Titan Talk

Henry M Gunn High School

August 30, 2020: Vol 4 Issue 2

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Gunn Back-to-School Night 2020!

Teachers are creating videos that will give parents an opportunity to "meet" them, will present an overview of their classes, will provide parents with information on how to best communicate with them and locate their syllabi for course specifics.

The teacher BTSN videos will be made available to parents in each teacher's Schoology page between September 3rd at 6:30 pm - September 6th at 6:30 pm.

We encourage you to log-in to your parent ID portal and be sure you can access it and your student's teacher's Schoology page prior to September 3rd.

SELF (Social Emotional Learning and Functionality)

This week, 9th-12th grade SELF classes will spend time connecting across grade levels: each 9th grade cohort will be paired with an 11th grade cohort, and each 10th grade cohort will be paired with a 12th grade cohort. Incorporating the suggestions generated by SELF students in a survey last spring as well as the advice of our wonderful Titan Ambassadors and Student Advisory Board, students will participate in small group discussions and activities through Zoom, including drawing and word games. SELF will take place on Wednesday this week (rather than Gunn Together) due to the minimum day scheduled for Friday.

Please reach out if you have suggestions, questions, or feedback about the SELF program. It's our firm belief that community input is always welcome and beneficial, as it always provides us with more information about how we can improve this program for students--please email us at ccarlomagno@pausd.org and tfirenzi@pausd.org with anything related to the SELF program. Please also feel free to visit our website for more information about our mission, our goals for this year, and our past programming and data. Thank you, and all of us involved with the SELF program extend our warmest welcome to this new and very unusual school year!

The Wellness Center:

Wellness @ Gunn!

The virtual wellness center is live! The link is active on the Gunn High School Wellness page as well as students' Schoology pages. This semester we are offering drop-in hours for students who need some live, immediate support from our wellness team. Follow this link to view the center and explore some resources and helpful information for your student.

Our team looks a little different this semester so look out for a video coming out this week to get an introduction to our team this year and learn a little more about how your student can request support from the team!

Coming Soon

The Wellness Resource Fair happens every fall to ensure our students are aware of the resources in our community that promote the health and wellness of our students. Be on the lookout this semester for an invitation to the virtual fair you can attend to learn about all these wonderful groups and organizations you and your family can take advantage of.

Mindful Minute

Click here to spend two minutes to learn how to put an important component of self-care into action...SELF- COMPASSION. We are all on a very interesting journey this year so it will be very important to fill your self-care toolbox with ways to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Wellness and CASSY Services

If you feel in need of services, please connect with your counselor for a referral or email the Gunn Wellness team .

Gunn Counseling


If you haven't yet, please be sure to take 17 minutes within the next few days to watch the senior assembly information. It has tons of important information in it to get your student started on preparing for their individual senior conference with their counselor. Here's the direct link to the video:


You can also find the video under the "Seniors" tab on the counseling page. Under that tab, there is also information and quick links to the "Senior Checklist." Please click below to go to the Counseling Page:


Senior Conferences:

Gunn Counselors will hold 1-1 Senior Conferences from September 1st through November 17th. All Seniors are required to complete the Senior Checklist before meeting with your Counselor.

The Senior Checklist is an important part of the application process. The form gives your Counselor an idea of your post-secondary plans, the ability to tailor the conference to your needs, and to maximize your time together during your conference.

Students who do not complete the Senior Checklist before their scheduled meeting will be asked to reschedule for a later date.

For Seniors applying to 4 YEAR COLLEGES, please note the following deadline dates for your Senior Checklist:


October 15--31 September 15

November 1--14 September 29

November 15--December 1 October 13

December 2--January 14 October 27

January 15--February 15 November 17

Schedule Changes:

As of Monday, August 31, any schedule change requests should go through filling out this form: 20-21 Gunn Schedule Correction Request Form

Community Sevice Hours:

All completed hours must be logged on the Gunn Community Service Form and emailed to Assistant Principal, Michalis Gordon (mgordon@pausd.org) by Friday, September 11th if you wish for it to appear on your transcripts.

Community service hours are completely optional and are not a requirement for graduation.

Upcoming Dates:

September 11: First warning progress/warning notice period ends.

September 18: Last day for lane changes. Check the catalog for each department's policy.

- Gunn’s Counseling Department

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength is a strength-based comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention but impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. The program is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of peer leaders mentored by adult advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life.

ROCK (Reach Out Care Know)

ROCK (Reach Out, Care, Know) is happy to introduce its executive team for 2020-2021!

Kate Williams, President

Siham Arsalane, Vice President

Mia Knezevic, Treasurer

Jeannie Chung, Secretary

Haley Pflaster, Publicity Commissioner

Simona Nemychenkov, General Board

Summer Steadman, General Board

Connor Missett, General Board

They are excited to promote connectedness and wellness throughout the Gunn community. Feel free to reach out to us and follow on social media.

e-mail: rockatgunn@gmail.com

web: rockatgunn.com

Instagram: @rockatgunn

Especially in times that feel isolating, let’s promote healthy connectedness.

College and Career

Leighton Lang will be posting all college info on Naviance as before…go to Naviance, College tab, then Visits and events that are in seat or virtual will be there. The contacts have been made by colleges already and Naviance will make it clear if it is virtual. Links to sign up for virtual college fairs will also be possible as many colleges are running fairs already and they use WEBEX or YouTUBE and if you miss the event because you are in class they will have available for viewing later. Gunn will NOT be doing an in-person fair in October….we may run it in March if public health says it is safe.

FAFSA: will be updated this year to reflect what is going on in the financial climate more recently…this is long overdue for a refresh, so if you have any questions, contact Mr. Lang.

Seniors: I have begun setting appointments for those of you who want a check-in re: your lists, or what is happening in the CV19 environment. I have been listening and reading all summer to provide you with up to date info for your questions. Just send me your NAME, and a good time for a meeting then I will set a date and connect with you by Zoom or phone…your choice. With the pandemic in play, we do not want you missing classes…colleges will look closely at sem one grades, so I am ultra-flexible on the times for these meetings. You have priority during the first five weeks of school. I will put out updates on college via Naviance and parent network etc...

Juniors: Please make contact at any time that works for you. This is a good way to catch the lay of the land in thinking college so making appointments early in the year is just fine. I like to be sure all kids, and I do mean military, CC should take the time for this discussion, I have gathered all sort of info over this summer to share on those not doing 4 yr college so just connect and let me know when you are free. DO not miss class for a meetup…I am doing late in the day to help with this. We will be watching what happens this year closely so advisement can adjust as we hear how acceptance went, What colleges are coping post-Covid and which are not.

Frosh/Soph: You may have a parent network event that introduces me but it won’t be semester one.

Happy New School Year!

Student Activities

Photo Days: Canceled

Photo Days scheduled for this week have been postponed and will be rescheduled for another date and location if needed. Thank you for your patience. We will be working with the same photographers if you have already submitted an order.

Find the latest news and events on the SAC website: https://www.gunnsec.org/

Gunn Affiliated Associations

Your membership, participation, and donations to the following organizations help make Gunn High School a wonderful thriving institution. Thank you for your continued support. Together we are Gunn Together!


The Gunn PTSA supports Gunn high school 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

Partners in Education (PiE): PiE raises money from parents and the community to provide all Palo Alto Unified School District students an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding. The 2020-2021 fundraising campaign has begun. See here what PiE funds for Gunn.

Gunn Foundation

Support Gunn Students via the Gunn Foundation

Since 1968, the Gunn Foundation has been granting need-based scholarships to college-bound seniors in the Gunn community. Scholarships fund essential expenses— deposits, textbooks, fees, and college costs that are often unmet by aid packages. Especially now with the impact of COVID, Gunn Foundation scholarships can make a huge difference in the future of a Gunn student.

Look for the Gunn Foundation on Step 4 of the online back-to-school packet or visit our website (gunnfound.org) and consider making a donation to support a Gunn student. Your support, at any level, will truly make a difference.