Human Growth and Development Updates for 2019-2020
Grade 5 Human Growth and Development
Cupertino Union School District provides optional Human Growth and Development (puberty) education to our 5th grade students. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or school principal.
In Class Videos and Resources: Puberty Talk Curriculum
Puberty Talk curriculum and slides are viewable in your school office
In-Class Videos and Resources: Positive Prevention Plus Upper Elementary Curriculum
Always Changing and Growing up Video by Proctor and Gamble
Parent/guardian Presentation Slides
Positive Prevention Plus curriculum and slides are viewable in your school office or here
Opt-Out for Grade 5 or Grade 7 (Details specific to 7th grade HG&D and opt out information will be updated throughout the year)
State law allows parents/guardians to remove (opt-out) their student from this instruction, either selected lessons or the entire program. Students who are not participating in puberty lesson(s) will complete an alternate set of lessons aligned to the California Health Standards for Grade 5. If you do not want your student to participate in puberty education, please send a written request to your school principal by Friday, October 18, 2019 (5th Grade). If you plan to remove your student from specific lessons only, please list those lessons on your written request. Please note that if you opt out of selected lessons for your child, there is a chance that these lesson topics may come up again during one of the following lessons through student or classroom discussions.
Resources for Parents
Books for Younger Kids (10 years and under) Do You Have a Secret? by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (ages 6-9) It’s Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie Harris (ages 4-8) What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth (ages 4-7) Who Has What? All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies by Robie H. Harris (ages 4-7) Ready, Set, Grow (girls): by Lynda Madaras (ages 8-10) On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow (boys): by Lynda Madaras (ages 8-10)
Books for Pre-teens (ages 10-12 and up) It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris It’s So Amazing by Robie H. Harris My Body Belongs to Me by Jill Starishevsky SEX is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smith The Period Book: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up by Karen Gravelle Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys by Cara Natterson What's Happening to Me? by Peter Mayle
Books for Parents Talk to Me First by Debra Roffman But How’d I Get in there in the First Place by Deborah Roffman For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We talk to Teenagers about Sexuality, Values, and Health by Al Vernacchio How to Talk to You Kids about Pornography by Dina Alexander
Please find below one of the parent education events from last year, “How to Talk With Your Child About Sexuality and Relationships” presented by Heidi Winig, from BACHE/Cardea Services.
Cupertino Union School District middle schools will be providing comprehensive sexual health education to 7th-grade students using the Positive Prevention Plus program. Your student’s science teacher will provide this instruction and lessons are scheduled for May and June.
Below is a video of a Parent Information Session held in Dec/Jan, which covered what your child will be taught in the classroom including
- Understand how lessons connect to the California Healthy Youth Act
- Examine written instructional materials
- Learn tools for supporting your child’s learning at home
The California Healthy Youth Act requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school or junior high school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. Per the California Healthy Youth Act, instruction must be medically accurate, age‐appropriate and inclusive of all students, and must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians or other trusted adults about human sexuality.
If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s 7th-grade science teacher or the school principal.
Additional Resources for Parents
Health Connected Family Talk is a program for parents/caregivers and their kids to start important conversations about puberty, etc.
Stanford’s Heart to Heart: This informative, humorous, and lively discussion of puberty, the opposite sex and growing up, sets parents and their pre-teens (aged 10-12) on a course for talking with one another about these topics. An emphasis in the “For Girls” and “For Boys” programs are on communication and the importance of family as the primary resource.