Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Gunn Student Equity Committee holds school years final training

Gunn Student Equity Committee holds school year’s final training

Ellie Yuan, Social Media Editor March 20, 2024

On Thursday, March 14, Gunn’s Student Equity Committee held the school year’s final racial equity training for its members in the library. 32 students attended the training, which aimed to address concerns about equity on campus. During the meeting, racial equity consultant Dr. Lori A. Watson...

Students gather in their SELF classroom for a Friday lesson.

In the Pursuit of Wellness: The Oracle investigates efficacy of SELF

Fiona Xiong, Online Editor March 5, 2024

In 2017, Gunn implemented the Social-Emotional Literacy and Functionality program in response to growing concerns about student mental health on campus and new California social-emotional learning standards. This program is the first of the wellness initiatives The Oracle will be investigating in...

Photo courtesy of Courtney Carlomagno

AVID, College Pathways students visit University of California, Santa Cruz

Sylvie Nguyen, Business Manager February 11, 2024

On Jan. 24, students from the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class and College Pathways programs embarked on a full-day trip to the University of California, Santa Cruz to immerse themselves in a college environment. Assistant Principal Courtney Carlomagno, counselors Myesha Dickson...

Exploring Gunns food program: School community raises concerns over current program

Exploring Gunn’s food program: School community raises concerns over current program

Kaylee Cheng and Charlotte Qian February 11, 2024

In August 2023, students contracted food poisoning in four PAUSD elementary schools after consuming the school lunch provided through the California Universal Meals Program. Parents reported foodborne illnesses from the spaghetti served at Duveneck, Fairmeadow, Herbert Hoover and Palo Verde Elementary...

See Something, Say Something initiative aims to combat campus discrimination

See Something, Say Something initiative aims to combat campus discrimination

Victor Dang, News Editor February 9, 2024

In December 2023, the Gunn administration adopted the See Something, Say Something initiative, designed to streamline the process of reporting discrimination and harassment cases and reassure the community of Gunn’s stance against all forms of hate. Students can now report experiences or observations...

Public school enrollment declines as students move out of state, opt for other mediums of learning

Public school enrollment declines as students move out of state, opt for other mediums of learning

Chris Lee, Managing Editor May 23, 2022

Since California’s admittance as the 31st state, it has served as a progressive model for public education. Schools became free for all students in 1867, California was one of the first states to pass a compulsory attendance law in 1874 and the Golden State enacted the Class Size Reduction Program...

New state-wide program offers free lunch for all students

New state-wide program offers free lunch for all students

Chris Lee, Managing Editor September 17, 2021

Along with other schools across the state of California, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) has begun to provide free meals for all students for the 2021-22 school year due to new national and state policies. Free school lunches were initially offered by the federal government as part of...

Students return to new safety guidelines, bell schedule

Students return to new safety guidelines, bell schedule

Raphael Semeria, Managing Editor August 20, 2021

After a year of online classes, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) schools are reopening at full capacity, welcoming new and familiar faces back to the hustle and bustle of in-person school. Students will return to campus, experiencing the many changes made to the 2021-2022 school year compared...

A Tale of Two Cities: How racism in housing deeds, redlining and gentrification led to the stark divide between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

A Tale of Two Cities: How racism in housing deeds, redlining and gentrification led to the stark divide between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

Julianna Chang, Managing Editor November 23, 2020

The bumpy potholes and ridges lining the floor of Highway 101, the historic highway traversing California’s west coast, don’t make for a smooth ride. Despite unpleasant rush hour traffic and rough paving, countless Palo Alto residents drive the lengths of 101 daily, and unofficial landmarks are recognizable...

Q&A with special education teacher Courtney Carlomagno

Q&A with special education teacher Courtney Carlomagno

Eric Epstein, Sports Editor March 1, 2019

The Oracle: What type of courses and students do you primarily teach at Gunn? Courtney Carlomagno: I currently teach Conceptual Physics with [Science De-partment Instructional Supervisor] Laurie Pennington. Ever since we became a full- inclusion school, all of our graduation requirement classes,...

Graphic by Elizabeth Zu

Special Education program aims to provide equal access to education

Elizabeth C December 2, 2016

Written by Elizabeth Chung and Grace Ding In 1975, P.L. 94-142, the law that guaranteed a free appropriate public education to each child with a disability, was passed to ensure equal educational opportunities for students with special needs. This called for the official formation of special...

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