Paly Community Update

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Hello Viking Students and Families!

We are excited to welcome students back on August 9th! Paly staff members have all been busy preparing and are looking forward to reconnecting with students. This Paly Community Update includes important information for both students and parents for the upcoming school year.

We would also like to draw your attention to the annual Back To School Packet, which is produced by the Paly PTSA. This electronic packet has very important information on joining the PTSA as well as information about the fun events this year and how to get involved in the Paly community.

Link to the Paly PTSA Website: Paly PTSA

Direct link to the PTSA Back To School Packet

Questions can be directed to PTSA at or

Welcome back to school!

The Paly Administration Team

Information for the Start of the 2023-24 School Year

Freshmen and New Student Orientation

On Tuesday, August 8th ASB and Link Crew will be hosting Freshmen & New Student Orientation from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Our new students will learn about all of the things that make Paly such a great community, including our wonderful staff and departments, programs, and athletics, along with who to go to for what and how to stay connected.

At the orientation students will:

  • Take a tour of the campus led by present Paly students.

  • Receive answers to questions from present Paly students and staff members.

  • Get a student school photo taken.

  • Receive their student ID card.

  • Receive Paly merchandise

  • Receive food near the end of the orientation.

  • Receive a school Chromebook.

When: Tuesday, August 8

Time: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Where: Meet at the Paly Quad

Please note: students are expected to attend the entire orientation session.

Picture Day Information

It is important for all Paly students to have their photo taken, prior to the start of the school year, for both ID pictures (ASB Card) and yearbook photographs. Here is the schedule for Paly Picture Days:

Monday, August 7

10th Graders--9:00 am - 12:30 pm

12th Graders--1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 8

11th Graders--10:00 am - 2:30 pm

9th Graders--photos will be taken during orientation

All pictures will be taken in the Paly Student Center, which is near the Quad. Please arrive anytime during your designated class time.

Additional Picture Information:

Ordering School Photos:
  • Please use the link and ID below, to order your student's school picture. This site will close after picture day and a proof will be generated for purchases usually 3 -4 weeks after picture day.

Order your child’s school pictures--prior to picture day-- ORDER YOUR PICTURES

Pictures can also be ordered the day of picture days.

Order with your student's School ID or this Picture Day ID: EVTQMKRCF

Photo Day Message from LifeTouch Photography

**PLEASE NOTE** All students' faces must be recognizable and visible in all ID photos. Use of hats, glasses, and excessive makeup is prohibited. We reserve the right to not take an ID photo if on site photography staff or school staff deems it inappropriate.

Make-up Picture Day

If you are unable to take your picture during any of the above times, make up days have been scheduled for 9/13 and 11/3.

Required Annual Data Update

Before students are provided their new class schedule for the 2023-2024 school year, parents and/or guardians must review and submit any changes to your family's current contact information. The PAUSD Registration Services Department should have already reached out to you if this update has not been completed.

It is critical to have updated and accurate contact information. Here are the procedures to access and complete this information:

  • Login to

  • Launch Infinite Campus

  • On the left side menu in Infinite Campus, click "More"

  • Click "Online Registration"

  • Click "start" next to 23-24 Annual Data Update

ASB Cards, Lockers and Textbooks

Students can purchase their 2023-2024 ASB Card and check out lockers at the ASB Office, which is located at the South side of the Peery Building (baseball field side). Lockers can be checked out anytime, beginning the first day of school. Textbooks will be checked out to students during their classes, beginning the first week of school.

First Week of School Information and Schedule

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 9, 2023. Students will be attending all 7 classes, including a short advisory session. On the second day of school, students will be attending an extended advisory session that will focus on the development of Paly Values. Students will also be attending class meetings where they will be learning some new Paly spirit chants and class-building activities. On Friday, August 11, we will be presenting student expectations during an extended fifth period, and during lunch we will be having a BBQ in the Paly Quad followed by an afternoon Pep Assembly. Schedules for our first week are below:

Paly Athletics Information

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We are excited to honor legendary Paly Football Coach Earl Hanson on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at our stadium renaming ceremony during the halftime of the Paly vs. Sacred Heart Prep Football Game. We hope to see you there!

Paly Athletics Information and Tryouts

The PALY Athletics Program offers a variety of competitive sports throughout the school year. The opening date for Fall sport tryouts is Friday, August 4th. For details on how your student can participate, visit our website at

You are invited to the Fall Athletic Parent Meeting on Wednesday August 16th at 7:00 pm, Peery Center’s Main Gym. The Athletic Department staff and coaches will be there to greet you and provide sport specific program details.

Please visit for all sports inquiries. There you will find athletic registration, team schedules, ticket purchases, donations and more. #SkoVIKES!!

Sports Season Overview

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Paly Electronic Portal Access

For new students, and those in need of a review, the procedures for logging into the Paly portal called Rapid Identity follow below. You will need to log into the portal to participate in the first days of school activities.

  • To login to Rapid Identity, you will need to enter the following:

  • Student id (950xxxx) number

  • Student password or the default password (for those of you that are new)

  • The default password formula is (First initial of FirstName, First initial of LastName, !, (Birthday in the format mmddyy) for new students to PAUSD.

Student Name: Tony Stark

Birthday: 05/29/1970

Default Password is: ts!052970

(First initial of FirstName, First initial of LastName, !, Birthday in the format mmddyy) Please note the inclusion of an exclamation point after the first two initials.

Once in the portal, there are links to Infinite Campus and Schoology, as well as other resources. You can access your class schedule in Infinite Campus and your course content, zoom course links, and email in Schoology. Take some time before school starts to attempt logging in and exploring the resources available in Rapid Identity.

Assistant Principal and Counseling Caseloads

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This fall, the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered in a new digital format that will provide an overall easier testing experience for students. Your student will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 11th, using their own laptop, iPad or school-issued device (*Personal chromebooks cannot be used.).

We want to ensure your student is aware that the PSAT/NMSQT will be offered digitally to ensure ample time for device preparation, which includes downloading the Blue Book Application.

There will be an Advisory dedicated to supporting students through the transition to digital testing. However, we want to make certain that you are aware of this exciting change to the test administration now.

*DO NOT worry if your student does not have a laptop device, we will provide one on test day if needed.


What to Expect with the Digital PSAT/NMSQT VIDEO

Digital PSAT/NMSQT Information

Device Preparation

SAT for Seniors ONLY.

The SAT will be offered in paper format for seniors on October 11th. The registration and payment information will be sent through Schoology soon.

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 11--Back to School Dance-7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 16--Fall Parent/Coaches Meeting-7:00 pm

Thursday, August 31--Back To School Night/Parent Fair-5:00 pm