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February - News You Can Use


Students Ditch Junk Food

Students Ditch Junk Food for Healthy After-School Snacks in the Sodexo 2015 Future Chefs Challenge


While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy, after-school snacks in the Sodexo 2015 Future Chefs Challenge in partnership with the PAUSD Student Nutrition Services Department. The national initiative, which is in its fifth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen. PAUSD students are joining over 2,500 other students representing over 1,000 Sodexo-served school sites in 29 states nationally in this fun and educational challenge.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3:00PM-5:00PM
3:00-3:30PM Finalist Orientation
3:30-4:15PM Finalists Prepare Their Recipes
4:15-4:30PM Judging and Tasting
4:30-5:00PM Award Ceremony


Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School -Cafetorium
480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, Ca 94306

Elementary School Administrative Changes for 2015-16

Superintendent Dr. Max McGee announced a set of elementary school leadership changes that will become effective in the 2015-2016 school year. 

“PAUSD is in a process of making systemic changes that will strengthen programs and services in our elementary schools and across the district. Drawing upon the deep skill sets, applicable knowledge, and meaningful experiences of each of these leaders will advance our vision that supports all students as we prepare them to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.   Matching the expertise of these leaders with the districts’ critical needs is fundamental to our goal of continuous improvement, and I am confident they will make broad and important contributions to students, staff, and families in their new roles,” shared Superintendent McGee.

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone
By the Palo Alto High School Theater and Music Program
The Drowsy Chaperone was actually written on a lark. Initially, the play was merely intended to be a wacky wedding gift for Toronto’s Second City creative director, Bob Martin, and his blushing fiancé, comedian Janet Van de Graaf.  But it was too funny, too good, too, too catchy not to be shared with audiences worldwide. Drowsy had serious legs.
Of course, there’s a reason this happened. The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Original Score, is one of the funniest musicals ever written. It is a hysterical send-up of the Astaire and Rogers films of the 1930’s, filled with top hats, gangsters, starlets, Prohibition martinis and… love.
The Drowsy Chaperone plays March 6, 7, & 12-14, at 7:30 pm and March 8, at 2 pm.
For more information click here.

Elementary Choice Programs — Lotteries

The lotteries for all Elementary Choice Program for the 2015-16 school year will be held on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at the Palo Alto Unified School District Office beginning at 12:30 P.M., schedule listed below. Parents are invited to observe the process.

Lottery Schedule

  • 12:30 P.M. – Hoover Elementary School
  • 12:45 P.M. – Mandarin Immersion at Ohlone School
  • 1:00 P.M. – Ohlone Elementary School
  • 1:15 P.M. – Spanish Immersion at Escondido School

Enrollment Management Advisory Committee Application Window – Extended Until March 16

To assure the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is able to deliver on its vision to “develop our students’ knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, and to nurture their curiosity, creativity, and resilience, empowering every child to reach his or her fullest intellectual, social, and creative potential”, the Board of Education is committed to providing classroom spaces to facilitate teaching and learning.  The Superintendent is seeking applicants for appointment to serve on the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee.  Applicants must reside or work within the boundaries of the Palo Alto Unified School District or be parents of current or former VTP students.

For more information on the charge of the committee and to find the link to the application, please go to the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee webpage.

Gunn's Theater Program Announces Spring Musical — Anything Goes!

Award Winning Gunn High School Theater Program Announces Spring Musical — Anything Goes! Nearly 110 student actors, crew members, and instrumentalists will be presenting the 1934 musical, Anything Goes!, written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. The Palo Alto community is invited to enjoy performances from March 12-21 at the Spangenberg Theatre. Fans of Cole Porter’s music will enjoy delightful, delicious, and absolutely “de-lovely” songs throughout the production which earned this praise from the New York Times after opening night in 1934, "Take it from me, the Depression is over!''