Spring Semester 2021

PTSA General MeetingThurs May 20, 9AM Please join us for PTSA’s last General Association Meeting of the year on May 20th at 9am on Zoom (link will arrive via UpToUs). We will be presenting the Honorary Service Awards for outstanding community service, and will be joined by Principal Stratton and PAUSD Board of Education Trustee Jesse Ladomirak. We will be approving the bylaws with changes. See the Bylaws in File Sharing in UpToUs. Thank you for your participation during this most trying year. We are so very proud of our Gunn students!

Log onto UpToUs and scroll down to File Sharing. You may view the changes to the Bylaws from there.

Parent volunteers are needed May 11, 24, and 25 for AP Exams. Please sign up if you can help to check in and monitor students. Harvey Newland will provide training to all volunteers either in person or online. For everyone’s safety, volunteers will be required to complete the daily screener before coming to campus, and wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while on campus.

PTSA Announcement about Class of 2021 Celebrations: We realize our students have missed out on many opportunities due to COVID. Unfortunately, Gunn PTSA’s traditional celebrations for seniors, GradNight and GradPicnic, are cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Please be advised that any large, off-campus gatherings or events planned for seniors are not PTSA-sponsored. PAUSD has approved drive-thrus, in-person school (anyday Tues-Fri), in-person graduation, and a send-off car parade. PTSA will leverage these opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2021.

Tracking Community Service Hours: There is a new process for students to track their community service hours. (If a student does more than 100 hours of service between summer before 9th grade and September of their senior year, it can appear on their transcript.) Tracking hours involves two steps:

     1. Follow the Gunn Community Service Guidelines.

     2. Complete the Gunn High School Community Service form.

Hours tracked on the old yellow paper form will still be counted. Students just need to enter as much information as they can from the old form onto the new Gunn High School Community Service form. The deadline for rising seniors (Class of 2022) to submit this form is Sept 3, 2021. 

PTSA Executive Board Candidates for 2021-22 The Gunn PTSA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the PTSA Executive Board Candidates for 2021-22. See the 2021-2022 Board here.

Student Led Projects: Inaugural Grants Spring 2021 Gunn PTSA announced the inaugural grants to support students in creative and engaging ways. See them here. Thank you to all parents that gave donations to the PTSA in the fall. Your generosity helps bring these student-generated school-wide projects to life.   

Recording and Notes

Weighted Grades In answer to recent inquiries, here is more specific information from the counseling department about weighted grading practices at Gunn. 

  • Gunn provides a weighted grade (which is listed on the transcript alongside the unweighted GPA) for all Honors and AP level courses taken 10-12th grades, but not for any classes taken during 9th grade. Weighting of these honors and AP courses is factored into the overall GPA calculation on a 5 point scale, unlike our other classes which are factored into the GPA calculation on a 4 point scale. In this way, honors and AP classes get an extra point of “weight”.
  • How Gunn calculates its weighted GPA is different than how the UCs calculate their weighted GPA, or how other schools choose to calculate GPAs for their admissions purposes.There is not a single standard. (For more information see Gunn PTSA’s College Resources and Information webpage.)
  • The Counseling Department recommends families look at Naviance, which has historical charts (“Scattergrams”) showing the unweighted GPAs of Gunn students who were admitted into various colleges over the last 6 years. These charts can give students some insights in to determining if they are in the “ballpark” for consideration at various schools, but the Gunn counseling department urges families not to place too much weight on these numbers as there is a lot of variation from year to year, and colleges take many other factors besides GPA into consideration.

College Board Announcement “The pandemic accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to reduce and simplify demands on students.” 

  • Please see if your upcoming SAT/ACT test date has been cancelled, rescheduled, or still on target
  • SAT Subject Tests have been discontinued.
  • Optional SAT Essay has been discontinued.
  • A more flexible SAT— a streamlined, digitally delivered test — is being investigated.

College admissions practices will continue to evolve, and Gunn counselors will continue to convey the relevant information through Titan Talk (sent via email to the parent community on Sundays), meetings, and assemblies.

Distance Learning For Spring 2021

Gunn High School is on Winter Break until Thurs. January 7

*A Note About Winter Break 

Our community of parents, guardians, staff and students have thankfully made it to a well deserved winter break! Please note, the Wellness Center, and its staff, will be unavailable from Friday December 18th at 1:30PM until Wednesday January 6th at 8AM. Our CASSY, AACI, and Stanford Fellow will return when student’s return, on January 7th at 8AM. 

In case of emergency during break, call 911 and reference the Gunn’s Parent Guide to Risk and SafetyIt will have all the information you need to make an informed choice about next steps for your student in a potential crisis. 

If you or your student would like to find out more about general resources in the area or explore a curated collection of wellness tips and online support, please visit linktr.ee/gwellness or the school’s Wellness webpage for more information on all things regarding the Wellness Center!

Visit the virtual wellness center at tinyurl.com/gwellness

Please see Dr. Austin’s Superintendent’s Update from December 4

and November 16: Santa Clara County Moves to Purple Tier

Past Events

10th Grade Parent Network Virtual Coffee

Thur, Nov 19, 9:00-10:00 AM on Zoom Come join our virtual Coffee Time. Bring your favorite morning drink, meet fellow parents and share thoughts!! In the spirit of “we are in this together,” it is a supportive conversation space for 10th Grade parents. What’s been working well for your students during this time? What’s been challenging? The zoom link will be sent shortly before the event.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Drive Thru and Parade for Elementary Families

Saturday, October 31st Gunn Parking Lot — Gunn’s YCS-Interact (Youth Community Service Club), Gunn SEC (Student Executive Council) and Gunn PTSA co-hosted a Drive Thru Trunk-or-Treat and Parade for elementary school children in our community.
“Backstage with the Superintendent” recording can be found HERE.

Gunn Schedules and Information

Updated Bell Schedule: The Gunn Bell Schedule was changed to allow for morning announcement time. School now ends at 3:05pm instead of 3pm Tuesday–Friday. View the Bell Schedule here

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Updated textbook pickup schedule
Textbook pick up instructions
Meal pick up information
PAUSD Calendar

Online Events with the Principal
Freshman Parents from 8/6 – click here for the replay
Sophomore Parents from 8/10 – click here for the replay
Junior Parents from 8/11 – click here for the replay
Senior Parents from 8/12 – click here for the replay
Town Hall with SEC from 8/14 – click here for the replay

Family Wellness Resources


If you have a serious and immediate concern regarding a student, yourself, or a friend, please call 9-1-1 or PAPD at 650-329-2413 and request a C.I.T. (Crisis Intervention Team) officer to assist you. 

Emergency support is also available through the following providers:

  • Santa Clara County Uplift Families First 24-hour Crisis Line: (408) 379-9085
  • Crisis Text Line:  text word “START” to 741-741 to text the suicide hotline
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

In addition, PAUSD has contracted with Caresolace to make it easier for you to find a local provider who is available to help. They contract with your insurance or on a sliding scale.

Last but not least, we encourage you to connect with friends and neighbors, have meaningful conversations, and support each other!

If you have any non-urgent questions, please feel free to contact the PTA Health and Wellness Chair at health-wellness@gunnpta.org.