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.

Instructions for CURRENT 6th and 7th grade students to request courses on Infinite Campus for the 2015-2016 School Year

Current 6th and 7th grade students will choose electives courses from the course catalog, request these online via Infinite Campus, and turn in a signed summary sheet to Mrs. Scherer by February 23, 2015.
Teachers reviewed this process with students in class on February 11, 2015.

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