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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. 

Rising Young Authors Celebrated at Community Event

"These students are impressive," said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

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"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.

Governing Board Votes to Change Elections

District will transition to by-trustee area elections. Public input welcome.

governing board 2019

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-10, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections. In by-trustee area elections, each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary and be elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school district’s board.*

Currently, the CUSD’s five Governing Board members are elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters in the entire District. Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting.

“We don’t believe our current form of elections violates the CVRA,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We do believe that it is in the public interest to begin the transition to trustee-area elections to protect the district from a CVRA claim—valid or not.”

With adoption of the resolution, the District now has 90 days of ‘safe harbor’ to complete the transition to by-trustee area elections. The transition process will include opportunities for public input with regard to delineating the trustee area boundaries.

The next public hearing will be on Thursday, October 3, 2019. For more details about the transition, and to see upcoming public hearing dates, visit the district’s CVRA webpage.

* NOTE: The process DOES NOT impact school attendance boundaries.