the Paly Voice

Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
Thursday, August 25, 2016


  • Time for a second draft: Alignment reform needed in Paly’s English department

    Imagine this scenario. You read the required book for your class, and write an essay, using the instructions given to you by your teacher. Then you add it to the pile of essays for a different teacher teaching a different period of the same class. Would you be confident your work would get the grade it deserved? Would you bet 10 or 15 or 20 percent of your grade on it? We wouldn’t.

  • You are so not OCD: The truth behind the colloquialism

    ‘I am so OCD’ has become too familiar of a phrase, ingrained in speech to justify moments in which one feels the need to perform an action in a certain way; but this has stripped the serious mental illness of its harsh reality.

    Illustration by Portia Barrientos.
  • Opinion: Jordan Middle School name change is unnecessary

    A Jordan Middle School name change is unnecessary due to potential costs and confusion as well as the fact that eugenics, while an atrocious practice, was universally accepted in the early 20th century.

  • Opinion: Low-flying planes are just the tip of the iceberg

    New flight routes above Palo Alto have limited environmental effects and only represent the tip of the iceberg of Bay Area noise pollution.

  • The truth behind GMOs

    When over 50 percent of Americans believe that it is “unsafe to eat genetically modified foods,” you would think they would know what genetically modified foods are. Shockingly, they don’t.

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  • 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.