Counseling Update - February 2, 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Special Schedule Tomorrow-February 3 (Tuesday) AMC Testings (All Grades)
A reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday), approximately 500 students will be taking the AMC math test beginning at 8:25 AM.  All students who will be taking the test have been informed.
For the rest of the students, classes will start at 10:00 AM and there will be shorter class periods with no tutorial. Please check the Google calendar on the Gunn website for details on the schedule.
Support for Students (All Grades)
For the past week we have had additional counselors from the district and community partners who have come to Gunn to help support our students during this difficult period.
The addition support has allowed us to provide the following services:
-One on one sessions with students.
-Group sessions with students.
-Counselor visits to classrooms to check on individual students.
-Counselor led sessions on whole class processing.
-Administrators visiting classrooms to check on individual students and classes.
To give you additional resources for support to help in a time of crisis, here are some important phone numbers to contact.

  • Santa Clara County Hotline (855) 278-4204
  • California Youth Crisis Hotline (800) 843-5200
  • Suicide Hotline (800) 273-TALK

If you have concerns your child may have severe social emotional health needs, please email your counselor.
I also ask that if you feel your child or another child is in severe danger of causing harm to themselves, please call 911 immediately.
ACS Counseling Available on Saturday (All Grades)
Adolescent Counseling Services now has the ability to see students on Saturdays.
There are now clinicians ready and available to do assessments at their outpatient clinic at 1717 Embarcadero Road Suite 4000 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Parents and students need to contact Connie Mayer, the program director, at (925) 640-2422 to schedule an appointment.
Services will be offered for free for Gunn students at this time of crisis intervention.
Please note that this is not a drop in clinic and that an appointment is needed before a student can be seen.
Titan 101 Groups 15-21 on Thursday (9th Grade)
This Thursday, February 5, the Gunn counselors will have their second Titan 101 session with their freshmen who are members of groups 15-21. The meetings will take place in the regular Titan 101 classrooms and counselors will check in with how the students are doing, go over four year planning and talk about upcoming course registration information.
All Titan 101 meetings will be at 2:37 PM.
Presentation on Sleep February 19 Mitchell Park Library 7:00 PM (All Grades)
As part of our ongoing effort to bring awareness about sleep, local health organizations along with the Palo Alto Unified School District, will be hosting a Parent Education Night on February 19 at Mitchell Park Library at 7:00 PM titled "Wake Up Call: The Role of Sleep and Teen Health."
This event will be open to everybody and will have experts in the field along with district personnel addressing the issue of sleep and the efforts our district are doing and planning on doing on this issue to help you improve the sleeping patterns of your student.
Progress Reports (All Grades)
The end of this week (February 6), marks the halfway point of the third quarter of school and progress reports will be sent out next week to all students who are struggling in a class. The progress reports will be made available by next Wednesday (February 11).
College and Career Center News
Family Connection Information (All Grades)
Here'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.
Practice on Oral Interviews-Each Tuesday (11th-12th Grades)
The Gunn College and Career Center is offering Tuesday workshops for students on oral interviews. The workshop is designed to help students work on oral interview for the college application process, job interviews and to improve their overall communication skills. For more information, please feel free to contact Linda Kirsch at
Out of State Public College Presentation February 5 at Paly (10th and 11th Grades)
For those who are interested in learning more about out of state public colleges, save the date of February 5 at 7:00 PM on your calendar for an informative event that will be held at the Palo Alto High School Library.
Held jointly by our two college and career centers, this event will have numerous schools talking about the opportunities available out of state for our students.
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, come to College and Career Center and see Mr. Leighton Lang.
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