The role and purpose of the Site Council shall be to develop a school improvement process for Gunn. The process developed by the Site Council shall be a thorough and on-going analysis of the entire school program - all curricular and related parts of the school program - for every student.
The School Site Council annually approves the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), formerly called the School Development Plan. You can find copies of the previous year's plans and working documents for this year's plan in our School Profile.
Parent Representatives Elected to Site Council 2018 - 2020
Glynn Edwards and Mudita Jain were the top two vote recipients and have been elected to a 2-year term (2018-2020) on the Gunn Site Council. They join Jane Dick and Liz Milner representing Gunn parents on Site Council for 2018-2020. Jade Chao is the Site Council Parent Alternate for 2018-19. The parent alternate serves on Site Council for one year in case one of the four parents must leave his/her position before his/her term is up, or if one of them cannot attend a meeting.
Q: WHAT DOES THE SITE COUNCIL DO?
A: The Site Council is one of four advisory groups to the principal, including the Instructional Supervisors, the student SEC, and the PTSA. Site Council works closely with the administration and staff on several projects, including input into the development and site approval of Gunn’s School Plan, approval of the Safe School Plan, and participation in and acceptance of the WASC self-study report.
We have the pleasure of allocating funds to worthy pilot programs and student support projects that support at least one of the WASC goals. For the 2017-18 school year, the Site Council received $23,000.00 to fund worthy projects including for Library Funds, Screencasting software to introduce more differentiated instruction in the Math Dept., additional LabQuest2 hardware for the Science Department's Physics inquiry-based labs, and financial support for PLC team leadership.
Q: WHAT ROLE DO PARENTS PLAY ON SITE COUNCIL?
A: Two of the four parent representatives on Site Council are elected every two years by general ballot to represent the concerns of Gunn students’ parents. Last spring, Jane Dick and Liz Milner were elected for a two year term beginning September 2017. Ani Gnanalingam and Jen Schultz will conclude a very productive term of office this year on the Council. A call for parent representatives will be issued on the Site Council Website during the Spring and in the Gunn Connection. Only parents of current Gunn students may vote. The election results will be announced May 2018 in the Gunn Connection.
Q: WHICH PARENTS CAN SERVE ON SITE COUNCIL?
A: Any Gunn parent who wants to work on policy development and financial decision-making in a cooperative setting with 4 faculty, 3 staff, 3 other parents and 4 students. Each representative serves a2-year term. A maximum of 4 consecutive years (2 terms in a row). Thus, two of the four parents on Site Council are up fore re-election or replacement each year. (Your child must be a sophomore, Freshman or 8th grader this year in order for you to serve.)
Q: WHEN ARE MEETINGS?
A: Site Council representatives meet once a month from 4–6 pm in the Gunn Staff Lounge. There will be at least one evening meeting each year. A sub-group meets for a planning meeting once a month during lunch.
Q: WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED?
A: You must have a child enrolled at Gunn High School, possess some financial and/or policy decision-making abilitiies, and be able to attend meetings at least once a onth. No, you do not need to be a CPA or CEO – just genuinely interested in taking time to learn how Gunn operates, and a desire to improve life and learning for Gunn students and staff.
Q: HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SITE COUNCIL?
A: Site Council’s meeting schedule may be found on the Site Council Website and is posted in the Gunn Connection. The agenda for each meeting is publicized 72 hours prior to a meeting on the Main Office bulletin board, on the Site Council Website and in the Gunn Connection. Members of the public are welcome to attend with individual comments limited to 5 minutes per speaker at the beginning of each meeting. Topics may be pursued at the Council’s discretion. For more information on Site Council, contact Gunn Principal Kathleen Laurence's Assistant at 650.354.8200 x 5233.