Information on a Federal Court Ruling to Release Personal Data of California Students


New information on a February federal court ruling originally asking California Department of Education to release all personal data — even including names and Social Security numbers — on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students, including your child’s information.

See California PTA website for information on the latest court ruling against releasing CDE CALPADS database:

Judge Kimberly Mueller noted that she has received “voluminous” numbers of objection forms and will continue to receive forms until April 1 and included in the official documentation. PDF Form:  form2016jan26-1

Parenting & Education:

How to Improve Performance & Innovation

Through the Science of Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Well Being

With Dr. Shauna Shapiro

Tuesday, March 1 • 7:00-9:00pm • Paly Haymarket Theater

Dr. Shauna Shapiro offers scientific research and meditative practices for parents and educators interested in cultivating greater health, success and well being in their children and themselves. Drawing on current research in psychology, medicine and cognitive neuroscience, we will investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on enhancing cognitive capacities needed for academic success as well as enhancing social and emotional intelligence, needed for success in life. The intention is to de-construct the idea that we are sacrificing performance, innovation, or academic success for social-emotional intelligence and wellness. Mindfulness actually enhances both cognitive academic capacities and social and emotional well being. The focus of the workshop will be on deepening our own personal experience of mindfulness so we can bring it more fully into our lives, as well as our children’s lives.

Spanish and Mandarin translation will be available.

Dr. Shapiro will speak from 7-8:30pm, book signing from 8:30-9pm.

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Parent Education Events This Week

What Parents Need to Know About Substance Use

Thursday, January 28 at 6:45pm
Paly Library

The evening will begin with a very short PTSA meeting, then parents will split into groups for the workshop to be presented in both English and Spanish.  Parents and students are welcome and childcare will be provided.

Alcohol and Drug Workshop Sign-up on Eventbrite.

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Saturday, January 30 from 9am to 11am at Paly MAC Atrium

All parents and students welcome to this encore showing.

During this Dr. Denise Pope video presentation event, parents and students will meet the Paly Challenge Success team members, watch the video, followed by a Q&Q session.

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Sources of Strength Presentation

HOPE    •      HELP     •     STRENGTH

Sources of Strength in Palo Alto

Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 7:00pm-8:30pm

Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn High School


Paly and Gunn families, students, and community members are invited to learn about Sources of Strength, the wellness program based on building resilience at both high schools. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Shashank Joshi of Stanford University, to share his research and knowledge. He will be joined by Paly and Gunn Sources of Strength Peer Leaders and staff leaders from both schools.

Through Sources of Strength, our youth are identifying, discussing, and strengthening protective factors in their own lives, as well as working together to become agents of positive change and connectors to help those around them. As change agents, they will spread messages in person and via social media about the various sources of hope, help and strength available to the community. The Sources of Strength program actively creates a culture of increased awareness, compassion, and support for all students facing the daily struggles of school and life and teaches strategies for building resilience and multiple sources of strength.

Please join us to learn how to continue the conversations of hope, help, and strength at home and in our families as well.

Thank you to Josh Bloom (SEL TOSA) and Jonathan Frecceri (Wellness Coordinator) for bringing Sources of Strength to Paly!

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