Counseling Update - November 24, 2014


Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Happy Thanksgiving, Minimum Day Tomorrow, No School on Wednesday (All Grades)
This week is Thanksgiving and the Gunn Counseling Department wants to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving.
A reminder that there is no school on Wednesday and tomorrow (Tuesday) will be a minimum day as the school day will end at 12:52 PM. There will be no tutorial on Tuesday.
Returning Books  (10th, 11th, 12th Grades and Alums)
With the beginning of the holiday season, many former Gunn graduates will be coming back to the area who might still have Gunn textbooks they haven't returned. If you have a current student or a former student who has a textbook that hasn't been returned, please bring it back to the front office so we can put it back in circulation at Gunn.
Progress Reports and Finals  (All Grades)
All progress reports are now available online on Infinite Campus. If you have any questions about the academic progress of your child, please contact their teacher.
Hard to believe that finals will begin in three weeks. In next week's update, we'll talk about academic services that are available for students before the end of the semester.
Support (All Grades)
I personally want to thank everyone for all the support you have given our staff the past two weeks. 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.  
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 in severe danger of causing harm to themselves, please call 911 immediately.
ACS Counseling Available on Saturday (All Grades)
Adolescent Counseling Services now has the ability to see students on Saturdays.
There are now clinicians ready and available to do assessments at their outpatient clinic at 1717 Embarcadero Road Suite 4000 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Parents and students need contact Connie Mayer, the program director, at (925) 640-2422 to schedule an appointment.
Services will be offered for free for Gunn students at this time of crisis intervention.
Please note that this is not a drop in clinic and that an appointment will be needed to be scheduled before a student can be seen.
Freshmen 1:1 Meetings (9th Grade)
This week, the Gunn Counselors are beginning their one on one meeting with their freshmen. During the meeting, the counselors will talk about the high school transition, their currents courses and their interests in and out of schools.
The counselors will also start their four year plan with the freshmen which will be followed up in the Titan 101 counselor session in January.
Sophomores and Naviance (10th Grade)
This week, Leighton Lang will finish visiting sophomore classes to introduce our Naviance program to the students.
Naviance is a powerful software tool that allows students to explore college and career options and will be a valuable resource for them to use in the years to come.
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.
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.
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 and Career Center News
UC and most CSU Applications Due Sunday (November 30) (12th Grade)
A reminder that Saturday (November 30) is the deadline for the University of California system and most California State University schools. For more information, please click the links website below.
University of California
California State University
Practice on Oral Interviews-Each Tuesday (11th-12th grade)
The Gunn College and Career Center is having workshops for students on oral interviews on Tuesdays. 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