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We are a student-oriented district where children come first and where students always remain at the heart of our commitment. Thanks to the efforts of our talented and dedicated staff, strong support from our Board of Education, involved parents and a community that values education, our students benefit from a rich and varied curriculum.

As we pursue our Strategic Plan to provide a first-class educational program for all our students, our ongoing commitment is to improve student achievement and to support all areas of student development.

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Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee – Final Report

After devoting six months to determining the root causes of the significant disparities in academic performance and disproportional enrollment in advanced classes between historically underrepresented groups of low-resourced and minority students and their peers, the Minority Achievement and Talent Development (MATD) Advisory Committee released its thorough report.  At the May 26 Board of Education meeting, members of the committee, which includes parents, teachers, administrators, classified staff, and community members, presented their findings based on research and best practices in other districts; examination of historical district data; a series of local focus groups and individual interviews with students, parents, and teachers; and over 800 survey responses from students, parents, faculty and staff, administrators, and community members.

Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) – Accepting Applications for Parent Representative for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) has been established as a Board of Education committee to assist the Board in its thinking about District policies.  The scope of the work involves policies in operations, new mandates and policies derived from State of California legislation, and policy needs for Palo Alto Unified School District.

Application forms can be obtained from the Superintendent’s assistant, Kathleen Ruegsegger, at You can obtain information by phone by calling 650-329-3737.

Completed applications must be sent to: Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or emailed to:   All Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

District Announces New Pre-K Principal

Superintendent Glenn “Max” McGee is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Pre-K Principal, Dawn Yoshinaga, to oversee the broad variety of successful early child development programs provided by PAUSD.  The appointment will be presented to the Board of Education at the May 26, 2015, Board meeting.  Ms. Yoshinaga replaces Mrs. Sharon Keplinger who is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 school year after over 20 years of service.

A Conversation with PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee TV Show

Wednesday, May 27,   6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

All Palo Alto families, staff, and community members are invited to watch A Conversation with PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee which will stream live on Wednesday, May 27, from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.  This live show will feature Dr. McGee with members of the Minority Achievement and Talent Development (MATD) Advisory Committee and the Gunn High School Creative Bell Schedule Committee discussing their respective work during Spring 2015 and the positive future impacts for our school district. 

This show can be viewed in the following ways:
•    Webstream live over the internet from Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent page at
•    Starting in June, the show will be aired on Midpeninsula Community Media Center Channel 28.  The broadcast schedule will be shared when it is available.

Please contact Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley at, if you have any questions regarding this broadcast.

Students Create Easy Way to Curb Plastic Water Bottle Use on Campus

In an effort that represents the combined dedication of many student organizations and individuals, the Gunn High School community proudly unveiled their first water bottle filling station on Earth Day.  This water filling station is the first one to be used on a PAUSD secondary school site and is the first in a collection of filling stations on Gunn’s campus that are jointly sponsored by the school and a City of Palo Alto Utilities Department grant.

Annual Engineering Night Highlights the Success and Positive Impacts of Alumni Engaged in Engineering Around the World

Annual Engineering Night Highlights the Success and Positive Impacts of AlumnivEngaged in Engineering Around the World

On May 26 Gunn High School will be hosting and presenting its Annual Engineering Night.  The free program will feature twelve alumni speakers from a wide variety of engineering fields sharing information on the opportunities available to individuals with engineering and entrepreneurial skills.