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Updated: Nov 24 2015 - 11:16am
students and parents walk to school

Walking is a fun and healthy way to spend time with your child.

In Campbell Union School District, we encourage parents and students to walk or bike to school every Wednesday. For those who live too far, try parking farther away from the school and walking the last block or two.

Since children learn by doing, YOU are your child’s most important role model for learning to walk safely. As you walk, please:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for moving cars, and cross when clear.
  • Time yourself. Practice this weekend to find out how much time to allow.
  • Check the weather and dress appropriately (boots, rain coat, umbrella, etc.).

As you walk, you can talk with your child about what you’re doing and explain why.

Updated: Nov 18 2015 - 5:34pm

A Message from the Superintendent

Parents often ask me: “When will I find out the results of my child’s tests?”

Each year our teachers administer several assessments to determine student growth and inform their classroom teaching practice. These assessments—tests, quizzes, class projects, and the like—provide multiple ways to measure student progress towards learning the important concepts they need for success in school and in the community at-large.

Our assessment cycle includes dates we report results throughout the year. Also, our teachers are available to discuss student progress with the parents.

Assessment Reporting Schedule

iReady Testing Results

  • October at Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Mid-November via student delivery
  • Early March via student delivery

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Distribution Cycle

  • Tentatively August/September 2016 via U.S. mail

Trimester Report Cards

  • Middle School (sent via U.S. mail): Nov. 19, March 10, June 9
  • Elementary School (sent home with student): Nov. 20, March 18, June 8

Campbell Union School District employees value partnering with you to prepare our students for college and career success. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher(s) to stay informed and to ensure that we are all doing our best to provide each student with an optimal educational experience. 

Updated: Nov 17 2015 - 8:15am

Over the years we have learned that classroom seat time leads to academic success, which is why we want every child in class every day. As much as possible, appointments need to be made after school hours. If you must make an appointment during the school day, please bring your child to school in the morning and then check out your child at the office later in the day before the appointment.  If the appointment is first thing in the morning, bring your child to school following the appointment so that he/she misses the least amount of instructional time as possible.In order to excuse the late arrival or early checkout, please bring a note from your doctor. Let’s continue to support our children by keeping them in school.

Updated: Nov 17 2015 - 8:43am

Please join us for a very exciting family night at Blackford. We will be hosting a laser light show and bake sale on Thursday December 3rd in our cafeteria at Blackford. Doors open at 6:00 and the show is from 6:30 - 7:15. This is sure to be a great time! Come out and join the fun!

Updated: Nov 17 2015 - 8:31am

We remain very concerned for the safety of our students, famlies, and staff members in regards to the traffice both on Leigh Ave and in our parking lot. Please remember to follow all traffic laws on Leigh Ave including using the crosswalk to cross the street, not making illegal u-turns in the middle of the street, and not double parking to drop off your students.

In addition in our school parking lot please remember:

  • Please do not park in any red zone.
  • Do not leave your car unattended in the yellow zone.
  • Do not stop to drop off or pick up students in the drive thru lane
  • Do not park in the handicap spaces unless you have a desiganted placard
  • Do not park or block the cross hatch blue and white area attached to the handicap parking spots and curb area.

If you see people violating these traffic concerns on Leigh ave please help support our efforts by calling the San Jose Transportation Enforcement Department at 408-277-4341.

We appreciate our community's collective effort to abide by traffic laws.

Updated: Nov 17 2015 - 8:40am

Please remember that students need to be picked up at dismissal. We have many students who play on the playstructure or are waiting in the office for up to 30-40 minutes to be picked up. This is not allowed as we do not have supervision on the yard after dismissal and the office staff is not available to watch students after 3:00. In addition please refrain from allowing students to play on the playstructure in the morning on the kinder yard and lower yard unless you are there to closely supervise them.

Updated: Nov 17 2015 - 8:40am

As both the November and December vacations approach, please continue to talk to your child(ren) about RAR at school and at home.  RAR stands for Respect, Achievement, and Responsibility.  Encouraging and praising positive behavior will continue to support them during the vacation time, and help them to be more successful when they return to school.  We appreciate the support you give to reinforce RAR behavior and positive praise. 

Updated: Nov 17 2015 - 8:43am

Please join us on Thursday 11/19/2015 at 8:45 in room 13 for our next ELAC Meeting. We will be discussing several topics directly related to the school and your students education. We hope to see you there.

Updated: Nov 16 2015 - 1:45pm

We currently have two vacancies on our school site council. This is an elected position that sits as part of team that supports our school vision and gives input on managing our budget to support the needs of all of our students. We currertly have two candidates that would like to support Blackford as a part of this team; Darcy Ebert, who currently has a 5th grader at Blackford, and Jason Johnson who currently has a TK student at Blackford.  Please vote below and return the bottom portion of this letter by Wednesday 11/3. If you would like to nominate another candidate please write that name in the "other" section below. Thank you for your continued support.

Updated: Oct 27 2015 - 3:58pm
dad helps with homework

Join district math coaches at an upcoming math information event. Discover ways of supporting children at home with the shift to the Common Core math standards. Please note the following dates, times and locations of the math information events.

For families of elementary age students:

  • Monday, November 2nd, at 5:30 pm, at Blackford School, or
  • Thursday, November 5th, at 8:30 am, at Rosemary, or
  • Monday, November 16th, at 5:30 pm, at Forest Hill School.

For families of middle school students:

  • Tuesday, November 17th, at 5:30 pm, at Campbell Middle School.

Bell Schedule

  • In Session 8:35–10:00
  • Recess 10:00–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–11:50
  • Lunch 11:50–12:40
  • In Session 12:40–2:50*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:50
  • In Session 8:35–10:30
  • Recess 10:30–10:50
  • In Session 10:50–11:50
  • Lunch 11:50–12:40
  • In Session 12:40–2:50*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:50
  • In Session 8:35–10:30
  • Recess 10:30–10:50
  • In Session 10:50–12:05
  • Lunch 12:05–12:55
  • In Session 12:55–2:50*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:50
  • In Session 8:35–10:30
  • Recess 10:30–10:50
  • In Session 10:50–12:15
  • Lunch 12:15–1:05
  • In Session 1:05–2:50*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:50
  • In Session 8:35–10:30
  • Recess 10:30–10:50
  • In Session 10:50–11:40
  • Lunch 11:40–12:30
  • In Session 12:30–2:50*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:50
  • In Session 8:35–10:30
  • Recess 10:30–10:50
  • In Session 10:50–12:30
  • Lunch 12:30–1:10
  • In Session 1:10–3:00*
  • * Wednesdays end at 2:00

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