District News

Updated Wed, Mar 18th

During the closure dates of March 16th through April 3rd*, the Campbell Union School District will be offering free meals, at participating sites. Meals will be free to all children, 18 years of age and younger, and available for pick-up from 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Any child from any school can participate. Children do not have to be present for parents or caregivers pick up their meals. We are encouraging all children to stay home if possible.

Meals will not be consumed on site, but distributed to be eaten elsewhere.  We will offer a pre-packaged lunch and a pre-packaged breakfast for the following day.

Meal pick up locations:

Blackford Elementary, 1970 Willow St., San Jose

Capri Elementary, 850 Chapman Dr. Campbell

Castlemont Elementary, 3040 Payne Ave., Campbell

Lynhaven Elementary, 881 S. Cypress Ave., San Jose

Rosemary Elementary, 401 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell

Sherman Oaks, 1800-C Fruitdale Ave., San Jose

Monroe Middle, 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose

*Schedule may be extended. Please check for updates.

Questions? Please contact Child Nutrition Services at (408) 341-7210 or e-mail at food [at] campbellusd.org.

Updated Tue, Mar 31st

Social media makes it easy and fun to share images of our children’s activities—including screenshots of their online class meetings during the school closure. Just as we tell our children to be careful with what information they share online, it is important that we adults use caution also.

When sharing pictures and videos online, please avoid posting identifiable photos of OTHER people’s children, unless you have permission. For safety and other reasons, some families choose not to have images of their children made public.

Protección de la privacidad del estudiante: Piense antes de publicar algo

Las redes sociales hacen que sea fácil y divertido compartir imágenes de las actividades de nuestros hijos, esto también incluye las capturas de pantalla de las reuniones de clase en línea que se están realizando durante el cierre de la escuela. Así como les decimos a nuestros hijos que tengan cuidado con la información que comparten en línea, es importante que los adultos también tengamos cuidado.

Al compartir fotos y videos en línea, evite publicar fotos identificables de los hijos de OTRAS personas, a menos que tenga permiso. Por seguridad y otras razones, algunas familias optan por no hacer públicas las imágenes de sus hijos.

Updated Tue, Mar 10th

Third graders across the district participated in their first Inquiry and Innovation Day on Thursday, March 5th. Volunteers from the Assistance League of Los Gatos led a lesson integrating the new science practices and the district’s Profile of a Graduate competencies around critical thinking and innovation. The lesson was designed to encourage curiosity, observation, and innovative ideas.

The volunteers introduced the 8-year-olds to Ada Lace On The Case, a book by Emily Calandrelli about a third-grade girl who starts closely observing and asking questions about the world around her. Then they demonstrated an experiment using a glass of water and a small orange.

“If I put the orange in the water, do you think it will sink or float?” they asked the students. When the orange floats, they ask the students for their ideas about why it floats. Then, they remove the peel, the orange sinks, and students offer ideas again.

“Maybe the peel is like the sides of a boat, holding up what’s inside,” said Xander. “I think it’s floating because the oils in the peel float in the water,” said Leon.

The lesson, which aligns with Next Generation Science Standards, continued with students asking questions and exchanging ideas around what happened. Students discussed how they could do more research on the topic and how that might lead to opportunities for more innovations. 

The activity concluded with each student receiving a personal copy of the Ada Lace book and a bookmark. The author, Emily Calandrelli, will also be speaking at two of our schools this year.

“Teachers noticed that students were excited to make further observations and ask questions at home and at school,” said Julie Goo, STEAM Innovation Teacher. “They are now more curious about the world around them and how they can contribute to it.”

Updated Sun, Mar 1st

Did you know that the kindergarten students who are counted in Census 2020 will be high school seniors the next time the Census is done in 2030?

Because an accurate census count benefits our schools and community, Campbell Union School District’s Governing Board adopted a resolution in support of US Census 2020. Our schools have been provided with activities for students to learn about the importance of being counted and being a part of the Census 2020. 

Information from the US Census is used to establish federal funding for local communities, health care facilities, social services and public schools. It impacts housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. We are glad to partner with the US Census Bureau to provide awareness and education around its purpose. 

Invitation to Be Counted

Please join CUSD in being "counted" in Census 2020. Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Learn more online: 

English 
Spanish 

Updated Mon, Feb 10th

Our families are busy—and organized! To help them plan ahead, we publish our school year calendar online and make it available in PDF and print formats. The calendar shows important dates, such as holiday breaks and shortened school days, so families can make plans that won't interfere with their child's school attendance.

NOTE: Kindergarten and middle school orientations happen a few days before school begins. As soon as we have those dates, we will post them online.

Updated Wed, Jan 29th

When new viruses surface, it is important to stay informed. Reports about the new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, have heightened awarenss about ways to avoid infection. Campbell Union School District and public health officials are closely monitoring developments.

Fortunately, many of the good health habits we use to prevent the spread of other communicable illnesses—flu, common cold, stomach virus—can also reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

To date, there are no confirmed cases in California, and there is low risk to Santa Clara County residents, unless they recently traveled to Wuhan or were in close contact with someone who was ill who recently traveled in that area. 

Recommended Precautions

As we do during every cold and flu season, we encourage everyone to take these common-sense precautions:

  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning. (Our custodial staff cleans surfaces routinely.)
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
  • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China and has symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, he or she would be sent home and the school would contact the Public Health Department for additional guidance. The Public Health Department is monitoring the situation. They will advise us of any additional recommendations, which we will pass along to you. 

Updated Wed, Jan 29th

The March 3, 2020 will have many local issues on it, and voting is your chance to have a say.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb, 18, 2020.
That's during the week our schools are closed, so why not just do it now?

This election will be Vote by Mail, so be sure the county's Registrar of Voters has your correct information.

Register online: 
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Register/Pages/Online.aspx

Updated Fri, Jan 17th

“Design thinking is an approach to teaching core academics that will develop our students’ skills as collaborative, innovative, self-directed, empathetic critical thinkers who can be successful in their yet-to-be-defined future,” says Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District (CUSD).

design thinking process stepsDesign thinking, a process for empathy-based creative problem-solving, is spreading to classrooms across the district. While it is a primary focus of the district’s new Campbell School of Innovation, more teachers in other schools also are using it. Over the past year, nearly 25% of the district’s more than 380 teachers have experienced the design thinking process and how to incorporate it into their lessons.  (See related story about first-grade teacher Megan Delaye.)

“Students are becoming more energized about owning their learning, and their teachers are seeing student achievement rise as they incorporate more of these relevant problem-solving projects into their instruction,” says Kami Thordardson, CUSD’s Director of Innovation & Digital Learning. She says CUSD Equity Coaches have been working this year with teachers from several schools, both groups and individuals, and all teachers had the option to participate in a design project through the district wide library design project last year.

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t even been imagined yet,” says Viramontez. “Design thinking is one of the ways we can educate students to their highest potential.”

Updated Tue, Jan 14th

Tour campuses, observe classes, speak with administrators, and get to know your neighborhood schools.

Our highly qualified teachers prepare students for success in their yet-to-be-defined futures teaching them to be innovative, self-directed, collaborative, empathetic critical thinkers. We offer engaging and well-rounded instruction and enriching programs for children from infants to eighth grade in safe and nurturing school communities.

Convenient online registration available from your home or in school and district administration offices opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2020.

Key Dates
January 21, 2020: 8 a.m. School registration and Open Enrollment begins for 2020-21 school year.

Now-Feb. 14, 2020: Parent tours - dates and locations vary. See the tour schedule online.

February 14, 2020: 4 p.m. - Deadline to complete Open Enrollment (school placement) requests for 2020-21 school year. 

Updated Tue, Dec 17th

Plan a visit to learn more about your neighborhood school! Schools schedule tours in January and February to coincide with the Open Enrollment period.

Registration will be online for elementary or middle school.  Our school finder link will help you see which is your attendance area school.

More answers are available on Enrollment web page, and our Enrollment Staff is happy to help you and are available by phone, email, and in person Monday through Friday (except holidays).