Gunn Counseling Update - October 21, 2013



Dear Gunn Community,

First Quarter Grades (All Grades)
First quarter grades are now on Infinite Campus and over the past weekend a copy of the grades were mailed home and you should receive them in the next day or two.
If you have any questions about your student's grades, please make sure to contact their teacher.
Final Day to Drop a Class-November 1 (All Grades)
The final day to drop a class and not have it appear on the transcript is November 1. If a student is going to drop a class, the student must consult with the teacher and the instructional supervisor of that department.
College and Career Center News
Junior Conferences are Beginning with College and Career Center (11th Grade)
New this year for juniors will be a meeting with College and Career Counselor, Ms. Linda Kirsch. Ms. Kirsch will be working with their students in depth on their plan for post secondary options. Ms. Kirsch will be contacting students to schedule the meeting and parents are invited to attend the session if they choose. These meetings will occur throughout the school year.
All juniors will also have a meeting with their counselor to check on how the student is doing academically, socially-emotionally and to do some post secondary planning. Your student's counselor and Ms. Kirsch will work together to help support your student to be successful at Gunn and to plan for life after Gunn.
College Packet Workshop October 23 at Lunch (12th Grade)
This Wednesday (October 23) at lunch, the College and Career Center will host a workshop to help students with their college packets. This workshop is open to all and will be held in the College and Career Center.
Practice on Oral Interviews-Each Wednesday-Thursday-Friday from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM (12th grade)
The Gunn College and Career Center is expanding its workshops on oral interviews to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:00-4:00 PM to work on their oral interview skills for both the college application process and for job interviews. For more information, please feel free to contact Linda Kirsch at
Special Instructions for Georgetown  (12th grade)
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.
Recap on Past Events and Ongoing Activities
Parent Nights (All Grades)
Over the past few weeks we had our annual parent nights and we had huge turnouts at each grade level presentation. We are always looking at ways on improving the evening and we got feedback from many that felt this year was the best produced of any of the previous years.
Because our turnout was so large, we are coming close to maximizing the capacity of the library. We are looking into the possibility of moving next year's parent nights to Spangenberg to accommodate the large crowds.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email me.
Counselor on Call (All Grades)
For the past month, we have been having a counselor clear out their schedule each day so they could meet with students on a drop in basis. This was one of the recommendations of the Gunn Guidance Advisory Committee last year.
Every counselor participates on a rotating basis and the response from counselors, students and parents has been very positive. Because of the success of "Counselor on Call" we have made it a permanent part of our counseling services.
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 for all of your support and see you soon.
Tom Jacoubowsky
Assistant Principal/Head of Counseling
Gunn High School