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HUGE Thank you

We want to send a huge thank you out to all of our ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) and PTA (Parent Teacher Association) members who made the 2nd Annual Blackford Ball a huge success. The evening was full of laughter, dancing, and fun and made entirely possible due to the dedication of PTA and ELAC. We thank you for everything you do for Blackford. 

State Testing Begins

SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) State testing for our 3rd through 5th grade students starts this week. Here are some ways that you can help your student be as prepared and confident as possible. Our goal is to set each and every student up for success.  Please help your student with their success by:

  • Ensuring they get a good nights sleep
  • Having them eat a healthy breakfast
  • Giving them some words of encouragement to help ease possible test anxiety
  • Make sure they are in attendance throughout the entire testing window.
  • Make sure they arrive on time daily

Wishing all of our 3rd through 5th grade students a ton of success on thier tests. 

2nd Annual Blackford Ball

Please come and join us in our multiuse room Friday, April 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 for our second annual Blackford Ball. Get ready to dance the night away during this Hawaiian themed event. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Entrance to the event is free so please come and have some fun and get ready to show off your best dance moves. 

Results of Community Conversation Announced

More than 1,600 people participated, providing thoughts, ideas, and questions for the district leadership.

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Working closely with our community is essential to ensuring that the needs of all students are met. 

In January, we added ThoughtExchange—a new, online way for our community to engage and communicate with us about our district and schools. See the results here.

The response rate for this first-time, online forum was high, with more than 1,600 people generating and rating more than 2,700 thoughts, ideas, and questions for us. Results from this and future ThoughtExchanges will inform our goals and decisions for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), our Profile of a Graduate, and other initiatives aimed at providing an education beyond the expected.

Thank you for engaging in this new way to converse with us.

Board Passes School Safety Resolution

District Governing Board urges lawmakers to support greater school safety through increased funding and “common sense gun reforms.”

At their March 29 meeting, the elementary school district trustees passed Resolution 2017-18-25 calling on state and federal legislators to do more to bolster funding for services that support students’ mental, physical and emotional health and protect students from gun violence. 

“Gun violence on school campuses, while relatively rare, represents a particularly egregious and unacceptable threat to the lives of students, teachers, and staff across the country,” the resolution states. 

Prompted by the February 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, the resolution cites data about bullying, harassment, and student access to guns, and it asserts students’ and staff’s rights to safety at school. 

The resolution also requests for adequate funding to support students social and emotional needs in addition to their academic achievement.

“Our District partners with community health services to help students and families who need support with social-emotional and other non-instructional issues,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The costs of educating and supporting students have been rising faster than state and federal funding, making it difficult to provide services that allow our teachers to teach while students get support for their social-emotional well-being.” 

A copy of the full resolution is available on the district’s website.