Paly Community Update

Friday, February 25, 2022

HI Viking Families!

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


Paly Admin and Guidance Teams

AP TEST Update

The deadline for signing up for AP tests, with a late fee, is March 4th. Any tests not paid for by this date will be canceled.

Students should confirm that they are signed up through their College Board account, and have paid through their Total Registration account to confirm that they have completed registration. Due to a large number of students taking AP tests, as well as limited facilities, some students will need to take their tests during the late testing sessions. Students will be informed of their test dates at least a month prior to the tests. If you have any questions, please contact Komal Bawa at

Guidance Updates

Course Selection

The Course Selection window is now closed. Hopefully, your student has completed their selection for the 2022-2023 school year and turned in their signed request sheet to their TA. Please note that the Master Schedule is reflective of these requests - classes are created and staffing confirmed to meet these needs.

There will not be room for adding and/or dropping classes at the start of the school year when your students receive their schedules with the exception of:

  • Duplicate classes appear on the schedule

  • Missing graduation requirements

  • Successful completion of a class in summer school

  • Wrong level class

Advisory Update

Course Selection wraps up this week. The window will close on Feb 25th and students will no longer be able to see their choices.

The Advisories in March turn student’s attention to their futures. Juniors will be preparing for their post-high school plans. For a majority of our students that means learning about the college application process which they began when they attended the College & Career Center’s Orientation in January. Some students will enter the workforce - we have a new Resume Lesson next week to help them prepare for the job search.Check back here in the coming weeks for links to the Resume Lesson and to The Viking College and Career Guide, a lesson about Letters of Recommendation, and a helpful “To Do” Calendar that breaks down tasks by month to help keep your students on track.

Speaking of college applications and the process, parents should mark their calendars for the

Junior Parent/TA/College Advisor evening on March 23rd. We will start at 6:30pm with a presentation by our College Advisors. Next, parents will meet with their student’s TA. The evening is designed to introduce parents to the college application steps their students are learning about in Advisory. More information will be posted in the PalyLink. An email will also be sent to parents a week prior with more complete information.

Planning for the future isn’t all about college, it starts with exploring interests that could lead to satisfying career choices. March is Career Month and Paly hosts a robust Career Speaker Series. We will again be joining a webinar along with Gunn students to kick off the Career Speakers Series during Advisory on Friday, March 18th,. Watch for more information as we get closer.

College & Career Center updates

Spring 2022 PVSA deadline: March 7, 2022

Please review the Paly Community Service Guidelines. All hours must be entered in HelperHelper. If you need help with log in, contact

Fill out the google form per your class by clicking the link below: Also found on the Paly community service page


If seniors drop a class or change their course schedule (including moving to an online course) this semester, they’'ll need to contact each college campus that they applied to (email or U.S. Mail recommended) and notify them of those changes. If relevant, they should reference an application ID # (or the campus ID received after submitting your college app) in their message. For a template, click here.

If they have questions regarding the impact of any changes on their admission decisions, reach out to the admissions representative for Paly (google "college name admissions representative") and explain any changes you would like to make.

Community Service

Spring submissions for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is TBD. There will be a notification posted in Schoology, InFocus and PalyLink when the dates are determined. In the meantime, be sure you have entered all your hours on HelperHelper and if you need log in help, email

For more information regarding the President’s Volunteer Service Award, check out our Paly Community Service page

Work Permits

March is Career Month which includes a camp Job Fair on March 6th in the Peery Center/Small Gym from 11:00am - 2:00pm followed by the Career Speaker Series kick-off on March 18th during Advisory with Ralph Bob-Waksberg of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman who will outline his career pathway journey as a PAUSD high school student with ADHD to a Netflix animator. The week of March 21st - 25th will have live career speakers daily, so follow the Career Month schedule here and additional Career related parent info can be found on this slidedeck: CTE presentation to the PTA.

Spring 2022 job opportunities slidedeck includes the 40-year internship at Lockheed Martin in partnership with PAUSD, and many other summer opportunities.

Reminder: all minors hired in a paid position through a company require a work permit. Follow this link for more info and explore the Work Experience Student Resources or contact the Work Experience teacher: Rachael Kaci

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