Paly Community Update

Friday, October 14, 2022

Hello Viking Families!

Dear Viking Families,

A note to our Senior families about college application recommendation submission:

We know this is a time of high stress for our seniors who are applying to colleges with a due date of November 1st. Please know that Teacher Advisors and Teachers who are writing letters of recommendation feel the same as they balance their teaching responsibilities with turning in early application letters by the end of the day on November 1st. We ask that students and parents allow TAs and teachers until the due date of November 1st to turn in all letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. Should your student notice on November 2nd that information has not been submitted to the college, please have your student reach out to their TA/Teacher to check in, then.


Paly Admin & Guidance Teams

Unity Day - Wednesday October 19th

It’s Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19th! Encourage your student to wear orange that day. Wellness will be hosting a Rock Painting activity during lunch on the P-4 patio.

Parking Enforcement - Parking Permit required to park on campus during school hours

The Palo Alto Police Department patrols Paly parking lots during school hours. Students must have a parking permit in order to park on campus. Students wishing to obtain a permit must fill out an application, which you may pick up at the ASB budget secretary's office, located in room 2108, in the Peery Center, across from the baseball field. Parking permits are $100 for students with AN ASB card and $115 without. Students who do not have a valid parking permit will receive a parking ticket from the City of Palo Alto and will be fined. Guests must pick up a visitor parking permit in the main office when coming to school.

SAT Updates

SAT School Based for Students with Accommodations:

11th and 12th-grade students with disabilities may register for the SAT from September through April. We do not administer the SAT to students with disabilities in the months of May-August. Please plan accordingly.

Senior Families ONLY:


Wednesday, October 27th

Test Administration Information:

• Only Pre-registered students received an exam order. The deadline to register was 9/7/22.

• Test Takers report to campus by 7:30 am

• Exam Start Time: 8:00 (Doors close at 7:50. No late entries.)

Before the exam:

• Get a good night’s rest.

• Eat breakfast.

What to bring on test day?

• School ID

• Two #2 pencils and a large eraser

• Acceptable calculator (extra batteries)

• Packaged snacks and water

AP Exams

Registration for the AP Exams is now open. Please go to the following link for instructions on how to register. There is a lot of information, so please take your time and read the entire page. The College Board has deadlines (and late fees) so please register in a timely manner.

Updates from Guidance

SENIORS only - Assembly Bill 469 & FAFSA Completion

All Senior families received an email early October from our district office explaining that we are now required to confirm each 12th grade student’s completion and submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/CA Dream Act (CADAA). There is an “opt out” procedure for families who will not complete the FAFSA. Please note that we encourage all families to complete the FAFSA as it can be used in a variety of ways for federal, state and institutional need-based grants and scholarships as well as other scholarship opportunities; it is also the application used for student loans. If your student will not apply for need-based aid, please complete the opt-out form by the Oct. 14 deadline; actual FAFSA filing deadlines will vary by college. If you have questions about applying for need-based aid, this overview is a good starting point; and, more detailed information can be found on p. 86 of the Viking Guide. After reviewing, please direct questions about the FAFSA/CADAA to your student’s College and Career Advisor. You might also consider attending an upcoming financial aid webinar.

Here is a direct link to the parent square message sent (Note: you will need to be logged into your parent portal account to view):


TAs have been busy touching base with all their students in Advisory these last couple of weeks. In fact, they’ve met with the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

Making time for individual meetings between student and TA remains a goal of the program. The desire for individual meeting time is always a top priority expressed by students in our end-of-the-year surveys. While these meetings are happening, the rest of the Advisory groups are spending the time in many ways - connecting with other students by playing games, having conversations, and exploring post-Paly options. To see how these Advisories are facilitated, check out the sample lesson slides:

This week’s Senior Advisory is scheduled as time for students to log in to their Common App accounts and work on their applications with the TAs close at hand to answer any questions or help where needed. Take a look here at how this lesson is introduced: Hands On Common App Time

I mentioned exploring post-Paly options as an activity for students while they wait for their meeting time with a TA. These resource pages are worth checking out for parents as well as they are full of information that might be helpful to many of our students that are still undecided about their next steps. We plan on expanding these resource pages as the year progresses.

Informational Parent/Guardian Nights - we have completed our 1st semester evening events with the Junior Parent/Guardian Night on Sept 28th. If you were unable to attend, click HERE to see the presentation. All the presentations can be accessed on under “Parent Resources”.

College and Career Center

Financial Aid Reminders

Following up on the previous announcement about financial aid webinars, Ms. Cernobori emailed senior families this week with an overview of financial aid information, requirements, and timelines. Please review them.

C&CC Class of 2023 Schoology Course

A reminder to encourage your seniors to consult the resources in the C&CC Class of 2023 Schoology course for tips and tools to complete their college applications. In particular, the following application tips sheets are worth reviewing in detail:

  • CSU

  • UC

  • Common App

  • Dual Enrollment

Please remind your seniors to check the calendar in this Schoology course (also posted on for upcoming college application workshops; seniors must register to attend them by signing up for Ms. Cernobori’s PRIME on the workshop date. These workshops are for students, only.

Seniors who missed Wednesday’s UC Application Case Study and PIQ presentation during PRIME, should check out the presentation document (with notes) in the UC folder of the C&CC Class of 2023 Schoology course.

Work Experience/Permits

Many new opportunities have been added this week to the Bulletin Board for Job Opportunities - look for the “new” stamp on the slide and contact the Work Experience Teacher, Rachael Kaci:, for any work based learning needs. Work permits are required for all students under the age of 18 earning a wage, so please have this B1-1 document completely filled out prior to submission to Ms. Kaci. Thanks for your cooperation as this keeps our local job sites in compliance & informs PAUSD of who is actively working. More info can be found here.

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Paly Bell Schedule 2022-2023

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