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District Website Update – Sneak Peek

Consistent with Strategic Plan goal E1.3 and goal 1.a. set by the Board of Education for this school year, PAUSD staff is in the process of updating and modernizing the District's website. The team has completed the initial round of mock ups, the first opportunity to share ideas related to the updated look and feel. To see the new design and provide feedback, please take our short 7 question survey.

Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School Student Initiates “Stigmabusters Walk”

Jane Lathrop Stanford (JLS) Middle School’s Leadership class organizes many amazing student activities throughout the year, but this year, as part of a new 20% Personal Passion Project, a student has come up with a unique way to benefit her school and her local community.  Neha Tallapragada, a current JLS eighth grader, is striving to have her peers consider the various kinds of stigma that can impact a young person’s life, particularly the challenge of openly discussing the often-taboo topic of mental health. Combining a fun environment with this important message will be at the center of the Stigmabusters Walk.

Enrollment Management Advisory Committee

Enrollment Management Advisory Committee Starts with a Broader Charge and Design-Thinking Process

The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Enrollment Management Advisory Committee (EMAC), charged with looking broadly at the challenges in enrollment across the district, will start its important work on Monday, April 20. This committee is decidedly different in its scope, design, and charge than the two previous committees which focused solely on issues related to a thirteenth elementary school. The overall growth in PAUSD necessitates the expansion of this committee’s work to encompass reviewing a wide range of information including enrollment projections, choice program and overflow data, and research on the efficacy of current class-size and school-site capacities.

Palo Alto High School Draft WASC Report Outlines Areas of Strength and Growth

During the week of March 2, Palo Alto High School completed a successful site visit by a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) of the Accrediting Commission on Schools.  This three-day visit was the culminating piece of a deeply reflective and interactive process which included gathering and analyzing data; holding parent, student, and staff meetings; and compiling a lengthy report.  

WASC Visiting Team Praises Gunn High School

During the week of March 23, Gunn High School successfully completed a thorough on site review by a team professional educators from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) of the Accrediting Commission on Schools. Preparations for this visit included an intense schedule of staff, student, and parent meetings; gathering of data on a variety of topics; and dedicated work in compiling reports for the visiting team to read prior to their arrival. 

Documentary Screening and Discussion – The Mask You Live In

The Mask You Live In, a new documentary film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, asks the important question: Is American masculinity harming our boys, young men and society at large?

Please go to eventbrite? to RSVP for a free ticket and to see the film trailer. Following the screening we'll have a lively discussion led by Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University.


Thursday, April 16th
6:00 - 9:00pm
Henry M. Gunn High School's Titan Gym
780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306