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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.

Parent Ed Events

Here are slides and notes from Paul Kanarek‘s engaging talk, Separating Fact from Fiction in College Admissions, held at Gunn’s Spangenberg Auditorium on Thursday October 24.


Please join us for our next Parent Ed event!

Carl Honore

Monday, November 4 7:00 pm
Paly Haymarket Theater

Slow Parenting

Childhood has come to resemble a race to perfection. Result: children and parents are frazzled and unfulfilled. But change is coming. A global movement (think Slow Education, Slow Families, Slow Parenting, Slow Kids, etc) is finding ways to give children the time and space to explore the world on their own terms, take reasonable risks, play freely, get bored, be children again. In this keynote, Carl explores this powerful drive to reinvent childhood for the 21st century, touching on themes ranging from technology and extracurricular activities to education, safety and consumerism. He shows how to strike the right balance between doing too much and doing too little for children, and how slowing down can help them reach their full potential (as well as making family life a lot more fun!).