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PTSA Spring Events

Hope you enjoyed the Paly Parent Ed Series on April 10th.  A recording of the event can be found here:  “What Do Companies Really Want? Rethinking the College Arms Race or here:

Palo Alto High School Parent Education Series events are sponsored by Palo Alto High School PTSA.

The final Paly Parent Ed Series for the school year is on April 24th;  We hope you can join us.  Details below:

Dr. Tauheed Zaman, Cannabis and the Young Brain  
Palo Alto High School – Haymarket Theater
What does the evidence show about today’s marijuana (cannabis)? How does the potency of today’s “weed” impact the developing adolescent brain? Can marijuana be addictive? Don’t miss this critical presentation on “clearing the smokescreen” around marijuana. 
Dr. Tauheed Zaman is an addiction psychiatrist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF. He serves on the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Committee on Marijuana Policy Reform and authored the American Psychiatric Association’s position statement on marijuana as medicine. 
Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. 
Questions? Contact Diana Pang, Palo Alto High School PTSA Parent Education Committee,



Volunteer Appreciation Event:  May 10th, invitation being sent soon.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon is May 10th:  Volunteers needed to help celebrate our teachers and staff.




Dear Paly Community
The resources below may be helpful to your family during this difficult time when we are worried about gun violence and the safety of children in schools.  Please communicate with the school if you are concerned about your child; they will help you find support.  PTAs across the country are advocating for safe schools.

Superintent’s Weekly message addressing PAUSD school safety


Use Your Voice!  In 2017, Palo Alto PTA members successfully advocated to Sacramento to ban guns in CA school zones, via Click My Cause mobile alerts. PTA – the oldest and largest child advocacy organization – will always work to keep children safe.

Use your voice – sign up now for your Palo Alto PTA 2018 legislative mobile alerts!
  • Download the “Click My Cause” app in the App Store,
  • Choose PTAC (Palo Alto PTA Council) as your organization
  • Select “allow notifications” to receive your mobile alerts

Learn more how to support your student, and all CA students,

Take Action to End Gun Violence:  
March 14 “Call Out” to Federal Legislators  

On March 14, students across the country are planning to “walk out” to make their voices heard. California State PTA is asking for your help to “call out” our federal legislators and demand action.  

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation including:

  • Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons  
  • Mandatory background checks
  • Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

Welcome Viking Families: 2017/2018 School Year

Paly PTSA wishes everyone a great start to the school year!

PTSA Meeting and Principal Coffee:  January 18, 2018 at 8:30am Haymarket

PTSA:  Parent, Teacher, Student Association.

100% of your PTSA donation stays at Paly!  Thank you for the financial support  and most importantly, thank you for your time volunteering!

Uptous:  The PTSA Electronic Family Directory,  Parent Network Communication and Event Volunteer Sign Ups are on uptous.  If you are not able to sign in, please direct your questions to

PalyLink:  This is PTSA electronic news, free and open to all families.

PTSA Meetings:   The dates/times for the 2017/2018 school year are located on uptous and on the google calendar.  All welcome to participate.

Bike and Traffic Safety:  Be safe, encourage your teen to wear a helmet, its the law and please do not foget to lock your bike!

Back to School Packets and Paly 101 information found under Back to School tab to the left.

Parent Ed:  The PTSA Parent Ed team is developing a list of events for the 2017/2018 school year and will be sharing this soon.

New Family Buddy:   If you and your family are new to the school district, you can sign up and have a buddy family. This is a free volunteer program offered through the Paly PTSA. We are a group of parent volunteers that can be additional resources for you while you and your teen get acclimated to the new environment. If interested, please email and have the subject line ‘buddy family’. Please include your name, your child’s name and grade, a day time phone number to reach you. Someone will be in touch.

Message from Challenge Success:

Top Ten Back-to-School Tips to Help Your Child Thrive

With kids back in school, these practical tips are helpful reminders for ways to build resilience, share your values, and support the overall health and well-being of your children.

1)  Ask your child: “How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends?” instead of “How did you do on the math test?”

2)  Resist the urge to correct the errors in your child’s homework. It’s your child’s work, not yours.

3)  Work done with integrity is more important than an A. Pressure to achieve only high grades can make students resort to cheating.

4)  Make time for PDF: playtime, downtime, family time. Research shows PDF is critical for overall well-being.

5)  Create a technology-free environment during mealtimes. Every adult and child can benefit from a break from constant interruptions and distractions.

6)  Collaborate with your child’s teachers. Assume best intentions and work together to solve problems.

7)  Fight the temptation to bring your child’s forgotten homework to school. Kids gain resilience by learning from small failures.

8)  An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Research shows sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety.

9) When your child wants to talk with you, stop what you are doing and engage. Does “I hate school” really mean something else: “I am being bullied” or “I don’t fit in?”

10) Help your child develop his or her interests and strengths. Discover what your child really loves to do outside of school, not what you think a college admissions officer would like to see on an application.

For more information:




Community Forum: Overview of Title IX, California Ed Code and FERPA

Community Forum held May 24th at the Palo Alto High School Performing Art Center. Guest speaker, Laura Schulkind, an expert in K-12 public school educational law will be presenting the laws of Title IX , CA Education Code and FERPA as it applies to the K-12 sector. Her bio can be found here:
This event was free and open to all of the community.  Presentation can be found here:    palo alto high school 5-24-17 overview of title ix in the high school context slides PPT SHOW


May 24 2017 Community forum Handout

Video of Presentation:

Community Forum: Understanding Title IX , CA Education Code and FERPA as it applies to the K-12 sector; May 24th 7:30pm Paly Library

Please join us May 24, 2017 for a Community Forum at 7:30pm at the Palo Alto High School Library. Guest speaker, Laura Schulkind, an expert in K-12 public school educational law will be presenting the laws of Title IX , CA Education Code and FERPA as it applies to the K-12 sector. Her bio can be found here: There will be a question and answer period immediately following the presentation; questions are being collected at the time of registration in link below.

This event is free and open to all of the community. We hope you can join us. Please RSVP and details of event can be found here:

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