News Events

Introducing the inaugural issue of the Paly Pulse- everything cool at Paly

Check it out here and see all that is cool at Paly!!

A big thank you to Michael Najar for editing and creating the presentation!!!

Madrigal Feaste- Dec 3 and 4

Join us Dec. 3rd or 4th 2pm in the PAC for this annual Winter feaste!  New building, new food, new script.  Great for families, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.   Special staff pricing.  Tickets are as low $25 for staff and $15 for students.

Paly Glass Sale Dec 2 and Dec 3

Shop Paly Glass for Holiday Gifts @ the Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale
Fri, Dec. 2nd, 3-6:00pm
Sat, Dec. 3rd, 11am-4pm
INSIDE the Administration/Tower Bldg
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exquisite Paly-designed decorative and functional handblown glass. PALY GLASS is a triple win - they make impressive & memorable gifts, your proceeds benefit Paly's Sculpture classes and there's easy parking.

The glass is hand made by instructors, alums, and students. It is our last public sale for the school year to fund the program. Free demonstrations, hot apple cider and cookies too.

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New for Students- Log into Infinite Campus through ID portal

The separate username and password for Infinite Campus is now gone for STUDENTS.

Infinite Campus has been added to the "ID" portal single sign-on.

Log into "ID" and click on Infinite Campus. No additional password is needed.

If your old Infinite Campus password was different than your "ID" password, that old password will no longer work. Use your "ID" password to log into the Infinite Campus App.

PARENT logins are unchanged.

Presentation from 8th Gr. Rising Parent Info Night - Oct 4

Updated October 5: Link to Presentation

Tuesday, October 4th 7pm @ Performing Arts Center
Principal Kim Diorio and other school staff will give you insight on the school (academics, sports, guidance, student activities and more!) and what you can look forward to in this new chapter. Two current Paly parents will share what they wish they had known and tips for a smooth transition. Questions will be collected on site for a Q&A session at the end.
Open to all current 8th grade parents, this evening event is hosted by PiE and replaces their former fall high school tour. No reservations needed.

Deadline for yearbook senior portraits and parent baby ads is October 13.

Senior portraits can be taken by any professional photographer (there are plenty of good ones in the Palo Alto area!), or can be taken by one of our yearbook students on the quad (September 27 and September 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM). If you have not yet made an appointment with a photographer, you should definitely do that sooner rather than later. You can find more info and get our specifications sheet on the yearbook website:
As for baby ads, you can submit photos/message/form/payment to Mr. Wilson’s mailbox in the main office. We will also have two parent work sessions, where you can bring all of your materials, get photos scanned, and go over a design plan with one of our yearbook students. These will be held open-house style on October 6 and October 11, from 12:30 until approximately 5:30. These are drop-in times; plan on anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on how detailed you want to get. Again, you can find the form and more detailed info at
Please feel free to email Madrono Yearbook Adviser Brian Wilson at if you have any questions!

New York Times Available Unlimited Access on All Devices

Unlimited access to the New York Times is available to the Paly community. Simply go to  nytimes/passes  and make an account using a PAUSD issued email address.  The account is good for one year. 

Summer Counseling Resources

Family and Children’s Services offers individual and family counseling.
They can be reached at (650) 326-6576.
These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.

Adolescent Counseling Services offeres individual and family counseling.
They can be reached at (650) 424-0852.
These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement offers individual and family counseling.
They can be reached at (408) 975-2735.
These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.

If you have any questions or cannot afford any of the above services, contact the Student Services Office at (650) 833-4208 or

Below you will also find links to various websites that may be helpful for families in addressing the topic of sexual abuse.

For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to Counseling and Crisis Resources

Swim Team members add titles at State Meet

The Swim Teams wrapped up an amazing 2016 season at the State Meet this weekend and added to their collection of titles.

Paly Swim and Dive STATE TITLES  in

  1. Girls Diving - Mimi Lin
  2. Girls 200 medley relay - Zoe Lusk, grace Zoe, Katie Francis, Claire Lin
  3. Girls 200 free relay - grace Zhao, Zoe Lusk, Payton wang and claire Lin
  4. Boys 200 free style - Alex Liang
  5. Boys 500 free style - Alex Liang


  • The girls swim/dive team was 2nd in the STATE.
  • The Boys swim/dive team was 4th in the STATE

Paly Math Students do it again!

The team of Paly students who last year won the 17th Annual National High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) and represented the US in the 1st International Math Modeling Contest,  Kathryn Li, Kangrong (Allison) Zhang, Eric Foster and Andrew Lee DID IT AGAIN this year!

Click the link below to see the official announcement:



May events in the new Performing Arts Center

Although the Grand Opening is not until October, band and choir students will have their year-end concerts in the new Performing Arts Center:

May 12 7pm Paly Instrumental Concert including Jazz Band
May 18th 7pm Theater 1-4H Showcase
May 19th 7pm Choir Small Ensemble Concert

There will be no concert on May 9th.   The May 9th Jazz Band Concert has been combined with the 12th Concert.  Thanks to Jeff and the musicians for being flexible.

Support the arts at Paly.

Click here for more information about the Performing Arts Center.

Paly Band and Orchestra Win Top Spot at New York Heritage Festival

On March 18th, the Paly Band and Orchestra went to New York City to compete in the Heritage Festival and do many New York things!

Both groups performed beautifully and scored in the mid to high nineties, good enough to win top honors in their class and the highest score of all the instrumental programs in the festival.

Emma Hmelar, Alan Huang, Cassandra Chum, Celia Willner and Ely Wing each won individual awards.

The students also did lots of sight seeing, heard the New York Philharmonic in concert, and saw Aladdin on Broadway. 

Congratulations to all the Paly Music students who worked so hard to make this trip a success!

Support our seniors. Learn more about Rise Together Education

Rise Together Education is dedicated to improving college graduation rates by providing mentoring and financial resources to low-income Palo Alto High School students and graduates, who have excelled academically and been accepted to 4-year colleges or 2-year community colleges with a direct transfer agreement.

Rise Together Education provides multi-year mentoring and  scholarships to eligible low-income Palo Alto High School students and  graduates.

Students are connected to mentors in 11th grade and continue to  receive mentoring through college for as long as necessary.

You can support Rise Together Education by making a tax deductible donation. To donate, please send a check to:
Rise Together Education
PO Box 29
380 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Or submit via PayPal at

Tax ID:  47-4128680​

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