Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, October 4, 2015
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The Paly Link is distributed on Sundays, except during school breaks and holidays.  Changes will be highlighted as New/Updated/Corrected.  To submit an article, see Submissions Guidelines.
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College Visits (C&CC ) New 
Oct. 4
Paly Theater Presents: Shrek Jr, 4pm & 7pm, Haymarket (Paly)
Week ofOct. 5Volunteers Needed for Walk, Bike & Roll Day, Paly (PTSA)
Oct. 6
Friends of Paly Choirs Meeting, 7:30pm, Library (Paly
Oct. 6
An Evening w/ Dr. Tom Hehir, 6:30pm, PAUSD Boardroom (PAUSD
Oct. 7
Junior Parent Night, 7pm, Haymarket (Paly
Oct. 8
Panda Express Fundraiser for Sports Boosters, 11am-10pm (PalyNew
Oct. 8
Coffee with Dr. Tom Heir,  8:30am, JLS Middle School (PAUSD
Oct. 8
Student Services Fair,  6pm, Jordan Middle School (PAUSD
Oct. 9
Class of 2016 Transcript Community Service Hours Due--LAST DAY! New  (CommSvc
Oct. 9
Date Correction: Community Service Internship Applications Due New      (CommSvc)
Oct 12
College Fair, 6:30-8:30pm, Library & Student Center (C&CC)
Oct. 14
Paly MAC Boosters Meeting, 7pm, Paly MAC Rm 105 (Paly
Oct. 14
Paly Sports Boosters Meeting, 7pm, 1401 Parkinson Ave. (PalyNew
FridayOct. 16Junior Parent Network Mtg., 8:45am, 234 Walter Hays Drive (PTSA) New
Oct. 16
Paly Gear Sale, 11:30am, Viking Athletic Field (Paly)  New
Oct. 18
Safety & Emergency Preparedness Fair, 2-pm, Addison School (PalyNew

Principal's Message
Dear Parents,

Looking ahead, we have a four-day week due to Friday's Professional Learning day for staff (no school for students), which means Monday is a "B" day.   Wednesday night is Junior Parent night, hosted by the Guidance Department, which begins at 7pm in the Haymarket theater.  Thursday marks the end of the first quarter and deadline for dropping a class. Thursday is also our "Paly Walks and Rolls" day, where students and staff are encouraged to bike, scoot or walk to school.  And in the blink of an eye, the first quarter of the school year will be over!

We'll be sending information out soon with additional details regarding PSAT day, Spirit Week and other October events and activities.  Until then, I hope you are able to enjoy the long weekend ahead and find some "play time, down time and family time." 

Take care,

Kim Diorio
PTSA and PTA AnnouncementsPTSA
2015-16 Paly PTSA Online Student Directory  New
The Paly PTSA Online Student Directory ( has been refreshed with student data provided by PAUSD. The Directory contains contact info for all Paly families who agreed to be listed in the Directory when they registered their Paly student(s).  
To access the Directory, you'll need to log in with the same email address that you provided to PAUSD when you registered your student. If it's your first time accessing the Directory, you'll need to set up your password by going through the password recovery process described on the homepage. If you have a login from last year, it should continue to work as long as your student is still attending Paly.
All updates made prior to October 16th will be included in the paper version of the Directory. In the spirit of conservation, only a limited number of copies will be printed. Please watch Paly Link for availability.

Volunteers Needed to Welcome Students to Paly on Walk & Roll Day 
Thurs. Oct. 8, 7:30-8:30 am
We're asking families to make a special effort to avoid solo driving the week of Oct. 5. To recognize students using those alternatives, one day that week we will hand out Hershey's Kisses to as many kids as possible coming to campus on foot, bike, bus, or carpool. We STILL NEED 10 more volunteers for just 1 hour, Thurs. Oct. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., to do the distribution and offer smiles to students at various entry points around campus. If you can help, please email Judd Volino at, or call 301-943-1764. Dads especially encouraged to help!

Junior Parent Network Meeting New
Fri, Oct. 16, 8:45-10:30 am, 234 Walter Hays Drive
Now that you have heard from our Guidance Counselor Selene, and our College Counselors at the Junior Parent night, ask Felicia Fahey, private college counselor, any remaining questions that you may have.  Coffee/Snacks welcome.  Questions?

Safety and Emergency Awareness and Preparedness Fair
Sun, Oct. 18, 2-5 pm, Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Ave.
Are you prepared?  Please come to the Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) and Home Safety Fair. Find out how to prepare your family for any type of emergency. Family and pet safety, hands only CPR demo, martial arts demo, bicycle safety.  Free Admission and prizes - more info: &

Latte Cart Volunteers Needed
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.
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Paly Theatre presents: Shrek Jr. 
Sun. Oct. 4, 2pm & 7pm, Palo Alto High School Haymarket Theatre
Shrek is a loveable ogre who sets out with his tag-along sidekick, Donkey, to save the lovely Princess Fiona from a castle tower guarded by a lonely Dragon. If Shrek can bring Princess Fiona back to the "kingdom" of Duloc and hand her over to the miniscule Lord  for betrothal, Shrek will be given full ownership of the swamp. Not surprisingly, things don't go as planned. Shrek is a tale full of wit, romance and the lesson that all creatures are worthy of love, big or small, chubby or wan, but most especially, the freaks. This wonderful musical is good for ages 5 to 100! Students & Children $5.00, Adults $10.00, reserved seats are available at  or at the door. 
Box office opens one hour prior to curtain. 

Friends of Paly Choirs (FOPC) Meeting 
Tues, Oct. 6, 7:30pm, Paly Library
Please join us for a brief update on all things choir!  We will be discussing the upcoming Fall Concert as well as beginning to plan this year's Madrigal Feaste.  Questions?  Please contact the FOPC Board at

Junior Parent Night
Wed, Oct. 7, 7-8:30pm  Haymarket Theater
Come join us for an informational evening about junior year.  Topics will include:
  • Graduation vs 4 Yr College Eligibility
  • Available support for all students
  • Post High School Options
  • How college applicants are evaluated
  • Teacher vs Teacher Advisor Letter
  • Timeline for Juniors
  • Testing sequence
  • GPAs and more....
The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser  New
Pre-Order Your Tree Today! (Now - through November 1st)
Get a head start on your Holiday preparations and support the Paly Sports Boosters at the same time!  We're doing things a little differently this year, and doing pre-ordering of Christmas Trees.  In order to participate, simply complete the tree pre-order form and drop it off in the office with your payment by November 1st or buy your tree online at:
Then, during our Tree Distribution Weekend, (December 4th-6th) you and your family will come to our tree lot to pick-out your tree.  Yes, you still get to pick out your tree.  These beautiful Noble and Douglas Fir trees will come directly from Oregon and arrive within 72 hours of being cut. Distribution Weekend will include Holiday Festivities, Holiday gift vendors, entertainment, food, and of course your chance to pick up Paly Gear for all your Holiday needs.
All tree, garland and wreath sales are 50% Tax Deductible and Allproceeds benefit all of Paly's sports programs.  THANK YOU for supporting the Paly Sports Boosters.

Panda Express fundraiser benefitting Paly Sports Boosters New
Thurs, Oct. 8, 11am-10pm
Mark your calendar and plan to dine in support of Paly Sports Boosters! 20% of your check at the Palo Alto Panda Express will benefit Paly Athletics. Must present flyer with order. Come for lunch! Come for dinner! Eat in or order out! Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics.

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 
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, 

PSAT Day New
Wed, Oct. 14
October 14 is PSAT Day.  There will be no regular classes for students.  Here is a breakdown of how the day will be organized:

11th Grade
PSAT - All 11th grade students will take the PSAT during the morning.  Information regarding where to report will be posted around campus. Please report promptly to your assigned classroom with ID, calculator, and pencil. Students will be done for the day by noon.

9th, 10th, & 12th Grade
We will implement a "flex time" model for all other grade levels where students who choose to come to school can see teachers for extra help in specific subjects, use this time to get caught up with homework, make-up a test or lab, and/or study with their friends. Resource centers (math, social studies, English, science, foreign language - rm 401, and special education - center 300) will be open for students to receive additional help from certificated teachers in the respective subject areas.  We will also have college-specific workshops available for our seniors to attend. Senior workshops are listed below. We want students to feel empowered to use this time to their benefit.  Students will be done for the day by noon.
Workshops for 12th Grade Students Only:
Session 1: 9:00 - 10:15
Session 2: 10:30 - 11:45

We are hosting a number of senior workshops and question and answer sessions to assist our seniors during the busy college application season. Seniors have the option of attending any of the following workshops:
  • College Application Help and Q&A College Advisor Sandra Cernobori and Guidance Counselor Charles Taylor will cover the "nuts and bolts" of applying to private and/or out-of-state colleges (tracking application requirements and deadlines, questions about completing the Common App, rec forms needed, etc.) and individual questions/help.  This workshop will be held during both sessions in CL-2.
  • Let's Get Started on UC and CSU applications - College Advisor Alice Erber and Guidance Counselor Selene Singares will meet with students in CL-1 to start working on CSU and UC applications.  CSU Mentor, the California State University application is online from October 1 -November 30. If you need help completing the CSU application, come to this workshop to help you get started.  Students can also get a jump start on the UC application. Please bring a copy of your transcript and a resume of your activities (if you have one).  This workshop will be held during both sessions in CL-1 (P1).
  •  College Interviews from the Inside Out - Guidance Counselor Paige Johnson will talk about what college interviewers are looking for and how to prepare for a college interview.  Ms. Johnson is an alumna interviewer for her alma maters.  This session will be held in the LCR for Session 2 only.
  •  Community College Overview -  Whether you decide to work toward a four-year degree college or university degree at schools like Cal Poly, Santa Clara University, and UCLA or train for a technical occupation like dental hygiene or firefighting, the community college system may be right for you. At an annual tuition cost less than $1000, many students choose this option to pursue their post-high school dreams. Come to the Writing Center (Library) to get detailed information about the great programs that our 110 community college campuses have to offer.  This session will be presented by Guidance Counselor Susan Shultz and Outreach Counselor Crystal Laguna in the 1700 building for Session 2 only
  • Financial LiteracyWant to learn about how to manage your money? This session will be hosted by Vicki Kim and Star One Credit Union. This workshop will be held during both sessions.  Location TBD.
  • College Essay Help! - Need someone to proofread your college essays? Or are you struggling with writer's block?  This workshop will provide you with the time and opportunity to work on your essay in a supportive environment. Remember to bring a copy of your rough draft.  Teachers who will support you in writing your essay are Ms. Launer, Mr. Bark, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Davis and Mr. Rapaport.  Come to the 2nd floor of the MAC and we will break into small groups. This workshop will be held both sessions.
Paly MAC Boosters Meeting 
Wed, Oct .14, 7 pm, Paly Media Arts Center Room 105
We are looking to grow our volunteer community for MAC Boosters!  Please come to our first meeting of the school year to learn more about MAC Boosters.  Whether you would like to be called on for individual projects or would like to lead a new effort or lead one of our existing fundraisers, we can use you and your valuable input.  For more information about MAC Boosters, visit us at

Paly Sports Boosters Meeting New
Wed, Oct. 14, 7pm Anderson home, 1401 Parkinson Ave 
Join us for the monthly Paly Sports Boosters meeting at the home of co-president, Melissa Anderson. We'll get an update from Athletic Director Kathi Bowers and hear about our upcoming Holiday Tree Fundraising Program (you can pre-order your tree in October!)

Paly Gear Sale! New
Fri, Oct. 16, 11:30-4:30, Viking Athletic Field/snack shack
There is no better way to show your Paly spirit, and just in time for Spirit Week.  All your Favorite Paly Gear classics are in stock, plus great new things. Hoodies, pants, shorts, hats, bags, lanyards, water bottles, and more......  Free gift for the first 20 purchasers! cash, checks, or credit cards welcome

Spirit Week 2015 New
Week of October 19-23
Viking Parents - Spirit Week 2015 approaches.  Arguably the biggest week of the year for students, Spirit Week is Homecoming taken to another level, with games and competitions held each day at lunch.  Students dress up, build floats, created dances and cheer their hearts out for a full week.  There are also opportunities for you to join in the fun, or just come and watch the show.  For all things Spirit Week, please go to:

Spirit Week Volunteering!  Updated
October 17-22
The students begin float construction the weekend of October 17th and 18th with float building/decorating continuing during the week of Oct 19-22nd after school and through dinner. We need to feed these hungry, spirited builders as well as provide adult assistance and supervision. Please volunteer by using the google doc below! Food donations are listed by GRADE level. Volunteering your time during the day or evening is listed below the food sign ups. This is a fun and easy way to be part of the spirit that is PALY!!

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 Gym Floorboards for Sale 
Your last chance to own a piece of Paly history! Multiple sizes of these commemorative pieces of the Paly gym floor available. Proceeds benefit Paly Athletics. Contact Melissa Anderson or see flyer for more details.
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.

MEI Academy
Thurs., Oct. 1, at lunch, in front of the Student Center 
A representative from MEI Academy will be on campus at lunch in front of the Student Center on Thurs., Oct. 1.  MEI Academy is an International School that offers transferrable credits to grade 11 and 12 students; they have 1 course & 2 course summer programs, a first semester program, a second semester program, or a combined full year program (that can also be used as a Gap year option). Each program offered travels to various parts of the world depending on the courses the students choose to take. This program also offers Advanced Placement courses, which most colleges in the United States offer accreditation for!  If you would like more information, stop by her table or go to

UC Davis Pre-Health Alliance conference 
October 10-11
Interested in a health profession?  Attend the UC Davis Pre-Health Alliance conference! There are over 300 workshops offered so there's bound to be a topic relevant for you.  This national conference always sells out so for more info and to register, go here now: 

College Fair at PALY 
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 of 10/5: 
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering   10/5/15   10:00 AM
Williams College   10/5/15   1:00 PM
Pitzer College   10/5/15   2:00 PM
University of Washington   10/5/15   2:45 PM
George Mason University   10/6/15   8:15 AM
Hobart and William Smith Colleges   10/6/15   9:00 AM
Saint Mary's College of California   10/6/15   10:45 AM
Kenyon College   10/7/15   8:15 AM
Vanderbilt University   10/7/15   9:00 AM
Sciences Po-Columbia University Dual BA Program   10/7/15   10:00 AM
The New School-Eugene Lang College   10/7/15   10:45 AM
University of Nevada, Reno   10/7/15   12:15 PM
University of Puget Sound    10/7/15   1:00 PM
Bryn Mawr College   10/7/15    2:00 PM
Seton Hall University   10/7/15    2:45 PM
Haverford College   10/8/15    8:15 AM
Stonehill College   10/8/15    9:00 AM
University of Massachusetts, Amherst   10/8/15   10:00 AM
University of Utah   10/8/15    10:45 AM
University of Connecticut   10/8/15   12:15 PM

Week of 10/12 (ALL NEW):
Gonzaga University   10/12/15   9:00 AM
Portland State University   10/12/15   10:00 AM
University of Colorado at Boulder   10/12/15   10:45 AM
University of Redlands   10/12/15   12:15 PM
Illinois Institute of Technology   10/12/15   1:00 PM
U.S. Navy ROTC  10/12/15   2:00 PM
University of Southern California   10/12/15   2:45 PM
Colorado Mesa University   10/13/15   8:15 AM
The George Washington University   10/13/15   9:00 AM
Princeton University    10/13/15   11:30 AM
Colby College   10/13/15   12:15 PM
Connecticut College   10/13/15   1:00 PM
Queens University of Charlotte   10/13/15   2:00 PM
University of Michigan   10/15/15   8:15 AM
Air Force ROTC   10/15/15   10:00 AM
Azusa Pacific University     10/15/15   10:45 AM
University of Richmond   10/16/15   8:15 AM
Bucknell University   10/16/15   9:00 AM
Tulane University   10/16/15   2:00 PM
Villanova University   10/16/15  2:45 PM

OFF-CAMPUS Visits for weeks of 9/27 and 10/5
(Details - Naviance/colleges/upcoming visits click "information")
Dartmouth College   9/28/15   7:00 PM  Atherton
Johns Hopkins University    9/28/15  7:00 PM  Mt. View
Emory University   10/6/15     7:00 PM  San Jose
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    10/6/15   7:00 PM  San Jose
University of Notre Dame   10/6/15   7:00 PM  San Jose 
Tufts University   10/6/15    7:00 PM   San Mateo
University of Virginia    10/6/15   7:00 PM  San Jose

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through October 17
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  Navianceusing 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. 

AES Engineering Scholarship - official deadline 10/7 
Robertson Scholars Leadership Program at Duke Univ. and Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - PALY deadline for nomination 10/1, university deadline for nomination 10/15 

Community ServiceCommSvc
Students looking for a meaningful community-based internship?  Updated
Check out the new internship program with Get Involved Palo Alto! Great for Living Skills hours, transcript recognition goals, President's Award, and simply something fun to do. APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH @ 6pm. Print application from internship page, scan and email to:
  • Georgetown University Energy Saving Competition (3)
  • PAUSD Water Bottle Filling Station (3)
  • City of Palo Alto Web Page Design Internship (2)
  • Jordan Homework Club Managers (2)
  • PAHS Career Month Committee Member (1) 
Get Involved! Students: Pursue Your Interests with Community Service 
While community service is not a graduation requirement in PAUSD, roughly one-third of students do complete 100 hours or more while in high school as a way to pursue their interests and passions, and share talents and skills. Discover the hundreds of ways you can Get Involved by perusing the stories found in these resources: videos, essays, photos, and more! 
Paly Career & Community Center Hours (Week of 10/5)
Mon: 3:30-5:00pm
Tues: 2:30-5:00pm
Weds: 1:00-5:00pm  

Make a Difference Day New
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30am-2pm, King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave.,
All Ages Welcome!
Join the Palo Alto YMCA Family, the City of Palo Alto, and Youth Community Service on National Make a Difference Day!  The day will kick off with breakfast and a guest speaker.  Groups will then go out to volunteer at various service sites around the area.  After their community service activities, all groups will come back to King Plaza for lunch and to participate in a community art reflection.
For more information and to register, visit:

Flexible and Convenient Community Service Opportunity at Jordan Middle School 
Various weekday afternoons in October, 750 N. California Ave
The Jordan Middle School Volleyball Program needs volunteers to help during matches (as line judges and scorekeepers). No volleyball experience/knowledge or special training is required. Students can signup to work at one match or at multiple matches (each match lasts about 35-45 min). For more information and to signup: Questions? Patrick Rode, Jordan Athletic Director,

PAUSD IS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED CANDIDATES for the "Coordinator for District Communications" position. The Coordinator is responsible for communicating key information about the district both internally and to the general public. The Coordinator is also responsible for promoting a better understanding of the school district's objectives, programs, and achievements; promoting a community climate of support for the district; and providing communication services to schools and departments. The district is looking for someone with experience in public relations, journalism, public school administration or a similar background. See job details and apply online here.

Inclusive Schools: Every Student, Every Day 
Tues, Oct. 6, 86:30-8pm, PAUSD Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue
Parents, educators and staff are welcome to join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Tom Hehir of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  An advocate for children with disabilities in the education system, Dr. Hehir will join the district in partnership to review our systems of support for all students. For more information.

Morning Coffee with Dr. Hehir  
Thurs, Oct. 8, 8:30-9:45am, JLS Middle School Room 730
Join us for morning coffee with Dr. Heir. 

PAUSD Student Services Fair 
Thurs, Oct. 8, 6-8pm, Jordan Middle School
PAUSD promotes school settings in which students, staff, parents and the community work collaboratively to ensure that each student is emotionally and physically healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Please join us to learn more about how you can support your child's journey to success! Spanish and Mandarin translation will be offered. Street Parking Available. For questions about the Student Services Fair please contact Student Services at 650-833-4208 or  Click for more information
Share your Passion & Expertise - Become an Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program Mentor to Gunn and/or Paly Student(s) New
Mentor Matching Oct 1-15
People with passion can change the world for the better, please let our Titans (Gunn) & Vikings (Paly) discover their passion with you... The AAR student application deadline is fast approaching, we are looking for more mentors. If you are willing to participate as a mentor or want to learn more about the role, please email or visit to learn more and apply online. Your time commitment can be flexible, as the AAR program will provide students the necessary support to allow this flexible time commitment.  The Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program is a unique opportunity for PAUSD students in grades 10-12 to do original research in an area of their choosing. These students will bring passion, curiosity, and perseverance to the program. The students will be paired with mentors/advisors who are experts in the field of the student's choosing. It is possible for more than one student to work on a given project. The mentor will support and facilitate the student's work in the mentor's lab, office, or other appropriate environment. The student's research will be supported by the process oriented curriculum developed by the AAR team. The expectation is that students will spend about 60 hours per semester (3-4 hours per week) on their project. The program is offered as a Pass/Fail option and will earn 5 credits per semester.  Learn more about the Advanced Authentic Research Program:

Love Art and Art History? 
Weekly meetings held every Friday, 9:30-11 am at Art Education, 25F Churchill Avenue
Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.  Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours. 
For more information contact Art Education (650) 329-3939 or email Emily at
Mindset: Helping Children and Adults Fulfill Their Potential
Sun, Oct. 4, Palo Alto JCC
World renowned Psychologist Carol Dweck (her book  "Mindset"  is a #1 best seller on  Amazon) will speak. Her research shows how a growth mindset can promoted achievement in education and innovation in business. She has discovered that praise for intelligence can actually undermine performance. She will share some other common pitfalls and help you achieve a growth mindset.
Tickets: $10 member , $12 General public , $17 At the door 
For more information please

Let's Talk sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC 
Mon, Oct. 5, 7 - 9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road
Let's Talk is a chance for parents to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.  
This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  This event is free and registration is not required.

Teen Workshop: Meet the Artist & Workshop: Joel Daniel Phillips 
Thurs, Oct. 8, 6-≠8:30pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, $15R/$17NR
The evening begins with an artist talk and tour led by contemporary artist Joel Daniel Phillips. Phillips, who was in residence in the Art Center's Glass Gallery this summer, has work currently on view in the Art Center's exhibition FrontYard/Backstreet (September 19-≠- December 13). After his talk, students enter the studio with an Art Center teaching artist who guides them through an art-≠making workshop that builds upon the processes, concepts, and medium discussed by the artist. Participants walk away with a deeper understanding of new and diverse artistic approaches and are able to take home an original work of art they have created during the workshop.
To register, please visit and search "Meet the Artist". For more information call 650.329.2366 or contact Lauren Baines at

Participate in the 7
TH Annual Ride & Yoga For Ravenswood Fundraiser! 
Sun, Oct. 11, 8am-1pm, 210 Park Lane, Atherton, CA
Help fundraise for the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a community health center providing medical services to Silicon Valley's low-income residents, by participating in a 30- or 50-mile bike ride ($100 registration), or a 90-minute yoga class ($30 registration). We all prosper when everyone has access to healthcare - Ravenswood prevents thousands of ER visits every year, saving Silicon Valley hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars. Event includes breakfast, coffee, and lunch for all, and a jersey (for bikers) or hand towel (for yogis) with advance registration. Helmets and yoga mats are bring-your-own. Riders and yogis of all ages are welcome; child care/Spanish translation services not provided. Visit or email for more information or to register.
Teen Read Week
Tue, Oct 20, 4-6 pm , Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road  
Teen Tuesday event at Mitchell Park Library. Enjoy a break from everything to watch a newly released movie packed with adventure. Snacks provided.

Suicide Prevention and Grieving 
Wed, Oct . 21, 7-9pm Covington Elementary,School, 205 Covington, Los Altos
Presented by Charlotte Ross Fisher, who was the founding CEO at the Suicide Prevention & Crisis Center of San Mateo County for over 22 years and was Executive director of Youth Suicide National Center in Washington, DC.  This event is free and registration is not required.  This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC.  For more information, see www.
SELPA 1 CAC.  For more information, see

Make a Difference Day New
Sat, Oct. 24, 8:30am-2pm, King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
All Ages Welcome!
Join the Palo Alto YMCA Family, the City of Palo Alto, and Youth Community Service on National Make a Difference Day!  The day will kick off with breakfast and a guest speaker.  Groups will then go out to volunteer at various service sites around the area.  After their community service activities, all groups will come back to King Plaza for lunch and to participate in a community art reflection.
For more information and to register, visit:  >

Participate in WALK THE WALL New
Sun, Nov. 8; 1-3 PM, Walk-a-thon around Shoreline Lake
Walk the Wall is a global movement organized by International China Concern to overcome abandonment in China. The annual walk-a-thon gives participants from K-12 to fundraise for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information:  Event website: Walk the Wall 2015 - San Francisco - Home

The Legischool Project:  Essay  and Editorial Cartoon Contests New
This year's essay contest [] focuses on political participation among young people. What changes will increase participation among your peers? Winners receive round-trip travel to Sacramento to meet with state leaders and share their views. DEADLINE: November 18.
The editorial cartoon contest  [] gives students a chance to think critically and express themselves creatively. Cartoons must be centered on a policy topic that affects California. All high school students are invited to participate. Winners receive cash prizes and their cartoons will be featured on KQED's website. DEADLINE: December 4.  For more information:

Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Students
Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 53 years, and is still accepting new enrollment. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool - Grade 12, for students from heritage families. The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from K - Grade 7, for students with little exposure to Chinese language. For more info, check or email

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.
Buddies4Math: Help 2nd-5th Graders with Math, Earn Community Svc Hours
Most Fridays from 4:05-5:55pm, 1st semester tutoring through 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.

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

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Celebrates Artists at Work 
Artists at Work on view through 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 …douard 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,

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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