GunnTogether Times (Sept 2, 2021)

Principal Stratton's Newsletter

A Word from Wendy

Dear Titan Families,

The revival of the Gunn campus and in-person learning continues to energize us and breathe life into our day-to-day lives. With routines and rituals established our students and teachers continue to build a sense of community in their classrooms while engaging in deeper dives into their content area.


This newsletter provides some important updates of interest for all Gunn Families. If you were not able to attend the Back To School Night webinar that included a brief welcome from our student executive council, our PTSA, and your admin team, here is the recording.


We are appreciative of the support from our PTSA for hosting the Back To School Night webinar, and we hope you will consider becoming a member if you are not already one!


Warmly,


Principal Stratton

wstratton@pausd.org.

Back To School Night & Accessing Teacher Videos

This year’s Back to School Night on Sept. 2 (6-6:30 pm) will be fully virtual! We will kick off with a live Welcome message from our admin team at 6 pm, followed by asynchronous opportunities to view the videos created by your student's teachers.


Your student completed a Google Doc during Wednesday’s PRIME outlining their schedule and linking the videos for each of their courses. Please use this document to guide yourself through your students’ schedule. BTSN videos are also available on each teacher's Schoology page. Videos will continue to be available for the next two weeks.

While on YouTube for each video, you can enable captions (if they aren’t already enabled), and translate those captions as needed.

Minimum Day Schedule (Friday, September 3RD)

Sept. 3 minimum day schedule:

Period 5 (9:00-10:15)

Brunch (10:15-10:30)

Period 6 (10:30-11:45)

Period 7 (11:55-1:10)


VTA bus schedules are adjusted accordingly: on Friday, September 3, School Trippers bus will depart Vets Hospital at 1:18pm(288M), 1:20pm(288L) and 1:22pm(288).

Subscribe to the Oracle

The Student Activities Center (SAC) is your one-stop shop to buy a yearbook, subscribe to The Oracle, and buy Gunn gear! Buy an ASB Card/Lightning Pass for discounts at most on-campus dances, the yearbook, Gunn Apparel, and Prom.


Go to SAC link below and click on Titan Webstore for access to all of the above!

https://www.gunnsec.org/student-activities-office.html

New Administrative Regulation: No Homework Due Mondays

In the service of our students' mental health and well-being, no homework (or tests, tasks, or any projects) can be given to students to be due on Mondays. The bell-scheduling committee, comprised of secondary teachers, students, parents, union representation, and administrators made this recommendation in order to prevent students from experiencing stacking of tests and homework on the seven-period day.


Most recently the administrative regulation (AR 6154) was updated to reflect this districtwide mandate. If you have any questions about AR 6154, please feel free to email me at wstratton@pausd.org.

SELF and PRIME = Mandatory Attendance

SELF (Social Emotional Learning and Functionality) and PRIME (Personal Reteaching, Intervention, Mentoring, Enrichment) meet on Fridays and Wednesdays respectively. Both classes are required, with attendance taken.


SELF is a four-year program which cultivates students' social-emotional skills among a small community of peers and mentors.The purpose of SELF is to develop students’ empathy, resilience and other core social-emotional skills; help students build trusting relationships with their peers and mentors; and establish spaces where they feel safe and supported.


PRIME is an opportunity for students to work on a variety of skills -- academic (tutorials with peers and teachers, makeup tests, counseling appointments, etc.), wellness, and interpersonal. Students are encouraged to make teacher appointments 5-7 days in advance of their PRIME class.

PRIME UPDATE

During the PRIME period (Wednesdays, 2:40-3:30pm), all students will be expected to check in with their assigned teacher, and remain on campus.
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

Sept 2

  • Back-to-School Night via Zoom (6-8 pm)

Sept 3

  • Minimum Day (see website calendar)

Sept. 6

  • Labor Day Holiday (no school)

Sept. 8

  • Junior Parents' Counseling Night (virtual), 6:00-6:45pm
  • Senior Parents' Counseling Night (virtual), 7:00-7:45pm
Sept. 9
  • PTSA Association Meeting (virtual, 9:30-11am)

Sept. 15

  • Titan Health Fair during PRIME (2:40pm)

Sept. 16-17
  • Fall Club Fair, part 1 & 2 @ lunch

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 first week of October.

    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)
  • 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
  • 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 Testing & Notification Protocol

ON-SITE COVID TESTING:

  • In partnership with Predicine Labs, we will be providing on-site COVID-19 testing throughout the school day on a weekly basis. The testing clinic will be in the portable (B-P01) next to the health office. Students and staff who want to participate need to complete a Test Requisition Form (TRF). English Test Requisition Form or Spanish Test Requisition Form Students wanting to participate should go during their prep periods or lunch.
  • Parents or guardians do not need to be present during the test, as long as there is a completed Test Requisition Form with their signature. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours from the test collection. Parents will be informed of test results by Predicine.
  • Gunn will have testing available this Thursday, Sept. 2, then every Friday, 8:30-4 in a room near the Health Office. Questions? Contact PAUSD Health Services at health@pausd.org, or (650) 833-4240.

COVID NOTIFICATIONS:

  • When there is a known positive case, close contact letters are sent to all the students’ families and staff members in the classrooms who were/may have been exposed. (Letters are sent to entire the class as a precautionary measure and not necessarily because the positive case was within 6ft for 15 minutes or more to a particular student/staff member.) In addition, a non-close contact letter will be sent to our Gunn community as an FYI. No action is required by families other than to monitor their student(s) for symptoms and stay home if they are sick.
  • Regardless of the scenario and vaccination status, individuals identified as close contacts may need to get tested on Day 5. PCR test kits are available in the health office. In certain situations, close contact students/staff may continue to come to school while waiting for test results.
  • We are asking for test results to be submitted to the school to ensure it is safe for students/staff to be on campus.
  • You are encouraged to review the most current PAUSD information about covid guidelines.

VACCINATED VISITORS ONLY:

  • Our district now requires that every visitor (volunteers, those with staff appointments, etc.) check in at our attendance office window and show or state proof of COVID vaccination.

Reminder: All Visitors and Volunteers Need to Be Vaccinated

Vaccination is required for all visitors and volunteers to Gunn High School's campus. Volunteers should receive a form to complete through the person organizing the event they are participating in. Visitors will be provided an opportunity to show their proof of vaccination when they sign in at the main office.

12th Grade Parents Only: Prior Approval for College Visits

All 12th grade students can miss up to 5 total days (excused) for college visits. Please use the form linked here to submit a request for approval for your student. Requests should be submitted to the Attendance Office 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please reach out to Assistant Principal Courtney Carlomagno at ccarlomagno@pausd.org.

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