District News

Updated Wed, Apr 17th
Community support and solid fiscal management has protected schools from worse impacts. Download report.

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A Message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D.

Preparing our students for success in the yet-to-be-defined workplace of the future is rewarding and challenging. Recently, the challenges have increased with changes to economic conditions.

A few major factors have placed new strains on school and district budgets for our district and many others in the region.

  1. Declining enrollment due to families moving to more-affordable places to live;
  2. Flattening State revenue
  3. Unexpected, State-imposed increases to our pension program costs; and
  4. Increased cost and demand for special education services for students.

The bottom line: Campbell Union School District will need to make $2 million in adjustments to our operating budget for the coming school year. 


We are up to the challenge. We have taken some steps already to mitigate some the impacts of that large funding cut:

  • Our energy and water conservation systems are complete,
  • We have secured several grants to support students’ education and wellness,  
  • We trimmed $1.8 million from the current year’s budget, and
  • We are exploring ways to further reduce costs for services outside of the classroom.

Our fiscal responsibility has earned us the public’s confidence and support. Our community shares our commitment to educate all students to their highest potential, approving school bonds to maintain and modernize our buildings and grounds and a parcel tax to provide competitive teacher salaries and up-to-date classroom technology.

Despite serious fiscal challenges coming our way, we are committed to maintaining both our financial solvency and the integrity of our instructional programs as we prepare our students for the opportunities of their yet-to-be-defined futures.  

Updated Thu, Apr 4th
Work will advance STEM education and foster students developing 21st century problem-solving skills that are critical to any career.

Four teachers from two CUSD elementary schools were chosen to participate in the award-winning The Tech Academies fellowship program sponsored by The Tech’s Bowers Institute. They will join a cohort of 40 educators from other local school districts and expanded learning organizations, all of whom will develop leadership skills and expertise in engineering instruction.

Forest Hill's Jodi Howland and Julie Hart chose to specialize in Mechanical Engineering, and CSI's Alicia Hamilton and Julia Quintero chosen Software Engineering. They will be part of creating a growing network of STEM leaders supporting excellence in the community.

“In our commitment to preparing our students for their yet-to-be-defined futures, we know that STEM must be in the forefront of their learning—especially in Silicon Valley,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “These teachers will be instrumental in training other Campbell USD educators across the curriculum in engineering and design thinking.”

During the two-year fellowship, the teacher cohorts will work closely with instructors from The Tech’s Bowers Institute. The software engineering cohort will also enjoy additional support from San Jose State University. Both groups will receive more than 90 hours of in-depth, hands-on professional development that will ultimately expose their K-12 students to engineering, fostering their development of 21st century problem-solving skills critical to any career and increasing the number and diversity of students pursuing engineering careers.

Updated Wed, Mar 27th
We invited parents, students, employees and the community to share thoughts about what we're doing well and where we can improve.

We engage parents, students, employees and the community in developing our Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) so that our decisions and plans are more responsive to our community’s educational priorities. LCAPs describe the school's overall vision for students, annual goals, and specific actions we will take to achieve the vision and goals.

In addition to other important student performance data, we invite input from our stakeholders in a variety of ways, both formal and informal. With a focus on district goals, we use the information to make decisions about programs and to seek added support through community grants and partnerships. As a result of last year’s feedback, some schools added field trips, others added counselors, and still others directed funds to support homework help or art instruction.

A few months ago, we invited parents, students, employees and the community to engage in an online forum, using Thoughtexchange.com to share their own thoughts and rate the thoughts of others about what we're doing well and where we can improve. We were able to receive direct input from thousands of stakeholders.

School administrators are sharing the school-level results with their committees and staff, as part of their planning process for next year. District-level Top Thoughts results are compiled into two interactive reports that appear on our LCAP webpage.

Or download a summary report as a PDF. 
Students Voice - District Summary - 2018-19           
Community - District Summary - 2018-19

Updated Wed, Mar 20th
K-5th Grade Summer Camps Now Enrolling

Get ready for the best summer ever!

Each week, our new summer camp experience will offer a well-rounded program that includes Science Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM) themed activities, a highlight field trip, a low-light field trip and a fun Friday field day on-site.

Join us for a summer that feels, well, like summer. Register now!

Updated Thu, Mar 14th
Come see how our STEAM-powered education is energizing students across the district.

All students and families are invited to this annual celebration of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics marvels our students have discovered and created.

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell (Campbell School of Innovation campus)

The event features:

  • Hands-on activities for students of all ages!
  • Demonstrations and performances by students from all Campbell
    Union School District schools, including: Engineering & Design
    Thinking, Computer Science & Robotics, Student Passion &
    Creativity, Film Festival, and Performing Arts.
Updated Mon, Mar 11th
Profile of a Graduate is our commitment to students, families, and community.

See how the Profile of a Graduate is taking hold in our first year of aligning instruction to the key competencies:
self-directed, innovative, critical thinker, collaborative, empathetic.

Updated Tue, Mar 5th
An Internet Safety Message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. Ed.D.

Dear Parents,

We want to make you aware of what seems to be the latest viral challenge targeting children. It is called the Momo Challenge, and it centers around a disturbing character suggesting dangerous tasks for kids to perform. From what we have learned, these and other suggestions can also be found spliced into some YouTube Kids videos, including Fortnite and Peppa the Pig. This challenge also occurs through an app called WhatsApp, which could function on both phones and tablets.

We recommend that you talk to your child about these kinds of challenges, in a way that you feel is appropriate for their understanding. Given the connection and concern with messages within YouTube Kids videos, we also recommend that you monitor what your child is watching and screen the videos, even if they appear to be safe, to ensure their viewing does not include harmful messages.

The links below offer some information about the Internet hoax and resources to help you set rules at home:

Learn more about how you can ensure cyber safety at home.
o   Media Guidelines for All Kids of All Ages
o   Safe Search Kids

In our schools, we are aware of this trending issue and continue working to ensure students follow safe Internet use. Throughout the school year, our teachers reinforce the expectations for safe use and responsible practices described in our Student Digital Safety contracts.  They also use the Common Sense Media resources and our lesson bank to teach grade-specific digital citizenship lessons.

If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s school.

Updated Fri, Mar 1st
Student safety is our top-most priority—even when they are traveling between home and school.

As students become more comfortable about walking or riding bikes between school and home, we want to be sure they stay alert and safe. Please talk to your child about how to stay safe while traveling to and from school.

Some suggested reminders are:

1.    If possible, don’t walk or ride alone.

2.    Stay aware of your surroundings. Watch where you’re going and what is happening around you.

3.    Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

4.    Use cross walks and obey traffic signals.

5.    Avoid strangers, and tell an adult right away if any suspicious people approach you.

Thank you for being our partner in student safety.

Updated Wed, Feb 27th
After school and preschool program sign ups start March 1, 2019

Elementary & Middle School Programs

Our before and after school programs  offer safe, fun, and engaging programs where students develop current interests and discover new ones beyond the school day. Learn more.

Early Child Education Programs

Our high-quality infant, toddler, and preschool programs prepare children for successful educational journeys. Both fee-based and subsidized programs are available, year round, with part-time or full-time options. Learn more.

Updated Wed, Feb 6th
California law requires that children have an oral health assessment as part of attending public school. Dental Society volunteers partner with our schools in promoting students' dental health.

Untreated dental problems can cause intense pain and adversely affect nutrition, growth, and ability to pay attention in class. This week, in observance of National Children's Dental Health Month, teams of volunteer dentists and their assistants are providing free dental screenings to more than 1,000 students in our schools. It is part of a nation-wide program that aims to identify dental problems early, educate children about good dental hygiene, and help to connect families to dental care if they need it.

Nurses at Campbell Union School District's schools will follow up with the families of children found to have serious dental issues. Those who do not have regular dentists will receive assistance in getting dental care through the Dental Society volunteers.

"We want to help catch dental problems early," says Dr. Zarkesh, President of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, pictured here providing a dental screening to a student. "And it's fun being with the kids."

The Dental Society coordinates the local event. This month, they will provide free oral assessments for more than 5,000 students county wide.