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Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Schools follow Spare the Air advisories.

Smoke-filled air has caused school administrators to alter students’ outdoor activity schedules over the past week. Campbell Union School District follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendations and reduces exposure to outdoor air and prolonged exertion for those groups particularly affected by poor air quality.

On Spare the Air Days, staff identifies which students are in the “sensitive group” and follows up with appropriate limits to their outdoor access.

This week, when the air became "unhealthy for all groups," schools enacted school-wide schedules that limited outdoor time and provided more indoor recess and lunch options for all students. They also kept play equipment locked (balls, etc.) to discourage exertion and held some physical education classes indoors. 
Officials are predicting that the air quality will remain poor through the week. If you have not already done so, please notify the school staff if your child has a health condition that would place him or her in the “sensitive group”.

Updated Wed, Oct 24th

National Bullying Prevention month helps raise awareness of ways to support students.

Campbell Union School District employees work every day to keep students safe and make our schools positive places to learn. We teach students about empathy, provide positive behavior interventions, and foster partnerships with community services to offer additional support to students and families who need it. 

The District also offers the QuickTip system for students and community members to anonymously report bullying, harassment, vandalism or suspicious activities happening on or near our school campuses.

“Quick Tip is one of many ways in which we promote a safe school climate,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Through on-campus programs and multiple community-based partnerships, we do our best to support students’ physical, mental and emotional well-being so they can feel safe and focus on learning.”

For details about QuickTip, ask your school principal or visit our QuickTip web page

Updated Mon, Oct 22nd

On October 31st at 9:00 we will have our annual Halloween Parade on the upper and lower yard of our campus. As a reminder it is our policy, and will be strictly enforced, that students may not wear any kind of masks to school on Halloween. Students may dress up in their costumes for the parade and will need to have a change of clothes to put on following the parade. All toys that resemble weapons are not allowed even if they are part of your child's costume, please remove them before they come to school in the morning. As a reminder face paint/makeup covering the entire face is also not allowed for the parade, students will be asked to remove this face paint/makeup. We will have some fun activities set up in the library for our students who would prefer to not participate in the Halloween parade as well. REMINDER: As always, there are NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Updated Mon, Oct 22nd

Blackford supports Red Ribbon Week this week, this is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. If your student would like to join in supporting Red Ribbon Week with us, please note our following participation this week:

Monday- wear Red Clothes to show “kick-off” to RED RIBBON WEEK

Tuesday- wear silly socks “BECAUSE USING DRUGS IS SILLY”

Wednesday- wear a hat to school to "PUT A CAP ON DRUGS”

Thursday- wear pajamas “ TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, DON'T DO DRUGS”.

Friday- Blackford School Pride Day - Wear any Blackford T-shirt you have

 

 

Updated Wed, Oct 17th

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Next week, October 23rd-31st, school sites will be participating in various activities that will support our students in making better choices such as being drug free. The school district and the Governing board recognize the importance of providing information to our students about healthy lifestyles. More information about Red Ribbon Week is online. For specific activities at your child's school, please ask the principal or your child' teacher.

Updated Wed, Oct 17th

Conference week is 10/15 - 10/19. Start times and morning recess remain the same however please note the change in scheduled during lunch time and the change in dismissal time. 

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1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Lunch

11:50-12:30

11:50-12:30

11:55-12:35

12:00-12:40

12:05-12:45

12:15-12:55

12:15-12:55

End of Day Dismissal

12:50

12:50

12:50

12:50

12:50

1:00

1:00

Updated Tue, Oct 16th

Superintendent Viramontez presented the why and how of the district's initiative at Parent University 2018.

In her keynote address, the Superintendent described the district's commitment to preparing students for the future and the yet-to-be-defined workplace. For success, students will need to develop five key competencies: self-directed, collaborative, innovative, empathetic and critical thinking.

To illustrate the point, she presented three videos, which are also on our campbellusd YouTube channel.

  1. The Future of Work (3 min.)
  2. Comments from iSchool CEO Travis Allen about changing education (17 min.)
  3. The CUSD Profile of a Graduate (4 min.)
Updated Tue, Oct 16th

A Message from the Superintendent

We’ve heard a lot lately about being prepared for emergencies like earthquakes, floods, and wild fires. With Halloween coming, families also are mindful of choosing safe costumes for their children. These are important safety measures that we support whole heartedly.

When it comes to supporting wellness for the WHOLE child, Campbell Union School District goes beyond the expected. Please watch this short video from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez to find out more.

On our Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/koKeL8BZrJI.

Updated Tue, Oct 16th

drawing of hands and running waterWashing hands is a universal precaution that helps prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other contagious illnesses.

Please remind children and family members to wash hands thoroughly and often!

For more health-related information, visit our "Supporting Learning" partners.

Updated Fri, Oct 12th

Work continues toward closing achievement gaps.

Last week, the California Department of Education (CDE) released results from the fourth year of the student assessment system known as CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) which show that Campbell Union School District (CUSD) students continue to make gains in English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math.
Each year, CUSD students in grades three to eight, participate in the annual CAASPP testing to measure each one’s ability write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. It is one of several ways teachers measure student progress toward meeting academic standards. Classwork, teacher-generated exams, and district-level assessments offer them more frequent, qualitative information.

Student-level Reports Were Mailed in Summer
In summer, the district mailed individual student reports to parents and guardians. October 15-19, CUSD schools will hold parent-teacher conferences at which parents may discuss their child’s results and education goals.

School/District Reports Show Trends
“As a district, we monitor closely the progress of all of our students, and we continue to work towards our mission of educating all students to their highest potential,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The CAASPP results show us district- and school-wide views of where we are making gains and where we need to intensify our efforts. Like many California schools, we have a persistent achievement gap for our second language and Special Education students.”
The district did see improvement this year for Special Education students, who made 4% growth in ELA and 3% growth in math. That number exceeds the growth of all students, who made growth of 1% in both ELA and Math — a growth level consistent with the state-wide trend.

A Common Goal for Educators and Families
“We are committed to preparing students for the 21st century workforce, and our new Profile of a Graduate initiative provides a cohesive focus for that commitment,” Viramontez said. The Profile of a Graduate calls for students to be self-directed, collaborative, innovative, empathetic, and critical thinkers.
“We invite parents and guardians—the child's first teachers—to partner with us. There are many ways they may take an active role in their child’s education,” she said. “Reinforcing school learning at home, monitoring your child’s progress, and developing a strong relationship with your child’s school increases a student’s chances for academic success.”

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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