Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, August 21, 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.

Sept 1-Sept 9 
College Visits (C&CC) New
Monday Aug 22Fall Sports Parents Meeting 6 p.m MAC (Paly
WednesdayAug 24Paly Sports Booster Meeting 7 p.m Anderson Home (Paly)
WednesdayAug 24
Principal Coffee and PTSA General Association Meeting 9:30am (PTSA)  New Time
ThursdayAug 25
Juniors Parent Network Meeting, 8:30-10 am, 2599 Louis Road (Paly)  New 
Wednesday Aug 31Restaurant Fundraiser for Sports Boosters at Kirks 4 p.m (Paly
ThursdaySept 1
Back to School Night, 6:30 pm (Paly) New
FridaySept 2
 Minimum Day for students - 12:30 dismissal  New
WednesdaySept 7
Senior Parent Night, 7pm, PAC (Paly)  New
WednesdaySept 14
Junior Parent Night, 7pm, PAC (Paly) New
MondaySept 19
Club Day New
FridaySept 23
Fiery Arts Glass Sale, 3-6pm  New
SaturdaySept 24
Fiery Arts Glass Sale, 11-4pm New

Donate online to support the Paly PTSA - it's easy! Your contributions support important programs that benefit students, teachers and administrators. Please help us reach our goal for this school year!  Updated
Online links as follows:
Paly PTSA:
Palo Alto High School: (ASB, Yearbook, etc.):
Lost your back to school forms?  All back to school forms (and online links) are located in the Paly PTSA Back to school forms page:
Thank you for your continued support!

Paly eDirectory is Updated  New
Paly is using UpToUs for our eDirectory as well as volunteer sign-ups.  The directory has been updated with the information that you gave permission to the district to share with the PTSA.  You may go into and change, add, or remove any of your information.  If you did not give permission to be included, you can join the Palo Alto High School Community.
Questions? please contact: and someone will get back to you.

Principal Coffee and Paly PTSA General Association Meeting  New Time
Wed., August 24th, 9:30am, Paly Library LRC (Learning Resource Center).  
Please join us for the first principal coffee of the school year, immediately following the PTSA meeting.  All are welcome!  We ask you to please RSVP to allow us to prepare enough coffee, and space.  Link to RSVP:
Agenda, Budget and Calendar of Events located on UpToUs, main page, file sharing as well as posted in the Paly tower

Paly Club Day, All student BBQ Lead Volunteer Needed for Monday, September 19th  New
Paly is looking for a parent or team, to lead the student Club Day. This event is a campus wide student BBQ. The students showcase their clubs while students enjoy a simple picnic menu. This event is held on Monday, September 19th in the Paly quad. Staff help with the grilling, and they order of food. We need a parent to lead a team of enthusiastic volunteers who will coordinate the parent volunteers at various stations of food prep, serving, and clean up. Please contact Beth Martin (bmartin@pausd.orgfor more information, or to help find other parents to lead this activity with you!  

 Join us!  Together we strengthen our schools  New
PiE has launched its 2016-2017 fundraising campaign. We ask to you to join us as our kids need the support of the whole community.
PiE funds go to every Palo Alto district school and give each principal the funding needed to staff many programs that make a difference for the students and families at each school location. From our classroom aides, to teachers for STEAM-focused electives, music and art, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.
Between now and September 6, you can double your impact via the $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant which matches every dollar donated to PiE. Please donate today! Click here to donate online

A Public Forum for Candidates for the PAUSD School Board New
Mon, Sep 227-9 pm, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto 
Be educated!  The Palo Alto PTA Council and League of Women Voters have organized an opportunity for you to meet the the candidates for the PAUSD Board of Education. The Board of Education is the K-12 policy-making body for academic standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessments and accountability. Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto for sponsoring this forum that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League and PTAC neither supports nor opposes candidates. The Candidates Forum is organized to provide equal and non-preferential opportunities for each candidate for Palo Alto Unified School Board to make short prepared statements and to answer questions written by audience members on cards provided at the event. Volunteers help make the event run smoothly.
The entire Forum will be videotaped by Midpeninsula studios and broadcast later on community TV channels. All other recordings, visual and audio, are prohibited.

Save the Date! Challenge Success Fall Parent Event at Stanford University New
Fri. Sept 30, 7-8:30pm, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University
Media Rules. Healthy Connections in the Digital Age. Details and tickets here.
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Back to School Night  New
Thurs., Sept 1
Thursday, September 1st is the date of Paly's annual BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT. It will be a full day of school for both students and staff.  On Back-to-School Night, you will have an opportunity to meet your student's teachers by following an abbreviated class schedule. Each period will be 10 minutes long with 5 minutes allowed for passing between classes.  Be prepared to move quickly between periods.  A schedule template will be emailed to you soon.

Class of 2018 (Juniors) Parent Network Meeting  New
Thursday, August 258:30-10 am, home of Touria Javid, 2599 Louis Road (corner of Louis and Moreno). ALLOW AMPLE TIME FOR PARKING.
Welcome parents/guardians of the Class of 2018! At our first meeting of the year, Paly Principal Kim Diorio will be the speaker and update us on what's going on at Paly and what to expect this year. This is a great opportunity to ask her questions you may not have had a chance to ask her earlier. 
PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is being held on a Thursday to accommodate Kim Diorio's schedule. We will be starting promptly at 8:30, as Kim Diorio is able to stay only until 9:30. Future meetings will usually held on the 4th Friday of the month.
If you're the parent/guardian of a student in the Class of 2018 and you haven't already done so, we encourage you to join the Class of 2018 Parent Network YahooGroup at to stay informed about issues pertinent to this year's junior class. Click on the Join button to join. 
Please contact Julie Tomz ( or Julia Kossack ( if you have questions.

Senior Parent Night  New
Wed., Sept 7, 7pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Come join us for an informational evening about senior year. Topics will include:
- Post High School Options
- College Application Process
- How an applicant is evaluated
- Teacher Advisor Letter vs Teacher Letter
- Early Decision vs Early Action
- Selecting Colleges and more...
Junior Parent Night  New
Wed., Sept 15, 7pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
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....

Fall Sports Parent Meeting
Mon., Aug 22, 6:00pm, MAC 
At least one parent or guardian for every athlete playing a fall sport (except football) is REQUIRED to attend.  We will meet as a large group first and go over general information, then each team will meet individually to go over team specific information. The Sports Boosters will be there selling Paly Gear, Collecting Participation Donations and selling Booster Passes.

Auditions for "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Tues., Aug. 23 - Thurs., Aug 25, after school until 5:30 PM, Paly PAC 
Auditions for Paly's Fall Play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" will take place in the new Performing Arts Center 
Stop by PAC 131 for more information. Ms. Woods is the contact person.

Paly Sports Boosters Meeting 
Wednesday, August 24th, 7pm, Anderson/Look home, 1401 Parkinson Ave.
Come to the first Paly Sports Boosters meeting of the year at the home of president, Melissa Anderson. We'll get an update about the fall season from Athletic Director Kathi Bowers plus hear Paly Sports Boosters' plans for the year. We're a fun group (and all the big jobs are already taken!) - come join us!

Paly Robotics Student Info Day  New
Tuesday, August 303-5pm, in the Paly Library LCR 
Paly students interested in joining the Paly Robotics Team are encouraged to attend this information session.  This event will include an informational presentation, robot demo, lab tour, and details on how to apply to join the team.  Contact Kenny Cheung at for questions.

Paly Robotics Parent Info Night  New
Tuesday, August 307-9pm in the Paly Library LCR
Parents of prospective robotics members are encouraged to attend this introduction to the Paly Robotics Team.  The evening will include an introductory presentation, robot demo, lab tour, application details, and information on how parents can help support the team.  Please note that the Schoology post that went out a couple days ago stated the outdated and incorrect date for this event.  Contact Kenny Cheung at for questions.

Restaurant Fundraiser benefitting Paly Sports Boosters 
Wednesday, August 31st, 4PM to closing 
Join Paly Sports Boosters and enjoy a juicy burger at Kirk's Steakburgers located in Town & Country Village. 20% of your purchases after 4PM till closing will benefit all sports at Paly. Eat in or order out! Great place for a team dinner! Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics. More Information? Click here for flyer.

Real Food Fun: A conversation on the Health Impacts of Sugar  New
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Paly Media Arts Center
Bestselling authors Gary Taubes and Dr. Robert Lustig discuss health impacts of sugar with New York Times journalist Anahad O'Connor and childhood obesity expert Dr. Janet Wojcicki.

Paly Sports Boosters Passes
Help support a vibrant Paly athletic community by purchasing a Sports Boosters pass! Passes are good for admission for Paly regular season home games for all sports during the 2016-2017 school year. New this year: free VIKING SQUAD t-shirt with every Student Booster Pass (while supplies last). Order online: or by mail.

Class of 2017 Yearbook Senior Portraits and Baby Ads 
Deadline: October 13, MAC 101 
If you haven't yet set up an appointment with a photographer, it would be a good idea to do that now to ensure making the deadline. All the additional specifics about both ads and portraits can be found at Feel free to contact adviser Brian Wilson at if you have questions.

College & Career Center CCC

Volunteering in the College & Career Center (CCC):  
The College and Career Center is located on the 1st floor of the Tower Building.  It is staffed by more than 40 parent volunteers who serve students and support our college and career advisors by performing administrative tasks and acting as the C&CC receptionist during a weekly 2 hour shift. Opportunities to work as a substitute or on special projects may also be available. Parents who sign up and work as substitutes and/or who work on special projects, will have priority for open "regular" shifts the following school year. To keep things running smoothly and seamlessly from year to year, we rely on returning volunteers for their experience in helping the CCC run efficiently.
All returning parent volunteers are *required* to come to the Returning Volunteer Meeting on Thurs. Aug. 18th at 9:00 AM in the Library Conference Room (LCR).
Parents of 10th, 11th and 12th graders who would like to become new volunteers, substitutes, or work on special projects should come to a New Volunteer Training Meeting on Fri., Aug. 19th at 9 AM in the Library Conference Room (LCR).  We currently have 10 open shifts and 1 open special project position.
Attendance at the training is required in order to be eligible to volunteer in C &CC. Available shifts will be assigned on a lottery basis with priority given to 12th grade, 11th grade, and 10th grade parents.  New shifts begin the week of August 22nd. For more information, contact C&CC Volunteer Coordinators Dara Knoblock ( or Parissa Mohamadi ( ).
The  C&CC holds an open house after each parent night in the Fall so there are other opportunities to get to know more about C&CC. There is also a wealth of information in Naviance and on

College campus visits for the first week of September  All New
University of California, Los Angeles 9/1/16 8:15 AM
The University of Iowa 9/6/16 9:00 AM
University of Idaho 9/7/16 8:15 AM
Davidson College 9/7/16 9:00 AM
Hamilton College - NY 9/7/16 10:00 AM
Boston College 9/7/16 2:00 PM
Concordia University - Irvine 9/8/16 10:00 AM
University of Missouri Columbia 9/9/16 8:15 AM
Seton Hall University 9/9/16 9:00 AM
Connecticut College 9/9/16 10:00 AM
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 9/9/16 2:00 PM
University of Glasgow 9/9/16 2:45pm

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Westly Foundation Prize for Young Innovators Solving Community Problems
Applications due 9/15
The Westly Foundation is offering $20,000 prizes to innovators under age 28 with novel solutions to community problems. Applications are due on September 15th for the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California. The Prize rewards committed and creative changemakers making the world a better place. Innovations must be prototyped, and can be non-profit or for-profit with a strong social purpose. High school students are eligible to win! Learn more and apply at

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