Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, March 13, 2016
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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.
This morning's calendar had an incorrect date listed for an upcoming event.  The correct calendar is below.  Apologies for the typo - Editor
Mar. 15
Friends of Paly Choirs Meeting 7:30pm, Paly Library  (Paly) New
TuesdayMar. 15
Fundraiser for Paly Sports Boosters, all day, Spot Pizza (Paly)
TuesdayMar. 15
PALY MAC Open House, 7pm, Paly Media Arts Center (Paly)
Mar. 16
Jr Parent/TA/College Advisor Night  New  (C&CC)
7pm in the Haymarket Theater; 7-7:30 in the theater with the Guidance team then 7:30-8:30pm in the classrooms with your student's TA (rooms will be posted in the Haymarket).
WednesdayMar. 16
Flex Day Attendance optional, please read below (Paly)
WednesdayMar. 16Paly Sports Boosters Meeting, 7pm, Weinstein home, 3180 Ross Road (Paly)
TuesdayMar. 22
Paly Parent in Chinese Special Event, 7pm, Paly library (Paly)
WednesdayMar. 23
What Your Teen Wants to Tell You.. But Can't, 7pm, Mac atrium (Paly) N
Mar. 25
Class of 2018 (Sophomores) Parent Network Meeting, 8:30-10 am, home of Cheryl Sallomi, 70 Jordan Place (off Stanley Way) New  (PTSA)
WednesdayMar. 30
Paly Dance & Cheer Tryouts - Open Workshop, 3:45, Paly Dance Studio (Paly)
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Calling All Parents of 2017 Grads!  Updated

The last year of High School is a very special time for our Seniors.  Let's fill this year with celebrations and joyful memories. PTSA is looking for a parents to organize Senior Activities for the 2016/2017 school year.  These positions include:
  • Coordinator
This coordinator has the job of coordinating with PTSA and the PALY administration on the graduation week long celebration.
  • Grad Nite (Chair and Co-chair) -FILLED
  • Picnic (Chair and Co-chair) - FILLED
  • Transportation - FILLED
  • Treasurer - FILLED
  • Communication - FILLED
Please email and be part of the team that make 2016/2017 even more extraordinary for our Seniors.

California State PTA 2016 Legislation Conference
Mon-Tues, Mar. 14-Mar. 15, Embassy Suites Hotel in Sacramento; 
Whether you're experienced in speaking up for children or you are interested in learning about key issues and legislation that impacts education, children and families, the California State PTA Legislation Conference is for you.
Join other PTA volunteers to:
  • Be a part of the statewide effort to strengthen education, health and safety for all children by engaging in PTA's advocacy goals and legislative priorities;
  • Get the latest information from legislators and key officials about the most important issues for children and families including the continuing need for adequate funding for schools, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), and learn what legislators see on the horizon for CA schools; and
  • Visit directly with the legislators who represent your community.
Adult event registration - $210 (Registration closes March 10)
For more information visit or contact Komey Vishakan, VP of Advocacy, Palo Alto Council of PTAs at 

Class of 2018 (Sophomores) Parent Network Meeting  New
Friday, Mar. 25, 8:30-10 am, home of Cheryl Sallomi, 70 Jordan Place (off Stanley Way) 
Private college counselor Felicia Fahey will lead a discussion of how to begin the college exploration process and what students and families might want to consider doing during junior year. 
If you have questions for Ms. Fahey, please send them to us by 5:00pm on Mon., Mar. 21. We will consolidate them and submit them to our speaker so she can focus her talk on the issues of most interest to parents. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Contact Julia Kossack ( or Julie Tomz ( )

Paly PTSA General Association Meetings
Thurs, March 24, and April 28, 8:30-10:00am, Paly Library Conference Room
Please join us for these important meetings. We will be voting to approve the slate of officers for the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board. This is a great time to learn more about what is happening at Paly. Contact: Linda van Gelder (

The law requires bicyclists to come to full stop at STOP signs. This is especially important in rainy weather when cars cannot stop quickly on wet streets.  Bicyclists who fail to stop put themselves and others at risk. Remember to signal your intent to stop (especially if you arriding in a pack).  Come to a full stop behind the stop line and look for a safe gap in traffic before proceeding. Share the road safely. 
For more information on safe school commutes, go to and

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
The Paly Meals on Wheels program needs more volunteers to bring emergency meals to Paly families in crisis. If you're interested in being on the Meals on Wheels' list of volunteers, please email Liz Lee, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator at Please include your day and evening phone number(s).
Are you a family in crisis and in need of help with some dinners delivered to your door? Send an email and we'll try to help. Please include any dietary restrictions. Questions? Call me at 650 843-0413.
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3/16/16 Flex Day 8:15am-12:15pm New
No regular scheduled classes for all students today.  Students can come to school to get help from teachers, use the testing center, go to the library or stay home to catch up on classwork.

Friends of Paly Choirs Meeting  New
Tues, March 15, 7:30pm, Paly Library
Please join us as we discuss choir events for the rest of the semester and brainstorm ideas for next year's Madrigal Feaste.  Questions?  Please contact Carlene Kemmerer.

Seminar for Paly Students on the Doomsday Argument  New
Tuesday, Mar 15, 1:50 - 2:55 pm, Paly Room 219
Paly students are invited to watch a video in which Oxford University professor Nick Bostrom explains the Doomsday Argument and why he thinks it does not demonstrate that human civilization is likely to come to an end relatively soon, followed by discussion of the Doomsday Argument led by Alan Walworth, a Paly parent with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley. For additional details, please see Contact: Alan Walworth,

Rise Together Education
Rise Together Education, Palo Alto High School's newly formed foundation, has some exciting opportunities for students to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of Paly students who cannot afford the cost of college. You can also help by "liking" our Facebook page!

First, Rise Together Ed. is now accepting mentorship applications for current Juniors and Seniors, and scholarship applications for Seniors who qualify for reduced or free lunch. Deadline to apply:  March 31, 2016

In addition, Rise Together Ed. currently has two open Board Member positions that are reserved for Palo Alto High School students who are passionate about contributing to the Paly community and representing the voice of Palo Alto High School's low-income student population.  These positions are non-voting board member positions, open to current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Palo Alto High School students.  Deadline to apply:  March 31, 2016
Lastly, Rise Together Ed. is hosting a logo design contest, open to all Paly students to enter and voted on by all Paly students.  The entries that receive the top three most votes by the student body will be submitted to Rise Together Ed.'s Board, to vote for the final winning entry.  Deadline to submit entry:  March 31, 2016
For more information about all three of these exciting opportunities or to make a donation, please visit our website:

AP Test Registration
For information and to register, please go to

Another Restaurant Fundraiser benefiting Paly Sports Boosters
Tues March 15 All Day
Join Paly Sports Boosters and enjoy a delicious pizza pie at Spot A Pizza Place located at 115 Hamilton Ave. in downtown Palo Alto. 20% of your check at Spot will benefit all sports at Paly. Lunch and dinner! Eat in, pick up and delivery!  Flyer required.  Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics.

Paly Media Arts Center - Open House for Parents and Students
Tuesday, March 15, 7-8:30 pm, Paly Media Arts Center
Please join us for the first annual Paly Media Arts Center (MAC) Open House and let your students show you their work and see where all the award-winning Paly publications are created. This is a great opportunity to see students' photography exhibits and to see Paly students busy creating their newspaper, The Campanile, and other publications.  Drinks and dessert will be served.
For questions email : Kim Robins -

Paly Sports Boosters Meeting
Wed, March 16, 7pm, Weinstein home, 3180 Ross Road
Come to the March Paly Sports Boosters meeting at the home of co-president, Christy Weinstein. We'll get an update from Athletic Director Kathi Bowers about the spring sports season and Athletics plans for next school year. (Did you know CCS moved up the fall season start date to August 5th next year?) Our annual auction is coming up on Saturday, April 30th and every team is expected to donate an auction item/experience/party, etc. Come hear how you can help!
Last chance to register for TEDxPaloAltoHighSchool  New
Sat, March 26, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Haymarket Theatre
Registration closes on March 18
Students, teachers, and community members are all invited to attend the third annual TEDxPaloAltoHighSchool, an independently organized TED speaker conference created to inspire others. The event will feature ten captivating adult and student speakers based on the theme "Think Again," a lunch invitation, a conversation with an official TED speaker, and a local choir group performance. It's a conference you don't want to miss! See the full schedule at and register at
PALY Parents-in-Chinese Special Event- Want to Raise Happy Kids?  
Tues, March 22, 7-9 pm, PALY library
Our speaker, David Code,  studied at Yale。 He has two teenage kids and is the author of 2 parenting books: "To raise happy kids" and "Kids pick up on everything".  These books have been featured on CBS, Fox, NYT, WSJ, Forbes, China Daily (Beijing) and many others.  His book "To raise happy kids" has been published in Chinese as well.  Please join us for a fun evening.  Chinese translation will be provided.  If you have any question, please contact

David Code就读于耶鲁大学,他有两个十几岁的孩子. 是两本育儿书籍的作者:"培养快乐的孩子们"和"孩子一切都会感染上"。David Code被许多报纸采访过,包括哥伦比亚广播公司,福克斯,纽约时报,华尔街日报,福布斯,中国日报(北京)。他的书 "培养快乐的孩子们"已经发表在中国。请来参加这个讲座。会有中文翻译。如果有问题, 请email: 
What Your Teen Wants to Tell You... But Can't
Wed, March 23, 7-9pm, MAC Atrium 
Paly ASB is presenting this student-led and staff-advised event. There will be a diversity of Paly seniors who participate in a fishbowl, where you can hear open and honest teen dialogue. There will also be opportunities for parents to ask questions directly to the students. We hope many parents and students will come to be part of the dialogue. Contact: Linda van Gelder.
TEDx speaker series is looking for donations
Sat, March 26, 9:30am-2:30pm, Haymarket Theatre
This year marks the third annual TEDxPaloAltoHighSchool, an independently organized TED speaker conference, which seeks to inspire others to rethink what they know. Although many TEDx conferences charge for admission, the student organizers of the event want to ensure accessibility for this educational opportunity. Therefore, the event will be free of charge. To offset the costs of stage design, video production, and theater management, TEDx is taking donations from members of the community. Every donor is greatly appreciated, and will receive acknowledgments in the TEDx program and TEDx promotional materials. All donors will receive a tax deductible receipt for their donation. If you would like to donate, please email your name to

The Hidden Logic of Teenagers
Tues, March 29, 7-9pm, Gunn High School's Spangenberg Theatre
Join Michael Riera, Ph.D., one of the country's foremost authorities on children and teenagers. This highly anticipated speaker is finally coming to Palo Alto and tickets are on sale now on a first come first serve basis. This event is expected to sell out so please get your tickets ASAP! Discussion topics include:
Why teenagers seem more stressed now than in previous generations and how parents can help.
Regulating teen behavior.
Improving communication.
Increasing parental influence.
Nurturing hope for your teen and for you.
The event will be simultaneously translated in Spanish and Mandarin. Seating is limited. Registration will close once capacity is reached. The tickets are available through by the Parent Education Committees of JLS, Jordan, Terman, PALY, and Gunn.

Paly Cheer and Dance Try-outs
Open Workshop: Wed, March 30, 3:45-5:15, Paly Dance Studio
Tryouts: Mon-Fri, April 11-15, Paly Dance Studio
Paly Cheer and Dance try-outs are approaching.  The Paly Cheer and Dance Teams are looking for gymnasts, dancers and spirited students to try-out for the 2016-2017 squad.  We are holding an open workshop for interested middle and high school students.  This is a no pressure/no commitment workshop.  For more information contact Hilary McDaniel at or visit our website at
Attention Students and Parents of Class of 2016  
- By now you should have received a mailer at home detailing all of the Senior Grad Events. If not, you can pick up the packet in the Paly main office. Note that April 30 is the deadline to order tickets for the reduced price of $255 for both the Senior Class Picnic and Grad Night Party. The price goes up beginning May 1
- For scholarships, the correct contact is Susan Shultz at or 650.329.3712.
- If you'd like to help with grad events, look for the separate announcement in this and future Paly Link emails. 
- For more information, contact

Attention spring sports parents: Viking Sports Magazine
Viking Sports Magazine is creating a full-color, glossy sports program that will include schedules and Rosters of all spring sports, as well as some candid photos and stories on athletes. We would like to offer parents and local business owners the opportunity to advertise in this program. The unique aspect of this publication will be to provide a chance for parents to include a "young athlete" ad; if you have adorable photos of your child as a little leaguer, for instance, we can create an ad for you. If you are a local business owner and would like to support the Viking, that would also be much appreciated. Ad rates are as follows:
Quarter-page $125
Half-page $200
Full-page $350
We intend to print 1000 copies for free distribution at spring sports events. Please contact Viking adviser Brian Wilson at if you are interested in advertising or if you have any questions.

Powerful New Library Research Tool OneSearch Discovery 
Students can find reliable books, e-books, newspaper and journal articles using the powerful new OneSearch Discovery research tool At home they will need their library login password available on Schoology and via My PAUSD.   
Rachel Kellerman, Paly Teacher Librarian

C Magazine: Subscription now open!
We're C Magazine, Paly's arts and culture publication, and we'd love for you to subscribe. Get each issue delivered straight to your inbox - plus, if you'd like, exclusive playlists, updates on local art events, and select stories before the print magazine comes out!
Adolescent Counseling Services Blog: Resilience- how to help our teens stay strong New
This article is written by Charlotte Villemoes, ACS Site Supervisor, Woodside High School.

Written By: Charlotte Villemoes, ACS Site Supervisor, Woodside High School

Adolescent Counseling Services Blog -
 Understanding and Coping with Anxiety
This article was written by Deborah Sloss, LCSW, our site supervisor at JLS Middle school.

Paly Sports Boosters - Tiny Prints Fundraiser for Graduation Announcements
The Paly Sports Boosters has partnered with Tiny Prints to help with the ordering and printing of your Graduation Announcements.  Tiny Prints is a leading retailer of premium personalized photo cards and has been recognized for their high quality prints and unmatched customer service.  Each card ordered is also hand reviewed before it's printed to ensure quality and accuracy.  To start your order through Tiny Prints, please click on the link below which will lead you to our co-branded Tiny Prints Storefront.  From here, you can shop for any product on the Tiny Prints site or review a few of our favorite choices.  Paly Sports Boosters Personalized Link:

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School
March 19-20, April 16-17, May 21-22, June 4-5, 9-3 pm at Paly's Glass Studio
Weekend glass workshops are available to the public: students, parents and community members. The 2 day weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. Repeating  students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults.  NEW price, $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts.  To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, 
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

Jr Parent/TA/College Advisor Night  New
Wed., March 16, 7pm in the Haymarket Theater; 7-7:30 in the theater with the Guidance team then 7:30-8:30pm in the classrooms with your student's TA (rooms will be posted in the Haymarket).
Hi Junior Parents- Please join us for an informational evening: Jr Parent/TA/College Advisor Night!
The main focus of this evening is to educate the parent community about the Post-Paly planning process and preparation that your student is now undergoing in advisory.  You will learn about post-Paly options, college applications, Senior Profiles, your role in the process and much more.
We look forward to seeing you there! The Paly Guidance Team

Meetings With College And Career Advisors
Juniors may now schedule individual meetings with college and career advisors. Students will be required to complete the POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING SURVEY in Naviance (click the "About Me" tab in the top navigation panel, then look under the "Surveys to Take" section in the left-hand navigation panel), print it out, and present this form to the C&CC before they can schedule their first appointment by stopping by the C&CC.  If you've misplaced your Naviance login information or need your password reset, please contact Ms. Larson ( or drop by Guidance or the C&CC.
At the College Center, students wanting to schedule 1st (or repeat) appointments will be asked to complete an appointment request form; within 1 week, they will receive an email from their College Advisor notifying them of their scheduled meeting date and time. Students should add their College Advisor's email address ( or in their contact list so the email doesn't get filtered to their email provider's  SPAM folder.  If students don't receive an email appointment within a week, please email your College Advisor.  Students using an email provider that offers a calendar feature (like Yahoo or Google) should verify the calendar is set to the Pacific time zone, rather than another default time zone, so the emailed appointment indicates the correct time.

Students can meet with college advisors during their prep period, during Tutorial, or after school.
  • Students with last names starting with A-K will meet with Ms. Cernobori
  • Students with last names L-Z will meet with Ms. Erber.
  • Students interested in community college (for career/vocational training, Associates degrees, or preparation for transfer) will meet with Mrs. Laguna.
Any student-in any grade level--can drop in at brunch and/or lunch Advisory to ask advisors questions.
Since the months of April and May are very busy in the C&CC, it is advisable to make an appointment in advance. During the first meeting with a college advisor, it is preferable to meet with just the student (parents might want to attend subsequent meetings).

Representative from Carleton College   New
Tues., March 15. Quad at lunch
Stop by to learn more about their summer programs or admission, in general.  For more info, see:

Paly alum, Emma Chiu, Dartmouth College Visit  New
Thurs., Mar. 17 at 10:45 am, C&CC
Paly alum, Emma Chiu, will be on campus to share her experiences and information about Dartmouth College.  Please stop by the C&CC to learn more.

College Rep Visits

Dartmouth College 3/17/16 10:45am
University of Toronto, Undergraduate only   3/15/16   7:00 PM   San Francisco  New

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through March 28, 2016
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 for more information about scholarship resources.
Chi Am Circle - High School Scholarship: Deadline  3/15     
West Valley Light Opera Association-- Two Theatre Scholarships: Deadline  3/15                        
PFLAG/ San Jose Peninsula Chapter Scholarships: Deadline  3/16 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter Scholarship: Deadline 3/14 NEW 
The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship: Deadline  3/17 NEW  
National League of American Pen Women - Art, Writing and Music Scholarship: Deadline 3/18 NEW 
Mission College Scholarship: Deadline 3/28  New

Parent-Child Communication Workshop 
Mon, Mar 14, 7 - 8:30 PM, Paly Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Mon, Mar 21, 7 - 8:30 PM, JLS Middle School Cafetorium, 480 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
The workshop will begin with scripted vignettes about teen stressors.  Moderators will guide discussion to provide parents with different strategies, skills and advice for communicating and connecting with their child.  Mandarin translation provided. Sponsors: Stanford Department of Behavioral Sciences and PAUSD.  Questions:

Community Service and Service-LearningCommSvc 
The annual Paly Service Day is just around the corner! New
Thursday, March 24th
Chaperones are needed to travel with students in the buses to the off-site service locations.This is a popular day for students and they can't go to these service projects without parent help!  You do not need to chaperone at the same site as your student, however you may if you would like!  Parents can sign up here: Contact Kathryn Lamis,, if you have any questions. 
Classroom Volunteers Needed - An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life
Have you enjoyed volunteering in your child's classroom? Then consider visiting a classroom in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto.  Our All Students Matter volunteers work once a week for about an hour on reading and math skills with kids in grades K-4.  Sign up now to start in September. Training will be provided. To learn more or sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at

Looking for ways for students to have fun, collaborate with others, work with mentors, and share passions while giving back? 
Check out the resources from **Get Involved Project below (including opportunities calendar), also posted at Service-learning is supported by scholarly research as a way for students to find meaning, purpose, and Developmental Assets while navigating high school and beyond. 
Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagram
Questions? Email
Know of a community benefit organization or upcoming opportunity to share? 
Hundreds of nonprofits and grassroots programs have collaborated with Paly students to get involved in their interests while documenting 30,000-40,000 service-learning hours each year. Students write reflections, create programs, videos, slideshows, and service-learning magazines that inspire their collegues to make connections from classroom to community. See student-led Get Involved publications and website for list of vetted organizations by category. Email:
**Get Involved Project is a social venture created with, by, and for Palo Alto students. Our work is informed and inspired by the following: Dr. William Damon/Stanford, The Path to Purpose;  service-learning Common Core advocate Katherine Berger Kaye, ; Richard N. Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute; and Dr. Denise Clark Pope/Stanford,

New Teen Program at Palo Alto Art Center 
Runs through mid-April
COMPOSE YOURSELF is a new teen initiative structured in modules that offer participants access to a range of workshops around a central theme or concept over a two month period. The first Compose Yourself module, Shape Your Story, focuses on visual storytelling and provides workshops in photography, book-making, graphic novels and more. The module is comprised of seven artmaking workshops Thursday evenings at the Art Center, a weekend fieldtrip, an artist statement workshop, and an opportunity to display work at a public reception at the Art Center.  Students can enroll in the entire module or pick and choose the workshops that interest them! For more information and to register, please visit

Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support
Every 2nd and 4th Tues, 7-8:30pm, Los Altos Library Orchard Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd,  Los Altos
Are you concerned about the emotional wellness of your child?  Join Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.  All parents welcome to talk about children 14+.  Professional guidance by Monique Kane LMFT.
Questions: Contact Donna Soo (650)-823-0997 or Trudy Palmer (650)-208-9116 

Raising Resilient Children Presentation
Mon, March 14, 7:30-9:30pm, Cubberley Community Center Theater
Dr. Robert Brooks of Harvard Medical School will describe (a) why some children from birth have an easier time developing a positive self-image and resilience than others, (b) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child's "islands of competence," and (c) specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, problem-solving skills, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children. Presented by Friends of PreSchool Family. Register for your free tickets at:

Embarcadero Rd/El Camino Real Improvements Project  
Tues, March 15, 6-8pm, PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue
This is the second community meeting for the Embarcadero Rd/El Camino Real Intersection Improvements Project.  Please stop by to see and help develop street improvement concepts being considered for Embarcadero Road. This will be an OPEN HOUSE format, so stop by anytime between 6 pm and 8pm. You can expect hands-on workshop stations to gather your input and your creativity.
For any questions, please email Shahla Yazdy, Project Manager, at
Gunn Theater Presents Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," set in 1996 Los Angeles  
Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Rd
Opening Night Gala (Lecture and Reception): March 17 at 6:00 pm, all tix $20;
Other performances: March 18,19, 24,25,26 @7:30 pm, $10.00 Students/$12.00 General;    
Matinees: Wed. March 23 @ 4pm and Sat. March 26 at 2 pm, all tix $5.
TICKETS available at, at the Gunn Student Activities Center, or at the door (until they sell out!)

Full STEAM Ahead: Adaptation - Teen Program at Palo Alto Art Center  
Sunday, March 20, 1-4 pm
This workshop invites teens to expand their understanding and creativity around the interaction between science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) when it comes to adaptation. Participants begin in the gallery, learning about Creative Ecology artist-in-residence David Tomb and considering examples of avian, and other species, adaptation. Afterwards, teens enter the studio to develop individual projects combining elements of STEAM to explore and propose new ideas for means of human adaptation.
Registration opens March 3 for Palo Alto Residents, March 10 for non-residents. For more information and to register, please visit

Teen Arts Council Luminescense Film Festiva
April 22,  Location TBD
This teen-run film festival promotes the art of filmmaking and the fun of doing so! Join them as they watch a variety of films made by teen filmmakers locally and around the country!  
Luminescence Film Festival is a Teen Arts Council event to emphasize the brilliance, excitement, and fun of the art of film making.  Participants in Luminescence Film Festival, must be between 12 and 24. All genres of film are accepted. Maximum run time of film is 15 minutes. To submit a film, send a link of the video either from Youtube or Vimeo . If the video is accepted, it must also be submitted through a mailed flash drive, downloadable link, or any other hard copy version of the film. To get more information about Luminescence or just have general questions, contact Zack Gibson at

Announcing DesignFarm's first ever design-a-thon for teens!!!  DesignDaze 2016! 
Weekend of April 22, 23 and 24 at Paly
Calling all teens: flex your creativity, network and compete for a chance to win cash prizes!  
Adults: sign up to be a mentor/coach or help brainstorm and champion for a need or problem challenge.
Students will have fun identifying issues and creatively problem solving all the while building networks and connecting with local builders, coders and mentors. Over the course of an action-packed two and a half days, they'll apply design-thinking and build cool things that matter!
The weekend culminates with team pitches to a VIP panel and awarding of two grand prizes, one for best social-good idea and one for best product (or service)-to-market idea.  Each member of each winning team will receive a cash prize.
Visit  for event details and registration.  Also, check out our summer camps!  
If you're interested in being a mentor, helping sponsor, or volunteer for this event, also visit us at

Stanford Sleep Study
The Stanford University Department of Psychiatry is 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 or doctoral therapist under the supervision of 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 Teen Sleep Study at or (650) 725-7767.

Americanized Chinese Parents
This is a club for Americanized Chinese Parents who embrace both the values of American culture and Chinese culture. In general, parents in this club speak English in their homes and value a balance of academics, social time, and extracurriculars. 
To be added to our mailing list, please email your name to:

Camp MAC (journalism summer camp) registration is now open!
Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience Palo Alto High School's state-of-the-art Media Arts Center facilities this summer by participating in Camp MAC! Led by students of Paly's nationally recognized journalism program, Camp MAC introduces journalism to rising eighth and ninth grade students. Campers will learn 21st century literacy skills while building friendships across schools. Camp MAC is running a one-week session the week of Aug. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All proceeds support Paly's Media Arts Boosters Program. For registration, prices, and more information, visit or contact

Mid pen Media Center's - MC Sports Summer Broadcasting Camp  
Calling all Bay Area students who love sports, sports broadcasting or TV production! Students are invited to join us for a week-long Sports Broadcasting Camp. The Media Center's 5thannual MC Sports Broadcasting Summer Camp will be held in Palo Alto California at the Midpen Media Center.
Space is Limited, these camps fill quickly! There are Six Sessions located in Palo Alto. Camp cost is $560 per student. To register go to:
Students will have the opportunity to learn everything about Live Sports Broadcasting. No one offers such hands-on TV media broadcasting training and experience with access to professional equipment. Students learn valuable broadcasting skills from industry professionals, using our mobile TV production truck. Everyone will learn all crew positions; Directing, Graphics, Audio, Playback, Camera and on air Announcing. At the end of the week-long training the student crew will shoot a live local sporting event, which will be shown on local TV.
And the fun doesn't stop there! All MC Sports Broadcasting Workshop graduates will be invited to join the MC Sports Crew to cover local high school sporting events during the school year. Games are broadcast "Live" on TV and simultaneously streamed on our website. MC Sports crew members receive valuable Community Service hours, a free meal and real-time hands-on "Live" sports broadcasting experience.
Camp cost is $560 per student

2016 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp 
Week 1: June 13-17, Week 2: July 25-29, Paly
Discover the wonders of public speaking! Conquer your fears once and for all! Learn to think on your feet! Registration for the Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp is now open! For our eleventh year, we expect the best camp we have ever had, and we are expanding our program to fit this goal. We now offer not only Public Speaking and Debate programs, but also Impromptu Speech and Advanced LD Debate for returning students. The Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp is the only summer camp in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides rising 6th through 10th graders with the best public speaking learning experience year after year. If you want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to acquire valuable life skills, register today! More Info:

Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2016 (for middle school students, incoming 6th - incoming 9th)
July 18-22, July 25-29, Aug. 1-5, The Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Do you want your child to experience what it is like to design and build robots?  Or how about learning how to program and create 3D animations? What about creating a business plan and promoting it with a website? This year, Paly Robotics will be hosting our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th). There are three sessions to choose from - Robot Design and Hardware; Programming and 3D Animation; and Entrepreneurship and Website Design. For more information about our camp and the different sessions, visit
Donations for Costaņo Elementary's Library in East Palo Alto
Help to sponsor the refurbishment of the school library at Costaņo Elementary in East Palo Alto! This project is organized by the library at Jordan Middle School, in partnership with Access Books Bay Area, a new non-profit started by Jordan librarian Amanda Marchand.  In order to complete the library refurbishment, Access Books needs to raise $20,000! So far, they have raised a little over $6,000. You can help them to reach their goal by donating at, and you can double your impact through your employer's matching donation program.  All funds will be used to purchase new hardcover books for the Costaņo school library, paint and supplies to repaint the walls, and new colorful furniture to make the library an inviting and comfortable place for children to spend time and explore new worlds. For more information, please visit, or email

Pediatric Weight Control Program
When kids and families need more support to maintain a healthy weight, joining a program can be a life-changing step. The Stanford Children's Pediatric Weight Control Program is a six-month program to help kids aged 8 to 15 and their families develop life-long healthy habits. The program is now enrolling for January, with scholarships available for those who qualify. No referrals necessary, just call (650) 725-4424. Flier (English) 
Adopt A Teacher Who Needs Your Support
Make a real difference for a teacher and his/her students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or east Menlo Park for a school year.  Provide the teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies and support for two class parties. Financial commitment $500-600, time commitment very flexible. It's easy and fun to adopt a teacher with friends. Learn more or sign up at or by contacting Jennifer Wythes Vettel at
Love Art and Art History?
Weekly meetings held every Friday, 9:30-11 am at Art Education, 25F Churchill AvenueVolunteer 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 
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