Sherman Oaks Dual Language Immersion School

District News

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

Undeterred by rain, hundreds of students, families, teachers and administrators came to the Campbell Library for a community celebration knpown as Campbell Union School District’s Writing Faire. The 41st annual 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. The Writing Fair continues through next week, and the public is invited to view the student works during regular library hours.

Special thanks to Campbell Union School District instructional staff, the Friends of the Campbell Library, the Campbell Library staff for making this event possible.

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

On May 23, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) community will celebrate 12 teachers, 17 classified employees, and 12 school volunteers who are nominees for annual awards. Only four of these honorees will be chosen for the annual district-level honors and will represent CUSD in county and regional programs. Several administrators also will be recognized for earning regional awards from professional education organizations.

The announcements will take place at the district’s annual Recognition Event, Thursday, May 23, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m., in Castlemont’s Multipurpose Room. 

See the INVITATION for details and a LIST OF THE HONOREES in the flyers section.

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

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 Fri, Aug 9th

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 Fri, Aug 9th

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

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

“More students than ever have daily access to computers and the internet,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Teaching them to think more about how they’re engaging with technology is a crucial life skill that our teachers reinforce daily, and the SJSU Cyber Spartans partnership enhances and extends those lessons into the afterschool hours.”

This month, for two days per week, SJSU Cyber Spartans students have been teaching and mentoring Sherman Oaks after school students in grades 4–6. They have been using a new cyber security curriculum that the university students created, with lessons that cover coding, cyber security, and digital citizenship. 

The month-long program culminated this week with a panel presentation from cyber security professionals from Cisco Systems (pictured left) who spoke about their education, their careers and the key skills needed for success: enjoy learning and solving problems, collaborate with others and be willing to work hard, stay curious and challenge yourself to keep learning new things. 

"The kids really like it," Viramontez said. "When students see the relevance of what they are studying and how it can support their aspirations, they become truly engaged in learning.”

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

Get ready for the best summer ever!

Each week, our new summer camp experience will offer a well-rounded program that includes Science Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM) themed activities, a highlight field trip, a low-light field trip and a fun Friday field day on-site.

Join us for a summer that feels, well, like summer. Register now!

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

All students and families are invited to this annual celebration of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics marvels our students have discovered and created.

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell (Campbell School of Innovation campus)

The event features:

  • 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 Fri, Aug 9th

See how the Profile of a Graduate is taking hold in our first year of aligning instruction to the key competencies:
self-directed, innovative, critical thinker, collaborative, empathetic.

Updated Fri, Aug 9th

Student Start and End Dates

  • Students' first day of school:  August 22, 2019
  • Students' last day: June 11

Breaks/Holidays

  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 25-29. 2019
  • Winter Break: Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020
  • Presidents’ Break Feb. 17- 21, 2020
  • Spring Break: April 6-10, 2020