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on May 29, 2014
You did it! Congratulations! Success is yours! Time to celebrate!
"In a veiled reference to problems with student streaking and a federal investigation into whether Paly is compliant with anti-sexual harassment laws, Diorio said: "These last few years have been anything but easy for our school and our community. … During this time our character has been called into question."
Good that Kim talked about this instead of pretending it isn't happening. But how can parents accept that this is the best our district can do? We are one of the richest and best educated places on earth. [Portion removed.]
RE: THE CUSTOM OF DESIGNATING ONE'S FUTURE COLLEGE ON THE TOP OF ONE'S MORTAR BOARD. DOES PALO ALTO HAVE A "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT GOING ON TO COLLEGE?
IT ALSO REPRESENTS STATUS AS THE WHICH UNIVERSITY IS WRITTEN OF COURSE, AND IS SHOCKING IN ITS ELITE RAMIFICATIONS. CAN YOU SPELL "TYPICAL PALO ALTO?"
Awesome ceremony! Amazing class!
Congratulations Class of 2014!!!!!
You would know that these thoughts crossing your mind are in contrast to the values that were celebrated last night.
If someone missed the fact that everyone spoke about how things are not easy, but adversity, and challenge don't limit you in any way, they may have been asleep, and that would have been ok.
You should read the speeches that didn't make it to the ceremony last night, found in the Paly Voice. This one
Web Link by student Becca Althoff speaks to what you might be concerned about.
from Ms. Althoff's speech
"I haven't scored a touchdown, I haven't won an election, I haven't been in charge of a publication, and I haven't won any academic awards. My greatest level of participation in organized activity at Paly was co-leading the spirit dance and being a part of the marching band at football games.
But even so, I have experienced a community that has made me feel supported and I have been genuinely excited to watch my classmates pursue their academic, athletic, artistic, political, and social goals. Most importantly, I am a part of a class that has made me feel like I can be a part of it all. Whatever it may be."
The Viking Award last night went to a student who spoke openly about her not going to her choice schools. Probably half of the class did not have a log on their cap.
Typical Palo Alto means different things to different people, and if you would look close enough, you would see beyond the superficial fears which everyone spoke to as unnecessary. I felt a real sense of hope and it had nothing to do with the logos on the caps. Which by the way I think are also worth celebrating, these kids worked for it.
I attended yesterday's Paly graduation to get an idea about what it will be like next year when my child graduates. I was very impressed by all of the student speakers, especially the three students whose speeches were chosen to be included in this story (Torres, Watson, and Marinkovich). Take a listen.
That kid Torres brought down the house. The best part of America was in that speech. Good luck in college, son!
Great job, great speech. Have a great life!
You have certainly earned it.
Mayor of TS,
My comment about superficial fears was with respect to status based on college.
PAUSD is not perfect, but last night was, precisely because the speeches were real and heartening.
Congratulations to the graduates.
What's the success rate? How many start and how many finish?
Hey Joan of LA - try attending other HS graduations in the area, including your local LAHS and MVHS. The practice of identifying your college choice on your mortar has been going on for a long time (decades) and, has been going on at schools all around the country. Not just in Palo Alto as you allege.
Can you spell "over-reaction"? Take a breath, relax and look at your half-full glass instead of your half-empty glass.
"the importance of empathy, courage and leading from the heart."
... how we treat each other."
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
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