Expanding Our Notion of Success

A-B Challenge Success Newsletter - October 2016

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A-B Wellness Website

Over the last few years, our district has engaged in work in the area of health and well-being for all members of our learning community, including social emotional learning (SEL).


We are excited to launch a website with a variety of resources for families, teachers, students, and the greater learning community: http://abschoolswellness.weebly.com. Here you will find a variety of pages and resources to support our mission to develop engaged, well-balanced learners through collaborative, caring relationships.

Earlier Newsletters

Earlier Expanding Our Notion of Success newsletters can be found under Family Communication at http://abschoolswellness.weebly.com/challenge-success.html.

Did You Know?

In spring 2016, when we administered a Challenge Success survey to our nearly 2900 6th – 12th grade students:


  • 75.5% chose enjoyment as the primary reason for participating in an extracurricular activity.
  • 30% reported that it is quite or extremely important to their parents that they are successful in their extracurricular activities.

The Well-Balanced Student with Denise Pope, Ph.D.

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 7-8:30pm

36 Charter Road

Acton, MA

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, family and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. Join us as she examines the tension that families, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and offers tools for creating a healthier community of learners.


This learning event is for all parents/guardians and grandparents with children preschool through grade 12, and for any interested community members.


Join us after you cast your vote in the 2016 US Presidential Election!

Google Translate

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Denise Pope, Ph.D.

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year “Educators’ Voice Award” from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.
How parents and kids define success differently - Denise Pope
Raising healthy happy kids - Madeline Levine