District News

Updated Wed, Oct 20th

Flu season is here, and the County Public Health Department, CDC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend an annual flu vaccine for all children 6 months and older. Flu shots and nasal spray flu vaccines are both options. They are a safe, effective way to reduce the risks of getting the flu and of a possible severe case requiring hospitalization. It is especially important this year, as the COVID virus is still circulating in our county.* 

What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccine?

  • A flu vaccine can keep you and your child from getting sick.
  • Flu vaccines can keep your child from being hospitalized or dying from the flu.
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Getting yourself and your child vaccinated also can protect others

Where can people get the flu vaccine?

Flu shots are available from your regular doctor, pharmacies, and for free at multiple locations listed on Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s 2021-2022 Flu Clinic Schedule. For free clinic information, call (408) 885-5000.

* People aged 12 and up can safely get both a flu shot and a covid-19 vaccine in the same visit.

Updated Wed, Oct 20th

The world of media and technology is more accessible and complex every day.  Digital Wellness: Parenting in the age of online distractions, is a virtual meeting for parents and guardians being held Tuesday,  October 26. (Same link for English and Spanish sessions.

Log in and join host Jaimie Nuñez, Regional Manager at Common Sense Education, for insights about the latest trends in digital media and ways to shift your family's online behaviors.

Updated Wed, Oct 20th

When asked what students needed in the wake of distance learning, families, students and staff called for more hands-on learning experiences. Our schools and teachers are making it happen! 

Here’s an example.

Josh, a fifth grader wearing protective eyewear, was “excited to work with dangerous chemicals”: baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, water, and an alka seltzer tablet. For the science lesson about conservation of matter and chemical reactions, he and his classmates were cautioned about “overreactions.” 

Teacher Gloria McGriff facilitated the science lesson, which aims to build students’ skill in observing, recording and collaborating as they conduct experiments. Once the baking soda and vinegar mixed in the sealed bag, she encouraged students to notice the bubbling reaction, the expanding volume of the bag, and whether there was a weight change on the triple-balance scale. They repeated the experiments with the other ingredients.

“This is fun!” said Yasmine. “Mixing stuff together is interesting.” 

That interest and curiosity is what teachers always hope to inspire in their lessons. They do a lot of preparation in order to make a hands-on lesson meaningful, aligned to standards and connected to the subject matter and our students reap the benefits of teachers' effective planning.

Updated Wed, Oct 13th

This year, Campbell Union School District is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and our students will play an integral part. 

Through the annual Design Challenge, teams of students will design an exhibit for the Campbell Historical Museum that will celebrate the past, present, and future of our students and schools. Using the engineering and design thinking process, students will create exhibits that explore and amplify the stories of teaching and learning in this community. Some will even create a vision for what education may be like for Campbell Union School District’s students in the next 100 years.

“Our design challenge brings students, educators, and the community together to design real-world solutions and ideas for our community,” said Julie Goo, the district’s Coordinator of Innovation, Teaching and Learning.

Throughout the year, teachers will be incorporating centennial themes into their lessons through reading, art, music, math, science, and more. 

SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 30, 2022

There will be a community wide celebration on Saturday, April 30th, from 1 until 7 p.m. The afternoon will feature a museum exhibit opening reception at the Ainsley House Garden. Then, at 4 p.m., there will be a community concert on the Campbell City Green, featuring the band Clean Slate, with food, refreshments and more provided in partnership with the Campbell Chamber of Commerce.

Updated Wed, Oct 13th

Friends and Families of Campbell Union School District,

It has now been more than a month since we began testing in CUSD, and our 10,000th test came and went this week. Positivity rates remain low, and classes in nearly every school have been able to remain safe and in-class. due to the "Modified Quarantine" process. "MQ" has been a phenomenal success, with its implementation being well-demonstrated to increase classroom attendance without allowing COVID to rip its way through schools, and has been featured recently in multiple major news outlets. Following California's lead, more and more states are now implementing MQ as a way to keep kids safe and in school.

We've heard some great feedback from all of you, and continue to welcome any and all comments to Admin [at] grapefruittesting.com. Through your feedback, we know that some results from the Community Testing POD located at Monroe Middle School are currently delayed about 72 hours, particularly around weekends and holidays. To get you results faster, we're implementing a dedicated weekend courier to get samples to the laboratory right away. 

There are some exciting innovations on the way, too: an easier-to-access results portal, enhanced contact tracing to keep everyone highly informed, and more.

As always, don't hesitate to contact us directly with any questions, concerns, comments, or recommendations.

Sincerely,
Dr. Richard Pescatore II, DO, FAAEM, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer, Grapefruit Testing

Updated Wed, Oct 13th

In the wake of heightened racial tensions across the nation, Campbell Union School District leaders responded with efforts to sharpen their focus on building and nurturing an inclusive and equitable school system. 

“We are committed to promoting a positive learning experience for all students,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our Anti-bias/Anti-racism Plan, developed by a diverse employee committee, outlines the work ahead of us to continuously improve. It will help us be intentional about providing instruction that is inclusive and engaging for all students, especially those historically marginalized.”

The plan was presented to the Governing Board last summer and includes an anti-racism statement that begins with the following definition:

“Racism is systemic oppression that is conscious or unconscious, intentional or unintentional grounded in racial prejudices designed to reinforce the superiority of one race over another by an individual or group. In Campbell, we realize that racism is dehumanizing to everyone it touches.”

“The District has done some work in the past with different consultants,” said Whitney Holton, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “The problem with that work was that it wasn’t systematized. So we set out with some clear goals in mind as we engaged in year one of this important work.” The goals are:

  • Increase the racial literacy among the district’s leadership and instructional service team; 
  • Normalize conversations about race, bias and racism; and 
  • Understand how the system may be contributing to inequity and injustice for groups of people.

The plan marks a significant step forward in identifying and disrupting institutional racism. 

In year two of this work, the district will continue with the same goals above, and expand them beyond the district leadership and instructional team to include teachers and other staff. Through surveys, focus groups and empathy interviews with targeted students, the district also will engage the untapped voices of students, staff and families in order to learn how to better meet the needs of all students. 

“Each school will be engaging in a pathway of learning to increase racial literacy and deepen our understanding of the students we serve,” Holton said. 

More information about the district’s work to promote anti-racism in its system will be provided in future news articles. Click here to see the district’s full Anti-racism statement.

Updated 16 min 7 sec ago

There is an adage in business: “Don’t plan the budget; Budget the plan.” 

Campbell Union School District’s 2021-22 budget was developed with a close eye on the goals in its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP):

  1. Provide high quality academic first instruction for all students.
  2. Provide high quality social emotional learning for all students. 
  3. Fully engage parents/guardians, and the community in support of student well-being.

The LCAP is the document that the district uses to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet the goals of improving student outcomes. The goals and actions are developed through input from stakeholders: parents, students, staff, community members and civic leaders.

Approximately 13 percent of the District’s $103.8 million budget is set aside for activities and services in the LCAP. Eighty-five percent covers salary and benefits, and about 2 percent pays for miscellaneous expenses, such as capital outlay. For more details about our budget and LCAP, visit our budget web page.

“Our community expects us to be prudent with public funding,” said Assistant Superintendent of  Administrative Services Nelly Yang. “We take that seriously. It has earned us added support from regional and local partners who provide grants and donations that boost student programs and stretch our public dollars even further.” 

Updated 16 min 7 sec ago

How to safely navigate our digital world is an important conversation for families and educators to have with children. Opportunities for teaching those skills are coming this month. 

Lessons at school. During Digital Citizenship Week and throughout the school year, many of our CUSD teachers will be using digital citizenship lessons fromCommon Sense Media. Digital citizenship is about confident, safe and positive engagement with digital technologies. It helps students to empathize with one another and to think critically about the choices they make online.

While the negative impacts of social media on children and society have been the topic of news reports and dinner conversations lately, it is important to remember that technology also has many benefits. It provides students with more equity in accessing learning, can be a tool for creating rather than passively consuming, and can build skills they will need to succeed in the Information Age.

“Technology is how our children are going to interact with the world," said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. "We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t engage them in using technology effectively as a tool and not a distraction. We are aware of the research linking social-emotional wellbeing and media use, and we are committed to partnering with you to support our students engaging effectively and safely through social media."  

Support for home. We encourage you to attend a virtual meeting for parents, October 26, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., called Digital Wellness: Parenting in the age of online distractionsHost Jaimie Nuñez, Regional Manager at Common Sense Education, offers parents insight about the latest trends in digital media and ways to shift their family's online behaviors.

Common Sense Media also offers Digital Citizenship Family Engagement Conversation Starters to help parents talk to their children about technology use and healthy boundaries.

These links may be of particular interest:

K–2 SEL Family Conversations in: English | Spanish

3–5 SEL Family Conversations in: English | Spanish

6–8 SEL Family Conversations in: English | Spanish

Common Sense Media's parent website offers information in English and Spanish: Common Sense Media or Common Sense Latino. Families may also find discussing and committing to the Common Sense Media Family Media Agreement valuable.

Updated 16 min 7 sec ago

Grapefruit has performed thousands of COVID tests in Campbell Union School District since beginning just a few weeks ago, and successfully identified, traced, and isolated COVID-19 both within schools and the surrounding community. The testing POD located next to Monroe Middle School has become a critical testing access point, particularly after business hours and on weekends.

As we've commenced operations, though, we've encountered opportunities for improvement and alterations in flow and function. First off, we've partnered with Predicine to be able to eliminate "Modified Quarantine" Testing Days, and instead have a "Rapid Response Team" able to deliver testing where it's needed, when it's needed.

There have been some modifications in the testing schedule in order to maximize staffing and continue to refine procedures. We've transitioned testing over to all PCR testing, allowing a smoother flow through testing while at school and the benefit of gold standard testing. This is still a front-of-the-nose test, but now small children can elect to try an oral swab if they can't tolerate the nasal test. Results should be available in your inbox prior to the morning following testing, but may take up to 48 hours in rare cases.

Perhaps most importantly, Grapefruit is dedicated to continuing to adjust, adapt, and respond to needed changes. We know that first begins with open communication and fast access to answers. To that end, if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to Grapefruit's Chief Medical Officer, Rick Pescatore, at Richard [at] grapefruithealth.net

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard PescatoreII, DO, FAAEM, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer, Grapefruit Testing

Updated 16 min 7 sec ago

slade being sworn inOn September 30, 2021, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board provisionally appointed William Slade to the seat vacated when Member Pablo A. Beltran resigned in August. 

Slade, an accountant and managing director, lives in San Jose and represents Trustee Area 3. His son is in fourth grade at Blackford School. 

“We had some really strong candidates to choose from,” said Board President Richard Nguyen. “We think William’s skill set and perspective as an involved parent will be a strong addition to the board.”

An active school volunteer, Slade also served as president of the Blackford School Site Council, which he found gratifying because he could apply his day job skills to a very different industry.

“My father preached that a solid education is the great equalizer and stepping stone to improve oneself,” Slade said. “To be involved at the 10,000-foot level allows for the general shaping of our future. My time on the School Site Council gave me a small window into this function. To work toward those goals at the district level is an exciting opportunity.”

A person appointed to fill a vacancy holds the office only until the next regularly scheduled election for district governing board members. In November 2022, an election will be held to fill the vacancy for the remainder of Beltran's term, which expires December 2024.