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February - News You Can Use


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!''

Art Education and Humane Society Inspire Animal Adoption

In an innovative new art project and exhibit, the Palo Alto Humane Society and the fourth and fifth graders at PAUSD’s Duveneck Elementary School have teamed up to create the “Adoptables” art show, March 4 – April 2. The public is welcome to view the pastel portraits of shelter animals created by the Duveneck students at the Palo Alto Unified School District’s office located at 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto. The goal of the show is to promote adoption of rescue animals as pets.

11th Annual Sweetheart Awards Celebrates Caring Youth, Staff, and Community Members

The Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Palo Alto PTA Council will host their 11th Annual Sweetheart Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 4, to honor local PAUSD youth, employees, and community members who have made a positive difference in the lives of special needs students. “Sweethearts” are nominated by students, families, and teachers for their exemplary service, friendship, and for helping students feel connected and competent in their respective areas. The nomination letter describing their kindness is read for the audience at the awards where they are publicly recognized for going above and beyond.

Bay Area Educators Converge for Edcamp Silicon Valley

On Saturday, February 21, 2014, Edcamp Silicon Valley (EdcampSV) will bring together hundreds of teachers for a day of free, participant-driven learning and discussions about teaching, technology, and other topics in education. The edcamp model is an “unconference” where the participants start the day by collectively determining the content of sessions. Then, with a schedule quickly worked out and distributed, participants share in the facilitation of learning and conversations for the rest of the day.

Calling for Nominations - 11th Annual Sweetheart Awards

Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child that makes that person a sweetheart to your family? Are you a student who has experienced support and compassion from an unexpected source and would like to say thanks? Help us honor those wonderful people in our community who have made a positive difference in the life of a child with special needs by nominating them for a CAC Sweetheart Award.

Enrollment Management Advisory Committee Application Window Now Open

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.