News & Announcements

From the Activities Director

ACA Spirit Week: Wicked Week October 26-30
Students have a very fun spirit week planned and there are multiple ways to get involved and engaged. The week will be a competition in cohorts. Cohorts will compete in daily challenges including GooseChase (scavenger hunt), dress up days, and two lunchtime activities. In addition, we have four evening activities planned throughout the week. 


  • Cohort GooseChase Competition Begins – Encourage your student to opt in to the scavenger hunt via GooseChase. Students & their cohort teacher will compete against other cohorts for points to crown the winner at the end of the week. It is a great opportunity to connect with students & staff and have a little bit of fun. Every day new challenges are released through the goosechase app.

  • Acalanes Walk Through Haunted House 6-8pm – Students MUST sign-up ahead of time via the sign-up genius


  • Cohort GooseChase Continues (check your app for details)
  • Lunch – Staff-student Shark Tank. Students will compete along with staff members to pitch their best invention to the judges (aka admin team). Encourage your student to opt in.


  • Cohort GooseChase Continues (check your app for details)
  • All day – Our first dress-up day of the week is Wacky Wednesday. Consider making it a household dress-up day!

  • Lunch Live with Keith Hawkins. Our last lunch to dialogue with Keith and the last 2 have been so powerful, real & uplifting. Please encourage your student to attend. 


  • Cohort GooseChase Continues (check your app for details)

  • ACA Night at the Drive-In 6:50pm – Don’t miss out on watching Monster House as a community at the Concord drive-in.


  • Last day – Cohort GooseChase (check your app for details)
  • All day Dress up Day: Recreate a childhood costume. 
  • Lunch – Join the zoom as we watch students compete in bathtub boat races. Boats are made out of cardboard and duct tape and we will see which boat can hold the most dried beans. Should be fun!

  • Virtual Rally 7 pm

Oct 16-30 – Canned Food Drive for the Contra Costa Food Bank
Bins are at the Acalanes flag pole. For a quick look at the need for our support, check out the Food Bank’s August report.

Friday, Oct 30 during Academy
Is your student interested in issues of equity or wanting a place to dialogue more about it? Encourage them to attend the Acalanes student equity council. Club Presidents and equity student leaders meet monthly to engage, hear updates and more. This month our admin team will be sharing more about the Bias Incident reporting system and reports for the months of August and September.

The tech board within leadership is creating an equity documentary series to highlight equity clubs and current issues in our nation, in our community, and on our campus. The first video features our Black Student Union and students from the club. Please take 10 minutes to listen and reflect on the students’ powerful narratives. Find the video here.

Take a minute to read the October equity newsletter. 

2020-2021 Clubs
Club meetings continue this week. Encourage your student to attend even if they missed the first meeting last week. Check out our 45 clubs!

Save the Date: Equity Week Nov 16-20

  • Wednesday, Nov 18 at 7pm – “ Be an upstander, not a bystander” Equity speaker Lori Hayes will join us to dialogue about how we can address issues of equity on our campus and in our community. Register here!
  • Everyday, our equity clubs will be holding lunchtime events that will allow students to engage in education and dialogue about various issues of equity. Stay tuned for the calendar of events!

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