Counseling Update - January 26, 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Support for Students (All Grades)
The news this weekend of the loss of a student in our Gunn community has greatly impacted us all. Our district and our site have been offering support for our students, staff and community members during this difficult time.
This week we have additional counselors from the district and community partners who have come to Gunn to help us 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 8-14 on Thursday (9th Grade)
This Thursday, January 29, the Gunn counselors will have their second Titan 101 session with their freshmen who are members of groups 8-14. 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.
Next Thursday, February 5, Titan 101 groups 15-21 will meet on February.
All Titan 101 meetings will be at 2:37 PM.
Jostens-Important Information for Graduation (12th Grade)
Seniors, remember to order your cap and gown and graduation announcements online at You can also mail your order to the Jostens office. Forms are available in the student activities office.
Everyone that wants to participate in the June graduation must have a cap and gown.
Please order online or mail in your order before the January 30 deadline.
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
Summer Opportunities January 28  (10th, 11th and 12th Grades)
The Summer Opportunities Event that was scheduled fro January 28 has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the next weekly update.
Financial Aid Presentation Feb 2 at Gunn Library at 6:30 PM (11th and 12th Grades)
The College and Career Center will be hosting a Financial Aid Workshop on February 2 at 6:30 PM in the Gunn Library.
The event will provide important information on how to help finance your student's college education.
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 see you soon.
Tom Jacoubowsky
Assistant Principal/Head of Counseling
Gunn High School