the Paly Voice

Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
Monday, January 16, 2017


  • Editorial: The costs of a premature school board decision

    Though the hasty short-term proposal to report students’ weighted and unweighted GPAs has been agreed on for this year’s senior class, it is not too late for the district to reevaluate this decision and thoroughly examine the consequences that this will have on the culture of Palo Alto high schools for years to come.

    The Palo Alto Unified School district and Palo Alto High School administrations are working on ways to increase support for students and their well-beings. Photo by Alex Merkle-Raymond.
  • Editorial: The Paly Voice endorses Collins, Caswell and DiBrienza

    After much deliberation as a staff, The Paly Voice has decided to endorse Todd Collins, incumbent Melissa Baten Caswell and Jennifer DiBrienza.

  • Editorial: Explore other avenues to counter overcrowding

    We believe that the district should focus its attention on expanding project-based learning opportunities at existing high schools, rather than adopting the plan to transform Cubberley into an “innovative school” that will benefit only a relative few.

    Sophomores Sam Guernsey, and Michaela Fogarty work on a project in Social Justice Pathway. According to the Palo Alto High School course catalog, "The Social Justice Pathway is a three-year program featuring self-direction and project-based learning in an interdisciplinary
model rooted in community action and collaboration." Photo by Cooper Lou.
  • Editorial: Transcending the assumptions

    In the wake of tragedies in Palo Alto, our community and the national media have found various outlets to express their opinions on the schools’ failure to mitigate student stress. Even though it is easy to point to a single cause, we must avoid generalizations and maintain our willingness to improve through constructive feedback.

  • Editorial: An appreciation of teacher support at Paly

    The Paly Voice would like to acknowledge our teachers for addressing the issue of suicide and mental health, offering emotional support and making academic accommodations for students who may have been affected by the recent tragedy in our community.

    The "Gratitude Wall" in the classroom of AP Economics teacher Eric Bloom features sticky notes of things that Paly students are grateful for. Several Paly teachers invited students to participate in this activity on Monday after the school was informed of the death of a Gunn senior this past weekend. Photo by George Lu.
  • Editorial: Improving the community’s approach to mental health

    Although our community has proposed and implemented measures for changes that have increased suicide awareness and the importance of emotional health, there are several other key suggestions that The Paly Voice would like to bring to light in the need for suicide prevention within our community.

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