PAUSD Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) Accepting Applications for Parent Representative for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) has been established as a Board of Education committee to assist the Board in its thinking about District policies. The scope of the work involves policies in operations, new mandates and policies derived from State of California legislation, and policy needs for Palo Alto Unified School District.


Application forms can be obtained from the Superintendent’s assistant, Kathleen Ruegsegger, at You can obtain information by phone by calling 650-329-3737.


Completed applications must be sent to: Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or emailed to:  All Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

JLS Fundraiser for Nepal

Dear parents!


In case you haven’t heard yet, 7th grade student council and YCS are hosting a fundraiser to support Nepal.
On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, killing over 8,000 people, and injuring 19,000 more. Several aftershocks later, hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. The country was devastated, and in desperate need of help.
At JLS, we want to do our part to help out the people suffering in Nepal. We will be hosting a drive and collecting money at a table on the rally court on May 26th, 27th and 29th. Parents can also donate online on the YCS website: or write a check to YCS with JLS Nepal Relief in the memo line. Checks may be given to YCS volunteers next week at JLS, or sent directly to:
Youth Community Service
Greendell Campus
4120 Middlefield Rd. P-8
Palo Alto, CA 94303
IRS Tax-exempt number: 20-8099150
Our goal is to collect $1,000. If every student donated just one dollar, we would reach our goal! A small contribution makes a big difference!
We ask that you please discuss this fundraiser with your child(ren) and remind them to donate! One of our JLS 7th graders will be going to visit her family in Nepal this summer and she will be personally involved in seeing the funds go to help the people of Nepal.
Thank you for all your help!
The 7th grade  student council

Open House, Potluck, and Book Fair

PLEASE JOIN US Wednesday, May 6

 Many Faces of JLS

International Potluck

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

JLS Cafetorium


Spring Book Fair

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

JLS Library


Open House/Portfolio Night

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Open Classrooms

JLS Spring Book Fair

May 4 – 8

JLS Library


This year JLS will partner with local bookstore Books Inc. to bring the Spring Book Fair to the library. The Book Fair will open before and  after school, and during lunch and brunch, on Monday  through Thursday, and before school only on  Friday. In addition, the Fair will be open Wednesday  evening between 5:30 and 9 pm during the Many Faces Potluck / Open House/Portfolio Night. We look forward to having a wonderful  event, with the opportunity to purchase brand  new titles and old favorites to support the JLS Library!   We rely on parent volunteers to staff the fair. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

We hope to see you there!


Kate Karagueuzian Gibbons,  Maria Derrick,  Stephanie Compton

JLS Book Fair Co-Chairs

Share a Dish from Your Home Country with the JLS Community at “Many Faces of JLS” International 


May 6

Sponsored by the JLS PTA


We hope you can contribute a dish from your home country to the “Many Faces of JLS” potluck on May 6. Sign up here, find your country and add your name. The “table lead” will contact you as the date draws near to decide with you what dish to provide. Or, you can sign up for serving, set-up, clean-up, or Hydration team member.
The “Many Faces” potluck is one of two large JLS PTA events that bring the community together, and it is the same night as the JLS Open House. So help out if you can, and grab some dinner at the potluck before you head to your student’s classrooms to review your student’s learning and accomplishments.


Questions, or for more detailed information, contact

Barbara Stroud.

Annual Data Update

It’s that time of year again. Time to update: Emergency Contacts, Health Info, Agreements and Permissions.

To complete the Annual Data Update, please log on to the parent portal of Infinite Campus:

Go to your inbox to find a message called “Annual Data Update”
and click on that message to start the process.

If you need help with your password, call or visit Melissa Kaiser, JLS Data Secretary, 650-856-5177 or

ADU flyer (pdf)

If you have NEVER logged on to Infinite Campus, please contact PAUSD to get your activation code to set up your account: 650-329-3796 or email

Student Council Book Drive

The J.L.S. sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student councils are sponsoring a children’s book drive to support the “Children’s Book Project” of San Francisco.

Our drive will take place starting Monday, April 13, and will conclude on Wednesday, April 22.

Sixth graders may drop their donated books into the bin found in their core teacher’s classroom.  Seventh and eighth grade students may drop their donated books in the bin found in their science teacher’s classroom.

All kinds of new and gently used books are welcome – board books, picture books, chapter books, Spanish-language books, books about sports, music, math and science, arts and crafts, joke books, and activity books.  Textbooks and adult books cannot be used.

Your contributions will go to the “Children’s Book Project”, a Bay Area non-profit that collects and distributes over 130,000 books annually to children through public schools, homeless shelters, clinics, and community centers. For many children, your donated books will be their first ones they can call their own.  Help to promote literacy in communities all around the Bay Area!

Smarter Balanced Testing

JLS will administer Smarter Balanced tests in all three grade levels beginning Tuesday, April 21. JLS and PAUSD highly encourage all students to do a practice test to familiarize themselves with the test tools; practice tests are available at 8th grade will test beginning April 21, 6th grade will begin April 28, and 7th grade testing will begin May 5. The linked schedules are likely to change very little, if at all. Please contact Becky Cogswell ( or Eston Melton ( if you have questions or concerns.

Enrollment Management Advisory Committee Application Window – Extended Until March 16

To assure the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is able to deliver on its vision to “develop our students’ knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, and to nurture their curiosity, creativity, and resilience, empowering every child to reach his or her fullest intellectual, social, and creative potential”, the Board of Education is committed to providing classroom spaces to facilitate teaching and learning.  The Superintendent is seeking applicants for appointment to serve on the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee.  Applicants must reside or work within the boundaries of the Palo Alto Unified School District or be parents of current or former VTP students.

For more information on the charge of the committee and to find the link to the application, please go to the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee webpage.