Connecting Students With Their Potential
The Cypress School District’s vision for educational technology is to ensure that students in the district are prepared to be lifelong learners in an information-based, interactive society. To meet this goal, we must develop and expand teaching and learning through the substantial use of existing technology in our schools. High levels of technology resources serve as a foundation to enhance our District’s curriculum goals and support the California State Content and Performance Standards.
As an elementary district, the major curriculum emphasis is to support the development of student English language arts (writing, reading fluency, and comprehension) and math skills that are critical for student success. Cypress has always scored extremely high on any standards-based or norm-referenced tests. Having used the Open Court phonics-based reading program in the primary grades since the late 1960s, Cypress students have always had a strong reading background. Other basic skills have also been emphasized resulting in a student population that has strong curricular roots. Technology will be a useful tool for expanding upon that academic base into those more difficult to master higher level thinking skills, as well as motivating students into expanding into areas beyond the basic curriculum.