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Athletic conditioning scheduled to return mid-September

Athletic conditioning scheduled to return mid-September

September 3, 2020

Athletic conditioning will start again Sept. 14, according to a statement released at 2 p.m. today on the Palo Alto High School Athletics website.

Student runners lead ‘Run to Clear the Shelters’

Student runners lead ‘Run to Clear the Shelters’

August 31, 2020

Aiming to raise money for a local animal shelter, members of the Palo Alto High School track team are hosting Run to Clear the Shelters, a virtual 5K race, this weekend.

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. 

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.

Austin on achievement gap: ‘an uphill fight’
Austin on achievement gap: ‘an uphill fight’
Hallie Faust, Editor-in-Chief • September 6, 2020
Despite the Tuesday launch of PAUSD+, the heavily-publicized effort to counter the effects of distance learning by bringing disadvantaged students onto campus in small groups, Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin fears that a widening achievement gap is inevitable.
Brushes, pencils and thick slabs of paint are among the materials Palo Alto High School senior Hope Morita received for her AP Studio Art 2D Drawing and 2D Design class, which will be operating online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Paly art department has been distributing materials to students since the week before the start of online classes and will continue to restock students with supplies throughout the semester, according to art teacher Kate McKenzie. “Last spring, we kind of posted activities for people to do and drawings to do,” McKenzie said. “But we weren
Art department distributes supplies, adjusts to online learning
September 5, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Palo Alto High School art department is adjusting to online learning by distributing materials to students from campus and will continue to do so throughout the semester, teachers say.
Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach Nelson Gifford congratulates the Palo Alto High School varsity football team for a victory during the 2019 season at Viking Stadium. Over the summer, some Palo Alto Unified School District campuses reopened for socially distanced summer conditioning and several athletic teams at Paly held practices for five weeks before the Santa Clara County prohibited athletics activities. As athletics and the county start to reopen again, Gifford said he believes that contact sports will be able to play if in-person instruction begins. "If we can teach in a classroom in an enclosed environment, we should be able to do these contact sports," Gifford said. "We believe they kind of go hand in hand." Photo: Amy Yu
Athletic conditioning scheduled to return mid-September
September 3, 2020
Athletic conditioning will start again Sept. 14, according to a statement released at 2 p.m. today on the Palo Alto High School Athletics website.
Student runners lead
Student runners lead 'Run to Clear the Shelters'
August 31, 2020
Aiming to raise money for a local animal shelter, members of the Palo Alto High School track team are hosting Run to Clear the Shelters, a virtual 5K race, this weekend.
Admin: PAUSD will not host PSAT in October
Admin: PAUSD will not host PSAT in October
August 27, 2020
In light of COVID-19 school closures, neither Palo Alto High School nor Gunn High School will administer the PSAT exam at the planned Oct. 15, 17 and 29 dates this semester, according to Assistant Principal Margaret Reynolds. However, alternate entry options for the National Merit Scholarship are available.
The next steps for Paly Robotics
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.

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.

School Board Profile: Karna Nisewaner
Claire Chen: one of the most-decorated debaters in PAHS history

Claire Chen: one of the most-decorated debaters in PAHS history

September 13, 2020

With a medal from her latest victory at the Milpitas Coast Forensic League SuperDebate 2 tournament in hand, junior Claire Chen recalls the nerve-racking moments right before the final round.

School Board Profile: Jesse Ladomirak

School Board Profile: Jesse Ladomirak

September 11, 2020

A world-class, water-tight, faultless house may still come crumbling down in a storm if it rests on an unstable foundation. According to Palo Alto Board of Education candidate Jesse Ladomirak, this set of circumstances is analogous to Palo Alto Unified School District’s mental health and wellness situation. Ladomirak, a renovation business owner, former public agency attorney and former corporate attorney, said wellness programs such as Social Emotional Learning curriculum in Advisory are vital “walls” to support a healthy student body, but the underlying issue in the “foundation” — the culture of the district — will perpetuate concerning mental health trends.

School Board Profile: Matthew Nagle

School Board Profile: Matthew Nagle

September 9, 2020

For Matthew Nagle, a graduate student at California State University East Bay and former Juana Briones Elementary School principal, educational inequity has long been a personal fight. Once his daughter entered high school in 2014 and started taking advanced math classes, Nagle said he could no longer help with her coursework. He could not afford to hire a tutor and barely has the means to afford his son a MacBook. As a Mexican-American with close ties to the East Palo Alto community, Nagle said he is sympathetic to students of color who have it worse and face educational barriers, which have been exacerbated by distance learning. Now, in a campaign centered around closing the achievement gap and fighting for racial justice, Nagle is making a run for the Palo Alto Board of Education.

Column: The importance of being friendly
Column: The friendliest gesture is to stay away

Column: The friendliest gesture is to stay away

May 28, 2020

Nationwide talks of reopening have spurred small, seemingly innocuous defiances to local regulations. Yes, many of us are tired of quarantine. Yes, it’s tempting to meet with others in person again. But the community isn’t ready yet, and avoiding necessary precautions now will only prompt worse consequences in the months to come.

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.