Gunn Counseling Update - October 1st, 2013



Dear Gunn Community,
Here is this week's update from the Gunn Counseling Department.
Online Awareness for Parents in the Digital Age
October 1, 7:00 PM
Student Assembly on Digital Citizenship
October 8, in B Period

As a parent, you remember when advanced communication technology was when your phone had "call waiting" and "three way calling." As you know, times have changed and the way your student communicates with their friends has absolutely exploded from when you were in high school. Changes in social media happen at such a fast pace and social media sites such as Facebook are looked at as passe by many students as new sites gain popularity every week.
We at Gunn feel it is important for our school community to have the tools to navigate through this changing landscape and we're planning a couple of events for parents and students. To better help parents understand the digital age we now live in, Gunn will be hosting My Digital TAT2 with Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet on Tuesday (October 1) at 7:00-8:30 PM in the Gunn Library.
The evening event is recommended to anyone who would like to learn thoughtful ways to help engage your student in a conversation about responsible and ethical behaviors online and teach them how to be responsible and ethical on their online communications.
On October 8, all Gunn students will have a "Digital Citizenship" Assembly in their B period class. Teachers will lead a discussion of social media etiquette that is relevant for students living in today's social media world based on results from a survey students participated in last year.
CSU Conference for Students on October 2
Santa Clara Convention Center 6:00-8:30 PM
Representatives from all 23 California State Universities (CSU) will be on hand on Wednesday (October 2) at the Santa Clara Convention Center from 6:00-8:30 PM.
The CSU Conference will be a great opportunity for students to learn about all the great programs the CSU schools have to offer. Parking is free and students and parents are encouraged to come.
Parent Information Night for 9th and 12th Graders
October 3 and 10th and 11th graders on October 9
On October 3 (Thursday), the counseling department will host an information night for 9th graders (6:30 PM) and 12th graders (7:45 PM) in the Gunn Library. The counselors will go over important information that is pertinent for your child in regards to preparation for college and services the counseling department offers. There will be a similar night for 10th and 11th graders on October 9.
Titan 101
October 3
This Thursday (October 3), all Titan 101 groups will be meeting at 2:37 PM with their Titan 101 coaches and link crew advisers. This session will focus on Digital Citizenship that will be quite timely with other activities planned at Gunn for October.
Practice on Oral Interviews
Each Thursday from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.
The Gunn College and Career Center will be having workshops for students each Thursday from 2:00-4:00 PM to work on their oral interview skills for the college application process. For more information, please feel free to contact Linda Kirsch at
Early Action/Decision Packets
Due by Friday October 4
Special Instructions for Georgetown
Seniors, if you are applying Early Action/Decision to any colleges and your earliest application due date is November 1, the deadline for turning in your College Packet to the Registrar is this Friday (October 4). Remember that your College Packet must have ALL schools of potential interest on it, not just the Early Action/Decision schools.
Seniors applying to Georgetown University must complete the paper copy of Georgetown's Secondary School Report and Midyear Report. Gunn counselors will not be submitting these forms electronically. Your counselor or the Registrar can supply you with a paper copy of these forms so you can complete your portion before you include them in your College Packet.
Unity Day
October 9
On October 9, Gunn High School will be participating in the National Unity Day in support of bullying prevention. In the next week and a half, please encourage your student to make an online pledge and share their stories about why they would like bullying to end by clicking this link:
Students who complete the online pledge by October 8, will receive a free button that says "I Stand Against Bullying" to wear on October 9. We are also encouraging everyone on campus to wear orange on October 9 to show their support against bullying.
The end of bullying begins with you! Encourage your student to sign the petition to show their support and be an upstander and part of the solution.
College Fair at Palo Alto High School
October 14 6:30-8:30 PM
The annual College Fair this year will be held at Palo Alto High School on October 14. The evening starts at 6:30 PM and will have representatives from over 100 colleges.
To learn more about the evening, just go to the link below.
October 16
All freshmen (EXPLORE), sophomores (PLAN) and juniors (PSAT) will be taking assessment tests on October 16. All the tests will be provided free of charge and students do not need to sign up.
Testing for freshmen and senior activities will begin at 8:30 AM while testing for sophomores and juniors will begin at 9:00 AM.
Freshmen will have a Titan 101 session and will end their day at 12:30 PM. Sophomore and junior testing will also conclude by 12:30 PM while seniors will finish up their day at 11:30 AM. The students will be free to go home after they have finished their activities as the Gunn staff will do professional development in the afternoon.
Support PiE
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 for all of your support and see you soon.
Tom Jacoubowsky
Assistant Principal/Head of Counseling
Gunn High School