District News

Updated 1 hour 31 min ago

We are building a network of community experts to give our students real-world experiences to discover their passions and see applications for their learning in school. 

What’s your expertise? Science? Music? Cars? Landscaping? Art? Health? The possibilities are many and could bring our elementary and/or middle school students new ideas about the world and their future shaping it.

Care to share? 
Please complete this Community Expert Connections form. We will share the information you provide with our educators in the fall, and those who see a match to their learning objectives will contact you to schedule a classroom connection experience.

Updated Sat, Jun 25th

During the school year, our online student safety management system, called Gaggle, reviews student-generated documents for words and phrases that trigger a concern for student safety. Please note that Gaggle will not be active during our summer break. It will conclude at the end of school on June 10 and resume on the first student day of school.  Documents will not be reviewed by Campbell Union School District staff for words and phrases that may be troubling.

Students participating in the Web-to-one program are turning in their devices in to their schools by June 10th

Parental supervision of at-home devices is recommended, as always.  Helpful links for parents from Common Sense Media.

Updated Wed, Jun 22nd

While fluency in more than one language has always been an admirable skill, biliteracy is increasingly important to employers in the U.S. and  around the world. This year, 87 Campbell Union School District (CUSD) eighth graders (13%) earned the Middle School Pathway Award Towards the Seal of Biliteracy awarded by the Santa Clara County Seal of Biliteracy Consortium. It is a milestone toward earning the State Seal of Biliteracy at the end of high school and a skill that brings many benefits.

We are so proud of our student’s accomplishments through the Pathway program. This is one of the ways that we honor the rich heritage of our students linguistically, culturally and ethnically,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.In fact, several of our students received the award for proficiency in three languages.”

“Research shows that being bilingual and biliterate fosters mental dexterity, builds cultural appreciation, and validates the rich cultural backgrounds of our students,” said Denise Kilpatrick, CUSD’s Coordinator of English Language Development. “The students undergo a rigorous process of learning and demonstrating their competency.”

The Pathway Award recognizes students who, by the end of 8th grade, have demonstrated a commitment to becoming biliterate, reaching a high degree of proficiency in both English and at least one another language, and meeting a rigorous set of criteria to qualify. Oral presentations about the benefits of understanding other cultures were one of the performance options that some of the students chose.

Francisco, pictured above delivering his Pathway to Biliteracy presentation, is among Sherman Oaks School’s first class of eighth graders advancing to high school since it became a TK-8 school in 2019.

Updated Wed, Jun 22nd

As we move toward the end of the 2021-22 school year, one of the wonderful things we see is resuming some of our traditional end-of-year experiences. Awards assemblies, dances, and promotion events have been happening as students move on to the next grade level.

To all of our families: Thank you for weathering the challenges of the past two years with us, for your contributions to the school, and for making a positive difference for students, teachers and staff.

To those of you promoting out of our district: Thank you for your many years of partnership. You have invested in your child and your child's school for many years, given of yourself, and helped to make us a better district. While we hate to lose you from our system, we wish you well in your transition.

As we look forward to the new school year, we hope for the return of more activities that bring our school communities together for fun, learning, and building relationships.

For those returning to our schools for the new school year, we look forward to seeing you on our campuses on August 18th.  Please watch for information from your schools in early August for the details you’ll need to start the school year strong.

As for COVID-19, we’ll follow the guidance from public health officials and continue to guard student and employee safety. We will continue monitoring local conditions and protocols this summer and send notices to families and staff as we know more about what the public health department will require.  

qr codes for apple and androidCommunication from the district will come through ParentSquare and our websites. For your convenience, we recommend downloading the ParentSquare app. 

For now, I wish you a safe and happy summer. I hope you are able to find time to slow down and to resume some of those activities with friends and family that energize you and bring you joy.

Updated Thu, Jun 16th

The Santa Clara County Library District provides free library accounts to all students enrolled in Campbell Union School District schools, regardless of their address. Many of our students already have their login information through their school’s library.

That fact will make it easier for parents who sign their children up for the library’s free Summer Reading Program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path

The two-month event, from June 1-July 31, encourages all readers to explore the world through reading and get out into the great outdoors. Go on a new adventure in the pages of a book or take the adventure outside. 

Sign up or log into Beanstack and register for Summer Reading. Patrons can download the Beanstack app on their mobile device and start logging their progress. Participants can earn a reward for reading five books and completing one activity this summer. Completion rewards will be available starting on Monday, August 1.

Updated Tue, Jun 14th

On Wed., May 25th, the Superintendent sent a message to all CUSD families and staff via ParentSquare expressing the heartbreak over the Robb Elementary School shooting and providing information about how the district works to keep our students and staff safe at school.

The letter also is available here, in English and Spanish.

Updated Wed, Jun 8th

At a recent Governing Board meeting, Superintendent Shelly Viramontez presented an overview of results from the April 2022 community engagement survey. It was administered to CUSD parents, students, staff, and community partners by Huron/Studer Education.  

“The survey is part of the district’s commitment of continual improvement and one of several ways that we elicit input from our community,” Viramontez said. “Feedback is very important for identifying what is working, what needs to be changed, and how to direct funds and resources to support those needs.” 

The overall themes: Stakeholders are generally satisfied with the school and district leadership and the condition of schools. They want to improve two-way communication within the organization.

Each school and district department of five employees or more received its own results which they are  examining in greater detail. The teams will identify focus areas for celebration (what is going well) and for areas for improvement. These will be incorporated into site and department goals. The Superintendent will report progress in future board meetings. 

District-wide Themes from Survey

What is going well
(Areas that received the highest number of 5’s - Strongly Agree)

Students

  • My principal is a good leader.
  • My teacher cares about me.
  • Learning is important at my school.

Parents/Guardians

  • My child has the necessary classroom supplies and equipment. 
  • My family is treated with respect at this school. 
  • The school is clean and well maintained.
  • After-school site manager is approachable.

Employees

  • My principal/supervisor demonstrates concern for me.
  • My principal/supervisor acknowledges good performance.
  • Would recommend CUSD to a parent for their child.
  • Believe the Superintendent uses a variety of methods to promote effective communication.

What to Improve
(Area that received a lower number of 5’s - Strongly Agree) 

Improve 2-way communication to support all levels of the organization.

Next Steps

  • Streamline communication methods
  • Share information with Board
  • Conduct some focus groups with students & families
  • Determine a few actions aimed at improving outcomes
  • Incorporate into our goals

The District is using some of its one-time funding to work with Huron/Studer Education to build long-term, district-wide capacity for maintaining a system of continual improvement. “Campbell is a great place to learn and a great place to work, and we want to keep it that way,” Viramontez said.

See the Board presentation about the survey here.

Updated Wed, Jun 8th

More opportunities to keep COVID-19 at bay are coming to our district in the near future:

Schools to distribute home test kits before school ends in June

two boxes of test kitsBefore the school year ends, schools will be providing at-home COVID-19 test kits for students to take home for the summer. There are two kits per student, from preschool through grade eight, and each kit contains two tests. It is recommended that parents keep one of the tests in reserve to use right before school begins in August.

Each school will provide the parents/guardians of their students with information about when and how to obtain the test kits before school ends on June 10th.

June 4 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to offer all doses and boosters for ages 5 and older

Safeway Northern California is again partnering with our district to provide a COVID-19 vaccine clinic to the community. They will be offering first and second doses, and first and second boosters to eligible participants age 5 and older. See the flier in today’s newsletter for details.

map showing location of PLC buildingDate: Sat. June 4, 2022

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: PLC Building, next to Monroe Middle School, 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose. (Enter from S. Genevieve Lane.)

Updated Tue, Jun 7th

Enjoy live entertainment for a low price when you and a companion attend The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., presented by Castlemont and Blackford elementary school students. 

Based on the best-selling book series, this musical theater production follows the hijinks of Flat Stanley as he folds his way around the world and tries to get back to being a three dimensional boy.

  • Castlemont Performances: 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday, May 27th and May 28th
  • Blackford Performances: 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and June 4th

All performances for both schools take place at the Castlemont School Multipurpose Room Stage, 3040 E. Payne Ave, Campbell.

Purchase Tickets at https://campbellusd.seatyourself.biz/

Updated Thu, May 19th

Hundreds of revelers, young and old, gathered on Saturday, April 30th, to celebrate Campbell Union School District’s 100th year of teaching and learning in the community. See the photos here.

studentpostersSmiles were everywhere as current and former students greeted current and former teachers, students entertained crowds with songs, and families explored exhibits about the past, present and future of education here. School volunteers provided fun activities, such as a photo booth, face painting, books, food tastings, STEAM activities and more.

Governing Board members and Superintendent Viramontez greeted attendees, and Senator Dave Cortese, Assemblyman Evan Low, Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, County Superintendent Mary Ann Dewan and Campbell Mayor Paul Resnikoff each presented commendations acknowledging the District’s 100 years of educating the local elementary and middle school students.

The day culminated with a community concert on the Campbell City Green featuring Village School Teacher Gina Keopf and her band, Gina and the Tonics, followed by the headline band Clean Slate. More than 300 people gathered to listen, dance, and enjoy the celebration.

The centennial event was made possible with support from the Campbell Historical Museum, Campbell Chamber Community Foundation, A Party Place, Mathnasium, Sutton Swim School, Campbell Press, Kiwanis, the City of Campbell, parent and employee volunteers from our schools, and other community partners.