Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee Accepting Applications

Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee Accepting Applications
The Superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District is seeking applicants for appointment to the volunteer Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the District.
The purpose of this Advisory Committee is to prepare a set of strategic, evidence-based recommendations that, when implemented, will enable the PAUSD community to assure underrepresented minority students and other students from disadvantaged circumstances have the necessary opportunities, conditions, and supports that will empower and enable them to succeed as well as both realize and maximize their full intellectual, creative, and social potential. The report will identify critical issues and, for each issue, develop strategic recommendations that will include specific metrics for evaluating the extent to which each strategy was successful, suggested timelines for implementations, an individual or role (current or future) to lead each strategy, and cost estimates for implementing each recommendation. The Advisory Committee will also be asked to articulate any potential policy issues the Board should consider developing and adopting.
You may download the application <image001.png>or contact the Assistant to the Superintendent, Kathleen Ruegsegger at kruegsegger@pausd.org. 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:kruegsegger@pausd.org.
All applications must be received by Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm.

JLS Online Directory is Here – Are you in it?

The JLS Online Directory is Here–Are you in it?

Simply activate your account here and set up your password. Then log in, and verify that your contact information is correct. Please take a moment to check.

If you are not in the directory, but would like to be, send e-mail to infinitecampus@pausd.org stating that you would like to “opt-in to PTA Contact and the school directory”. Be sure to include the name of your student(s) and your relationship to the student(s).

Please make sure your household information is correct, so that the print edition is accurate. No edits made afterFriday, 10/3 will be reflected in the print edition.

Questions? Email JLSDirectory@gmail.com

8th Grade Parents – Yearbook Ads on Sale till Nov 1st!

8th grade parents!  Would you like to do something special for your graduate this year?  You can buy an ad in this year’s yearbook to celebrate his/her achievements over the last 3 years.  You can include special photos, poems, and messages to your graduate.  You can sign up and view sample ads, and pricing at our yearbook company’s site: http://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/customer.asp?CID=159472
Prices range from 50.00 to 200.00 for ads.  The DEADLINE for placing an ad is November 1st, 2014.  If you have any questions, you can contact tdevers@pausd.org (yearbook advisor).

Annual Data Update -(Broken Link Now Fixed!)

**** The Link Below was incorrect but it has now been fixed *****

All PAUSD students’ information must be updated each year to ensure that the district has current information: emergency contacts, health conditions, and healthcare providers.

The information is already in the system.  You just need to make sure it is correct and up to date.

Please log on to the parent portal of Infinite Campus :


Go to your Inbox and click on the “Annual Data Update” message to start the process.

NEW THIS YEAR:  You can choose to save paper by checking  “YES – I would like to opt out of receiving paper report cards delivered to my home.” You will be able to save the report as a pdf or print the report card at home.

ADU Update Flyer

Not In Our Schools Week – Embracing Diversity, Honoring Differences

Not in our Schools (NIOS) Week

Monday – Friday, April 21 – 25


This week is dedicated to: embracing diversity, breaking stereotypes, standing up to hate and respecting and honoring each other’s differences. The JLS Leadership and BeTCha committee have been working together to create a weekly agenda of themes and activities. Please see the embedded weekly calendar for the NIOS events. Each day will have a theme and a corresponding lunch activity.

Daily Theme Activity at Lunch and/or WIP
Monday April 21st Fostering Global Community

To celebrate the diverse population/cultures we have here at JLS and seek to strengthen these bonds

Duniya Dance and Drum Company – Dancers/ drummers will perform songs/dances from Africa and India.

Global Community of JLS Map- Place a star sticker on the world map of where you are from. (This will be up all week in the Breezeway)

Tuesday April 22nd Caring for your environment-school, local community, earth! Earth Day Rally sponsored by the JLS Green Team- “Don’t Stereotype your Trash”

Fun team activities to promote awareness of keeping campus clean. Students will learn more about composting and win cool prizes!

Wednesday April 23rd Standing Up To Hate and Name Calling

To take steps to address name calling in all its forms, as individuals, school and community.

Signing of No Name Calling Banner Staff and students sign the No Name Calling Pledge towards standing up to name-calling as individuals and as a school community.

Open Mic. at lunch for poetry or spoken word reading. Staff and students have the opportunity to read poetry and express their feelings about standing up to hate, stereotyping, diversity, and the environment

JLS Choir to perform at lunch

WIP Program- 2 videos- We will show a video by the NIOSgroup and a JLS created video.  Students are profiled with their personal experiences how they overcame the difficult experiences and obstacles.

Thursday April 24th Destroying Stereotypes

To take steps as individuals and as a school community to dissolve stereotypes

Dissolving Stereotypes Pool/ Bury Stereotypes: Staff and students write stereotypes they want to destroy on pieces of rice paper and either dissolve them or bury them.
Friday April 25th Celebrating Diversity

To embrace and acknowledge all of JLS’s rich diversity of wonderful differences and similarities.

JLS Heritage Heart and Photo on the field

Staff and students form a “heart” on the field for a JLS group photo. Participants write what represents them on a heart shaped sticker. The idea is to embrace who you are. (ex. Ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality, sexual identity,

8th Grade Promotion – Help Needed! …and… Tickets on Sale!

This info is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents. It has been published through the PTA eNews and other sources. It is being published here as a reminder (none of this inormation is new or has changed).

Promotion Info From JLS Principal Sharon Ofek (letter mailed March 25)

Ticket Info

8th Grade Promotion Party: Parent Volunteers From All Grades Needed!

Even if you do not have an 8th grade student, your help would be greatly appreciated to assist with the set-up and support of the promotion party. Eighth grade parents have already begun planning the party, but they depend on 6th and 7th grade parent volunteers to help with the event while they attend the promotion ceremony. Please pay it forward, learn what will be involved in your own child’s event, and visit our sign up sheet at : 2014 JLS 8th Grade Promotion party to see what you can do to help make the promotion party a success.  Please contact Julia Byun orSunita Verma if you have any questions.