CMS values family involvement. If you are looking for ways to get involved, Cupertino Middle School offers many volunteer opportunities to our families and community members. Visit our school volunteer page for more information and to sign up for general volunteer opportunities. You may also get in touch with specific contacts noted below.
CMS-PTO: Cupertino Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (CMS-PTO) is our school's parent and teacher volunteer organization committed to making CMS an exceptional environment for all of our students. If you are the parent or guardian of a CMS student, you are automatically a member of CMS-PTO, as are all CMS teachers and staff. CMS-PTO will fund key educational programs, community-building activities, and extras for the school and students. The group hosts family events throughout the year, such as our Back to School Bash and our Fall and Spring family nights. CMS-PTO also has several fundraising activities. CMS-PTO encourages all families to volunteer. Whether you have a free hour a month, can only help at one event, or want to be part of an on-going project, CMS-PTO will have a spot for you! CMS-PTO meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m. in the school office. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. The first CMS-PTO meeting will be on September 5. If you want to volunteer or have any questions, please visit the CMS-PTO website.
Project Cornerstone: Project Cornerstone is a county-wide initiative committed to helping all children and teens in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected, and known. The Project Cornerstone efforts at CMS help our students understand the challenges they face as teens and learn appropriate strategies and outlets so that they are contributing community members at CMS and beyond. The Project Cornerstone lessons help them to grow into healthy, caring, and responsible adults. Volunteers who work with Project Cornerstone are expected to commit to 2-3 hours per month and are directly responsible for delivering instruction in the classroom. This responsibility includes training and support. If you are interested in becoming more involved with Project Cornerstone, you may use the school volunteer web form or contact Scott Lucas directly at: email@example.com
Lunch Yard Supervision: Families and community members are a vital part of our lunch time climate and community. Families interested in working or volunteering at lunch are expected to contribute at least one hour a week on a specific day. Lunch duty supervisors are expected to be comfortable engaging with our student community to ensure a safe and respectful lunch experience for our students. To become involved in lunch supervision, visit our volunteer page.
Flex Force: Our volunteer “Flex Force” allows you to sign up and be on call for a wide variety of volunteer needs. Visit our volunteer page on the school website to see the opportunities and sign up.
School Site Council: School Site Council is made up of student, staff, and parent representatives who meet approximately once a month with the administration to serve as an advisory committee to oversee the progress towards school goals and district LCAP goals. Parents are elected to this group during the first two weeks of school. If you are interested in running for a spot on Site Council, contact Jeanine Woodell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Partnership For Success
It Takes A Village
With the advent of the Internet, social media and 24x7 information access, ensuring our students have the skills to safely and effectively navigate the web in and out of school is a critical component of preparing them for their futures. Cupertino Union School District is committed to working together with parents to provide safe and informed access for our students.
Join us to learn about some of these important topics at a middle school near you and geared toward parents/guardians of middle school students. Information on dates/times and sign up will come directly from your child's middle school via Blackboard Connect.
Device Management Tips
ScreenGuide empowers parents to protect their children from inappropriate content, control overexposure, balance the quality and quantity of time spent on digital devices, and also understand what their children are doing with their mobile devices.
- How to install and use ScreenGuide (includes video tutorials)
If you are using your own iPad (legacy option) there are a few restrictions that we are not able to set at the district level that may be of interest to you, since you have control over setting those restrictions. The Restrictions Passcode is different from the Unlock passcode that the student uses daily. Only the parents should know the Restrictions Passcode
For legacy iPads, we recommend turning off access to FaceTime, News, Installing Apps, and In-App Purchases. (These are already turned off for district owned iPads)
iMessage Settings - CUSD encourages students to use Google Hangouts for messaging with each other regarding academic work. Hangout messages are archived in case of inappropriate use or bullying.
iMessage is turned off for district owned devices and for all devices when on the school network.
For all iPad users - parents may wish to restrict the content available through Apple's iTunes store. We have set these at what the district believes is a reasonable level for middle school students; however as a parent you may wish to further restrict these permissions.
Please Do Not Set Apps lower than 17+ as some legitimate apps such as Chrome are rated as 17+ since they have access to the Internet. If you lower this age setting, your child may not receive an app they need for class.
iPad Privacy Settings - Apple allows you to control what information each app has access to. You are welcome to modify these setting if you desire. Please be aware that by making a change you may prevent an app from having access to information it needs to function.
Game Center controls - You are able to block your child from adding friends to the Game Center or from engaging with other online players in multi player games.
Managing Location Settings - You can control which apps have access to your current location.
Ensuring students are accessing the Internet responsibly both at school and at home requires a combination of "over the shoulder" monitoring, periodically reviewing student Internet activity and educating students on the appropriate use of the Internet.
All activity at school is filtered via our district's internet filter. When the device leaves our network to go home, the filtering is switched to a mobile web filter.
Resources for Learning
Google Classroom is a learning management system to help simplify creating, distributing
and grading assignments. Many teachers use Google Classroom to send and receive student assignments in their classrooms.
Google Apps for Education
Resources for Collaboration
Cupertino Union School District is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. Teachers and Students utilize GAFE to build 21st Century Learning environments focused on Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
Information About Screen Time
How much time children spend using technology during the day is a concern for many parents. Recent studies have differentiated between active screen time and passive screen time but everyone agrees that setting expectations for overall screen time for children is important to providing a well rounded learning experience.
- Common Sense Media's Screen Time Resources
- The American Academy of Pediatrics revises guidelines on screen time - Forbes Article: set limits and create "screen-free" zones. Focus on educational media over entertainment media.
- NPR article "Forget Screen Time Rules — Lean In To Parenting Your Wired Child, Author Says"
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