This year Blackford has partnered with RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) to create "Makerspaces" at our school. Makerspaces allow students to gather with one another to explore ideas, create inventions, explore design thinking, to discover and create using a variety of tools and materials. We are going to be building these Makerspaces as a community alongside our partners from RAFT on Saturday March 25th from 10:00 - 4:00 at Blackford. This is a great chance for us to come together as a communty and help create opportunites for our students here at Blackford. Please come join us and stay for as long as your schedule allows. Lunch will be provided. Please register by using the following link https://tinyurl.com/jnp75p7 We hope to see you there!
State testing will happen from mid-April through May, and we're doing our best to ensure our students do their best.
Each year, students in grades 3–8 will participate in the statewide testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests cover English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3–8, and science fore grades 5 and 8. They provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.
The principal will send information about specific testing dates and times at your child's school.
Meanwhile: Don't Fret. Stay Informed.
- For tips about how to help your child do well, go to Test Taking Tips for Parents (campbellusd.org/homestandards#test)
- For more details about the testing system and what is required, go to the e-flyers link to read a Letter from the Superintendent.
Calling all engineers! It’s not not too late to register for our Engineering classes. Taking it to the Skies (for grades k- 2): The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spaceship design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more.
Up, Up & Away (for grades 3-5): During the Aerospace Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines. They construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect two marshmallow astronauts in a lunar vehicle, create their own air-powered rockets, and assemble a hot air balloon model that actually takes flight!
Come and join the creativity by registering with the following link. https://cusdextensions.asapconnected.com/cour...
Hope to see you there!
Strategic Plan Committee noted progress during its review of strategic goals and objectives, including STEAM, standards and student support.
The Strategic Planning Committee—35 students, employees, parents, community members, and Board members—met on March 7, 2017 to discuss progress, challenges, and next steps toward achieving the District’s strategic goals.
As part of the semi-annual review, the group created objectives to be completed by September 2018 and a list of current “Perceived Strengths and Accomplishments”.
More details about the Strategic Plan are on the Strategic Plan Web Page
The State of California is field-testing a new school accountability tool that uses multiple measures to report school performance and growth.
The California School Dashboard is a new tool from the State of California that replaces the old Academic Performance Index (API). It will provide parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.
The California School Dashboard is a critical piece of California’s new school accountability and continuous improvement system. A 5-minute video explains how the new tool works and what it looks like.
Preview dates are March 27th and 30th
Parents have the chance to preview, ask questions, and provide feedback on the three curricula being piloted for Math in grades K-5
The proposed new curricula— Bridges, Eureka Math*, and Investigations— will be available for advance viewing and providing feedback at the District Administration Office’s Hamilton Room:
- Monday, March 27th, 12 – 1:30pm
- Thursday, March 30th, 5 – 5:30pm
If you have questions about the proposed curricula, please contact your school’s principal or call the District’s Instructional Services Department, 408-364-4200.
* Name of curriculum corrected 3/14/17
The District's Transformation Team is developing a recommendation about transforming Campbell Middle School into a PreK–8th Grade school.
We are seeking input from students, parents, neighbors, employees, and other community members.
Please join us for a community meeting where you can say what is needed for a great new preschool-to-eighth-grade school.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 6:00–8:00 p.m. • Campbell Middle School, 295 W. Cherry Lane, Campbell
- Childcare for school-aged children with advance reservation: 408-341-7283
- Spanish interpretation available.
More information is on our Transformation web page. (campbellusd.org/transformation)
Starting March 1st, CUSD families can begin signing their children up for summer camps! Campbell Union School District offers a variety of fun and enriching summer camp options for your student. Visit campbellusd.org/summer to see the variety of options available. Space is limited and camps fill up fast. Register now online, or in the CUSD Extensions office.
A new website, called the California School Dashboard, will feature easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, and more.
California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 districts and schools – including ours. It's called the California School Dashboard, and it's coming March 2017.
The Dashboard is the next step in series of major shifts in public education as a result of 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. California has raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. The site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learning progress and suspension rates.
To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard/.
NOTE: A letter from the Superintendent is being sent to parents on Thursday, March 9th. It can also be seen in the e-flyers links.
Transformation Team members tour Campbell Middle School before a meeting about what is needed for creating a quality PreK-through-8 school here.
On February 16th, Superintendent Eric Andrew provided the Governing Board with an update on preliminary progress with transforming Campbell Middle School (CMS) into a PreK-8 school. The following is a list of key points.
What Work has the Transformation Team done?
- Developing Guiding Principles
- Developed an Internal Communication Structure
- Developed an External Communication Structure
- Toured the Campbell M.S. Facility
- Developed a Transformation Team (TT) Meeting Calendar
- Developed a Transformation Leadership Team (TLT) Meeting Calendar
- Developed a Tentative Timeline
What are the Transformation Team milestones?
1. In March: Select a Transformation Model
a. “Pull Off the Band-Aid” Approach – Close the school
b. Phase Out – Remaining grades permitted to promote to high school
c. Phase In/Phase Out – Upper grades promote to high school; lower grades enrolled simultaneously
2. March 23: Community Input Meeting (6:30 p.m. at Campbell Middle School)
3. Late March: Visits to Existing K-8 Schools
4. In April: Start Design/Theme
5. May 23: Community Input Meeting (TBA)
6. June 1: Plan Presented to the Board
For more details, please visit our School Transformation web page.