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Submit a 250-550 word column to participate in our very first column contest! There are no restrictions in terms of the ...
03/11/2022

Submit a 250-550 word column to participate in our very first column contest! There are no restrictions in terms of the topic – although keep it school appropriate. This contest is open to any current Paly students.

The winning column, selected by The Campanile editors, will be published our next issue, coming out in April. The top three finalists will also receive a Campanile hat. All columns must be submitted by March 23 @ 11:59 p.m. to be considered for the contest. Click the link in our bio to participate!

*Please note that The Campanile editors reserve the right to edit the first place column for grammar, clarity, appropriateness, potential libel.

After winning SCVAL’s De Anza League with a 10-2 league record, the boys varsity basketball team fell to Everett Alvarez...
02/25/2022

After winning SCVAL’s De Anza League with a 10-2 league record, the boys varsity basketball team fell to Everett Alvarez 61-63 to close out the season on Tuesday night.

The final game’s ending has sparked controversy after the game-tying shot was disallowed by the referees. With 0.2 seconds remaining, senior Nikhil Majeti tipped a missed layup back in to even the score. The team’s coach, Jeff LaMere, said the referee felt that the clock wasn’t properly working and thus didn’t count the shot.

Read more at the link in our bio. Photos by Charlotte Hallenbeck

The mask mandate set by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department is projected to be lifted on March 2, with a 7-d...
02/25/2022

The mask mandate set by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department is projected to be lifted on March 2, with a 7-day rolling average of 501 positive cases on Feb. 24, below the threshold of 550 new cases that Santa Clara County requires to lift the indoor mask mandate. The 550 average new case count threshold was declared by the SCCPHD on Feb. 9, raising the previous metric of 150.

Santa Clara County Public Health Director Sarah Cody expressed her confidence in the safety of lifting the mask mandate in a press statement.

“I’m fairly confident that we will be able to lift the masking requirement on March 2,” Cody said. “We will continue to require masking in indoor spaces, and then as of the 2nd we will transition to a recommendation, which is the case around the rest of the state.”

Read more at the link in our bio.

In the 27 years he taught at Paly, Toma left a lasting impression on all those he worked with, including math teacher an...
02/15/2022

In the 27 years he taught at Paly, Toma left a lasting impression on all those he worked with, including math teacher and former department instructional leader Scott Friedland.

“I was stunned, shocked, devastated,” Friedland said. “He literally retired in June. I was the (Instructional Leader) of the department at the time. I'm the one who gave his send-off speech, which was an emotional thing for me.”

Read more at the link in our bio.

Masks will no longer be required indoors for vaccinated individuals in California starting Feb. 15, Gavin Newsom announc...
02/08/2022

Masks will no longer be required indoors for vaccinated individuals in California starting Feb. 15, Gavin Newsom announced today.

According to the California State Health Officials’ press release, changes to state policy will affect the counties without their own mask mandates as soon as the restriction lifting goes into effect. Counties with individual, outstanding policies, such as Santa Clara County, will have the choice to maintain their current protocols or adjust their policies to reflect the state’s.

In the press release, California’s Director of Public Health Dr. Tomás J. Aragón said with vaccines available for children under five and increasing access to treatments for COVID-19, the state will continue to adjust policies to fit safety protocols.

“With things heading in the right direction, we are making responsible modifications to COVID-19 prevention measures, while also continuing to develop a longer-term action plan for the state,” Aragón said.

Continue reading this story at the link in bio.

With a 7-0 league record and 17-1 overall record, the girls varsity basketball team hopes to continue their undefeated w...
02/07/2022

With a 7-0 league record and 17-1 overall record, the girls varsity basketball team hopes to continue their undefeated winning streak as they head into their final games of the season.

Freshman Vienn Sheng leads the team in this journey, especially after scoring 18-points — all in three-pointers — over Los Gatos (52-45) to secure the team’s first place in SCVAL’s De Anza Division.

Read more at the link in our bio. Photos by Charlotte Hallenbeck

Santa Clara County will require the COVID-19 booster vaccine for students by July 2022 to return to school in the fall, ...
01/19/2022

Santa Clara County will require the COVID-19 booster vaccine for students by July 2022 to return to school in the fall, according to the county’s requirements for student immunizations.

Students who have not already received their booster are strongly encouraged to make an appointment or attend a walk-in site, according to the county’s Student Vaccination website.

Read more at the link in our bio.

Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery earlier today at the Stanford Shopping center. Officials say a woma...
01/19/2022

Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery earlier today at the Stanford Shopping center. Officials say a woman’s purse was stolen, though allegations of gunfire have not yet been substantiated.

The suspect, a male with curly hair in his early 20s described as wearing a dark sweater and dark shorts, fled the shopping center on a blue bicycle, the Palo Alto Police Department’s official report said. According to the report, no one, including the victim, was injured.

Read more at the link in our bio. Photo by Eric Fan

Superintendent Don Austin announced Jan. 9 that PAUSD will stay open despite the community’s growing concern over the Om...
01/11/2022

Superintendent Don Austin announced Jan. 9 that PAUSD will stay open despite the community’s growing concern over the Omicron variant, calling for parent volunteers to help fill staffing shortages.

Austin’s video announcement, sent to all PAUSD faculty and families, introduced the district's new “1 Palo Alto” program which urges any available parents to support the district by helping substitute teachers, sanitizing classrooms and bathrooms, preparing food and assisting in COVID-19 testing clinics.

Read more at the link in our bio.

After 20 years of planning, a bike and pedestrian bridge connecting south Palo Alto to the Baylands opened to the public...
11/24/2021

After 20 years of planning, a bike and pedestrian bridge connecting south Palo Alto to the Baylands opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

California State Senator Josh Becker, representative of parts of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County, said he was thankful for the community leadership and funding organizations that helped make the bridge a reality.

Read more at the link in our bio. Photos by Parker Wang

The Paly boys varsity cross country team will compete at the California Interscholastic Federation state meet after winn...
11/14/2021

The Paly boys varsity cross country team will compete at the California Interscholastic Federation state meet after winning the ​​Division 1 section of the Central Coast Section Championships at Crystal Springs in Belmont on Saturday.

This marks the first CCS Championship win for Paly boys cross country at CCS since 1989, when they were a Division 2 school. All seven of the competing boys varsity members will run at the CIF meet on Nov. 27 in Woodward Park, Fresno.

Read more at the link in our bio. Photo courtesy of Malcom Slaney

The unofficial annual Egg War caused thousands of dollars of damages to the community on Oct. 13. A long-standing yearly...
10/22/2021

The unofficial annual Egg War caused thousands of dollars of damages to the community on Oct. 13. A long-standing yearly tradition where Paly seniors and juniors throw eggs at each other in predetermined locations, it is a highly controversial non-school related event.

Read more of this story at the link in our bio. Photo by Cayden Gu

At the Friday lunch rally, teachers performed a staff spirit dance and received enthusiastic cheers. During the after-sc...
10/16/2021

At the Friday lunch rally, teachers performed a staff spirit dance and received enthusiastic cheers. During the after-school rally, each class presented their spirit dance and themed floats. Seniors gave a strong performance with their jungle-themed float, the juniors’ 60s/70s float featured a live band, the sophomore float displayed a red carpet scene and the freshmen float mimicked a construction site. Ultimately, seniors won best dance and performed it at the homecoming game Friday night. 

Final spirit week scores and the winner will be announced tomorrow night at the homecoming dance. Photos by JT Bard, Valerie Chu, and Cayden Gu

On Generation Day, the freshmen (babies) snagged second place and the seniors (elderly) landed first after beating the s...
10/15/2021

On Generation Day, the freshmen (babies) snagged second place and the seniors (elderly) landed first after beating the sophomores (teeny-boppers) and juniors (professionals) in a 2 vs. 2 Clear Your Room match, both of whom tied for third.

At the start of the rally, Activities Director Steve Gallagher also asked students to better represent the Paly community following last nights’ egg wars, which caused $1,000 in damages to the city. 

Heading into the final day of Spirit Week, seniors stay in first place with the most overall points, with juniors, freshmen and sophomores in second, third and fourth place, respectively.

See the points from Day 4 and Spirit Week overall on the last slide. Photos by JT Bard, Valerie Chu, Cayden Gu and Justin Gu

The freshmen class beat both the juniors and sophomores on Day 3 of spirit week, gaining their overall lead on the sopho...
10/14/2021

The freshmen class beat both the juniors and sophomores on Day 3 of spirit week, gaining their overall lead on the sophomores and solidifying their place in 3rd. At the “Color Day” rally, freshmen and sophomores both defeated the juniors in Giant Cornhole, where players attempt to throw pillows through a hole cut out in a tarp. Yet again, seniors maintained their dominant performances in the rally games and won with 11 points, freshmen and sophomores tied for second with 10 points each and the juniors finished last with 7 points. Juniors, however, were the best-dressed, followed by freshmen, sophomores and finally seniors. Overall, seniors currently hold a commanding lead with juniors in 2nd place, freshmen in 3rd and sophomores in 4th.

See the total points for Spirit Week so far on the last slide. Photos by JT Bard, Cayden Gu and Justin Gu

In a huge upset, freshmen beat out sophomores for 3rd place on Day 2 of Spirit Week, leaving sophomores in fourth place,...
10/12/2021

In a huge upset, freshmen beat out sophomores for 3rd place on Day 2 of Spirit Week, leaving sophomores in fourth place, juniors in second and seniors in first. Two games were held during the “Dressing Day” lunch rally. In “Human Ring Toss,” contestants attempted to throw inflatable tubes around each other’s necks. Seniors won, followed by freshmen, juniors and sophomores respectively. In the Paly Trivia game, history teacher Eric Bloom read out questions about Paly history and fun facts, and each grade’s team raised cardboard signs with their answers. Seniors won with seven questions correctly answered, juniors and freshmen tied with six points and sophomores finished with five points.

See the total points for Spirit Week on the last slide. Photos by JT Bard, Cayden Gu and Justin Gu

After a two year hiatus, spirit week kicked off today with theme day and a tug-of-war tournament at the rally during lun...
10/12/2021

After a two year hiatus, spirit week kicked off today with theme day and a tug-of-war tournament at the rally during lunch. The themes were “Y2K” (early 2000’s) for seniors, “Yellow Submarine” (60s/70s) for juniors, “Red Carpet” for sophomores and “Construction” for freshmen. After 3 hard-fought matches, seniors won the tug-of-war competition with juniors coming in 2nd place. Freshmen and juniors tied for game points after the limited rally time cut their game short.

See total points for Day 1 on the last slide. Photos by JT Bard and Cayden Gu

After a two year hiatus, spirit week kicked off today with theme day and a tug-of-war tournament at the rally during lun...
10/12/2021

After a two year hiatus, spirit week kicked off today with theme day and a tug-of-war tournament at the rally during lunch. The themes were “Y2K” (early 2000’s) for seniors, “Yellow Submarine” (60s/70s) for juniors, “Red Carpet” for sophomores and “Construction” for freshmen. After 3 hard-fought matches, seniors won the tug-of-war competition with juniors coming in 2nd place. Freshmen and juniors tied for game points after the limited rally time cut their game short.

See total points for Day 1 on the last slide. Photos by JT Bard and Cayden Gu

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