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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.

Viking women’s edition leaders push to publish despite COVID-19 restrictions

Viking women’s edition leaders push to publish despite COVID-19 restrictions

March 18, 2020

Despite Santa Clara County and Palo Alto Unified School District restrictions due to COVID-19, the first-ever women’s edition of Viking Sports Magazine will still be published at a later date — even if only online — according to the project's organizers. 

Spring sports activities canceled over break due to COVID-19 pandemic

Spring sports activities canceled over break due to COVID-19 pandemic

March 15, 2020

Palo Alto High School spring sports teams were forced to cancel all practices and games for the season after the closing of all Santa Clara County public schools on March 13 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Currently, all seasons are supposed to slowly resume after students return to school on April 10. 

Robotics season canceled due to coronavirus after team qualifies for world championships

Robotics season canceled due to coronavirus after team qualifies for world championships

March 14, 2020

After qualifying for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology World Championships for the first time in 14 years, the Palo Alto High School Robotics team will not attend the competition following the event's cancellation in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. 

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.

District predicts grim budget
District unveils tentative school reopening plans

District unveils tentative school reopening plans

May 27, 2020

Plans for reopening Palo Alto Unified School District schools may be on the horizon, according to a presentation given by Assistant Superintendent of Education Services Sharon Ofek at Tuesday’s virtual Board of Education meeting.

District faces dire budget crisis

District faces dire budget crisis

May 22, 2020

Facing what is possibly the most severe budget outlook in its history, the Palo Alto Board of Education will meet again on Tuesday night to further discuss budget assumptions and revenue circumstances for the current and coming fiscal years. Observers say these discussions will likely lead to serious reductions that will profoundly impact the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Dozens express opposition towards instructional lead pay reduction

Dozens express opposition towards instructional lead pay reduction

May 15, 2020

Parents, students and teachers spoke against the proposal to change Career Technical Education, Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education instructional leads from salaried to stipend positions at the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

Residents return as Palo Alto parks reopen

Residents return as Palo Alto parks reopen

May 11, 2020

The City of Palo Alto has transitioned into the new Santa Clara County Public Health Shelter in Place Order on May 4, which allows residents to use all parks, athletic fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, and skatepark after their closing due to COVID-19.

Meet Paly and Gunn’s new principals

Meet Paly and Gunn’s new principals

May 3, 2020

In Palo Alto Unified School District Supt. Don Austin's Monday night livestream 'Backstage with the Superintendent,' the soon-to-be principals of Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School shared their thoughts on stepping into their new roles during such a hectic and disconcerting time. Brent Kline and Wendy Stratton, who will assume their new positions at Paly and Gunn, respectively, say there's much to think about in the coming weeks, but they look forward to hitting the ground running. See highlights from the meeting in the video below.

Science building construction continues despite school closure

Science building construction continues despite school closure

April 30, 2020

Amid school closures and the shutdown of non-essential businesses throughout the state of California, construction is continuing on Palo Alto High School's science wing, which students and staff alike can look forward to using as early as next fall. 

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

Column: Underclassmen, let’s beat the pandemic gloom

Column: Underclassmen, let’s beat the pandemic gloom

March 24, 2020

Juniors may be stressing over the effect of COVID-19 on their college applications. Seniors may be mourning their missed token last-year-of-high-school experiences.

Living Skills teacher of two decades to retire
Students reflect on virtual Advanced Placement Exams

Students reflect on virtual Advanced Placement Exams

May 25, 2020

As the annual Advanced Placement exams come to a close, Palo Alto High School students discuss this year’s modified online format: 45-minute-long free response exams taken at home in place of the standard three hour, multi-part tests.

Working from home: Paly journalists connect community while maintaining distance

Working from home: Paly journalists connect community while maintaining distance

May 25, 2020

Senior Emma Donelly-Higgins remembers a buzzing fifth period classroom on Friday, March 13 — the staff's final in-person meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Less than an hour prior, the Palo Alto Unified School District announced a school closure effective that afternoon. As the former hybrid editor in chief of features magazine Verde Magazine faced a room brimming with student journalists, Donelly-Higgins and her co-editors rapidly worked to formulate a plan, deciding whether to charge ahead with the April edition in uncertain and quickly evolving conditions or nix printing and publish online. 

Theater teacher retires after 13 years at Paly

Theater teacher retires after 13 years at Paly

May 19, 2020

After touching the hearts and minds of a generation of Palo Alto High School thespians, Head of the Theater Program, Kathleen Woods is letting the curtain close on her 13 years running Palo Alto High School’s Theater Department.

Column: The friendliest gesture is to stay away
Opinion: UCs move towards admissions equity shouldn’t include a new exam

Opinion: UCs move towards admissions equity shouldn’t include a new exam

May 27, 2020

The University of California Board of Regents voted to eliminate the SAT and ACT application requirements over a five-year period last Thursday.

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.