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Updated Tue, Jan 24th

Community partnerships enhance our quality education from preschool through 8th grade.

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In our District, we believe in educating the "whole child." Skilled teachers work with experts from local businesses to provide rigorous academic lessons and with experts from social agencies to support all aspects of our students' health.

Updated Mon, Jan 23rd

PLANNING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS:
Strategic Plan Objectives on Target; School Transformation Planning Continues

District Reorganization Update

Superintendent Eric Andrew provided an overview of the actions taken and those that are planned regarding transforming Campbell Middle School (CMS) into a PreK-8 school.

Key Points:

  1. Transformation model and guiding principles: Superintendent Andrew explained that the Transformation Team will be considering the three approaches for transition that the Board discussed at the December Study Session, and that the group would be drafting some Guiding Principles for Board approval.
  2. Placement of incoming CMS 5th and 6th graders: Dr. Andrew also noted that plans are underway for having incoming 5th graders be able to remain at the elementary school, and he asked for the Board’s direction regarding placement of the 6th graders in the CMS attendance area.
    The Board agreed that CMS should not take new 5th graders, but that incoming 6th graders should be allowed to attend CMS through grade 8.
  3. Facility needs: Deputy Superintendent Jim Crawford described the anticipated modifications needed at some school campuses to accommodate the increase in 5th and 6th graders during and beyond the transformation. Estimated increases in the number of classrooms needed at Monroe, Rolling Hills, Blackford, Castlemont, Capri and Rosemary schools are based on available enrollment projections.
  4. Transformation Team: Many of the members of the newly formed Transformation Team were present and were introduced. Members represent elementary and middle school teachers, parents, support staff and neighbors. The Team had its first meeting on January 12th.
    Transformation Facilitator Derek Mitchell explained that the first steps for the Team are to determine the best ways to communicate and work together, define what success would look like, and identify key decisions needed before presenting a proposal to the Board in June 2017. The Transformation Team’s next meeting is currently scheduled for February 2.

  

Strategic Plan Progress

Superintendent Eric Andrew reported that work on the five objectives aimed at achieving the district’s Strategic Goals is going well.

Since the last Board update:

  • Completed Objectives:
    - Create a Special Education Professional Development Training Series and provide at least one training in order to develop and retain special education teachers
  • Revised Deadlines:
    - Create and present to the Board a plan for creating a “Parent University.”
    - Proposed plan for implementation of the K-8 school at Campbell Middle School
    - Strategies to improve employees’ work experience
    - List of wellness resources available to Campbell USD employees.

Meeting minutes and slides from presentations can be seen on request or online at www.campbellusd.org/board.

Updated Tue, Feb 21st

Public notifications of hearings and meetings as required by law.

GOVERNING BOARD SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS

Intergovernmental  Subcommittee

DATE:  Monday, February 27, 2017

TIME:   4:00 P.M. 

LOCATION: City of San Jose, City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113, Conference Room 1753

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Danielle M.S. Cohen, Thomas M. Gemetti

AGENDA: City and School District Collaboration

STEAM*  Subcommittee

DATE:  Friday, March 3, 2017

TIME:   3:00 P.M. 

LOCATION:  Monroe Middle School Computer Lab, 1055 South Monroe, San Jose, CA 95128

MEMBERS: Michael L. Snyder, Richard H. Nguyen

AGENDA: STEAM Initiative

* STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics)

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GOVERNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE

DATE:  Thursday, March 16, 2017

TIME:   6:00 P.M. 

LOCATION:  155 N. Third Street, Campbell, CA 95008

AGENDA DETAILS 

Updated Tue, Jan 17th

In the weekly envelope today you will notice you are receiving a school compact. In the past this was part of the student handbook notices that you recieved and signed at the beginning of the year. This year it is a separate document. This compact is an agreement between the school and our wonderful Blackford families and talks about our responsibilites to ensure each of our students' success. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the front office. Thanks for all you do to support not only your student, but all Blackford students.

Updated Tue, Jan 17th

January 17 marks the start of Kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.

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Updated Fri, Jan 13th

It is time for CUSD open enrollment. Please note the following dates:

Entering Kindergarten: January 17th - February 10th

Entering Middle School: February 1st - February 10th

Forms for 4th graders entering 5th grade in the 2017-2018 school year will be mailed home. Forms for TK or Kindergarten and 5th grade students going into 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year are available in the school office. For more information contact the front office at 408-978-4675

Updated Fri, Jan 13th

Please join us for an informational meeting and tour of our school on Tuesday, January 17th. Come and see the wonderful opportunities Blackford has to offer our incoming families. We hope to see you there.

Updated Fri, Jan 13th

Please help us with enforcing safety for our students and families on Leigh Ave. If you have a concern about the traffic and parking violations occurring on Leigh Ave. please contact the Traffic and Parking Enforcement for San Jose at (408) 534-2900. The more families who call and support our mission to make Leigh Ave safe, the better. Anytime you see something reportable please report it. If we are diligent and consistent as a community in calling, together we can make a difference regarding the safety of our students and families on Leigh Ave.

Updated Tue, Jan 17th

News for CUSD families AND the greater community

Campbell Union School District publishes a newsletter, Beyond the Expected, for the greater community twice per year.  Click on the school flyers link to read the latest edition of Beyond the Expected, or download it in English or Spanish.

Updated Wed, Jan 25th

Letter from Superintendent Andrew Outlines Next Steps in Campbell Middle School Transformation

Dear Parents,

Campbell Union School District continuously seeks to ensure that every Campbell school is a place where students, parents, and staff thrive. As outlined in our mission and vision statements, we constantly strive to provide programs that will meet and exceed the needs of our students, staff and community.

Providing our students and community with education options and proven, innovative programs is accomplished through the focused efforts of all of our stakeholders. We begin by researching and observing “best practices” in schools, studying current trends in education, and craft programs that enable us to educate our students to their highest potential and ensure that they are prepared to succeed.

My purpose in writing to you today is to share what our next steps will be in meeting the goals outlined above. We have decided to transform Campbell Middle School into a preschool through eighth grade site. We are excited to provide our students, staff, and families with another research-proven model that will enhance the learning opportunities for our students.

We will officially launch the transformation planning process this month. The transformation will have an impact on all sites, although the specific impact will not be known until the plan is fully developed. I will schedule a meeting at all sites in the next few weeks to discuss the process and respond to questions. (Please see below.) Other site and district meetings will be scheduled throughout the year.

The Transformation Team has been selected. This team will develop the implementation plan for the new site. The selected team members represent teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and an education consultant. The Team will submit a comprehensive plan of action to the Board in June 2017.

Our Open Enrollment process will change this year as we prepare for the transformation. Our current 4th grade students from Capri, Castlemont, Blackford, and Rosemary that generally attend CMS will remain at their elementary school sites next year. * There may be a lottery for the few middle school slots available at Rolling Hills and Monroe; however that decision has not been decided.

We will provide a mechanism to communicate with district officials throughout the process. There will be an update provided to the Board at each regularly scheduled Board Meeting. We will provide notes on the Board Meeting discussion items shortly after each meeting. I encourage you to follow our progress through the communication channel (website, school site, community and board meetings, surveys, etc.) that best meets the needs of your family.

The transformation planning and implementation process will have anticipated and unanticipated challenges along the way. We will keep you informed of the progress and any changes to the process in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and input as we add another school model for the students and families of the Campbell Union School District.

Together we are making a difference for students, and I personally want to thank all of you who are working so hard to provide an "Education Beyond the Expected" for our children.

Sincerely,

Eric Andrew, Ed.D., Superintendent

* This sentence updated 1/12/17.

P.S. Please refer to the FULL letter, which includes the dates of upcoming information meetings. Hard copies are available from your child's 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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