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Updated Wed, Jun 1st

FEI (Family Engagement Institute) in CUSD, one of Campbell Union School District’s programs aimed at strengthening the home-to-school connection, earned the County School Board Association’s highest honors in the prestigious Glenn W. Hoffmann Awards program: the Kristi Porter Outstanding Program Award. It is the highest award of all of those receiving Hoffmann Awards among the 31 districts in the county. 

“Parents tell us in person and through surveys that the FEI program has made a positive difference for them and their families,” said Director of Student Services Rosanna Palomo. “It builds their knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting their child’s education and strengthens communication at home and at school.” 

In the photo above, a parent poses for a photo at completion of the fall 2019 FEI sessions. Learn more about FEI in CUSD here.

The Hoffmann awards are a 35-year tradition that celebrates school and school district programs that significantly impact student success in our region. The awards are named for Glenn W. Hoffmann, who served as the Superintendent of Santa Clara County schools from 1967 to 1984, and believed that leadership is a key factor in educational reform. A selection committee of school administrators and school board members score entries from Santa Clara County school programs. Awards are given to only those programs that receive the highest scores. The highest-scoring program of all also earns the Kristi Porter Outstanding Program Award, named after a late board member of the Oak Grove School District and past president of the SCCSBA.

Updated Wed, Jun 1st

Students from Forest Hill, Rolling Hills, and from the county’s Occupationally Impaired (OI) program at Blackford School competed on May 13th at the 42nd annual Kiwanis Special Games.

special games students pose with volunteers

Inclusion is a core tenet of schooling in our district and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their skills and talents. The West Valley Community College field was a-buzz as parents, teachers, aides and volunteers cheered for CUSD students and the nearly 1,000 other Bay Area athletes with special needs who gathered to compete in a variety of sports and events. The Special Games program is put on annually by all of the Kiwanis Clubs in the South Bay and Peninsula, and CUSD is proud of the students representing us there.

Updated Wed, Jun 1st

At its May 12 meeting, the CUSD Governing Board held a Special Recognition of the 2021-2022 employees and volunteers of the year. One of the highlights was the announcement of those who were nominated for county-level recognition.

The District's Teacher of the Year for 2021-22 is Gloria McGriff of Capri School.

District Classified Employees of the Year, in various categories, are (l-r with certificates): group of award winners

  • Paul Thornburg, Food and Nutrition Classified Employee of the Year
  • Peri Sivaram, Para-educator and Instructional Assistance Classified Employee of the Year
  • Jackie Cresci, Transportation Services, Classified Employee of the Year
  • Jose Villaseñor, Maintenance, Operations and Facilities Classified Employee of the Year        
  • Allie Hardy, Support Services Classified Employee of the Year 
  • Kim Scheerer, Clerical Administrative Classified Employee of the Year

While it is always a challenge to distill our many talented staff and volunteers down to single nominations, each school and department had the opportunity to nominate people from their team for Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. See the full list of honorees here.

Updated Wed, May 25th

What’s for lunch? Three teams of students in CUSD’s after school Expanded Learning program competed to have their meal be the answer on the school lunch menu. 

It was no cake walk. Teams in the first annual Cooking Competition from Sherman Oaks, Rolling Hills, and Monroe had to collaborate on planning and creating one meal that adhered to the National School Lunch Program guidelines. Their recipes—Chicken Taquitos, Spicy Chicken Ramen, and Mini Burger— were judged for presentation, taste, creativity, and how well the dish could be adapted to the Central Kitchen’s preparation and distribution system.

“Every one of the dishes was delicious,” said Benny Calderon, Manager of the District’s Child Nutrition Department. “The students did a great job and were very thoughtful about using fresh ingredients and using spices for flavor.”

group of students looking proudThe winning dish, Spicy Chicken Ramen, was developed by Monroe’s team, pictured here.  This dish will be featured on the middle school lunch menu before the end of the school year.

This 1st annual CUSD Cooking Competition was hosted by two CUSD departments, Expanded Learning and Child Nutrition, with support from Santa Clara County Public Health, CalFresh, Sutter, and 5-2-1-0 programs.

Updated Wed, May 25th

Today, California children who turn 5 years old between Sept. 2, 2022 and Feb. 2, 2023, can enroll in CUSD’s Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the school year that begins this August. The expansion is thanks to California’s Universal TK program, which was part of the legislative changes of AB 130. 

Sky-High Potential

Four year olds are pretty smart these days. Still, there’s a lot to learn beyond reading, writing and math. “Doing school” also means learning to self-regulate emotions, taking turns, making friends, thinking critically to solve problems and much more. 

TK is a two-year bridge program between preschool and kindergarten made especially for students who will be turning 5 years old later in the school year. They are taught by credentialed teachers and the program includes lots of hands-on learning, verbal and social-emotional skills. The program is also offered in a full-day schedule similar to Kindergarten, and the legislation also provides for a staffing ratio of 12 students to 1 adult. Learn the Prek/TK/K Difference in CUSD.

While TK/Kindergarten combination classes are allowed, the district is planning to offer a TK-only class at each elementary school. The number of students who enroll in TK will determine the final locations and class offerings for the 2022-23 school year. Visit our website for more Enrollment Information.

Updated Wed, May 18th

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to acknowledge those who work hard to help our students, staff, and families experiencing mental health challenges. Mental health is an incredibly important part of overall health, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will remain for years. That is why we continue in our efforts to partner with community-based agencies to provide support to our students and families. 

Through our partnerships and several grants, we are able to promote mental wellness for everyone in our school system. See our list of partners here.

Pictured above: Our Wellness Center at Monroe Middle School has become a model for implementing a regional network of school-based wellness centers for students.

Updated Wed, May 18th

While there are many days designated to honor and celebrate school employees, we believe they are all equally important. The Governing Board designates a special week to celebrate all of our employees together. This year, our Employee Appreciation Week is May 9-13.

“Our teachers, support staff, and administrators work tirelessly, rely on each other, and strive to improve every day so that our students can reach their highest potential,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “I am especially proud and appreciative of the commitment and perseverance that our employees have shown as we continue to navigate the challenges of these past two years. It’s time to celebrate all of our staff for making Campbell Union School District a great place to learn and a great place to work.”

Please join us in recognizing our dedicated employees during Campbell Union School District’s Employee Appreciation Week, May 9 through 13.

Special Recognition on May 12th

During Employee Appreciation Week, the District’s Governing Board will hold a special recognition of this year’s Employees and Volunteers of the Year. Each school and department had the opportunity to nominate people from their team for Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The first order of business at the May 12 Governing Board meeting will be to recognize these special people with friends and family at the Campbell Community Center. See the list of honorees here.

Updated Thu, May 12th

When the pandemic required California schools to switch to distance learning, teachers and families had to get creative about how to reach and educate students. Sherman Oaks and Campbell Union School District implemented two innovative practices that have earned Pivotal Practice Awards from the California Department of Education (CDE). 

The Pivotal Practice Awards program is being used this year in place of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program. When pandemic disruptions made it hard to collect data for statewide assessments, the CDE worked with education association partners to create the award to honor the efforts of schools and districts that designed and implemented unique opportunities and strategies to support students in a most challenging time. The CDE anticipates transitioning back to the California DS Program in 2023.

Award-Winning Student Support

Monday Morning Gatherings, Sherman Oaks School

The dual language immersion school adapted their weekly Monday Morning Gatherings to a video format that teachers shared virtually. Chromebook and Hotspot distribution ensured that all students had access to these virtual lessons. With the aim of engaging students in learning and supporting their social emotional well-being, the gatherings built community with students and teachers and taught self-regulation strategies from the Toolbox Program. The meetings also reminded students of school behavior expectations and how they could implement those even during distance learning. Everything was aligned to the school’s commitments: Be Respectful, Make Good Decisions, and Solve Problems. Each week, teachers’ daily lessons included the strategies and expectations of the Monday Morning Gatherings so that students practiced them the entire week.

The result:  Student engagement spread to entire families. Families were using the self-regulating strategies because they watched the videos together. The Monday morning videos and many of the new skills for effectively communicating important information have continued since resuming in-person learning.

Wonder Wednesdays, Campbell Union School District

laptop with wonder wednesday on itDuring distance learning, many district families shared that students were feeling disconnected from the local community. We sought ways to provide our teachers with more planning time as they transitioned to distance learning. In response, our innovation and instructional team designed and implemented Wonder Wednesday as a weekly interactive virtual field trip and guest speaker series to augment daily classroom instruction and encourage student engagement. The district hosted the weekly virtual program allowing hundreds of students and families to learn about a new “wonder” in our community. 

The result: In addition to adding connection time for students in a multi-age, diverse environment, Wonder Wednesdays created a shared experience for families that sparked further conversations and exploration into personal passions. Students and families were able to connect about a local topic of interest and teachers were able to use the time for meeting and planning their lessons. Many of our parents also volunteered to be Wonder Wednesday guest speakers, sharing their expertise around drumming, book writing and illustrating, rocket engineering, and other passions. Even as students have resumed in-person instruction, the popular program has continued as a monthly feature for our classes.

Updated Fri, May 6th

No celebration is complete without music and dancing. After an afternoon of student performances and impressive museum exhibits, the Campbell City Green will come alive to the sounds of two great dance bands, from 4-7 p.m.

Headlining the Centennial Concert is Clean Slate, a professional ten-piece dance band that delivers a dynamic crowd-pleasing show with powerful vocals, a tight rhythm section and a powerful horn section. They deliver an "Old School R & B Review" blended with the best dance music of the last five decades.

Opening for Clean Slate is Gina and the Tonics. Lead singer and Village School Teacher Gina Koepf promises a great time from the “rock and dance band with a twist”.

If You’re Going…

  • Parking is available at nearby public lots. 
  • Bring a blanket or low folding chair for yourself and others in our group.
  • Barbecue and other refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

Centennial Celebration and Concert sponsors: Campbell Chamber Community Foundation, Campbell Union School District, City of Campbell, Mathnasium, A Party Place, Sutton Swim School, Kiwanis, Campbell Press, volunteer staff, students and families.

Updated Tue, May 3rd

Partnering with our community is a core tenet of ours, and our school-community partnership with the Campbell Historical Museum and Campbell Union School District is another example of this. Some of our TK-8 students throughout the district are putting the history—and the future they imagine—of our district on display in the museum’s Ainsley House/Carriage House as part of the district’s centennial-themed Design Challenge. 

Some 600 students have been researching, designing and refining their exhibits about the past, present and future of local schools and education. Classes across the district have been using design thinking and engineering design processes to create the museum exhibits. 

“We’ve been anticipating and planning for this event for some time and are excited to see this connection to the community and commitment to innovation come to life,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our students are collaborating, innovating, problem-solving, and developing skills they’ll need for their future jobs, all while learning about our district’s past, appreciating our present and imagining what the future will bring.”

If you’re going…

  • Bring your smartphone to the exhibit, as many of the projects have a QR code for visitors to scan for multimedia explanations.

  • Parking is available at nearby public lots.

Castlemont kindergarteners imagine a future school with farm-to-table lunches where food is grown on campus.

girl with old yearbook
Old yearbooks and conversations with alumni helped students learn what school was like in the past.

student with laptop showing magazine art

RHMS Digital Art students created professional-looking magazine covers depicting their “feature story” about the district’s centennial.

two young girls show their prototype

Capri students incorporated their study of solar energy and transportation into their futuristic design for a mind-reading teleportation device to get them to school and back.