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The new Finals Week Schedule is significantly different from previous years’, with shorter class periods, as well as short class periods in between the testing windows. The change is largely reflective of the Paly admin’s hope to improve student health during the pandemic. “This year has been like no other we have ever experienced in education,” Assistant Principal Michelle Steingart said. “We hope that not having back-to-back finals will help alleviate student stress.”
Teachers discuss revised finals schedule for distance learning
Jeffrey Tu and Jason Lin November 17, 2020
Palo Alto High School teachers are reacting differently to the new finals week schedule that includes non-exam class periods woven between hour-long testing blocks.  
Breaking: Hybrid plan up in the air with county moved to Purple Tier
Breaking: Hybrid plan up in the air with county moved to Purple Tier
November 16, 2020
Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement Monday that several California counties, including Santa Clara County, will move to the state's Purple Tier effective Tuesday, Palo Alto Unified School District secondary schools will remain completely online for the spring semester unless the county’s status changes again, according to a Nov. 16 Superintendent’s Update. 
Board shrugs off concerns, supports hybrid plan for January
Board shrugs off concerns, supports hybrid plan for January
November 11, 2020
Undeterred by overwhelming community objections at Tuesday's board meeting to the proposed January reopening of Palo Alto Unified School District secondary schools, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the plan, with the two student board representatives voting against it. 
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Principal's Advisory Committee integrates student feedback on campus
November 11, 2020
Students on the newly minted Principal's Advisory Committee at Palo Alto High School will have the chance to provide recommendations through monthly meetings about instructional and school-wide issues on campus.
Principal talks connection, community as Board reopening vote looms
Principal talks connection, community as Board reopening vote looms
November 10, 2020
Citing urgency for face-to-face interaction, the Palo Alto Unified School District is pushing secondary school partial reopening in January. Hybrid and remote learning proposals for secondary schools are on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s school board meeting and will likely pass with a one-meeting board vote despite concerns from students, parents and community members.
Viking Week puts seniors at Spirit Week advantage
City council opens Foothills Park to nonresidents

City council opens Foothills Park to nonresidents

November 5, 2020

In response to a lawsuit filed against the City of Palo Alto by various civil rights organizations, Palo Alto's City Council voted Monday night to abolish the long-standing rule barring non-residents from entering Foothills Park.

Seniors take on college applications in virtual world

Seniors take on college applications in virtual world

November 4, 2020

As seniors tackle college applications in unprecedented circumstances, many have noticed benefits and drawbacks of an online environment.

Choirs continue to adapt to virtual setting

Choirs continue to adapt to virtual setting

November 4, 2020

As the Palo Alto High School Choirs look forward to their approaching pre-Thanksgiving performances, they reflect on adjusting to a virtual setting during their fall concert “The Song Remains the Same” late last month.

Jack o’ Jaunt: City hosts pumpkin carving contest

Jack o’ Jaunt: City hosts pumpkin carving contest

October 30, 2020

The City of Palo Alto will give away $50 gift cards to the three contestants with the scariest, most creative and cutest jack o' lanterns during its first ever "Jack o' Jaunt" pumpkin carving competition Friday on University and California avenue.

Artruism Club: Drawing for a Difference
Stage tech brings virtual performances to life

Stage tech brings virtual performances to life

November 15, 2020

Spotlighting, sound-producing and set-designing, the stage tech crew at Palo Alto High School is hard at work preparing for theater productions — virtually.

Paly Theater performs ‘Mystery, Murder and Monsters’

Paly Theater performs ‘Mystery, Murder and Monsters’

November 15, 2020

The Palo Alto High School Theater program is celebrating its intriguing virtual production Mystery, Murder and Monsters with its final performance Sunday afternoon.

Athletic trainer adapts to COVID-19 restrictions for upcoming sports season

Athletic trainer adapts to COVID-19 restrictions for upcoming sports season

November 13, 2020

Previously packed with athletes stopping by for physical therapy, a tape job or ice, Athletic Trainer Justine Iongi’s Sports Medicine room at Palo Alto High School is now eerily quiet, with the once-noisy chatter of students replaced the low rumble of the ice machine. 

Opinion: Teens need to take social distancing more seriously
Column: Vote for the planet

Column: Vote for the planet

October 21, 2020

Ninety degree highs in mid-October. Fires demolishing millions of acres of California land. Unearthly orange gloom cast over the state for days. The list goes on. Climate change. Its effects have been catastrophic — and all too evident in our home state this year. It is true that our political leaders on a local, state and national level enact the nation's climate policies. But voters decide these representatives. The ongoing election is an opportunity — a quadrennial one in a time when each day counts — to concentrate efforts on minimizing environmental damage going forward.

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.