Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, September 13, 2015
tower building drawing

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2 weeks
College Visits (C&CC) New 
Sept. 14
First Site Council Meeting, 3:45pm, MAC Board Room (PalyNew
MondaySept. 14Paly Robotics Parents and Boosters Meeting, Room 903 (Paly)
WednesdaySept. 16Paly Sports Boosters Meeting, Room 903 (Paly)
Sept 25
Sophomores Parent Network Meeting, 8:30am, 2599 Louis (PTSANew
Sept 29Yearbook Senior Portrait Free Sessions (Paly)
Thurs-FriSept 25-263rd Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale, in front of Tower Bldg (Paly)
Oct. 2
Paly Sports Boosters' Golf Tournament (Paly) Updated
Oct 12
College Fair, 6:30-8:30pm, Library & Student Center (C&CC) New

Principal's Message
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope your and your children were able to enjoy some play time, down time and family time this weekend.  My weekend was busy reading Mo Willems books to my first grader, riding bikes as a family and spending quality time with my in-laws, who are visiting from Florida. Grandparents are the best!  
L'Shana Tova to our families celebrating Rosh Hashanah, which begins this evening at sundown and lasts through Tuesday evening. We understand some students and teachers will miss school in observance of this religious holiday.  Please be assured our teachers have taken this into account as they planned the week ahead.  Also this week, photo make-up days are Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Center.  We still have over 400 students who haven't had their picture taken yet, which means they do not have a photo ID card. If your child hasn't had their picture taken or would like a retake, please be sure to encourage/remind your student to attend photo make-ups at their convenience (a quick text before brunch/lunch or during a prep works well).  Our goal is to have 100% of our students with a photo ID.  The Paly Calendar this week is full of athletic events, co-curriculars, parent meetings, workshops, and many activities/happenings throughout our campus.  Be sure to reference the calendar often and as you begin each week.  
Finally, we will be sending home a letter early this week to update you on some of the "hot topics" people are talking about at our school.  At Paly, we believe we are partners with our parents in the good work we do, and we are committed to the learning and well-being of all our students.
With gratitude,
Kim Diorio
PTSA and PTA AnnouncementsPTSA
Paly PTSA Needs You! Check out these open positions
PTSA still has some open slots, and most important open position is that of Auditor, so we can continue to provide services to Palo Alto HS students, teachers, parents, and community.  Grab a friend and co-lead an event or job! 
Open Positions:
Auditor--audit the finances of PTSA twice a year
PTA Council Rep 2 (to join Susan Usman, PTA Council Rep 1)
Traffic Safety Co-Chair (share with Judd Volino)
Monthly Latte Cart (Latter Cart already reserved for set dates, list of volunteers available)
Staff Holiday Luncheon Coordinator --December (2 positions open)
Food for Thought-Evening Coordinator (food for students during finals study week)
Field Day Co-Chair (share with Faezeh Ghaffari)
Questions on the position, time commitment? Ask Linda van Gelder, PTSA President (, (650) 813-0135 or Chris Chang (, (650) 326-6916)

Latte Cart Volunteers Needed  New
Sept. 16, Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Mar. 16, Apr. 20
The PTSA provides for a Latte Cart vendor to come to Paly each month for faculty and staff. There are five events in total and this years dates are as follows: Sept. 16, Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Mar. 16, and Apr. 20. At these five events, parents provide treats for the faculty and staff beginning at 7:00 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. If you would like to volunteer to bring in snacks ranging from breakfast baked goods, fruit, juice, water, etc., please email me for more information, Andrea Lamb ( Your help and support for this tradition is greatly appreciated! The position for Latte Cart Coordinator is currently open and I will help transition the new volunteer. Please contact Linda Van Gelder (, (650) 813-0135 or Andrea Lamb ( for more information.

Class of 2018 (Sophomores) Parent Network Meeting
Fri, Sept. 25, 8:30-10 am, home of Touria Javid, 2599 Louis Road (corner of Louis and Moreno)
Our guidance counselor, Charles Taylor, will go over issues of importance to 10th graders and their families. A representative of PiE (Partners in Education) will also speak briefly. We look forward to seeing you there!

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First Site Council Meeting New 
Mon, Sept. 14, 3:45pm, MAC Board Room
Paly's First Site Council Meeting is Monday, September 14th at 3:45 pm in the MAC Board Room.  Congratulations and special thanks to Daniel Teo and Hailey Gans who won the recent Site Council parent election.  The agenda for the meeting is here.

Challenge Success Survey administration for all students
End of September during class
The Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences is an online survey that measures middle and high school students' perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support. Over 40,000 students from more than 55 schools have taken the survey since 2009, and schools have gained a great deal of information from the results, including what students see as stressful and challenging as well as sources of support within the school. Survey findings help to guide schools in their decisions about which policies and practices may be effective and which are in need of improvement. 
*If you do NOT want your child to participate in the survey, go to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal for the "Waiver of Consent" form in the message regarding the Challenge Success survey or look for the form on (it will available starting Monday, Sept. 14).
Please sign and return the "Parent Waiver of Consent" to Kathie Laurence's box in the Main Office by Tuesday, September 22.*

Support Paly Athletics!   Updated
Fri, Oct. 2 (golf tournament) 
Tee off with the Paly Sports Boosters!  Mark your calendars to join us for "The Earl Hansen" Golf Tournament Fundraiser, on Friday, October 2nd.  Several contests will provide ample opportunity for glory and prizes.  $200/per player, $1000 for a foursome (with sponsorship) and/or $250 for hole sponsorship.  The Paly Sports Boosters is charged with raising the necessary funds to ensure Paly's competitiveness on the field, on the court and in the pool.  Come have fun and help us raise some money!  Register Now!

Paly Sports Booster Passes good for all Paly home games! 
See for more information.  Purchase passes for admittance to all home games so that you don't have to stand in ticket lines!  Students, $30, Single $40, Family $60; Seniors $20

Paly Robotics Parents and Boosters Meeting
Mon, Sept. 14, 7:30pm, Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903)
Parents and potential robotics boosters:  joining Paly's Team 8 is a great opportunity for your student.  Come to the Boosters Board of Directors meeting to find out about and support the team. In the upcoming year student-led teams will collaborate to design, build, and program a competitive robot; other groups will plan and carry out fundraising and publicity drives and create artwork and websites supporting the team.  If you have questions email

Paly Sports Boosters Meeting
Wed, Sept. 16, 7pm, Weinstein home, 3180 Ross Road
Join us for the monthly Paly Sports Boosters meeting at the home of co-president, Christy Weinstein. We'll get an update from Athletic Director Kathi Bowers and hear about fundraising plans including the upcoming Golf Tournament.

Yearbook Senior Portrait Free Sessions
Tues, Sept. 22 & 29, during Tutorial, TWO SESSIONS ONLY 
Seniors must use Paly approved photographer for Yearbook pictures. Flyers in the Main Office listing options. ALL Yearbook photos are DUE October 15, 2015. Questions contact
Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 
Sat & Sun, Sept. 12-13, Oct. 10-11, Nov. 14-15, or Dec. 12-13, 9-3 pm at Paly's Glass Studio
Yes, we have a glass studio at Paly.  These workshops are open to the public, students and parents. Here's your chance to learn to blow glass at Paly. Workshops do fill up, so, do not hesitate, sign up for a date. The 2 day weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It's an incredible, fun, hands-on experience.  Repeating  students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults.  $375 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts. Workshop flyer
To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, 

3rd Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale at Palo Alto High School 
Fri, Sept. 25, 3-6pm and Sat, Sept. 26, 11am-4pm, in front of the Tower Bldg. 
Come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students.  Over 1000 unique glass pieces - pumpkins, pears, seashells, elephants, acorns, vases and more on sale to benefit Paly's Fiery Arts program. Come learn about the craft with live glass blowing demonstrations. Fall Sale flyer.  For more information contact or
College & Career Center CCC
Keep up-to-date with Paly College and Career Center news and events by "liking" us on Facebook. The C&CC holds an open-house after each parent night in the Fall. There is also a wealth of information in Naviance and on the C&CC page.

Nursing Career Night for High School Students
Wed, Sept. 23, 6-8pm, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Main Auditorium 
Stanford Health Care is sponsoring a Nursing Career Night for high school students.  Come explore the different nursing career opportunities: 
  • Emergency/trauma nursing
  • Nursing informatics
  • Clinical nurses
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Nurse practitioners
For more information or to RSVP by Sept. 16, contact Amber Kottwitz at

College Fair at PALY  New
Mon, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, Library & Student Center 
Palo Alto Senior High School will host the Palo Alto College Fair. Due to new gym construction, the fair will be hosted in two (2) locations on campus: the library and student center, which are adjacent to each other and located off the quad.
Meet representatives from private California colleges and universities as well as out-of-state public and private institutions.  Receive general information, brochures and answers to your questions. College Fairs can be great opportunities to get more information about colleges that interest you and to discover schools you may not have considered.
Please follow the attached link for planning tips to help you get the most out of the college fair: For a quick preview of colleges that have signed up to participate this year:
Pre-registration is not required. Questions? Contact Beth Keller( OR Dara Knoblock(

College Rep Visits

Students must have their teacher's permission one day in advance if missing class. Pick up a form in the C&CC, or download it.  Bring the signed form the day of the visit to ensure the absence from class is cleared and marked as an activity rather than a truancy.  College visits scheduled for the next two weeks are listed below.  For a full list of all visits through Spring, login to Naviance using your user ID and password or login as a Guest with no password.  Click on the "Colleges" tab then click "view all upcoming college visits" within the "my colleges" section.
Due to increased student attendance and limited space in the College Center, we are no longer able to permit parents to attend college representative visits, please click to read more information about this policy.

On-Campus Visits:

Week 9/14
Kalamazoo College   9/14/15   8:15 AM   NEW
Rider University   9/14/15   9:15 AM
DePauw University   9/14/15   10:15 AM
Western New England University   9/14/15   12:45 PM
Franklin and Marshall College   9/14/15   2:30 PM   NEW
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising   9/15/15   9:00 AM
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   9/15/15   10:00 AM
University of Notre Dame   9/15/15   10:45 AM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   9/15/15   12:15 PM
San Jose State University   9/15/15   1:00 PM
Boston College   9/15/15   2:00 PM
Northeastern University   9/16/15   10:00 AM
DePaul University   9/16/15   12:15 PM
Lafayette College    9/16/15   1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins University   9/16/15   2:00 PM          
New York University   9/16/15   2:45 PM
Trinity University   9/17/15   8:15 AM
Willamette University   9/17/15   9:00 AM
Elon University   9/17/15   10:00 AM
Scripps College   9/17/15   10:45 AM
University of Chicago   9/17/15   12:15 PM
Davidson College    9/17/15   1:00 PM
Augustana College   9/18/15   8:15 AM   NEW
Drexel University  9/18/15   9:00 AM
Emory University   9/18/15   10:00 AM
University of Oregon   9/18/15   10:45 AM
Ohio Wesleyan University   9/18/15   12:15 PM
Gettysburg College   9/18/15   1:00 PM
Salve Regina University   9/18/15   2:45 PM
Week 9/21 (all NEW)
     Maryland Institute College of Art   9/21/15   8:15 AM
     Whitman College   9/21/15   9:00 AM
     Worcester Polytechnic Institute  9/21/15 10:00 AM
     School of Oriental and African Studies, 
     University of London   9/21/15   11:00 AM
     Chapman University   9/21/15   1:00 PM
     Monmouth University   9/21/15   2:40 PM
     Bowdoin College   9/22/15   8:15 AM
     Wagner College   9/22/15   9:00 AM
     Wellesley College   9/22/15   10:00 AM
     Rice University   9/22/15   10:45 AM
     Claremont McKenna College   9/22/15   12:15 PM
     Hofstra University   9/22/15 1:00 PM
     University of British Columbia   9/23/15 8:15 AM
     Santa Clara University   9/23/15 10:45 AM
     University of Vermont   9/23/15 12:15 PM
     University of California, Los Angeles   9/23/15   1:00 PM
     Bentley University   9/24/15   8:15 AM
     Harvey Mudd College   9/24/15   9:00 AM
     Bard College     9/24/15   10:00 AM
     University of California, San Diego   9/24/15   12:15 PM
     Indiana University at Bloomington   9/24/15   1:00 PM
Off-Campus Visits:
      Colby College   9/14/15   7:30 PM   San Mateo
     University of Richmond   9/14/15   7:30 PM   San Mateo 
     Tufts University   9/14/15   7:30 PM     San Mateo 
     Wellesley College    9/14/15   7:30 PM    San Mateo 
     Massachusetts Institute of Technology   9/20/15   2:00 PM  San Jose NEW
     California State University - CSU College Night   9/24/15   6:00 PM   Oakland NEW

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through September 19, 2014  
Paly deadlines may be 2-4 weeks prior to public scholarship deadlines to allow for Paly TA and Guidance lead times. To learn about scholarships listed below and others login to Naviance using your user ID and password or login as a Guest with no password.  Click the "Colleges" tab, scroll to the  "scholarships and money" section, then click on the "scholarship list" link.  Click here for more information about scholarship resources. 

Questbridge National College Match: PALY deadline ASAP, official deadline 9/28
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill - the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship Program: Deadline 9/15
North Carolina State University - the Park Scholarships: Deadline 9/15
University of North Carolina - the Morehead-Cain Scholarship: Deadline 10/1
Community ServiceCommSvc
The Ohlone Harvest Festival Needs Volunteers!  
Sat, Sept. 19, noon-4pm, Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Ave.
Paly students - earn community service hours by volunteering at The Ohlone Elementary School Harvest Festival! It's a fun day of games, food & music, and a fundraiser for the Ohlone Farm, our outdoor classroom. We need support from noon to 4pm on Saturday, September 19.
Please contact: Leena at

FUN Volunteer Opportunity - Duveneck Elementary Harvest Carnival New
Sat, Sept. 26, 12-3 pm, Duveneck Elementary School, 705 Alester Ave.
Duveneck Elementary School is looking for fun, enthusiastic student volunteers to help at its annual Harvest Carnival. We need help with set-up (starting at 9:00 am), staffing game booths (12:00-3:00 pm) and clean-up (3:00-5:00 pm). Students will be given Community Service credit for their volunteer hours. Please sign up at:  Questions?
Education Update Meeting:  Testing Our Children  New
Sat Sep 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hillview Middle School Library, 1100 Elder Ave, Menlo Park [map] []
Is the new, online, standardized, test of Common Core principles working? What did we learn from this year's testing?  Please join Assemblyman Rich Gordon and education leaders to explore the very latest results and discuss how we can get the most out of the tests.  Among other things, we will delve into technical problems, opt-outs, whether there is evidence that children are mastering Common Core concepts, and what can be improved.
FREE.  Please join Assemblyman Rich Gordon and a panel of experts for this important discussion.
Info or to RSVP: or 650-691-2121.

Palo Alto Philharmonic Baroque Music ConcerNew
Sat, Sept 12, 8 PM, First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto
Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with baroque ensembles, with select soloists and small ensembles performing an array of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. General admission tickets are: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from  [] or at the door one half-hour before the performance.
"Unmasked" -  a documentary film produced by a group of Paly & Gunn Students
Sat, Sept. 12 (SOLD OUT), Sat. Sept 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Mitchell Park Community Center
Reserve your free tickets to a showing of the documentary film, "Unmasked", a film produced by a group of Gunn and Paly students to break the stigma of teen mental health and inspire hope throughout the community. This film features interviews with students, teachers, administration, parents and community professionals.
"The DocX Team has taken a complex and delicate topic and treated it with great sophistication, care, and sensitivity. With courage, honesty, and compassion, their film is a welcome invitation for constructive community dialogue to better understand and prevent the tragedy of suicide. If this is an indication of what the next generation of leaders can and will do, I have high hopes for a healthier and kinder future." 
-Kathleen Blanchard, Project Safety Net Steering Committee Member 
The event is free but tickets are required. Visit!screening_press/c1t44 or 

Buddies4Math: Help 2nd-5th Graders with Math, Earn Community Svc Hours
Most Fridays from 4:05-5:55pm, 1st semester tutoring Sep 11-Dec 4 at Castro Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
Buddies4Math is a great opportunity to help elementary school students who struggle with math while earning community service hours and working with friends. The program has had incredible quantifiable (STAR test) results, due in part to the work of Paly student volunteers. Volunteering for all sessions throughout the year is roughly equivalent to half the requirements for the President's Volunteer Service Award. Buddies4Math seeks Paly students interesting in tutoring and also those willing to take on leadership positions in the program under the mentorship of current student leaders. Contact or visit for additional information.

Westly Foundation Prize for Young Innovators Solving Community Problems  
Applications due 9/15
The Westly Foundation is offering $20,000 prizes to innovators under age 29 with novel solutions to community problems. Applications are due on September 15 for the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California.  The Prize rewards committed and creative doers making the world a better place.  Innovations must be prototyped, and can be non-profit or for-profit with a strong social purpose. High school students are eligible to win! Learn more and apply at

Volunteering Opportunity at Foundation for a College Education's STEAM Middle School Program

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 3:30-6pm, September 2015 - June 2016
Foundation for a College Education: 2160 Euclid Ave, East Palo Alto
STEAM is looking for Volunteer Tutors to work with middle school students from East Palo Alto on homework assignments and enrichment projects. We hope that volunteers will serve as role models and encourage students to attend college. This a great opportunity to build your network, serve your community, and positively affect the learning experiences of our middle school students. Please contact for more information or to sign up!

Matemagos Math Tutoring in Spanish: Help Kinder-1st Graders with Math, Gain Valuable Experience Volunteering
Thurs, Sep. 10-Nov.12, 3:30-4:30pm, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto
Tutor Orientation Sept. 3
Matemagos provides a great opportunity to work with Kinder and First Grade Spanish Immersion students in math through fun and engaging games. Tutors gain valuable experience through service while using their Spanish language skills and giving back to the community. Contact for details.

Drive Electric! Palo Alto Electric Vehicle Celebration 
Sun, Sept. 13, 1-4 pm, 314 Stanford Ave
Want to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) and how they can save you money, increase your driving fun, and add more free time to your life?  Come test drive one or more models, Sunday, 13 September, and meet a number of long-time EV owners.   Get your questions answered on range, charging, batteries and experience the instant torque of an EV.  See:
Simultaneously, tour; one of the nation's first Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum Passive Homes.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association, Acterra and the Escondido Green Team   

Mid Pen Media Center  
Sun, Sept. 13, 2-5pm, 900 San Antonio Road 
This celebration is free and everyone is welcome!  There will be activities for all age groups that explore our programs and that will teach you different aspects of storytelling.  Keynote speaker at 4:00 PM, John C. Hollar, CEO of the Computer History Museum.  For more information:

Sanskrit Classes
Sun, Sept. 13, 4pm
Samskrita Bharati Palo Alto is organizing Sanskrit Classes for children and adults. Anyone age 5 and above (for adults there is a separate class at the same time).  Click for more information.

Palo Alto Art Center New Exhibition Front Yard/BackStreet
Fri, Sept. 18, 7-10 pm
Front Yard/Backstreet showcases the role of community in our lives, through the work of 15 contemporary artists. Notably, the map project by artist Kate Pocrass, This is Happiness: Palo Alto, will be available for visitors in the exhibition, and work by artist-in-residence Joel Daniel Phillips focused on the Buena Vista Mobile Home Community will also be on view. Click for more information. 

Community Service Opportunity: Coastal Clean Up Day
Sat, Sept. 19, 9 am-noon, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two Coastal Clean Up sites to clean up litter in the Baylands. Please go to to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers.Three hours of community service will be available.

Mindful Moms Group for PAUSD Moms of Teens and Preteens - Sponsored by Gunn PTSA
Wed, Sept.23-Nov 18 (no class Nov 11), 7-9pm, Gunn Library
All moms share a vital need for connection, yet moms of teens are often so focused on them that they neglect their own health and wellbeing. To support our teens we must invest in our own self-care. Our 8-week group will empower you with evidence-based mindfulness tools to reduce stress and improve your mood so you can bring balance and stability to your home life. Andrea Castillo, PhD, has been teaching Mindfulness since 2007 and is a proud mom of a Gunn graduate.   The cost is $299. Some scholarships are available. To register please visit Preregistration is required. Mind Body Spirit Moms is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of moms in the bay area. For questions please contact Jackie at
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - By Company Theater Unspeakable
Fri, Sept. 25, 7pm & Sun, Sept 26 12pm & 2pm, Palo Alto Children's Theatre
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION takes the audience on a fast-paced journey through history in just 50 minutes!  Using only the actors' bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, this production combines an engaging learning experience with imaginative physical theatre! Suggested ages: 6 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to:  Bringing a youth group? Use code FIELDTRIP to get $10 tickets! (Note: discount code valid when purchasing 8 or more tickets.)
Fall Classes at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre - Register Now!
Register today for Theatre, Music and Dance classes at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre! Highlights of the Fall Catalogue include Creative Dramatics, Intro to Acting, Shaking Shakespeare, Acting for Film, Prince and Princess Ballet, plus private acting and vocal classes - and much more! To start the registration process, please visit: and click the CLASSES link.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Celebrates Artists at Work
Artists at Work on view September 9, 2015-January 18, 2016
The Cantor Arts Center presents a major new exhibition, Artists at Work, which examines how artists become inspired, how artists make objects and how place impacts artists' work. Includes works by Édouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and other renowned American and European artists. Also included are loaned works by contemporary artists Trevor Paglen, Garth Weiser, Hope Gangloff and Rachel Owens, among others. The Cantor Arts Center is open six days a week, Wed-Mon, 11 AM -5 PM, Thurs until 8 PM. Admission is free. The Cantor is located on the Stanford campus. Information: 650-723-4177,
Are you having your child (6m-13yo) vaccinated against the flu this fall?
Stanford University would appreciate your help in furthering seasonal flu research by volunteering your child for a study. Your participation will help scientists better understand the immune system by studying the responses to the flu vaccine. Your child will receive the same current FDA-licensed seasonal flu vaccine otherwise given by their pediatricians at no cost + $30 for every visit completed. A small blood sample or nasal swab may be collected.
For further information, contact:  (650) 498-7284 or

Calling all teens!  Rock your entrepreneurial spirit and join DesignFarm! 
Wed or Thurs , Sept. 23 - Dec. 17, after school, Mitchell Park Community Center
Ever wonder how people come up with great ideas? We'll show you how using the design thinking process!  Do you have an idea but are feeling overwhelmed about how to move it forward? Connect with mentors to move your idea forward. In our program, we don't want to talk about design thinking, we do it!  Harness you natural creativity to define why and when, and our mentors will show you how and when to make it real. Whether it's a widget, a social problem, or something for your own personal development.
Join us this fall. For more information and registration visit or email

Stanford Sleep Study
We are currently conducting a study to help teens (14-18) go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.  The treatment involves use of a light device that is placed by the child's bedside and flashes periodically throughout the night. Teens also meet for four sessions with a licensed psychologist at Stanford University to learn about sleep and strategies to improve sleep. The paid study requires completing a sleep diary daily for five weeks. Please contact the Zeitzer Laboratory at teensleep@stanford.eduor (650) 725-7767.
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