ACLC Newsletter January 2018

Screen Time
Happy New Year!  

I hope you have all enjoyed the break and had time to spend with family and friends.  We are back to school on  tomorrow

We're almost at the halfway point!  First semester is complete as of January 19th (no school that Friday). If you have not looked at Jupiter Grades recently, this is a great time to double check and make sure you have done everything you can do before final grades land on transcripts. 

Second semester starts January 22nd. A new semester means a fresh start.  At ACLC, all of our grade books start over with the new semester even if classes don't change.  The new semester brings the opportunity to reset, to break an unproductive habit or develop a new one, to try something new that might make second semester easier or more productive. In many classes, learners are encouraged to set academic or personal goals for the rest of the year. It's a good time to do that at home too.  
  • Checking Jupiter Grades more regularly, or using a planner each day, or improving your organizational tools.
  • Go to MAS (More Academic Support or Facilitator Office Hours) after school on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays with that one challenging class.    
  • Take on a service project where you see a need.  A new semester is the perfect time to do that things, whatever it is, that will make a difference in your life or someone else's
Have a great 2018!
David Hoopes
Learner Led Conference (LLC) Sessions-Jan 16, 17, 18
Fall Semester LLCs are fast approaching.  
January 16th, 17th and 18th will be minimum days. Classes will go from 8:20am to 12:50pm. LLC sessions will be held after school. 
Each learner will be assigned to one of the following sessions:

Tues, 1/16   Session 1:  1:30pm   Session2:  2:40pm
Wed, 1/17   Session 1:  1:30pm   Session2:  2:40pm
Thur, 1/18   Session 1:  1:30pm   Session2:  2:40pm

Please find the LLC Topic attached.   Click the following link for more info about LLCs and to see which session your learner has been assigned to:

Learner-Led Conference Topic Fall Semester, 2017-2018

Last year, ACLC hosted a Visiting Team from WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which evaluates schools for accreditation. WASC gives schools suggestions for improvement and decides whether or not your diploma is from a legitimate school. According to WASC:
An area of growth for ACLC is to provide more structure and support for learners during Center Time/Free Periods.

Design a better Center in which time is used more effectively in order to improve our school and address WASC's concerns. Consider:

Purpose of the Center--at least 1 paragraph
How would you describe the importance and value of the Center and  Center time to WASC visitors? What is your favorite part of the current Center and Center time (consider activities, rooms, furniture, artwork, special features like the Proposal Box or Compliment Wall) and why?

Behavior--at least 1 paragraph
What do you see, hear, and feel when you and your peers are not making  good use of your time in the Center? What do you see, hear, and feel when you and your peers are making good use of your time in the Center? What will you do next semester in order to help yourself and your peers? (Consider academics, but also how you use Center time to participate as an active member of the community.)

Physical Space--at least 1 paragraph
What would the physical space of a better Center look, sound, and feel  like? Think about what physical features are already there and what  could be added to "provide more structure and support for learners."
Artifact--visual representation of a better Center as described above

Diagram or drawing (handmade or digital), diorama or architectural  model, photo-essay, film, PowerPoint or Prezi presentation, or...? I have arranged for a support person (parent/guardian, other relative,  neighbor, friend) to attend my LLC with me. 

Are you grappling with balancing screen time at your home? Many parents are. 

I've seen many articles in recent months regarding the use of cell phones. This one caught my attention and I'd like to recommend it to parents trying to stay informed on the challenges associated with technology and excessive use of screens. 

David Hoopes

Do you like to ski?
Fellow Learners, Facilitators, and people affiliated with the ACLC community,

The ACLC community will be hosting a snow trip conducted by Sunook Cantal and Charles Carvalho with the assistance of David Hoopes. The destination will be at Sierra at Tahoe ski resort on February 3rd. The trip will accomod
ate all people affiliated with the ACLC, as long as they have completed registration.

A questionnaire regarding the ski trip has been emailed to all ACLC accounts, and is to be completed by January 5th by those who are interested in the ski trip.

Ski trip forms will handed out on January 8th.

A deposit of $25 will be due by January 15th and submitted to the office.

Final payments dependant on purchases listed in the ski trip forms will be due on January and submitted in the office by January 20th.

CCEF - Learner voices on why families should support the ACLC Foundation. 
Dear ACLC community,

CCEF has been very beneficial to us in providing many opportunities to further our education. The foundation has even sponsored our class by giving us the chance to go to Sacramento to learn about our local state government. Last year, Justin Kelley-Cahill and I planned a field trip for sophomores to go to Sacramento. We took a train and toured the California State Capitol, ate a lunch and shopped in old Sacramento, and went to the California Museum. The CCEF funded the whole trip for the entire class of 2019 and chaperones; this was extremely generous.

Without any parents and facilitators donation to the CCEF, learners could not participate in this educational and interactive trip that we planned. As a board member of the CCEF, I would love to say YES to every upcoming proposal from the facilitators and learners. Please support CCEF by donating to CCEF, donations of any size are always welcome!

1. Give directly at ACLC: Bring your donation to the ACLC office
2. Give Online: Go to "WE ARE PARENTS." Drop down to Fundraising/CCEF and click on Online Giving Form
3. Give by mail: Mail to: CCEF c/o Alameda Community Learning Center - 
1900 Third Street Alameda, CA 94501

Thank you for your time,
Wilson Baatar & Justin Kelley-Cahill
Class of 2019

Box Tops

Dear ACLC Families,
It's Katie Kovach again, your school boxtops coordinator! I just want to remind you to keep collecting your boxtops! The next deadline for submissions is in late February and learners can receive
1 service hour for every 50 boxtops they collect. This is great opportunity for learners to work toward their mandatory 20 service hour requirement. Hope everyone had a nice break!

Katie K.
11th grade

Senior Class Merch!
Hello ACLC community,

Many of you may not know, but the Class of 2018 is selling senior merch! Our sweatshirts and hoodies are available for the community to purchase. The deadline will be January 12, 2018. Please support the senior class through buying our apparel!
Here the link to buy the apparel:
Prices are: 
$23.69 (Sweatshirts) 
$33.12 (Hoodies)

ACLC Enrollment for 18-19 School Year 

The Priority Application for the 17-18 school year is open. This application will be open until January 31st, and we will conduct our lottery during the first week of February. We have mailed out cards, putting up flyers around town, and taking out ads online and in print. 

We are also still accepting applicants for this year. Please refer anyone with questions to Kira, Jeremy, or Dave. 

Site Tours.
All tours start promptly at 9 am.
  • Thursday, January 18th, 2018
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018

Family Info Sessions.
Middle school presentations 6:15 pm
High school presentations 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018

 2nd Semester Culinary Arts at ACLC
Learning to cook for yourself may not be a requirement for college admission but it is a fabulous life skill and it's never too early (or late) to start learning. Culinary Arts is a one semester high school elective, and enrollment is now open to start 2nd semester, Wed & Fri 5th period!

In a change from last year, Culinary Arts now meets twice a week, with 
Wednesday  in a classroom and Friday in the Boys & Girls Club professional kitchen for hands-on cooking. For their final project, learners are cooking a meal at home for their family, to showcase their meal planning and cooking skills. They must submit a timeline, recipes, safety plan, shopping list, and family evaluation as well as present their experience to the class with a photo slide show. The goals of the class include being able to cook basic meals for themselves at home, read and follow a recipe, and to understand what nutrients are in the food they eat on a daily basis. Photos from Gabrielle Baquiran feature homemade meatballs and spaghetti with a Filipino fruit salad. We are looking forward to more presentations in January. Units next semester will include Knife Skills, Dough, Proteins and more. 
Environmental Science Goes to Court 
by: Patricia Williamson
On December 11th, the ACLC Environmental Science class went the to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  They saw a three-judge panel hear arguments from the U.S. Government as to why the case of Juliana v. US should be dismissed.  The plaintiff's complaint (Youth plaintiffs, now age 10 to 21) asserted that, "through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation's constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources". For more information about this case:
The morning started "with the youth witnessing history" (George Hofstetter). The ACLC learners stood in support of the youth who filed this lawsuit. 

We then proceeded into the courthouse to listen to about an hour of testimony. "It was interesting to see the dynamic between the judges and the layers" (Katy Carter) 
The morning concluded with a news conference where our learners spent time with the plaintiffs learning more about the case and what one can do to help mitigate climate change. "It was empowering to see youth taking action at such a young age" 

Science Fair @ ACLC
Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF)
Congratulations to all those who won at the ACLC Science Fair and to everyone for participating.  ACLC had nearly 100% participation in the Science Fair this year!  
Those who win 1st place will go on to compete at the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF). ACLEF is held March 16th and 17th.  There are important deadlines for registering for this fair.  Learners who are going on to ACSEF should work with their science facilitator to make sure they register by these deadlines. For more information about the county fair visit the ACSEF website: .

Awards Summary - Beth Cutright

6th grade - Group A
Julia Carvalho
Temuge Baatar
Otto Lindgren
Henry Forder
Akira Brady
Nile McElhaney
Elijah Gamble
Yalamber Subba
Daniel Tserenjav & Kyle Skuta
Sam Rivera & Alma Rucker
Justin Vo
Aziz Zarehbin
6th grade - Group B
Nora Jenson
Gavin Barron
Killian Connolly
Jacob Sharp
Natalie Cao
Cayden Lewis-McCabe
Samuel Yonas
Theresa de la Torre
Tiffany Ngo
Gabriella Yu
Cristina Rodriguez
Colby Tran
Parker Markison
Cole Walker & Sebastian Rojas
Beatrice Warnke
Josh Li & Cameron Hoang
7th grade - Group A
Parker Rose Shepard
Athena Herrera
Shahud Eisa
Orion Stemley
Will Norton
Spencer Franklin
Ellis Westerweck Wood
Ayoluwa Thomas
Novak Tatarevic
Ava Amarasingham & Mandy Lau
Sofia Willoughby
7th grade - Group B
Alex Bertault
Ava Bleeker & Gabrielle Benaquista
Fiona Abrams-McCabe
Erika Choy
Nathan Lintao & Martin Dang
Rafael Acevedo
Callum Edison
Avery Steuer
Alina Sanders
Joniah Helperin-Lange & Theo Lack
Amina Weaver
Benjamin Prior
Claire Wong
Community Awards
Nobel Prize:
6th grade- Group A
Aki Brady
Sam Rivera & Alma Rucker
Julia Carvahlo
6th grade- Group B
Oxford Lewis
Samuel Yonas
Parker Markison
7th grade- Group A
Ava A. & Mandy Lau
tie: Jalen Black
Parker Rose Shepard
Aunish Chetri & Jeremiah Collins
7th grade- Group B
Avery Steuer
Alex Bertault
Claire Wong

Awards Summary - Marina Large

8th Science:

1st place:

2nd Place

3rd Place

Morna Mandic
Samantha Peddy
Reeth Guha
Aaron Norboe
Emma Davidson
Laura Jones
Kathryn Supremo

Nuriel Cahigas
Isabella deLatorre
Taeo Manzano
Jack Toyama
Brigid Mahoney
Deniz Akin
Molly Boyle
Ethan Daon
Sadie Foltz
Nana Takeda
Annika Rehling
Justin Baasandorj

1st place:

2nd Place

3rd Place

Amaya Rehling
Song Navasca
William Norboe
Lauryn Nakamura
Sara Zhu
Noah Foster
Emma Willoughby
Susanna Tsay
Dylan Corona
Cooper Boyle
Isabelle Brown-Lynden
Aidan Barron
Jasmine Liu
Chioke Allen-Alvarez
Josephine Wittock
Rania Elmouthaj

ACLC Community Awards

Most Likely To Win the Nobel Prize
Most Innovative
Most Aesthetic Poster Boards
Deniz Aikin
Samantha Peddy
William  Norboe
Marissa Ortega
Brendan Lau
Isabella DelaTorre
Johan Avila
Henry Lawton
Maggie Spiegel
Nuriel Cahigas
Jasmine Liu
Miranda Rittenbach

Awards Summary - Patricia Williamson

1st place:
2nd Place
3rd Place
Azhar Dahri
Matthew Dang
Adam Dean
Truly Edison
Noah Forster
Sara Zhu
Katie Kovach
Islambek Nasirov
Zion Collins
Nina Lovejoy
Phillip Royle
Amor Boretto
Justin Lam
Xanders Navasca
Ivy Nebeker
Chingun Baatar
Tyree Harding
Sabir Mohammed
Isabel Penston
Joshua Crommie
Zachary Hassan
Justin Kelley-Cahill
Ayce Mangapit
Sagiah Mohamed
Grace Rodriguez
Jiayang Situ
ACLC Community Awards
Most Likely To Win the Nobel Prize
Most Innovative
Most Aesthetic Poster Boards
Matthew Dang
Noah Foster
Zachary Hassan
Justin Kelley-Cahill
Adam dean
Nina Lovejoy
Ivy Nebeker
Sara Zhu

Leadership: Gingerbread Contest
During CCC we had the annual gingerbread design contest and it was spectacular! Small groups had the opportunity to display their creativity while designing and might have even won some small group points! look below to see if your small group did.
School Spirit: small group 4
Creativity: small group 12
Holiday Spirit: small groups 10 and 15
Facilitator look alike: small group 8
Overall winner: small group 10

Thanks so much to all of the ACLC friends and families that donated goodies for the gingerbread CCC, it wouldn't have been possible without your help! We had so much candy to distribute to the small groups and it was the perfect way to end our last CCC before Winter break.

By: Ornella Hernandez-Soto 

Healthy Lunch
Healthy  Lunch was a big success and a wonderful way to celebrate our community.  Learners, facilitators, staff, and parents/guardians enjoyed delicious chili, salad, cornbread, beverage, and dessert. 

 We are thankful for the dedication and effort made by Annemarie M, Bing Y, Lisa Y, Lisa HP, Sally K, Amy G, Christin C, Christine K, Kim R, Wendy W, Lisa G, Zoe P, Barbara F, Vivian M, Rita M, Andrea R, Teri W, Dawn K, Nayelli D, Doris L, Sarah D, Benny Y, and Jennifer M.  In addition to the volunteers, we wanted to extend a special thanks to Rita M for connecting us with  Eat Well Farm .  They generously donated the squash, celery, and herbs for this meal. 

We are looking forward to celebrating the Lunar New Year during next HL on February 9th.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email

9th Grade Physics -Egg Drop
Below are photos of Daniel Freedman's classes as they participating in egg drop design and experiment.  Gravity is a concept we usually take for granted. The force of gravity keeps all objects firmly on the surface of the Earth. (th graders in Physics were learning that gravity works in conjunction with the forces of power, motion and inertia. Combining these four forces produces the primary impact, which is the act of the object hitting the ground. It is important that the egg does not suffer from primary impact. Rather, the objects surrounding the egg should absorb the primary impact.

Most learner designs succeeded at 1 meter and 2 meters. The final test was a drop from the roof. 

12th Grade enjoys an ACLC Alumni Panel

To close out 2017, Senior Seminar hosted an  alumni   panel  composed of first year college freshman from the ACLC class of 2017.  Alumni  shared their perspectives on their first year of college and answered questions from this year's seniors. It was great to see last year seniors again and very informative to hear about their experiences! Special thanks to those seniors who got out of bed early to come talk to the class of 2018: Daniel, Gerank, Katie, Jake, Alex, Lily, Guillermo, Brendan, we appreciate you!

-Lynn Kameny

10th Grader Spark it Up with an "Antigone" Debate Unit

As an introduction to the broad themes in the ancient, but surprisingly timely Sophocles' play, "Antigone," Sophomore ELA learners participated in classroom debates designed to delve into the broad themes of the play. Tackling thought-provoking topics such as " Even though a law is unjust, it should be obeyed, otherwise, there is a breakdown of law and order, and everyone suffers" vs. " Sometimes the only thing to do is to break a bad law and publicly suffer the consequences," learners developed compelling arguments and keen rebuttals. Tying into our yearlong theme of justice and our look at topical issues such as the confederate statue controversy and the #TakeAKnee movement, learners continue to think deeply about complex societal issues. Congratulations to the entire Sophomore class for doing such a thoughtful job with this unit!

-Lynn Kameny

8th Grade English Project

In 8th ELA, learners have just finished reading the wonderful book The House on Mango Street. For their final project next week, they'll be writing a series of their own Vignettes ("lazy poems" as defined by the author) about their own lives. Learners will create a booklet of six of these poetic short stories, complete with a title and dedication page. Learners will reflect on aspects of their lives including their own homes, the meanings of their name, and their deep connections to their own culture/ancestry. This will culminate in a winter break party where we will share out these booklets on Thursday 12.21.17. This project asks learners to examine their own lives deeply, and the results that they share with the community will no doubt be exceptional. 

R. Braithwaite
 Upcoming events in January
 Tuesday - January 9, 2018
  • Family Information Session
    Middle School 6:15
    High School 6:45
Thursday - January 11, 2018
  • Senior Portraits Makeup Day8:30 AM to 12:30 PMArt Room--Boys & Girls Club
Monday - January 15, 2018
  • Dr. MLK Jr Day NO SCHOOL
Tuesday - January 16, 2018
  • Minumum Day--12:50 Dismissal8:20 AM to 12:50 PM
  • LLC's After School1:30 PM to 3:40 PM
  • ACLC Finance Meeting3:30 PM
  • ACLC Board Meeting6:30 PMThe Center-Rm 12
  • PAC meeting6:45 PM
Wednesday - January 17, 2018
  • Minumum Day--12:50 Dismissal8:20 AM to 12:50 PM
  • LLC's After School1:30 PM to 3:40 PM
Thursday - January 18, 2018
  • Minumum Day--12:50 Dismissal8:20 AM to 12:50 PM
  • School Site Tours9:00 AM
  • LLC's After School1:30 PM to 3:40 PM
  • End of Fall Semester4:00 PM
Friday - January 19, 2018
  • Facilitator Work Day NO SCHOOL
Wednesday - January 24, 2018
  • CCEF Board Meeting6:45 PM to 9:00 PMACLC Center

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