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Week of October 17: Special Schedules and Spirit Week

Click here for Spirit Week Information

Monday: B Day

Tuesday: T Day

Wednesday: PSAT and Flex Day - Schedule Below

  • 8:15-noon: Flex for Freshmen, Sophomores, Seniors (optional)
  • 9:00-noon: Senior Workshops (optional)
  • Early Dismissal for Students
  • noon-1:00: staff lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 - 3:30: PLC time for staff
  • Spirit Week Details for the day

Thursday: B Day

Friday: Special Schedule

  •   8:15AM -   9:45AM: 2nd period
  •   9:45AM - 10:00AM: Brunch
  • 10:00AM - 11:35AM: 4th period
  • 11:35AM - 12:15PM: Lunch
  • 12:15PM -  1:45PM: 6th period
  • Rally






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​

OneSearch Discovery New Global Research Tool

Use the OneSearch Discovery box on the Library page to search for all kinds of resources from print books, e-books, news and academic articles.  Or connect to the Library Passwords LibGuide to search our great collection of academic and news databases.  Find the LibGuide on the MyPAUSD student portal.

Contemplate the Universe in the Library

Check out the Astrophysics display in the Library.  It's out of this world

Six Paly students perform in All State Honor Ensembles

For the first time in over twenty years the big state music teacher convention was in San Jose as opposed to its traditional venue Fresno on Valentine’s Day weekend.  There were student musicians and educators from Crescent City to Tahoe to Bakersfield to San Diego.  Six Paly students earned spots to perform with the All State Honor Ensembles through an extensive audition process which included submitting CD auditions in the Fall and then live auditions at the convention if the CD’s were accepted.

The students are:

Celia Willner, junior: Principal Clarinet All State Symphony Orchestra 2nd year in a row! Top clarinet of the 200 who auditioned. 

David Willner, junior: Principal Trumpet All State Wind Symphony - the top of the three bands.

Linus Wang, junior:  French Horn Section All State Symphony Orchestra- The top group.

Clara Wolfe, senior:  Clarinet section, All State Symphonic Band.

Alan Huang, junior:  Alto Sax Section, All State Symphonic Band.

Hyunwoo Roh, freshman:  Clarinet section, All State Concert Band.

It is a huge deal for these kids to even have been accepted, let alone score so high in the rankings.  We have had occasions (rare) where no one even gets in.  We are on a roll these past few years.  Compare it to an athlete going to state finals.....and winning because that's basically what it is for these musicians.

Let them know how proud you are of their huge achievement and and for representing Paly musically to everyone in the state.

Wind Symphony principal trumpet David Willner With conductor Dr. Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University.

Symphonic Band Rehearsal with Gary Hill of Arizona State University.  Clara Wolfe and Alan Huang in the band!

Symphony Orchestra dress rehearsal in the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.  Celia Willner and Linus Huang in there.  Find them.

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.