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Upcoming Events

Bound for Success - 2017 Rising Young Authors

District Celebrates 12 budding authors Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Join the Campbell Union School District community in celebrating 12 talented student authors at the District’s 15th Annual Rising Young Authors awards, October 18, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Stevens Creek Blvd., in San Jose.

The Rising Young Authors are a select group of students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among hundreds entered in the District’s annual Writing Faire last May. After the Writing Faire, judges review eligible entries to select one Author of the Year per school to receive the Rising Young Author award in the fall.

The student authors will speak to the audience about their award-winning books and, later, they will autograph copies for fans who bring copies with them to the event. 

Meet the authors.  See their work.
Bring a copy to the event for autograph.

The Authors

Read/Buy the Work

Author's School

Jamily Valdivias



Taylor Mackey

Depression and Anxiety

Campbell Middle

Amanda Kappenman

The Story of Betsy Ross


Tyler Slade

Pete the Cat is Too Cool for a New Day


Natalia Batiz-Blanco

The Hedgehog and the Snail

Forest Hill

Griffin Gierke

The Playground (Top Secret Military Base)


Noah Hirsch

The Other Side

Marshall Lane

Emily Nguyen

Broken Hearted (poster)

Monroe Middle

Olivia Pocat

The Foul Ball

Rolling Hills Middle

Juanita Macias Ortega

$20 Stolen (for No Reason)


David Hernandez

Paradise (poster)

Sherman Oaks

Taylor Urquhart

My Name is Cumulus


book and star

Support from our co-sponsors makes this event possible.

Special thanks to Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, Barnes & Noble – Stevens Creek, and School Innovations & Achievement.
VIDEO: 2016 event.  To become a co-sponsor, please email Marla Sanchez, or call 408-341-7254. 

Hearing Screening

Hearing screening for TK, Kinder, 2nd grade and 5th grade will take place September 28th at Blackford during the regularly scheduled school day. Both teacher and parent referrals are accepted. If you have any questions please contact Denisse at the front office dgarcia-mendoza [at]

School Site Council

There are currently two seats to fill in our elected School Site Council. The Council is composed of parents, community members, and representatives from the school’s staff. The Council reviews the school plan annually, establishes a budget, makes modifications as necessary, and assists in the evaluation of the school’s programs. If you are interested in submitting your name for election, please contact Araceli Alvarez (aalvarez [at]  for more information. We will meet four times a year. The first meeting date is 10/12.  All meetings start at 3:00 and last no more than one hour. 

Thank You PTA

A big thank you goes out to our PTA for hosting our first community event of the year, our Back to School Picnic. We are so grateful to all of the members of the PTA board for putting together such a great event. 

Thank You

Thank you to all of the families that came to support Blackford at the Back To School Picnic, Back To School Night, our first PTA meeting and our first ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) meeting. It was so wonderful to see so many families and we truly appreciate your support not only of your child(ren) but also Blackford school. We look forward to seeing you at the next event.