Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SELPA 1 CAC January Parent Education Event

submitted by Karen Mueller

Turning 18 - Within the special education world there is a wide range of ability levels, and our students can be extremely varied in their ability to be independent. These issues come into focus when our kids reach 18 and are ready to leave the school system. What happens when high school is over and our kids are legally adults? What happens to the child who can pass CAHSEE and graduate, yet struggles?

When should we begin preparing for this transition? What programs and supports are available at Foothill/DeAnza? What if college is not an option? How can my child get employment training? What agencies provide support for young adults? What about medical visits – how can I still participate in my child’s medical decisions?

Come hear our panel address these issues and your questions. Jan Johnston-Tyler, owner of EvoLibri Consulting, specializes in young adults with social, academic, psychological, and medical challenges. Margo Dobbins works at Foothill College Student Services. Jennifer Springer is from CONNECT!, a collaborative of more than 25 partner organizations that offers a wide range of workforce development services to both businesses and job seekers in Silicon Valley. NOVA is one of the lead partner organizations that help make this collaborative a success. To job seekers, NOVA is known for their extensive job search assistance, career development resources, and skills training referrals.

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011 - meeting is 7 to 9 pm. Hospitality begins at 6:45pm. Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos.
This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit. No registration is necessary.

Gunn Turkey Feast-Thank You!

Submitted by Nitay Gill,

The Turkey Feast PTSA Planning Committee would like to thank the Gunn community for all the effort and time put into making this event successful. From cooking pies and turkeys to donating money and time, we couldn’t have done it without your dedication and team spirit. Also a special thanks for those that stayed late to help clean up, pack food, move furniture back to normal and wash up the aluminum pans for use next year! We also extend our appreciation to Piazza’s and Marie Callender’s for helping us in our effort to feed over 1500 participants. The School Board, Gunn’s administration, front office staff, teachers, SEC and custodians graciously supported us in every possible way.
The Ecumenical Hunger Program will once again receive a donation that will target families who are in need this holiday season. Most of all, thank you for helping us make Gunn a warm and welcoming school!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathy Lindholm, Debbie Sutherland
Donna Pioppi and Nitay Gill


submitted by Kim Nguyen
PACO Publicity Chair

PACO’s most senior of its five youth orchestras will perform a collection of inspiring music on Saturday, December 18th under the direction of PACO music director, Benjamin Simon. Nine Gunn students will be a part of the performance.

They are:
Haleli Moalem, Nicky Hwang, Isabella Costanza, Sierra Leder, Yilin Liang, Zachary Munro, Leonard Woo, Max Woo, and Ayala Berger.

The concert program is to celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven's 240th Birthday with a performance of his youthful Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major and his marvelous Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral). Our soloist is MIT professor David Deveau, a world-class performer and teacher who will be making his PACO debut. Also featured will be Pavel Haas' brilliant Study for String Orchestra (1943), one of many masterpieces that emerged from the Terezin concentration camp in the midst of the horrors of World War II, and the fiery third movement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3 performed by an advanced string quartet formed by PACO members.

The concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. at the Eagle Theater of Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave, Los Altos. Ticket prices are $15 general, $10 senior and $5 student. For more information, please call 650-856-3848 or visit http:/

Monday, November 15, 2010

Noodle Tools now in Gunn Library

Meg Omainsky,

Gunn Library has purchased a subscription to Noodle Tools. Noodle Tools is an online subscription-based research tool that helps guide students through their research. It differs from free tools like Citation Machine and Easy Bib in that Noodle Tools offers online student collaboration features, digital, color-coded notecards for direct quotes, summaries and paraphrasing. Also, the tool is linked up with Google docs. When you click Paper in the NoodleBib navigation bar, a new document is created in your Google Docs account. That document is automatically tied to the NoodleBib project, so that you can return directly to the paper by clicking on the Paper button again.

When students share a NoodleBib project with a teacher, they have the option to share the Google Docs paper, too. The teacher gains full edit access to the document and can give students feedback using Google’s comment tool directly on working papers.

Here are some help links to get you started.

Link to User Guide-
Link to tutorials-

Link to FAQs-

Access Information:

Click on this link to access our Noodle Tools subscription: (Link on the library website is forthcoming).

login with username= gunnhigh
password= titans

Each user must create a "personal folder" (i.e., select a personal ID and password) by clicking the "Create a Personal ID" button on the login screen. Access to your subscription is currently enabled via username/password. Students will be prompted to log in to the subscription when they click "Create a Personal ID" on the login screen.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Class of 2015 Sees Candy Fundraiser!

Diane Downend,

Support the Class of 2015…yes, 2015! Terman’s 8th grade class invites you to purchase $16 gift certificates for one-pound boxes of Sees Candy to help fund their promotion activities and seed their Gunn Class of 2015 activities. The timeless gift certificates are a great value and handy gifts to have on hand at all times to send as birthday, special occasion and thank you gifts. With the Holidays around the corner, they’re perfect gifts for co-workers and clients. The sale will be on-going throughout the 2010-2011 school year. The form for placing Holiday season orders can be found at

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Twelve Angry Men

The Gunn High School Theatre Department presents "Twelve Angry Men"

By Reginald Rose
Directed by James Shelby
Technical Direction by Kristin Lo
Nov. 11-20 in the Studio Theatre at Gunn High School

Come take a seat in the jury room where twelve citizens must decide the guilt or innocence of a young man accused of murdering his father. This gripping tale of one-versus-eleven was made famous in the much-loved 1957 film starring Henry Fonda. In our version, there are both men and women on the jury; in real time, (no intermission) we watch as the twelve wrestle with prejudice, group mentality, and the incredible challenge of determining a man's fate. Originally produced in 1954, the year of the landmark civil-rights verdict Brown v. Board of Education, the play demands we pay attention to the complex and essential issues at the root of our democracy. You won't want to miss this story that grabs hold and never lets go until the shattering conclusion!

Join the Opening Night crowd, Thurs. Nov. 11, for pre-show treats and beverages, and hear our own Mr. Tim Farrell's commentary on the play! The Gala begins at 6:30 in the Gunn Staff Lounge, and moves to the Studio Theatre for the 8 p.m. show.

Tickets for Opening Night are $20-- proceeds support theatre programs at Gunn!

Additional performances:

Nov. 12 & 13, 8 p.m. (students $8, general $10)
Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m. matinee (all $5)
Nov. 18 - 20, 8 p.m. (students $8, general $10)

Tickets available online at, or at the campus SAC (M-F 10-3:45).
Remaining tickets will be sold at the door ½ hour before each show.
Online sales for same-day ticket purchases may close early to be sold at the SAC or at the door.

Buy tickets early as Studio Theatre shows do sell out!

Books Inc. Shopping Night

Books Inc. Shopping Night
Gunn Library Fundraiser at Books Inc. Shopping Night

Mark your calendars:

Wednesday, December 8
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Books Inc. - Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Do your holiday shopping between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 P.M., and Books Inc. will donate 20% of any items purchased--not just books--to our library!

Please let us know if you would like to help with publicity, supervision or refreshments for this event.

Info: Cynthia Easton, Gunn Library


Partners in Education News:
Donate before November 19th, and Partners in Education (PiE) gets DOUBLE.

Your donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $275,000, thanks to a challenge grant made possible by the PiE Advisory Council.

Take advantage of this opportunity to stretch your dollars and retain critical staff and programs funded by PiE! Suggested donation is $650 per child, although PiE welcomes any contribution that is meaningful for your family. All schools will sponsor "Donation Days" events during the last week of the Challenge Grant, Nov. 17th-Nov. 19th. Meet your PiE Chairs, ask your burning PiE questions, and make your tax-deductible donation count...twice!

Online donations are welcome: