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Cover Story - August 20, 2010

'Taking it to the next level'

High school students share their back-to-school advice, hopes and dreams

by Chris Kenrick

Nearly 12,000 students head back to 19 Palo Alto public school campuses Tuesday.

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Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

This is a nice article and you have chosen a nice bunch of kids who are doing well and probably going to do well.

But, they are all very much the same. Yes, they may be going to different schools, have different activities, but they are still all high achievers who say the right sort of things to journalists.

I would have like to have seen included a couple of the ordinary kids, kids who perhaps struggle to get Bs, kids who have after school jobs, kids who don't have as much money as their friends for "high tech gizmos", kids who have after school activities outside school,etc. I know we have plenty of kids like this and their views, their dreams, their excitement or not about the new school year.

Some kids reading this article will find it not helpful, thinking that they are not as good as these featured kids. This may encourage the high achievers, but not those who already struggle to just get by.

Posted by Another Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I agree with Parent. But I've been in Palo Alto long enough to know that it's only the high achievers that the 'community' cares about. This is Palo Alto - the B and C students are still high achievers compared to other communities. This community just can't see that because they're blinded by feelings of superiority and ego.

All the kids here deserve the same consideration and support as the high achievers.

Posted by Yet Another Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

Assuming these kids are reading the comments, and neither of the prior comments had much to say about the substance of their accomplishments, other than dismissing them all as "high achievers," let's make sure we say "great job!" and "keep up the good work!" to them, along with whatever else we adults might otherwise have to say.

Posted by High School parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Thank you students for talking with the press! Given many of the comments on this forum, it takes a lot of guts for them to put themselves out there in this community.

Good luck to these students and all the high school students. Hope you all have a great year! And remember life is a journey, it's not a race.

Posted by Gunn Parent, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

To all the students who are going back to school I want to tell them to please take it easy and to overweening yourselves with so mamy advance classes. Please ask for help if you need it, there is always people who would love to listen to you and who love you a lot and care about you. God Bless your and have a wonderful school year. Remember I care about all of you, you might not know me, but all children are like my children. I care about you and want you to be safe this school year. Please make time to enjoy the things you like.

Posted by School Bond Taxpayer, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

THIS is moving to the NEXT LEVEL ...
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Posted by soccer mom, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

I'm pretty sure that Tremaine is listening to Jay-Z not Jaz Z. Although personally I am a T.I. fan. Have a great year Tremaine and all the students at Gunn and Paly!

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