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Administration releases new bell schedule for next year

March 31, 2017

Written by Shagun Khare and Grace Tramack On Tuesday, March 28, Principal Dr. Denise Herrmann officially released the new schedule for the 2017-18 school year via Schoology. The new bell schedule will maintain the same schedule as this year with the exception of the optional Thursday Tutorial, which will be replaced with a mandatory mid-day Flex [...]

PAUSD and Gunn take steps to narrow achievement gap

March 31, 2017

Written by Lena Ye On Mar. 14, Equity Coordinator Dr. Martha Castellon presented the Equity Plan to the Board of Education. The Equity Plan was one of the Minority Achievement & Talent Development Advisory (MATD) Committee’s recommendations in their short-term strategies to increase equity in access to education. The MATD Committee was [...]

Board cuts eugenicist ties with vote to rename schools

March 31, 2017

Written by Sohini Ashoke and Amanda Lee After 17 months of community debate, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education decided to rename David Starr Jordan Middle School and Terman Middle School in a unanimous vote on March 17. The schools’ names will officially be changed before the 2018-19 school year. The controversial [...]

‘Lesson Plan’ shown for first time in Palo Alto

March 31, 2017

Written by Janet Wang On March 22, the documentary “Lesson Plan: e Story of the Third Wave” premiered in Palo Alto for the first time at the Cubberley Theater. e lm was created in 2011 by former Cubberley High School students who took part in a 1967 experiment that mimicked the rise of authoritarian leaders. e premiere was hosted by the Palo [...]

School Board requests additional $2 million in possible cuts

March 31, 2017

Written by Helen Nguyen and Aleks Tycz Following a major budget miscalculation, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) must make $3.3 million in cuts. PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Max McGee believes that the budget cuts are going to impact some of the district’s infrastructure. “We’re trying to keep the cuts from having any effect [...]

CDC releases full Santa Clara County youth suicide report

March 9, 2017

Written by Shannon Yang The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have just released their Epi-Aid Investigation report today at 8:30 a.m. The report, which focused on 10-to 24-year-old residents of Santa Clara County, is a product of two years of research and field [...]

Confirmation of DeVos may have consequences for PAUSD

March 7, 2017

Written by Helen Nguyen and Ayala Tzadikario Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education on Feb. 7 has been met with opposition by many teachers and parents across the United States due to her lack of experience working in public education. Concerns also reside in Palo Alto because of DeVos’ voucher program for private schools and [...]

Santa Clara County sues federal government over funding

March 3, 2017

Written by: Grace Ding and Jennifer Gao On Friday, Feb. 3, Santa Clara County filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order that withholds funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions” that fail to comply with the deportation of immigrants. According to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors member Joe [...]

Gunn lacking instructional time for school year

March 3, 2017

Written by Maya Rapoport and Janet Shea A few weeks ago, Principal Dr. Denise Herrmann found a 23-hour instructional deficit in educational minutes in this year’s schedule when calculating the hours for a potential schedule next year. “We figured it out when we were looking to make sure that any new schedule we were brainstorming for next year [...]