Panther Tracks
December 10, 2018
JLS News
Important Dates:
December 12 - Stanford General Use Permit Community Meeting
December 13 - CAC JLS Community Conversation with Alma Ellis
December 13 - Holiday Staff Appreciation Cookie Exchange
December 14 - Student Store Open
December 21 - End of First Semester | Minimum Day
December 24 - January 4 - Winter Break
January 7 - School Resumes
For JLS Middle School Parents
Thursday, December 13th, 8:30 am, Room 730
Join Principal Lisa Hickey for a Community Conversation with Special Education Director Alma Ellis. Do you have a child with an IEP or 504 or a child that needs a bit of extra help. Do you have questions about your child's progress at school? Curious about what social and emotional supports and interventions are available on campus? Join us for morning coffee and all parents are welcome, whether you just have a question or have a child currently receiving support. We hope you'll join us. Information/Questions contact: Yael Naveh or Christina Schmidt - Special Ed/ Inclusion Representatives or  PTA Special Education or CAC for Special Education website.

Para Los Padres de la Escuela Secundaria JLS
Fecha: December 13th, Hora- 8:30 am. Lugar: Salón 730 de la escuela JLS
Invitamos a los padres de familia a una conversación acerca de Educación Especial junto con la directora de la escuela, Lisa Hickey. ¿Tiene un hijo con un IEP (Programa Individualizado de Educación), o un Plan 504, o un niño que necesita un poco de ayuda adicional? ¿Tiene preguntas sobre el progreso de su hijo en la escuela? ¿Tiene curiosidad sobre qué apoyo e intervención social y emocional están disponibles en el plantel escolar? Únase a nosotros para tomar un café por la mañana y todos los padres son bienvenidos, ya sea que tenga una pregunta, o tenga un hijo que recibe apoyo educacional. ¡Los esperamos a todos! Desea más información o tiene preguntas, contacte a Yael Nave o Christina Schmidt o Representante de inclusión del PTA en Educación especial o la página Web de CAC (Community Advisory Committee For Special Education/ Comité Asesor para Educación Especial).

致JLS 中学家长
日期:December 13th, 日2018上午8:30 ; 地点:JLS 中学礼堂/MP Room
请加入我们和校长Lisa Hickey,与特殊教育主任Alma Ellis进行社区对话。
 您是否有IEP,504计划或需要一些额外帮助的孩子? 您对孩子在学校的进展有疑问吗? 想知道校园里有哪些社会和情感支持和干预措施吗?请来参加我们的早晨咖啡,欢迎所有的家长,无论您只是想了解信息还是有孩子目前接受支持服务, 我们希望您能参加。信息/问题,请联系:特殊教育/包容代表 Yael Naveh 或 Christina Schmidt 或PTA特殊教育: 或CAC特殊教育网站:
Tacolicious Restaurant Nights
Mondays in December, 632 Emerson Street
Every Monday in December, Tacolicious will donate 15% of their proceeds to JLS school. Please come out and support our fundraising efforts with Tacolicious. Here are the ways we can raise funds:
  • Monday dine-in or pick-up lunch or dinner.
  • Monday catering. Support JLS by having a taco bar delivered to your next meeting or event on one of your Mondays. To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more. Email to book your delivery.
  • Monday parties. Host a large group in any of our private dining rooms! You must book ahead through and mention that the party is to support the TSP.
  • Gift cards. Purchase gift cards on Mondays and encourage recipients to use them on Monday as well. Double the funds!
  • T-shirts and cookbook. Buy great holiday gifts for family, friends and beloved teachers.
  • Monday pick-up of MF Chicken. Pick up a Rocky free-range rotisserie chicken
Thank you to Audrey Gold, Kory Cogdill and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (Iris Chen) for putting this together. 
JLS Student Store open this Friday 
We have NEW exciting and fun articles available! Is your teen interested in buying a JLS hoodie, t-shirt or sweatpants against cost, or does he/she needs a pen, pencil, eraser or any other useful school supplies? The JLS Student Store has it all. The JLS Student Store is a small store on the JLS campus and is a joint cooperative effort by the Student Council, Students, Parent volunteers and the JLS administration. The JLS Student Store sells at cost. The JLS Student Store on campus will be open this Friday during lunchtime . Cash or checks only. The store is run by JLS students as a club, if your student is interested in participating have them contact Tom Jacoubowsky. If you are interested to volunteer at the store email the JLS Student Store Folks. Opening dates: December 14, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, May 10.
New Bike Fix-It Station
Thanks to the PTA for purchasing this bike fix-it station for JLS students. Located outside the large bike cage, the station contains a bike pump, stand, and various tools for students to use. (Click on the image to see a larger photo.)
Holiday Book Drive
The library at JLS is hosting a Holiday Book Drive for the non-profit organization Access Books Bay Area which uses the books it receives to establish school library collections in underfunded elementary and middle schools in the SF Bay Area. For their current drive, Access Books is asking for books for an elementary school library they plan to support in January. A PAUSD teacher librarian is the executive director of this organization in the Bay Area and a PAUSD parent is on the board. The upcoming book drive is for K-5 fiction and nonfiction books. In the past Access Books Bay Area has had success with book drives held at middle schools requesting elementary level books because a lot of students and their parents want to clean out the home library of all the picture books and early chapter books that their middle schoolers no longer look at. Please help us increase local schoolchildren’s access to books by dropping off your gently used K-5 fiction and nonfiction books at the JLS Library from November 26th - December 14th.
Commuters' Corner
Winter Biking: Sun Glare Safety Tips
You may have noticed that some mornings it is very difficult to see because the low sun’s glare is particularly intense. Because sun glare blindness can be dangerous during our school commute times in the winter months, drivers and bicyclists should take special care. For more information, please see the City’s new informational flyer, Sun Glare Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Drivers. Together we can make our roads safe for everyone!
Each Friday! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday on the District website.
Urgent Stanford General Use Permit Development Agreement info Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, JLS MPR/ Cafeteria (will be live streamed and recorded)
PTAC is hosting a community Stanford GUP informational meeting re: The Stanford GUP, a very big building project in our neighborhood and one that will impact our children's education on a daily basis. The GUP will be in effect for the next 17 years or until 2035. Please try to attend! We'd love to have parent representatives from all schools especially those that will be directly impacted by this plan, although all schools will be impacted. Nixon Elementary, Escondido Elementary, Addison Elementary, Duveneck Elementary, Walter Hays Elementary, Greene Middle School, and PALY are the schools closest in geographic proximity to the proposed housing at Quarry Road.

Honorable Joe Simitian is our elected County Board of Supervisor official. He has the authority to negotiate the terms of this Development Agreement on our behalf, and he wants to hear from us. A policy aide from Joe's staff, Kristina Loquist, will attend Wednesday's meeting to provide us with the nuts and bolts of this GUP. Bring your questions. For more go to

This PTA Council Executive Board has begun to advocate for items crucial for the safety and quality of education at all of our 17 schools. The Executive Board has a **Wish List** including Safe Routes to School, on site after school childcare, subsidized housing for teachers/staff, etc. Our interests are aligned with our school district. The PAUSD Board unanimously voted week before Thanksgiving to include the following items as terms in the Development Agreement. They are:
  1. A 4-acre parcel of land and funds to build a neighborhood school;
  2. Funding for any students from tax exempt Stanford housing; and
  3. A one-time developer impact fee as required by law.
Community News
Wisen Space Coding Class
Wednesdays from January 23 - March 6, 2-4 pm, JLS, R200 (room might change)
Wisen Space’s purpose is to empower students to use code to bring into reality the apps, games and art that their creative minds can imagine. It was founded by a Palo Alto middle school student’s father in search of a program that would allow his daughter to explore her own interests and not that of a preprogrammed curriculum that students blindly follow. Unlike other STEM based classes, with Wisen Space coding, each student can continue to improve and customize their projects as well as share what they created on any device after class lecture like iPhone instantly. Each class at JLS Middle School is centered around the creation of real project. At the beginning of each class, the students choose what they would like to build and work together to bring it into reality. As this project comes into reality, each student will have a chance to customize their projects to match their interests. Through multiple real projects based courses, the students will create a coding portfolio of their own creation and will learn to use coding to better themselves and pursue their interests confidently. (Coding Portfolio = your favorite topic + coding.) This class has been already been successfully implemented at Greene Middle School. For more information, visit or contact 480-200-9799.
Service Learning & Community Service Opportunities
Wednesday, January 16, 8:30-9:30 am, Greene Middle School, Multipurpose Room
The Greene Parent Networks invite you to a presentation by Youth Community Service (YCS) on how to get students involved in meaningful Service Learning projects where students learn the nuances of a community issue, address that issue with a service project and then reflect on the process. Students learn how to examine real life issues and implement solutions gaining self-confidence from feeling that they made a difference in the community. Opportunities at the Palo Alto Humane Society and other organizations will be presented.
Mindful Moms Group with Krassi Harwell 
Tuesday, December 11 - February 26, 12-1:30 pm, 67 Encina Ave
Join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults. We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support. For moms who have kids of all ages! Be a wise mom – build your support network. Registration is required for this group offered in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Scholarships available upon request. Click here for more information and registration.
Free Women’s Wellness Intro Class: A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus
Friday, December 14, 10 am - 12 pm, St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave
In this free class, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal spring bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required for this free workshop as space is limited!  More info here.
Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus
Friday, December 14 - February 15, 10 am - 12 pm, St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave
In this nourishing group, Jalene Salus will share the wisdom of Integrative Nutrition as she introduces sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy a little taste of organic, local, seasonal bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family’s health. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required as space is limited! Scholarships available upon request. More info here.
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Friday, December 14 by appointment, 600 Homer Ave
Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto. Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. Email or visit the website for more information.
Create Memories, Not Waste This Holiday Season: Tips for the City of Palo Alto
The best gifts don’t come in a box. “Stuff” eventually ends up in the landfill, but memories last a lifetime. Think outside the box and consider giving movie tickets, park passes, art classes, yoga classes, wine tasting, or other gifts that offer the experience of a life well-lived. For more waste-free gift ideas, visit
Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale – Paly Glass makes great gifts!
Friday, December 14, 3-6 pm and Saturday, Dec 15, 11-4 pm, Palo Alto High School, inside the Tower Building, (Administration Bldg), 50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more. Paly Glass makes great gift. It supports a local non-profit. It supports the arts. It's a unique hand-made treasure that brings joy. Made by Paly instructors, alums and students. Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum. Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider! For more information, visit our Facebook page or website, or contact
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