Paly Community Update

Friday, April 29, 2022

Hello Viking Families!

Here are our latest updates. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Paly Admin and Guidance Teams

Progress Note Grades

Progress Note grades have been posted to Infinite Campus. If you or your student has any questions, please reach out directly to the teacher of the class.

Guidance Updates

Prior-Approval for Summer 2022 Off-Campus Courses

If you are considering taking an elective course outside of PAUSD over the summer, you must apply for prior-approval if you wish to have it placed on your Paly transcript. Please click on this link for information and FAQs on Prior-Approvals.

Once you have reviewed the FAQ sheet, you may click here to submit a request for prior-approval. Please allow 5 school days for the request to be processed.

All summer prior approvals must be requested before June 25th in order to be processed for summer courses. The prior approval form will not be available from June 25 to July 25th.

Summer School Update

PAUSD has been working hard to streamline your summer school experience this year. Students who need credit recovery will be invited to participate in summer school. Credit recovery courses will be limited to two courses for the summer. Registration for credit recovery is done automatically for credit deficient students through the Counseling department. For more information regarding summer school, please visit or contact Maria Apen-Espinoza at 650-833-4208.

Advisory Update

With the Semester 2 final progress grading period ending April 22nd, and the end of the school year just a month away, time is precious. Advisory continued building on the theme of Taking Care of Business as finals approach.

In the next few Advisories, we will have student guest speakers come to Advisory to share their current year experience. Each year, we have students from the grade ahead come to Advisories and talk to the students about what the year was like for them. There is always curiosity about what lies ahead. Sophomores worry about the added stress and workload of Junior year. Juniors worry about college applications and plans for post-Paly life. Having peers available to answer questions and share their experiences is always popular. This week, the 9th Grade and students will gather in breakout rooms to talk about what they want to hear more about. Those questions will be shared with the guest speakers prior to their speaking engagement.

A gentle reminder to parents of Juniors: If you haven’t already done so, please complete the Parent/Guardian Assessment Survey on Naviance. Our TAs rely on all the components of the Senior Profile to write their letter of recommendation. To find the survey:

  • Log in to your Naviance account. If you have trouble or can’t remember login email Karla Larson ( for assistance.

  • From the homepage, click the “About Me” tab.

  • Choose My Surveys > Parent/Guardian Assessment

One more - a reminder for parents of Sophomores: Last week in Advisory, sophomores were introduced to The TA Placement Survey. We will use the information to create the student cohorts and place them with their TA for 11th and 12th grade. We still have over 200 students that did not complete the survey! Those students (and their parents) were sent an email reminder today. Please remind your student to do so by May 6th. If they do not complete the survey, we will place them with a TA. To find the survey:

  • Log in the the student’s Infinite Campus account

  • Click on the three lines in the upper left-hand corner of the homepage

  • Click on "Message Center"

  • Click on "Surveys" and then select "TA Placement Survey" on the Surveys tab.

Please note that this must be done from a STUDENT account, not a parent account. Feel free to contact Ann Deggelman in the Guidance Office with any questions.

College & Career Center updates


Accepting Admission & Financial Aid

Seniors will submit their intention to enroll (SIR) and any deposit to ONLY ONE college or university by May 1 (typically, the national date is May 1. Be aware that some colleges require multiple actions in order to accept admission (e.g. make a deposit, sign up for orientation). And, don't forget to help your student sign up for housing, if relevant.

If students are on a wait-list and are later admitted to that institution, they may then accept the offer of admission off the waitlist and send a deposit to that school. However, they must immediately notify the college they previously accepted to indicate they will not be enrolling; it is unlikely the original deposit will be refunded.

Don't forget to help your student accept or deny need-based financial aid awards, too, if applicable.

Colleges will assume students are rejecting an offer of admission if they don't indicate their intent to enroll by the deadline. However, if students are certain of where they will matriculate and want to be courteous to friends on the waitlist, they can let the other colleges know that they do not intend to attend. If there isn't an online mechanism for doing so, sending a short email to the admissions office is sufficient.

Thank You’s
Please encourage your student to update and thank those who helped them during the application process--especially the teachers/TAs who wrote letters on their behalf. Seniors will be asked to formally report their application results in an upcoming Advisory.

Scholarship Program Update

The scholarship committee and/or scholarship sponsors are still reviewing/finalizing the Paly Community Scholarship applications submitted back in January. Selected recipients will be invited (via U.S. Mail) to attend Senior Awards Night on Thursday, May 26.


While the advice Brennan Barnard's recent Forbes article "The College Admission Paradox: Opportunity and Choice" is intended to help seniors choose among their college options, it also features excellent advice about how to approach the college search juniors are actively engaged in, including the "paradox of having too many options." The article highlights the framework for decision-making from the last chapter in Barry Schwartz's The Paradox of Choice. You are encouraged to read and discuss this article with your student.

Work Permits

It’s that time of year when your child may be seeking a job! Below are links to some resources that may guide their search, and a reminder that ALL students under the age of 18 must request a work permit if they are earning a wage at a verified company. Work Permits are processed year round including summer but excluding holidays, such as the 4th of July.

Summer Resources:

Job Fair slidedeck – these vendors are actively hiring and a Job Fair will be held in May. Student Toolkit for suggestions on how to get a job

Padlet of Resources from the County of Santa Clara

Summer School - enroll your child in the Work Experience Course so they can earn 5 units of CTE credits in June. More info found here or contact: Rachael Kaci

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