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Summer Mailer

Summer Letter from the Principal

July 2014


Dear Cupertino Families,

Happy Summer!  I hope that all of you are taking time during this season to laugh, to learn, to play.  I plan to spend most of my summer sweating it out in the American South with trips to Texas and then Florida/the Carolinas/Georgia.  By late July, we’ll be back at CHS, joining with staff to maintain and create spaces for our young Pioneers to learn and to grow.  We look forward to another terrific year of learning and laughter.

Our theme for the 2014-2015 school year is All Means All:  Digging Deeper.  We’ll be digging deeper into our commitment to high levels of learning for all students.  We’ll be uncovering new strategies for providing extra time and support to those students who need it.   We’ll be delving into the Common Core State Standards as we prepare students for rich learning.  We’ll be unpacking our procedures, policies, and strategies to continue to improve upon our excellent school.  There will be opportunities for families to participate in our “dig” as we finalize the WASC accreditation process and prepare for a visit in March.

For the first time in several years, we open school with no construction projects on campus.  Our old library/guidance building has been transformed into new classrooms and all of our facilities will be available for student use from Day One. We are grateful to the FUHSD community for the opportunity to work and learn in these new spaces.

Please be safe as you’re approaching campus!  Last school year, we had several students hit by cars that were speeding on Finch or not paying close attention to their surroundings.  Drop-off areas are located in front of the new building, in the pool lot and next to the football field along Tilson Avenue.  There is no drop-off in the band lot or the lot behind the school.  Additionally, 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.    We also encourage students to walk, bike, skate, bus or carpool to campus; thanks to our PTSA, we will have additional bike racks to accommodate more bicyclists.  

Summer is a wonderful time to reflect on past successes and struggles, to set new goals, to buy new supplies, and get ready for a fantastic school year.  We hope that you will continue to encourage your children to be ready to learn, to work hard, to play, to forge new friendships and carve out new passions.  We want each of them to leave a powerful legacy at Cupertino High School.   Get the year off to a good start at Pioneer Days on August 11th (juniors and seniors) and 12th (freshman and sophomores). 

Parents, you are also encouraged and welcomed to be an active part of the CHS family.  Come to Back to School Night on September 10th, join PTSA, help out with a booster group, get involved with Grad Night, volunteer with Admin Tutorial or another support class, make a presentation at the Career Day or other projects. We need many parent volunteers for a variety of projects; please share your expertise with us.  If you’re interested in running for School Site Council, please e-mail the executive assistant to the principal, Ms. Jackie Himan, at

With Pioneer Pride,

Kami Tomberlain