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Drive the Bus & Spend Holidays With Your Student

There's a lot to like about driving a school bus in Campbell Union School District:
Your work year can match your student's school year;  
You are trained and certified as an expert driver;
You get a really good benefits package; and
You work with a great team of professionals; .

Campbell Union School District will be offering free training designed to prepare attendees to complete all needed steps to becoming a state certified school bus driver.  Successful candidates will also be eligible for openings within the district’s Transportation Department.  Classes will be held on held in late April on T/Th evenings and Saturdays.  For further information, please contact Chrissie Stevenson (cstevenson [at] campbellusd.org). 

Students Earn Top Honors in World Scholars Cup Tournament

Congratulations to Monroe Middle School's Team

March 13, 2018; San Jose, Calif.—A team of Monroe Middle Schoolers won top awards at the World Scholars Cup regional tournament in San Jose this week. In a series of different challenges, the 16 students, mostly 7th and 8th graders and one 5th grader, analyzed, collaborated, tested and debated their way to earn multiple honors, including Top Junior Team and Top Junior Scholar.

The wins have earned most of the students an invitation to one of the three Global Rounds this summer. More than 5,000 scholars from over 50 countries will gather for events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (June 18 – 23), Barcelona, Spain (July 22-27), or Melbourne, Australia (August 17-21). Top qualifiers in the global rounds are invited to compete at the annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the fall.

The World Scholar's Cup is an international team academic program with students participating from over 50 countries. The competition was founded in 2006 “to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills, and to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders.”

Monroe Middle School is one of 12 public schools in the Campbell Union School District. Located in San Jose, California, Monroe Middle School educates more than 900 students in grades 5 through 8.

District Earns Award for Exemplary Attendance Program

Parents and guardians are proving the adage about showing up being a big part of success for their children.

Engaging families as partners and refining how staff uses extensive attendance data has earned Campbell Union School District one of the highest attendance rates in California, improved student achievement, and a 2018 Hoffmann Exemplary School Program Award.

“We are making a difference together,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our approach allows us to systematically address attendance obstacles, maintain high levels of parent engagement, celebrate improvements, and provide an array of supports and resources to reduce the loss of instructional time.”

This year, for example, the district and schools focused on lowering the rate of Chronic Absences through the relationships that the Community Liaisons have with families. 

“The personal connection is very important,” said Director of Student Services Rosanna Palomo. “Each absence, each tardy, and each early pick up is an opportunity for our school office staff or teacher to communicate with the parent about the importance of good attendance for their child’s success in school… and they do!” 

The results for early 2017-18 have been commendable, with a one-year attendance improvement rate of 67% among those chronically absent students. Other improvements include noticeable academic growth among the State’s student subgroups at CUSD schools with better attendance. Overall attendance gains can also generate savings to the district’s budget. 

The Glenn W. Hoffmann Awards, sponsored by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA), celebrate school and school district programs that significantly impact student success in our region. The winners will be honored at a SCCSBA ceremony on April 25, 2018.

Blackford Community Breakfast

Please join us for our first Blackford community breakfast on March 16th at 8:45 in the cafeteria. This breakfast is an opportunity for families that attend Blackford to come together in a casual environment and enjoy a delicious meal. Come out and take this opportunity to meet other members of our Blackford community. We hope to see you there. 

Dr. Seuss Night

Please join us for Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 8th starting at 6:00. Students and families will have the opportunity to hear wonderful stories read to them as they visit different classrooms. In addition, the book fair will be open from 6:00 - 7:30. We hope to see you there!