District News

Updated Wed, Jun 26th
Numerous studies show that being able to read proficiently opens the door to a world of success.

“Our world economy demands a more educated workforce, and grade-level reading proficiency is the key.” 
Landmark Research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

To help our families keep their children reading and learning while schools are closed for summer, we offer the following list of ideas.

Head to the Library: Thanks to a partnership with Campbell Library, students enrolled in our schools—no matter where they live—have access to the Library’s resources online and in-house. Also, many local libraries hold events and activities for school-ages children.

Keep Reading Materials Handy: Reading can be fun. Keep comic books, magazines, newspapers, paperbacks and e-books on hand as an easy option for your child to choose.

Talk About Reading: Ask your children about what they read. Listen for what they liked or discovered, and connect it to their own experiences.

Create Low-Tech Reading Time: Set aside “no electronics” time each day for reading. Take turns reading aloud to each other or read independently, and keep the television, stereo, smart phones and computers turned off.

Take Opportunities to Practice: Encourage your child to read everyday things, such as menus, movie listings, game instructions, recipes, signs, maps and more.

More ideas online:

“The child who has access to reading is a child better prepared to rise and meet their future. Without the ability to read, a child faces significant challenges in navigating the mid-21st century.”
Richard Robinson, Scholastic CEO and President

Updated Wed, Jun 5th
Individual reports of students' CAASPP results will be available electronically.

This spring, our students in grades three through eight participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). In our district, the test results are just one way that we determine how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas where students are doing well and those in which they need added support.

Depending on grade level, a student would have taken the following test(s):

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA)
    and mathematics in grades three through eight
  • California Alternative Assessment (CAA)
  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight
  • California Spanish Assessment (CSA) in grades three through eight

This year, the California Department of Education has determined that the results from those tests will be delivered electronically. The reports will be uploaded over the next few weeks, as the individual student reports are finalized. Parents/guardians may access them through their Campbell Union School District PowerSchool Parent account. 

A sample of the student test report is available online on a new parent web page called Starting Smarter.  This site also includes:

  • resources to help understand results on the student score reports.
  • access to sample test questions and practice tests.
  • no-cost resources to support learning.
  • a guide for parent-teacher conferences.

NOTE: If you have not created your PowerSchool Parent account, please obtain the log in information from the office staff at your child’s school.

Updated Wed, May 29th
May 23 Celebration of Excellence is District's employee and volunteer appreciation event.

Castlemont student performers (pictured above) opened last week's Celebration of Excellence, where Campbell Union School District’s community was introduced to this year's winners of the Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year awards. (See list below.)

The audience of more than 400 family, friends and colleagues also learned that the following people will be representing the district in county and regional programs this year: sighe and hernandez with board

Volunteer of the Year: Audriana Correa-Jimenez (Blackford School)

Classified Employees of the Year: Severiana Guzman (Blackford School) and Corinne Sighe (Sherman Oaks School)

Teacher of the Year: Efrain Hernandez (Sherman Oaks School)

Pictured above, l-r: Corinne Sighe, Board Vice President Richard Nguyen, Efrain Hernandez, Board President Michael Snyder

School and Department Level Awards
Blackford Elementary
Rosalynd Wasilco, Teacher of the Year
Severiana Guzman, Instructional Assistant, Classified Employee of the Year
Sandy Pena, Campbell Care Site Leader,
 Classified Employee of the Year
Audrianna Correa-Jimenez, Volunteer of the Year

Campbell School of Innovation (CSI)
Megan Noriega, Teacher of the Year
Cel Galiza, Child Nutrition Assistant, 
Classified Employee of the Year
Kim Sheerer, Volunteer of the Year

Capri Elementary
Kathy Sweeney, Teacher of the Year
Christi Cota, Instructional Assistant, Classified Employee of the Year
Ana Iurchenko, Yard Duty, 
Classified Employee of the Year
Katie Mendelson, Volunteer of the Year

Castlemont Elementary
Amanda Del Real, Teacher of the Year
Roberto Ficher, Classified Employee of the Year
Emily Zirkel, Volunteer of the Year

Child Nutrition Department
Nancy Camino, Clerical Assistant,
 Classified Employee of the Year

Forest Hill
Melissa LaValle, Teacher of the Year
Maribel Mercado, Behavior Specialist 
Classified Employee of the Year
Kellie Johnson, Instructional Assistant,
Classified Employee of the Year
Emmy Gregory-Bryson, Volunteer of the Year

Lynhaven
Rebecca Martin, Teacher of the Year
Mirella Cardenas, Instructional Assistant, 
Classified Employee of the Year
Jennifer Keltner, Volunteer of the Year

Marshall Lane
Janine Matheson, Teacher of the Year
Eileen Weinstein, Volunteer of the Year
Kevin Theobald, Campbell Care Coordinator,
 Classified Employee of the Year
Irma Jaime, Custodian, 
Classified Employee of the Year

Monroe Middle
Anthoney Roe, Teacher of the Year
Carmen Koerner, Attendance Assistant,
 Classified Employee of the Year
Alex Ramirez, Volunteer of the Year

Rolling Hill Middle
Jessica Harris, Teacher of the Year
Beth Burch, Instructional Assistant,
 Classified Employee of the Year
Suzanne Reese, Volunteer of the Year

Rosemary
Sarita Sundaram, Teacher of the Year
Andreea Singh, Instructional Assistant,
 Classified Employee of the Year
Tzu Chi Organization, Volunteer of the Year

Sherman Oaks
Efrain Hernandez, Teacher of the Year
Corinne Sighe, School/Health Office Assistant,
 Classified Employee of the Year
LingPo Elvey, Volunteer of the Year

Village
Roberta Hendryx, Teacher of the Year
Michele Guraydin, Instructional Assistant,
 Classified Employee of the Year
Hillary Lassetter-Dyer, Volunteer of the Year
 
Other District and Regional Awards
Shelly Viramontez – ACSA Region 8 Woman of Inspiration 2019
Jennifer Jasper – ACSA Region 8 
Co-Administrator of the Year Award
Marco Chavez – ACSA Region 8 
First Year Administrator Superstar Award
Jennifer Bell – Educator of the Year, Calif. League
 of Middle Schools (CLMS) Region 5

Updated Wed, May 29th
Funds increase access to quality after school and summer learning programs

In a region where an income chasm divides the “haves” and the “have-nots,” the SJ Learns grant* is helping more Campbell Union School District (CUSD) students attain their highest potential. The funding has helped to increase the access that disadvantaged students have to the district’s quality after school and summer programs, and to enrich and extend the learning opportunities offered.

After reviewing success from the 2018-19 school year grant of more than $131,000, the SJ Learns grantors awarded CUSD a two-year renewal of $260,712.

The funding from SJ Learns and other grants support and expand several beyond-the-school-day programs:

  • Learning Express is a school-year program that provides targeted student groups with the opportunity to get homework support and early literacy interventions for kindergarten through third grade.students work on tech project
  • Students in all of our after school programs engage in STEAM, health and fitness, social emotional learning and service learning.
  • The summer ACHIEVE program offers meaningful academic and enrichment learning opportunities for children who are most in need of academic support and a safe place during the summer months. Our efforts are focused on reducing summer learning loss, providing an engaging and safe place for students, and closing the achievement gap. 
  • Additionally, we strive to develop the key competencies of critical thinking, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and empathy. Students benefit as the academic components are taught by credentialed teachers in partnership with trained Expanded Learning staff who provide the enrichment components that foster cooperative learning, skill building, and opportunities for children to try something new.

As the operator of these programs, CUSD can ensure quality and alignment with what students experience during the school day, promote achievement for all students, and monitor what efforts are showing the best outcomes. Documenting successes has made CUSD a desirable choice for community grant programs and partnerships, enabling us to further expand the program and opportunities at each of our 12 schools.

For more information about CUSD’s after school and summer programs, contact Campbell Union School District’s Extensions Department, at 408-364-4200 ext. 6378.

* The grant is made possible, in part, by the SJ Learns grant-making strategy of San Jose Public Library Foundation and the City of San Jose.

Updated Thu, May 23rd
Our district and Campbell School of Innovation were proud hosts to a delegation from Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.

Pictured above is Kai, a second grader who speaks Korean, explaining a class project to the Superintendent of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.

group of adults in front of CSI logoThe group of teachers, administrators and government officials was touring several Bay Area schools to learn more about how STEAM education and design thinking are applied in K-12 and college. They were interested in our district-wide STEAM programs, maker spaces, and how our students apply academics to real-world problem solving.

three girls work on laptops as adults take picturesThe guests were impressed by CSI's dynamic campus and by the fact that our early primary students are engaged in programming. 

Updated Tue, May 21st
How will you keep your child's busy mind active when schools close for summer?

Our popular summer camp programs offer a safe and fun way for your child to enjoy the summer. Our weekly summer camp experiences offer a well-rounded program that includes Science Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM) themed activities, field trips and more.

See our summer camp information online or click here to register.

Updated Tue, May 7th
Stressed? Depressed? Trying Your Best? 
Come to Wellness Week Activities!

May 13 – 17 is Wellness Week. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we have planned many activities to help families be well and to spotlight the importance of overall wellness for our school community. Presentations for students, staff and parents will take place at the Monroe Middle School campus, in addition to lunch-time activities that focus on ways to attain mental, physical, and social-emotional wellness.

Flyers with more details are on your school’s e-flyers page, or from the Campbell Union School District Public Information Office, 408-341-7254.

WELLNESS WEEK SCHEDULE
(Taking place at Monroe Middle School campus)

Monday May 13th
Understanding the Teenage Brain, 8:30-9:30am in the MMS Cafeteria

Wednesday May 15th
Supporting your child's Mental Health, 8:30am-9:30am in the MMS Cafeteria

Wednesday May 15th
Community Safety & Earthquake Preparedness – 6:00-7:00pm in the MMS Cafeteria

Thursday- May 16th
• Vaping 101 for Parents, 8:45am-10:00am in the MMS Cafeteria
• Stress Management, 6:00–7:00pm in the MMS Cafeteria
• Yoga and Zumba for Parents, 7:00-8:30pm in the MMS Cafeteria

Friday May 17th
International Day Celebration, 5:00-8:00pm in the MMS Quad

ALL ACTIVITIES FREE OF CHARGE thanks to the following partners: SCCOE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education grant, School Linked Services, CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth), El Camino’s 5210 program, Alum Rock Counseling Center, the District Attorney's office, Uplift Family Services and others.

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

Download the full publication in English and Spanish.
Descargue la publicación completa en inglés y español.

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