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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. 

Girls’ varsity basketball loses against Menlo Atherton at CCS Finals

Girls’ varsity basketball loses against Menlo Atherton at CCS Finals

March 9, 2020

In a suspenseful match in the Central Coast Section Division I finals, the Palo Alto High School girls’ varsity basketball team lost to Menlo Atherton High School on Saturday night.

Close loss ends boys’ varsity basketball playoff journey

Close loss ends boys’ varsity basketball playoff journey

March 6, 2020

Despite a strong season, the Palo Alto High School boys' varsity basketball team (23-5, 12-0) will not continue in the playoffs following a 33-40 loss against the Will C. Wood High School Wildcats (24-7, 8-2)  Tuesday night in the Peery Center.

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.

Update: Supt. talks credit/no-credit, impact on GPAs and college apps.
Interview: Supt. Don Austin on credit/no-credit grading, district’s plan during school closure

Interview: Supt. Don Austin on credit/no-credit grading, district’s plan during school closure

March 26, 2020

The Paly Voice spoke with Don Austin, Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent, to learn more about the district’s response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic and how it plans to continue serving and educating students during this time. 

BREAKING: Students to receive pass/fail grades this semester

BREAKING: Students to receive pass/fail grades this semester

March 25, 2020

Middle and High School students will receive grades based on a credit/no-credit system this semester, the Office of the Superintendent announced today.

BREAKING: Santa Clara schools extends closures to May 1

BREAKING: Santa Clara schools extends closures to May 1

March 25, 2020

Santa Clara County schools will remain closed until May 1 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, a press release from the county Office of Education announced today.

Staff, students generally support online AP exams from home

Staff, students generally support online AP exams from home

March 22, 2020

Many Palo Alto High School students and staff members say they are understanding of The College Board’s decision to offer online Advanced Placement exams due to COVID-19.

BREAKING: College Board announces major changes to AP exams due to COVID-19

BREAKING: College Board announces major changes to AP exams due to COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Advanced Placement exams will be administered online this year amid school closures across the nation due to COVID-19, according to an update from The College Board this morning.

AP teachers prepare new measures to ready students for testing

AP teachers prepare new measures to ready students for testing

March 19, 2020

Advanced Placement teachers are looking for new ways to prepare students for AP testing in the wake of school closure as they await further instruction from the College Board.

A guide to combating 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.

Column: A letter to the Class of 2020: We’ll get through this together (apart)

Column: A letter to the Class of 2020: We’ll get through this together (apart)

March 20, 2020

Dear Class of 2020, It’s Day Four of shelter in place, and there’s one thing we thought we’d never agree on: the desperate longing of having one more day of waking up at 6 a.m. to get ready for one more day of school. 

Opinion: Stop panic-buying during COVID-19

Opinion: Stop panic-buying during COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Toilet paper? Gone. Hand sanitizer? Nowhere to be found. Grocery stores, usually full of shelves brimming with items, are struggling to keep up with panic-buying demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘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.

TikTok goes the clock: how TikTok is changing the lives of teens

TikTok goes the clock: how TikTok is changing the lives of teens

March 5, 2020

Using social media platforms is one of many habits our generation has evolved with. According to Rebecca Jennings, a reporter for Vox, social media has played a big role in online communication, especially for teens. One social media platform that has recently taken the world by storm is TikTok.

Viking women’s edition leaders push to publish despite COVID-19 restrictions
TikTok goes the clock: how TikTok is changing the lives of teens

TikTok goes the clock: how TikTok is changing the lives of teens

March 5, 2020

Using social media platforms is one of many habits our generation has evolved with. According to Rebecca Jennings, a reporter for Vox, social media has played a big role in online communication, especially for teens. One social media platform that has recently taken the world by storm is TikTok.

Feature: Caswell discusses district and CSBA goals amid delegate reelection

Feature: Caswell discusses district and CSBA goals amid delegate reelection

March 1, 2020

Melissa Baten Caswell, longtime member of Palo Alto’s Board of Education, awaits election results for the regional delegate position on the California School Boards Association.

Verbatim: Paly students and staff discuss current impeachment trial

Verbatim: Paly students and staff discuss current impeachment trial

January 25, 2020

As President Donald Trump's impeachment trial begins, after being formally charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress last month, Palo Alto High School students and staff share their thoughts as they discuss whether the impeachment trial will affect the 2020 presidential election, and possible predictions for the trial. 

Column: Juniors, it’s time to step up
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.

‘Tartuffe’ continues despite COVID-19 concerns
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.

‘1917’: One shot at the perfect WWI movie

‘1917’: One shot at the perfect WWI movie

February 9, 2020

Appearing as one shot, "1917", which is nominated for Best Picture, provides a fresh, exciting, and engaging take on WWI.