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January - News You Can Use


Palo Alto High School Team will Represent the United States in International Mathematical Modeling Competition

Thirty-six hours to solve one real world story problem!  That was the challenge posed in the 17th Annual International High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). A total of 671 teams composed of four students each competed, and of these, only eight, six from American and two from China, received the top award of outstanding. Palo Alto High School’s BC Calculus Team was one of these, scoring ahead of some of the top magnet schools in the country. Team members Kathryn Li, Allison Zhang, Eric Foster, and Andrew Lee worked with Team Advisor and Palo Alto High Mathematics Instructional Supervisor Radu Toma to prepare for this competition and their perseverance paid off.  For achieving the top score in the entire United States on the Commuter Train problem, they were named one of the two top mathematics modeling teams who will be representing the US in the International Mathematical Modeling Competition (IM2C) in April.

What You Need to Know About the Flu

What is the flu?
Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses.  There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. Flu illness can vary from mild to severe. It can be especially dangerous for young children and children of any age with certain long term health conditions, including asthma.

Heavenly Bandstand: The Gunn Choir/Staff Musical - February 4 and 5

Get out your poodle skirts and hair cream and prepare to stroll, mash potato and doo wop your way down memory lane! Don't miss the original musical extravaganza 'Heavenly Bandstand' -- presented two nights only -- starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and dozens of your favorite Gunn staff.

Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m. in the Spangenberg Theater 

Annual TEDx Conference at Gunn High School - Friday, January 16

Students, parents, and community members are invited to attend a special event at Gunn HS on January 16th, 2015 - the annual TEDx conference. This year there will be five Gunn students giving TED talks, as well as Gunn Positive Psychology Teacher Ronen Habib. Community speakers include multiple Stanford professors, the founder of the company that produced the Iphone artificial intelligence software software Siri, an underwater photographer, an artist, and an activist for AIDS education.

PAUSD Announces Settlement in Construction Law Suit

PAUSD Board of Education President, Melissa Baten Caswell, announced at a meeting of the Board held on December 17, 2014, that a settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by Taisei Construction Corporation.  The recommended settlement was related to the construction of the Paly Media Arts and Classroom Building Project by Taisei.

Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert

Fa la la and Happy Hanukah and more! Kick off your winter break and join the Gunn Chamber Singers for a festive evening of holiday songs. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir trip to Italy this summer. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door or in advance from any member of the group. Questions? Contact Kristen Lee (

Sunday, December 21 at 5:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto