August 23, 2016
August 30, 2016

5th grade students

Dear Parent/Guardian:

In order to assess and develop student well being initiatives, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is partnering with Project Cornerstone this year.  Project Cornerstone promotes developmental assets, the foundation of social emotional learning efforts in several of our elementary schools based on 41 positive developmental assets including achievement motivation, responsibility, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and family, school, and community supports.  Additional assets and descriptions can be reviewed here at Project Cornerstone. Every five years, PAUSD and other schools in Santa Clara County administer the “Me and My World” student survey to gather data that enable us to gauge our progress in assuring that we are meeting our students’ well-being needs.

In an ongoing effort to promote student wellness, we would like all 5th grade students to participate in this valuable survey.  Participation is voluntary and you must give permission for your student to take the survey.  

You are being contacted because in this year’s annual data update you did not answer or provided an initial response of “no” for your child to participate in the survey.  We hope that this additional context helps answer any questions you may have about the importance of this information in planning programs for all students.

Survey Content:  The survey measures students’ attitudes, behaviors, and developmental assets. Developmental assets are positive values, relationships, and experiences that help young people succeed. If you would like to review the survey, please visit Project Cornerstone.

What It Will Be Used For: Our schools and Project Cornerstone will use the survey results to plan strategies and programs that will benefit ALL PAUSD students. Administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students will all be part of the planning process.

Administration: The survey will take place early in September 2016. Your student’s teacher will administer the survey in the classroom. The survey takes about 50 minutes to complete.

It is Voluntary: Students who take the survey will answer only the questions that they want to answer. Students may stop taking the survey at any time. If you do not want your child to take the survey, your child will go to an alternate space (such as the library or cafeteria) with adult supervision.

It is Anonymous: Students who take the survey will never be asked to provide their names on any part of the survey. Results will be reported for all students at the school, for students in each grade, and for students of each gender. Only the name of the school and the district will be available.  Individual reports for students are not available.

The results of the survey will be very valuable to our school and our district. They will help us create programs and provide services that meet our students’ needs. However, the survey is only valid if a minimum of 50 students at each school participate. If we do not receive a signed copy of this form, your student cannot participate in the survey.  We appreciate your support and understanding and hope that you will allow your student to participate.

Thank you for your consideration!



Glenn “Max” McGee


I give permission for my student, (NAME OF STUDENT), to participate in the Project Cornerstone survey Me and My World to be administered in September 2016.

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