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Updated Tue, Jan 24th

Our amazing computer science teacher, Amanda Haughs, has been leading our students on a robotics journey! They culminated their unit of study with a Robot Talent Show, sharing their robots and animatronics creations with students and parents. So much fun and learning! 

Updated Thu, Nov 10th

Over five years ago, CUSD set out to design a new TK-8 school program. Our design team explored many different directions for our school and we brainstormed many different names. We were drawn to design thinking and the idea that we wanted to empower our students to be creative problem solvers with strong empathy skills. While Innovation has at times been an overused buzz word, it does declare who we are and what our vision is for our students. So what exactly do we mean when we call ourselves "Campbell School of Innovation?"

If you look up the word innovation in the dictionary, it states, "Innovation can refer to something new, such as an invention, or the practice of developing and introducing new things."  Our world is chaotic and in a constant state of change at the moment and we know our students will need to be adaptable, empathetic, and strong critical thinkers.

Indeed.com has written a great piece around the importance of innovative thinking skills. 

"Innovative thinking is a creative thought process used to generate ideas and solutions. It is a complex task that involves finding new methods to approach problems or procedures. Innovative thinking produces results that change or challenge the status quo."

If you look at the many problems that our world and community are currently facing, this is the type of thinking that is needed. Combining innovative thinking with design thinking is a natural fit.  Part of innovating requires a human-centered approach to help develop a deep understanding of the challenge and the people that are needing a solution. 

The article offers some ideas for building an innovative mindset:

  • Nurture your creativity - Here at CSI, we work to build students' creative confidence by offering many opportunities to create, make, and build. Creativity takes practice. Brainstorming requires many ideas and a constant push to move beyond the obvious. As we grow older, we lose some of our creative confidence and are less likely to take risks in this area. The more we can help students build this muscle, the more likely they are to engage with creative pursuits throughout their lifetime.
  • Learn to use failure- We value the power of "yet." While learning is all about making mistakes, it is the reflection that follows that helps us move to mastering a skill or a concept. Understanding that failure offers an opportunity for practicing our creativity and resilience raises the comfort level of failing forward.
  • Consider every idea- We often see students take their first idea or the loudest idea and run with it. What happens if we take a moment and not only listen to everyone, but let our ideas flow without judgment?  Innovation is about getting beyond the first idea or maybe even the first 50 ideas.  
  • Widen your knowledge base - The more you know, the more you understand complexity. Many businesses look for people who are "T-shaped" thinkers and learners. These are people who know a little bit about a lot of things and a lot about one particular area. The purpose is having a deep understanding and mastered skill set in a certain area and also an awareness  and some knowledge of other things around you so you can make those innovative connections.
  • Recognize innovation - We often walk through the world without really paying attention to what's around us. Stopping to recognize the many iterations of something, think of long distance communication, helps you appreciate the small innovations that have occured throughout its development. Looking to see how those innovations happen can help us understand and create our own innovations. 

CSI is and will be a continual work in progress That is a part of innovation. Education is a very large system that has become very path dependent.  Continually reflecting on our practice and adapting to students' needs will help us as educators look for ways to engage students in new ways and innovate our practices. Our goal is to model these practices for students and teach them skills and mindsets that will help them move through the "Age of Unpredictability" with empathy and success.



Updated Fri, Oct 14th

Read all about it! 

Here is the first edition of our Town Square News created by our 6th-8th grade Journalism class. 

Learn more about our sports teams, what's happening in Downtown, and try a few puzzles!

Town Square News, Vol. 1

Updated Thu, Aug 18th

The Pack is Back!

We welcome you to CSI’s year five and (an almost) full campus!  There will be more information coming to you in the next couple of weeks, but here are a few things to get us started.

CSI Handbook (updated each year) - Most CSI information can be found in our CSI Handbook. Current Schedules, Core Practices, School Policies and more can be found here.

Start/End Times

Grades TK-3 - 8:10am - 2:10pm

Grades 4-5 - 8:00am - 2:20pm

Grades 6-8 - 8:00am - 2:15pm

Wednesdays are early release days and school will end one hour earlier - 1:10pm, 1:15pm, 1:20pm.

Conference Week runs October 3 - 7 and will also have a special schedule for the week, ending two hours early. (Full schedule is located in the CSI Handbook.)

TK and Kindergarten Orientation

August 11, 9:00 am -10:00 am 

We invite our TK and Kinder families to join us for a CSI tour and orientation. Come and learn more about our early years Wolfpack experience!


6th-8th Grade Orientation and Chromebooks

August 17, 3:30-5:00 pm: Uptown Schedule Pick Up and Orientation

We would like to invite both our new and returning 6th-8th grade students and families to Uptown Orientation!

  • 3:30-4:00: 6th-8th grade student schedule pick up.  7th and 8th graders return their Chromebooks.

  • 4:00-5:00: Uptown Orientation - meet your learning designers and tour the campus!

  • Parents and students, please meet us in the Town Square (center of campus).  After picking up your schedule and meeting our learning designers, our students who are new to Uptown (and any returning students who would like to join in) will tour the campus while parents are invited to join us for some refreshments. Learn more about our Uptown program for 22-23 here.

Chromebook Info:

  • All students will be receiving new Chromebooks as part of our Web to One middle school program. Students will be doing some training regarding online expectations and care of their Chromebooks and new machines will be issued to all students on Monday, August 22.

  • Grade 7 and 8:  We will be collecting CSI assigned Chromebooks starting the week of August 15. You may drop it by our office or return it the first two days of school, Aug. 18 or 19. You must return your current Chromebook to receive a new one. 

Our front office is open between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm should you have questions.

We look forward to seeing all of our families on August 18th for our first day of school!



Updated Thu, Jun 30th

CSI Sports for 22-23*

*Fielding teams will be dependent on student interest and availability of coaches

Our first two sports for the 22-23 school year are Cross Country and Boys Basketball. Sports teams are open to students from 5th grade through 8th grade. (5th grade plays with 6th on grade leveled events and on Jr. Varsity teams). 

Information and our sign-up meeting for these two sports will be on August 23. (Time TBD) Students will need a completed permission packet for participation in any sport which includes a physical.  Participation applications will be sent out with our Back to School letter in early August or can be picked up from our Welcome Center starting August 1. 


Cross Country - Open to all students in grades 5th-8th

Meets: 4:00 pm start times - 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 

Finals are Oct. 6th, 4:30 pm

Boys Basketball

5th/6th grade team, 7th grade team, 8th grade team

Games: Starting Sept. 7th, Tuesdays and Thursdays (specific grade level dates and practices along with start times will be available in August.)

Semi-finals on Oct. 4th, Finals on Oct. 5th

More information for these sports to follow in early September.

10/10-11/16: Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball

11/28-1/26: Girls Basketball

2/13-3/30: Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer

April - Track and Field 

Questions? Interested in coaching? Contact Nick Carmen - ncarmen [at] campbellusd.org 


Updated Wed, Jun 22nd

Wayfinding is the ability to navigate your way through the unknown. In days past, you had a stake in deciding where you were going, whether that was reading the stars, following a trail, or reading a map. Today we have become so used to pulling out our phones and finding our way using Google or Apple maps that we follow directions blindly and trust the AI that is pointing the way.

The last two years have taken us off course, offering a moment for us to stop and recalibrate our direction. We have come back to an unpredictable school year that had moments of uncertainty that often looked unrecognizable. Our students and families have had to navigate new rules, new relationships, and a new view of the world around them. There is no AI that can predict or give you accurate directions for these new times. We have had to learn from each other and from our wrong turns. 

Here at CSI, we have to refocus our attention and look to our north star, our vision for where we want to go. That requires some wayfinding and collaborating with our students and greater community to see and navigate the path ahead. While we know that hard work is involved, our community is ready to rally the Wolfpack and add to the foundation that we started building before being disrupted. We are ready to venture into the unknown, using our curiosity to uncover a world full of possibility as we grow together as Campbell School of Innovation, a place where everyone can find their way. 

Updated Wed, Jun 22nd

Uptown, CSI's sixth through eighth grades, will be doing some iteration next year and changing things up! Here is information regarding the 22-23 school year.

Updated Thu, Apr 7th

We had our first "middle school dance" this last Friday evening.  Three students came to the Principal's office last November inquiring about the possibility of a dance in the spring. Their answer? "Absolutely! I'm excited for you to do some research and come back with a plan." So often, our students have big ideas that they want to achieve and they have no idea where to start. They often wait for the adults to step in and take lead or take over. 

Our small team of seventh grade students took this on and made it their project. They worked their lunch times and arranged meetings as they organized their plans. They had a little help securing their DJ and one of their teachers took a couple of them on a field trip to the Dollar Store and made a Costco run, but the students developed their budget, made lists of what was needed, and set up their decorating team as well as organized their clean-up plan. They sold tickets during their break time and produced flyers and videos advertising the event. They established a dress code and set behavior expectations. They also helped create the information that went home to families. 

On the day of the dance, the Innovation Cooking class made several gallons of lemonade (after sending out an ask for lemons and sugar which parents happily supplied) and at the end of the school day, the students moved our lunch tables outside with the help of our custodian. They then got busy decorating the Bistro (our multi-pupose room) and preparing for the big event. They had organized food tables and assigned staff to different locations and different jobs. By 5:30 when the doors opened, they were ready! 

Students arrived dressed in semi-formal attire and the exitement was evident from the smiles to the dancing through the door. The students invited our staff to dance with them, laugh with them and talk with them, and we enjoyed getting to know them in a very different atmosphere. Their ownership of this event was evident. At the end of the night, they were exhaused and very proud of what they had accomplished. Their Spring Fling was a huge success!

Updated Thu, Apr 7th

“Think big, dream big, believe big, and the results will be big.”    

 -Timothy Kasbe


     This school year has offered some unique moments. We have had so many changes and interesting challenges. This is a perfect time to understand why we need the important skill of dreaming big. We often hear people say, “Dream Big!” when they ask someone for a big, bold idea and they are designing something new and exciting, but how does dreaming big help us with those smaller moments, those constantly changing times? 

Dreaming big is a skill that can be practiced and appreciated. When we dream big, we focus on something that excites us, something that creates anticipation and encourages us to hold on tight to a vision of something better. These can be big things, but they can also be small things that help us move through difficult times, such as emerging from a pandemic. Our dreams come before our reality, so when we focus on what could be, we must overcome some of our self-imposed limits. Impossible does not apply anymore. We seek out inspiration, we research, we explore, and we learn new habits, accepting failure as part of the process and using that information to push us forward to something possible that was once only a dream. We've been stuck for awhile and we need some inspiration to move us forward.

Children naturally dream big. It’s built into their early learning DNA. How might we continue to encourage and build these skills as our children grow into adults? And how do we, as adults, reignite our own abilities to dream big? Here at Campbell School of Innovation, we value a “Dream Big” attitude and practice. We encourage each other to dream of things that excite us and keep us focused on creating something better, whether it’s something that helps us have a better afternoon, a better month, or a better school year. Big or small, dreaming is what will help us become unstuck and get us through the unknown as it gives us a direction for where we want to go, so we can create our path to get there.

Updated Thu, Apr 7th

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