Blackford Elementary School

District News

Updated Tue, Oct 8th

Keeping school-and-home communication open and productive is a super way to support your child's education.

This week, parents across the district are meeting with teachers to talk about how to help their child have a successful school year. Many have already viewed their child’s individual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) reports by logging into their Parent PowerSchool accounts so they can discusss them with the teacher and set goals for their children.

For more ideas about supporting learning at home, ask your child’s teacher, the school principal, or visit our Helping at Home webpage. 

Updated Wed, Sep 25th

"I really enjoyed reading their work, and I was very impressed with their creativity, imagination, and diversity of topics," she added.

The nine student honorees spoke about their award-winning work to an audience of 100 proud parents, family members, teachers, principals and elected officials at the 17th annual awards presentation. After receiving their awards, the Rising Young Authors autographed their books for their fans.

Pictured here, left to right: Board Vice President Richard Nguyen, Jordan, Chloe, Perri, Sofia, Charlotte, Jessica, Yehyun, Marina, Darius, Dr. Viramontez, and Board President Michael Snyder.

The Rising Young Author award includes one professionally produced copy of the student's for home and one for the school library, a gift certificate from the Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, a personal writer’s journal from Barnes & Noble, and a chance to win a Nook e-reader from School Innovations & Achievement. CSI student Yehyun Hwang was the lucky winner of the Nook drawing.

To read or order books by these student authors, go to bookemon.com.  To view short videos about each Rising Young Author, click on the names below.

Meet the Rising Young Authors of 2019

Darius Parish
Blackford School

Yehyun Hwang
Campbell School of Innovation

Marina Schuler
Capri School

Sofia Ramirez
Marshall Lane School

Jessica Burkhart
Monroe Middle School

Chloe Hahn
Rolling Hills Middle School

Charlotte Reyes-Palo
Rosemary School

Jordan Pyle
Sherman Oaks School

Perri Jane Kaiser
Village School

Launched in 2002, the Rising Young Authors program recognizes a select  group of individual students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among hundreds that teachers submit to the District's annual Writing Faire in May. At the conclusion of the Writing Faire, Rising Young Author judges review qualifying entries for each school — specific categories of writing by individuals in grades 3 through 7 — and choose the two best for their respective school's Accomplished Writer Award. The first place Accomplished Writer is offered the option of participating in the Rising Young Authors program. If declined or ineligible, the offer goes to the second place Accomplished Writer.

Updated Tue, Sep 24th

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-10, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections. In by-trustee area elections, each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary and be elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school district’s board.*

Currently, the CUSD’s five Governing Board members are elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters in the entire District. Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting.

“We don’t believe our current form of elections violates the CVRA,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We do believe that it is in the public interest to begin the transition to trustee-area elections to protect the district from a CVRA claim—valid or not.”

With adoption of the resolution, the District now has 90 days of ‘safe harbor’ to complete the transition to by-trustee area elections. The transition process will include opportunities for public input with regard to delineating the trustee area boundaries.

The next public hearing will be on Thursday, October 3, 2019. For more details about the transition, and to see upcoming public hearing dates, visit the district’s CVRA webpage.

* NOTE: The process DOES NOT impact school attendance boundaries.

Updated Tue, Sep 17th

2 moms, 2 daughters smiling at schoolShowing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

One absence amounts to missing more than 5 hours of classroom instruction and learning. 

DID YOU KNOW?  

  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks. 

  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job. 

  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty. 

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 

  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. 


WHAT CAN YOU DO? These tips can help.

Updated Mon, Sep 16th

smiling woman with studentsDescription:

Under general supervision of the Site Coordinator, Recreation Leaders will work in the after-school programs to support safe and enriching recreational programs for elementary and middle school students. Responsibilities include supporting youth with homework and plan/lead enrichment activities.

Hours: 
After school to 6:00PM


Hourly Rate:
$15.71-$19.10 Hour

Qualifications:
Education equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade, 48 Accredited College Semester Units or pass Basic Skills Test (district will provide testing)

For more information about this position, please contact our extensions office at 408-364-4200 ext 6284 or email at mreynoso [at] campbellusd.org

For information about this and other job opportunities, visit our website.

Updated Tue, Sep 10th

Having consistent good attendance helps students develop a positive view of school and the importance of attendance. Routines can help families with the busyness of the mornings during the school week.

Good habits help students to attend school regularly and arrive on time.  Because your partnership is key, we offer these tips.

  • Set an early bedtime to ensure rest for the school day

  • Follow a  night time routine: 

  • Set your alarm, leaving extra time for unexpected delays 

  • Lay out clothing and supplies for the next day 

  • Place backpack and shoes near the door  

  • Schedule appointments for after school

  • Only miss school when truly sick. Refer to parent handbook for when your child should remain at home. 

  • Communicate with your child’s school when absent or tardy

  • Have a back-up plan in case of transportation challenges 

Updated Tue, Sep 10th

Join them, their family and teachers for a community recognition and book-signing event:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore - Stevens Creek
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose

Bring a copy of your favorite author's book to have it autographed!

The 2019 Rising Young Authors

Blackford: 
Darius Parish 

• Campbell School 
of Innovation: 
Yehyun Hwang • 

Capri: 
Marina Schuler • Marshall Lane: 
Sofia Ramirez

 • Monroe Middle 
Jessica Burkhart • Rolling Hills Middle: 
Chloe Hahn 
 • Rosemary: 
Charlotte Reyes-Palo • Sherman Oaks: 
Jordan Pyle 
• Village
: Perri Jane Kaiser

Read and/or buy books by your favorite Rising Young Author online.

Read about previous Rising Young Authors.

Updated Fri, Sep 6th

We heard you! Families in Campbell Union School District’s elementary and middle schools want more information and fewer “robo-calls”.

Now, parents and guardians will be able to use a free and secure mobile app to control which of our notices go to their phone and which go to email or text. The app is an extension of the SchoolMessenger notification system that our schools use to help parents stay up-to-date on important information, such as emergency notices, attendance, time-sensitive announcements, school lunch account balances, and more.

The free SchoolMessenger mobile app can be downloaded for Apple iOS and Android devices from http://go.schoolmessenger.com. A web app version is also available for those who prefer using a web browser.

See the flyer here or in your school’s weekly e-newsletter.

Updated Wed, Sep 4th

In the interest of student safety, Campbell Union School District will send a TEST ALERT message to parents, guardians, and emergency contacts listed on each student's official record.

The TEST ALERT message will go out Friday evening, September 6th, to phone numbers and email addresses contained in the student's Emergency Contact form.

For more about our emergency procedures, visit our Emergency Information page or check with your child's school office.

Updated Wed, Sep 4th

Did you know?

Missing just 2 school days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year?

Positive school attendance is directly linked to academic achievement and school connectedness. When students arrive on time and are in school, their learning is uninterrupted and they are able to start the day successfully. Daily positive school attendance allows children to build a connection with their school and peers. Children thrive when relationships are developed! When students are present, they will never miss an opportunity to connect!

attend today achieve tomorrow