Counseling Update - April 27, 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Progress Reports  (All Grades)
In the next day or two you should receive a copy in the mail of your student's progress report if they were in danger of failing a class. All progress reports are available online.
No School for Freshmen and Seniors on Tuesday-April 28
Tomorrow, April 28, we will have testing for sophomores (CST-Science) and juniors (Smarter Balance) at 8:25 AM.
There will be no school for freshmen and seniors on Tuesday, April 28.
The juniors will have testing conclude at 1:10 PM tomorrow, April 28.  The sophomores will have their testing conclude at 10:50 AM tomorrow. When testing is over, the students are done for the day.
We are entering the final weeks of school and so far cases of "Senioritis" have been kept to a minimum. We are on the watch for Senioritis as it can be very contagious and can dramatically impact post secondary options for students. Every year we have some students who have their college admission rescinded because of a drop in grades in the final semester.
Summer School Outside of PAUSD (9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
If a student is signing up for a summer class outside of the Palo Alto Unified School District, the student must get that class pre approved by their counselor. Only classes that are pre approved will be eligible to receive credit on a Gunn transcript.
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 also want to let you know that we have an upcoming evening event (see below) and a workshop put on by our College and Career Center (see below) that will talk about the opportunities available through our community college system.
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.
May Fete Parade-May 2 (Everyone)
Gunn students come show we are "Titan Strong" at the annual Palo Alto May Fete Parade this Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 AM. If you would like to part of the Gunn Not In Our Schools (NIOS) Week group, just go to the link below. All participants need to be at the corner of University and Emerson by 9:30 AM on that day wearing their black 2015 NIOS shirt. You will be done at Heritage Park (corner of Waverly/Homer) by around 10:45 AM.  
To signup, just go to the link below.
AP Testing Begins May 4 (11th and 12 Grade)
Beginning May 4, Advance Placement (AP) testing will take place at Gunn High School. AP testing will run through May 15.
Community College Event-Wed, May 6, 7:30-9 PM Gunn Library (11th and 12 Grades)
Have you underrated community college as a viable option? Come to the Gunn Library on May 6 at 7:30 PM to learn more about the great opportunities available at Foothill Community College.
At the event, you will learn about Honors College, challenging curricula, international diversity, and quality instruction are a few of the similarities that exist between Foothill College and 4-yr universities. Students need to understand the benefits a community college path offers, and we welcome you to this College & Career Center/Gunn PTSA sponsored event on why community college really should be on your list.
As the cost of university degrees climb and admission competition escalates, attending college at one of our excellent local community colleges offers many benefits as you fulfill your general ed requirements or focus on a certificated program and employment. Join us for an overview of the resources, programs, education quality, and current transfer data.
Our panel will include Foothill professors Simon Pennington (Art History), Brian Evans (Economics) and Lauren Velasco (Communications), and recent Gunn graduates whose academic paths have included Foothill or DeAnza Community colleges. This event is tailored to Gunn and Paly junior and senior students and their parents, but all are welcome.
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 workshop this Wednesday, April 29.
Sign up through your Naviance account for the workshops.
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