The Paly Voice

Austin: District won’t exclude unvaccinated students, teachers from in-person school
Austin: District won’t exclude unvaccinated students, teachers from in-person school
Tara Kapoor, Emily Yun, and Kira Sterling January 24, 2021
Students and staff will not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to in-person school, according to Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin.
Principal Brent Kline communicates with Paly parents on the details of the modified reopening plan in the works and answers questions from community members. The plan has shifted significantly since the draft of a reopening plan was discussed by the school board on Nov. 10. Now, the possibility of reopening would take place earliest in February or March for smaller groups of students. “I would say this is more taking the online classes into a classroom supported by a certificated teacher and possibly another… assistant in the classroom,” Kline said. “We’re still working on the details but it’s not going to be the hybrid model that we were promoting earlier.”
School revises reopening plans after COVID-19 restrictions tighten
December 15, 2020
Principal Brent Kline is working on a revised second semester reopening plan for Palo Alto High School, including in-person Mondays, following the county shifting into purple tier. 
P.E. classes continue to face obstacles in student engagement
P.E. classes continue to face obstacles in student engagement
December 11, 2020
As an unexpected second semester of distance learning looms, physical education teachers at Palo Alto High School are tweaking their curriculum to improve upon what they offered in the fall.
source: Clarity Elections
Runner-up school board candidates reflect on election results
December 11, 2020
Following a Palo Alto school board race that featured six main candidates battling for votes amid a pandemic crisis in the district, the three losing candidates are now reflecting on the district’s future under the leadership of the winning candidates. 
Verbatim: Restaurants adapt to new lockdown protocols
Verbatim: Restaurants adapt to new lockdown protocols
December 11, 2020
Following a new regional stay-at-home order, many restaurants are facing further capacity and safety restrictions, and are bracing for a decline in customers over the next few weeks.
Opinion: Foothills Park must restrict the number of visitors
Art students set goals for virtual second semester

Art students set goals for virtual second semester

January 20, 2021

As another semester of full virtual learning looms at Palo Alto High School, students of advanced art classes share their accomplishments and challenges from the first semester, and draw out new goals for their future projects.

Band, orchestra to conclude semester with joint concert

Band, orchestra to conclude semester with joint concert

December 10, 2020

To conclude an unusual virtual semester full of significant challenges and adjustments on a more positive note, Paly Band and Orchestra will host an instrumental music semester celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday through Youtube livestream.

Choirs to perform 18th annual Madrigal Feaste

Choirs to perform 18th annual Madrigal Feaste

December 10, 2020

The campus typically filled with monarchs and aristocrats the week of the Madrigal Feaste looks a little different this year, as Palo Alto High School Choirs are taking their talents to a virtual stage for their 18th annual performance.

Spark: Art students reflect on the virtual semester

Spark: Art students reflect on the virtual semester

December 10, 2020

The virtual learning environment in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic has made significant changes to Palo Alto High School art classes, causing students to adjust their processes of creating pieces. Here, students taking a variety of higher level art classes, who are able to draw comparisons between in-person and virtual art classes, share what they have been painting and drawing during the semester.

Suburban Bananas: local high school students share their perspective through podcast
Video: Ed Corpuz shares his journey to becoming a Paly and Gunn media teacher, and more

Video: Ed Corpuz shares his journey to becoming a Paly and Gunn media teacher, and more

January 12, 2021

Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School Media Teacher Ed Corpuz shares his perspective of teaching film amidst a pandemic, his background in filmmaking before teaching at PAUSD, and his advice for future filmmakers.

Black Scholars United: aiming to build a community

Black Scholars United: aiming to build a community

December 17, 2020

As Black Scholars United members walked into the meeting, they were greeted by Ms. Burton their advisor. Snacks would be laid on the table and the leaders ready to start the meeting, learn about black history and have fun with their friends they made in the club. That was a typical start to the meeting last year. All that changed this year.

School revises reopening plans after COVID-19 restrictions tighten

School revises reopening plans after COVID-19 restrictions tighten

December 15, 2020

Principal Brent Kline is working on a revised second semester reopening plan for Palo Alto High School, including in-person Mondays, following the county shifting into purple tier. 

Opinion: Foothills Park must restrict the number of visitors
Column: A youth view of polarization in democracy

Column: A youth view of polarization in democracy

January 20, 2021

As soon-to-be voters in the world’s shining city upon a hill, we are terrified — of our democracy tumbling down into disunity. Over the last four years — a critical coming-of-age period for many soon-to-be voters — the executive branch has taken an unexpected turn, with behavior unseen by past presidents becoming normalized. Among students, this attack was, of course, surprising — yet, having witnessed a nation increasingly divided over our formative years of understanding national politics, it was not nearly as life-altering as it was for adults who have spent a lifetime with non-violence-inducing presidents and peaceful transitions of power.

Choirs to perform 18th annual Madrigal Feaste
Preview: City-wide virtual open mic night Saturday

Preview: City-wide virtual open mic night Saturday

November 20, 2020

Palo Alto high school students can win raffle prizes and watch their peers perform during a city-wide virtual open mic night hosted by five Palo Alto student-led organizations at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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!

‘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.