District News

Updated Fri, Jan 18th
District seeks applicants for Citizens Oversight Committee that oversees use of bond and parcel tax revenues.

Campbell Union School District is accepting applications now to fill two vacancies on its Citizens Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Applications are available now online or by contacting Christina Tran, Campbell Union School District, ctran [at] campbellusd.org, 408-364-4200 ext. 6215.

The District operates classes for preschool-through-eighth-grade students from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga.  The bond funds help to repair and improve the district’s 12 elementary and middle schools. Parcel tax funds support instructional programs that directly benefit students. The Board-appointed independent citizens committee reviews school district spending and ensures that bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purpose set before the voters.

Oversight Committee members represent various parts of the community: businesses, senior citizens, taxpayer organizations, and parents of students enrolled in the District.   These members serve for a term of two years without compensation and for no more than two consecutive terms.  (Education Code Section 15282(a))

Updated Fri, Jan 18th

In Campbell Union School District, wellness is a shared goal with the community.

“We are fortunate to have extensive community partnerships that bolster our ability to support the whole child academically, emotionally and behaviorally and free our teachers to teach,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

With about 40% of district students living in poverty, many of them are exposed to food insecurity, homelessness, violence, loss, and other disruptions that weigh on them throughout their school day and cause them to tune out or misbehave. 

“We’ve worked with local agencies and our Wellness Committee to establish community partnerships and secure grants that provide a reliable system of supports beyond the classroom for students and their families,” Viramontez said. The result, she said, is the school and the community working together to support students and families through:

• Shared Goal: Educate the Whole Child

• Viable System: Strategic goals, Internal supports backed
by data

• Combined Resources: Partner with community to establish a
comprehensive system of support.


Following is partial list of the partner-supported Mental and Physical Health Services at CUSD Schools.

Uplift Family Services: 5 Clinicians; 1 Family Specialist; 1 Family Partner. Provides Counseling, Therapy for Individual and Family, Parenting Classes 

Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY): 7 Associate Marriage Family Therapists (AMFT) 

El Camino Hospital: Health Teacher Online curriculum, PlayWorks, 2 additional school nurses, 200 hours of translation support, Dental services, Vision 2 Learn, 5-2-1-0 School Linked Services (County Health Dept.): 10 school-based Community Liaisons, Dozens of Parent Education offerings at 9 schools 

Other Resources & Services: Assistance League, Faith-based groups, Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Clara Dental Society, Dept. of Alcohol & Drug Services, District Attorney’s Office, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College, Gardner Health Clinics

Updated Tue, Jan 15th
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • 4–7 p.m. at Campbell School of Innovation, 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell

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 Tue, Jan 8th
Parents of children entering Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten or middle school take note!

Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will begin January 22, 2019.
Information is available online and by calling Campbell Union School District’s main office.

Campbell Union School District provides education beyond the expected for more than 7,500 preschool-through-eighth-grade students from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. In addition to traditional school settings, we offer families school options as dual language immersion, parent participation, design thinking/innovation, and home schooling.
 

Updated Wed, Dec 19th
State’s updated accountability charts offer simpler view of complex data.

This month, the California Department of Education released the second edition of the state’s School Dashboard, the two-year-old accountability tool for measuring local schools and districts across a number of indicators. This 2018 version contains two new data points and improved graphics for easier viewing. (Download the overview flyer.)

dashboard logo"The color-based charts provide an easier way to see students progress through multiple measures, such as academics, school climate, and parent engagement," said Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District (CUSD). "We’re committed to preparing our TK-8 students for their 21st century workplace and, as it evolves, this tool will offer a way to gauge progress and measure effectiveness."

Before viewing dashboards for CUSD schools, please note:

  • The Local Indicator Data on each school’s dashboard is not specific to that school but represents the entire district.
  • There is no district-wide dashboard. The district-level dashboard is represented by CUSD’s one non-charter school in 2018 report: Campbell Middle School. For the 2019 report, Rosemary Elementary school will represent the district as the district’s non-charter school.

Visit Your School’s Dashboard https://www.caschooldashboard.org/#/Home

Watch the informational video: https://youtu.be/Pc_sW4S1HSI

Updated Fri, Dec 7th
Three trustees begin new terms. Board sets schedule for next year.

Each December, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board holds an Organizational Meeting at which they welcome incoming trustees, elect officers, assign subcommittees, and set the meeting schedule for the coming calendar year. Pictured above are (l to r) Chris Miller; Danielle M.S. Cohen; Pablo A. Beltran (Clerk); Richard H. Nguyen (Vice President); Michael L. Snyder (President). 

3adults swear oathAt left, Superintendent Viramontez administered the Oath of Office to three trustees who began new terms: returning trustees (l to r) Richard H. Nguyen and Danielle M.S. Cohen, and newly elected member Chris Miller.

The Board and staff also recognized retiring board member Thomas M. Gemetti for his six years of service, which included serving as Clerk, Vice President and President.

Campbell Union School District is governed by five elected trustees who serve four-year terms. Governing Board members ensure that the policies, funding priorities and personnel are in place to provide an education beyond the expected to our more than 7500 preschool-through-eighth-grade students. More information about the Governing Board is online.

Updated Tue, Nov 27th

Each of our schools has a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that is built upon input from students, staff, families and community partners. That input informs decisions about initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of all students.
 
Through meetings and the Thoughtexchange online forum, our community is an integral part of the process to establish and update our LCAP plans and allow for more locally based decision-making.
 
The results of the 2018 ThoughtExchanges have helped us identify some major themes to work toward. One example was the desire for more hands-on learning opportunities and more field trips. Our school leadership teams looked at the feedback and worked to address them through school budgets and programs. Details about how the input affected your school’s LCAP is available from the principal.
 
We believe that working closely with parents and community members is essential to ensuring that the needs of all students are met. Next month, we will invite you to participate in our second LCAP ThoughtExchange conversation. We hope you will join us in sharing thoughts and ideas for preparing students for a successful future.

Updated Mon, Nov 19th
A video message of appreciation from the Superintendent

Superintendent Shelly Viramontez sends a video message of appreciation to the Campbell Union School District community for all that families, friends and employees do for the more than 7800 preschool-through-8th-grade students. With just over 60 school days completed, and after the challenges of the past week, we are more thankful than ever to everyone in our district's community for their support of ALL of our students.

Schools will reopen on Monday, November 26th!

La Superintendente Shelly Viramontez envía un mensaje de video de agradecimiento a la comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unido de Campbell por todo lo que las familias, los amigos y los empleados hacen por los más de 7800 alumnos desde preescolar hasta 8vo grado. Con un poco más de 60 días escolares terminados, y después de las dificultades de la semana pasada, estamos más agradecidos que nunca a todos en la comunidad de nuestro distrito por su apoyo a TODOS nuestros estudiantes.

¡Las escuelas reabrirán el lunes 26 de noviembre!

Updated Tue, Mar 5th

At this time, Campbell Union School District's and other schools in Santa Clara County are not closing.

Based on guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have elected to use a threshold of a 275 air quality index (AQI) to determine when to close our schools. We will be monitoring air quality through www.airnow.gov and informing schools and after-school programs of the guidelines and recommend that families stay informed and be mindful of health concerns.

A joint letter from our Superintendent and the County Superintendent of Schools has more details. It is available online and are emailing it to families via our mass notification system. 

Updated Wed, Nov 14th
Schools follow Spare the Air advisories.

Smoke-filled air has caused school administrators to alter students’ outdoor activity schedules over the past week. Campbell Union School District follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendations and reduces exposure to outdoor air and prolonged exertion for those groups particularly affected by poor air quality.

On Spare the Air Days, staff identifies which students are in the “sensitive group” and follows up with appropriate limits to their outdoor access.

This week, when the air became "unhealthy for all groups," schools enacted school-wide schedules that limited outdoor time and provided more indoor recess and lunch options for all students. They also kept play equipment locked (balls, etc.) to discourage exertion and held some physical education classes indoors. 
Officials are predicting that the air quality will remain poor through the week. If you have not already done so, please notify the school staff if your child has a health condition that would place him or her in the “sensitive group”.