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a young CSI student gets a high five from one of the parents

Nearly 400 parents, students and staff gathered on May 8th for a Campbell School of Innovation event where they could get acquainted, learn more about the new school, and sign up for committees and volunteer activities that interest them.

Principal Norma Jeanne Ready and the CSI staff greeted families and provided an update on the school's schedule, construction, and planning for enriching learning experiences using the design thinking process.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that CSI and design thinking can bring to all students in our district,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “CSI offers an opportunity to be innovative in our instructional delivery to better meet the needs of today’s students and prepare them for the skills and habits required for their success in this yet to be defined  future.”

More information will be provided to parents in the months leading to the school's opening on August 22nd.

Updated Thu, May 17th

300 guests came to celebrate literacy expression in its many forms

The Campbell Library was a-buzz as 300 people—students, families, teachers and principals—came out for Campbell Union School District’s 40th annual Writing Faire. The event features displays of student writing and celebrates literacy expression in its many forms.

Families clustered around the library stacks to read the stories, poems and reports as their students excitedly explained their work to them. 

Adding to the excitement was a drawing for prizes donated by Assistance League Los Gatos-Saratoga, Office Depot, and others, cookies from the Friends of the Campbell Library, and a green-screen photo booth to commemorate the anniversary.

Updated Fri, May 11th

Campbell School of Innovation offers these important dates and times to help families plan ahead for the start of school. 

Save the Date

  • August 14 & 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Kinder Round-Up  (Kinder Parents will be receiving a letter in June with details about the time slot for their child.)
  • August 17, 3:30 p.m.: School Opening Ceremony
  • August 22: First Day of School Begins (Gates open & supervision begins at 7:45 a.m.)

CSI Daily Bell Schedule

  • Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
    • Gates open and supervision begins at 7:45 a.m.
  • Dismissal 2:10 p.m. (NOTE: Wednesdays are 1:10 dismissal)
    • Gates open 5 minutes before, supervision in front of school
Updated Wed, May 2nd

The month of May began with some exciting progress, as we literally and figuratively lay the foundation for our new school.

CSI Families Notified 

The district's enrollment office sent notices to families whose children will join the CSI family thie year. We look forward to meeting you on May 8th for the first of many opportunities we will have to get acquainted.

#1 Faculty Meeting 

a group of teachers

The CSI faculty held its first formal meeting and began digging deeper into plans for a year of unleashing student potential through design thinking. 
To learn more about this dynamic team of educators, visit our leadership page.

Construction Rises Above the Grade

construction site - concrete

With much of the underground work completed, work on the new primary grade buildings is coming above ground. Pouring the foundations began May 2nd, and sections of our new modular buildings are being delivered. To see construction phases and renderings, visit our campus page

Updated Wed, May 2nd
image of the event flyer

The district's enrollment staff has begun sending notices to families that will confirm their child's placement in Campbell School of Innovation. We anticipate that all of the placement and wait list notifications will be completed by the end of April.

Meanwhile, we want to be sure CSI families know about a special get together we are planning to help the CSI families and CSI staff get to know each other. Our "Meet & Greet" will be on Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of the future CSI campus, 295 Cherry Lane, in Campbell.

Updated Tue, Apr 17th

More than 1,600 people participated, providing thoughts, ideas, and questions for the district leadership.

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Working closely with our community is essential to ensuring that the needs of all students are met. 

In January, we added ThoughtExchange—a new, online way for our community to engage and communicate with us about our district and schools. See the results here.

The response rate for this first-time, online forum was high, with more than 1,600 people generating and rating more than 2,700 thoughts, ideas, and questions for us. Results from this and future ThoughtExchanges will inform our goals and decisions for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), our Profile of a Graduate, and other initiatives aimed at providing an education beyond the expected.

Thank you for engaging in this new way to converse with us.

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

District Governing Board urges lawmakers to support greater school safety through increased funding and “common sense gun reforms.”

At their March 29 meeting, the elementary school district trustees passed Resolution 2017-18-25 calling on state and federal legislators to do more to bolster funding for services that support students’ mental, physical and emotional health and protect students from gun violence. 

“Gun violence on school campuses, while relatively rare, represents a particularly egregious and unacceptable threat to the lives of students, teachers, and staff across the country,” the resolution states. 

Prompted by the February 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, the resolution cites data about bullying, harassment, and student access to guns, and it asserts students’ and staff’s rights to safety at school. 

The resolution also requests for adequate funding to support students social and emotional needs in addition to their academic achievement.

“Our District partners with community health services to help students and families who need support with social-emotional and other non-instructional issues,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The costs of educating and supporting students have been rising faster than state and federal funding, making it difficult to provide services that allow our teachers to teach while students get support for their social-emotional well-being.” 

A copy of the full resolution is available on the district’s website.

Updated Thu, Apr 5th

Report harassment, vandalism, bullying and suspicious activities.

Campbell Union School District announces its new Quick Tip system to support safety at its 12 elementary and middle schools.

There are three ways to access the Quick Tip system:

While reports can remain anonymous, providing contact information can assist greatly with the investigation.

Updated Wed, May 2nd

Planning for the Campbell School of Innovation (CSI) has hit a new milestone.

A little more than a year ago, our Transformation Team of school and community members began the work of developing the guiding principles for a school that would take an innovative approach to K-8 education. This week, we held the first CSI staff meeting—the people that TK–4th grade students will see every day when school opens.

Like 11 of Campbell Union School District's schools, CSI will be a dependent charter school, authorized and operated by the district and having greater flexibility than non-charter schools when it comes to funding and instructional materials. That flexibility is wonderful, because we have an exciting vision for  CSI that we want to share with our community.

We have scheduled some meet-and-greet activities, and are planning for more, so please be sure to check the CSI calendar for updates.

We are planning, working through the process of doing school differently, and excited about building our CSI family!

Updated Wed, May 2nd

Parents often ask Campbell School of Innovation (CSI) administrators: "What IS design thinking?"

Design thinking is an empathy based, creative problem-solving process embraced by innovators around the world for addressing complex problems. 

To dive deeper into the topic, visit our website’s Innovation page to find information and links to articles such as:

The new Campbell School of Innovation will offer a different way to do school from preschool through eighth grade. It's opening August 22, 2018 for preschool through 4th grade. The staff is excited about preparing students for an undefined and fast-paced future and helping them become creative, flexible, community-focused leaders of change.

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