Tuesday, March 27, 2012


submitted by Kim Nguyen

THIRD CONCERT MARCH 10 at Cubberley Theatre

We are hoisting tri-colored flags in this diverse program with music from England, France, and the United States. Program includes: Handel- Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Jean Francaix - Divertimento for Bassoon and Strings, Lou Harrison - First Suite for Strings and Sir Charles Hubert Parry- English Suite. Additional highlights will feature the talented musicians of our Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra performing masterpieces from the chamber music repertory. Conducted by PACO Music Director Benjamin Simon, the concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA. Admission is free. For more information, call 650-856-3848 or visit www.pacomusic.org

Sports Update - March

Basket Ball - Gunn Lady Titans Advance to NorCal Semis beating Lowell high
School 34-24
It wasn't the greatest offensive effort, but it was definitely a defensive
masterpiece as the Gunn Girls' Basketball team defeated Lowell 34-24 at
Kezar Pavilion on Saturday night So strong was Gunn's defense, it marked the
lowest point production for Lowell since they lost to basketball power
Sacred Heart Cathedral 70-24 on November 27, 2004. "We really stepped up
tonight on defense," said Gunn Head Coach Sarah Stapp. "That was one of our
best defensive efforts."

Throughout the game Gunn had issues with turnovers and early on it was very
prevalent. After three minutes Gunn only had two shot attempts and had
already turned the ball over four times as they trailed 4-0 until a Claire
Klausner basket started a 15-2 run that put Gunn in control and the Lady
Titans never trailed again.

Gunn advances to the NorCal semifinals on Tuesday night 7:00 PM at Kennedy
High School in Sacramento. The win on Saturday night improved Coach Stapp's
career record to 3-2 in NorCal Playoffs. This is Gunn's second visit to the
NorCal semis (2009 Divison II) and they're the only public school in the
Central Section in the last eight years to reach the semis twice.

Gunn Track off to a Perfect Start with all 4 divisions (Girls and Boys JV
and Varsity) beating Milpitas

Varsity Girls
The Gunn girls preformed well at the first dual meet of the
year beating the Milpitas girls 91 - 36 points. In the track events Gunn won
all medium and long distances - 800, 1,600 and 2 miles. The girls also
excelled in the short distances winning 100 meters hurdles, 300 hurdles, and
200 and 400 meters.In the field events the girls excelled as well. Team
captain Kirsten Baird won both the high jump and long jump. In the triple
jump sophomore Erica Johnston won the triple jump and Luo returned to place
second close behind her. Sophomore Adriana Noronha led the way by winning
the discus and placing 2nd in the shot put.

Varsity Boys
The Varsity boys were able to hold off the Trojans by scoring 77 points to
Milpitas 49. The boys started off well by winning the 4 x 100 meter relay
and finished the day by running a great 4 x 400 meter relay edging out
Milpitas by only 2 seconds.

Baseball - After losing to Woodside High 7-1, earlier in the week, Gunn boys
faces Milpitas at home hoping for a better outcome. Unfortunately Graham
Fisher (Sr) was injured which took a pitcher and big bat out of the line-up.
In the 5th inning Milpitas went wild scoring 4 runs and though Gunn came
back at the bottom of the 5th and 6th to with 4 runs, Milpitas put the game
out of reach in the top of the 7th with an additional 4 runs.

Milpitas 100 140 3 -- 9 13 2
Gunn 001 013 0 -- 5 9 4
D. Garay, Fuentes (6) and Fuentes, Manera (6), Martinez (7). Rea, Sharp (5)
and Sampson. WP Garay (na). LP Rea (0-1)
3B: Macaulay (M). 2B: Macaulay (M); Verhulp, Rea (G). 4 hits: Smith (M). 3
hits: Mi. Sandor (G). 2 hits: Macaulay, Fuentes, Nelson (M); Verhulp (G). 3
RBI: Fuentes.
Records: Gunn (3-4, 1-1), Milpitas (2-5-1, 1-1)

Tennis - in a SCVAL De Anza Division match on Thursday, Monta Vista beat
Gunn 4-3.

With the score tied at 3 after Gunn had won all it's doubles matches it
was down to the last set in the last singles match between Gunn and Monta
Vista to decide the outcome of this meet. A nail-biter match that ended in
the dark found Gunn at the losing end, falling to Monta Vista 4-3. Gunn
league 1-3 overall 3-5.

Singles - #1 Nathan Law (MV) def. Andy Zhou (G) 4-6, 1-0 retired, #2 Edward
Ang (MV) def. Ameya Rao (G) 6-1, 6-3, #3 Jonathan Li (MV) def. Isaac Wang
(G) 6-3, 6-1, #4 Jeremy Liu (MV) def. Satya Bodduluri (G) 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-5

Doubles - #1D Clifton Wolak & Roy Peleg (G) def. Sudeu Chaivlldi & Jonathan
Tsao (MV) 7-5, 7-6(0), #2D Joe Atlas & Jack Kwan (G) def. Saxton Day &
Leonard Ting (MV) 7-5, 6-4, #3D Kevin Macario & Thomas George (G) def.
Daniel Lim & Mati Cheong (MV) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1

Varsity Girls
The Gunn girls preformed well at the first dual meet of the
year beating the Milpitas girls 91 - 36 points. Beginning with the mile,
freshmen Catherine Kim and sophomore Elly Ribbe took the top two spots
respectively. Kim returned in the 800 meters and took first place once
again. Ribbe returned in the 2 mile and won that race. Moving on to the 100
meter High Hurdles juniors Anna Jaffe and Liana Vitousek placed 1st and 2nd
place. Senior and Team captain Elsa Chu placed 3rd to help the titans sweep
the event. Jaffe and Vitousek returned in the 300 hurdles to take 1st and
2nd again. In the 400 meter race frosh Kastania Dahlen and senior Joni Gore
scored 1st and 3rd place. Dahlen returned in the 200 meter race to grab
third place. In the 100 meters junior Ebba Nord and senior Laura Hayward
snagged 2nd and 3rd place. Nord returned strong in the 200 meter race to
take the win.

Moving on to the field events the girls excelled as well. Team captain
Kirsten Baird won both the high jump and long jump. Sophomore Moira Saxena
jumped the same height as Kirsten in the high jump and placed a close
second. Frosh Jessica Luo placed 2nd in the long jump close behind Baird. In
the triple jump sophomore Erica Johnston won the triple jump and Luo
returned to place second close behind her.

In the throws sophomore Adriana Noronha led the way by winning the discus
and placing 2nd in the shot put. Junior Fallon Miller also threw well to win
the shot put. Team captain Catherine Yu rounded out the throws by snatching
an addition point for the team by placing third in the discus.

Varsity Boys
The Varsity boys were able to hold off the Trojans by scoring 77 points to
Milpitas 49. The boys started off well by winning the 4 x 100 meter relay.
Soon after senior Andrew Prior won the mile and senior Shaun Yee took third
place. Andrew came back shortly in the 800 meters to win that event as well.
Senior Daniel Krigel followed closely in the 800 to take 2nd place. Senior
Alex Barthelemy won both the 110 meter high hurdles and the 300 meter
hurdles. Junior Wyatt Eberspacher helped out by placing 2nd in the high
hurdles with teammate Joe Suh snatching up an additional point in the long
hurdles by placing third.

In the sprints senior Bastian Fromherz won the 400 meter dash. Sophomore
Sean Lydster fresh from wrestling placed 2nd in the 100 meter race and took
third in the 200 meter race to round out the sprinters. In the 2 mile
seniors Peter Chen and Michael Underwood placed 2nd and 3rd place.

Finally the varsity boys ran a great 4 x 400 meter relay and the boys ran a
close race and edged out Milpitas by only 2 seconds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Submitted by Renee Hart

for Your 2012-2014 Gunn HS Site Council Parent Representatives
We are pleased to present the following slate of parent-candidates for the 2012-2014 Site Council. Each year, two of the four parent representatives serving on Site Council come up for re-election. According to Site Council bylaws, incumbent representatives can only serve two consecutive terms (four years). This year, Geoff Butner is up for re-election and Susan Thomas will retire herseat, following twoyears of distinguished service to Gunn’s Site Council. Thanks to Geoff Butner and Linda Lingg who have graciously offered their services to our community.
Please vote for TWO (2) candidates and either fax, mail or email it to the Site Council office here at Gunn by the Thursday, March 29 deadline. Please email your E-ballot to:rhart@pausd.org. Please include your Gunn student's name and grade on your e-ballot.NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A STUDENT ATTENDING GUNN THIS YEAR TO VOTE. ONLY ONE BALLOT PER HOUSEHOLD ACCEPTED. The ballot must be in the office by March 29.
If you have any questions about the election process or the Site Council, please call the office (650.849.7932) or email to the address given above. Election results will be announced in next month’s Gunn Connection. VOTE NOW!!!

p GEOFF BUTNER, Parent of Torey (11th grade) and Kirsten (8th grade)
I am interested in continuing to be a respresentative on the Gunn Site Council for the upcoming 2 year term. I served over the last year as full time as an alternate. I have a daughter, Torey Butner, that is currently a junior at Gunn and Kirsten Butner, incoming freshman for next year. I am a very active and involved parent as I served on Site Council at JLS working closely with Sharon Ofek and prior to that was on Site Council at Palo Verde Elementary School during the transition from Eric Goddard to Lupe Garcia. I have also been a member of the PTA since my kids entered the Palo Alto School system. I have 5 children, of which Torey is the oldest with my youngest currently in first grade. I have a background in finance and am currently employed by Square 1 Bank where I run a portion of the credit and risk management groups making daily decisions on providing capital to venture capital start ups.

p AZEEZ CHOLLAMPAT, Parent of Nabeel (10th grade)
I am a Sr. Program Manager at Rambus Inc. As a Program Manager, I am managing multiple programs for the Silicon Business Group. Previously I was running my own corporations N Square Corporation and Tea-Time. I had enough experience in running a large team and making strategic decisions in group settings. I also have enough financial management experience by building these successful companies from ground up and in the current position.
I am a Stanford Certified Advanced Project Manager
I have attended and graduated ‘Leadership Santa Clara 2007’ sponsored by the Santa Clara city in 2007 for 6 months
I have involved with various Indian organizations, elementary and middle school PTAs and lately I was the Treasure of MANCA (Malayale Association of Northern California, an Indian community association)

p MAGGI SMEAL, Parent of Jamie Hattler (8th grade)
My name is Maggi Smeal and I would love to serve on the site council at Gunn! I first started on site council at El Carmelo Elementary where I served 2 terms and then went on to serve 2 terms at JLS MIddle School. I have also worked in numerous PTA executive council roles and served on the District PTA Council. For many years I served as a pediatrician on the PAUSD Health CounciI as well. I feel very passionate about making our schools the very best environment for our children's academic, social and emotional development. I enjoy working with the principal, administration, teachers and students on site council and hearing all views as to how to best accomplish our common goals for the school and supporting all those involved in the process. I have worked on lots of projects including social emotional well-being, after school sports, green initiatives, healthy food choices as well as reviewing teacher grant proposals at both the elementary and secondary level. I have 2 children and one will be an incoming freshman at Gunn. I work part time as a pediatrician in urgent care pediatrics and love living in Palo Alto and enjoy sports and the outdoors.

p BECKY THOMAS, Parent of Madison (10th grade) and Dylan (9th grade)
I would like to offer my experience and serve on the Gunn Site Council next year. I have worked in the classroom, driven on field trips, and helped at social events for many years. I currently volunteer in the Gunn Academic Center each week so I have an opportunity to interact with kids both off campus and on campus. I am a homemaker and love spending my time enriching the lives of our children. Our family is committed to supporting the community and schools in various charitable ways. I believe that it takes all viewpoints to understand the impact of decisions in our schools. I want to continue to serve and offer the value of my experience.
I served on Terman's Site Council 2010-2011. I was Terman's PTA President 2009-2010. I was Barron Park Elementary's PTA President 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 and helped implement 'Steps to Respect' while at Barron Park. I was Livsey Elementary School's PTA President 2004-2005 (in Atlanta, GA). I've held other various PTA officer positions. I volunteer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, as a Barron Park Donkey Handler, and with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. I also help out at Gunn dances and with other Gunn activities.


Vote for 2 candidates either on paper or electronically NO LATER THAN MARCH 29.
Voters must have a student now at Gunn. One ballot per household, please.


Your Gunn Student’s Name:_________________________________ Grade:_________
Mail to Gunn HS Site Council: 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Fax to Gunn HS Site Council : 650.493.7801
Email to: Renee Hart