Counseling Update - January 12, 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Late Start on January 20-School Starts at 9:35 AM (All Grades)
Because we have an extra E period next week, we are going to to be using that time on Tuesday, January 20, for teacher collaboration and all classes will begin at 9:35 AM.
There will be no Zero period classes next Tuesday. All Zero period classes will be Wednesday-Friday next week.
First Semester Grades (All Grades)
The first semester grades are now available online. A copy of your student's report card will be mailed home this week.
Freshmen 1 on 1 Meetings (9th Grade)
The counselors are calling in their freshmen to touch base with them and see how Gunn is going for them. This meeting is in addition to the group meetings the counselors have with their freshmen through Titan 101 groups.
Support (All Grades)
I personally want to thank everyone for all the support you have given our staff the past two months. It has been greatly appreciated by everyone.
The loss of youth to suicide is an issue that is larger than just a school or even a community but as a community we can come together to work together to take care of our youth and take care of each other.  
Our community has responded with the city setting up track watch and our district in providing additional counseling support at Gunn to help our students and staff on an ongoing basis. Our teachers have made accommodations for students in an effort to ensure that they have the time needed to complete their work.
To help support you 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 me at
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.
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.
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.
Tom Jacoubowsky
Assistant Principal/Head of Counseling
Gunn High School