School Resource Officer Presentation at April PTSA Meeting

On April 30, PAPD Officer DuJuan Green came to the PTSA General Meeting to talk to parents about high school students and the law. Many parents don’t think about their children becoming adults before the end of high school and how that impacts any mistakes they might make.

He also told us all about Parent Project, a class offered by PAUSD and PAPD. Join other parents to improve your teen’s social and academic engagement, discipline, and any aspect of your relationship:

  • Learn to stop arguing.
  • Control the use of electronics.
  • Improve school attendance and performance.
  • Prevent the use of drugs and alcohol, bad peer influence, and run-aways.
  • Strengthen family unity and self-esteem.

Flyer for Parent Project Fall 2015

Connecting with the Paly Community

Connections are an important part of a supportive community and the Paly PTSA, along with the administration, are finding ways to build connections among and between parents, teachers, and students. Parents are encouraged to be a part of some upcoming activities where you can connect with students and staff on campus. We hope to see many parents on campus this spring!IMG_3521

Field Day – Friday, May 15 – 11:45 to 1:00pm
Field Day is a chance for our hard-working students to relax and have fun.  We’ll have all sorts of activities including bouncy slides, obstacle courses and of course, a free barbecue lunch for all students and staff.  Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve food, supervise activities and clean up.  To volunteer, please sign up on the Google doc.

Finals Food for Thought –  More details coming soon!

The library stays open late the week before finals and food is served each night. If you are interested in organizing this, please contact

Treats During Finals Week

Help pass out treats during finals week and give some encouragement to students in these last days of the year.


Measure A News

10644193_10152744350817075_4065332047362819470_oParcel Tax: Phone Bank Volunteers Needed Immediately              (The next Paly phone bank date is Thursday, April 23 at 6:00pm at Keller Williams offices – 505 Hamilton Ave., but volunteer any evenings)

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What’s At Stake: In 2004, PAUSD’s parcel tax renewal measure was defeated by less than 1% of the vote. Continue reading Measure A News

Youth Speaks Out, Building Mental Health, and Teen Forum Events

Three events families may be interested in attending in the next couple weeks ar”e Youth Speaks Out 2015″, “Building Mental Health within the Asian-American Community”,  and “In This Together”.

Youth Speaks Out: “A Call to Art”  is an art exhibit by Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools with painting, music, photography, sculpture, poetry, and creative writing that share heartfelt life experiences of our students.

The grand opening and reception: Friday, March 20 from 5-8pm — Palo Alto Art Center. On exhibit through April 14.

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Building Mental Health Support Within The Asian-American Community:  Panel & question and answer session
Sponsored by the PAUSD & Community Partnering Organizations
Monday, March 23  7:00 -9:00 p.m. — Haymarket Theater, Palo Alto High School – 50 Embarcardero Road

Please join us for an important community event, supporting Asian-American families, although all are welcome. The panel will include members of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Palo Alto University, other affiliated agencies, and the local community to answer questions about student mental health, cultural issues, improving family communication, and supporting our families in time of crisis.

What are the stresses faced by Asian-American families in our area?  How can we increase communication within and among our families?  A panel of mental health professionals and parents will reflect with participants about these issues and share some strategies that can help. The event will be in English and translated into Mandarin through an interpreter.


In This Together: A place to share, support, and heal is a teen forum where youth will have the opportunity to participate in a series of teen discussion circles led by teen-selected adult facilitators and will address topics that teens have identified as critical to their well-being. During these discussions, adults are invited to join an adult support workshop.

Friday, March 27 5:30 -9:00pm  — Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room

Teen Forum