All posts by Jennifer Schultz

Reaching Out Saves Lives 5k Walk! Sat Feb 29, 9-11am

ROCK (Reach Out Care Know) will host Gunn’s Third Annual Mental Health Walk. The walk, Reaching Out Saves Lives, is a community event to wrap up Gunn’s Mental Health Week. The walk is a 5k from Gunn’s track to Bol Park and back again. The track will have tables that feature different mental health organizations from around the community.

  • Sponsors are needed to make this event possible!
  • In-kind donations (i.e., food and drinks, t-shirts, entertainment, signage) and monetary donations (Companies, Organizations, and Individuals) are greatly appreciated.
  • If you would like to donate, you can do so here under the ROCK button.
  • Register for the walk here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Williams, Co-VP of ROCK.

Gunn Parents and Students Invited to WASC Info Night and Focus Groups

Gunn Parents and Students are invited to a WASC Info Night on Monday Feb 10, 6:15-7:15pm, in the Gunn Staff Lounge. Come and learn about how you can help shape the future of our school! The WASC Accreditation process will determine important aspects of Gunn’s direction in the coming years, and parents and students are a critical part of that process. The meeting will be co-sponsored by the Gunn Site Council.

Parents are invited and encouraged to join a WASC Focus Group. You’ll work in mixed groups with school staff and students to help analyze data about various aspects of the school, and will have the opportunity to give substantive input about what we’re doing well, and what we should be working to improve. We use the process to set our goals for the next six years, and your participation is both valued and critically important! The time commitment is about 6-10 hours total, spread across 7-8 meetings (see above for meeting dates/times). If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out the form in the most recent Gunn Connection Enews, or contact the WASC Coordinator, Tara Firenzi, at

 See more info and previous WASC reports.

Focus Group Meeting Dates:

Thu, Feb 13 (morning)
Mondays, Mar 16, 23, Apr 27, 2:45-3:45pm
Fall 2020, one meeting TBD
2-3 “home group” meetings TBD

Next Parent Ed event: Screenagers Next Chapter

Please join us for our next Parent Ed movie night!
Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:00pm
Gunn High School, Spangenberg Auditorium
Tickets are free and available at:

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience, a film that examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. Please join us! All are welcome.

The PAUSD Promise

If you have not yet had a chance, take a look at the PAUSD Promise at

This guiding document is designed to clearly, concisely, and coherently (1) outline Palo Alto Unified School District’s critical priority areas for 2019-20, (2) provide space to explore our aspirations, and (3) determine metrics to monitor our progress.