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District News

Updated Wed, Sep 14th

Results of the state assessments that 3-8 grade students participated in last spring were electronically sent to parents and guardians last week. The Student Score Reports are part of the annual assessment program known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. 

Much like a photograph, the state tests are a snapshot in time. This is just one of the multiple measures our teachers use to assess student progress towards mastery of grade-level standards. 

The reports were sent as a secure document via ParentSquare. If you have not received your student’s report, please contact the school to confirm that the correct contact information is in our PowerSchool system. 

Parents and guardians also may view the report by logging into the parent portal on PowerSchool, our student information system. To log in, go to https://ps.campbellusd.org/public/home.html.

Updated Wed, Aug 31st

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!! Whether you are new or returning to our schools, we are happy to have you in our Campbell Union School District Family! For weeks, our staff has been preparing facilities and teachers returned ready to prepare engaging lessons that will boost student learning, growing and achieving. 

  • This year, students will have more opportunities for hands-on learning as our elementary teachers integrate a new science curriculum into their instruction. 
  • Schools will be able to hold more in-person gatherings, like Back to School Night and various family nights that build community and support student learning. 
  • As we learn to live with COVID-19, families can find information about the guidance for responding to the virus in our schools and district workplaces on our COVID-19 webpage.

We all have had to adapt to the changes the pandemic brought to us, and it challenged us personally and as an organization. As we transition out of pandemic and into endemic, we carry valuable lessons and experiences that will help us lean into the healing process and move forward into a new year of success for our students. 

Updated Wed, Aug 24th

For every Campbell USD student who applies and qualifies for free or reduced price meals, the school receives more than $1,000 in additional state grant funds to provide additional programs and resources.

Your application helps your child and many others! 

More Funds For...

  • Technology for schools and students
  • Intervention support and programs
  • Afterschool programs
  • Counseling services
  • School kitchen equipment 

Families also may get...

  • Free or reduced price internet
  • Free or reduced price summer camps

Apply online. https://www.campbellusd.org/food#state

Or email our staff at food [at] campbellusd.org

Updated Wed, Aug 24th

The district’s Governing Board appoints members to the Citizens Oversight Committee to review school district spending, ensure bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purpose set before the voters, and to report its findings to the public.

Committee members represent various parts of the community: businesses, senior citizens, taxpayer organizations, and parents of students enrolled in the District. Members serve for a term of two years without compensation and for no more than two consecutive terms. (Education Code Section 15282(a))

Campbell Union School District operates classes for preschool through eighth-grade students from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. The bond funds help to repair and improve the district’s 12 elementary and middle schools. Parcel tax funds, set to expire in 2023, support instructional programs that directly benefit students.

Applications are available by contacting Christina Tran, Campbell Union School District, or 408-364-4200 ext. 6215.  More info on District’s Oversight Committee web page.

Updated Wed, Aug 17th

To ensure that its classrooms and labs support hands-on 21st Century learning and that repairs are made to aging and outdated facilities, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board has placed a local funding measure on the November 2022 ballot.

“Some of our schools are 50 to 60 years old and in urgent need of repairs and modernization,” said Board President Richard Nguyen. “This bond would enable us to complete some of the planned projects for our facilities that were impacted by increased construction costs.”

If approved by local voters, the measure would complete these projects without increasing current tax rates

“The bond funds would allow us to continue providing safe and up-to-date schools that meet the learning needs of students and enhance local property values,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Keeping our schools well-maintained requires long-term planning. For our students to be prepared to compete in high school, college and beyond, the District needs to ensure that its classrooms and labs are safe and have the infrastructure needed to prepare students for real-world opportunities.” 

See the Resolution on our Bond Web page

Responsible fiscal management is a core tenet for Campbell Union School district. CUSD has earned one of Moody’s Investor Services highest credit ratings, stating that the district’s fiscal management “has been a pillar in the district’s commitment to maintaining a strong fiscal profile. The District’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee reviews school district spending and ensures that school bond and parcel tax revenues are spent only for the purse set before and approved by the voters.

Updated Tue, Aug 16th

We use ParentSquare to send email and text messages with important updates and back-to-school information. 

If you'd like more control over your notification settings or to easily request an update to your contact information, please consider downloading the FREE ParentSquare app. The mobile app is the easiest way to receive all Posts, Events, Sign Up Requests, Photos and Files.

iOS App - Apple Store

Android App - Google Play Store

What's ParentSquare? Learn more here.

Watch a quick video to get started using ParentSquare today! (Para español haga clic)

Or, choose the videos and training module below designed to help you tour ParentSquare and set your notification preferences.

Updated Fri, Jul 29th

Our after school program leaders create fun experiences that build on what students learn during the school day: collaborating, innovating and problem-solving through play. Be part of providing a safe place for students to explore ideas, be creative, have fun!

Schedule: Monday - Friday

Hours: School dismissal to 6:00 p.m.

Hourly Rate : $17.34 - $21.05

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Education equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade 48 Accredited College Semester Units OR pass Basic Skills Test (CUSD will provide testing)

APPLY ONLINE TODAY

https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1578918

QUESTIONS?

For more information email eromerojr [at] campbellusd.org, or phone (408) 364-4200 ext. 6284.

Updated Wed, Jun 29th

We are building a network of community experts to give our students real-world experiences to discover their passions and see applications for their learning in school. 

What’s your expertise? Science? Music? Cars? Landscaping? Art? Health? The possibilities are many and could bring our elementary and/or middle school students new ideas about the world and their future shaping it.

Care to share? 
Please complete this Community Expert Connections form. We will share the information you provide with our educators in the fall, and those who see a match to their learning objectives will contact you to schedule a classroom connection experience.

Updated Wed, Jun 22nd

During the school year, our online student safety management system, called Gaggle, reviews student-generated documents for words and phrases that trigger a concern for student safety. Please note that Gaggle will not be active during our summer break. It will conclude at the end of school on June 10 and resume on the first student day of school.  Documents will not be reviewed by Campbell Union School District staff for words and phrases that may be troubling.

Students participating in the Web-to-one program are turning in their devices in to their schools by June 10th

Parental supervision of at-home devices is recommended, as always.  Helpful links for parents from Common Sense Media.

Updated Wed, Jun 22nd

While fluency in more than one language has always been an admirable skill, biliteracy is increasingly important to employers in the U.S. and  around the world. This year, 87 Campbell Union School District (CUSD) eighth graders (13%) earned the Middle School Pathway Award Towards the Seal of Biliteracy awarded by the Santa Clara County Seal of Biliteracy Consortium. It is a milestone toward earning the State Seal of Biliteracy at the end of high school and a skill that brings many benefits.

We are so proud of our student’s accomplishments through the Pathway program. This is one of the ways that we honor the rich heritage of our students linguistically, culturally and ethnically,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.In fact, several of our students received the award for proficiency in three languages.”

“Research shows that being bilingual and biliterate fosters mental dexterity, builds cultural appreciation, and validates the rich cultural backgrounds of our students,” said Denise Kilpatrick, CUSD’s Coordinator of English Language Development. “The students undergo a rigorous process of learning and demonstrating their competency.”

The Pathway Award recognizes students who, by the end of 8th grade, have demonstrated a commitment to becoming biliterate, reaching a high degree of proficiency in both English and at least one another language, and meeting a rigorous set of criteria to qualify. Oral presentations about the benefits of understanding other cultures were one of the performance options that some of the students chose.

Francisco, pictured above delivering his Pathway to Biliteracy presentation, is among Sherman Oaks School’s first class of eighth graders advancing to high school since it became a TK-8 school in 2019.