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HUMA: 160 Filipina(o) - American Heritage

This course explores Filipina(o)-American heritage, drawing upon the complexities of its indigenous history to educate and to enrich the identity of Filipina(o) - Americans today.  The experiences, perspectives, and contributions of Filipina(o)-Americans across gender religion, class and sexual orientation lines, will be discussed.  Emphasis will be placed on the resistance to colonization, including the resilience of Filipino culture that has endured various waves of oppression.

Class will be focusing my class on the social justice impacts of Filipina(o) Americans in the United States.

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/17/17
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ACHS Parking Lot Policy

ACHS has put a new policy in place for our school's parking lot. Students are no longer allowed in the school's parking lots during school hours. This includes during passing time and during lunch periods. This policy is in place to ensure the safety of our students and our campus.


Juniors and Seniors that are eligible, 2.0 grade point or higher, still have the rights to leave campus during lunch, but they are not allowed to just hang out in their cars or the parking lot.

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/16/17
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Our board, faculty and staff welcome you to many joyful learning experiences for your child.


The consistent vision of our Board of Trustees is 


"Transform Lives By Instilling 21st Century Skills and Inspire Lifelong Learning in Every Student."


Thank you for your commitment to work together so we all can best serve our students to achieve this vision.


Our students are making great progress, yet there is more work to be done. This year, the Board added a fourth goal to ensure that social-emotional learning and healthy living are integrated system-wide. We are fortunate to have amazing parents and generous community partners dedicated to developing well-rounded and empowered students.


Here are the academic goals adopted by the Board of Trustees for this school year.




1. Students will graduate college and career ready.

2. Staff will provide equitable access and opportunities to close the achievement gap.

3. Students will master 21st century skills.

4. Develop educational programs that support healthy living.


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your commitment to transform and inspire our students.


Here's to a joyful and productive year!





Patrick J. Sweeney Ed.D.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:8/14/17
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ACHS Back to School Night

American Canyon High School will hold its 2017-2018 Back to School Night on August 24th from 5:30 until 8:00. See the flyer attached here. Meet in the ACHS gymnasium at 5:30PM.

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/14/17
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Free and Reduced Meal Applications for 2017-2018 School Year

As we get ready for a new school year, now is a great time to complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application so your children are ready for the start of school. Everyone must resubmit the annual application, even if you qualified last school year. You can complete the application on-line through the NVUSD Food Service web site. (Click Here)


If you are not certain if your family qualifies, please go ahead and complete the application.

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/8/17
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CAASPP test results in mailboxes now -- what parents need to know

Find more information about understanding your child's CAASPP test results:


Testing Information for Parents

Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:8/8/17
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"Welcome Students and Families to the 2017-2018 School Year!"

Please read the ACHS Welcome Back Letter from Principal Lopez. (See links below for English or Spanish versions.)

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/7/17
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34th Annual Napa County Hispanic Network Scholarship Gala


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/4/17
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Telephone difficulties at school sites

NVUSD is in the process of upgrading our wireless network and telephone systems.


If you are trying to reach your child's school and are unable to get through, please wait 24 hours. If you need to reach someone immediately, please contact the NVUSD Instructional Services Office:


Elementary Education
(elementary schools)
Christina Roberts
707-253-3815 x 4822


Secondary Education
(middle and high schools)
Kathy Cunny
707-253-3815 x 4842


Please also check your school's website, as the information you are looking for may be posted there.


Thank you for your understanding. Our upgrades will allow the District to better support students and families.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:8/3/17
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Substitute Teachers Needed in American Canyon

Substitute Teachers Needed in American Canyon 2017-2018 School Year


IF YOU HAVE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE, WE MAY HAVE A JOB FOR YOU! See attached PDF file for more information.

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:8/2/17
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Education Matters: June/July NVUSD News

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June/July topics:


  • Summer opportunities listed on our website
  • Free meals for children in Napa, American Canyon over the summer
  • We've got construction going on!
  • Important dates for next school year
  • Incoming 7th graders need Tdap vaccine


Read the article >>>

Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:6/27/17
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Fall Registration and Pre Address Verification dates have been set and we encourage you to SAVE THE DATE so you may plan vacation time around them.


Pre Address Verification dates are Wednesday – Friday, August 2-4, 7 am – 11 am. Doors close at 11am. Come to Pre-Address Verification with all of your appropriate paperwork and get your Fast Pass to Registration


Fall Registration dates are Wednesday and Thursday, August 9th and 10th. Fall Registration packets will be mailed late July outlining details. Click here to see your child's assigned registration time. 



The first day of school is Wednesday, August 16th. School starts at 8:30 am sharp. Students will be released at 12:57 pm on August 16th-18th. Students should report to their Pack Time class on the first day, indicated by their Advisory class. Students will receive important information from all of their teachers the first three days of school, it is important that they are here every day!


Click the box below for more NVUSD Back-to-School Resources:






Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:6/15/17
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Substitute Teachers Needed in American Canyon 2017-2018 School Year

Substitute Teachers Needed in American Canyon!


Did you know that if you have a bachelor’s degree, it qualifies you to be a substitute teacher in Napa County and work in American Canyon schools?

Do you enjoy working with children?

Are you retired and looking for something to do?

Substitute teaching can provide a flexible work schedule - you can work as little or as much as you choose.


Please click here to find out more

or go to

Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:6/13/17
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Student and parent volunteers needed. In June we will need students for fall registration packet assembly and office support. In August we need students and parents to help with Pre Address Verification and Fall Registration. To sign up please contact Deana McMann at 707-653-1427 or email 

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:5/24/17
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Education Matters: May/June NVUSD News

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May/June topic:


In light of recent local and national events, we want to share what’s happening at NVUSD and in our schools, in terms of preventing, reporting and responding to bullying or hazing. Along with our entire community, we deeply value our children, and take their safety and well-being very seriously. For too many of our young people, bullying and/or hazing have been part of their lives, whether at school, at home or somewhere else.


Read the article >>>


Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:5/23/17
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Free summer meals for families
Summer Options for Students Up to Age 18 Year-round Options for Families

Phillips Elementary School    Download flier

1210 Shetler Ave., Napa
June 13 - July 14, 2017 (M-F)
10:00 - 10:30 AM (Early lunch)
(Closed July 3-4)

  • No registration or eligibility requirements.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult (an adult may bring more than one child).
  • Adults can buy lunch for $3.80.

Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley     Website

  • American Canyon Clubhouse

430 Donaldson Way, American Canyon
June 12 - August 4, 2017 (M-F)
Noon - 1 PM


  • Napa Clubhouse

1515 Pueblo Ave., Napa
June 12 - August 4, 2017 (M-F)
Noon - 1 PM


  • NVLA Clubhouse

2700 Kilburn Ave., Napa
June 12 - July 21, 2017 (M-F)
Noon - 1 PM

Salvation Army   website

590 Franklin St., Napa

Noon - 2 PM


The Table       website

1333 Third St., Napa

M-F 3:30 -5:30 PM


Food Bank     website

  • Napa Store House

1746 Yajome St., Napa
T-W 8:45 - 11:45 AM
Th 10:45 AM - 1:45 PM


  • American Canyon

Harvest Freewill Baptist Church
240 Rio Del Mar
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
3:30 - 6:30 PM


  • Yountville/St. Helena

St. Helena Community Pantry
1777 Main St., St. Helena
T, Th, F 2:30 - 4 PM



Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:5/18/17
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eRead2win Summer Reading Program starts May 22

eRead2win is an online summer reading program open to NVUSD students.

Everyone who participates will receive an invitation to a popcorn party at your school in the fall. At the party we will draw names for special prizes.

HOW do you participate? Just eRead! On a Kindle, iPad, smartphone, laptop...checkout an ebook or download an audiobook.

Each time you check out an ebook through the NVUSD Overdrive account or from the Napa County Library’s Overdrive account using your OneCard, your name will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Increase your chances of winning with each book by submitting a review (video or written) and your name will be entered into the drawing again...that means two chances to win for every book you read.

Click the button to get more information, find ebooks, or submit a review!eread2win

Posted by: Jennifer Baker Published:5/18/17
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Summer opportunities to keep your child active and engaged

Check out the NVUSD Summer 2017 Opportunities for Students page. It lists the activities available from NVUSD, and includes links to community offerings, like athletic and fitness camps; arts camps; activity or academic camps; travel opportunities, and more.

Posted by: Kelly Cliff, District Admin, Napa Valley Unified School District Published:5/5/17
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Advanced Placement Testing Schedule
Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:4/26/17
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2017 CAASPP Parent Flyer

Parents and Students of the Junior Class of 2018


The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing time is upon us.  In the attempt to create the best testing environment and have the least impact on classroom instruction, see our testing schedule linked below (please note that on testing days, juniors will be starting 45 minutes later and will be able to leave, provided they are finished testing, 1 hour early)

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:4/17/17
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Kick Up Your Heels for Education: Save the date!

You can purchase tickets today! Click Here


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:3/9/17
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Lion Dance Performance on the Quad


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:3/8/17
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ACHS Students of the Month for March 2017

ACHS is proud to congratulate Isaiah Maulino and Loren Smith for being selected as Students of the Month for March 2017.


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:3/7/17
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ACHS Showcase Evening

American Canyon High School Presents…….The ACHS Spring Showcase Event.

Join us for an evening in which our students and teachers will dazzle you with their creativity.  You will be able to  actively participate in high quality project demonstrations, enjoy the sounds of our instrumental music and choir programs, get inspired by short, powerful, and relevant ignite presentations, and interact with student clubs and organizations.


This is a must see event. Please join us on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30pm on the ACHS campus.  This event  is free of charge and open to the community, businesses, and ACHS supporters. Please review the flyer attached to this message.

Thank you for supporting the intellectual curiosity of ACHS students! We look forward to seeing  you there.


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:3/7/17
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A Message from Mr. Hayburn


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:3/7/17
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170 ACHS Students took the PSAT today!


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:2/23/17
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Leadership Applications


Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:2/9/17
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ACHS Senior Graduation Information

Please click here to access our ACHS Senior Graduation Information website. This website contains information on: ordering cap and gowns, time and place for the ceremony, dress code expectations, and rehearsal dates and times. This information can also be found under the Resources menu.





Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:2/7/17
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Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Registration is now open 2/1/17 through 2/24/17

AP Exam Registration, as well as all AP Exam fees, are due no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  


To register for all AP Exams click on this link: Total Registration Website). 


Exam fees are $100.00/exam and payment can be made at our ACHS Activities Office (no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017).  

Posted by: Andrew Goff Published:2/1/17
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Attention all 2017-2018 ACHS Students!

Wednesday, February 1st is our annual ACHS Curriculum Fair for all 2017-2018 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors. Come by the multi-purpose room from 2:45-3:30 to talk to our teachers and learn about ACHS courses that are being offered next year!


If you are an incoming Freshmen, we would like to invite you on Wednesday, February 1st to the ACHS Quad for our Annual Future Wolf Night Event. From 5:30-7:30 you are invited to see what high school life at ACHS is like. You will be able to meet our Teachers, Counselors, Administration, and Support Staff, as well as, learn about courses for freshmen, clubs, and programs at ACHS. Our cheerleaders and acapella group, P.D.A., will be here to perform for you. You will also get to see demonstrations by our culinary instructor. If you are new to the ACHS family, you won't want to miss this!

Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/27/17
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Napa Valley Community Foundation announces the following scholarships:

For Students:

  • Fruit of the Vine Scholarship
  • George and Gwendolyn Goodin Scholarship Fund
  • Lenore Hirsch - Jay Falk Scholarship Fund
  • Ted Kohler Music Scholarship Fund


For Teacher/Educators:

  • Edward W. Solomon Scholarship Fund
  • Judith B. Cutcomb Scholarship Fund


All eligibility criteria and application materials can be found on our website at:   


The deadline to apply for all scholarships is March 7, 2017.  Feel free to contact Ellen Drayton with any questions.

Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/19/17
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2016/2017 ACHS Community Scholarship Application for Seniors

All interested American Canyon High School seniors are invited to apply for scholarship assistance through this local program by completing the online application by January 16, 2017. Please click the link below.


Scholarship Application Link



Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/11/17
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ECHO Parent Accounts are Now Available!

As a parent or guardian, you are now able to create your own Parent Account in Echo, the online student learning management system at your child's school.

Using your parent account you can view:

  • Your student's grades and assignments
  • The work your student has submitted
  • Daily agendas and links

Your parent account will allow you to observe all of your middle and high school students who are using Echo at their schools. 
Click here to get started and scroll down to "Echo Parent Access".

Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/10/17
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AC Partners in Education

We invite community members to join us in the work of instilling 21st Century skills in our students:

  • Come visit & tour our school (WolfTours)
  • Share your knowledge and experience with our students (click here)
  • Help us judge student projects & presentations (click here)

Help us make ACHS great!


Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/9/17
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PSAT Test Results Review

PSAT 11Test Results will be reviewed with JUNIORS and their parents in the ACHS Theater on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6-7pm (please bring your PSAT test results with you).   At this meeting, you will have an opportunity to review your results, and sign up for upcoming SAT tutorials in preparation for college applications.  


**You will receive a copy of your test results in your Humanities classroom on, or before, Wednesday, 1/25/17. You are also able to access your results at

Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/9/17
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***SOPHOMORES***PSAT 10 Registration is Now OPEN!

 Please purchase your PSAT 10 at the ACHS Activities Office between January 17, 2017 -February 16, 2017 for $15.00.  There are only 180 exams available - they are first come first served!!   For PSAT 10 Exam preparation:  Please go to the College Board website for practice exams and tutorials.  The PSAT 10 Exam date is:  February 23, 2017.  Those students that register for the exam must meet at the ACHS Theater no later than 8:00am on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  



Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/9/17
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AP Exam Registration Begins February 1- March 1, 2017

We are now using a website called "Total Registration" for all of our ACHS students that are enrolled in AP Courses and who are planning on taking AP Exams. This website, will allow our students to register for the APExam.


The cost of each AP Exam is $100.00. Please pay for your AP Exams at our activities Office, after your online registration has been completed. We will accept major debit/credit cards and a $3.50 fee will be applied. Checks may be payable to ACHS. There will be no late registration. **Fee waivers must be presented at the time of payment or they will not be accepted. 

Posted by: Angela Gramlick Published:1/9/17
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Special PSAT testing schedule on Wednesday October 19

All 11th graders will be taking the PSAT and must report to school by 8:00AM. Exams will start promptly at 8:30 and will last until 11:50. Grades 9, 10, and 12 report to school at 11:50 for lunch or by 12:28 and report to their 2nd period class. There will be No Early Release on this date. Student release is at 3:30PM.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:10/17/16
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Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors

Due Date for this scholarship is November 30th!
Click the (link) to find out more. 


Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:10/17/16
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Missed Senior Yearbook Pictures?

Please contact Prestige Portraits to schedule your senior yearbook picture session. Their Hayward Studio hours are Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM. 

Call 1-877-825-7922 to make arrangements.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:10/12/16
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Winter Sports Athletic Clearance is now open!

All forms must be uploaded through the Athletics Clearance page (Linked Here) by November 7th. All physicals must be dated after May 1, 2016.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:10/10/16
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ACHS 2016 Homecoming Week Oct. 3 - Oct. 8

Monday – Taste the Rainbow – dress as any color from the rainbow – music & games in the quad at lunch.

Tuesday – Tis the Season – dress as your favorite holiday – music & games in the quad at lunch, Movie Night on the Quad @ 7PM – bring a blanket and enjoy the show, popcorn, ice cream, candy and drinks available for purchase.

Wednesday – AC Goes Camping – wear your camping gear. Music & games I the quad at lunch. AC’s Night Out Community Event on the Quad 5PM – 8PM,Food trucks, face painting, inflatables, rock wall, DJ, photo booth, fun for the entire family.

Thursday – Dynamic Duo – thinks twins or takes it a bit further and think of things that come in twos – music & games on the quad at lunch. Night Rally – come join our first Black Light Rally in the gym from 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Friday – Black & Gold– show your school spirit and rock our school colors – music & games on the quad at lunch. Come to theHomecoming Game against Benicia and see our Homecoming Court.

Saturday – Moonlit Mansion Homecoming Dance - 7:00PM – 10:00PM in our gym.

Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:9/30/16
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CAASPP scores arriving soon to your home



Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:9/27/16
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September is Attendance Awareness Month

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Posted by: Kelly Cliff Published:9/27/16
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