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May events in the new Performing Arts Center

Although the Grand Opening is not until October, band and choir students will have their year-end concerts in the new Performing Arts Center:

May 9th 7pm Jazz Band Concert
May 12 7pm Paly Instrumental Concert
May 18th 7pm Theater 1-4H Showcase
May 19th 7pm Choir Small Ensemble Concert

Support the arts at Paly.

Click here for more information about the Performing Arts Center.

Paly Band and Orchestra Win Top Spot at New York Heritage Festival

On March 18th, the Paly Band and Orchestra went to New York City to compete in the Heritage Festival and do many New York things!

Both groups performed beautifully and scored in the mid to high nineties, good enough to win top honors in their class and the highest score of all the instrumental programs in the festival.

Emma Hmelar, Alan Huang, Cassandra Chum, Celia Willner and Ely Wing each won individual awards.

The students also did lots of sight seeing, heard the New York Philharmonic in concert, and saw Aladdin on Broadway. 

Congratulations to all the Paly Music students who worked so hard to make this trip a success!

Badminton defeats Gunn 17-13

Congrats to the Badminton team for their 17 - 13 Victory over Gunn!

Support our seniors. Learn more about Rise Together Education

Rise Together Education is dedicated to improving college graduation rates by providing mentoring and financial resources to low-income Palo Alto High School students and graduates, who have excelled academically and been accepted to 4-year colleges or 2-year community colleges with a direct transfer agreement.

Rise Together Education provides multi-year mentoring and  scholarships to eligible low-income Palo Alto High School students and  graduates.

Students are connected to mentors in 11th grade and continue to  receive mentoring through college for as long as necessary.

You can support Rise Together Education by making a tax deductible donation. To donate, please send a check to:
Rise Together Education
PO Box 29
380 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Or submit via PayPal at

Tax ID:  47-4128680​

OneSearch Discovery New Global Research Tool

Use the OneSearch Discovery box on the Library page to search for all kinds of resources from print books, e-books, news and academic articles.  Or connect to the Library Passwords LibGuide to search our great collection of academic and news databases.  Find the LibGuide on the MyPAUSD student portal.

Contemplate the Universe in the Library

Check out the Astrophysics display in the Library.  It's out of this world

Girls Basketball Captures CCS Title

The Girls Basketball team defeated North Salinas 59 - 44 to capture the Division I CCS title.  Next up for the girls is the NorCal playoffs.  First game is Wed March 9th - time and place TBA!  Congratulations to Coach Scott Peters and the entire Viking team!

Six Paly students perform in All State Honor Ensembles

For the first time in over twenty years the big state music teacher convention was in San Jose as opposed to its traditional venue Fresno on Valentine’s Day weekend.  There were student musicians and educators from Crescent City to Tahoe to Bakersfield to San Diego.  Six Paly students earned spots to perform with the All State Honor Ensembles through an extensive audition process which included submitting CD auditions in the Fall and then live auditions at the convention if the CD’s were accepted.

The students are:

Celia Willner, junior: Principal Clarinet All State Symphony Orchestra 2nd year in a row! Top clarinet of the 200 who auditioned. 

David Willner, junior: Principal Trumpet All State Wind Symphony - the top of the three bands.

Linus Wang, junior:  French Horn Section All State Symphony Orchestra- The top group.

Clara Wolfe, senior:  Clarinet section, All State Symphonic Band.

Alan Huang, junior:  Alto Sax Section, All State Symphonic Band.

Hyunwoo Roh, freshman:  Clarinet section, All State Concert Band.

It is a huge deal for these kids to even have been accepted, let alone score so high in the rankings.  We have had occasions (rare) where no one even gets in.  We are on a roll these past few years.  Compare it to an athlete going to state finals.....and winning because that's basically what it is for these musicians.

Let them know how proud you are of their huge achievement and and for representing Paly musically to everyone in the state.

Wind Symphony principal trumpet David Willner With conductor Dr. Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University.

Symphonic Band Rehearsal with Gary Hill of Arizona State University.  Clara Wolfe and Alan Huang in the band!

Symphony Orchestra dress rehearsal in the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.  Celia Willner and Linus Huang in there.  Find them.

3rd Annual Paly Student Film Festival

featuring animations and original movie posters from Graphic Design

Friday, 2/19 7-9PM
Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center (MAC) Atrium
**no cost to attend**

Official Trailer:

Paly Video Productions presents the 3rd annual 2015-16 Paly Student Film Festival featuring outstanding work from the Advanced Digital Filmmaking and Beginning Video Production program, Spring 2015-Winter 2016.  Graphic Design students exhibit the work of their first major client—this festival—with our official festival logo and original film posters that capture both the imagination and interest of filmgoers.

Student filmmakers present what it means to fit in, first romances, imagined darker impulses, genre-based films and passion projects.  Our program prides itself for producing works of fine art within various genres, filmmaking movements, style pieces and creative challenges.  

(2) films featured as part of our lineup were selected to officially premiere at Cinequest, an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recognized film festival that qualifies winning films for the Oscars, in March as part of Short Program 8 - High School

‘Critics’ Choice’ awards follow end of the screening.  A panel of editors, academics and directors based out of Los Angeles and New York select their top films—(2) Awards for Advanced Filmmakers, (2) awards for emerging filmmakers and (1) ‘Overall Best’ award.  The panel’s combined expertise pans higher education, commercial/advertising, independent short and feature films, major studio feature films, and various creative guilds (i.e. editors, directors).  We are ever thankful to our peers in Paly Fiery Arts for their hand-made trophies and to Paly’s Theater program for amazing talent that appears in select films.

Paly Video Productions is a community of independent filmmakers—we develop original student visions from concept to final cut.  

See you at the movies!

Boys Soccer Defeats Gunn - stays unbeaten

Paly defeated Gunn 5 - 1 to remain unbeaten this season.  

8th Grade Parent Night, Wed Jan 20, 7PM

Wed Jan 20, 2016

7pm – 8:30pm

Winter Rally 2016

Come out during a Special Schedule Rally to watch the Seniors battle the Staff in a soccer (yes, that's right, soccer!) match.   


8:15-9:45:             2nd Period 

9:50-10:30:           Rally at Football Field--2nd Period Teachers will take class to the field and then students may find their best spot to stand or sit around the pitch/in the stands.   

10:30-10:40:         Break

10:40-12:15:         4th period w/ In Focus

12:15-12:50:         Lunch

12:55-2:25:           6th Period

 2:30-3:05:            No Advisory-Tutorial as needed

TakeABreakPA Schedule

Students and Staff:

  • Mindfulness: Fridays during lunch in A1
  • Mindfulness: First Monday of the month during lunch in A1

Students only:

  • Yoga: Tuesdays during Tutorial in the Quad
  • Mindfulness: Tuesdays during Tutorial in A1

Staff only:

  • Yoga: Mondays 3:45-4:15 PM in A1
  • Mindfulness: Thursdays 3:45-4:15 PM in LCR

Students and Staff - Take a Break - During lunch today (First Monday of the month) in A1

Need a break at lunch to pause and take some deep breaths?  Spread the word and come.  As part of our Take A Break campaign there will be a session at lunch today (Monday) for staff and students (first Monday of every month) in A1.

162 Students Earn National Service Award - 12/11

Fall President's Award for Volunteer Service Ceremony & Lunch

Friday, Dec 11
Haymarket Theater

All recipients and their families, please come! Paly is the only public school around with this program.

Three important steps for recipients:

  1. Yearbook Photo: Haymarket Theater 1:50pm Tuesday, December 8.
  2. Send your slide to Ms. Owen at <>. Your slide must be sent by 10:00pm Tuesday, December 8. [See letter mailed home. Make ONE slide with your name, photo/drawing of you, logo or name of organization where you volunteer(ed), and one short quote about what service has meant to you.] Slideshow will play at ceremony.
  3. Ceremony & Spot's Pizza lunch for recipients and their families: Paly Haymarket Theater, 12:00-12:45pm Friday, December 11.
  4. Please check the spreadsheet HERE to find your name by grade and award level. If there are any errors, please email  Ms. Christina Owen a.s.a.p.:

Seniors, for Common App award date, you may state 11/1/15.

See you at the ceremony!