Temporary Trail Closure Creekside Drive to Duncan Place (Greenmeadow Neighborhood)

The Creekside Drive to Duncan Place trail will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, March 13th to Friday, March 15th to allow for new pedestrian ramp upgrades at each end of the trail to better accommodate accessibility.  Bicycles and pedestrians normally using the trail to access schools adjacent to Charleston Road are encouraged to use Nelson Drive to Charleston Road as an alternative route during the closure.

Additional information regarding this project please contact the Palo Alto – Department of Public Works at (650) 329-2295.

Download Map (pdf)

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Upcoming Safe Routes To School Community Meetings

Please join JLS at two important upcoming meetings to focus on how to make the daily school commute safer for all JLS families.
The first meeting will start at 8:15 a.m, on Wednesday, March 13.  We will begin by meeting in the front of the main office and will leave in groups to walk around the school to identify problem commute areas and then meet in Room 730 for a discussion of what we saw.
The second meeting is Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m, in Room 730. This meeting will be open to the broader community and will include review of a draft Walk and Roll to School map showing recommended walking and bicycling routes for students traveling to and from JLS.
The City of Palo Alto has received a grant to strengthen Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School program and has hired a consultant to lead us through the development of the Walk and Roll to School map.  These information-gathering meetings are an opportunity for our school community to come out and be heard by transportation professionals specializing in school commute solutions.
Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Sylvia Star-Lack to attend the Walk and Roll map meetings.  The outcome of this process will only be as good as the input from the JLS community, so if you can’t attend the meetings, be sure your feedback is heard.  Please RSVP or send your comments to Sylvia Star-Lack, saferoutes@cityofpaloalto.org.
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8th Grade Great America Field Trip Info

The following letter has been mailed home to 8th Grade Parents. It is being posted here for your convenience:

Dear Eighth Grade JLS Students, Parents, and Guardians:

It is difficult to believe that fourth quarter is almost here. In May, our eighth grade class will enjoy an excursion to Great America to celebrate a year of hard work.  It is my hope that all members of this class will be able to attend this end-of-year trip on Tuesday, May 28th.

Attending the concluding trip to Great America is regarded as a privilege for eighth graders.  To be eligible for participation, students must make wise choices with respect to behavior.  Teachers and administrators have established specific expectations for student behavior during the weeks preceding the trip.  In order for students to attend the Great America trip they must meet these expectations.  Please review and discuss these expectations for attendance with your child. The following expectations will be discussed with the students at school, will be announced on KJLS, will be posted on the JLS website, and a copy will be given to students.

All of JLS/PAUSD rules and policies are in effect during this field trip. The JLS dress code will be enforced.  An eighth grade student will NOT be able to attend the Great America trip if he or she:

  1. Receives two or more disciplinary referrals during the 4th quarter, between March 18 and May 24.
  2. Is suspended from school between March 18 and May 24.
  3. Accumulates 5 or more unexcused tardies between March 18 and May 24.
  4. Has a library fine, overdue book, unreturned textbook, or other obligation that is not cleared by noon on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
  5. Has not turned in an athletic team uniform by Friday, May 17, 2013.

We thank you for your help in discussing and supporting these expectations with your child.  Any student who is excluded, or chooses not to go to Great America, will be expected to attend school on the day of the trip.  Arrangements will be made for these students to be supervised at JLS.

Here are the details:

WHERE: Great America

WHEN: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (approximately). If you need to pick up your student earlier, send a note to Joan Scherer in the Guidance Office by Friday, May 17.

HOW: Transportation by school bus. Students will be picked up and dropped off at JLS.

COST:               Students without a season pass when payment is due = $38.00 (regular ticket)

Students with a season pass when payment is due = $10.00

Your payment should be made by check payable to JLS Middle School and returned with the attached permission slip to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, April 24.

No refunds can be given once the tickets have been purchased.

Financial assistance is available upon request.

If you have any questions, please contact the administrative team (856-5188), Joan Scherer (856-5182), or guidance counselor, Linda Howard (856-5175).


Sharon Ofek, Principal

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JLS Not In Our Schools Week

During the week of March 4-8th, JLS will be holding their annual Not In Our Schools Week, which is dedicated to celebrating diversity, fostering our global community, standing up to hate and breaking stereotypes. We will have cultural groups perform at lunch, as well as other activities during the week. Below is the schedule we will follow for the week, and includes the daily theme and lunchtime activity for any particular day. We look forward to a week of positive student interaction, togetherness, and celebrating who we are as individuals and as a school. Thank you!

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JLS Music Benefit Concert (February 26th)

The JLS Music Benefit Concert is fast approaching on February 26, 2013! The JLS Girls Choir, Mixed Choir, Symphonic Band and 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra are putting on a concert at All Saints Episcopal Church in Downtown Palo Alto, 555 Waverley. In addition to the students performances you will also get to hear Ms. Fitzhugh, Mr. Miller, and Ms. McGuire perform!
Tickets will be on sale February 11-25, and at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $ 5 for students. If you would like to order tickets, you can email afitzhugh@pausd.org or see Mrs. Scherer in the Guidance Office.
5:30-6:30 pm – Concert
We hope that you are able to join us for a wonderful evening of music!
Angelina, Greg and Rachel
All proceeds from this concert will go to the SoCal Music Tour, March 20-23.
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Transition Dates for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

These dates were previously published in the “Panther Tracks” but they are being posted here again for your convenience.

Transition Dates (PDF)

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Instructions for CURRENT 6th and 7th grade students to request courses on Infinite Campus for the 2013-2014 School Year

*These instructions were edited on 2/4/13 to better reflect the format of this year’s course catalog.

Students will recieve the course catalog and be given an explanation of the process by one of their teachers on Wednesday, February 6th.

This lesson will demonstrate how to request courses for the following year.

Before logging onto the computer, use the Course Catalog (paper packet or online course catalog) to choose 7 courses you’d like to request.

Please note, when registering online it is essential that you select your courses in the order of preference (starting with 1st choice)

Start by logging into Infinite Campus. Note: the Infinite Campus Portal login is https://ic.pausd.org/campus/portal/paloalto.jsp



1) Select Registration 13-14 Jane L Stanford Middle S.

Notice required courses and start course search.



1) Select Course Search to begin the process.

2) Note: Required courses are pre-filled. All students will be pre-assigned to the regular math lane. Changes to math lanes will be made at a later date (May/June), once teacher recommendations have been made.

Use your blue course catalog (paper packet or online course catalog) to locate course titles that you would like to take.


Please note the following important information:

1) Course title

2) Length of Course (Semester or Year)

3) Grade Level

4) Couse Number

5) Possible prerequisites

Search by course number.



1) Type Course Number of 1st course to register.

2) Select Go

Note: Choose courses in order of preference (starting with 1st choice)!!

3) Click on course name to display description.

Read course description and request course.



1) Read description of course. Please note if any prerequisite is listed as well as the length of course (semester or year.)

2) Click on Request this Course.

3) Course will appear under Requested Courses.

Confirm course request.



1) Confirm that requested course appears in list.

2) If a mistake was made or if you want to delete a course from the list, click on the course name and choose Drop This Request

Select the correct number of requested courses.


Repeat process until you have requested:

Four semester-long courses (as pictured in #1)
One year-long course and two semester-long courses (as pictured in #2 )
Two year-long courses (as pictured in #3)

Note: Courses are displayed here sorted by course code. When you print the “Request Summary” courses will be sorted by preference (based on the order you selected them.)

Do not request too many!


The system will not prevent you from requesting too many courses. Be sure that you onlyrequest:

Four semester-long courses
One year-long course and two semester-long courses
Two year-long courses.

Request alternate courses.


Once you have requested 1) Four semester-long courses, OR 2) One year-long course and two semester-long courses, OR 3) Two year-long courses, please select alternates (in order of preference) for a total of seven courses.

1) Read description of course.
2) Click on Request as an Alternate.
3) Course will appear under Alternate Courses.
Note: Courses displayed here are sorted by course code. When you print the “Request Summary” courses will be sorted by preference (based on the order you selected them.)


Repeat process until a total of seven courses have been chosen.


Print the “Request Summary”


1) Select Print Request Summary from the top right menu bar.

Have a Parent or Guardian sign the Request Summary and return to the Guidance Office by February 14th, 2013.


Note: If your courses are not listed in order of preference (starting with 1st choice) go back and “drop” the requested courses and rechoose them in your order of preference.

You have now completed the registration process.

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JLS Science Fair Parent Volunteers Still Needed Jan 30 and Jan 31st 6:30pm to 9:15pm

The JLS Science Fair is one of the most popular student events of the year, and provides a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in the excitement of science for an evening. There will be posters created by hundreds of JLS students. Everyone is welcome to come and see the student’s hard work and students are still welcome to register.
Because of the huge popularity of this event, it will be over two nights. Your student’s poster will be displayed on one evening and evaluated during one of the sessions outlined below. Student participants need to be manning their posters promptly at the start of their session to ensure that all posters will be evaluated.
Wednesday, January 30th
7:30 – 8:15am  6th and 7th graders check-in your science fair poster
Outside the Cafetorium by the breezeway
6:30 – 7:30pm  6th grade – Mr. Argumedo, Ms. Garcia, Ms. Lucey
7:30 – 7:45pm  6th grade prize drawing (must be present to win)
8:00 – 9:00pm  7th grade – Ms. Luo, Ms. Lynch, Ms. Melnick, Mr. Rice
9:00 – 9:15pm  7th grade prize drawing (must be present to win)
Please take your poster home with you at the end of the evening.
Thursday, January 31st
7:30 – 8:15am  6th and 7th graders check-in your science fair poster
Outside the Cafetorium by the breezeway
6:30 – 7:30pm  6th grade – Mrs. Berghout, Mr. Salzmann, Ms. McKenna
7:30 – 7:45pm  6th grade prize drawing (must be present to win)
8:00 – 9:15pm  8th grade – Mr. Berghout, Ms. Lorey, Ms. Luo
9:00 – 9:15pm  8th grade prize drawing (must be present to win)
Please take your poster home with you at the end of the evening.
A prize drawing after each session will cap off an evening of fun and science for your family: gift cards from local stores, books, games and more are in the drawing pool of prizes.
This endeavor cannot happen without your help. We need about 10 to 15 more Interviewers each night so that every student can get feedback on their scientific efforts. As an “interviewer” you would not be rating the students. Your main job is to show interest in their work and to encourage them. To volunteer, please go to Volunteer Spot. Thank you!
I hope to see you all at the science fair!
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December Panther Tracks (Newsletter)

Attached here is the December Panther Tracks Newsletter. Enjoy!

December Panther Tracks

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Changes to Infinite Campus Password System Coming Soon

PAUSD is planning to turn on the Password Reset capability in Infinite Campus by the end of this week.  It will be possible to reset your password or recover your username without having to contact support.

There will be some security improvements with this change.  Infinite Campus will now require users to update their security preferences. Users are allowed to defer setting those preferences twice, but on the third login attempt the system will force the process.  The preference choices required:
  • Changing to a new, strong password
    • Enter a New Password and Verify the New Password. The box to the right of each of these fields indicates the strength of the new password. Red means weak, yellow means medium and green means strong. Users will not be allowed to save a red or yellow password.
  • Setting a Password Recovery Email
    • Enter your Email address if the existing email address on the account is incorrect. This must be a valid email address. Password recovery is done through a unique URL sent to this email address. Failure to provide a legitimate email address means an inability to recover your password.
  • Setting User Preferences
    • Set up Likes and Dislikes selections. You will need to ensure a total of 8 Likes and 8 Dislikes images populate the Your Selection area prior to saving.
There is more information about Strong Passwords and Setting User Preferences for Password Recovery at http://www.pausd.org/parents/InfiniteCampus/ in the How-To section.
PAUSD está planeando activar la capacidad para restablecer contraseñas en Infinite Campus para finales de esta semana. Le será posible restablecer su contraseña o recuperar su nombre de usuario sin tener que comunicarse con el equipo de apoyo.
Con este cambio habrán algunas mejoras a la seguridad. Infinite Campus requerirá que los usuarios actualicen sus preferencias de seguridad. A los usuarios se les permitirá postergar el fijar sus preferencias dos veces, pero en el tercer intento de ingresar a la cuenta, el sistema forzará el proceso. Opciones de preferencia requeridas:
  • Cambiar a una contraseña nueva, más fuerte de descifrar
    • Ingrese la nueva contraseña y verifique la nueva contraseña. La caja a la derecha de cada uno de estos campos indica la seguridad de la nueva contraseña. El rojo significa débil, amarillo significa mediano y el verde significa segura/fuerte. A los usuarios no se les permitirá guardar una contraseña roja o amarilla.
  • Fijar un correo electrónico para recuperar la contraseña
    • Ingrese su dirección de correo electrónico si el correo electrónico existente en la cuenta está incorrecto. Esta debe ser una dirección de correo electrónico válida. La recuperación de la contraseña se hace a través de un URL único que es enviado a esta dirección de correo electrónico. El no proporcionar una dirección de correo electrónico legítima significa una incapacidad para recuperar su contraseña.
  • Fijar las preferencias de usuario
    • Fije sus selecciones de Preferencias y Aversiones. Necesitará asegurar de que un total de 8 imágenes de Preferencias y 8 imágenes de Aversiones llenen el área Su Selección antes de guardar.
Hay más información sobre contraseñas fuertes y fijar preferencias para recuperar las contraseñas en la sección de ayuda (How-to) enhttp://www.pausd.org/parents/InfiniteCampus/
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