Career Speaker Series
A diverse group of speakers delivered a consistent message. "Follow your passion and contribute to your community." Special mention and thanks go to our CTE Advisory for participating as speakers. Congratulations to our parent volunteers and Gunn PTSA for providing pizza and making this event so successful. Finally, kudos to our AVID students for introducing the speakers!
Arts, Media and Entertainment
PAUSD introduced a new Audio Production course at both High Schools
Taking hands-on learning digital in Paly's Photography class
Films produced during school closures
The Gunn Film Club recently put on the "Gunndance Film Festival." This year the festival was open to all Gunn students, with a majority of the films created during the school shutdown.
“Gunn Art Department Spring 2020 Showcase” is a multidisciplinary exhibition of artworks created and curated by the visual art students at Henry M. Gunn High School. Students from all art classes were encouraged to share artwork they have created over the course of this school year.
Business & Finance
The importance of Personal Finance was highlighted dramatically this spring semester with the switchover to online learning over the last 10 weeks:
- The challenge of navigating Minimum Wage jobs and how it can cause people to make difficult choices with the present work environment and economy.
- Scams and Privacy – learning about “hooks” and “red flags”, privacy with social media and finally a short lesson on new “Covid 19 related” scams listed on the FTC website
- Advertising – Types of ads, target markets and strategies businesses use to get consumers to spend money were studied.
- Long-term investing – Why it is important for long term goals, utilizing compound interest while young, comparing investment strategies for both short and long term to use and where to find reputable sources of information especially in times of pandemics and global emergencies.
- Insurance – All different types, risk factors, why and when insurance is necessary.
- College – Why college is important and alternatives besides college were explored. Different types of colleges and degrees, positives & negatives were compared and finally how to use government sponsored sources of unbiased information about colleges.
- Career – Students took career surveys to explore their interests and suggested job categories to consider. They spent time researching careers of their own interest and shared information with other students in an online format.
New NAF Certified Business Pathway at Gunn
PAUSD launched a new business pathway, in partnership with NAF!
Education, Child Development, and Family Services
Middle School teachers took the Safe Sitter Instructor Course to implement a Safe Sitter Curriculum for the Family Consumer Science class.
The Early Childhood Education (ECD) Program connects with students, both in-class and digitally.
ECD students also joined weekly Preschool Family Zoom class meetings. The little kids loved seeing their "big kid" friends online!
Engineering & Architecture
Former GRT students use what they learn to solve real-world problems
Former Gunn Robotics Team (GRT) students and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering students jumped at the chance to help get Covid-19 test-kit manufacturing ramped up quickly at Curative-Korva in Los Angeles. Mihir Juvvadi was the GRT captain in 2017, his third year on the team. Both Alex Rosenberg and Bill Liebelt were on the team for two years. Alex has graduated from San Diego State, while both Mihir and Bill will be college seniors next year at Michigan State and Colorado College of Mines, respectively. Our students share "the company was producing and delivering 10,000 test kits a day, with production climbing from there. In our efforts, we came up with novel workarounds, developed relationships with existing vendors and resources in the LA area and around the world, and set up production facilities employing teams of people to build test kits."
New NAF Certified Engineering Pathway at Paly
PAUSD launched a new engineering pathway, in partnership with NAF!
Health Science & Medical Technologies
Biotechnology students analyze model organisms
In the model organisms unit, students learned how to identify male/female Drosophila, as well as various mutant phenotypes. Additionally, students learned microdissection skills by dissecting ovaries and testes from the flies.
Information & Information Technologies
AP Computer Science Principles
After submitting their portfolios to the College Board for grading, AP Computer Science Principles students finished the year off strong by learning about recursive algorithms. Their final project had students combining their previous knowledge of sorting and timing algorithms with recursion. See one of our amazing students show off some good UI as well in the project below.
Seeing Law in action
Support for proposal to develop Foothill's Law Pathway
The Innovation and Agility Department has been working with Foothill to support its proposal to develop a Law Pathway. Letters of support were provided to Foothill early June and again, in November. Also, the PAUSD’s law curriculum was sent over to Foothill to initiate a dual enrollment option.
Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program shares digital projects.
The Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program strives to fulfill our mission of nurturing student interest and igniting student passion through real world, hands on research enabling students to explore career pathways. The program innovatively adapts Career and Technical Education (CTE) foundation standards in conjunction with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for science and engineering practice, and our district’s vision statement for students to explore topics in a wide variety of disciplines including humanities and social sciences, business, science and engineering. AAR students bring passion, curiosity, and perseverance to the program.
Work Experience Education Program
Partnership with Lockheed Martin
Thirteen PAUSD students did not let the school closure interfere with their goal to earn a position in the Lockheed Martin internship program. Lockheed Martin has partnered with PAUSD for over 40 years to offer meaningful, year-long internships for a few lucky students. Students met with their potential mentors in a 1:1 interview process to discuss the possible placement. Each student arrived early, dressed appropriately, and asked engaging questions. Thanks to everyone who supports this program and best of luck to each candidate – you all are stellar candidates, so this will be a tough decision.
Working during a pandemic
Junior De'Aveon Roberts of Paly has not allowed COVID-19 to disrupt his work; instead he is leaning in to the new system of rules that his employer, Chipotle is enforcing. "We have to always wear a face mask, and wash our hands every 30 minutes, rather than each hour." De’Aveon is part of the PAUSD Work Experience class that gives students’ credit for working while enrolled in high school. He reports that work has kept him feeling connected during the constant unknown surrounding our lives; and he "gets a break from my younger brother and sister, too." We should all take a page from De'Aveon's playbook and sacrifice little changes in order to keep each other safe during our new world.
Working with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), the Work Experience Education Program developed updated work permit guidelines as it relates to virtual internships. Visit our bulletin board for a list of virtual internships!
Elementary Creativity Cart
In collaboration with PAUSD’s Elementary Educational Services, AAR’s Elementary Creativity Carts program extends the AAR philosophy to elementary schools by cultivating student skills in design, research, and development of self-advocacy. Here, students use materials in collaboration with Palo Verde's Genius Hour.