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Experts Caution “Strive for Balance” With Technology Use

Panelists at "Child, Disrupted" documentary screening discussed technology use and child development.

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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.

Maintaining Quality Instruction for Students

Governing Board discussing a potential local funding measure that would help maintain quality education in our schools

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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.

Bringing Out Students’ Best and Maintaining Quality Instruction

A Message from the Superintendent

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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.

Sherman Oaks Teacher Represents District at County Awards Celebration

October 3 event features 30 star teachers.

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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.

Make It a Super Year!

Parents and Teachers Make the Difference for Students.

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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.