FALL GUNN COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

SENIORS

SENIOR YEAR

Congratulations on making it to senior year! The counseling department is committed to helping make this year be as memorable and enjoyable as possible.


The last 6+ months have required you to persevere, get creative, and think in entirely new ways. We recognize the hard work you continue to do and applaud you!


We are here to collaborate with you in planning for the future. We have a variety of resources and supports in place to help you navigate the year successfully and be well prepared for whatever awaits you after graduation.

REACHING YOUR COUNSELOR

Counselor assignments can be found in Infinite Campus:


Andrea Bueno: 650-354-826, abueno@pausd.org

Jorge Chavez: 650-354-822, jchavez@pausd.org

Myesha Dickson: 650-354-8207 mdickson@pausd.org

Jonathan Fidani: 650-354-8220 jfidani@pausd.org

Derek Johanson: 650-849-7935 djohanson@pausd.org

David Leftwich: 650-354-8225 dleftwich@pausd.org

Erin Reyes: 650-354-8242 ereyes@pausd.org

Cora Ross: 650-354-8290 cross@pausd.org

SENIOR PARENT NIGHT

Wednesday, Sep. 30th 2020 at 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Hosted by the Gunn Counseling Department, this event will provide useful information on what to the college application process, and information on testing, scholarships and other pertinent information to help you support your student in the process.


You can access the Senior Parent Night Presentation here:

https://pausd.zoom.us/s/98919940346


Please use the form below to share any topics of interest or questions you would like discussed at the event.

SENIOR ASSEMBLY VIDEO

On August 26th, we released the Senior Assembly video to help your students understand the first steps in the post-graduation planning processes. You can find that 17 minute video HERE.

ACADEMICS

There's a lot to manage in Senior Year. In the midst of it all, make sure academics remain a priority. Should you need support, consider the following options:


  • Attend teacher's office hours with intentionality and purpose: Tues-Thurs, 3:10-3:40PM.

  • Communicate regularly with your teachers

  • Plan ahead and get organized - there's a lot to do

  • Maintain a balanced and realistic academic load

  • Peer Tutoring services are available by clicking HERE
  • See your counselor if you are struggling or feel overwhelmed


Please note: the last day to drop a class without a grade being reflected on your transcript is Nov. 6th.


The minimum grade for graduation credit is D-

The minimum grade for UC/CSU eligibility is C-

SENIOR APPLICATION WORKSHOPS

CSU APPLICATION WORKSHOP w/ an San Jose State Admission Rep:

October 8th at 11:40 am*

Student will register for this event on Naviance and will be sent the Zoom details once confirmed


Counselors will lead the following workshops through Zoom during both Office Hours and Gunn Together times*
UC/CSU APPLICATION
COMMON APPLICATION
COLLEGE ESSAY


*Zoom link and dates to follow, closer to date (on Naviance Student, Titan Talks, etc.)

COLLEGE WISE

CollegeWise has provided PAUSD with free access to courses and tools for both educators and students. Please feel free to access these resources at your convenience.


Students can sign up for these courses through this link.

SENIOR CONFERENCES

Counselors make themselves available to each senior for a one-on-one Senior Conference. During this time, we review your transcript/grad requirements, explore campus supports and resources, and create a personalized action plan for senior year and beyond! Conferences are running from September 1st until November 20th.


All students should have completed their Senior Checklist and Senior Brag Sheet (both found on Naviance Student) in order to schedule a conference with their counselor. Once those two steps have been completed, an email will be sent out by your student's counselor with instructions on how to schedule a conference.

COLLEGE REP VISITS

College representatives will be scheduling virtual visits through our College & Career Center throughout the fall. These presenters will provide valuable information and answer questions about the schools they represent. It is a great way to learn more about a college of interest and make a point of contact at that school. The full list of schools visiting is available on Naviance.

NCAA

If your student is interested in playing Division I or Division II sports at their perspective colleges of interest, please inform your counselor and Mr. Lang (llang@pausd.org) ASAP.


There are eligibility requirements that must be understood and core classes that must be completed.

ATHLETICS

As of September 14th, some outdoor campus athletic facilities have been reopened for off season workouts and practice.


Continue to monitor the Gunn Athletics website for important information and updates as it pertains to upcoming athletic seasons.

CAMPUS SUPPORTS

Senior year is an exciting time, but can also be filled with stress and uncertainty. If you'd like to talk through the challenges you're experiencing right now, please consider the following supports:


  • Visit The Virtual Wellness Center.
  • Consider therapeutic supports on campus (referred through your counselor).
  • Reach out to your counselor by email and set up an appointment to talk.
  • Additional resources for Wellness can be found here.


Don't underestimate the power of these programs to support you through your final year:


  • Yoga with Diane Ichikawa, Tuesdays from 4-5P.
  • ROCK Club (student led club)
  • Sources of Strength Club (student led club)

EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP?

Please reach out to your student's counselor to learn about financial assistance opportunities offered in our district as well as in our local community to help your family through this challenging time.