Thursday, November 14, 2013

Congratulations to the following Titan Teams for advancing to the Central Coast Section (CCS) Tournament:  Cross Country, Girls' Volleyball, Boys' WaterPolo and Girls' WaterPolo.  

Our Lady Titans defeated the Eagles in a 3 game win last night, 25-15, 25-20 and 25-21, securing a place in the quarter finals this Saturday against the number 2 seed, Homestead Mustangs.
Event: Quarter Finals of CCS Girls D1 Volleyball Playoffs
Date: Saturday November 13th, 2013
Time: 7:00pm Rally
Place: Homestead High School (Gym) - 21370 Homestead Road, Cupertino
$8.00 Adults
$4.00 Students with ID
$4.00 Children (Children 5 & Under Free)
$4.00 Senior Citizens
Live Play-Off Bracket: CCS Girls D1 Volleyball

Number 4 seed & league champs, Boys WaterPolo, will travel down to Bellarmine College Prep to play our own Cross Town Rivals (Palo Alto High School) in the CCS Quarter Finals this Saturday at 2:30pm. Winner takes it all. 
Event: Qtr. Finals of CCS Boys D1 WaterPolo Playoffs
Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Time: 2:30pm 
Place: Bellarmin College Prep (Pool) - 960 W. Headding St. San Jose
$8.00 Adults
$4.00 Students with ID
$4.00 Children (Children 5 & Under Free)
$4.00 Senior Citizens
Live Play-Off Bracket: CCS Boys D1 WaterPolo

Number 2 seed & league champs, Girls WaterPolo, will host the CCS Quarter Finals this Saturday. They will play the Pioneer at 10:00am.
Event: Qtr. Finals of CCS Girls D1 WaterPolo Playoffs
Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Time: 10:00am
Place: Henry M. Gunn High School (Pool) - 780 Arastradero Rd. Palo Alto
$8.00 Adults
$4.00 Students with ID
$4.00 Children (Children 5 & Under Free)
$4.00 Senior Citizens
Live Play-Off Bracket: CCS Girls D1 WaterPolo

Congratulations to the Titan Cross Country Team, they will be running in the CCS Championship Raceon Saturday as well. The race will be held at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course, 2600 Hallmark Dr, Belmont CA.
Race Times are as follows:
Division 1 Girls: 2:40pm
Division 1 Boys: 3:15pm
Live Meet Results: CCS CrossCountry Results

Playoff Calibre performances are to be expected as teams duke it out for the prestige title of CCS Champion.  In a tight race, anything can happen!  Please come out and support our Titans, BLACK & RED apparel is expected but not required. (Unless you attend the Gunn vs Paly Game)

Remember, It's a Great Day to be a TITAN, especially on Saturday!!! 

Adolescent Counseling Serivices

Who’s In Your Teen’s Village?
by Martha Chan, LMFT Site 
Director at Terman Middle School 
By now the saying that “It takes a village to raise a child” has entered our language, but what does it mean for the parents of teenagers? When our children enter adolescence, one of their primary developmental tasks is to branch out beyond the immediate family for role models and sources of support. By the time that our children reach secondary school, many of them have already connected with other adults; these may be members of the extended family, teachers, neighbors, coaches, friends’ parents, or youth leaders in their spiritual community. At the same time, one of our primary tasks as parents is to allow, even encourage, these connections as part of our own changing role in our children’s lives. Difficult as it may be, we need to be engaged in giving back to our children control over various parts of their lives, in preparation for their moving out into the world eventually.
This can be a challenge for parents who are accustomed to being the primary authority, and/or the main confidant, in their child’s life. You may miss hearing all about their school day, friends, thoughts and dreams over an after-school snack, during dinner or at bedtime. At the same time, it can be a bit nerve-wracking to provide choices to your child in areas where you’re not confident that they have enough information or judgment to make good decisions. This is where the village can play a part in your child’s life, and can help to decrease your own worries. You may find it helpful to give some thought to the question of who is in your teen’s “village”:
  • Are there adults who are quoted to you as an authority by your child? 
  • Have you noticed your child wanting to spend more time with a particular family, and talking about the parents as well as the children in the family?
  • Does your child seem to respond positively to a teacher or coach who holds him or her to high standards?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, or found yourself thinking about similar examples that you see in your child, what next? Hopefully, it will be reassuring for you to know that there are other adults connected with your child, helping to guide him or her through the teen years. It’s helpful if you can become comfortable with the idea that your child sees someone else as more knowledgeable than you, at least in some areas. At the same time, it’s important that you remain engaged with your child, not contradicting or undermining the other adult, but offering your perspective and remaining clear about the rules and expectations within you family. Most teens understand that we live in a diverse community, and that families may differ considerably from each other. When they feel they have been listened to while presenting an alternative viewpoint, teens can usually accept a parental statement that “In this family we do things this way.”
I believe it was Mark Twain who observed that children believe that parents know everything when they are young, we become clueless when they are teenagers, and then we become wise again when they are somewhere in their 20’s. When you have given your children a good foundation, combining love and clear boundaries when they are younger, they may present a challenge for you during their teen years, but they will come back around eventually, and will appreciate how wise you have become in the meantime.

Adolescent Counseling Services is a community non-profit, which provides vital counseling services on eight secondary campuses at no charge to students and their families. To learn more about our services please visit the ACS website at or call Pamela Garfield, Site Director at Gunn (650) 849-7919. ACS relies on the generosity of community members to continue offering individual, family, and group counseling to over 1,500 individuals annually. ACS provides critical interventions and mental health services, building a better future for tomorrow. If you are interested in helping to support our efforts, do not hesitate to call to make adonation. It goes a long way in helping teenagers find their way!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Concerts

Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Free Admission

Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm  
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Yoonie Han, piano, with The Music Animation Machine 
The Grosse Fuge was an almost-crazy experiment in dissonance and disruption by a completely deaf Beethoven.  Called "repellent" and "incomprehensible" by his peers, Stravinsky consided it "an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever."  Enjoy the "great fugue" while you watch the incredible visual representations of the score produced by Stephen Malinowski's Music Animation Machine projected onto a screen above the orchestra.  Rising young piano starYoonie Han makes her PACO debut with a late, great Mozart concerto (no. 23, in A major) and we prepare your ears for Beethoven with fugues by Mozart and Mendelssohn.
The concert will also feature PACO members performing movements from the masterworks of the chamber music repertoire, including Ravel's String Quartet in F and the Op. 87 String Quintet of Felix Mendelssohn.

Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3 pm
Sinfonia Orchestra and Debut Ensemble
Benjamin Simon, conductor
The performance will include works by Handel and Arensky, and will feature Concerto Competition winner Isaac Park in Vitali's Chaconne.

Debut Ensemble, November 17, 3pm
Led by conductor in residence Eugene Sor, Debut will present works by Handel and Benjamin Britten.

Please contact and PACO website