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2016 AP Exam Registration Info

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AP Exams are offered for subjects taught in our AP program at Paly. Check the College Board website for alternative exam locations for any exam Paly does not offer.

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3rd Annual Paly Student Film Festival

featuring animations and original movie posters from Graphic Design

Friday, 2/19 7-9PM
Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center (MAC) Atrium
**no cost to attend**

Official Trailer:

Paly Video Productions presents the 3rd annual 2015-16 Paly Student Film Festival featuring outstanding work from the Advanced Digital Filmmaking and Beginning Video Production program, Spring 2015-Winter 2016.  Graphic Design students exhibit the work of their first major client—this festival—with our official festival logo and original film posters that capture both the imagination and interest of filmgoers.

Student filmmakers present what it means to fit in, first romances, imagined darker impulses, genre-based films and passion projects.  Our program prides itself for producing works of fine art within various genres, filmmaking movements, style pieces and creative challenges.  

(2) films featured as part of our lineup were selected to officially premiere at Cinequest, an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recognized film festival that qualifies winning films for the Oscars, in March as part of Short Program 8 - High School

‘Critics’ Choice’ awards follow end of the screening.  A panel of editors, academics and directors based out of Los Angeles and New York select their top films—(2) Awards for Advanced Filmmakers, (2) awards for emerging filmmakers and (1) ‘Overall Best’ award.  The panel’s combined expertise pans higher education, commercial/advertising, independent short and feature films, major studio feature films, and various creative guilds (i.e. editors, directors).  We are ever thankful to our peers in Paly Fiery Arts for their hand-made trophies and to Paly’s Theater program for amazing talent that appears in select films.

Paly Video Productions is a community of independent filmmakers—we develop original student visions from concept to final cut.  

See you at the movies!

Boys Soccer Defeats Gunn - stays unbeaten

Paly defeated Gunn 5 - 1 to remain unbeaten this season.  

Spring Sports Parent Meeting - Monday Feb 22nd

The Spring Sports Parent meeting for ALL athletes playing on a Paly Athletic Team this spring will be on Monday Feb 22nd at 6pm in the Library. A parent or guardian of each athlete playing a spring sport is expected to attend so please save the date. More information will come later after the rosters are set.


8th Grade Parent Night, Wed Jan 20, 7PM

Wed Jan 20, 2016

7pm – 8:30pm

Winter Rally 2016

Come out during a Special Schedule Rally to watch the Seniors battle the Staff in a soccer (yes, that's right, soccer!) match.   


8:15-9:45:             2nd Period 

9:50-10:30:           Rally at Football Field--2nd Period Teachers will take class to the field and then students may find their best spot to stand or sit around the pitch/in the stands.   

10:30-10:40:         Break

10:40-12:15:         4th period w/ In Focus

12:15-12:50:         Lunch

12:55-2:25:           6th Period

 2:30-3:05:            No Advisory-Tutorial as needed

SPRING SPORTS START FEB 1 - click for registration instructions

SPRING SPORTS tryouts start on Feb 1st.  You must be medically cleared in order to participate in tryouts. Every athlete needs to register and submit a Physical (every year) through the APPRYSE system.  
PALY Athletics uses Appryse(link is external) - CLICK HERE TO GET TO THE APPRYSE SITE

(link is external for athlete medical clearanceAppryse is a web-based solution which is a replacement to the paper-based and Ticket-to-Play systems previously used to fill out medical history, contact information, and release forms.

As parents, you will now enter all information online and upload or fax doctor physical forms.  Information can be updated throughout the year as it changes, and next season you will only have to review and update the information. Improving privacy, coaches will now use a smartphone instead of carrying binders.   In the event of injury, you will be automatically notified via phone, email, and text message, simultaneously.

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Click here for step by step instructions.

*All athletes must sign up for Appryse and have completed physicals before they can begin tryouts.  The Paly Athletic Department will no longer accept paper registration packs or non-Appryse pre-participation exam forms.

School Commute Alert: Construction on Kingsley between Alma and Emerson Starts January 4, 2016

Beginning January 4, 2016, (the day before Paly is back in session) the City of Palo Alto Utilities Engineering Division will replace and upgrade the water utility distribution system on Kingsley between Alma and Emerson.  See map on the second page here.

Work will occur between the hours of 9am and 4pm for approximately one month.  Construction will start on the south side of Embarcadero at Kingsley and Alma and will move to the north side of Embarcadero at Kingsley and Emerson. 

During construction, the affected blocks will be closed to vehicular traffic and detours will be posted. 

While the sidewalks will remain open, students who usually bike on the sidewalks on Embarcadero between 9am and 4pm are encouraged to avoid the Embarcadero Road underpass and use the Homer Avenue Tunnel or Churchill Road instead. 

See Paly’s Walk and Roll Map for alternate routes. 

Questions about this project can be directed to Construction Engineer Marina Ezrina at 650-566-4519 or

TakeABreakPA Schedule

Students and Staff:

  • Mindfulness: Fridays during lunch in A1
  • Mindfulness: First Monday of the month during lunch in A1

Students only:

  • Yoga: Tuesdays during Tutorial in the Quad
  • Mindfulness: Tuesdays during Tutorial in A1

Staff only:

  • Yoga: Mondays 3:45-4:15 PM in A1
  • Mindfulness: Thursdays 3:45-4:15 PM in LCR

Students and Staff - Take a Break - During lunch today (First Monday of the month) in A1

Need a break at lunch to pause and take some deep breaths?  Spread the word and come.  As part of our Take A Break campaign there will be a session at lunch today (Monday) for staff and students (first Monday of every month) in A1.

162 Students Earn National Service Award - 12/11

Fall President's Award for Volunteer Service Ceremony & Lunch

Friday, Dec 11
Haymarket Theater

All recipients and their families, please come! Paly is the only public school around with this program.

Three important steps for recipients:

  1. Yearbook Photo: Haymarket Theater 1:50pm Tuesday, December 8.
  2. Send your slide to Ms. Owen at <>. Your slide must be sent by 10:00pm Tuesday, December 8. [See letter mailed home. Make ONE slide with your name, photo/drawing of you, logo or name of organization where you volunteer(ed), and one short quote about what service has meant to you.] Slideshow will play at ceremony.
  3. Ceremony & Spot's Pizza lunch for recipients and their families: Paly Haymarket Theater, 12:00-12:45pm Friday, December 11.
  4. Please check the spreadsheet HERE to find your name by grade and award level. If there are any errors, please email  Ms. Christina Owen a.s.a.p.:

Seniors, for Common App award date, you may state 11/1/15.

See you at the ceremony!

Let's Bring Change to Mind- video

Ending the stigma about mental health.

Football team defeats Salinas to advance to the CCS Semi Finals

The Viking Football defeated Salinas 42 - 38 in an exciting CCS Division I game. 

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Come support the team in the semi-final match up at Milpitas on Fri Nov 27th at 7pm.