Upcoming Student Assessments (CAASPP)

From Superintendent Max McGee’s Letter of April 11, 2015:
In the upcoming days and weeks, your child will be joining all Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) students and
all children throughout California as they participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program. These assessments in the CAASPP System provide information to you, your child, and their teachers about the student’s progress and readiness for college and career. All Palo Alto Unified sites have notified families of their site specific testing schedules.
For questions about your child’s testing dates, we invite you to contact your local school. Continue reading Upcoming Student Assessments (CAASPP)

Student Records To Be Released – What Can You Do?

You may have heard that a federal judge has ordered the CA Department of Education to release personal information for all students enrolled in CA public schools since Jan. 1, 2008 as part of a lawsuit to ensure that students with special needs are provided with appropriate services. Records include names, some Social Security numbers, disciplinary records, medical information and progress reports.

Here’s what you can do about it:

Students cannot “opt out” of a court order, but an objection can be filed by filling out and mailing in a form.

If your child is a current public school student under 18 years old, then the parent can fill out the form.

If your child is 18 years or older, then they need to send in the form themselves.

Each student needs a separate form in a separate envelope.

Deadline to submit an objection is April 1.

Here is a link to the California PTA site with more directions and a link to the form:

Chinese New Year Fair

Sunday Feb. 21, 2 – 5 PM
Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto)


This festive event will showcase Chinese art, culture and foods through performances and exhibition booths, including Chinese music and dance, brush painting, calligraphy, dumpling making and more. Organized by the Palo Alto Neighborhood WeChat group and the Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club, the event aims to facilitate communication and friendship among Palo Alto residents. Free admission. Food tasting tickets sold at the door