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One year after the election: students remain politically active

December 8, 2017

Written by Jennifer Gao On Nov. 8, 2016, the nation watched as Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 77 electoral votes, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s victory empowered both ends of the political spectrum to take action to further their beliefs, and, a year later, these actions are continuing to prevail. The results of [...]

Gunn gathers evidence for mid-cycle WASC check-in

December 8, 2017

Written by Kristen Yee On March 19 and 20, a team of two researchers from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will come to Gunn for a mid-cycle checkup of the six-year accreditation process. According to WASC, the purpose of the accreditation process is to assure the community that a school’s purpose is appropriate and being [...]

New Titan Pride Week aims to celebrate diversity, wellness

December 8, 2017

Written by Liza Kolbasov During the week of Jan. 29, Gunn will have its first Titan Pride Week, a new celebration of school pride that incorporates ideas from the former Not in Our Schools (NIOS) week. It is being organized by Sources of Strength in conjunction with Student Executive Council (SEC), a group of students, staff and several clubs. The [...]

Q&A With Interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks

November 9, 2017

Compiled by Kristen Yee The Oracle: How will you assure the community that things are in good hands during this transitional period? Karen Hendricks: The feeling of transitory leadership can be unsettling for people and I really understand that. Something I’m trying to do is provide consistent communication to people through weekly updates and [...]

Administration, staff, students examine disciplinary system

November 9, 2017

Despite many recent changes on campus, such as the construction project and the bell schedule, Gunn’s disciplinary policy has remained relatively the same throughout the years. The policy on suspension and expulsion has seen virtually no change from 2013 to 2017. In addition to suspension and expulsion, the school enforces minor disciplinary [...]

Teenztalk starts Teen Wellness Conference in the Bay Area

October 25, 2017

Written by Joanna Huang On September 30, nonprofit wellness organization TeenzTalk held a day-long teen wellness conference at Microsoft’s building in Mountain View. Participants from all across the Bay Area came to attend. Los Altos High School senior Nadia Ghaffari, who founded Teenztalk to promote mental health education and activism, [...]

Law firm investigates mishandled sexual assualt cases

October 13, 2017

Written by Kaya van der Horst  After four months of investigation, Cozen O’Connor, a law firm, released a report on Sept. 20 concluding that the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) did not comply with key aspects of Title IX and failed to follow state law in responding to a sexual assault case at Palo Alto High School (Paly) in 2016. In [...]

McGee resigns, Hendricks to be interim superintendent

October 13, 2017

Written by Jennifer Gao and Caroline Ro On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee announced his resignation effective the following Friday, Sept. 29. Board President Terry Godfrey announced the news following the closed board meeting, where the Board unanimously accepted the [...]