Paly Community Update

Friday February 10, 2023

Hello Viking Families!

We are excited to announce two upcoming Paly Town Hall events that will be held at Paly on March 1 and at the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto on March 8. The purpose of these events is to invite our parent community into our conversations on identifying Paly’s core values. This work will be facilitated by Paly PTSA parents Dona Tversky and Kara Davis, who are members of the PTSA Wellness Committee.

We will also be joined by equity expert Enid Lee who has been working with the Paly staff for the past two years. Enid will be facilitating a conversation that will include Paly teachers, to provide our families with an overview of our equity work which has focused on increasing student voice and opportunities for all students. We will conclude our Paly Town Hall meeting with an opportunity to hear from our parent community on your experiences and potential outcomes for the future. We look forward to having you join us on either of these evening events.


Brent Kline, Principal

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AVID Looking for Career Guest Speakers

Our AVID program is looking for volunteers to speak to students about various careers. If you are interested in volunteering, please email AVID teacher Hunter Reardon at We are looking for guest speakers in the fields that students identified as interest to them, including:

Law and order:

  • local police/sheriff

  • armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force)

  • lawyers, law professor, paralegal, public defender

Ph.D holder or professor of:

  • physics

  • chemistry

  • engineering

Medical field:

  • registered Nurse

  • doctor, any specialty

  • veterinarian

Social reformers/activists:

  • social worker

  • employee of a nonprofit working toward civil rights for people of color


  • a local fiction writer

  • those in athletics, especially a sports manager or athletic trainer

  • someone who does restoration of old/vintage cars

  • someone who started a successful, local small business

  • an experienced local realtor

  • a commercial pilot

College Board

Last year, College Board announced that the SAT® Suite of Assessments, which includes the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and PSAT™ 8/9, would be delivered digitally beginning in 2023. The transition from paper and pencil to digital assessments in the U.S. will begin with the digital PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 in the fall of 2023 followed by the digital SAT and PSAT 10 in the spring 2024.

College Board will continue to support all students, including those who receive accommodations or use assistive technology on test day.

Updates from Guidance


As mentioned before, February is Course Selection Month. 9th, 10th and 11th grade students have been introduced to Course Selection in Advisory and reviewed the directions for making their choices. During these Advisories, students were able to talk to their TAs and address any questions they might have. TAs will review student selections and meet with their students if they have any questions or concerns. If you'd like to read the step-by-step process, as well as the directions for submitting the Course Selection materials, please click on the links below:

Once again, here are the links to the supporting materials to help students make their choices:

Important Due Dates for Course Selection:

9th Grade

Feb 24th - Turn In Signed Course Selection Sheets and H/AP/DE Agreement (if applicable) to

TA in Advisory

10th Grade

Feb 13th (Monday due to holiday schedule) - Turn In Signed Course Selection Sheets and H/AP/DE Agreement (if applicable) to TA in Advisory

11th Grade

Feb 13th (Monday due to holiday schedule) & Feb 24th - Turn In Signed Course Selection Sheets and H/AP/DE Agreement (if applicable) to TA in Advisory. We have allocated more time for the Jrs to turn in their selections so TAs can review with them their choices for Sr. year to ensure students are fulfilling their graduation requirements.

College and Career Center


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.

Upcoming Events

Fall In Love with Foothill College - Financial Aid Event, Sat., Feb. 11 at Foothill College - 9am

Hosted by Foothill’s financial aid department, they will be providing a variety of informational workshops and presentations to help you navigate financial aid, including completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) or CA Dream Application, scholarships, financial literacy, and more!

Event is free, Breakfast and Lunch will be provided, but do keep in mind, you will need to RSVP for this event:

In-Person Gap Year Fair - Mon., Feb. 13 in at Gunn High School 6-8:30pm; registration required.

You might want to get an overview of Gap Year information by reading that section on . And, check out other events from USA Gap Year Fairs. There are also many resources available from Gap Year Association.

NACAC Virtual College Fair - Sun., Feb. 19; 10-4 pm PT; registration required

Overview of what to expect and how to prepare: Registration:

Those off-campus college fairs, information sessions, and virtual events Paly is aware of are listed on the calendar on Please click on the event name to expand the entry for registration information as you will register with an external contact, not Paly (nor Naviance).


This month, Wellness is honoring Black History Month and celebrating Healthy Relationships! We have several events throughout the month that will be hosted by Wellness in collaboration with other clubs on campus. Tell your students to keep an eye out on Instagram and Schoology for upcoming events!

Semester 2 Academic Calendar Important Dates

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Paly Bell Schedule 2022-2023

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