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Upcoming Events

Food Drive Donation 12/9-12/12

Blackford will be having a food drive donation during the week of 12/9.

Picture of food donation bin and canned food on shelves

Blackford wants to support our community during the holidays!  Please bring canned food items or non-perishable items to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank from December 9th to December 12th. Food items can be given to classroom teachers and/or put in the donation bin in the office.  Thank you for your support!

Thinking Maps at Work

Students are using thinking maps in their classrooms!

Student creating a circle map

During the professional development day on October 14th, teachers were trained in using Thinking Maps. Thinking Maps are a way for students to organize information and produce different ways to show their understanding. There are eight different Thinking Maps that students will learn over the next eight weeks.  We encourage you to talk to your child about them as they learn how to use them. The eight maps are called the circle map, bubble map, double bubble map, tree map, brace map, flow map, multi-flow map and bridge map and they will be taught in this order. We will continue our training on November 1st during our next professional development day.

District Sends Thanksgiving Greetings

Together, we make a difference for students.

With just a few months completed, we are more thankful than ever to everyone in our district's community for their support of ALL of our students.

Superintendent Shelly Viramontez shares this message of appreciation to everyone who supports Campbell Union School District as we edicate our preschool-through-8th-grade students to their highest potential.

Board Sets 5 New Trustee Areas for School District

Change to by-trustee area elections goes forward

blue pushpin on a map

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board held a 5th public hearing and adopted a resolution approving the proposed sequence of elections, the transition to trustee areas, and the preferred Trustee Area map labeled “purple” in Exhibit D of the resolution. 

map of trustee areas approved 11-21-2019

The proposed trustee area maps have been posted on the Campbell Union School District’s CVRA website and made available to view at the District Office since October 17, 2019. This election process DOES NOT impact school attendance boundaries.

Historically, the CUSD’s five Governing Board members have been elected under an at-large election system, where all trustees are elected by voters within 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. “However, we do believe that it is in the public interest to transition to trustee-area elections to protect the district from a CVRA claim—valid or not.”

The District Superintendent is authorized and directed to send a copy of the Resolution to the County Committee on School District Organization, and to work with the County Committee and the County Elections Office to conduct all legally required hearings and other acts necessary so that trustee-area elections can be implemented in the election cycles scheduled in 2020 and 2022. 

For more details about the transition, and to see upcoming public hearing dates, visit the district’s CVRA webpage.

Board Votes to Place Funding Measure on March 2020 Ballot 

“We are committed to protecting the quality of education for our elementary and middle school students,” said Board President Michael Snyder.

teacher working with students

Citing the need to attract and retain quality teachers in the wake of multi-year budget cuts and gloomy funding forecasts, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board voted unanimously to place a $98 parcel tax measure on the March 3, 2020 all-mail ballot. 

“We are committed to protecting the quality of education for our elementary and middle school students,” said Board President Michael Snyder. “A local education parcel tax would provide stable funding for our district that will not be at the whims of state funding fluctuations.  It will also help us stay competitive with teacher salaries and benefits."

In recent years, dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left the district as they have needed to find more affordable areas, according to Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

“Great teachers are at the center of student achievement and engagement, especially in core academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and science. Without additional funding, we may continue to lose many of our great teachers,” she said. 

If approved by voters, a measure could support:

  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers by keeping salaries competitive and providing new teachers with adequate training and support.
  • Sustaining strong academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and sciences.
  • Ensuring that every student is reading at their grade level.
  • Providing support for struggling students.
  • Retaining school employees that keep our schools safe, clean and well-maintained.
  • Providing advanced courses for high-performing students.

All funds would be locally controlled and would benefit CUSD elementary and middle schools. No funding could be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. 

  • A potential parcel tax measure requires mandatory fiscal accountability, including:
  • A citizen’s oversight committee to ensure the monies are spent as promised.
  • All of the revenue from the measure would be spent here in our local schools, it cannot be taken away by the State and funds will go directly toward improving education for our children.
  • Senior citizens would be eligible for an exemption from this tax measure. 

This measure would need to be supported by at least 66.7% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass. All registered voters within the boundaries of Campbell Union (Elementary) School District are eligible to vote on the potential measure. 

To register to vote visit www.registertovote.ca.gov.

To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at (408) 299-8683.