Volume 2, Issue 3                                                                                                          October 2016


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! In honor of the occasion, this edition of our e-newsletter is dedicated to technology use in our schools... what we're doing to support greater student access and safe student use. We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about our efforts and provide your input using the survey link below. We appreciate our partnership with you!   

Anne Silavs

Speak Up 2016
Make your voices heard!

"How often do you use technology? Do you think all students should be able to use a computer at school? How does technology help with student learning? What concerns do you have with students using online tools and Internet resources?"
Answers to these questions and more will help us better understand our technology needs and make important decisions for our schools. That's why the Cypress School District is participating in  Speak Up 2016, an online survey that provides students, staff, parents, and community members the opportunity to share their ideas about digital learning. Questions cover a variety of topics related to teaching and learning with technology, access to digital resources, professional development, Internet safety, 21st century skills, and college and career preparation. By participating in this anonymous survey, you can provide direct input to our school leaders. A link to the survey is available on the district website, or you may click here to participate. The survey is open until January 13, 2017. Please help us and make your voice heard!

One-Time State Money = 
More Student Devices on Campus

We know technology has the ability to support student learning, but more devices are necessary in order to provide frequent student access in the classroom. With this goal in mind, the Cypress School District will be committing close to $200,000 of one-time state dollars this year to purchase three mobile Chromebook carts for each of our six schools. This investment will not only increase access and enhance student learning, it will also enable more efficient state testing in the spring. 

Expanding Student Options 
"Bring Your Own Device"

This fall, we will be introducing a new and exciting program for our fifth and sixth grade students. Students will now have the opportunity to bring their own technology devices to school for use in the classroom. Commonly known as "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)," this program offers students the convenience of using the same device in school that they are already comfortable using at home. As an added safety measure, students who choose to participate in BYOD will be required to use district issued logins and the district's wireless network when using their devices at school. The Cypress School District uses industry-leading web filtering, firewalls, and other network security measures to help ensure students are safe when using the Internet at school. It is important to note that the BYOD program does not replace district-owned computers that are currently available to students in the classroom; it simply provides students with another option.

"Bringing our own device to school grants us the freedom to have a device we're already used to, which increases efficiency when completing our work."  

- Ben, sixth grader, Cypress School District
Well now, how can you possibly argue with that?

Keeping Our Kids Safe
in a Digital World

Did you know that our schools are working to become certified in digital citizenship? Through teacher professional development and age-appropriate lessons, we are taking the necessary steps to equip our students with the skills they need to be safe and responsible users of the World Wide Web. Using Common Sense Media lessons, our teachers educate students about important issues including Internet safety, cyberbullying, and their "digital footprint." We are excited about the possibility of earning this certification as it further demonstrates our commitment to the safety and security of our students as we use technology to enhance instruction and improve learning.

Assistant Superintendent
Business Services
Administrative Director
Human Resources/Induction
Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Special Education/Student Services
Technology Services
Child Nutrition Services
Instructional Technology/Special Projects
Carol Erbe , Principal
9281 Denni St., Cypress
Jacki Teschke, Principal
8170 Moody St., Cypress
Rena Gibbs, Ed.D., Principal
9739 Denni St., Cypress
Denine Kelly, Principal
4631 La Palma Ave., La Palma
Lori Hernandez, Principal
9952 Graham St., Cypress
Helen Lu, Principal
5900 Cathy Ave., Cypress

Candi Kern   -   Sandra Lee   -   Brian Nakamura   -   Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D.