News & Announcements

Student Activities

A Community Night with Arshay Cooper: Monday, Sept 19 at 6:30pm in the Acalanes PAC. Join us for this can’t miss event: An Interactive Chat with Arshay Cooper. His book, A Most Beautiful Thing,” is a true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who transform their lives when they form the first all-black high-school rowing team in the nation. The film adaptation of the book is star-studded and streaming now on Peacock and Amazon Prime. It is narrated by Rapper Common; and executive produced by Common and NBA stars Grant Hill and Dwayne Wade, along with Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder.
During the chat, Mr. Cooper will share about his life, trauma, experience as a rower, film career, and more. The evening will be conversational in nature, facilitated by a panel of district student leaders in a Q&A format. Please join us!
Homecoming 2022: U.S. Cities Begins in 14 Days!
Homecoming is always one of the most talked about weeks at Acalanes. The camaraderie amongst classes, the friendly competition, the hallways, STUDENT DODGEBALL, class skits and the culminating NIGHT OUT! I can feel the excitement building on campus! Dates to note:

  • Sunday, Sept 25 from 10am-3pm: Hallway Decorating (students can drop in anytime to help-there is a job for everyone!)
  • Wednesday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm: A student favorite: Student Dodgeball (students can come to play or just watch)
  • Saturday, Oct 1 from 7-10pm: HOCO: A Night Out in our stadium. It is an event for your student not to miss with so many different activities! We do need parent chaperones for the evening so please consider signing up. Tickets are on sale via Go Fan. If students want to bring a guest, they must fill out a guest contract and return by Sept 25. Contracts are on the door of room 314.

As part of Homecoming, we also host a community canned food drive. It begins Monday, Sept 19 and donation bins will be by the flagpole each morning. Please consider donating cans or money. All donations go directly to the Contra Costa Food Bank. The record is 22,000 cans in 2019- as a community, can we beat it?
For an up-to-date look at all the plans with detailed information, check out the 2022 HOCOOverview!
Our clubs are up and running! We have 60 recognized clubs this year and all will hold their first meetings this week or next. Encourage your young person to check one or two out. If I can be of support or assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Equity Events
Latine Heritage Month kicks off Sept 15 through Oct 15. We have several events planned throughout the month to celebrate and educate and two are open to our community:

  • Thursday, Oct 6: Community Potluck-sign up to bring a dish!
  • Wednesday, Oct 12 at 6:30pm via zoom: Doris Anahi Munoz 

Class Shirts
If your student did not get their pre-ordered class shirt, please have them stop by room 314 to pick it up.
ASB Stickers/Shirts
Thank you to the 900 families who purchased ASB stickers this year. We really appreciate your support! Three reminders:

  1. The sticker should be on the top of the ID card. If it is not, the student can take their ID card to the main attendance office to have it punched.
  2. The sticker provides discounts to local businesses for students so don’t forget to take advantage!
  3. If your student didn’t get the black spirit shirt at Dons Day, please have them go to room 314 to pick up one.

As always, if there is anything we can do for you or your student, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to connect students with activities and interests.
Katherine Walton, Leadership Teacher