Important Back to School Dates

Mon 8/5: Online Back-to-School Packets are available.

Mon 8/5, 6:00pm: Student schedules released on Infinite Campus.

Tues-Wed 8/6-7: Students can correct errors in their schedules in the new P building. Questions? Call 650-354-8200.

Fri 8/9, 3:30–7:00pm (3:30pm Registration, 4:00pm Start): Freshmen & New Student Orientation in front of Spangenberg Theatre. Students will have their photos taken, receive a paper copy of their schedule, and meet with their Titan group. Pizza will be served at 6:30pm. (Please note: Freshman and new students do NOT also need to come to school on Monday 8/12.)

Fri 8/9, 5:45-6:45pm: Parent Meeting for Incoming Freshmen & New Students in Spangenberg Theatre. At 7:00 pm parents can pick up their students.

Mon 8/12, 9:00am–3:30pm: Photo Day for all students (besides freshman and new students) in Bow Gym.
ALL students are REQUIRED to have a school photo taken for their Gunn ID card.

Tue 8/13, 8:25 am–2:35 pm: First Day of School!

Wed 8/14: Photo Make-up Day for students who missed having their picture taken on Aug 9 or 12.

Fri 8/16, 7:00pm: Welcome Back Dance

Fri 8/23, 8:30-10:00am: Principal’s Coffee — Principal Kathie Lawrence will welcome the Gunn community.

Thur 8/29, 6:00pm: Back-to-School Night. Meet your student’s teachers! Bring a flashlight and your student’s schedule. (Please note: This event is for parents, not students.)

Fri 8/30, 8:30-10:00am: Freshman Parent Network meeting in the Gunn Staff Lounge.

Wed 9/4, 6:00pm: Back-to-School Social hosted by the Gunn Foundation. All are welcome. Come reconnect with old friends and make new ones! Food trucks will be available for purchasing dinner.

End of year help needed

The school needs some extra help at the end of the year.

Please sign up to help serve snacks during finals here, Thursday 5/30 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

Help with Senior Picnic and Grad Night here. Wednesday 5/29 many shifts through the day for Senior Picnic, and Thursday 5/30 for Grad Night also many shifts through the day/night.

Help stack returned textbooks in the Library. Many shifts starting 8:00 am Tuesday 5/28 through Friday 5/31.

Lastly, please join us for a Thank You Celebration for Volunteers this year at Indo Restaurant 3295 El Camino Real, Tuesday 5/28 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Please rsvp here.

Palo Alto Parent Ed series

The Self-Driven Child — The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Palo Alto High School – Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
All parents want children who are confident, self-directed, and goal-driven. In this presentation, authors Dr. William Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, a national test-prep expert, distill the latest research and share tools that parents can use to enhance a child’s drive, motivation, and healthy decision-making.
Parents, students, and educators welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available.
Palo Alto Parent Education Series events are jointly sponsored by Paly PTSA and Gunn PTSA.

Email Phishing targets PTSA

Our executive vice president recently received an email which purportedly came from our president.

Here’s what the email looked like:

From:  President first name<>
Date: February 5, 2019 at 6:49:38 AM PST
Subject: Hi  VP first name
Are you available at the moment?The board need some gift cards for donation….
can you get some today?If Yes Kindly get back to me quick
You will surely be reimbursed
president first name
Note a few disturbing issues:
  • the reply-to address is not an email address we recognise
  • the subject was personal, referring to our correctly  VP by her first name
  • it was “signed” correctly with our president’s first name
  • it was asking for gift cards

It seems quite a bit of research went into this phishing scam. Please be careful with these types of emails.