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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Stacey Kofman

Stacey Kofman

Diya Bose-Malakar, Features Editor December 2, 2022

Sports medicine teacher Stacey Kofman balances responsibilities at Gunn, Stanford University, Palo Alto High School (Paly) and Go 4 Ellis. A passion for teaching and helping athletes connects all of Kofman’s jobs. Her career began at Paly as the athletic trainer in 1993. Later, she began teaching...

English Teacher Terence Kitada

English Teacher Terence Kitada

Becca Wu, In-Depth Editor March 8, 2022

When English teacher Terence Kitada first came to Gunn in 2013, he was appreciative of the English department’s pseudo-dress code. “I heard from other English teachers that [semi-formal attire] is what you have to wear,” he said. “For me, that was great because I came from teaching in Japan,...

Math Teacher Kathy Hawes

Math Teacher Kathy Hawes

Hila Livneh, Centerfold Editor March 8, 2022

Thankfully for math teacher and fashion lover Kathy Hawes, the math department does not have a dress code, meaning that teachers are able to choose their day-to-day outfits based on personal preference. Hawes takes much joy in this freedom because of her love of fashion. “I find getting dressed...

English Teacher Mark Hernandez

English Teacher Mark Hernandez

Irene Tsen, Managing Editor March 8, 2022

On Valentine’s Day, instead of the typical red and pink color palette, English teacher Mark Hernandez opted for a black double-breasted suit and a gray and gold tie. The classic and traditional outfit was perfect for Hernandez’s Shakespeare class that day, where he was playing Claudius in “Hamlet.” While...

Affordable housing scarcity impacts staff commute times

Affordable housing scarcity impacts staff commute times

Chris Lee, Managing Editor December 10, 2021

On a typical weekday, English teacher Kate Zavack begins her morning at 6:00 a.m. at her home in Gilroy, 48 miles away from Gunn. She scrambles to brush her teeth, get dressed, cook lunch and load the car before her son Jude wakes up. By 7:15 a.m., the two are on their way to Jude’s preschool in San...

English teacher Terence Kitada reflects on Zoom classes, virtual learning adjustments

English teacher Terence Kitada reflects on Zoom classes, virtual learning adjustments

Devon Lee, Sports Editor September 17, 2020

Many students have found difficulty in the transition to virtual learning. After all, thanks to issues with Wi-Fi, audio and Zoom itself, not to mention the barrier that comes with conducting school remotely, learning has become more challenging. Students, however, aren’t the only ones struggling—teachers,...

Teachers

Kate Mallery, Copy Editor February 12, 2020

With course selections just around the corner, some students may be struggling to choose their classes. There are many factors to consider when signing up for courses: What subjects do I want to take? How many Advanced Placement (AP) or honors classes am I taking? Is this class going to be too...

Social studies teacher Laurel Howard

Social studies teacher Laurel Howard

Genna Bishop, Assistant Business Manager October 4, 2019

Social studies teacher Laurel Howard, Gunn graduate, returned to Palo Alto in 2017 to teach at Gunn after graduating college. When deciding her next move after college, Howard considered many options, but she ultimately decided to return and give back to the community in which she grew up, applying...

Gunn alumni pause to reflect on their high school experiences: Social studies teacher Haley Perkins

Gunn alumni pause to reflect on their high school experiences: Social studies teacher Haley Perkins

Liza Kolbasov, Editor-in-Chief October 4, 2019

When most students graduate from their respective high schools, they don’t think they’ll ever find themselves returning. Yet, Gunn graduate and social studies teacher Haley Perkins got the chance to bring her unique perspective as a former student back by becoming a teacher here. Since...

graphic by Jocelyn Wang

Analysis of standards-based grading reveals advantages

Angela Wong, News Editor September 20, 2019

Throughout the beginning of the school year and the schedule-change frenzy that accompanies it, certain questions are often heard in the hallways at Gunn: “Is this teacher an easy or hard grader?” “Which classes are easy A’s?” While these topics of conversation are common at a high...

Substitute Christopher Duff to hike Pacific Crest Trail

Substitute Christopher Duff to hike Pacific Crest Trail

Joshua Yang, Forum Editor May 17, 2019

Some teachers collect vinyl records or souvenirs of past travels, while others house antique coins and stamps in bound folios. However, for substitute teacher Christopher Duff, the entirety of his collection—a collection of memories, that is—can be hastily drawn on a whiteboard: a peanut...

Staff members participate in marathons: Science Teacher Maria Powell

Staff members participate in marathons: Science Teacher Maria Powell

Joy Huang, Features Editor March 29, 2019

Science teacher Maria Powell stood on tiptoes to reach for something between lab stations two and three in her biology classroom—crowded with freshmen doing the bacterial transformation lab—and felt the muscles of her right calf tear. “It felt like a zipper unzipping,” she said. She...

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