Paly Community Update

Friday, September 30, 2022

Hello Viking Families!

In spite of a few modifications to Paly’s spirit week, our students have shown their Paly spirit in many positive ways. We started our week with dress up contests during brunch and lunchtime games and activities that encouraged our theme of Paly Play! Throughout the entire week, our students participated in float building activities after school, which brought together several members of each of our classes and the entire school. The floats look amazing and I am positive our judges will have a difficult time deciding this year’s winner.

On Wednesday, we held our first indoor assembly in several years. The energy, combined with the spirited class colors, electrified the entire Peery Center to a whole new level. Our students participated in class cheers and friendly competitive activities. Yesterday, our students enjoyed performances from our Dance Squad, Pep and Cheer team and a special dance performance from several members of the Paly staff. And finally today we will conclude our school day spirit week activities with the debut of the class floats and dance performances of each of our classes at our final spirit assembly after school at Viking Stadium.

The concluding events of spirit week will be our Homecoming Football Game, tonight beginning at 7:00 pm, against Homestead High School. And then on Saturday evening, our students will have a fun night of dancing at the Homecoming Dance, which will be held in the small gym.

Throughout this entire week, I have been genuinely impressed with ALL of our students, especially how they have unified their school spirit around fun and positive behaviors. I look forward to continuing this positive spirit throughout the entire school year. SKO VIKES!

Brent Kline, Principal

Athletics updates - Homecoming info included

Happy Homecoming Week!

Our Athletic Department is looking forward to a positive and spirit-filled Friday night! Please take a brief minute to read the information regarding the Homecoming Football Game this Friday, 9/30.

1. Football Tickets for students who purchased ASB Cards (YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ENTER THE GAME):

  1. An email was sent to you on Friday, 9/16 , from “Palo Alto High School Box Office”. In this email is your STUDENT ASB Ticket, which is attached as a PDF QR Code. This QR Code serves as your ticket to get into the Football Game (and all paid home sporting events). Please be sure to check your inbox for this email and use the email address used when buying your ASB Card. Below is what the PDF QR Code Ticket looks like:

2. All other Football Tickets:

  1. Can be purchased online ahead of time at: NO CASH SALES AT THE GATE. Tickets can be purchased at the gate using the provided QR codes, credit card, apple pay, or google pay (*no cash sales).

3. Reinstatement of Safety Procedures:

  1. Safety procedures that were followed prior to COVID will be reinstated at Football Games. Those procedures include:

Student Entry Gate

1. No Back Packs

2. All other bags will be checked (purse, fanny pack, etc.)

3. No outside beverages allowed

4. Breathalyzer

Spectator Expectations

1. No standing in Aisles

a. the first bleacher is the furthest point forward for spectators to occupy

2. No illegal substances

3. Positive Cheering

4. Respect for opponents, players, officials, coaches, and spectators

  1. **Spectators not complying with the above rules/expectations will be escorted out of the stadium and will be banned from attending future sporting events.

Tickets are required from all fans for game entry.

Health Technician - Our students need you!

Did you know that Paly's previous health technicians were prior Paly parents?

We are in need of a full time health technician (aka School Nurse). If you are interested in collaborating with Paly staff in this capacity or know someone who might be a good fit, please let us know! Here is the PAUSD listing:

We appreciate any referrals you may be able to provide. Our students need you!

Parking Enforcement Begins on Tuesday, October 4th.

The Palo Alto Police Department will start patrolling the Paly parking lots beginning October 4th. Students must have a parking permit in order to park on campus. Students wishing to obtain a permit must fill out an application, which you may pick up at the ASB budget secretary's office, located in room 2108, in the Peery Center, across from the baseball field. Parking permits are $100 for students with AN ASB card and $115 without. Students who do not have a valid parking permit will receive a parking ticket from the City of Palo Alto and will be fined. Guests must pick up a visitor parking permit in the main office when coming to school.

PSAT/SAT Updates

Junior Families Only:

PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Wednesday, October 12th

Sponsored by PTSA

Test Administration Information:

• All JUNIORS are registered for the exam.

• The exam will be administered by trained faculty and staff.

• All Juniors report to campus by 8:10 am

• Exam Start Time: 8:30 (Doors close at 8:30. No late entries.)

Before the exam:

• Get a good night’s rest.

• Eat breakfast.

What to bring on test day?

• School ID

• Two #2 pencils and a large eraser

• Acceptable calculator (extra batteries)

• Packaged snacks and water

SAT School Based for Students with Accommodations:

11th and 12th-grade students with disabilities may register for the SAT from September through April. We do not administer the SAT to students with disabilities in the months of May-August. Please plan accordingly.

Senior Families ONLY:


Wednesday, October 27th

Test Administration Information:

• Only Pre-registered students received an exam order. The deadline to register was 9/7/22.

• Test Takers report to campus by 7:30 am

• Exam Start Time: 8:00 (Doors close at 7:50. No late entries.)

Before the exam:

• Get a good night’s rest.

• Eat breakfast.

What to bring on test day?

• School ID

• Two #2 pencils and a large eraser

• Acceptable calculator (extra batteries)

• Packaged snacks and water

AP Exams

Registration for the AP Exams is now open. Please go to the following link for instructions on how to register. There is a lot of information, so please take your time and read the entire page. The College Board has deadlines (and late fees) so please register in a timely manner.

Updates from Guidance

SENIORS only - Assembly Bill 469 & FAFSA Completion

All Senior families will be receiving an email on October 3rd from our district office explaining that we are now required to confirm each 12th grade student’s completion and submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/CA Dream Act (CADAA). There is an “opt out” procedure for families who will not complete the FAFSA. Please note that we encourage all families to complete the FAFSA as it can be used in a variety of ways for federal, state and institutional need-based grants and scholarships as well as other scholarship opportunities; it is also the application used for student loans. If your student will not apply for need-based aid, please complete the opt-out form by the specified deadline. If you have questions about applying for need-based aid, this overview is a good starting point; and, more detailed information can be found on p. 86 of the Viking Guide. After reviewing, please direct questions about the FAFSA/CADAA to your student’s College and Career Advisor. You might also consider attending an upcoming financial aid webinar.


The first progress notes of the year have been posted making it the perfect time to talk about exactly what those marks mean. TAs have been reaching out to students to talk about their grades making sure they know where to find on-campus support and the proactive steps they can take for improvement. We purposely allocate Advisory time after these grades post so TAs have additional time to talk with students.

Please consider talking to your student about any incompletes or low marks in their classes. There is still plenty of time to make up work and bring up grades before the semester is over. In particular, read the comments made by teachers for further guidance.

If your student had one or more Ds, Fs, or NMs (no marks), a hard copy of the report was mailed home. To check your child’s grades, please log in to the ID Portal and select Infinite Campus. Click on the three lines in the upper left-hand corner and then click on "documents."

Senior Parent/Guardians:

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to complete the Parent/Guardian Assessment in Naviance. Our TAs are very busy writing their letters of recommendation for our college-bound students. The information you supply in this survey offers important insights about your student that makes their letters more meaningful. While you’re at it, please remind your seniors to complete their Info for TA Letters of Rec survey on Naviance as well.

To find the Parent/Guardian survey:

  • Login to your Naviance account > click on “About Me” > choose “Surveys from your School” in the drop down menu.
  • If you need help with your Naviance account, please contact Karla Larson (

College and Career Center

2022 Palo Alto College Fair – Monday, Oct. 10, Peery Center, 6:30-8:30 pm

On October 10, juniors, seniors and their families can come to meet college representatives from out of state public universities and private colleges in the U.S., as well as international colleges from Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe.

A Financial Aid Workshop will be hosted at the event, from 7:00-8:00 pm in Room 2030 of the small gym, presented by Mr. Carl Gottbrecht, Associate Director of Student Awards of Stanford University.

Families are encouraged to park in Paly’s main parking lot along Embarcadero/El Camino, so we can save the Churchill parking lot for college reps and guests (we anticipate 1000 attendees). We suggest arriving on time to secure parking on campus. College reps will use StriveScan to scan students’ QR codes to quickly obtain contact information and spend more time connecting; students please register before the fair at (choose 10/10/22 Palo Alto College Fair from the event options.) For more information (including how to prepare for a college fair), and a list of participating colleges, please visit:

We need help from Paly parents to make this event a success! Please consider volunteering for a job or simply donate bottled water; sign up at Thank you.

Work Experience/Permits

Many new opportunities have been added this week to the Bulletin Board for Job Opportunities - look for the “new” stamp on the slide and contact the Work Experience Teacher, Rachael Kaci:, for any work based learning needs. Work permits are required for all students under the age of 18 earning a wage, so please have this B1-1 document completely filled out prior to submission to Ms. Kaci. Thanks for your cooperation as this keeps our local job sites in compliance & informs PAUSD of who is actively working. More info can be found here.

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Paly Bell Schedule 2022-2023

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