Counseling Update - June 1st , 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Gunn's 50th Graduation is This Wednesday at 6:00 PM (Everyone)
The big day is nearly here as the graduating ceremony of the 50th graduating class of Henry M. Gunn High School will take place at 6:00 PM on the main athletic field at Gunn.
We encourage people to carpool and to arrive early as parking will be limited and we invite everyone who can, to come and enjoy this festive occasion.
Schedule for Finals (9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
This past week, all seniors took their finals during their regular classes.
Here is the schedule for finals for non seniors. Tuesday, June 2,  periods B, D and Zero; June 3, periods A, C and G and June 4, periods E and F.
Each day finals will begin at 8:30 AM.
Second Semester Grades Available Online on June 9 (All Grades)
The second semester grades will be available online on June 9 by 8:00 PM. A copy of the grades will be mailed home later that week.
2015-2016 Schedules to be Released on August 11 (Current 9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
The 2015-2016 student schedules will be released online on August 11 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Zero Period and G Period Prep (All Grades)
For next school year, Gunn will only be offering zero period for 10th grade 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.
Community Service (9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
There are now yellow Community Service Tracking Forms available in the counseling office.
All community service hours must be documented on the yellow form if you want those hours recorded on your transcript.
If you have already started tracking your hours on another system, you need to record those hours on the official yellow sheet.
See the Registrar or Mr. Jacoubowsky if you have any questions.
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.
Work Experience Opportunity this Summer (Current 9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
Work Experience and Exploratory Experience are being offered this summer from June 8 to June 11 from 8:00-12:00 noon at Gunn High School.  This is being offered “prior” to the start of summer school, therefore rising 10-12 graders may enroll and still attend summer school.  Unit Shy seniors may also enroll in the class.  Attendance is MANDATORY (no absences can occur) and students may earn up to 5 credits.  Students must have a job or internship prior to start of the class.  
Spots are limited and you can signup by clicking the link below.
Important Information for Seniors (12th Grade)

  • Final Transcript through Parchment
    If you are planning to attend a four year college, don’t forget that you need to use Parchment ( to have your Final Transcript sent to your college of choice. Instructions about the Final Transcript Request process can be found on a yellow handout in the Student Activity Center and also in the Registrar’s office in Guidance. Please note that the Registrar will only send your Final Transcript to ONE COLLEGE, unless you are in a Wait List situation. If you are in a Wait List situation, you must stop by the Registrar’s office and show her your Wait List letter. Please see the Registrar if you have questions!
  •  Graduation Rehearsal June 2
    Graduation rehearsal is Tuesday, June 2 at 8:00 AM in Spangenberg Theater.  All Seniors need to be on time as the rehearsal will start promptly.  Students who are attending the picnic will head to the check in area immediately following the rehearsal.  Students speaking at graduation will need to stay after the rehearsal for a few minutes for sound check.  Again, the rehearsal is at 8:00 AM – don’t be late!
  •  Graduation June 3
    The 50th Gunn Graduation will be Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 PM on the Football Athletic Field.  All Graduation Seniors will meet in Spangenberg Theater no later than 5:30 PM for final instructions before the ceremony.  Attire for graduates is dressy casual with cap, tassel and gown zipped up.  Be on time as the start of the ceremony will not be held for late arrivals.
  • Graduation Photos
    Want professional photos but don’t want to have to worry about taking them yourself GradImages will be taking professional photos of all graduates at Graduation!  Visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration.  Enter your email and up to 6 emails of family members or loved ones who would like to share in the big event by viewing and ordering the pictures from Graduation day.  BONUS - If you register before Graduation, you can get $5 off on orders of $25.00 or more! If you wish to wait until after graduation, you may order online at the GradImages website or by calling (800) 261-2576.

Student Information
Here are a couple of items that are student related and are pertinent information at this time of the year.
Junior Fundraiser at Graduation
The junior class will be selling carnations ($1) and roses ($2) each at graduation. They will have a table setup at 5:00 PM on graduation day.
New Student Tumblr Website
Learn more about Gunn High School through the eyes and words of Gunn students as they have started a Tumblr website documenting student experiences at Gunn High School.
To view the website, click the link below.
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