District News

Updated Wed, Oct 30th
Panelists at "Child, Disrupted" documentary screening discussed technology use and child development.

With interest in how to ensure their children don’t get too much of a good thing, more than 200 parents, educators and health professionals attended a screening of the documentary film Child, Disrupted. Co-sponsored by School Linked Services and Campbell Union School District, the film presented facts about technology use and child development.

Following the movie, Superintendent Shelly Viramontez moderated a question-answer discussion with panelists Filmmaker Krista Riihmaki, Common Sense Media Regional Manager Jamie Nuñez, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, and District Special Education Administrator and Psychologist Stephanie Cima.
The most frequent message from panelists was to seek balance with technology.
Filmmaker Riihimaki shared a personal story about the negative role technology played in her brother’s mental health, and ultimate demise, that motivated her to make Child, Disrupted. The experts in the film emphasized that social interaction and interacting with the physical world is critical to brain development in children, from infants and through their teens.
“Overuse of technology has an impact on physical and mental health,” said Common Sense’s Jamie Nuñez. To reduce excessive use, he suggested first looking at the relationship you have with the child and considering some family rules.”
Supervisor Ellenberg suggested increasing activities that don’t involve technology, such as hiking, and going to the park. She also shared that First 5 has resource centers that provide a range of support services.
For schools, Superintendent Viramontez noted that there have been compelling reasons to increase technology use in schools, among them: providing students with more equity in access to instruction, teaching them how to use technology as a tool for creating rather than passive consuming, and preparing them with the skills they will need in this Information Age.
“Technology is how our children are going to interact with the world," she said. "We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t engage them in using technology effectively as a tool and not a distraction.”
You can download information on Common Sense Media’s recommended tools, in English and Spanish, on our website.

Updated Wed, Oct 30th
As part of our annual planning, we use Thoughtexchange to collect your ideas about what is important to you for your child's education.

We believe that working closely with our community is essential to meeting the needs of our students. As part of our annual planning, we want to understand what is important to you for your school and the District. One way we do that is through Thoughtexchange—an online tool that allows us to learn the thoughts and priorities of the people affected by our decisions.

Share your Thoughts! 
Please join in the Parent/Community conversation about your child's school and district.
Por favor únase a la conversación de los padres/la comunidad sobre la escuela y el distrito de su hijo.

It is an easy 3-step process:
  1.  Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
  2.  Star – review and ideas from other stakeholders
  3.  Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

We are committed to making sure our students are educated to their highest potential, and we rely on your feedback and input to help guide that direction. That is why we are asking for your participation in an online community conversation about what we're doing well and areas in which we can improve.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Wed, Oct 30th
Governing Board discussing a potential local funding measure that would help maintain quality education in our schools

Great teachers can bring out the best in students. They are at the center of student achievement, especially in core academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and science. In recent years, dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left for more affordable areas. Without additional funding, our District may continue to lose great teachers.
 
The Governing Board of the TK-8 Campbell Union School District (CUSD) has been discussing a potential local funding measure that would help maintain quality education in our elementary and middle schools.
 
Let Us Know What You Think.
We’d like to hear from you. Our webpage includes answers to frequently asked questions and a short survey to help us learn what is important to voters in our district.

Updated Tue, Oct 29th
District Board Invites Public Input

The Campbell Union School District’s Governing Board is currently elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District. On September 19, 2019, the Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-10, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area.

The demographer presented the proposed maps at the Board's October 24th meeting and public hearing. (See the maps)

A second public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thurs., November 7, 2019, at 155 N. Third Street, Campbell.* 

Pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(2), the proposed trustee area maps are posted on Campbell Union School District’s CVRA website and also available to view at the District Office.

*Please note: Trustee area maps do NOT alter school attendance area boundaries.

Updated Wed, Oct 23rd
Schools across the district are hosting various activities in recognition of Red Ribbon Week- October 23rd-31st.

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camerena in 1985. According to the United States DEA, Red Ribbon Week is the nations largest and longest-running drug awareness and prevention program.

Students will participate in spirit days, trivia activities, poster contests, and short lessons to bring awareness about the importance of being drug-free and making healthy choices.

Updated Wed, Oct 16th
A Message from the Superintendent

We’re proud of the success that our elementary and middle school students achieve. Maintaining high-quality teachers and instructional programs with less funding in our pricey Bay Area housing market presents a great challenge to that success.

School districts throughout the Bay Area, including ours, are experiencing declining enrollment. Over the past three years, Campbell Union School District has seen a 6.5 percent decline in enrollment, resulting in a drop in average daily attendance (ADA) funding, the major backbone to State funding for our schools.

Great teachers are at the center of student achievement, especially in core academic and advanced programs, and State funding is critical to keeping teachers hired, class sizes down, and quality instruction for all students. Over the past few years, the district has experienced a high turnover of teachers, due to the cost of living in the Silicon Valley. Dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left for more affordable areas. Without additional funding, our neighborhood elementary and middle schools may continue to lose great teachers.

We need to respond with local solutions.

To protect quality education for the district’s elementary and middle school students, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board is considering placing a parcel tax measure on a future ballot. All of the funds would be locally controlled, would benefit schools in our own district, and could not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. There also would be an exemption process for senior citizens.

For more information and to participate in a short survey, please visit the “Proposed Measure” page on our district’s website.

Updated Tue, Oct 8th
Parents and Teachers Make the Difference for Students.

Keeping school-and-home communication open and productive is a super way to support your child's education.

This week, parents across the district are meeting with teachers to talk about how to help their child have a successful school year. Many have already viewed their child’s individual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) reports by logging into their Parent PowerSchool accounts so they can discusss them with the teacher and set goals for their children.

For more ideas about supporting learning at home, ask your child’s teacher, the school principal, or visit our Helping at Home webpage. 

Updated Wed, Sep 25th
"These students are impressive," said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

"I really enjoyed reading their work, and I was very impressed with their creativity, imagination, and diversity of topics," she added.

The nine student honorees spoke about their award-winning work to an audience of 100 proud parents, family members, teachers, principals and elected officials at the 17th annual awards presentation. After receiving their awards, the Rising Young Authors autographed their books for their fans.

Pictured here, left to right: Board Vice President Richard Nguyen, Jordan, Chloe, Perri, Sofia, Charlotte, Jessica, Yehyun, Marina, Darius, Dr. Viramontez, and Board President Michael Snyder.

The Rising Young Author award includes one professionally produced copy of the student's for home and one for the school library, a gift certificate from the Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, a personal writer’s journal from Barnes & Noble, and a chance to win a Nook e-reader from School Innovations & Achievement. CSI student Yehyun Hwang was the lucky winner of the Nook drawing.

To read or order books by these student authors, go to bookemon.com.  To view short videos about each Rising Young Author, click on the names below.

Meet the Rising Young Authors of 2019

Darius Parish
Blackford School

Yehyun Hwang
Campbell School of Innovation

Marina Schuler
Capri School

Sofia Ramirez
Marshall Lane School

Jessica Burkhart
Monroe Middle School

Chloe Hahn
Rolling Hills Middle School

Charlotte Reyes-Palo
Rosemary School

Jordan Pyle
Sherman Oaks School

Perri Jane Kaiser
Village School

Launched in 2002, the Rising Young Authors program recognizes a select  group of individual students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among hundreds that teachers submit to the District's annual Writing Faire in May. At the conclusion of the Writing Faire, Rising Young Author judges review qualifying entries for each school — specific categories of writing by individuals in grades 3 through 7 — and choose the two best for their respective school's Accomplished Writer Award. The first place Accomplished Writer is offered the option of participating in the Rising Young Authors program. If declined or ineligible, the offer goes to the second place Accomplished Writer.

Updated Tue, Sep 24th
District will transition to by-trustee area elections. Public input welcome.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-10, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections. In by-trustee area elections, each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary and be elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school district’s board.*

Currently, the CUSD’s five Governing Board members are elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters in the entire District. Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting.

“We don’t believe our current form of elections violates the CVRA,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We do believe that it is in the public interest to begin the transition to trustee-area elections to protect the district from a CVRA claim—valid or not.”

With adoption of the resolution, the District now has 90 days of ‘safe harbor’ to complete the transition to by-trustee area elections. The transition process will include opportunities for public input with regard to delineating the trustee area boundaries.

The next public hearing will be on Thursday, October 3, 2019. For more details about the transition, and to see upcoming public hearing dates, visit the district’s CVRA webpage.

* NOTE: The process DOES NOT impact school attendance boundaries.

Updated Tue, Sep 17th
From their first day in Kindergarten to their last day of high school, attendance matters!

2 moms, 2 daughters smiling at schoolShowing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

One absence amounts to missing more than 5 hours of classroom instruction and learning. 

DID YOU KNOW?  

  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks. 

  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job. 

  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty. 

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 

  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. 


WHAT CAN YOU DO? These tips can help.