The CPO funds the following programs, events, and initiatives:
Creative & Cultural Enrichment — School-wide events held by grade, two-four times during the year. These often tie into a current topic or event approved by the administration. Past events have included presentations from a capella groups, artists, comedians, and authors.
Eighth Grade Events
- Social/dance in the last month of school
- Yearbook signing breakfast, with light refreshments for students, generally on the second to last day of school
- Moving On reception for 8th grade students and families following the Moving On ceremony, held outside on the last day of school
Scholarships – For students needing financial assistance with yearbooks, field trips, and events.
Teacher Appreciation Events
- Back-to-school luncheon (August/September)
- Holiday cookie sampler (December), with parent/guardian donations of cookies; teachers and staff choose from the many offerings to create a holiday cookie sampler plate to take home
- Staff and teacher luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week (April)
- End-of-year treats (June)
Technology Support –The CPO has funded active boards, bright links, and various other technology initiatives. Since the inception of the Chromebook 1:1 initiative, the CPO has provided Chromebook covers for each incoming sixth-grade class.
Tile Project – During 7th grade, each student at EMCS creates an individual tile during art. These tiles are hung throughout the hallways of the school. The CPO funds the installation of these tiles, for each student to leave their mark behind.
Additional Curtis Needs (for items outside of the SPS budget)
- Nurse stipend—Various items for the heath office, including small equipment and other needs
- Principal’s fund—Staff events and other needs
- Staff requests—Equipment, materials, or events that directly enhance the Curtis Middle School’s curriculum or experience which otherwise fall outside of the district’s budget for the current year. Recently funded requests include a filtered bottle water filling station, a Nikon 3400 camera for school events and yearbook, the Maker Space area with STEM equipment, a 3D mini printer, a baby grand piano, uniforms for the basketball team, high-speed video cameras, recess equipment, stand-up desks, and a Push music system.