Counseling Update - May 04th , 2015


 Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
AP Agreement for Students Taking Three or More APs in 2015-2016 (Current 10th and 11th Grades)
For all students who are taking three or more Advanced Placement (AP) classes, we're having students and their parents sign off on a AP Agreement form to show they recognize the time commitment that is required for the academic load they have signed up for 2015-2016.
Last week, the counseling department mailed home a copy of all AP Agreement forms. Thank you to everyone who has turned in their AP Agreement form. If you have not done so already, please bring in your form no later than this Friday, May 8.
We also have forms available in the counseling office if you need a new one.
AP Testing Began Today (11th and 12 Grade)
Starting today, 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, this Wednesday, 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.
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 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
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 Workshop (11th Grade)
The College and Career Center will be putting on workshops for juniors to help them create their college list this Wednesday, May 6. You can signup through Naviance for this workshop.
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