District News

Updated Wed, Feb 28th

As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) expands, a new definition of the Digital Divide is emerging. It is not just about access to devices, but also about the knowledge for using digital tools effectively.

“When I walk into a TK or Kindergarten classroom, I wonder what in the world these young people will be walking into in the 2044 workforce,” said Superintendent Shelly Viremontez at a recent meeting of teachers, administrators, and support staff exploring how to leverage AI as a tool for teaching and learning.

Watch the Superintendent's Briefing video to hear comments from her and teachers about the pros and cons of AI in our schools.

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Updated Tue, Feb 20th

Our schools have published their latest School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs), State-mandated reports that provide a detailed snapshot of school performance and conditions for learning.

Available online or upon request, SARCs cover demographics, safety, academics, class sizes, staff, curriculum, facilities, and finances. The reports include the school’s mission, opportunities for parent involvement, and planned facility improvements. Spanish translations of the reports are forthcoming.

View SARCs online at www.campbellusd.org/sarc or contact the school office for a printed copy.

Updated Mon, Feb 19th

Schools in Campbell Union School District recognize the importance of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. 

“We want to foster a sense of belonging among our students and prepare them to be compassionate global citizens,” said Whitney Holton, Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning.

Through multicultural events, assemblies, social studies, and culture-themed activities, students gain a deeper appreciation of each other’s culture, traditions, and historic contributions. 

While we do not relegate the contributions of a group of people to only one month, we do incorporate school activities tied to special observances to reinforce classroom learning. For example, during Black History Month, a time when our nation celebrates the contributions of Black Americans to our country, our students will learn about the significance of black leaders and the impact they have made on our society. 

For Lunar New Year, a vibrant celebration observed by many Asian communities, students learn about the traditions associated with this celebration, and appreciate the importance of learning about and celebrating the rich backgrounds of our students and families. 

Lessons tied to Presidents Day and Susan B. Anthony Day provide opportunities for students to delve into the history of the United States, the women's suffrage movement, and progress made towards achieving equal rights for all.

The efforts to create a nurturing and respectful environment for all students and staff go beyond one-time events. In 2021, the district published its Anti Bias/Anti Racism Statement delineating its resolve “to become an anti-racist and inclusive organization” and to “challenge and improve current practice at all levels in order to provide more equitable opportunities for all.”

Updated Wed, Feb 14th

Fifty-six talented students from the Monroe Middle School Band will be performing the National Anthem at the upcoming Santa Clara Men's Basketball Game against San Diego on Saturday, February 3rd. The event, set to be broadcast on ESPN+, marks a significant milestone for the school and its budding musicians.

The band's participation at the game comes as a result of a special invitation from the university. To celebrate and involve the school community, Santa Clara University is extending a special ticket rate for Monroe Middle School supporters.

“We are so proud of our musicians at Monroe!” said Music Teacher Megan Duena. Monroe restarted the band program in 2021, after the school returned to in-person instruction. The program has grown to five full classes of band. The students receive daily instruction on reading music and playing instruments. Thanks to the support of the Monroe Middle School band booster program, students also benefit from regular small group instruction provided by outside professionals. 

The dedication and hard work invested in the program have resulted in some students receiving superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, showcasing the high quality of musical education at Monroe.

Access Special Tickets

  1. Use this Link
    (https://scubroncos.universitytickets.com/w/ev...)
  2. Make sure to select Reserved and how many tickets you want. Then choose Section 105 or 106
  3. After that, login in or create an account, and you will have an option at checkout to enter the Promo Code mmsband24. 

This is the screen you see when you go to check out. 

Updated Fri, Feb 9th

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Campbell Union School District (CUSD) wants to acknowledge its five locally elected public officials. 

“Our Board has a pivotal role in supporting student success by shaping the district's mission, vision, policy priorities, budget, and benchmarks,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “They direct resources strategically and ensure accountability to the community by monitoring our progress toward goals.”

CUSD’s Governing Board members work with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all students in our district. The district’s boundaries include parts of six cities: Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. Each board member is assigned to a trustee area, although they represent the interests of the entire district.

There are more than 5,000 school district and county office of education board members, making school boards the largest group of elected officials in the state.

To learn more about CUSD’s Governing Board, including policies and meeting schedules, visit www.campbellusd.org/board.

Updated Wed, Feb 7th

Your input in our annual School Experience Survey leads to positive changes in student learning. Changes from past surveys resulted in increased student involvement, more hands-on learning opportunities, additional field trips, and improved communication between school and home. 

Wondering How?

Below are examples of programs resulting from past survey feedback. Your participation informs our future budget and resource decisions. Check with your school principal about specifics for your own school.

A survey link was emailed to all families last week. Please take a few minutes to participate on your mobile device or desktop computer.

Updated Tue, Jan 30th

Over the past few years, teams of teachers and students earned Innovation Grants to create positive changes at their schools. Here we review some of the lunch clubs that are giving our middle school students a voice in how they connect with their school and each other. (We will highlight clubs at TK-8 and elementary schools in a future article.)

  • Monroe and Rolling Hills Podcast Clubs, led by Mr. Armann and Mr. Apilado, are using their lunch session as a platform to answer questions , develop passion projects, and discuss a wide range of topics of interest to their peers. The Innovation grant money has helped to acquire new podcasting equipment. Students are using it to improve their podcast skills, expanding on the Soundtrap podcasting and song-making elements.
  • The Rolling Hills Photography Club, hosted by Mr. Neumann, is capturing moments of campus life and creativity. These budding photographers are sharing their stories through their lenses, experimenting with light, composition, and subject matter, and sharing their evolving skills and unique perspectives with the world. The club documents their growth as photographers and reflects the deep bonds of friendships being formed among club members.
  • In Monroe’s Life Skills Club, led by Ms. Hulgan and Ms. Jasna Struble, students work on activities that can benefit them throughout their lives, such as cooking, sewing, budgeting, crocheting, and arts and crafts. Students participate in the Life Skills Club every Wednesday, and they will be brainstorming more ideas for the club going forward.
  • The ABC (Art & Beautification Club) at Rolling Hills, led by Mrs. Fang, is breathing life into the school's surroundings with their artistic talents. This group of enthusiastic young, volunteer artists also are designing stencils and decorative pavers that will be placed around the school to inject color and creativity to the campus. The club serves as a platform for self-expression and reminds us that art can be a powerful catalyst for positive change and unity within the school community.
  • The Computer Science and Minecraft Club at Monroe, led by Mr. Pittman, is collaborating to design a digital escape room. Students have been applying their critical thinking and coding skills to build a new world with a series of challenges for others to solve.

Learn more about middle school lunchtime clubs on the district’s
Art, Innovation, and Music programs here:
bit.ly/cusdaimblog

Updated Tue, Jan 30th

How do I register my child for school?

Register online. You can do it from home on any internet-connected computer or mobile device. Also, our Enrollment Staff is available in person, by phone or by email  Monday through Friday 8:00a-4:30p. (We are closed for lunch 12:30p-1:30p and on district holidays). Learn more

What documents are needed?

Proof of residence, immunizations, and certain other documents are required for school. Learn more

Which is my school?

It’s based on your child's home address no matter which grade your child is entering. To confirm which is your child’s attendance area school, visit our Online School Locator or email: enrollment [at] campbellusd.org ().
Students are assigned to their attendance area school, except in cases of school transfer through Open Enrollment or other special circumstance. If you wish to request placement in a different in-district school, you must complete an Open Enrollment request during our Open Enrollment period, January 16-February 9, 2024

* Please note that our K-8 schools have special requirements for placement. Please check our Board Policy or contact our enrollment staff before registering for those schools.*

Learn more

At what age may my child attend Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

For the 2024-25 school year…

  • Kindergarten is for children who will be five years old on or before September 1. 
  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is for children who will be five years old between September 2, 2024 and June 2, 2025.

My child already attends TK in CampbellUSD. Do I have to re-enroll for Kindergarten next year?

Maybe. Children who are District residents and complete TK in our schools will be pre-enrolled for Kindergarten for 2024-25 at the school that serves the child’s home address—which may be different from the school where they are attending TK. (TK parents may request a different school during the annual Open Enrollment period.)
(Refer to Board Policy 5116.1)

What IS Transitional Kindergarten, anyway?

Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program using a modified Kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. See the difference
The TK curriculum bridges preschool and Kindergarten curriculum. See State's website

Updated Wed, Jan 24th

Starting January 18th, families, students and staff are invited to participate in the district’s annual survey. The survey asks for feedback around student learning, school safety, sense of belonging and more.

Parents and guardians will receive links via email and ParentSquare. Students in grades 3-8 will participate during specific class sessions.

If you have questions, please contact the school office.

Updated Wed, Jan 24th

Campbell Union School District's commitment to safety and innovation is evident in its proactive approach to teaching digital citizenship, and earned it the prestigious Common Sense District certification. The distinction acknowledges the district’s commitment to preparing students to be critical thinkers who use technology to create rather than being passive consumers of online content. 

“We frequently discuss our responsibility for preparing our students for their yet-to-be-defined futures, and navigating and leveraging technology effectively is a big part of that," said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Digital media and technology are evolving rapidly, and digital citizenship skills are essential for students as they unlock extraordinary opportunities and learn to navigate and avoid potential risks. That's why we are dedicated to providing spaces for students to think critically,  innovate, and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and thrive.”

Campbell Union School District's 12 schools join over 80,000 schools nationwide in using Common Sense Education's resources. Our middle schools integrate digital citizenship into their Technology PBIS lessons, and digital citizenship is a foundational part of our Innovation lessons in CUSD’s elementary grades.

“We applaud the faculty and staff for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education,” said Kelly Mendoza, Vice President of Education Programs at Common Sense Education. She commended CUSD for its whole-community approach to preparing students for the digital age, and the importance of addressing online challenges such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District," said Coordinator of Innovation, Teaching & Learning Julie Goo, who has been instrumental in assuring that digital citizenry is integrated into the district’s Art, Innovation, and Music (AIM) program. “We are empowering learners to apply our Profile of a Graduate competencies as they create digitally and design solutions to current and future challenges.”

Learn more about the district’s integrated inclusion of digital citizenship on the Art, Innovation, and Music Blog: bit.ly/cusdaimblog

Common Sense is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense Education's research-based resources, developed in collaboration with Project Zero researchers, are used in classrooms across all 50 states, impacting over 50,000 schools and half a million educators. To see all of Common Sense Education’s resources, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education