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Upcoming Events

Twin Day Spirit Day 1/24/2020

Students can participate in Twin Day on Friday, January 24, 2020.

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Twin Day is our next spirit day on Friday, January 24, 2020. Students can dress alike with a friend or multiple friends. Come and show your spirit Bobcats!!

APEX Thank You!

Thank you for supporting our APEX Fundraiser!

We are so grateful to everyone who supported our APEX fundraiser over the last two weeks. We raised over $18,000 which is more than we have ever raised from a fundraiser. All of these funds will go to supporting our STEAM programs, field trips and PTA community events. We are so thankful to everyone in our community for helping our school and making a difference for our students. We look forward to working with APEX in the future!

Blackford TK/Kindergarten Tours

Blackford TK/Kinder Tours will be Wednesday, January 29th.

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Please join us on Wednesday January 29th at 9:00 on our Blackford Campus to learn about and tour our school. We will have a brief presenation regarding who we are and the exciting journey you and your student are preparing to embark upon in the 2020 - 2021 school year. We hope to see you there. 

Design Thinking Approach Spreads to More CUSD Schools

The approach to teaching core academics is energizing students and teachers!

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“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.”

APEX Fun Run Friday

Our culminating event to our APEX Fundraiser will be this Friday, January 17th

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Please come and join us for our APEX Fun Run. We would love volunteers to help us keep track of laps and enjoy the success of each of our students. Our Tk - 2nd graders will run at 9:00 a.m. and our 3rd - 5th graders will run at 11:00 a.m. We would love your support. Hope to see you there!