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SCHOOLS & KIDS

Student with 3.85 GPA gets rejection letters from UCs

Hi, My friend's daughter got 3.85 GPA, had 5 AP classes in high school, was on competitive swimming team, volunteered...

Original post made by Parent on May. 28, 2012
Last comment by Nayeli, on Jun 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm | 373 comments | 541370 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

What gives the school the right to give my child homework?

This is a legitimate question. I called the California Department of Education today and they did not know the answer. What...

Original post made by Parent on Dec. 18, 2014
Last comment by Overload, on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:05 am | 481 comments | 493183 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Paly school board rep: 'The sorrows of young Palo Altans'

My stress began in elementary school, where students were segregated into separate class meetings as "early" and "late" readers,...

Original post made on Mar. 25, 2015
Last comment by BalancedParent, on Mar 30, 2017 at 3:54 pm | 487 comments | 357108 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Parents: Keep calm and parent on

I am a psychiatrist. After the tragedy last week, my phone has not stopped ringing with calls from concerned fellow parents....

Original post made on Mar. 16, 2015
Last comment by But, but, but..., on Mar 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm | 215 comments | 348641 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Longtime teacher, administrator named Terman principal

A longtime Palo Alto teacher and middle-school administrator was named Tuesday as principal of Terman Middle School. Pier...

Original post made on Jul. 30, 2013
Last comment by Former Terman Student, on Aug 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm | 29 comments | 256949 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Menlo Park considering suspending Tinsley Settlement

Tinsley settlement The Tinsley voluntary transfer program resulted from a 1986 court settlement over a desegregation lawsuit....

Original post made by palo alto mom on Dec. 15, 2009
Last comment by Don't hold EPA back!, on Jan 1, 2010 at 6:43 am | 66 comments | 255005 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School documents and source materials

In addition to documents and other original source material linked within news stories, other material obtained from the...

Original post made on Nov. 24, 2013
There are no comments yet. 243827 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

The Wave that changed the world

The classroom guards, symbolic armbands and secret salutes carried out by members of an elite student movement at Cubberley...

Original post made on Mar. 17, 2017
Last comment by Reginanicole, on May 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm | 25 comments | 108817 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School district responds to teen's death

Palo Alto school officials have confirmed that a male Gunn High School senior died by suicide near his residence early Saturday...

Original post made on Jan. 24, 2015
Last comment by Lucas, on Jan 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm | 119 comments | 103776 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Emails reveal internal school discussions

Palo Alto school-district superintendent Kevin Skelly has made a practice of communicating with school board members via...

Original post made on Jun. 8, 2012
Last comment by Gunn Alumni, on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:07 am | 122 comments | 102214 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board members take umbrage at allegations of possible Brown Act violations

Stung by what they view as unfair allegations that they violated California's open-meeting law, Palo Alto school board members...

Original post made on Jun. 1, 2012
Last comment by amazed, on Jun 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm | 131 comments | 99156 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Gunn High student dies by suicide

Gunn High School Principal Kathie Laurence, in an email to school families this afternoon, is urging parents to talk openly...

Original post made on Aug. 15, 2017
There are no comments yet. 89355 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Caltrain fatality identified as Palo Alto teen

A 15-year-old Palo Alto student was killed by a train on the railroad tracks south of Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto at about...

Original post made on Mar. 9, 2015
Last comment by alpaca, on Mar 13, 2015 at 11:08 am | 167 comments | 74752 Views

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Students plan peaceful protest to 'hate minister'

Nearly 1,500 students plan a "peaceful protest" against an anti-gay, anti-Semitic activist who has announced his group will...

Original post made on Jan. 26, 2010
Last comment by Megan Swezey Fogarty, on Jan 29, 2010 at 8:50 am | 96 comments | 74748 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

High school life: To whom it may concern

A veteran Palo Alto educator reflects on the challenges of high school -- and how teachers, students and parents can help. ■...

Original post made on Sep. 3, 2010
Last comment by Neighbor, on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm | 131 comments | 65238 Views

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Palo Alto teen killed on tracks Tuesday

A 16-year-old Palo Alto male died on the train tracks early this morning, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn has confirmed. Read...

Original post made on Nov. 4, 2014
Last comment by Brendan, on Nov 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm | 23 comments | 62408 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Making high school happier, funnier

In the academically intense culture of Gunn High School, a class where students gather in "gratitude circles" and practice...

Original post made on Feb. 21, 2014
Last comment by Parent, on Feb 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm | 20 comments | 61984 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Palo Alto teacher dies after officer-involved shooting

Kyle Hart, a teacher at Frank S. Greene Middle School in Palo Alto, died Monday after he was shot by a police officer called...

Original post made on Dec. 10, 2018
Last comment by Former Student of Mr. Hart, on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm | 21 comments | 61065 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

A 'hidden population' in Palo Alto schools

The details were hazy but the urgency was clear: A family with three Palo Alto schoolchildren was living in their car, with...

Original post made on Nov. 8, 2013
Last comment by BPMe, on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:38 am | 46 comments | 60312 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board under pressure on counseling

Under scrutiny over guidance counseling at Gunn High School, Palo Alto school board members this week said decision-makers...

Original post made on May. 25, 2012
Last comment by time to end this, on Jun 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm | 48 comments | 60065 Views
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