Communication

There are a variety of ways that the school regularly maintains communication and provides information to the parent community. Our Nixon website is the most accessible source of a variety of information about Nixon.

Principal Newsletter

The Principal Newsletter is an occasional publication sent home electronically and distributed to the children via their classroom. This newsletter is intended to inform families about topics of interest as well as any important changes in district or school policy.

Nixon eNews

Nixon publishes a weekly or as needed email newsletter, which supplements the Nixon News. This is an excellent resource for a summary of Nixon events and calendar reminders. NOTE: eNews is not automatic; it is by subscription request only. To subscribe go to the eNews sign-up page.

Nixon eDirectory

The Nixon eDirectory is the PTA’s online tool for helping members of the Nixon community find each other. It is the place to find the most updated contact information for a family, since people can input new information at any time during the year if they have changes.

Friday Folders

The key to staying current with classroom activities and teacher communication is to look for your child’s Friday Folder. Each student gets one and they go home every Friday with information, classroom homework, flyers, field trip notices, room parent request, etc. Help your child keep up with their classroom activities by reading through the Friday Folder with them.

Parent-Teacher Conferences, Progress Reports

Scheduled conferences are held in the Fall, with an optional one in the Spring. Progress Reports: these will be available to parents on Infinite Campus in November, March and June. Specific directions for accessing the progress reports will go home to each family by email and the Friday folder on the same day that the progress reports become available.

Annual Report to the Community

Each spring, we publish a comprehensive School Accountability Report Card (SARC) which describes various aspects of our school program as defined by the State Department of Education.  You can find the report posted on the district website.  To see Nixon’s SARC, click here.

Visiting School

Parents are welcome to visit the school. To visit the classroom, please make prior arrangements with the teacher so you can find a time that is convenient for both of you.

Further Information

There are a number of very specific policies and safeguards that we would like all parents to be aware of and able to find relevant information should it become necessary. Here are some brief descriptions and links to board policies that have not otherwise been referenced in our Parent information section of the Nixon website.

Williams Act
All students attending public school in California are assured of having a school facility in good condition, access to textbooks and instructional materials and a qualified teacher.  If a parent has a concern about any of these the following link will connect to a form which can be used to submit a complaint.

Tobacco Use
Any use of tobacco is prohibited on school grounds and the appropriate policy can be viewed here.

Uniform Complaint Procedure
Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint of the district’s alleged noncompliance with federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs. Click here for the full board policy.

Sexual Harassment
It is the policy of the Palo Alto Unified School District to provide a school environment free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, and to maintain an environment in which all students and adults model this behavior and are treated with dignity and respect. Therefore, no student shall be subjected to sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal, visual, or physical, which is intimidating, hostile, offensive, or unwelcome. Such conduct by adults or students is deemed unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated by the school district. Please make your child’s teacher and the school principal aware of any circumstances that you feel might be in the category of sexual harassment. To read our district’s sexual harassment policy, click here.