Sherman Oaks Dual Language Immersion School

District News

Updated Wed, Aug 3rd

To ensure that its classrooms and labs support hands-on 21st Century learning and that repairs are made to aging and outdated facilities, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board has placed a local funding measure on the November 2022 ballot.

“Some of our schools are 50 to 60 years old and in urgent need of repairs and modernization,” said Board President Richard Nguyen. “This bond would enable us to complete some of the planned projects for our facilities that were impacted by increased construction costs.”

If approved by local voters, the measure would complete these projects without increasing current tax rates

“The bond funds would allow us to continue providing safe and up-to-date schools that meet the learning needs of students and enhance local property values,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Keeping our schools well-maintained requires long-term planning. For our students to be prepared to compete in high school, college and beyond, the District needs to ensure that its classrooms and labs are safe and have the infrastructure needed to prepare students for real-world opportunities.” 

See the Resolution on our Bond Web page

Responsible fiscal management is a core tenet for Campbell Union School district. CUSD has earned one of Moody’s Investor Services highest credit ratings, stating that the district’s fiscal management “has been a pillar in the district’s commitment to maintaining a strong fiscal profile. The District’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee reviews school district spending and ensures that school bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purse set before and approved by the voters.

Updated Tue, Aug 2nd

We use ParentSquare to send email and text messages with important updates and back-to-school information. 

If you'd like more control over your notification settings or to easily request an update to your contact information, please consider downloading the FREE ParentSquare app. The mobile app is the easiest way to receive all Posts, Events, Sign Up Requests, Photos and Files.

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Updated Wed, Jul 27th

Our after school program leaders create fun experiences that build on what students learn during the school day: collaborating, innovating and problem-solving through play. Be part of providing a safe place for students to explore ideas, be creative, have fun!

Schedule: Monday - Friday

Hours: School dismissal to 6:00 p.m.

Hourly Rate : $17.34 - $21.05

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Education equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade 48 Accredited College Semester Units OR pass Basic Skills Test (CUSD will provide testing)

APPLY ONLINE TODAY

https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1578918

QUESTIONS?

For more information email eromerojr [at] campbellusd.org, or phone (408) 364-4200 ext. 6284.

Updated Wed, Jun 29th

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 Wed, Jun 22nd

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 Wed, Jun 15th

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 Wed, Jun 8th

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.