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Back to School

Hello JLS Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We're happy to have you!

The JLS Admin team welcomes all our new and returning students to this new school year [see video]! We have a diverse group of over 1100 students this fall.

Please be sure to read the important information and fill in the required forms in the Back to School Packet. The JLS PTA has emailed the form to the parents/guardians of all registered incoming students. You can also access the packet at

Back to School Night Introduction Video from the JLS administration: 

Back to School Night Introduction Video from PiE & PTA:

For the most current information about the 2020-21 school year, please visit PAUSD's Secondary Education webpage and view the Secondary Town Hall Webinar.

Be well, 

Chris Grierson, JLS Principal

Meet the Administrators and Counselors

The counselors invite you to reach out to talk! Learn more about them and the many ways they contribute to student wellness.

Meet the Principal, Assistant Principals, and Dean of Students who work closely with teachers and counselors to support JLS students. 

Get Ready

Grade-Level Parent Networks

We have online Back to School Presentations specific to each of our grade levels. Parents and students are welcome to view these presentations and we look forward to meeting you and answering your questions.  

Families of these grade levels will receive invitations with Zoom links.  If you would like to submit a topic to be addressed by JLS staff, or if you have questions you would like us to  answer, please provide your feedback via the Google Form that will come to you through our PTA eNews.  

Connect with the PTA

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) supports a range of important work at JLS. Sign up for eNews, volunteer to help, and donate at the JLS PTA website.

Support JLS through PiE

PiE raises money from parents and the community to provide all Palo Alto Unified School District students an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding. Learn more on PiE's website. At JLS, your PiE donation funds 

Electives * Music * Guidance * Classroom Support

JLS received $541,004 for the 2020-2021 school year because of your PiE donations. Help us reach our goal again this year! All donations, of any size, help our students. 

Every dollar makes a difference!


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