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Faced with overcrowding, Paly athletics looks to Greene’s facilities

Faced with overcrowding, Paly athletics looks to Greene’s facilities

September 22, 2020

Come spring, Palo Alto High School athletes may be practicing and competing at Greene Middle School instead of on their home turf, according to Paly Athletic Director Nelson Gifford.

Athletic conditioning scheduled to return mid-September

Athletic conditioning scheduled to return mid-September

September 3, 2020

Athletic conditioning will start again Sept. 14, according to a statement released at 2 p.m. today on the Palo Alto High School Athletics website.

Student runners lead ‘Run to Clear the Shelters’

Student runners lead ‘Run to Clear the Shelters’

August 31, 2020

Aiming to raise money for a local animal shelter, members of the Palo Alto High School track team are hosting Run to Clear the Shelters, a virtual 5K race, this weekend.

Keeping fit in the era of Coronavirus: a guide to the best local exercise spots

Keeping fit in the era of Coronavirus: a guide to the best local exercise spots

May 3, 2020

Craving a break from your online homework? Watched every show there is on Netflix? Looking to get active after spending weeks at home? This guide to the best places to exercise near and around Palo Alto while staying safe has got you covered.

Editorial: An Open Letter to the Future Principal

Editorial: An Open Letter to the Future Principal

March 22, 2020

We believe the ideal administrator addresses PAUSD’s unique challenges by not only communicating with, but also working alongside students and the surrounding community.

2019: A Paly Voice year-in-review

2019: A Paly Voice year-in-review

December 11, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, the Voice reflects on the moments that highlighted the year.

Breaking: Students react to police officer injury and chaos on campus

Breaking: Students react to police officer injury and chaos on campus

November 4, 2019

A rattled student body is reflecting on campus security issues after a wild police chase just after noon today at Palo Alto High School that left an officer injured and a robbery suspect in cuffs.

Teachers urge Board to put brakes on reopening plan
Teachers urge Board to put brakes on reopening plan
Kira Sterling and Tara Kapoor September 24, 2020
One hundred and 27. That’s how many teachers, parents, and community members lined up in a digital queue Tuesday night to voice concerns regarding the Palo Alto Unified School District’s plans to reopen schools in-person, focusing largely on perceived gaps in communication to teachers and families. Next week, the Board will reconvene virtually to vote on the reopening proposal.
Speech and Debate kicks off its season with virtual win
Speech and Debate kicks off its season with virtual win
September 24, 2020
Delivering a speech to a webcam isn't what most people think of when it comes to speech and debate, but sophomore Ethan Boneh had to do just that on Sunday at the virtual Jack Howe Invitational due restrictions required by the COVID-19 virus response.
Faced with overcrowding, Paly athletics looks to Greene
Faced with overcrowding, Paly athletics looks to Greene's facilities
September 22, 2020
Come spring, Palo Alto High School athletes may be practicing and competing at Greene Middle School instead of on their home turf, according to Paly Athletic Director Nelson Gifford.
Austin on achievement gap: ‘an uphill fight’
Austin on achievement gap: ‘an uphill fight’
September 6, 2020
Despite the Tuesday launch of PAUSD+, the heavily-publicized effort to counter the effects of distance learning by bringing disadvantaged students onto campus in small groups, Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin fears that a widening achievement gap is inevitable.
Brushes, pencils and thick slabs of paint are among the materials Palo Alto High School senior Hope Morita received for her AP Studio Art 2D Drawing and 2D Design class, which will be operating online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Paly art department has been distributing materials to students since the week before the start of online classes and will continue to restock students with supplies throughout the semester, according to art teacher Kate McKenzie. “Last spring, we kind of posted activities for people to do and drawings to do,” McKenzie said. “But we weren
Art department distributes supplies, adjusts to online learning
September 5, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Palo Alto High School art department is adjusting to online learning by distributing materials to students from campus and will continue to do so throughout the semester, teachers say.
The next steps for Paly Robotics
Keeping fit in the era of Coronavirus: a guide to the best local exercise spots

Keeping fit in the era of Coronavirus: a guide to the best local exercise spots

May 3, 2020

Craving a break from your online homework? Watched every show there is on Netflix? Looking to get active after spending weeks at home? This guide to the best places to exercise near and around Palo Alto while staying safe has got you covered.

First-generation Indian-American teens take center stage in ‘Never Have I Ever’

First-generation Indian-American teens take center stage in ‘Never Have I Ever’

April 30, 2020

Her dad died dramatically at her concert, her legs were paralyzed for a year, but all Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) can think of is snagging the hottest boy in school. On top of that, tennis legend John McEnroe narrates Vishwakumar’s whole adventure. And a cameo from Adam Samberg!

Social distancing causes mental health decline

Social distancing causes mental health decline

April 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the country entered lockdown and normal life was put on pause. People dropped their regular work or school routines in favor of staying isolated at home, but have found themselves lost as to what to do or how to continue.

A guide to combating those quarantine blues

A guide to combating those quarantine blues

March 26, 2020

With week two of school being shut down due to the national COVID-19 virus outbreak, The Paly Voice compiled a list of tips and advice brought to you from Paly's Wellness Center, on how to combat those quarantine blues.

Speech and Debate kicks off its season with virtual win
School Board Profile: Jennifer DiBrienza

School Board Profile: Jennifer DiBrienza

September 16, 2020

If you were a student at Ellen Fletcher Middle School last school year and you had an outstanding library fine, you would not be allowed to attend the school dance, according to page 16 of the school's Student Handbook. That, Palo Alto Board of Education member Jennifer DiBrienza said, is a small example of how the Palo Alto community has made low-income students who cannot necessarily afford a fine feel like "second-class citizens." Many underrepresented students do not feel like the district "is there" for them and as a result feel alienated from the community, DiBrienza said. In a campaign centered on remedying such systemic inequities and leading the school district through the educational and fiscal challenges posed by COVID-19, DiBrienza is seeking reelection to a second term on the Palo Alto Board of Education.

School Board Profile: Karna Nisewaner

School Board Profile: Karna Nisewaner

September 15, 2020

As the mother of a second grader who struggles with reading, Palo Alto Board of Education candidate Karna Nisewaner recognizes the power of personalized education. Her son, she told The Paly Voice, has an Individualized Education Plan for his literary difficulties. Math, on the other hand, is his forte — Nisewaner said her son's teachers uplift his confidence by encouraging his affinity for numbers. "His second grade teacher ... is having him be a math helper, so he can feel really good about the place where he is strong," Nisewaner said. "And then we can really work with him on the place where he isn't strong." Every child has a unique strength that must be accentuated, she said, and a one-size-fits-all approach will not effectively address the needs of every student. A seat on the school board would allow Nisewaner to focus on education quality for students beneath the standard achievement curve, she said — be it with after-school tutoring or other individual educational assistance.

Claire Chen: one of the most-decorated debaters in PAHS history

Claire Chen: one of the most-decorated debaters in PAHS history

September 13, 2020

With a medal from her latest victory at the Milpitas Coast Forensic League SuperDebate 2 tournament in hand, junior Claire Chen recalls the nerve-racking moments right before the final round.

Column: The importance of being friendly
Column: The friendliest gesture is to stay away

Column: The friendliest gesture is to stay away

May 28, 2020

Nationwide talks of reopening have spurred small, seemingly innocuous defiances to local regulations. Yes, many of us are tired of quarantine. Yes, it’s tempting to meet with others in person again. But the community isn’t ready yet, and avoiding necessary precautions now will only prompt worse consequences in the months to come.

First-generation Indian-American teens take center stage in ‘Never Have I Ever’
‘Tartuffe’ continues despite COVID-19 concerns

‘Tartuffe’ continues despite COVID-19 concerns

March 13, 2020

The Palo Alto High School Theatre Program will carry on with its first showing of Tartuffe with an audience limit of 100 people on March 14, despite Palo Alto Unified School District’s cancellation and postponement of various school events.

Slideshow: The Paly Voice reviews 2020 Oscars Best Picture nominees

Slideshow: The Paly Voice reviews 2020 Oscars Best Picture nominees

February 9, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Nine unique films will compete for this prestigious award; here are the Paly Voice reviews for the Best Picture nominations.

‘The Irishman’: A look into 20th century organized crime

‘The Irishman’: A look into 20th century organized crime

February 9, 2020

Ever had a friend who was telling you a story, but starts with a long backstory for context, then gets sidetracked by a side story, then introduces too many unnecessary characters, then forgets the point of the story, then finally concludes the story but keeps rambling, three hours and 29 minutes later? Well, that’s “The Irishman” in a nutshell.