Counseling Update - May 18th, 2015


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
No School for Students on June 1-Professional Development Day for Teachers (All Grades)
On June 1, the day before finals, there will be no school for Gunn students as all teachers will be involved in professional development to help them prepare for the new bell schedule we will have for the 2015-2016 school year pending board approval at the board meeting on May 26.
While we know this is a late change to our schedule, the Gunn Administration and Gunn Instructional Council felt this will be a valuable day for our staff to spend time preparing for teaching in the new bell schedule for next year.
In the week before finals, there will only be new content on the first day classes meet. Also, since E period meets an extra time that week, we will have an extra E period tutorial on Friday, May 29.
On June 1, we will have the library and academic center open for students if they would like to come on campus.

2015-2016 Course Verification Forms in English Classes on Thursday and Friday (Current 9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
This Thursday and Friday, all returning students will receive their course verification form for classes for 2015-2016.
If you turned in the original form in March, you do not need to return this form unless there is a mistake on your course list.
Here are the possible mistakes:
1.  I'm missing a graduation requirement.
2.  I don't have an English class.
3.  I don't have a history class.
4.  I'm in the wrong level of a class (any changes must be approved by the Instructional Supervisor (IS) and Mr. Jacoubowsky).
These are not mistakes:
1.  I want to change my elective.
2.  I want to change my level of class without IS or Mr. Jacoubowsky approval.

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.
Counseling Survey (All Grades)
Beginning this Wednesday, Gunn students will participate in a survey on Gunn counseling services.
The results will be used to gauge the effectiveness of the services we offer and how best to direct future counseling services. ​

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.

Bridge Classes (Current 9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
Over the summer many students desire to take a "bridge" class so they can move up a level. This has been very common in math and sometimes world language. If a student wishes to enroll in a "bridge" class, they must first get the approval of the instructional supervisor of that department.
It is important to know that students moving up a level by using a "bridge" class may encounter a difficult academic environment the following year. A six to eight week summer class with intense instruction doesn't always translate to the same level of academic development that one has when they take the course for an entire year. Please consult with the instructional supervisor so you may plan accordingly if you choose this path.
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 signups will be begin at noon on May 12 by clicking the link below.

College and Career Center News
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.
Important Information for Seniors (12th Grade)
We are entering the two weeks of school for the seniors and so far cases of "Senioritis" have been kept to a minimum. We are on the watch for Senioritis as it can be very contagious and can dramatically impact post secondary options for students. Every year we have some students who have their college admission rescinded because of a drop in grades in the final semester. Make sure to keep your grades up through the end of the year.
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 SAC, 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!
Naviance Surveys
The Senior Survey is now available for students to take online through their Naviance account. The senior survey is an important tool for the school as it gives the students an opportunity to give feedback on their experiences at Gunn High School. The survey must be completed before seniors get their cap and gowns.
Caps and Gowns May 19
After completing the Senior Survey on Naviance, students will be eligible to receive their caps and gowns which will be distributed  at lunch on May 19.
Baccalaureate  May 31
Baccalaureate will be on Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 PM in Spangenberg. All Gunn graduates who are participating should be at Gunn by 1:30 PM.
Senior Awards June 1
Alll Senior Awards recipients will be notified by email to attend Senior Awards. Senior Awards will be on June 1 at 7:00 PM in Spangenberg. We ask that all recipients come to Spangenberg at 6:30 PM so we can begin the ceremony promptly at 7:00 PM.
If you are receiving an award, you will be notified by Mr. Lang or Ms. Francesconi.
Graduation June 3  6:00 PM
On June 3 at 6:00 PM on the main athletic field, the 50th graduating class from Gunn High School will hold its' commencement ceremony. All our welcome to attend and to help celebrate our graduating class.
All graduates should report to Spangenberg by 5:00 PM.

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.
You can also preorder this week (May 18-22) by contacting our Student Activities Director Lisa Hall at
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.
The site will go live on May 19 at noon and to visit the site, 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