The Paly Voice

The Paly Road Cycling Club bikes on Cañada Road during its first club meeting. Club members practiced social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. "It was great to get to know some fellow Paly cyclists," said James Fetter, co-president of the club. "Some people who were inexperienced struggled a little bit, but overall it was a good ride."
Clubs adjust activities to fit online learning
Jeffrey Tu and Emily Yun October 21, 2020
Weeks after a virtual Club Day, Palo Alto High School clubs are now meeting through Zoom and engaging in creative lunch-time activities that have been fitted to the new online environment.
Greer Stone: the new ASB Director
Greer Stone: the new ASB Director
October 15, 2020
New to PALY in the 2020-21 school year is Greer Stone, a native Palo Altan who is also a PALY Alumni. The ASB director is replacing Matt Hall, who also taught Japanese at PALY, who has moved to Gunn to focus on teaching Japanese. 
At long last, air clears for on-campus athletic training
At long last, air clears for on-campus athletic training
October 9, 2020
As the anticipated start date of Season One sports approaches, many Palo Alto High School athletes are returning to campus for socially-distanced preseason training sessions.
The Palo Alto Board of Education met Tuesday night to finalize discussion of and approve a plan that would start to bring students back to school. The first wave of elementary students are slated to return on Oct. 12, though many teachers indicated that they felt uncomfortable returning so soon to in-person teaching as the global pandemic rages on. “I feel confident that we have a safe plan, and that staff has worked really hard to make sure that it is safe,” Board member Shounak Dharap said. “The issues raised by the PAEA have been answered to my ear, with respect to PPE and safety measures.”
Photo: Ethan Hwang.
Board unanimously approves reopening plan
October 2, 2020
Despite outcry from teachers hesitant to return to in-person elementary instruction, the Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the plan for the hybrid return of elementary students starting mid-October. Many elementary teachers, teacher specialists and special education teachers who spoke during public comment at last week’s board meeting returned Tuesday to underscore concerns about resuming in-person instruction so soon. The Board, however, indicated they would move ahead with the proposed plan. “We haven't said no to anything,” Austin said. “We have agreement on every single element that's been brought forward with one minor exception, which I think we'll work through. If the answer is nothing is going to change that number [of teachers ready to return], then we don't have anywhere else to go.”
Boba Guys in Palo Alto
Town and Country businesses impacted during pandemic
September 29, 2020
Businesses in Town & Country Shopping Village, neighbor of Palo Alto High School, are under financial stress due to the lack of Paly students caused by COVID-19. 
Clubs adjust activities to fit online learning
The next steps for Paly Robotics

The next steps for Paly Robotics

September 5, 2020

Like other clubs at Palo Alto High School, the Paly Robotics team was forced to shut down in-person meetings and activities when PAUSD schools closed mid-March due to COVID-19. But despite that experience, the team is focusing on positives, including the recruitment of new team members, the return of a longtime coach, and tournament rules that will allow reusing their award-winning robot from last year.

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.

Student and family engagement specialists offer districtwide support
Greer Stone: the new ASB Director

Greer Stone: the new ASB Director

October 15, 2020

New to PALY in the 2020-21 school year is Greer Stone, a native Palo Altan who is also a PALY Alumni. The ASB director is replacing Matt Hall, who also taught Japanese at PALY, who has moved to Gunn to focus on teaching Japanese. 

Seniors go to great lengths to take standardized tests

Seniors go to great lengths to take standardized tests

September 30, 2020

One thousand seven hundred miles. That’s how far Palo Alto High School senior Avantika Singh was prepared to fly to take her October ACT, after her April ACT was canceled due to COVID-19 and the closest testing center available before December was in Austin, Texas. 

Meet the 2020 school board candidates

Meet the 2020 school board candidates

September 29, 2020

In November, Palo Alto voters will decide on the next Board of Education trustees.

Column: Vote for the planet
Editorial: Make C-days asynchronous

Editorial: Make C-days asynchronous

October 20, 2020

One thousand two hundred eighty-five. With the new distance-learning schedule, that's how many minutes per week students at Palo Alto High School look at a screen to do synchronous work.

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.