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Jan 12, 2020: Vol 3 Issue 17

Welcome back to the New Year and new look.
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This week in SELF

As the second semester gets started, some of the 9th grade SELF classes will begin the semester with a day of cooking and team-building games while the other 9th grade cohorts learn from their counselors about course selection and four-year planning (the following week, the cohorts will switch activities). The 10th grade SELF classes will also be cooking food with each other and playing team-building games, and the 11th grade SELF classes will be exploring the stress management techniques of mindfulness and self-care.

All three grade levels of SELF are beginning new units this semester:

9th: Exploring Identity and Respecting Diversity

10th: Understanding My Brain

11th: Resilience and Stress Management

Also, please take a moment to check out two informational pieces that the SELF program has produced for the Gunn community: our biannual newsletter, and our write-up and analysis of survey and focus group data. These resources are designed to help the community get a better sense of what the SELF program is all about, what topics and activities the different grade levels have been working on this past semester, how you can interact with your students about the topics covered in the program, and what goals we'll be focusing on as the program continues to evolve. As always, feel free to reach out to the two SELF program coordinators if you have any questions or feedback: ccarlomagno@pausd.org and tfirenzi@pausd.org. Welcome back, everyone!

Sources of Strength

Some projects underway are the Oracle Sources Advice Column, plans for middle- and elementary-school visits, Campus Clean-Up, and Positive Messages Art Displays,

Get involved in any of these projects!

Follow us on social media: @gunnsourcesofstrength

Contact any member of the Sources of Strength leadership team: Kristy Blackburn, Rosie Castil, Genavae Dixon, Paul Dunlap, Tara Firenzi

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ROCK (Reach Out, Care, Know).

ROCK and Sources of Strength are sponsoring Gunn’s Third Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk – a 5K from Gunn to Bol Park, February 29, 9-11 a.m. Join us!

During December, ROCK members made Thank You cards for the Gunn Custodial Staff, making sure that their hard work doesn't go unappreciated.

ROCK meets weekly in N114.

Contact rockatgunn@gmail.com or pdunlap@pausd.org with any questions. Follow us: @rockatgunn. Learn more at our website.

Gunn Counseling

College and Career

Jan 13: 7 -8:15 PM Lehigh College on “Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation” at Nasdaq Center, 505 Howard St: SF

Jan 21-24: CAREER Fair at Gunn during lunch

Jan 29 : 7-9 PM Gunn Library SUMMER OPS Fair (all are welcome)

Feb 5: 7-8:30 Gunn Staff Lounge LOOKING at COLLEGE DATA from the “O” list

Feb 25: 7-9 Gunn Library A GAP FAIR ( first time ever here at Gunn)

Semester two in underway and all families that have not been seen by Linda Kirsch should contact her to ensure that all our juniors have a chance to think about life after Gunn.

Reminder that the Summer OPS fair will be here at Gunn on the last WED in January in the library from 7-9 so save the date JAN 29!

Gunn Foundation

Supporting the Gunn Foundation means helping Gunn students who will have to overcome significant financial hurdles in order to attend the colleges to which they are working hard to earn acceptance. Gunn Foundation need-based scholarships provide some relief from expenses such as housing deposits, textbooks, travel to and from school, and student fees that are not covered by financial aid.

Thank you to all who have donated this year. We continue to welcome donations in any amount to help fund scholarships for the Class of 2020.

Details and ways to donate at gunnfound.org/donate/


The Gunn PTSA supports Gunn highschool in many ways such as teacher grants, student activities, fundraising and organizing volunteers. Please visit the Gunn PTSA website for more information.

Palo Alto Partners in Education

Thank you to all that have supported Partners in Education (PiE). The donations to PiE continue to support many programs at Gunn, including our