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December - News You Can Use


PAUSD Announces Settlement in Construction Law Suit

PAUSD Board of Education President, Melissa Baten Caswell, announced at a meeting of the Board held on December 17, 2014, that a settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by Taisei Construction Corporation.  The recommended settlement was related to the construction of the Paly Media Arts and Classroom Building Project by Taisei.

Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert

Fa la la and Happy Hanukah and more! Kick off your winter break and join the Gunn Chamber Singers for a festive evening of holiday songs. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir trip to Italy this summer. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door or in advance from any member of the group. Questions? Contact Kristen Lee (

Sunday, December 21 at 5:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Unified Recognized at Santa Clara County Board of Education Meeting for Biliteracy Awards

Below is a press release from the Santa Clara County of Education regarding the new Wall of Honor to be unveiled for the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards at the December 10 SCCOE Board meeting. Palo Alto Unified implemented this program in the 2013-2014 school year and put seals on 251 senior diplomas and transcripts last May.  Gunn gave out sixty-two seals with six students having three languages. Paly gave out 189 seals. We are extremely proud of the students who have earned these seals for their hard work.

PAUSD Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee Kicks Off in December

As with many districts across the nation, PAUSD has acknowledged an achievement gap exists for students of color and for socio-economically disadvantaged youth. Evidence for the achievement gap is based primarily on standardized test results from the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) and from successful completion of A-G courses.  The District is embarking on a new effort to address the issue by creating a Minority’s Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee that Superintendent Glenn “Max” McGee will lead this school year.

PAUSD Participates in 14th Annual Inclusive Schools Week

PAUSD is pleased to announce our participation in the national celebration of the 14th Annual Inclusive Schools Week on December 1-5, 2014.  Over the last five years, we have increased our efforts to create school communities that invite all learners to engage in environments that are inviting and welcoming while delivering appropriate curriculum to maximize each student’s learning potential.  PAUSD staff, parents, and students work each day to create more inclusive communities and will be joining thousands of individuals, schools, and local, state, national organizations, and advocacy groups in highlighting this work during this national celebration.  Banners announcing Inclusive Schools Week will be at each school site during the week. There are two district-wide events also scheduled.  A parent workshop titled "Preparing for Life After High School:What Does My Young Adult Need to Know" and a parent support group for those parents with special education students titled "Let's Talk" are scheduled for December 3 and 4 respectively.

City and School District Agree on Main Terms of Updated Cubberley Lease

The City of Palo Alto staff and the Palo Alto Unified School District staff have come to an agreement on the main principles of an updated lease for the Cubberley site.  The lease amendment is intended to be in place for five years and lays a foundation for a long-term collaboration between the City and the School District. The City Council will consider the lease agreement at its regular meeting on November 17.   The PAUSD Board discussed the item at its meeting today and will consider taking action on November 18.