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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Site-council meeting sees discussion of CAASPP participation, mental health

Site-council meeting sees discussion of CAASPP participation, mental health

Yael Gottesman, Reporter March 16, 2024

At Gunn’s March 12 site-council meeting, parents, students, staff and administrators discussed state-mandated testing, mental health surveys, summer homework, AP class rigor and a shift from grade- to mastery-oriented learning. With the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress planned...

Students provide perspectives on mental health, wellness at Listening Session

Students provide perspectives on mental health, wellness at Listening Session

Sylvie Nguyen and Eanam Maor March 3, 2024

On Feb. 27, during an extended lunch in the library, Gunn administrators hosted a Listening Session to allow students to voice their perspectives on Gunn’s wellness initiatives and student mental health in the aftermath of Feb. 20’s student death.  Tables seating six to seven students were...

Breaking News: Students skip SELF, Study Hall to participate in walkout

Breaking News: Students skip SELF, Study Hall to participate in walkout

Amann Mahajan, Kaylee Cheng and Fenton Zarlengo February 23, 2024

On Friday, Feb. 23, students skipped SELF and Study Hall to participate in a walkout, gathering on the football field to discuss student mental health in the aftermath of Tuesday’s student death.  During the meeting, student organizers freshman Aya Gurevich and sophomore Milcah Morrison directed...

Gunn basketball senior night ends in altercation after overtime win

Gunn basketball senior night ends in altercation after overtime win

Amann Mahajan, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2024

On Feb. 13, an altercation between adult spectators began after Gunn’s senior-night varsity boys basketball game against Wilcox High School.  According to the Palo Alto Police Department, the initial incident occurred between Gunn students and the Wilcox basketball team. Several Gunn parents and...

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...

PAUSD fails to give effective, sustained consent education

PAUSD fails to give effective, sustained consent education

Zoe Leontis, Social Media Editor October 30, 2023

Zoe Leontis is vice president of the Title IX Club. “If you’re still struggling with consent, just imagine instead of initiating sex, you’re making them a cup of tea.” This sentence starts the popular consent-education video “Tea and Consent.” The video, which was used in PAUSD student...

Source: PAUSD Board of Education

District identifies five priorities in updated PAUSD Promise

Kaitlyn Chen, Lifestyle Editor September 23, 2023

In May, PAUSD identified the following PAUSD Promise priority areas for the 2023-24 school year: Innovation, Serve and Celebrate Others, Mental Health and Wellness, Early Literacy, and Equity and Excellence. The result of detailed reflection on annual reports and feedback from community members, the...

Students add sticky notes about their hopes and dreams for multivariable calculus to posters.

Gunn multivariable calculus meeting brings new student voices forward

Amann Mahajan, Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2023

Administrators, teachers and students gathered in N-208 at lunch on Friday to discuss math options beyond Advanced Placement Calculus BC at Gunn. The discussion came on the heels of the Sept. 12 school board meeting, where Superintendent Don Austin announced that Assistant Superintendent of Secondary...

Secondary schools adopt new Monday schedule to enhance teacher collaboration

Secondary schools adopt new Monday schedule to enhance teacher collaboration

Diya Bose-Malakar, Features Editor September 14, 2023

Starting Sept. 18, all PAUSD secondary schools will adopt a new schedule featuring a later start time and 35-minute periods on six designated Mondays in the academic year. Administrators from PAUSD middle and high schools reached this decision to allow for more intra-staff support and collaboration.  Under...

A Cisco Meraki camera set up on an overhang near J-6.

‘It’s always better to be safe’: Surveillance on Gunn’s campus

Charlotte Qian, News Editor June 30, 2023

In April, Palo Alto High School administrators used on-campus security cameras to help identify the perpetrator of a school-shooting threat, calling attention to the role security systems play on Palo Alto Unified School District campuses. While PAUSD has consistently maintained protocols to ensure student...

Gifted by grants: Community members contribute to installations on Gunn campus

Gifted by grants: Community members contribute to installations on Gunn campus

Vivien Chen, Kenneth Soh, Lita Sone and Irene Tsen March 22, 2023

Class gifts come from the graduating year’s student body and are funded using extra money from class fundraisers. While gifts can fund material improvements to Gunn’s campus, Student Activities Director Lisa Hall has also seen classes use funds to discount apparel or fund future events. “(Funds...

Compensation issues lead to restructured SELF, Study Hall format

Compensation issues lead to restructured SELF, Study Hall format

Amann Mahajan, Editor-in-Chief September 23, 2022

Disparities in teacher compensation between Gunn and Palo Alto High School (Paly) resulted in changes to the Social Emotional Literacy and Functionality (SELF) mentoring structure, so students now only attend SELF biweekly. On the off weeks, they will instead participate in Study Hall, a time designated...

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