December 2019

Author Elizabeth Acevedo Visits ACC

On Wednesday, December 4th, author Elizabeth Acevedo visited the Arlington Career Center to talk about her book “With the Fire On High”. This was the culminating event for a book club organized by APS Librarians, Chef Renee Randolph, and English Teacher Antares Leask. Ms. Acevedo had the opportunity to visit with students form the Culinary Arts program for a special treat after the book discussion. You can hear more about Ms. Acevedo’s visit and book on this week’s episodes of the Arlington Career Center Podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1481229813

Teen Voices on Vaping & Substance Abuse Gallery Walk

On Thursday, December 5th Students in HPE 10 presented their final products from PBL around vaping and substance abuse. Using a gallery walk format, students shared their work with parents and informed them on how they can talk with students about these issues. Students delivered their information through podcasts, Jeopardy! style games, artwork and other modalities and parents had the opportunity to visit in depth with each table. Students from the Culinary Arts program were also on site selling delicious tacos, salads, and drinks out of their new food truck. Thank you to the ACC Substance Abuse Counselor, Ms. Vanessa Zuniga, members of the Arlington Teen Network Board, ACC HPE Teachers Ms. Ronnie Goff and Mr. Casey Layne, and Chef Randolph for their collaboration around this PBL.

November 2019

Academic Academy Poetry Slam
On Friday, November 22nd Academic Academy students participated in a poetry slam event to share their stories with students and staff. The program was joined by Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson, Assistant Superintendent Janette Allen, and Julia Burgos who judged the poetry slam and awarded prizes. This yearly event was a celebration of students successes and concluded with a shared Thanksgiving luncheon.

Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser
Students in the ACC Culinary Arts and Sciences program have officially sold out of pies during their annual Thanksgiving pie fundraiser. Students baked 500 delicious pies for staff and students to enjoy during their holiday celebrations. All funds generated from the pie sales go toward the cost of student culinary uniforms.

ACC Inducts 1st NHS Class
On Monday, November 11, the Arlington Career Center inducted its first National Honor Society class. A huge thank you to Ms. Antares Leask for sponsoring this organization and helping highlight the academic successes of these students.

Padres Comprometidos Graduation
Participants in the Padres Comprometidos program celebrated their final meeting and graduation on Tuesday, November 19th. From the NCLR website:
“Padres Comprometidos is a parent engagement program whose primary goal is the fostering of a strong connection between schools and parents.  The program builds the capacity of Latino parents to acquire the skills they need to effectively engage with schools and play a leading role in preparing their children for college. The program addresses language and culture as assets—rather than obstacles—upon which skills, confidence, and, ultimately, empowerment, are built.”
The ACC chapter for Padres Comprometidos was co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Excellence and EduFuturo.

ACPD Latino Role Models Mentor EL Institute Students
On November 19th, Latino members of the Arlington County Police Department visited with students in the English Learners Institute to provide mentorship. Students had an opportunity to sit and talk with officers in small groups and learn about their role in the community.

Latino Youth Leadership Conference
On Friday November 22nd, students from the English Learners Institute attended the Latino Youth Leadership Conference at George Mason University. This event was an opportunity for students to attend panel discussions about school and careers, as well as an opportunity for them to share their stories. Thank you to Ms. Claudia Vasquez, Professional School Counselor, for supporting our ACC students at this event.

VSBA Video Wins Gold
Congratulations to Television Production & Multimedia students Khulan Erdenedalai, Emilio Tognelli and Peter Collins and teacher Tom O’Day on placing first in the 8th annual student video challenge sponsored by the Virginia School Boards Association.