ACLC Newsletter - March 2018


Please join us THHIS SATURDAY, March 3rd, 5-9 pm at the Elks

Here is our final competitor list for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off . 

Tickets on sale NOW on-line at
  1. Katie Kovach, 11th grade
  2. Facilitators Daniel Cabrales and Priscila Rodriguez 
  3. Parker (6th grade) and Maria Markison 
  4. Quinton Yap, Cooper Boyle, and Noah Foster - 10th graders, aka "Chili Chili Bang Bang" 
  5. Jeremy Goodreau and his wife Marie Thompson
  6. Sara Zhu and Sarafina Bee-Martinelli, 10th grade
  7. Dan Sykes and Roman  (8th grade)
  8. Angela Carlson and Sonja Davidsdotter (9th grade)
  9. The "Silli Chilis": Gavin Ruport, Maxwell H., and Jasmine Liu, 10th grade
  10. Facilitator Molly Fenn
  11. Josh Li and parents
  12. Ken and Connie Carvalho, aka the "BearAmigos"
  13. Richard Park (Dad to Scout in 8th grade)

Parent Education Night.  


Raising Resilient Teens is a workshop to help you understand your kids and the modern challenges they grapple with. We have switched the date to Wednesday, March 14th from 7-8:30pm.  It should be a really impactful workshop and we'd love to get tons of parents there.

10th/11th COLLEGE Trips - Sign-Up NOW!

All 10th and 11th graders are eligible to attend College field trips. The Dates are as follows:

  • March 8, 2018 UC Santa Cruz
  • March 15, 2018 San Jose State University & Stanford University
  • March 21, 2018 St. Mary's College & Holy Names University
Please encourage your learners to sign up and talk with them about the choices. We have buses booked and we are ready to go. 
  • Talk to your learners about their choices!
  • Do some beginning research with your child on the college they plan to visit.
  • Talk to your learner about college and the factors that may inspired their college trip choice. 
  • Talk to them about good questions to ask and information to seek out while on the college tours.
This is a screen shot of the survey all 10th and 11th graders received. Confirm they had filled it out.

                       8th GRADERS GO TO D.C.

This years' 8th grade DC trip will be MARCH 25TH to March 29th 

Our social studies facilitators (Daniel, Priscila and Robert) will be on the trip and participating in teacher education throughout the week. The trip is organized through the In Touch educational tours program. This year 40 of our 8th graders will be visiting the nations' capital to learn about history firsthand and build better understand of civic engagement.

ACLC Enrollment for 18-19 School Year 
T he number one way new families hear about ACLC and come to our great school is from you all! We need your help! Please tell your friend and family about upcoming tours and family information nights. If you have the extra time and really want to help out, we love good reviews on Niche, Great Schools, or The Patch! 

We are also still accepting applicants for this year and next.

Please refer anyone with questions to Kira, Jeremy, or Dave. 

Site Tours.
All tours start promptly at 9 am.
  • 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, March 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018

                      From the Athletic Director

Boys Basketball is in full swing. That are playing hard and competing with true ACLC Pride. Congrats to Coach Steiv and all the boys for their tenacity and commitment. 

You can catch them in action at Alameda Point Gym:
AOA vs. ACLC/Nea.

Learner in the Spotlight  - Lilly-Karin Dandenell
Lilly-Karin Dandenell, a sophomore at ACLC, put her art into action this month and showed that teens can make a difference.  Earlier this month, she performed the role Alice Blake in Tomorrow Youth Repertory's production of Up the Down Staircase. 
The drama tells a story about a new teacher, Sylvia Barrett, at Calvin Coolidge High.  Sylvia struggles to reach her most troubled studen ts, including bright underachiever Joe and sensitive Alice. At the end of the first act, Alice attempts suicide when her secret crush on her English teacher is revealed.
Alice Blake's story struck a chord with Lilly-Karin.   Early in rehearsals,  she asked her director, Tyler Null, if she could make a speech at the end of each performance about teen suicide and ask for donations for a suicide prevention hotline.  She set a goal of raising $450. When Tyler gave her the go-ahead,  Lilly went to work and found a suitable charitable organization, made a donation box, copied suicide prevention pamphlets, and researched teenage suicide statics to incorporate into her improvised speech at the end of each performance.
After some research, Lilly decided that the show's proceeds would go to Crisis Support Services of Alameda.  CSS is a call center for suicide prevention. In addition, they manage the text line for teens in crisis.

Three performances later, Tyler Null announced to parents that, "Staircase raised $775 for suicide prevention. When Lilly first set up this thing, I thought $450 was an optimistic figure, and that got just shattered. TYR will be donating another $400 on top of this from ticket sales, so you raised over 1k for a significant cause."
On Friday, February 16, 2018, Lilly-Karin and another cast member, Nora Cesareo-Dense, visited Crisis Support Services in Oakland and presented a donation check for $1,175.  The director and staff graciously accepted the donation and formally asked both girls to serve as teenage ambassadors for them.  Lilly-Karin will be one of the guest speakers at the Crisis Center's 5k Run fundraiser on Saturday, May 5th at Lake Merritt.

                    The Physic s of sound

Lets hear it for the ninth graders who 
performed forour sixth graders with their hand made instruments. The concert had a variety of ballon bassoons, chimes, flutes and xylophones. 
When learners study waves and sound that can make it real by building a working instrument of their own. Learners were required to perform a piece of music with various notes. 

Ultimate Frisbee competes at the Stanford Invitational

Dark Meat participated in the Stanford Invitatiotional. The tournament was for the most elite ultimate teams in the area. They had a wonderful experience and the kids learners the difference between college and high school level Ultimate.                                            

Alameda Spelling Bee
More than 40 learners spent a Saturday morning competing to be the Alameda's top speller at the fourth annual Alameda Spelling Bee. Our own Oxford Lewis (in red) placed in the top ten. Congratulations to Oxford and all of the spelling competitors.

-Photo from Alameda Journal
Learners in the spotlight - Aziz and Kai Zarehbin - ACLC's powerhouse Table Tennis family 
Aziz and Kai Zarehbin are competing for Team USA at an International tournament in Sweden. Kai reached the top 16 in boys under 16. He also advanced into the knockout phase in boys under 15 and boys under 17.  
Aziz won two bronze medals.  One for boys under 13 and one for boys under 14, winning the distinction of being the only boy in the tournament to reach the semifinals in both events. He also advanced into the knockout phase in boys under 15.

They both were able to push their games to a completely different level here as the high level of competition demanded it. It's very special for them to have the opportunity to test themselves on an international level. 

Learner in the spotlight - Chingun Baatar
Based on the number of volunteer hours, Chingun
Baatar was awarded the President's 
Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. His parents were at CCC to see Chignon receive his award. 
Celebrating Black History in CCC

Learners and Facilitators 
celebrated  Bla ck History Month  by featuring poets of color as "Poet of the Week". These poems were all personally selected to reflect on and celebrate African American culture.

Dinner and Poetry
 ACLC's Mighty Pens Poetry Club featured Feb.12 at Berkeley's Himalayan Flavors Restaurant for the Poetry Express reading.  Host Jim Barnard interviewed and introduced each of the poets:  ACLC Poet Laureate Truly Edison, Phillip Royle, Sophie McCain-Novakowsky, Oxford Lewis, and Cayden Lewis-McCabe.  They were joined by former ACLC learner poets, Sophia Moore and Liam Foster.  Big thanks to the wonderful family support that night. Families got to cheer on their talented poets and also enjoy the delicious Himalayan food.

The Mighty P ens are taking submissions for their 7th annual learner poetry anthology, "Wandering Minds, Dancin g Words," which will be sold at Multicultural Night.
Field Trip to The Museum of the African Diaspora

Sixth graders dap at the ferry building!
The entire sixth grade class took a ferry into San Francisco to attend The Museum of African Diaspora. The trip aligned with their Art of Science, History class and Black History month. The trip was facilitated facilitated by Beth Cutright. 

 Amazing Community Service.
All my TAs do amazing work, but this special project required excellent time management, organization, research skills, and communication. Katie Kovach, Chief Teaching Assistant, and Aidan Gleason, Journeyman TA, worked over several months to organize the chemical cabinet in room 17. The chemistry lab houses over800 chemicals and hundreds of pieces of glassware. 

Aidan, following Katie's lead, inventoried the chemicals and lab equipment, organized them under my direction into bins based on their properties, labeled the bins, and entered everything into a gorgeous color coded excel sheet. Katie printed out the excel sheets and photos of each shelf to help maintain organization. 

This abolishes accidental ordering of chemicals we already have, reduces set-up time for labs, and lowers my blood-pressure.

Marina Large

Sophomore College Presentations 

ACLC College Counselor, Taj Kaur and ACLC Counselor Isabel Berrospe spent  Thursday with the Sophomore English classes discussing the college process. They shared information ranging from ACLC high school graduation requirements to SAT/ACT testing, the college ad
missions process, AA degrees, special programs like EOP, and financial aid. Learners were engaged and attentive asking many questions  about every topic Taj andIsabel  addressed. One thing that makes ACLC such a special community is the personal attention all learners get as they contemplate their post-secondary options and plan for their future. Big thanks to Taj and Isabel for bringing their expertise to the Sophomore class! Said sophomore Susanna Tsay about the presentation, "Informative and a good reminder of what is ahead!"

Lynn Kameny

 Upcoming events in March

Thursday - March 1, 2018

  • NEA/ACLC vs. AoA4:00 PMAlameda Point
Saturday - March 3, 2018
  • ACLC's CCEF 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff 4:00 PM to 8:00 PMElks Lodge 
Tuesday - March 6, 2018
  • Family Information Session
    Middle School 6:15
    High School 6:45
Friday - March 9, 2018
  • Tech Museum
Wednesday - March 14, 2018
  • Parent Education Night :Raising Resilient Teens7:00 PM to 8:30 PMThe Center
Thursday - March 15, 2018
  • School Site Tours9:00 AM
Friday - March 16, 2018
  • Alameda County Science Fair
  • Healthy Lunch-Luck of the Irish 
Saturday - March 17, 2018
  • Alameda County Science Fair
Sunday - March 18, 2018
  • Alameda County Science Fair
Tuesday - March 20, 2018
  • ACLC Finance Meeting3:30 PM
  • ACLC Board Meeting6:30 PMThe Center-Rm 12
  • PAC meeting6:45 PM
Thursday - March 22, 2018
  • CLCS Board Meeting 6:45 PM
Sunday - March 25, 2018
  • 8th Grade Washington DC trip
Monday - March 26, 2018
  • 8th Grade Washington DC trip
Tuesday - March 27, 2018
  • 8th Grade Washington DC trip
Wednesday - March 28, 2018
  • 8th Grade Washington DC trip
  • CCEF Board Meeting6:45 PM to 9:00 PMACLC Center
Thursday - March 29, 2018
    • 8th Grade Washington DC trip

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