Blackford Elementary School

District News

Updated Mon, Feb 10th

Our families are busy—and organized! To help them plan ahead, we publish our school year calendar online and make it available in PDF and print formats. The calendar shows important dates, such as holiday breaks and shortened school days, so families can make plans that won't interfere with their child's school attendance.

NOTE: Kindergarten and middle school orientations happen a few days before school begins. As soon as we have those dates, we will post them online.

Updated Wed, Feb 5th

The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring new developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. A woman in the San Franscico Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the national total to 11, as of February 3, 2020.

Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer, Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD), reiterated the importance of common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  1. If you’re sick, stay home.
  2. Wash your hands and don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Recommends to get your Flu shot.

Dr. Cody also summarized the Federal Guidelines as follows:

  1. Any staff or student who has been in the Hubei province within the last 14 days should not attend school. They should be at home, in a separate room, with separate bath, until 14 days after last exposure to Hubei. They should monitor for symptoms and report any symptoms to Public Health. They should not seek medical care without calling ahead first and letting care providers know of their exposure history.
  2. Any staff or student who has been in China, in a province other than Hubei province, within the last 14 days should also not attend school. This would be voluntary quarantine, with symptom watch.

A letter with more details about the coronavirus guidelines is being emailed to Campbell Union School District families and is also available online.

Updated Wed, Jan 29th

When new viruses surface, it is important to stay informed. Reports about the new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, have heightened awarenss about ways to avoid infection. Campbell Union School District and public health officials are closely monitoring developments.

Fortunately, many of the good health habits we use to prevent the spread of other communicable illnesses—flu, common cold, stomach virus—can also reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

To date, there are no confirmed cases in California, and there is low risk to Santa Clara County residents, unless they recently traveled to Wuhan or were in close contact with someone who was ill who recently traveled in that area. 

Recommended Precautions

As we do during every cold and flu season, we encourage everyone to take these common-sense precautions:

  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning. (Our custodial staff cleans surfaces routinely.)
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
  • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China and has symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, he or she would be sent home and the school would contact the Public Health Department for additional guidance. The Public Health Department is monitoring the situation. They will advise us of any additional recommendations, which we will pass along to you. 

Updated Wed, Jan 29th

The March 3, 2020 will have many local issues on it, and voting is your chance to have a say.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb, 18, 2020.
That's during the week our schools are closed, so why not just do it now?

This election will be Vote by Mail, so be sure the county's Registrar of Voters has your correct information.

Register online: 
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Register/Pages/Online.aspx

Updated Fri, Jan 17th

“Design thinking is an approach to teaching core academics that will develop our students’ skills as collaborative, innovative, self-directed, empathetic critical thinkers who can be successful in their yet-to-be-defined future,” says Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District (CUSD).

design thinking process stepsDesign thinking, a process for empathy-based creative problem-solving, is spreading to classrooms across the district. While it is a primary focus of the district’s new Campbell School of Innovation, more teachers in other schools also are using it. Over the past year, nearly 25% of the district’s more than 380 teachers have experienced the design thinking process and how to incorporate it into their lessons.  (See related story about first-grade teacher Megan Delaye.)

“Students are becoming more energized about owning their learning, and their teachers are seeing student achievement rise as they incorporate more of these relevant problem-solving projects into their instruction,” says Kami Thordardson, CUSD’s Director of Innovation & Digital Learning. She says CUSD Equity Coaches have been working this year with teachers from several schools, both groups and individuals, and all teachers had the option to participate in a design project through the district wide library design project last year.

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t even been imagined yet,” says Viramontez. “Design thinking is one of the ways we can educate students to their highest potential.”

Updated Tue, Jan 14th

Tour campuses, observe classes, speak with administrators, and get to know your neighborhood schools.

Our highly qualified teachers prepare students for success in their yet-to-be-defined futures teaching them to be innovative, self-directed, collaborative, empathetic critical thinkers. We offer engaging and well-rounded instruction and enriching programs for children from infants to eighth grade in safe and nurturing school communities.

Convenient online registration available from your home or in school and district administration offices opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2020.

Key Dates
January 21, 2020: 8 a.m. School registration and Open Enrollment begins for 2020-21 school year.

Now-Feb. 14, 2020: Parent tours - dates and locations vary. See the tour schedule online.

February 14, 2020: 4 p.m. - Deadline to complete Open Enrollment (school placement) requests for 2020-21 school year. 

Updated Thu, Jan 16th

The children are watching. Please be a safe driving role model.

The children are walking, running, riding in and around the parking lot. They may be distracted, so drivers need to be even more alert.

Please help us keep our students safe by using extra care in our parking lot at drop-off and pick-up times, parking only in the designated spaces, and obeying all traffic safety rules. The children are depending on us.

Updated Tue, Dec 17th

Plan a visit to learn more about your neighborhood school! Schools schedule tours in January and February to coincide with the Open Enrollment period.

Registration will be online for elementary or middle school.  Our school finder link will help you see which is your attendance area school.

More answers are available on Enrollment web page, and our Enrollment Staff is happy to help you and are available by phone, email, and in person Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Updated Thu, Dec 12th

In this season of giving and kindness, Superintendent Viramontez sends this special message of thanks to all of the families, community partners, employees and volunteers who support our students and schools.

The Winter Break is Dec. 23, 2019 through Jan. 3, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you all when school resumes on Monday, January 6th.

Updated Wed, Dec 11th

The process for transitioning the District's Governing Board from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections took another step forward on December 12, when the Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization unanimously approved the District's trustee area elections process and map.

Pursuant to Education Code section 35012, the five members of CUSD’s Governing Board are currently elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters in the entire District. Board members are elected in even-number years and serve staggered, four-year terms, such that the next election for the two trustee seats is scheduled for November 2020, with the remaining trustee seats scheduled for election in November 2022.

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.

Details about the process, map, and Board decisions are available on the District's website.