Counseling Update - April 20, 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Progress Reports Available This Wednesday (All Grades)
This Wednesday, April 22, all Gunn students who are in danger of failing a class will have profess reports available online. We will also be mailing a copy at the end of the week.

  • No School For Freshmen, Sophomores and Seniors on Monday-April 27
  • No School for Freshmen and Seniors on Tuesday-April 28
  • Next week, we will have testing for all juniors on Monday and Tuesday (April 27-28). Sophomores will have testing on Tuesday, April 28.
  • The freshmen and seniors will not have school next Monday and Tuesday (April 27-28).
  • The sophomores will not have school next Monday (April 27)

All testing will begin at 8:25 AM. The juniors will have testing conclude at 12:40 PM on Monday and 1:10 PM on Tuesday.  The sophomores will have their testing conclude at 10:50 AM on Tuesday. When testing is over, the students are done for the day.
Zero Period and G Period Prep (All Grades)
For next school year, Gunn will only be offering zero period for PE and the morning broadcast class. Many students took a zero period class this year to have a G prep so it wouldn't impact athletics and other afternoon activities.
Next year, the first priority for G prep goes to Gunn athletes who participate in sports that have afternoon games. All other requests will be reviewed by the counseling department.
College Notifications (12th Grade)
As of April 1, a majority of students have been notified of their acceptance status. The College and Career Center is a great resource for any questions your student might have as the May 1 deadline for most schools approaches.
Community College is an Option (12th Grade)
As mentioned before, May 1 will be the deadline for students to decide where they will attend college. I want to take a moment to talk about the great community college system California has to offer and why, for many students, it is an option to consider. I myself went to community college before I graduated from U.C. Davis. I found my time at Canada College in Redwood City to be one of the best investments financially and emotionally, that I ever made.
There are a variety of reasons why people choose community college. For some, it's financial. Many colleges cost well over $50,000 a year and you can figure out that it will add up quickly . For some, it might be that coming out of high school, they weren't accepted to the college they wanted to attend. For others, it might be that they're just not ready to go away from home. Or in many cases, it's a combination of all three.
Many students who go the community college route, find that they can easily transfer to any of the schools in our UC/CSU system and that the adjustment to college life is quite easy. In addition, some students may find more college options available to them through the transfer route, than they had straight out of high school.
If you have any questions about the community college pathway, please feel free to email our counselors or myself to discuss this option more.
Upcoming Events
Lynn O'Shaughnessy-College Solutions April 29 (All Grades)
The Palo Alto Community is pleased to present Lynn O'Shaughnessy, who will be speaking at Spangenberg on April 29 at 7:00 PM to talk about financial planning for college.
Ms. O'Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized expert who helps educate her audience about all the aspects of planning and financing the college experience and making it more affordable for students.
We look forward to seeing you on April 29 and to learn more about Ms. O'Shaughnessy, just click the link below.
College and Career Center News
Transitioning to College (12th Grade)
The College and Career Center will offers sessions for students to gather in small groups and talk about the transitioning process of going off to college. If your student is interested in being part of one of these workshops, please email Ms. Linda Kirsch at
Parents Who Are New to the United States College Experience (12th Grade Parents)
If your child is the first one to go to college in the United States, Ms. Linda Kirsch will be hosting workshops to help parents navigate the college experience in the United States.
The workshops are open to any parent who did not attend college or did not attend college in the United States.
For more information, please contact Ms. Kirsch at
Family Connection Information (All Grades)
There's some great information on our school website about Family Connection through our Naviance software. Family Connection allows you to learn more about the college application process.
The Gunn website has more information about Family Connection and a link to the Naviance too.
Scholarship Information for Colleges (12th Grade)
With college fast approaching, many students will be interested in learning about scholarship opportunities. To learn more about what scholarships are available, visit the College and Career Center and see Mr. Leighton Lang.
Creating Your College List Workshops (11th Grade)
The College and Career Center will be putting on workshops for juniors to help them create their college list on May 6.
Sign up through your Naviance account for the workshops.
Community College Workshops (12th Grade)
For those interested in learning specifics about applying to one of our community colleges, the College and Career Center will be hosting workshops on April 29.
Sign up through your Naviance account for the workshops.
Community Service Opportunities (All Grades)
We are offering a new avenue for people who are looking for a way of lettings students know about community service opportunities that are available for our students.
Here's some information about an AYSO Soccer opportunity from April 24-26 in Palo Alto.
Follow Gunn Counseling on Twitter (All Grades)
Gunn Counseling is now on Twitter. You can get updates by following us on Twitter@Gunn Counseling.
Support PiE (All Grades)
Thanks to all of you who have supported Partners in Education (PiE). The donations to PiE have helped many programs at Gunn including our counseling program. Your donations have made a difference for all Gunn students.
Thank you for all of your support and take care of yourself and each other.
Tom Jacoubowsky
Assistant Principal/Head of Counseling
Gunn High School