Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Principal Dr. Herrmann reflects on her junior prom

amandalee828 May 12, 2017

Written by Amanda Lee Prom’s sacred traditions are respected in almost every American high school, but in Principal Dr. Denise Herrmann’s town, they were especially important. Herrmann went to high school in Shabbona, Illinois, a town so small that she only had 33 classmates in her grade. Despite...

Graphic by Jackie Lou

School Board requests additional $2 million in possible cuts

Helen Nguyen March 31, 2017

Written by Helen Nguyen and Aleks Tycz Following a major budget miscalculation, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) must make $3.3 million in cuts. PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Max McGee believes that the budget cuts are going to impact some of the district’s infrastructure. “We’re...

Graphic by Jackie Lou

School Board affirms sanctuary school status

mayarapoport February 3, 2017

Written By: Maya Rapoport During the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education meeting on Jan. 10, the Board unanimously approved a resolution affirming support of undocumented students and families and making Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) schools “sanctuary schools” for immigrants. The...

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...

Computer science requested as graduation requirement

clarakieschnickllamas September 9, 2016

By Clara Kieschnick-Llamas Due to the increase of lines of work involving computer science, there has been a recent movement to make computer science a graduation requirement at Gunn. Last year, eight administrators and teachers met regularly and had a meeting with the district office about the...

New Gunn TOSA positions introduced to enhance learning

yangshannon August 16, 2016

Written by Shannon Yang This year, there will be two new Teacher on Special Assignments (TOSA) positions: a math intervention TOSA and a literacy intervention TOSA. Ariane Tuomy will serve as the literacy intervention TOSA and the math intervention TOSA position will be split between Rachel...

Junior Chloe Sorensen with alum Hope Schroeder. Photo courtesy of Chloe Sorensen

Open the door: junior Chloe Sorensen and discovering trusted adults

The Oracle February 2, 2016

Written by Chloe Sorensen When I first arrived at Gunn, I was not the type of person to open up to others or talk about how I felt, let alone ask for help. When people offered to help me, I tended to dismiss it, because I didn’t want them to go out of their way to help me. However, here at Gunn,...

Last years cheer team performs its Paly Rally number. This years routine, along with dances routine, will be postponed. Photo by Alexandra Ting

Admin cancels rally due to district policy

The Oracle January 30, 2016

Written by Shawna Chen The Student Executive Council (SEC) members announced the administration’s decision to cancel the Paly Rally in online class groups on Jan. 21. The message cited lack of time as a reason for not holding the rally, along with concerns about appropriateness in light of the Board...

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