your student and family about what was learned.

As we look towards spring, 11th grade students are preparing to take the CAASPP assessments. These tests will begin March 21 with Math and English Language Arts and continue with Science the week after Spring Break. During January and February, students have been engaging in practice tests in their Math and English classes. We look forward to seeing how these assessments will reflect all their hard work.

Also this month, Winter sports are wrapping up with final league games and playoffs will be starting. Whether it’s soccer, basketball, or wrestling, grab your family and try to catch a game and cheer on Acalanes! This week’s schedule is below in Athletics. Hope to see you and your student at a game!

Acalanes Community Always
Your Associate Principals,
Andrea Powers & Jeanne Johnson

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