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8/13 Principal's Community Update

08.13.22 - Greene Principal's Community Update

Dear Greene Families, I hope this message finds you well.  I would like to thank all Greene students, staff, and community members for a fantastic first week of school. The atmosphere on campus is definitely positive, and there is a strong sense of community amongst our students. Our staff is excited about building upon this momentum to create a memorable learning experience for all students.  Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to review the information below.   This update contains some new information about the following topics:

  • Back to School Night Will Be In-Person
    • Save the date: Wednesday, August 24th from 5:45 pm to 7:40 pm
    • Please see next week’s Principal’s Community Update for more information
  • Safe Routes to School Information
  • E-Scooter - License required?
  • Covid-19 Testing for PAUSD students and staff
  • First Principal Zoom information
  • Important Dates - Including the First Week Schedule
  • Greene Bike Safety Posters

Back to School Night Now In-Person We are happy to announce that Greene Back-to-School Night will be in-person this year.  BTSN is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th from 5:45 pm to 7:40 pm.  BTSN is an opportunity to welcome families to our school community, for teachers to provide school/course information, as well as allow parents to connect with the teachers and other PAUSD families. The parent and teacher partnership is essential and directly correlates with student success. All Greene families are encouraged to attend. More details about BTSN can be found in next week’s Greene Principal’s Community Update (Parent Square message). UPDATE: Action Item: Back to School Information As your child gets settled in at Greene and learns more about being a Jaguar, please take the time to sit down with your child to complete the back to school process. Please complete back to school information/packet.(Parent Square message sent Wednesday, August 10th) Thank you. Explore Middle School Commute Options 68% of Palo Alto Middle School students bike to school. 10-14% of traffic congestion is caused by parents driving their students to and from school. Consider these alternatives to reduce congestion and improve safety for everyone, particularly students walking and biking: Important Bike Safety Information - English Important Bike Safety Information - Spanish DO I NEED A LICENSE TO RIDE AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER IN CALIFORNIA? According to California’s Vehicle Code (CVC) §21235, it’s necessary to have a driver’s license to operate an e-scooter. It doesn’t matter which class driver’s license you have, so long as it is legal. California also allows anyone over the age of 16-years-old that has a learner’s permit to legally operate an e-scooter. Resource: Kids love e-scooters—why aren’t they allowed to ride them? COVID - 19 Testing As per the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the District will no longer be providing surveillance testing. This means that only individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed should test. There will be two testing locations for staff and students who are symptomatic or have been exposed:  

District Office

25 Churchill Avenue

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Cubberley Campus

4000 Middlefield Rd

Monday - Friday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm


***Covid-19 take-home test kits are available for students in the Greene Health Office upon requests. Principal’s Zoom Our first Principal’s Zoom will take place on Thursday, September 8th at 7 PM, and it will include an overview of our students’ return to school, as well as provide an opportunity for parents and family members to ask questions.  LINK: Thank you for your interest, involvement, and continued support of our school.  If you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Greene team.     Best wishes,    Sebastian A. Benavidez III Principal Frank S. Greene Jr. Middle School   Additional Contact Information: Mimi Kwon, 6th Grade Administrator ( Brooke Tassa - 7th Grade Administrator ( Susan Curry, Counselor for Last Names A-M ( Kylie Payne, Counselor for Last Names N-Z ( Angel Luong, Greene Health Technician ( Karla Valenzuela, Attendance Clerk (   Important Dates to Remember

4 Day Week Special Schedule Aug 23-26 22-23 No Monday Schedule
Back to School Night Aug 24 5:45 pm - 7:40 pm (Greene MS)
Minimum Day Sept 2 12:40 p.m. Dismissal ***Sack lunch available from 12:40 pm to 1:10 pm at the Snack Bar
Principal Zoom  Sept 8 Zoom LINK:

Greene Bike Safety Posters Last May, the Greene PTA co-hosted a Bike Safety Poster contest with the Greene Student Council. Students submitted an entry for the contest. The Greene PTA turned their entries into outdoor vinyl banners which have been put up on the Greene bike cages. We hope these fun student entries will inspire and remind incoming Greene students to bike safely!