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Updated Wed, Sep 15th

Classrooms across the district tuned in to the 2021-22 Wonder Wednesday series this week and developed a clearer picture of how different school is now compared to decades past. The monthly series will also support student teams that participate in the 2021-22 Design Challenge in which students will create exhibits to display at the Campbell History Museum in April.

front of Campbell Grammar SchoolIn the September 15 episode, Campbell History Museum Director Kerry Perkins shared photos showing what schools were like when the district was formed over 100 years ago. She described how rural this region was and how schools grew from one-room school houses where students from all grades were together with one teacher into bigger schools with a room and teacher for each grade. 

Campbell Union School District Superintendent, Dr. Shelly Viramontez, spoke about her experience in the district, which began as a kindergarten student in the late 1960s.

old photo of students sitting in rows     students in flexible seating

With photos, she described the differences between what going to school was like for her versus what students experience today. 

“We didn’t sit on balls or have furniture that could be moved around easily. We sat in rows at our desks and moving around was frowned upon,” she said. She added that students didn’t use Chromebooks or apps. “Our technology was a pencil.” 

Wonder Wednesdays are a monthly online feature aimed at inspiring students’ curiosity and creativity. Information is online at https://cusd.link/3zbt0dr.

  Save the Date!  CUSD Centennial Celebration!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Featuring Students’ Design Challenge Exhibits in Campbell History Museum

Student Art and Music Performances

Downtown Campbell Concert (with two professional bands)

More information and photos on our Centennial Website.

Updated Wed, Sep 8th

On September 2nd, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board unanimously adopted a new policy mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees by October 4th.

“The vaccines are safe,” said Board President Richard Nguyen, “and we have a responsibility to provide a safe and meaningful educational experience to our students—most of whom are not yet able to be vaccinated.”

Under the new policy, all full and part-time employees, interns, volunteers, and contract workers must obtain all applicable doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation. Employees who have a qualified disability and/or medical condition, and/or who object based on sincerely held religious beliefs may request an exemption.

More than 95 percent of Campbell Union School District’s employees are vaccinated.

“Vaccinations are the number one way to protect our students and each other,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “That’s why we’ve provided space at our schools for community partners to offer vaccine clinics and make vaccine access easier for our families and staff.”

Updated Wed, Sep 8th

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Updated Tue, Sep 7th

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools and students are many. Educators and children’s health professionals agree that the greatest needs for students are supplemental instruction, access to meals, and support for social and emotional well-being. 

“We’re excited to be able to offer the kinds of support that our community said they need,” said Whitney Holton, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “This grant makes it possible to offer a range of supplemental support to our students participating in in-person instruction.” 

To address those needs, Campbell Union School District secured a $4.3 million one-time Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) grant from the California Department of Education. The money is restricted and may be used only for the following purposes: 

  • Extending instructional learning time, 
  • Accelerating progress to close learning gaps, 
  • Integrated pupil supports, 
  • Community learning hubs, 
  • Supports for credit deficient pupils,
  • Additional academic services, and
  • Training for school staff. 

“We looked at feedback from students, staff and families in order to design a plan tailored to the needs of our own students,” Whitney Holton, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “The result for the 2021-22 school year is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that schools can access to meet the needs of their respective communities.” 

For example:

  • Increased after school programs.
  • Additional Math Specialists at each school.
  • Additional reading support for primary grade students.
  • Staff designated to support students who struggle with behavior and social emotional issues.
  • Several schools also will have a Saturday program for eligible students.

The grant also paid for expanded summer programs, including:

  • Teachers training on Social Emotional Learning and Personalizing Learning strategies 
  • No/Low cost options for enrolling students in summer enrichment programs 

The district received feedback through its annual ThoughtExchange online conversation, the Panorama survey of students and staff, responses to questionnaires related to reopening schools, meetings with advisory committees of parents and teachers, and public input at board meetings.

“We are interested in what our stakeholders think about how the programs are working and what other needs they see for our students,” said Dr. Viramontez. “After the programs are fully operational we will seek additional input from them.”

Updated 23 sec ago

There is an informational meeting for those interested in applying for a vacancy on the Campbell Union School District Governing Board. The opening occurred due to the resignation of Board Member Pablo A. Beltran, Trustee Area 3, effective August 5, 2021.

The meeting will be held Mon., Sept. 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., at the District administration office, 155 N. 3rd St., Campbell. 

Information will include the role and responsibility of a Governing Board member, and applications will be available. Application deadline is September 16, 2021 at 3 p.m. It is the Governing Board's hope to fill this vacancy with an applicant who lives in Trustee Area 3.

Updated 23 sec ago

Starting this month, Campbell Union School District students and staff will be able to have a free on-campus test for the COVID-19 virus and find out the results within minutes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this additional layer of protection in schools to reduce the spread of the virus, prevent outbreaks, and allow healthy students to continue learning at school.

The district has partnered with professional testing experts at Grapefruit Testing to provide no-cost COVID-19 screening tests at all of its 12 schools. Only students with parent/guardian consent forms on file may be tested.  (English and Spanish forms)

This is the general plan:

  • Phase 1, Community testing, begins on Sept. 3:
    Free community testing for COVID-19 begins at the .308774,-121.943873,17z">PLC Building, located next to Monroe Middle School, on Genevieve St., San Jose. Open to all. 
         Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30am–5pm
         Fridays: 8:30am–7pm
         Saturdays & Sundays: 10am–5pm
  • Phase 2, School-based testing, begins Sept. 9:
    • Schoolwide screening, two days per week, of all students who have consent forms (English and Spanish forms) registered with Grapefruit Testing. Each school will communicate its twice-per-week schedule to its community.
    • Testing of close contacts when a positive case is identified. Anyone under age 18 must have a signed consent form on file.
  • Questions about the testing? Contact Grapefruit Testing at admin [at] grapefruittesting.com.

“Regular testing, along with COVID-19 vaccination, helps protect students, staff, family members, and others who are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19…”Testing programs help keep students in the classroom and allow them to take part in the other activities they love.” 

—Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Updated 23 sec ago

On September 7, 1921, the 1921-22 school year opened in the newly formed Campbell Union School District. Four separate school districts—Hamilton, San Tomas, Meridian and Campbell—combined into one that today serves families living in parts of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Serno, San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. 

Throughout this 2021-22 school year, we will have a special focus on honoring the past, celebrating the present, and designing a successful future with and for our students. Our monthly Wonder Wednesday program will feature presentations and interviews with people who know the district’s history and who can help Design Challenge teams create exhibits destined for display in the Campbell History Museum.

Visit the Centennial Web Page!

Honor the Past 

Celebrate the Present

  • Help our student teams excel in their efforts to create their museum displays. You or your employer can donate to the Student Design Team Challenge.

Educating students to their highest potential is our core mission. It is a long-standing tradition in Campbell Union School District that thrives today and will continue for generations to come.

Fun Fact: What year did Campbell Grammar School Open?
Campbell Grammar School opened in 1922 on the site that is now the Heritage Village, on the corner of Campbell Ave. and Winchester Blvd., in Campbell.

Updated 23 sec ago

This year, Campbell Union School District is celebrating 100 years of educating the elementary and middle school students of this community—a community that includes parts of Campbell, San Jose, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and Santa Clara. The District was formed in 1921 when four districts merged into one.

Educating Campbell Union School District students to their highest potential is a long-standing tradition that thrives today and will continue for generations to come. 

Throughout this 2021-22 school year, we will have a special focus on honoring the past, celebrating the present, and designing a successful future with and for our students. We invite our alumni, retirees, and all members of  the community to be part of celebrating this centennial with us.

To stay informed of activities and to share your stories, photos and expertise, please visit our centennial web page.

Updated Fri, Sep 10th

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Updated Fri, Sep 10th

For schools, education is job one, and providing a safe learning environment for students and staff is essential. Our partnerships with public health professionals and with families help us to stay informed as new information and opportunities for maintaining safety arise. Following are a few of the recent updates.

No-cost COVID-19 Tests for Students

As an additional layer of protection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends screening testing in schools to stop the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks. Campbell Union School District  has partnered with professional testing experts at Grapefruit Testing to conduct no-cost COVID-19 screening tests of students and staff at our schools. 

All students will require parent/guardian permission to participate. Information and consent forms were emailed to families this week, and printed copies can be obtained from the school office. The links are also provided below.

We encourage families to complete the consent form and submit it directly to Grapefruit Testing so that your student may participate in this important on site, health screening opportunity. This testing will also allow us to test students who may qualify for a modified quarantine.

The following links will provide more details about the testing opportunity.

  1. Link to the Youtube recording of Grapefruit Testing’s August 19th community meeting (English with Spanish subtitles): https://youtu.be/DOec4jjbtP8
  2. Link to the English Informed Consent Form: https://hipaa.jotform.com/build/212325684164152/publish
  3. Enlace al formulario de consentimiento informado en español (Link to the Spanish Informed Consent Form): https://hipaa.jotform.com/build/212336698243460/publish

COVID Web Page and Safety Plan Updates 

Information about the testing program and other safety measures is available on our COVID-19 Resources web page. Recent updates to the COVID-19 page and the Safe School Opening Plan include:

  • Quarantine Decision Tree
  • Physical Distancing of 3 feet
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of our society, leaving many employee positions unfilled, creating shortages in key supplies, and taxing the nerves of even the most sanguine people. Our students rely on the adults in their lives to persevere calmly and continue weighing the benefits and risks as we decide what is best for them. It is our hope that this information will help.