Paly Link

A PTSA publication

**NOTE: Due to extenuating circumstances, the next Paly Link will be sent out Monday, Oct. 19, afternoon (in lieu of Sunday, Oct. 18, morning)** 

Sunday, October 11, 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 12
College Fair, 6:30-8:30pm, Library & Student Center (C&CC)
Oct. 12
Site Council Meeting, 3:45pm,MAC Boardroom. Agenda:
Oct. 14
Oct. 14
Paly MAC Boosters Meeting, 7pm, Paly MAC Rm 105 (Paly
Oct. 14
Paly Sports Boosters Meeting, 7pm, 1401 Parkinson Ave. (Paly
Oct. 15
Senior Parent Baby Ads & senior portraits due! (Paly) New
FridayOct. 16Junior Parent Network Mtg., 8:45am, 234 Walter Hays Drive (PTSA)
Oct. 16
Paly Gear Sale, 11:30am, Viking Athletic Field (Paly
Oct. 18
Safety & Emergency Preparedness Fair, 2-pm, Addison School (Paly
Oct. 19
Paly Robotics Parents & Boosters Mtg, 7:30pm, Paly Robotics Lab (Rm 903) (PalyNew
Oct. 22
Paly Jazz Bands & Orchestra Concert, 7pm, Haymarket (PalyNew
Oct. 30
Sophomores Parent Network Mtg, 8:30am, 2311 Middlefield Rd (PalyNew
Oct. 31
Paly Golf Team Halloween Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 9-11am, Student Center  (Paly) New

Principal's Message
Dear Parents, 

We had an amazing professional learning day on Friday.  Both Paly and Gunn teachers and staff attended the Palo Alto Summit which took place on Paly's campus.  It was a a high-energy, fast-paced, conference-style event. The theme was Moonshots in Education with participants being encouraged to think big and think outside their comfort zones as they re-imagine what education in their classrooms might look like.  If you have a minute, take a look at the agenda to learn about the session presenters and discover the possibilities that lie ahead for our students.  The day was a huge success thanks to the behind-the-scenes planning of Paly teacher's Kindel Launer, Emily Garrison and Esther Wojicki,who deserve a huge shout-out.

Looking ahead to this week, we have another 4-day instructional week for students with Monday being a "B" day.  Details for Wednesday, October 14th, have been posted here and sent out to students and parents via IC and Schoology. For freshman and sophomore parents, please know we will NOT be taking attendance on Wednesday, and there will be no new instruction.  With Spirit Week on the horizon, we believe the best use of time for your children is the "gift of time" before Spirit Week kicks-off. If your student needs to catch-up on sleep, this would be a good day to let them stay home and take care of their physical/emotional well-being. If your student needs extra help from a teacher, needs to make up a test, or wants to get ahead with their school work, teachers will be available in the resource centers and both the library and testing center will be open during the morning for students. We're ready to support you and your family, however that works best for our students, on this day. If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance office at (650) 329-3712.  

Finally, please know we are committed to the core purpose of our school which is to affirm the potential of every Paly student in an environment of support and inspiration where people work together and lift each other toward great personal growth. We appreciate your continued partnership and support. 

With gratitude,

Kim Diorio
PTSA and PTA AnnouncementsPTSA

Senior Parent Baby Ads (and also senior portraits!) due!  New 

Deadline: October 15 

Parent ad work sessions: Weds, Oct. 7 and Weds, Oct.14, 2-6pm.  

It's open-house-style, so feel free to stop by for a short while when it's convenient for you, any time during either of those two sessions; your ad can probably be constructed in 15-20 minutes, but you are welcome to stay for as long as it takes to make sure it looks great! 

Bring your photos (digital or prints), the wording you'd like for the ad, and your payment in check or cash (prices range from $95 for a one-block ad to $450 for a full page). 

Please email yearbook adviser Brian Wilson with any questions: 


Junior Parent Network Meeting
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: &

Class of 2018 (Sophomores) Parent Network Meeting  New
Fri, Oct. 30, 8:30-10 am, home of Laili Javid, 2311 Middlefield Road (between N. California Ave. & Garland Dr., close to Jordan Middle School)
Jonathan Frecceri (Paly Therapist) will speak about Paly's new Sources of Strength/Paly Wellness Initiative Program. Many parents had questions about this program at our Sept. meeting. At this Oct. 30 meeting, we'll hear more details and answer more questions. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Contact Julia Kossack ( or Julie Tomz (

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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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. The food delivery sign ups are coming along - thank you!  But we still need more parents to volunteer time during the days and evenings in the Auto Shop to help supervise and support the students as they create their floats.  It's a great, fun and easy way to get involved!!  Please sign up on this Google Doc: Or contact Spirit Week Co-Chairs: Mego Tracy  or Susan Scheel

KIRK'S Steakburgers fundraiser benefitting Paly Sports Boosters   New
Monday, October 12 from 11AM to 9PM
Round 2 of Paly Sports Boosters restaurant fundraisers! Come enjoy delicious KIRK'S Steakburger and support Paly Athletics. A generous 30% of your check at KIRK'S will benefit all sports at Paly. Come for lunch! Come for dinner! Eat in or order out! Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics. (Must present flyer with order.)

The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser 
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.

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  Updated - please read!
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 from 8:15 until approximately 12:00 p.m.  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 have college-specific workshops available for our seniors - we highly encourage them to attend. Senior workshops are listed below. For students in 9th and 10th grade, and seniors who choose not to attend the workshops below, we will implement a "flex time" model 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, special education - center 300, AVID - 305, and TEAM - P9) will be open for students from 8:15-noon to receive additional help from certificated teachers in the respective subject areas.  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 upstairs in the Tower Building- room 28.
  • 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
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!
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.
Paly Robotics Parents and Boosters Meeting  New
Monday, October 19th 7:30 pm, Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903)
Parents and robotics boosters:  Come to the Boosters Board of Directors meeting to find out about and support the team.   If you have questions email

Spirit Week 2015
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:
Paly Jazz Bands & Orchestra Concert  New
Thursday, Oct 22, 7pm, Haymarket Theatre
The Paly Instrumental Music Department presents the Jazz Bands & Orchestra in their debut concert of the year with Jeff Willner conducting. Free admission.

Paly Golf Team Halloween Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Saturday, October 31, 9-11am, Palo Alto High School Student Center
Please join the Palo Alto High School Boys & Girls Golf Teams for a Halloween Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.  Coach Knight and the Paly Golf Team dads are going to flip delicious pancakes which members of the Paly Golf Team will serve to you along with other scrumptious breakfast food and beverages.  Grab your friends and family and come support your team!  Ticket sales start Tuesday Oct 13th.  Buy tickets from golf team members, Coach Knight or email Team Mom Pam Wagner ( Tickets $10 per person.

Paly Sports Boosters Olive Oil Fundraiser New
Through Dec. 18
The Paly Sports Booster's are pleased to announce that as part of our fundraising efforts this fall, we are pleased to bring you Cloud 9 Orchard products.  Cloud 9 Orchard owner, May Chevallier and her family have been growing and producing their award winning premium olive oil on their farm in Monterey County since 2008. For a limited time only, she is offering her outstanding oil to the Paly community and will donate a percentage of her sales to help raise some money for the Paly Sports Boosters. 
This is your opportunity to order some award winning olive oils for yourself, or for your friends and family not to mention, they make great corporate gifts!  We'll have two pick up dates, one will be prior to Thanksgiving (details to be announced) and the other date will be the weekend of our Holiday Tree Distribution, December 4th-6th.  To order your olive oil, please contact May Chevallier at or pick up an order form in the Paly Office.

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.

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 10/12:
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
University of St. Andrews   10/13/15   10:00 AM (NEW)
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
School of the Art Institute of Chicago   10/15/15    8:15 AM   Photography Room (NEW)
Air Force ROTC   10/15/15   10:00 AM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago   10/15/15   10:00 AM   Art Room - 3rd period (NEW)
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  2:45pm

Week of 10/19  ALL NEW
The University of Montana, Missoula   10/19/15   8:15 AM
Brown University   10/19/15   9:15 AM
Northwestern University   10/19/15   10:15 AM
Skidmore College   10/19/15   11:15 AM
Marymount California University   10/19/15   12:45 PM
Arizona State University    10/19/15   1:45 PM
Brandeis University   10/20/15   8:15 AM
Baylor University   10/20/15   9:00 AM
Dickinson College   10/20/15   10:00 AM
Macalester College   10/20/15   10:45 AM
Linfield College   10/20/15   12:15 PM
The University of Alabama   10/20/15   1:00 PM
Colorado College   10/20/15   2:00 PM
University of Kansas   10/21/15   8:15 AM
Juniata College    10/21/15   9:00 AM
Middlebury College   10/21/15   10:45 AM
Marquette University   10/21/15   12:15 PM
California Lutheran University   10/21/15   1:00 PM
University of Michigan    10/21/15   2:00 PM
University of California, Santa Barbara   10/21/15   2:45 PM
Carleton College   10/22/15   8:15 AM
Columbia University   10/22/15   10:00 AM
Mills College   10/22/15   10:45 AM
Case Western Reserve University   10/23/15    8:15 AM
University of San Diego   10/23/15   10:45 AM
Boston University   10/23/15   2:45 PM

Visits for weeks of 10/12 and 10/19 ALL NEW
(Details - Naviance/colleges/upcoming visits click "information")
California State University, Channel Islands   10/15/15 6:00 PM   CSU - Channel Islands
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo   10/17/15   CSU SLO
California State University, Stanislaus   10/17/15    8:30 AM   CSU Stanislaus
California State University, East Bay   10/17/15   9:00 AM   CSU East Bay
Carleton College   10/18/15 2:00 PM   Palo Alto
Boston College    10/19/15   7:00 PM   San Jose
California State University, San Bernardino   10/24/15   8:30 AM    CSU San Bernardino
California State University, Chico   10/24/15   9:00 AM   Chico
California State University, Sacramento    10/24/15    1:00 PM   CSU Sacramento
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering     10/25/15    3:30 PM   San Jose
Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through October 24
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. 

Duke Univ. and UNC Chapel Hill - Robertson Scholars Leadership Program: Deadline for nomination - 10/15 (PALY deadline due 10/1), student application due to University - 11/13
Seton Hall University Pirates Pitch Competition: Deadline 10/18  
Davidson College - Belk Scholarship: Deadline for PALY nomination 10/24
Community ServiceCommSvc
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! 
Make a Difference Day
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
SELPA1 CAC Mental Health Committee Teen Support Group 
Intake interviews for this session will continue until October 15th. 
The SELPA1 CAC Mental Health committee is forming a new adolescent/teen support group in partnership with CHAC (Community Health Awareness council of Mountain View - ), Mills-Peninsula Hospital of San Mateo, and several other location mental health organizations. Prospective participants should call Elizabeth Wilson from CHAC at 650-965-2020 for an intake interview. 
Share your Passion & Expertise - Become an Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program Mentor to Gunn and/or Paly Student(s)
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
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.

Auditions - The Nutcracker at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre  New
Oct 13 - 14, 4 - 6 PM, Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Announcing auditions for The Nutcracker, part of the 2015 - 2016 Main Stage Season at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre. Auditions are open to youth ages 8 - High School. For more information about what to prepare, rehearsal and performance dates, as well as FAQ's, please visit: and click the AUDITIONS link.  The Palo Alto Children's Theatre is a program of the City of Palo Alto's Community Services Department, Arts and Sciences Division.
Safety and Emergency Awareness and Preparedness Fair  New
Oct 18, 2-5 pm at 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: &

Global Family Day at the Palo Alto Art Center
Sun, Oct 18, 2 - 4:30 PM, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Celebrate our diverse community with the Art Center on Sunday, Oct. during free Global Family Day.  There will be hands-on artmaking, including sugar skull decorating, Mandala-inspired bird feeders, community wish flags and Gyotaku-inspired leaf and fish prints. Festivities include live performances by Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum and Raices de Mexico, and a special project led by guests from Abilities United and Magical Bridge Playground. All activities are appropriate for ages 5 and up. For more information go to:

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

Jordan Middle School Drama Presents 'A Haunting We Will Go'  New
Thurs, Oct 22 & Fri, Oct 23, 7 PM; Sat, Oct 24, 2:30 PM; Jordan MP Room, 750 N. California St, Palo Alto
Just in time for Halloween, Jordan Middle School Drama Dept. presents "A Haunting We Will Go", a modern mystery-comedy. It promises to get you in the Halloween spirit as you join glamorous, young television producer Norma Corwin as she fulfills a childhood vow to spend a night alone in The Inn of the Three Sisters, an eerie and forbidding hotel famous for an unresolved murder, horrifying spirit manifestations and murderous intrigue. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Ticket prices are $5 for children/students and $10 for adults.
Help Create a Community Quilt  New
Oct 23 & 24, 2:30 - 4:30 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Try your hand at painting on silk with Creative Ecology artist-in-residence Linda Gass.  Working with Linda and volunteers, you can contribute to a community quilt that will be included in the exhibition of work Linda is creating during the in-the-gallery phase of her residency.  
Ragazzi Boys Chorus and American Boychoir Joint Concert  New
Sat. Oct. 24, 7:30 PM, Aragon High School PAC, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Ragazzi Boys Chorus is proud to host and share the stage with the touring American Boychoir, one of the finest boy choirs in the United States. Enjoy choral classics in the rich boychoir tradition as two arts organizations, present an evening of gorgeous sound. The Ragazzi Boys Chorus provides musical education and performance opportunities for the 200 boys and young men throughout the Bay Area who participate in this internationally recognized program. The American Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Tickets and info at
Make a Difference Day
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:  >

Free Internship Workshops  New
Sat. Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 and 14. 1-4 p.m., Mitchell Park Community Center
Take one or all free workshops. Oct. 24: Creating A Winning Resume, Nov. 7: Building a Network & Interview Skills; Nov.14: Refining Your Interview Skills.  Preference given to juniors and seniors. Workshops are sponsored by IQ650 who is dedicated to connecting kids to meaningful business experiences via internships. Space is limited and register at Preference given to juniors and seniors. Email for more info:

Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert  New
Sat, Oct 24, 8 PM; Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Orchestra Concert I featuring Laura Griffiths, Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  The concert features Concerto in D major for Oboe & small orchestra, by Richard Strauss, Adrienne Albert's Western Suite, and Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish) by Robert Schumann.  General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available for online purchase until 24 hrs before the concert at or at the door one half-hour before the performance

Participate in WALK THE WALL
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
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 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,

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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