Paly 101 & Terminology

Parent Education | Wellness | Paly 101

New to Paly? Learn some basics.

How to Start

Back to School Packet

The 2022-23 Back to School packet is online: Back to School Packet

How to Stay Connected

PAUSD communicates with parents through Infinite Campus, Schoology, and Parentsquare. PTSA communicates with parents through Parent Networks via Konstella, PalyLink, and Paly.Net online calendar

Infinite Campus

Infinite Campus (IC) is a web-based student information system that stores student data. It provides students the ability to access their class-related information as well as allows parents the ability to view their children’s academic information. Infinite Campus is the permanent record system. Access IC through https://id.pausd.org

Schoology

Schoology is the platform used to manage the day-to-day activities related to content distribution, collection, and collaboration between students and teachers. Schoology is the in-progress system that facilitates and organizes information for students and teachers. Access Schoology through https://id.pausd.org

ParentSquare

ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to send and receive school and class information in one place.  Students do not have access to Parentsqaure. Access ParentSquare through https://id.pausd.org

Parent Networks

Paly PTSA has created grade-level groups on Konstella so parents can receive grade-level-specific information about Paly. Konstella is the only official PTSA Parent Network communication channel.

Parent Network Meetings are held monthly and topics vary based on grade level. For this school year, the dates of the meetings are:

  • Class of 2023 – 1st Fridays
  • Class of 2024 – 2nd Fridays
  • Class of 2025 – 3rd Fridays
  • Class of 2026 – 4th Fridays

https://palyptsa.paloaltopta.org/what-are-parent-networks/

Konstella Online Directory

Konstella enables you to find other parents, send them messages, view volunteering and fundraising activities. Download the mobile app to access Konstella on the go. To receive a new invitation, go to https://www.konstella.com/cd/6NJBNO.

You may be receiving emails without being registered.  Register using the link above to have access to the email history, directory, volunteering, and fundraising content.

Paly Link

Paly PTSA offers weekly eNews with up-to-date events happening on campus, in our community, and with sports and arts boosters. This is free and you are automatically enrolled when you register your student. If you do not receive an email during the first week of classes,  check your spam folder.  You can change your Konstella settings to opt out of announcements or receive a daily digest.

Paly.net Online Calendar 

Paly’s Google calendar (https://www.paly.net/campus-life/calendars) has odd and even class schedule days marked and schedule changes. It is the “go-to source” for the Paly community for all campus activities.

How to Help

Volunteer at Paly

Did you know that over 600 parents and community members volunteer at Paly every year? There are three great reasons to become one of them:

  • Studies show that students are more engaged with their school when their parents are active participants at the school, 
  • Parents experience greater satisfaction and connection with their school when they participate in on-campus events, and
  • It is fun!

How to get started? Login to Konstella (https://www.konstella loop.com/), click More on the menu then Sign-ups on the submenu. Paly offers online sign-ups for all volunteer activities. You choose which event and task you would like to help with. 

For more information about volunteering, email Beth Martin at bmartin@pausd.org.

Donate to PTSA, PiE, Boosters, and ASB

There are four ways to contribute to your children’s education through donations. 

Paly PTSA

The Paly PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) pays for “stuff”,  funds technology and classroom materials, PSAT testing, the Freshman Orientation program, Parent Education, Parent Networks, the mailing of student publications to all families, supports ongoing student programs such as Challenge Success, community-building events, and provides thousands of volunteer hours on campus. 

The suggested donation amount is $275 per student. For more information, go to http://palyptsa.paloaltopta.org/donations/.  You will receive proof of payment for tax purposes. The Paly PTSA TAX ID # 94-6184932.

For more information, email, the PTSA VP of Fundraising at palyfundraising@gmail.com

PAUSD Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) 

PiE pays for staff in three areas: STEM, the Arts, and Wellness & Support. PiE makes possible engaging electives, including computer science, graphic design, engineering, and biotechnology, to captivate students and build critical thinking skills. PiE supports the guidance counselors and the Teacher Advisor program to offer emotional and academic guidance, as well as help, build student resilience. PiE also funds the College and Career Counseling advisors and resource programs that provide individual counseling to help all students choose among a variety of pathways to success and plan wisely for the future. The suggested donation amount is $1200 per student, but any amount helps! http://papie.org.

Paly Boosters

Paly has many extracurricular activities supported by booster groups. Donations to the individual booster groups go directly to student activities and include Fiery Arts, Friends of Paly Choir, Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Sports, TEAM, and Theater. The suggested donation amount varies by program. For more information, go to https://www.paly.net/connecting/donate.

Paly Associated Student Body (ASB) Card

Students can get discounted pricing on dances and athletic events by purchasing a Paly ASB card.  The ASB card supports student leadership programs. For more information, go to http://www.palyasb.com/. A link to the ASB webstore is available under Helpful Links. The ASB website only works using the Chrome browser.

Athletics at Paly

Paly has Fall, Winter, and Spring sports. All students are required to have a sports physical before participating. These physicals are good for one full calendar year and one physical is good for multiple sports. The form and information can be found on the main website for Paly Athletics. 

Clubs at Paly

There are 100+ clubs that cover many student interests, including traditional athletics and academic clubs, to special interests like aviation, bad movies, girls in AI/STEM, art, entrepreneurship, etc. Any student is welcome to begin a new club. Information on who to contact to do this can be found on the ASB Club website. The ASB website only works using the Chrome browser.

Social Media 

Paly-centric social media groups are not official communication channels and are not sanctioned or monitored by PAUSD or PTSA. Views expressed on these sites do not reflect the opinions of the PTSA or PAUSD.