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Summer Mailer

Summer Letter from the Principal

July 2013


Dear Cupertino Families,

I trust you are all enjoying your summer with family, friends, and opportunities for enrichment, travel, or work.  I plan to spend some quality time exploring the beauty and majesty of California with family and friends this summer, camping, hiking, road-tripping.  By late July, I’ll be back at Cupertino High School, joining with staff to maintain and create spaces for our young people to learn and to grow.  We all look forward to a terrific year of learning and laughter.

We do have some administrative changes to tell you about. Ms. Melina Nafrada has joined us as an Assistant Principal.  Ms. Nafrada hails most recently from Homestead High School where she served as a teacher in the special education department as well as the leadership teacher/activities director.  She will be responsible for our students with last names beginning Li-R.  I am happy to have her on board!!  Please take the opportunity to say hello when you’re on campus.  Mr. John Rodriguez has joined the HHS team as the Scheduling and Guidance Assistant Principal.  I’ll miss him as a current Pioneer L, but “once a Pioneer, always a Pioneer!”  In our next newsletter, I’ll introduce you to our new teaching and support staff.  All of us are committed to providing the best caring school environment for your children.  

If you’ve been driving by campus this summer, you’ve no doubt seen the busy construction work going on all over school.  The construction crews are making excellent progress on our new Student Services Building; in fact, we expect to christen the new quad by mid-October.  In the meantime, students will be gathering in the hallways and the back areas of campus.  A gorgeous new team room/weight room/PE classroom building will open in August near the athletic fields.  The old administrative building has been transformed into three new classrooms, housing leadership, computer science, and English.  The ASB office with Ms. Balga has moved to that building as well.    

With construction come adjustments to our patterns and paths of travel.  We encourage students to walk, bike, bus or carpool to school.  If you are walking, please remember to use the crosswalks—and especially not to cross diagonally on Stevens Creek.  If you are dropping off students, the lot by the pool is available for that purpose.  There are TWO lanes for drop off, depending on whether you plan to turn left or right on Finch.  You may also drop off students along Tilson Avenue near the football field.  Student drivers will continue to park in the lot nearest Finch Avenue.  There is NO drop off in that parking lot or in front of the band building.  Finally, please respect our neighbors by staying out of the bank parking lot on the corner of Finch and Stevens Creek.  We should not be driving, dropping off, walking, or waiting on that property.

Summer is the ideal time to reflect on past successes and struggles, to set new goals, to buy new supplies, and to get prepared for a fantastic school year.  We hope you’ll encourage your students to earn their best grades, to forge new friendships, to try out a new activity, to learn about themselves and others, to leave a positive legacy.  Get the year off to a good start by attending Pioneer Days on August 12th (grades 11-12) or August 13th (grade 9-10).  On the 13th, all ninth graders should participate in Freshman Orientation.  It’s a great chance to get to know the campus, make some new friends, and learn the ways of the Pioneer.  

We encourage you to also get involved in your high school student’s education.  Come to Back to School night on September 11th, join the PTSA, help out with a booster group, get involved with Grad Night, Admin Tutorial, or other projects.  If you’re interested in running for School Site Council, please e-mail the executive assistant to the principal at  We need parent volunteers at the high school for a variety of projects; please share your expertise with us as you can.

Go Pioneers                                                                                                      

Kami Tomberlain, principal