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Henry M Gunn High School

February 9, 2020: Vol 3 Issue 21

Gunn Counseling

2020-2021 Course Selection will run from February 10-28th. Similar to last year, students will request courses online through Infinite Campus. Be sure to check the Gunn website for tutorials, forms, and the 2020-2021 Course Catalog. When considering next year's class load, we encourage you to pursue balance and allow enough time for your personal/social life, academic challenges, and extracurricular commitments. Teachers and counselors are excellent resources to explore and learn about course offerings as well as most appropriate course placement.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Please include "Alternates" when selecting courses to ensure that you are placed in classes most appealing to you. Schedule changes in the fall can only be considered for courses that are on a student's Requests/Alternates list.

Here are the latest newsletters from the counselling department.

9th Grade Counseling Newsletter

10th Grade Counseling Newsletter

11th Grade Counseling Newsletter

12th Grade Counseling Newsletter

This week in SELF

Due to the alternate schedules for the next few weeks SELF will resume meeting on Thursday, February 27.

PAUSD Parent Leadership Summit

Join the PAUSD Community for a Day of Learning!

The 2nd Annual PAUSD Parent Leadership Summit is just around the block!!!

This year, our slogan is “Opening Doors to Student Success and Wellbeing,” and we aim to do just that! We have over 50 sessions to choose from, everything from “10 Tech Tips for Parents,” “From Anxiety to Resiliency: Family Solutions,” to “How to use Executive Functioning Strategies with your students to complete homework.” This year, our 60+ presenters come from local organizations like the Children’s Health Council, Stanford Medicine, REEL, Social Thinking, CAC, PTAC, PAUSD in many forms, and more!

Saturday February 22nd 8:30-2 at Gunn High School

Check-In starts at 8:30am, with breakfast and coffee.

Keynote Speaker Jonathan Mooney, author of “Normal Sucks” will begin at 9am

Session 1: 10-10:45am

Session 2: 11-11:45am

Full Lunch provided: 11:45-12:15pm

Session 3: 12:15-1pm

Session 4:1:15-2pm

Register Today! And check out the Sched for more sessions

We also need volunteers, if interested Sign-Up Here!

Foothill Middle College Information Nights

Are you a bright, curious free-thinker who is yearning for a more mature

environment? Are you looking for a supportive and accepting community?

Are you capable of doing college level work? Foothill Middle College is now

recruiting students from Palo Alto Unified and Mountain View-Los Altos High

School Districts for next school year. Middle College is an alternative program

that serves bright students who may not be performing up to their full potential,

or students who are dissatisfied with the traditional high school environment.

Foothill Middle College will be holding 2 open houses on 3/10 and 3/18 at 6:30 in Appreciation Hall on the Foothill campus.

The program is located on the Foothill campus and offers students the

opportunity to attend both high school and college classes concurrently.

Students accepted into the Middle College program leave their home school

and take all of their classes on the Foothill College campus. Every Middle

College student completes graduation requirements and receives a diploma

from his/her home school. For more information visit the foothillmiddlecollege.org website, and contact your student's counselor.

College and Career

Feb 25: 7-9 Gunn Library The GAP FAIR: there will be approximately 40 booths coming. All are welcome!

If you need help finding a summer internship of volunteer work, we have materials from the Summer OPS night and new postings from folks that will be available in the C&CC area, please drop by. Talk with Linda Kirsch or Leighton Lang to get help as needed.

Attention Junior Parents: There are a small number of you who have not responded to outreach to set appointments for this meeting with Linda Kirsch for Post HS discussion. We will now start setting appointments to meet with the student and let you know the date and time so that if you did want to attend you may come. If you know the is a better date or time, just reply to e-mail contact and we will adjust to meet your needs. This discussion provides valuable information that is specific to your student and what s/he wants to do after HS be is college, military, job. The C&CC has valuable information for the student and there are many new laws and regulations that have changed this year that needs to be discussed. All contact can be directed to lkirsch@pausd.org to facilitate a timely appointment. Come to the main office for a parking permit first then upstairs in the new yellow building for the appointment.

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength: Peer Leaders and Trusted Adults met on January 30 to celebrate completed projects, work on ongoing projects, and begin new ones. Current projects include a column in The Oracle, teaching Sources lessons in SELF, presenting Sources at Middle and Elementary Schools, and a positive message wall. Returning and new participants are welcome!

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.

Mark your calendars for the Third Annual Warriors Watch Party for Wellness for Friday, March 20, in Bow Gym right after school. See them take on Detroit, have some snacks, and win prizes!

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 Foundation

Gunn Foundation Scholarship Application and Board Recruitment

The application for need-based scholarships from the Gunn Foundation is open now to the Class of 2020. The application deadline is February 28. Please visit http://gunnfound.org/application/ to learn how to apply via Going Merry. Gunn Foundation scholarships are based on financial need and help with college expenses like tuition or housing deposits, textbooks, and transportation.

The Gunn Foundation thanks donors throughout the Gunn community whose donations make these scholarships possible. If you would like to become more involved in supporting our students, please inquire about joining the Gunn Foundation Board of Trustees by contacting Althea Brown, Nominating Committee Chair, at thegunnfoundation@gmail.com or by visiting our website: http://gunnfound.org/news/

To apply to join the Board, click here.


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