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District News

Updated Mon, Nov 18th

The Campbell Union School District, in partnership with The Tech Interactive (formerly known as The Tech Museum), is excited to announce the Museums for All program.

Families of students are welcomed at the Tech Museum for All program, which allows entrance for $1 per person for up to 6 people. How? Mention wanting to participate in the Museum for All program at the door.

Updated Thu, Dec 5th

In Campbell Union School District, we are very committed to ensuring our students and staff are safe. As a result, we consistently practice a variety of emergency situations, from earthquake to an intruder on campus drills.

Our safety procedures, including sign-in and gate procedures, are developed with a safety consultant and in cooperation with local police and fire officials. Our training incorporates the same Incident Command System (ICS) protocols used by these first responders. ICS is a consistent structure and process to provide command, control, and coordination of emergency response.

For more information about our emergency procedures, please visit our district's emergency information website.

Updated Fri, Nov 15th

We've extended the deadline to participate in your school's Thoughtexchange and add your voice to our planning process.

We believe that working closely with our community is essential to meeting the needs of our students. As part of our annual planning, we want to understand what is important to you for your school and the District. One way we do that is through Thoughtexchange—an online tool that allows us to learn the thoughts and priorities of the people affected by our decisions.

Share your Thoughts by November 22! 
Please join in the Parent/Community conversation about your child's school and district.
Por favor únase a la conversación de los padres/la comunidad sobre la escuela y el distrito de su hijo.

It is an easy 3-step process:
  1.  Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
  2.  Star – review and ideas from other stakeholders
  3.  Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

We are committed to making sure our students are educated to their highest potential, and we rely on your feedback and input to help guide that direction. That is why we are asking for your participation in an online community conversation about what we're doing well and areas in which we can improve.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Wed, Nov 13th

The Campbell Union School District’s Governing Board is currently elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District. On September 19, 2019, the Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-10, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area.

The demographer presented the proposed maps at the Board's October 24th meeting and public hearing. (See the maps)

The Board held several public hearings on the topics, and plans to vote on a final map at a Special Board Meeting, at 7 p.m., Thurs., November 21, 2019, at 155 N. Third Street, Campbell.* 

Pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(2), the proposed trustee area maps are posted on Campbell Union School District’s CVRA website and also available to view at the District Office.

*Please note: Trustee area maps do NOT alter school attendance area boundaries.

Updated Wed, Oct 30th

With interest in how to ensure their children don’t get too much of a good thing, more than 200 parents, educators and health professionals attended a screening of the documentary film Child, Disrupted. Co-sponsored by School Linked Services and Campbell Union School District, the film presented facts about technology use and child development.

Following the movie, Superintendent Shelly Viramontez moderated a question-answer discussion with panelists Filmmaker Krista Riihmaki, Common Sense Media Regional Manager Jamie Nuñez, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, and District Special Education Administrator and Psychologist Stephanie Cima.
The most frequent message from panelists was to seek balance with technology.
Filmmaker Riihimaki shared a personal story about the negative role technology played in her brother’s mental health, and ultimate demise, that motivated her to make Child, Disrupted. The experts in the film emphasized that social interaction and interacting with the physical world is critical to brain development in children, from infants and through their teens.
“Overuse of technology has an impact on physical and mental health,” said Common Sense’s Jamie Nuñez. To reduce excessive use, he suggested first looking at the relationship you have with the child and considering some family rules.”
Supervisor Ellenberg suggested increasing activities that don’t involve technology, such as hiking, and going to the park. She also shared that First 5 has resource centers that provide a range of support services.
For schools, Superintendent Viramontez noted that there have been compelling reasons to increase technology use in schools, among them: providing students with more equity in access to instruction, teaching them how to use technology as a tool for creating rather than passive consuming, and preparing them with the skills they will need in this Information Age.
“Technology is how our children are going to interact with the world," she said. "We would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t engage them in using technology effectively as a tool and not a distraction.”
You can download information on Common Sense Media’s recommended tools, in English and Spanish, on our website.

Updated Wed, Oct 30th

Great teachers can bring out the best in students. They are at the center of student achievement, especially in core academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and science. In recent years, dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left for more affordable areas. Without additional funding, our District may continue to lose great teachers.
 
The Governing Board of the TK-8 Campbell Union School District (CUSD) has been discussing a potential local funding measure that would help maintain quality education in our elementary and middle schools.
 
Let Us Know What You Think.
We’d like to hear from you. Our webpage includes answers to frequently asked questions and a short survey to help us learn what is important to voters in our district.

Updated Wed, Oct 16th

We’re proud of the success that our elementary and middle school students achieve. Maintaining high-quality teachers and instructional programs with less funding in our pricey Bay Area housing market presents a great challenge to that success.

School districts throughout the Bay Area, including ours, are experiencing declining enrollment. Over the past three years, Campbell Union School District has seen a 6.5 percent decline in enrollment, resulting in a drop in average daily attendance (ADA) funding, the major backbone to State funding for our schools.

Great teachers are at the center of student achievement, especially in core academic and advanced programs, and State funding is critical to keeping teachers hired, class sizes down, and quality instruction for all students. Over the past few years, the district has experienced a high turnover of teachers, due to the cost of living in the Silicon Valley. Dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left for more affordable areas. Without additional funding, our neighborhood elementary and middle schools may continue to lose great teachers.

We need to respond with local solutions.

To protect quality education for the district’s elementary and middle school students, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board is considering placing a parcel tax measure on a future ballot. All of the funds would be locally controlled, would benefit schools in our own district, and could not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. There also would be an exemption process for senior citizens.

For more information and to participate in a short survey, please visit the “Proposed Measure” page on our district’s website.

Updated Wed, Oct 16th

Campbell Union School District is proud to honor Efrain Hernandez as its Teacher of the Year at the annual at the Santa Clara County Teacher Recognition Celebration October 3rd. He is among the dozens of teachers being celebrated at the event for his professionalism, integrity, and ability to bring out the best in students.

A teacher with 16 years of experience, Hernandez teaches 6th grade at Sherman Oaks School, the district’s dual immersion English-Spanish school with classes from preschool through sixth grade. Under Mr. Hernandez’ guidance, students show consistent growth as measured by district assessments and state exams, in English and in Spanish.

“Efrain has the ability to inspire students to do their best,” says Principal Marco Chavez. “He is a person of integrity who has the respect of colleagues, families and students.”

Hernandez is trained and experienced in writing curriculum for dual immersion instruction, and serves on the school’s instructional leadership team (ILT). He shares his expertise and collaborates with colleagues in collecting and analyzing data to improve instruction, and in cultivating a safe and caring school climate through the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports system.

“Efrain has high standards for himself and for his students,” says Dr. Shelly Viramontez, superintendent of the 7000-student elementary school district. “He represents the many excellent teachers in our schools who empower our students to meet those high standards and gain the skills and knowledge they need for success in school and in life.”

Campbell Union School District (CUSD) is a PreK-8 school district that includes parts of 6 cities in Santa Clara County. Our teachers educate more than 7,000 students in 8 elementary schools, 1 TK-8 school, 2 middle schools, a Home School program and district-operated preschools

The Santa Clara County Teacher Recognition Celebration is the oldest and largest celebration of teachers in California and the most prestigious local award given to classroom teachers. tradition enduring for 50 years, the celebration honors the county's finest teachers, each selected by their respective school districts.

Updated Tue, Oct 8th

Keeping school-and-home communication open and productive is a super way to support your child's education.

This week, parents across the district are meeting with teachers to talk about how to help their child have a successful school year. Many have already viewed their child’s individual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) reports by logging into their Parent PowerSchool accounts so they can discusss them with the teacher and set goals for their children.

For more ideas about supporting learning at home, ask your child’s teacher, the school principal, or visit our Helping at Home webpage. 

Updated Wed, Sep 25th

"I really enjoyed reading their work, and I was very impressed with their creativity, imagination, and diversity of topics," she added.

The nine student honorees spoke about their award-winning work to an audience of 100 proud parents, family members, teachers, principals and elected officials at the 17th annual awards presentation. After receiving their awards, the Rising Young Authors autographed their books for their fans.

Pictured here, left to right: Board Vice President Richard Nguyen, Jordan, Chloe, Perri, Sofia, Charlotte, Jessica, Yehyun, Marina, Darius, Dr. Viramontez, and Board President Michael Snyder.

The Rising Young Author award includes one professionally produced copy of the student's for home and one for the school library, a gift certificate from the Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, a personal writer’s journal from Barnes & Noble, and a chance to win a Nook e-reader from School Innovations & Achievement. CSI student Yehyun Hwang was the lucky winner of the Nook drawing.

To read or order books by these student authors, go to bookemon.com.  To view short videos about each Rising Young Author, click on the names below.

Meet the Rising Young Authors of 2019

Darius Parish
Blackford School

Yehyun Hwang
Campbell School of Innovation

Marina Schuler
Capri School

Sofia Ramirez
Marshall Lane School

Jessica Burkhart
Monroe Middle School

Chloe Hahn
Rolling Hills Middle School

Charlotte Reyes-Palo
Rosemary School

Jordan Pyle
Sherman Oaks School

Perri Jane Kaiser
Village School

Launched in 2002, the Rising Young Authors program recognizes a select  group of individual students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among hundreds that teachers submit to the District's annual Writing Faire in May. At the conclusion of the Writing Faire, Rising Young Author judges review qualifying entries for each school — specific categories of writing by individuals in grades 3 through 7 — and choose the two best for their respective school's Accomplished Writer Award. The first place Accomplished Writer is offered the option of participating in the Rising Young Authors program. If declined or ineligible, the offer goes to the second place Accomplished Writer.