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Principal's Message

Aug. 6, 2020

Dear Cupertino Students and Families,

I hope that all of you have found some space for rest and relaxation during this very interesting of summers. My husband and I snuck away to Sedona, AZ for a masked-up retreat in the red rocks for a few days, but mostly, I worked and read. Two books that were especially powerful for me this summer were Stamped from the Beginning and How to be an Antiracist, both by Ibram X. Kendi. I know that many of us were hoping to be able to return to school in person this fall, but the virus has other plans. I hope that each of you are staying safe and healthy, practicing social distancing and wearing your mask as you leave the house. 

Though we are not all returning to the building immediately, we are getting ready for the teaching and learning to resume. Your Cupertino staff has been hard at work getting everything ready for the new year. Please join me in welcoming new Assistant Principals: Jackie Corso and Steve Puccinelli, both CHS alums and district leaders before their placement here at Cupertino. We're excited to have them. 

Please review the Remote Learning Schedule on our website. You'll notice that we have block periods four days a week, plus a largely asynchronous day on Wednesday. 

Advisory: On Wednesday mornings, students will be meeting with an advisory group for check-ins and occasional school-wide lessons. This advisory will be with a student's 4th period class. Students without a 4th period on their schedule will be assigned to an advisory. These sessions are required, we will be taking attendance, and there will be occasional work products expected. 

First Week of School: Students will report to their advisory class on Monday and Tuesday, each at 9 a.m. During that session, students will participate in some activities and be assigned tasks to complete during the rest of the day. Those lessons will include training on our new learning management system, school expectations and Zoom etiquette, anti-racism, and sexual harassment prevention. We begin all other classes on Wednesday, August 19. 

Lesson Design: We recognize that the crisis learning we did in the spring was insufficient for the long term. We have made a commitment to the community that we'll be doing synchronous lessons, but that does not mean 90 minutes of lecture or talking at kids. It can and should include movement, independent work, discussion, group conversations, and more, just as if we were in a physical classroom. Out of class work will be expected and we will be assigning grades. All students will be logging in via Schoology, our new learning management system. You should have received a letter from the district explaining how to get signed up. 

Books and Yearbooks: Next week, we will be completing Pioneer Days and materials distribution for students on Monday (12th grade), Tuesday (11th), Wednesday (10th), and Thursday (9th). Students will have a photo taken, pick up their books and other materials, as well as receive a hard copy of their schedule and id card. Please review the Pioneer Days Schedule so that you may plan to be available; we have limited the number of students in each time slot in order to provide appropriate social distancing. Please wear a mask! If returning 10-12th grade parents have not yet signed the Back to School Updates through the Infinite Campus Portal, please do so prior to the assigned day for your grade. This does not apply to 9th graders or new students; that information was collected through your registration process. 2020 Yearbooks (from last spring) will also be available for pick up next week. 

If you have not returned books from previous classes, please bring those when you come to pick up books for 20-21. We need to collect all books checked out to students to clear your Destiny account for this upcoming school year.

If you cannot come when you are assigned, please fill out this Google Form to let us know and we'll make other arrangements with you for pick up on Friday or drop off if it's not possible for you to come to school. Please make every effort to come when you are assigned.

Guidance: The Guidance Counselors will begin processing the schedule correction requests on Thursday, August 6. They will work through the seniors first, and then proceed through the lower grades in descending order. Students will be able to view the schedules in Schoology starting on August 10. Please note the following dates for checking schedules, as the counselors will be working throughout next week on corrections: Monday, Aug. 10=12th grade; Tuesday, August 11=11th grade; Wednesday, August 12=10th grade; Thursday, August 13=9th grade.

Teacher Assistants: Limited spaces will be available for students wishing to sign up for TA. Spots will be available to seniors in need of credit. Teachers who have a need for TAs will be responsible for assigning work to the TAs, grading, and daily attendance. TA forms will be available on the CHS Guidance class specific course page on Schoology starting on Monday, August 10.

Drop Forms: Students wishing to drop a form will need to submit a form with their parent's approval through Informed K12. The form will be available on the CHS Guidance class specific course page on the website starting on Monday, August 10.

Technology: If your student needs a computer or WIFI hotspot, please remember to fill out the Remote Learning Technology Request Form (http://bit.ly/fuhsdtechrequest). We can help with both. If there are multiple students in the home and just one computer, please request additional laptops.

Food ServicesFood Service will be continuing this fall during distance learning. Food Services will be offering drive thru meals on Wednesdays. Students or parents can pick up a full week's worth of meals (5 breakfast and 5 lunch) every Wednesday. Below are the details-

  • Sites serving drive thru meals: CHS, FHS and HHS
  • Times: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Meal service will be drive thru, contact free and scanners will be used to scan student ID. All FUHSD students can go to any of the 3 school sites to get the meals. Families who qualify for free lunch will receive these meals free; other families will have the ability to pay for them electronically. More details to follow. 

Safe School: Finally, I want to assure our families that we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe space at Cupertino High School for every single student on our campus. With that in mind, two of our advisories during the first week of school will center around anti-racism and sexual harassment, both critical topics for our students to explore and learn more about the importance and consequences of their words and actions. If a student experiences any incident of bullying, harassment or unwanted physical contact on our campus and feels uncomfortable, we urge you to please report it to a school administrator, guidance counselor or school-based therapist. It is important that students feel comfortable in approaching a trusted adult when such an incident occurs, and we will continue to focus on building and strengthening those relationships. Please know that we remain committed to investigating all allegations which are brought to our attention and taking appropriate action. Student safety is our foremost priority. 

Parent News: We will be posting a series of videos on the evening of August 11 that will be chock full of information about the new school year. These will be helpful for both new and experienced parents. I will be following up with a webinar on Thursday, August 14, at 5 p.m., to answer questions that you may have. I will send the link to that event next week.

There's far more to say, but hopefully this addresses your most pressing questions for now. 

Have a wonderful few days, remember to breathe and I'll see you next week.

With Cupertino Pride,

Kami Tomberlain
Principal