Henry M Gunn High School
February 2, 2020: Vol 3 Issue 20
This week in SELF
In SELF this week, 11th grade students will continue their check-ins with their mentors, and discussing their stress management plan. 10th grade students will engage with a lesson about implicit bias as part of their Understanding the Brain unit, and 9th grade students will have a team-building day involving intercohort games and outside activities.
The Wellness Center:
January was the month we asked our visitors at the wellness center to reflect on their accomplishments and challenges of the past year. This week, students were asked during flex to think about goals they have set for themselves for the rest of the school year and beyond. We wanted students to develop goals that are specific, measurable, realistic, and time-based (S.M.A.R.T). The team at the Wellness center is also developing goals for ourselves and are excited for many projects we have lined up to come to fruition and benefit our school community. Be on the lookout in future updates for news on all our upcoming events!
Take 3 minutes to read this article about helping teens set goals, stay organized, and keep themselves on track from the Harvard Graduate School of Education!
CHC Changing Brains, Shaping the Mind-Neuroplasticity and Learning
February 5th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Register and get more info here!
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 in the coming weeks 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.
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 5: 7-8:30 Gunn Staff Lounge LOOKING at COLLEGE DATA from the “O” list - There will be a lot of data connected to this discussion and anyone is welcome to attend.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.