Paly Community Update

Friday, April 15, 2022

Hello Viking Families!

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


Paly Admin and Guidance Teams

Challenge Success Parent Ed Opportunity

Next week there is an excellent opportunity for our Paly parent community to attend an interactive webinar session, presented by the Challenge Success Organization, on supporting students through some of the more stressful situations they experience during their high school career. Below is a description and additional details of this great upcoming event:

The Well-Balanced Student (April 20th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm)

Presenters, Margaret Dunlap and Jen Coté, Challenge Success

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. This workshop examines the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, college admissions, and the culture of competition. This interactive webinar will share research and strategies related to two main areas: 1) How to best support student well-being and engagement with learning; and 2) What matters and what doesn’t when it comes to college admissions.

Zoom link:

Passcode: 342817

Paly Athletics

Please visit for the latest updates about Spring Sports. Download the Paly Sports App for game day notifications.


Sports Booster is holding a Green & White Forever dinner on Friday, April 29th from 6 - 9pm in the lovely backyard of Marci & Mike McCue. You don’t want to miss this fun evening! Wear green and white to show your Paly spirit. Register for the event at Requested donation $50 per person.

Can’t attend the event but would like to make a donation to support Paly Athletics? Go to and click the “Give Now” button.


Sports Boosters Gear Store will be open for purchases and pick-ups at the Football Snack Shack this Friday from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.

CIF Celebrates 50 Years of Title IX

Take a look at the CIF documentary in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.

Signing Day Celebration, May 27th

It's an exciting time for Senior athletes! The Palo Alto Athletic Department & Athletic Boosters would like to acknowledge and celebrate our senior student-athletes who have received an athletic scholarship to a (4) four-year institution. We look forward to celebrating with you at a ceremony on 5/27/22 in the Peery Gym. Please complete the following information to help us plan. Click HERE to complete the participation survey.

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

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.

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

One of the goals of Advisory is to help students prepare for their post-Paly and career plans. After a successful Career Speaker Series last month, we continued that preparation in several ways - depending on the grade level.

9th Grade - This week’s lesson has many valuable take-aways: first, how to “Take Care of Business” at this point in the school year. Read all the proactive tips students learned to make sure they are staying on top of their class work so they can finish strong.

The balance of the Advisory builds on the career theme with an introduction to RoadTrip Nation. This career exploration tool on Naviance is meant to ignite curiosity about possible career choices based on a student’s strengths and interests. Students can listen to short video interviews (8513 are available!) broken into 48 themes and 29 interests with professionals from many different careers. Take a look yourself


10th Grade - Sophomores will also be learning about taking care of business in next week’s Advisory. The main message is there are 7 weeks left of the school year - enough time to make a difference! Understanding where they stand by checking each class on Schoology is key. They should check to see if they are missing any assignments and communicate with their teachers about what they can make up or improve, and see if any tests might available for retaking, if needed.

At the end of Advisory, Sophomores will be taking a short survey that we will use for TA placement and Advisory cohort creation for next year.

11th Grade - Juniors are in the middle of a series of Advisories that prepare them for the transition to their post-Paly life. The journey started with a lesson about creating a Resume and exploring The Viking Guide a College & Career Planning tool in March, to this week’s lesson about Letters of Recommendation. I know this is a topic of interest to parents, so feel free to read through the lesson slides by clicking here Letters of Rec Lesson.

Next week’s lesson will be about the College Essay.

12th Grade - Many seniors are in limbo right now. Most college application outcomes are in, but some students are waitlisted or still waiting to hear back from several colleges. It can be a difficult time for many (students and parents) who might not have received the results for which they hoped. Jay Mathews, a Washington Post columnist, wrote a great article titled “So you're bummed because your favorite college said no”. The message is perfectly timed, the article can be read HERE.

For those families interested in more career exploration opportunities, there will be a parent webinar “Helping Your Child Explore Careers” hosted by Santa Clara County Office of Education and PAUSD’s Family Engagement Specialist.

Date: April 28, 2022

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Audience: Middle & High School Parents/Guardians, Students are Welcome

Grade Level(s): 6-12


*Spanish interpreter available

College & Career Center updates

How to Choose a College

Senior families may want to review Ms. Cernobori’s April 12 update in the C&CC Class of 2022 Schoology course for advice and practical tips about how to choose among admission offers and select a college. In addition, this blog offers great advice:

If your student is rethinking his/her post high school plans, there are some colleges still accepting freshmen applications for Fall 2022. You can do a search on the Common App ( or look at out-of-state public colleges with rolling admission. And NACAC has published the College Openings list of colleges still accepting Fall 2022 freshmen applications (updated weekly):

Upcoming College Info Sessions & Fairs

Junior families may want to attend college information sessions or college fairs. Check the college visit calendar on for off-campus events (also listed in Naviance) as well as the college fairs listed as events in the C&CC Class of 2023 Schoology course. For tips on how to prepare for a college fair, see the resources in the College Fair folder in Schoology.


We hope everyone got some much-needed rest and had some fun over spring break! It’s the final stretch of the semester with only eight weeks left! We know that April and May can become overwhelming, so we want to help our students prioritize their well-being.

April will be an eventful month for wellness which started this week with our Healthy Relationships workshops! This was a collaboration between OneLove & our student Rise Task Force who facilitated discussions around healthy relationships to our student body.

This month Wellness is promoting “Time to Reset”, encouraging students to get offline and transition to a healthier relationship with their phones and limit screen time. We will have a variety of activities throughout the month to help students engage in non-digital activities and find some time for self-care.

Upcoming Parent Workshops:

April 20, 2022 | 5 PM| Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do

April 21, 2022 | 5 PM| Módulo 1—Prevención del Suicidio para Padres: Las Señales y Qué Hacer

Work Permits

Almost 50 work permits have been processed since the start of April, so explore this Spring 2022 job opportunities slidedeck (updated weekly) to learn about paid & unpaid summer opportunities & remember that 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 directly the Work Experience teacher: Rachael Kaci

2021-2022 K-12 Youth Art Show - a note from Kelly Martin

Emerging: Creative Minds Persevere

PAUSD’s art students, art teachers, and art programs have all persevered! This show evidences our hearts and minds fully engaged in art making. We have all emerged from quarantine and distance learning to embrace in-person art making with absolute enthusiasm. The K-12 Youth Art work that we will share in this show, reflects the creative thought, vision, skill, and commitment from a year unlike any other: the 2021-22 school year.

This year, our teachers and students have worked to rebuild and grow creative dexterity and aesthetic understanding. PAUSD helped students learn new skills in a variety of media and focused on practices supporting equity within our content. Focus was also given to SEL (Social Emotional Learning) experiences, with special emphasis on providing students with ongoing opportunities to explore their personal experiences as the basis for art making. Our students’ artistic stories are the blueprint of who they are and where they‘ve come from. A statement by the artist Ai Wei Wei speaks to our journey this year: “Life is art. Art is Life: I never separate it.

A reception will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 4:30-7:00 PM at the Cubberley Community Center, “I” Building for our student artists and their friends and families.

Thursday April 21st from 4:30-7:00

5:00-5:30pm Paly Pop Acapella Groups: FolkBeats & Vikapella

5:30pm Remarks

6:00-7:00pm Gunn Senior Jazz Combo

The show will also be open from 11am-5pm on April 23-24, April 30-May 1, and May 7th.

Cubberley Community Center "I" Building, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303.


We hope to see you there!

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