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Deanna Chute, teacher on Special Assignment and member of California’s Multi-Tiered System of Support discusses the overall goal of further collaboration between teachers. The staff is already working on some long-term collaboration goals,Chute said.Monday is just the culmination of what weve been working on for the past four weeks. (Photo: Joshua Watterson)
Monday is first of six annual 'late start' days
Saanvi Garg, Reporter • September 17, 2023

In a new initiative to increase collaboration between teachers and foster improvement within the Palo Alto Unified School District, six Mondays...

A Palo Alto Fire Department truck parked outside Palo Alto High School at 2:15 p.m., after a fog machine triggered a fire alarm and school-wide evacuation. (Photo: Maxwell Zhang)
Breaking: Fog machine triggers school-wide evacuation
Celina Lee and Anna Feng September 14, 2023

Additional reporting by Sophia Yang, Carissa Tsui, Ketan Altekar-Okazaki, Maxwell Zhang, Kat Farrell and Kristine Lin. Students and teachers...

Referring to a design of the proposed affordable housing units on 3265 El Camino Real, developer Jason Matlof details his efforts to Palo Alto High School Journalism Incubator students during class on Aug. 29 at the Media Arts Center. According to Matlof, his housing proposal will bring improvements to the Palo Alto community. “Community benefits mean a lot of different things,” Matlof said. “But basically, the developer can do some good for the community by bringing in affordable housing.” (Photo: Celina Lee)
Resident spearheads affordable housing initiative for teachers
Celina Lee and Anna Feng September 10, 2023

A former Palo Alto High School parent is leading the effort to redevelop the land along El Camino Real to increase access to entry-level housing...

Math teacher Daniel Nguyen answers senior Shamsheer Singhs question during an AP Statistics class at Palo Alto High School.  The Math Department recently changed the math grading scale for a standard A-? to be 90%, rather than the previous 88%. According to Nguyen, students are adapting to the new grading policy well. “Based on what I saw in my classes when I went over the new cutoffs on the first day to school, it seemed students were initially unhappy with the change but quickly took it in stride,” Nguyen said. (Photo: Celina Lee)
Students surprised by new math grading system
Celina Lee, News Editor • August 24, 2023

What difference does two percentage points make? A lot, if you ask Palo Alto High School students enrolled in math classes.  This school...

Construction members work to restore power. The power outage was caused after the crew accidentally hit a main power line while boring through the ground near the 900s building. (Photo: Divij Motwani)
Power returns just in time for first day of school
Anna Feng and Kristine Lin August 8, 2023

Only hours before teachers kicked off the new school year, electrical power returned to the Palo Alto High School campus at around 5 p.m. today. A...

Verbatim: Incoming 9th graders await first day of school
Verbatim: Incoming 9th graders await first day of school
Kristine Lin, News Editor • August 8, 2023

As summer break comes to a close, incoming Palo Alto High School 9th graders are voicing excitement and anticipation for their first day of school...

The Palo Alto High School Vikings defense lines up against the Sacred Heart Preparatory Gators during a match that marked the renaming of the Viking stadium on Saturday night. The Vikings suffered a 14-28 defeat to the Gators after Sacred Heart overpowered the Vikings defense with running plays. According to Vikings head coach David DeGeronimo, the Vikings played well despite the loss. We wanted to keep things rolling, and we felt pretty good about it, DeGeronimo said. We thought we had a good game plan. We just made more mistakes than they did. (Photo: Ketan Altekar-Okazaki)
Vikings fall to Gators on day of stadium renaming
Maxwell Zhang and Ketan Altekar-Okazaki September 12, 2023
Viking senior wide receiver Jason Auzenne outruns Leland High School’s defensive players on his way to a 90-yard touchdown return after receiving a kickoff during the first quarter of the Viking’s first away game at Leland High School on Friday night. The Vikings defeated the Chargers, 38-20, by demonstrating superiority in passing plays. According to Auzenne, as the underdogs of the upcoming game, the Vikings had to give their best effort to come out with the win. “We came in here with a different type of attitude, knowing that we had to win this game right here,” Auzenne said. (Photo: Divij Motwani)
Vikings triumph over Chargers with long pass plays
Maxwell Zhang and Divij Motwani September 4, 2023


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Sophomore Evan Chien sprints a butterfly lap along the black lines spread out across the pool floor during training. (Photo: Ethan Chien)
Swimming in water and work
Evan Chien, Culture Editor • May 27, 2023
For hours on end, a black line is all you will get to see. Back and forth, until you memorize the amount of tiles there are. That’s the basis of swimming, but people don’t go to pools for the excitement of befriending the floor.
Sophomore Cormac White watches the baseball team take on Monterey from the dugout during the Mar. 1st home game. White made the Palo Alto High School varsity baseball team but is ineligible to play because of the California Interscholastic Federation Transfer Eligibility Guidelines. “Rules are rules, and I get it,” White said. “Obviously I’m really disappointed, but theres nothing I can do to change them.” (Photo: Shreyas Shashi)
Opinion: CIF should let transfer students play
Joseph Kessler and Shreyas Shashi March 14, 2023
Should high school students who change schools be barred from playing sports? The answer from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) seems to be, "It depends." CIF should simplify its transfer eligibility guidelines to allow more transfer students to play school sports.
Review: Beyond kebab; Meyhouse’s unique Turkish flavors
Review: Beyond kebab; Meyhouse’s unique Turkish flavors
Sophia Yang and Celina Lee September 14, 2023

Featuring smoky charred chicken, fish cooked on the spot, and eggplant smothered in creamy yogurt, Meyhouse, a high-end Turkish restaurant,...

Senior Cameron Phillips splashes on a makeshift Slip N Slide set up during lunch yesterday on Palo Alto High Schools Quad. This watery fun was part of Field Day, a carnival-themed event hosted by the Associated Student Body, and also offered free desserts and game booths. According to senior Phela Durosinmi, Field Day was an enjoyable way to spend a sunny day. Its fun, because I just finished my last final, and theyre giving out free ice cream — everybody likes ice cream — and they let us have a slip n slide, while last year they closed it down, Durosinmi said. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)
Students enjoy Field Day games and food
Karrie Huang and Daniel Garepis-Holland May 22, 2023
Playing carnival games and eating sweet treats, Palo Alto High School students took the opportunity to close the year on a high note during Friday's extended lunch on the Quad as part of the Associated Student Body's Field Day, one of many events designed to mark the end of the school year and celebrate the graduating seniors.
MJ Sushi’s nondescript outdoor signage does not make the restaurant stand out at first glance. However, the food inside is worth a visit. (Photo: Joseph Kessler)
Review: MJ Sushi rolling its way to the top
Joseph Kessler and Shreyas Shashi May 5, 2023
MJ Sushi opened a branch of their popular restaurant in the Mayfield neighborhood of Palo Alto at 2305 El Camino Real, a well-chosen location for Stanford and Paly students as well as other local residents. 
Junior Zoe Hayward (left) and seniors Rebecca Helft (center) and Arielle Blumenfeld (right) rehearse a scene from Palo Alto High School theater programs latest show, Mamma Mia! The production is the first musical in four years hosted in the Performing Arts Center. According to lead actress Zoe Hayward, after two months of hard work and countless rehearsals, the Paly Theater is officially presenting its enactment of “Mamma Mia!”. “It was a pretty fast rehearsal process,” Hayward said. “We started right after winter break, and there were tons of rehearsals from then until now, so timing was definitely a challenge. But we definitely overcame it and worked together, and it came together in the end.” (Photo: Leena Hussein)
Don’t wait, take a chance on “Mamma Mia!”
Ketan Altekar-Okazaki and Maxwell Zhang March 14, 2023
The Palo Alto High School's rendition of "Mamma Mia!", a classic musical featuring songs from the popular Swedish pop group ABBA, will immerse all theatergoers in a captivating story about a young bride's quest to discover the identity of her long-lost father.

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