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Updated Mon, Apr 30th

SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) State testing for our 3rd through 5th grade students starts this week. Here are some ways that you can help your student be as prepared and confident as possible. Our goal is to set each and every student up for success.  Please help your student with their success by:

  • Ensuring they get a good nights sleep
  • Having them eat a healthy breakfast
  • Giving them some words of encouragement to help ease possible test anxiety
  • Make sure they are in attendance throughout the entire testing window.
  • Make sure they arrive on time daily

Wishing all of our 3rd through 5th grade students a ton of success on thier tests. 

Updated Mon, Apr 30th

Please come and join us in our multiuse room Friday, April 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 for our second annual Blackford Ball. Get ready to dance the night away during this Hawaiian themed event. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Entrance to the event is free so please come and have some fun and get ready to show off your best dance moves. 

Updated Tue, Apr 17th

More than 1,600 people participated, providing thoughts, ideas, and questions for the district leadership.

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Working closely with our community is essential to ensuring that the needs of all students are met. 

In January, we added ThoughtExchange—a new, online way for our community to engage and communicate with us about our district and schools. See the results here.

The response rate for this first-time, online forum was high, with more than 1,600 people generating and rating more than 2,700 thoughts, ideas, and questions for us. Results from this and future ThoughtExchanges will inform our goals and decisions for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), our Profile of a Graduate, and other initiatives aimed at providing an education beyond the expected.

Thank you for engaging in this new way to converse with us.

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

District Governing Board urges lawmakers to support greater school safety through increased funding and “common sense gun reforms.”

At their March 29 meeting, the elementary school district trustees passed Resolution 2017-18-25 calling on state and federal legislators to do more to bolster funding for services that support students’ mental, physical and emotional health and protect students from gun violence. 

“Gun violence on school campuses, while relatively rare, represents a particularly egregious and unacceptable threat to the lives of students, teachers, and staff across the country,” the resolution states. 

Prompted by the February 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, the resolution cites data about bullying, harassment, and student access to guns, and it asserts students’ and staff’s rights to safety at school. 

The resolution also requests for adequate funding to support students social and emotional needs in addition to their academic achievement.

“Our District partners with community health services to help students and families who need support with social-emotional and other non-instructional issues,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The costs of educating and supporting students have been rising faster than state and federal funding, making it difficult to provide services that allow our teachers to teach while students get support for their social-emotional well-being.” 

A copy of the full resolution is available on the district’s website.

Updated Thu, Apr 5th

Report harassment, vandalism, bullying and suspicious activities.

Campbell Union School District announces its new Quick Tip system to support safety at its 12 elementary and middle schools.

There are three ways to access the Quick Tip system:

While reports can remain anonymous, providing contact information can assist greatly with the investigation.

Updated Wed, Mar 21st

Join us for a community celebration of student inventiveness and creativity.

Here's a chance to see—all in one place—how our students are finding solutions to real-world problems, demonstrating scientific and artistic talents, and discovering new approaches to learning. Teachers, students, parents, administrators and community partners will be there and ready to show you the exciting learning that is happening in Campbell Union School District's schools.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
1055 S. Monroe St, San Jose
(the whole Monroe Middle School campus)

Updated Tue, Mar 13th

A Community Event Featuring Student Innovations

Wednesday, March 28, 2018  •  4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Monroe Middle School campus, 1055 S. Monroe, San Jose

Hands-on activities for students of all ages!

Demonstrations and performances by students from all Campbell Union School District schools, including: Band and Choir, Engineering Design Challenges, Coding, Robotics, Interdisciplinary Science, Math, and Art Classroom Projects.

Information at:  408-364-4200 or contact [at] campbellusd.org

Updated Tue, Mar 13th

There's a lot to like about driving a school bus in Campbell Union School District:
Your work year can match your student's school year;  
You are trained and certified as an expert driver;
You get a really good benefits package; and
You work with a great team of professionals; .

Campbell Union School District will be offering free training designed to prepare attendees to complete all needed steps to becoming a state certified school bus driver.  Successful candidates will also be eligible for openings within the district’s Transportation Department.  Classes will be held on held in late April on T/Th evenings and Saturdays.  For further information, please contact Chrissie Stevenson (cstevenson [at] campbellusd.org). 

Updated Tue, Mar 13th

Congratulations to Monroe Middle School's Team

March 13, 2018; San Jose, Calif.—A team of Monroe Middle Schoolers won top awards at the World Scholars Cup regional tournament in San Jose this week. In a series of different challenges, the 16 students, mostly 7th and 8th graders and one 5th grader, analyzed, collaborated, tested and debated their way to earn multiple honors, including Top Junior Team and Top Junior Scholar.

The wins have earned most of the students an invitation to one of the three Global Rounds this summer. More than 5,000 scholars from over 50 countries will gather for events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June 18 – 23), Barcelona, Spain (July 22-27), or Melbourne, Australia (August 17-21). Top qualifiers in the global rounds are invited to compete at the annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the fall.

The World Scholar's Cup is an international team academic program with students participating from over 50 countries. The competition was founded in 2006 “to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills, and to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.”

Monroe Middle School is one of 12 public schools in the Campbell Union School District. Located in San Jose, California, Monroe Middle School educates more than 900 students in grades 5 through 8.

Updated Wed, Mar 7th

Parents and guardians are proving the adage about showing up being a big part of success for their children.

Engaging families as partners and refining how staff uses extensive attendance data has earned Campbell Union School District one of the highest attendance rates in California, improved student achievement, and a 2018 Hoffmann Exemplary School Program Award.

“We are making a difference together,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our approach allows us to systematically address attendance obstacles, maintain high levels of parent engagement, celebrate improvements, and provide an array of supports and resources to reduce the loss of instructional time.”

This year, for example, the district and schools focused on lowering the rate of Chronic Absences through the relationships that the Community Liaisons have with families. 

“The personal connection is very important,” said Director of Student Services Rosanna Palomo. “Each absence, each tardy, and each early pick up is an opportunity for our school office staff or teacher to communicate with the parent about the importance of good attendance for their child’s success in school… and they do!” 

The results for early 2017-18 have been commendable, with a one-year attendance improvement rate of 67% among those chronically absent students. Other improvements include noticeable academic growth among the State’s student subgroups at CUSD schools with better attendance. Overall attendance gains can also generate savings to the district’s budget. 

The Glenn W. Hoffmann Awards, sponsored by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA), celebrate school and school district programs that significantly impact student success in our region. The winners will be honored at a SCCSBA ceremony on April 25, 2018.

Bell Schedule

  • In Session8:35–10:00
  • Recess10:00–10:20
  • In Session10:20–11:50
  • Lunch11:50–12:40
  • In Session12:40–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–11:50
  • Lunch11:50–12:40
  • In Session12:40–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–12:05
  • Lunch12:05–12:55
  • In Session12:55–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–12:15
  • Lunch12:15–1:05
  • In Session1:05–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–11:40
  • Lunch11:40–12:30
  • In Session12:30–2:50 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:50

  • In Session8:35–10:30
  • Recess10:30–10:50
  • In Session10:50–12:30
  • Lunch12:30–1:10
  • In Session1:10–3:00 *

* Wednesdays end at 2:00

 

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