Blackford Elementary School

District News

Updated Wed, Feb 1st

This week, students and staff at our schools commemorated the 100th day of school. It was a day to note how far they have come in their learning journey and to dedicate themselves to making great strides in the remaining 80 days.

office with balloons and signsRosemary School office made sure this was a day to celebrate.

3 teachers dressed as old ladies
How much is 100? Sherman Oaks teachers and students
dressed up as very senior citizens to show appreciation
for those who make it to 100 years of age.

Updated Wed, Feb 1st

“Educating students to their highest potential is a big job, and our partners in the community help to remove some of the obstacles for our students,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

Toothaches, earaches, food insecurity, vision problems, and other non-academic issues make it difficult for students to focus on lessons and tasks. Thanks to our many community partnerships and grants, our students have access to professionals who can address these barriers to learning.

For example, neighboring dentists conduct oral screenings for kindergarten and TK students to determine those who need follow up care. A grant from El Camino Hospital supports funds for two additional school nurse positions. Local counseling agencies supplement our counseling services for students. And the Healthier Kids Foundation is providing fifth graders with Wellness Check screeners to identify those students who may be struggling and in need of additional support.

These are just some examples of our partners working with us to benefit all of our students. To learn more about our multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), please visit our Supporting Learning web page.

Updated Wed, Feb 1st

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) are state-mandated annual reports showing key data for each school in our district. The latest SARCs* include 2021-22 school year information about student achievement, demographics, class sizes, fiscal data and more.

The reports for our schools are available online at Printed copies are available in the school office.

* The Spanish translations of the 2021-22 SARCs will be available later in February. Additional data from the California Department of Education is expected this spring.

Updated Wed, Jan 25th

This month, Governor Newsome released a proposed budget for California, kicking off months of analyzing, planning and discussion about school funding. In our district, we base our planning for 2023-24 on the proposed budget and have begun analyzing how it impacts our district.

In May, the Governor will release a revised budget, and then California legislators will finalize it from May through July.  

It’s a complex process. For some insight into how it works for California schools, please see our “District Funding Overview”.

Updated Wed, Feb 1st

Campbell Union School District employees are committed to continuous improvement and educating students to their highest potential. That process requires feedback, and the annual survey is one way that school and district leaders obtain it.

Global leaders tell us that the future holds a rising demand for global problem solvers who embrace a life-long learner mindset. Input from our community is an important part of ensuring that we are preparing students for success in that future.

Parents and guardians can find the link to their survey in their email and/or on ParentSquare. (Different survey links are provided to employees and students.)

If you did not receive the link, please contact Marla Sanchez at msanchez [at] () or phone 408-364-4200 ext. 6254.

Updated Wed, Jan 25th

Each December, the CUSD Governing Board holds an Organizational Meeting where they swear in newly elected/re-elected members, elect officers, and establish their meeting calendar for the new year.

2023 Board Organization

  • Officers: President Danielle Cohen, Vice President Chris Miller, and Clerk Michael Synder
  • Meeting schedule: See dates on the Board’s web page.

Campbell Union School District’s Governing Board consists of five locally elected public officials who work together with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all of the students in our community. Each board member is assigned to a trustee area, although they represent the interests of the entire district:

Updated Wed, Jan 25th

In CUSD, we are committed to being an Organization of Excellence, continually improving each day to be a great place to learn, work, and provide an excellent education. Part of that process is gathering input from the people we interact with every day and using what we learn to further our commitment to getting better every day

We are seeking your input. On January 12, 2023, we will send the survey link to families and employees, and teachers will make time in class for students (grade 3 and up) to take the brief survey.

Our partners at Huron | Studer Education are administering the survey, providing an opportunity for you to provide feedback anonymously. The online survey will be available in English and Spanish, and you can respond via any Internet-connected computer or mobile device.

We are committed to listening and responding to your experiences in our district. We will use the feedback to celebrate and build upon our successes and to identify areas for improvement in specific areas. 

Please check your email or ParentSquare account on January 12th for our message and link to the survey.

Updated Wed, Jan 18th

Dear CUSD Families:

As our region experiences powerful storms this week and next, please know that we are prepared to provide a safe and engaging learning experience for your students.

As long as the school can operate safely, it will remain open. Schools are considered “critical facilities”, according to PG&E, which gives us higher priority for restoring power.

Unlike other types of emergencies, storms may have very localized conditions needing to be addressed. Our district officials collaborate with local emergency agencies to determine whether there is a safety need requiring school or schools to be closed.

If your child’s school needs to make a change to its schedule, we will send a notice to you through our normal channels—ParentSquare, email, text, social media. (Please be sure the school office has your most current emergency contact information.)

If your child will be absent due to illness or some emergency situation, please notify the school office. If your child is well, we hope to see them at school as usual.

In view of how much instructional time our students missed in recent years, it is even more important that we do everything we can to provide safety, consistency and quality instruction for all of our students.

Updated Wed, Jan 18th

Do you know someone with a four or five year old? If so, please let them know about enrolling for the 2023-24 school year. 

Whether entering Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Campbell Union School District gives children a great start to a lifetime of learning. They will gain a sense of personal responsibility, self-direction, critical thinking, collaboration, and more. 

Enrolling in Kindergarten?

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2023, should enroll in kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year. Start the online process at home at

More TK for Four Year Olds!

TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that bridges preschool and kindergarten. For the 2023-24 school year, children are eligible for TK if their fifth birthday falls between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024. 

Encourage the Next Step.

Our Enrollment FAQ web page has answers to frequently asked questions, tour dates to visit schools, and more.

Our Enrollment Staff is available by phone, enrollment [at] (email), and in person, Monday through Friday (except holidays), from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Updated Wed, Dec 28th

Thanks to a new partnership, students across the district are using a new audio/recording program to create music and more. And they love it!

“When I learned about Soundtrap, a subsidiary of Spotify, in schools, it seemed like a great fit for our goal of providing innovative real world experiences. It gives our students another way to be creative as they demonstrate their learning through podcasts and music in relevant and engaging ways,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

The district was able to leverage some of its Art Block Grant funds to contract with Soundtrap and provide site licenses for all of its schools, she added.

Soundtrap is a secure, cloud-based recording platform that works on all operating systems. Students at several schools are using it to create music, develop podcasts, collaborate on projects, and take presentations to a new level. 

Sherman Oaks Music Teacher Jay Mason uses the software to reinforce the musical skills on ukulele, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, and song structure. “It makes it very easy to introduce students to music composition and production,” he said. “And it has been a great tool to introduce students to the basics of content creation rather than consumption.”

“Students love it,” said CSI Teacher Misty Kleusner. “My favorite part is that they want to revise their “work” (the recording) to improve it. They also are great with self-directed learning, using video tutorials on how to do different skills to create their podcasts, and teaching one another when they discover new things or someone who needs help.”

smiling boy holding ipad

girl in glasses smiling and holding ipad

Roman, a Blackford second grader, beamed as he showed how many tracks he created. “It’s cool, because I like to make music,” he says. His classmate, Lexi, said “I like singing and dancing, and I get to make my own music with it.” 

“The kids love sharing the cool stuff they’ve created,” said Innovation Teacher Jonathan Natividad. He sees many applications for using the software in any grade. “With math facts, you can count beats and measure time. For English, you can practice long and short vowel sounds and put them to music. It can be used in so many ways that engage students in what’s being taught.”