Counseling Update - November 10, 2014


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Support (All Grades)
 As a school community, we are going through a difficult period with the loss of two students from our Gunn family to death by suicide. The loss of former student Quinn Gens and current student Cameron Lee, has impacted us all.
Our community has responded with the city setting up track watch and our district in providing additional counseling support at Gunn to help our students and staff on an ongoing basis. Our teachers have also made accommodations for students to enable them to have the time needed in regards to their academic work.
To help support you 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 me at
I also ask that if you feel your child or another child is severe danger of causing harm to themselves, please call 911 immediately.
I personally want to thank everyone for all the support you have given our staff this past week. It has been greatly appreciated by everyone.
The loss of youth to suicide is an issue that is larger than just a school or even a community but as a community we can come together to work together to take care of our youth and take care of each other.  
Assembly/Tutorial Day on Thursday-November 13 (All Grades)
This Thursday we will have special activities on Thursday, November 13 for D an F period.
Because we have an extra D and F period this week, we are making adjustments to our schedule to offer grade level assemblies and to offer students a chance to meet with teachers to catch up on work. Students will not have academic classes during D and F on Thursday but rather the activities described below.
During D period, we will have grade level assemblies. Seniors will have a presentation from the College and Career Center in Spangenberg about financing and scholarships for college. Juniors have the option of attending the financing/scholarship presentation or use the time for tutorial. Sophomores will have tutorial and freshmen will have Titan 101.
Since we are not having tutorial because of Veterans Day, we will have a makeup session on Thursday during F period.
For both D and F, students need to go to their scheduled class before going to the other activities.
CAHSEE Testing Postponed (11th and 12th Grades)
As part of our support for students during this difficult time, the Gunn Administrative team decided to cancel the administration of the CAHSEE exam scheduled for November 4 and November 5 for those students who needed to take the test.
We know that some students who need to take the test want to take the CAHSEE exam as early as possible this year in order to obtain the results before the final administration in May 2015. To accommodate this need, our team has substituted February 3 and February 4 for our next administration dates. Taking the CAHSEE exam in February will allow students to receive their results prior to the May administration.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tara Keith at
Second Quarter Progress Report Period Ends This Friday-November 14 (All Grades)
The second quarter progress report period ends this Friday, November 14. All students who are in danger of failing a class will receive a notification.
Second quarter progress reports will be available online on November 19 and a paper copy will be mailed home at the end of the week.
Final Day to Drop a Class-November 14 (All Grades)
The final day to drop a class and not have it appear on the transcript is November 14. If a student is going to drop a class, the student must consult with the teacher and the instructional supervisor of that department.
Follow Gunn Counseling on Twitter (All Grades)
Gunn Counseling is now on Twitter. You can get updates by following us on Twitter@Gunn Counseling.
College Visits  (11th and 12th Grades)
We are in full swing having colleges visit. Please check your Naviance account. There are some great colleges coming and many have unique academic packages that are great for Gunn students.
To be able to attend one of the sessions, students will need to sign up at least 24 hours in advance through Naviance and prearrange with teachers to miss class.
Naviance Account (11th and 12th Grades)
While we're talking about Naviance, please check to make sure your Naviance account is up to date. If you're not receiving messages from Naviance, it's possible that the messages may have been inappropriately filed in the "junk" folder on your email. Be sure to add Naviance to your email's approved "whitelist."
Special Announcement for Students Applying to Georgetown or MIT (12th Grade)
All seniors who are applying to Georgetown University or MIT, must complete the paper copy of the Secondary School Report and Midyear Report forms. Gunn counselors will not be submitting these forms electronically.
Your Counselor or Registrar can supply you with a paper copy of the forms so you can complete your portion before you include them in your college packet.
Upcoming College and Career Event Dates
Practice on Oral Interviews-Each Tuesday from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM (11th-12th grade)
The Gunn College and Career Center is having workshops for students on oral interviews on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 PM. The workshop is designed to help students work on their oral interview skills for the college application process, job interviews and in improving their overall communication skills. For more information, please feel free to contact Linda Kirsch at
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.
Thanks again for all of your support and see you soon.
Tom Jacoubowsky
Assistant Principal of the Guidance Department
Gunn High School