Paly Guidance

Updates Week 5

Viking Families!

Welcome to the end of week 5! After our week 6 SMORE announcement, we will be sending out announcements bi-weekly, coinciding with Mr Kline’s bi-weely SMORE communication.

All past and future updates can be found on our Guidance website under the "newsletters." Wishing you a wonderful and safe weekend.

Lane-Change Update

Progress Note grades were posted to Infinite Campus today, 9/18. In order to give students enough time to speak with their teacher about a progress note grade, we are extending the Lane Change deadline to Friday 9/25 at 3 pm. If your student is unsure about whether they should consider a lane change, please encourage them to speak with their teacher and Teacher Advisor.


Continuing with our theme of giving students the tools they need to be successful, during Advisories on Wednesday, Sept 16 and Friday, Sept 18, the Freshman and Seniors learned some new tips.

  • 9th Grade: Learning how to manage time and plan your week are necessary life skills. The Freshman were introduced to a digital planner in their lesson about Planning and Productivity.

  • 12th Grade: Seniors worked on the Common Applications and Other Tips, learning how to invite and assign their recommenders. TAs shared a “how-to” video and a tip sheet that break the process down into easy to follow steps. On another tip sheet, students found links to information about filling in other types of applications, as well as how to create a resume, and info about Gap Years. And taking a cue from the freshman lesson, seniors were given a College Application Tracking Chart to help them organize their applications and due dates.

If your student has follow-up questions about what was reviewed in Advisory this week, please have them reach out to their TA. If a student was sick and absent from advisory, please have them review the slide deck found in their Advisory class in Schoology and then follow-up with their TA with any questions they might have. If students have feedback to offer about advisory lessons, please have them speak with their TA or email Ann Deggelman (

College and Career Center

Virtual College-Rep Visits Update #2

Note: some of the entries in the Naviance College Visit list and the calendar on (typically those scheduled before 8 am and after 3:30 pm or on weekends) are "off-campus" virtual info sessions or interview opportunities. These events usually require separate registration--not through Naviance. Expand the visit entry in Naviance to display the college’s external registration link. The URL to join the visit will *not* be in Naviance; you’ll receive it directly from the college, after registering for the event.

Common App Help Workshop

Seniors working on early applications, the C&CC will host a virtual workshop Tues., Sept. 22 at 3:10 pm. This is a time to get questions answered and/or work on your Common App with College Advisors in the “room” to offer assistance and advice. Please find the Zoom meeting ID in the event on the C&CC Class of 2021 Schoology course calendar. This workshop is for students, only.


Virtual Wellness Fair Oct 5-9

The Wellness Centers at Paly and Gunn are coming together to bring students a Virtual Wellness Fair! All week long from October 5-9 we will have various community providers sharing their knowledge and services with students in lunchtime presentations and workshops! We’ll be raffling off prizes each day for attendees, so stay tuned for more info here and on our Instagram: @palywellness

Community Service Update (reminder)

All community service must be reported on HelperHelper (HH). If you need access please contact

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Seniors (Class of 2021)

The Paly community service team is processing your requests for PVSA and transcript hours. Hours will be posted by October 1st and a Schoology message will be sent when they are ready.

Juniors (Class of 2022) / Sophomores (Class of 2023)

The deadline for submitting your request for a Fall 2020 PVSA is Tuesday, September 22. NO LATE REQUESTS will be accepted. Please complete the Google form on

Freshmen (Class of 2024)

HelperHelper (HH) accounts for freshmen have been activated and a message has been sent to school ( email accounts directly from HH. All community service is recorded on HelperHelper and Freshmen can claim any hours served after 8th grade graduation.

The deadline for submitting your request for a Fall 2020 PVSA is Tuesday, September 22. NO LATE REQUESTS will be accepted. Please complete the Google form on

Transcripts (reminder from week 1)

Transcripts ordered through parchment have a turnaround time of 24-48 hours to be released (not including weekends). For prior approved courses taken over the summer, an official transcript must be sent to Merilyn Tonga ( directly from the institution/college.

Students must contact the teacher of record for any grade-change requests (due to errors or pre-arranged agreements). All other inquires to our registrar ( will have a reply back within 48 hours.

Work Permits (reminder from week 1)

As of August 24, all work permits will expire; students should follow the new protocol for SIP 2020:

  • Complete the B1-1 form, but do NOT include Social Security number (data privacy)

  • Return to Rachael Kaci: (take a pic with your phone and email)

  • Guardian signs and returns a waiver understanding the potential risks of working during SIP

  • Ms. Kaci will follow-up with a phone call to get a students’ SSN and finalize the permit*

    • *permit renewals will not be called since the student information is already in the system

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask Rachael Kaci – Work Experience Teacher: For job postings, please visit this site.