GunnTogether Times (Aug. 20, 2021)

Principal Stratton's Newsletter

A Word from Wendy

Dear Titan Families,


This past week and a half have been exhilarating for the Gunn community. Students, teachers, and staff members brought our campus back to life. The bike racks filled up, books were distributed, expectations were established, students safely socialized and connected with peers, athletics teams animated our fields, the pool, and gymnasiums, and the Gunn community came together again.


Please review the content below and note that we have an upcoming Principal's Coffee should you have any questions or would like to be in the know about what's happening here at Gunn!


Warmly,


Principal Stratton

wstratton@pausd.org.

Principal's Coffee (or Tea?)

Please join me for my first virtual Principal's Coffee of the year! It will take place next Thursday, August 24, 4:30-5:30 pm (and I will not be having coffee at that hour).

I will be joined by two of my assistant principals who will provide updates on safety, construction, the PRIME period, and lots more!

The Zoom link will be posted next week.

PRIME UPDATE

During the PRIME period, all students will be expected to check in with their assigned teacher, and remain on campus. As I mentioned above, my admin team will share more about PRIME during the upcoming Principal's Coffee.


  • Once they check in with their assigned teacher, students will be allowed to attend appointments with teachers with whom they made need additional support (this allows students to visit with multiple teachers).
  • Students will be expected to work productively during the period, and attend appointments made with their teachers (in advance) for additional support.
  • While these are "instructional minutes" and students are expected to be on campus for the duration of the period, we understand students may occasionally need to make outside appointments during this time slot to avoid missing academic classes. In these cases, students and families should follow the same protocol for calling in an excused absence as they would with any other class period.

SELF and PRIME = Mandatory Attendance

I will continue to communicate about the purposes, respectively, of both the SELF class and the PRIME period. Each class has different goals, but they are both required. More to come in future communications!

Our First Outdoor School Dance is Friday!

Dance Behavior Expectations, some basics! https://youtu.be/k6eo-LolKJM

The first dance of the year is this Friday, 8/20!!! The theme is “Tropical Dreams” and tickets are $5 with CURRENT GUNN ID - buy pre-sale in the SAC, at https://tinyurl.com/TitanWebStore or at the door. If any student needs support/scholarship to attend this event, contact Assistant Principal Michalis Gordon at mgordon@pausd.org.


Masks required, bring your ID - No Guests for the first dance. Dance Rules Reminder:

  1. If you are not following the guidelines set regarding appropriate dancing and respect for/ gaining consent from others, you will be asked to leave. No exceptions and no refunds - so don't do it.
  2. No bags/ backpacks/ purses allowed in the dance - there will be a bag drop off if you bring things with you and you will be able to pick them up at the end of the dance (no access to bags during the dance).

Upcoming Events

Aug. 20

  • Welcome-Back Dance, 7:30-10:30 pm on the Quad

Aug. 24

  • Principal's Coffee (zoom link to come), 4:30 pm

Aug. 25

  • Back-to-School Ice Cream Social on Freshman Quad (students and staff only), 3:30-5:00 pm.

Aug. 30

  • Make-up photos, 9-3 in P116
Sept 2
  • Back-to-School Night via Zoom (6-8 pm)

Sept 3rd

  • Minimum Day (see website calendar)

Sept. 6

  • Labor Day Holiday (no school)
Sept. 9
  • PTSA Association Meeting

Reminder: Complete the Online Back to School Packet

Bell Schedules

We're excited to start our new Bell Schedule and accommodate holidays with these Alternate Schedules.

Construction Update

PARKING LOT
  • Gunn’s parking lot is currently under construction. This project, including a bike lane, should be completed by the end of September.

    IMPORTANT: Due to limited space, students will not be able to park on campus for the duration of the construction project. Available parking is limited to staff and visitors only.

    Please plan to bike, walk or take public transportation to school until at least the end of September. Students can park their bikes at any bike stall regardless of the color of the stall. Bikes should be locked.

    Once we have been given a firm completion date for the parking lot, the Student Activities Office will begin the sale of parking permits for Seniors only with a current Driver’s License (not a permit).

Athletics (Titan Home Games)

https://gunn.pausd.org/campus-life/athletics


FOOTBALL (Frosh/Soph 4:30pm, Varsity 7:00pm)

  • Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL (JV 5:30pm, Freshmen 4:00pm, Varsity, see below)
  • Aug. 31 (6:45pm), Sept. 2 (6:30pm), Sept. 14 (6:45pm), Oct. 7 (6:45pm), Oct. 13 (7:00pm), Oct. 19 (6:45pm), Oct. 26 (6:45pm)
BOYS WATER POLO
  • Aug. 26 (Frosh/Soph 4pm, Varsity 5pm), Sept. 10 (F/S 4pm, Varsity 5:15pm), Sept. 14 (Varsity 3:30pm), Sept. 17 (Varsity 3pm), Sept. 18 (Varsity 8am), Sept. 21 (Varsity 3:30pm), Sept. 28 (Varsity 3:30pm), Oct. 7 (Frosh/Soph 5:45pm, Varsity 6:45pm), Oct. 14 (F/S 5:45pm, Varsity 6:45pm), Oct. 15 (Varsity 3pm), Oct. 16 (Varsity 8am), Oct. 21 (F/S 5:45pm, Varsity 6:45pm)

COVID Safety

COVID SAFETY

  • No Social Distancing
  • No Health Screener
  • No Plastic Shields
  • Mask indoors, no masks outdoors
  • Testing available, as needed
  • Events - Student Events Only
    • Assemblies - outdoors as much as possible

    • Dances

    • Food events w/minimal adult volunteers

"Navigating the Return to School: Tips, Expectations, and Answers"

Join PiE (Partners in Education) and CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) for information on how best to navigate the return to campus. Many of our students have spent very little or no time on campus this past year and it will take some adjustment to being back. Even those who were back on campus may need some assistance after being away for the summer.


CASSY's licensed professional therapists will explain what to expect in the first weeks of school and provide tips on how best to support your children. At the end of the session there will be a Q&A for parents who have additional questions.

Secondary Families
Thursday, August 19th

7:00 p.m.
Zoom Link

Parent Resources

Double Your Donation Throughout August

Double your Gunn Foundation donations during August when they will be matched by the Gunn Foundation Board of Trustees. The Class of 2022 greatly appreciates your support.