Counseling Update - May 25th , 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 start, 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 tomorrow night, 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.
With finals next week, there will only be new content on the first day classes meet this week. Also, since E period meets an extra time this 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 past Thursday and Friday, all returning students received their course verification form for classes for 2015-2016 in their English classes.
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 not signed up for five classes.
5.  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 and Mr. Jacoubowsky approval.
Schedule for Finals (9th, 10th and 11th Grades)
This week, all seniors will take their finals during their regular classes. The following week, Gunn  9th, 10th and 11th graders will take their finals.  
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.
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.
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 you can signup 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)

  • 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!
  • 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.
  •  Baccalaureate May 31
    Gunn Baccalaureate will be on May 31 at 2:00 PM in Spangenberg Theater. The doors will open at 1:45 - Please arrive with your family dressed in the following recommended attire:  graduation gown plus dressy casual attire (no jeans/ sneakers)?.  Leave you caps at home - you will not need them for this event.  The program will begin exactly at 2:00 PM – out of respect for the performers, please do not be late!
  • 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