This year marks our school's 20th anniversary. Past Village parent Heidi King donated her time and talents to create a special logo for our year of celebration!
At a March 17 Study Session, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board began discussions about proposed changes at three of its schools: Rosemary Elementary School, Campbell Middle School, and Village School, the district’s a parent participation school.
Main components of the proposal include:
- Rosemary Elementary School: add a fifth grade class to the preschool-through-grade-four school in August 2016 with a possibility of expanding to a Preschool through 8th grade site in the future.
- Campbell Middle School: Expand the grade 5-8 middle school to Preschool through 8th grade, possibly in the 2017/18 school year. (This proposal could include merging Village School and Campbell Middle School, but is not dependent upon it.)
- Village School: If the school merges with Campbell Middle, the current Village School campus would convert to a preschool site. If the two schools do not merge, Village School will remain as is and planning for converting Campbell Middle School to a preschool-through-eighth-grade campus would continue.
One of the proposed changes was approved on March 31st: Rosemary School will have a 5th grade starting in the new school year. Discussions about the rest of the proposed changes will continue throughout the year.
“This proposal is a starting point. We are at the very beginning of the conversation,” said District Superintendent Eric Andrew. “Having ample opportunity for discussion is an integral part of the process.”
Andrew said the proposal stems from the District’s Strategic Planning, input from stakeholders, and the goal of ensuring that every school in the Campbell Union School District is a School of Choice.
“We want each school to be as desirable as the next, so parents are confident that their children are receiving a top quality education in a top quality educational setting no matter which is their neighborhood school, ” he said.
The Superintendent and Board have had multiple meetings with staff, families and other community stakeholders since mid-March, and more are expected.
“We will discuss the District Reorganization proposal at each board meeting until we finalize the plan and identify methods to monitor the implementation of the plan,” Andrew said.
“Change can be uncomfortable, he added, “but it also can bring about wonderful outcomes for our students.”
If you have questions or want to be part of the discussions, please contact the school principal or ask_us [at] campbellusd.org (Email the District)
As The Village School Learning Community further explores the topic of screen time I think it is most important that we shift our discussion from how much to what kind of screen time and we must also be asking ourselves about the quality of screen time we are engaged in. Are we spending “passive, creative, or interactive” time in front of a device? To ensure that students engage in appropriate use of media they must be taught to move from consuming media to producing media and when we combine this with teaching; critical thinking, problem solving and social responsibility our students can and will create content that adds value. The use of media requires that we find the right balance of technology use. To do so requires that we educate others and ourselves on the importance of the appropriate use of all media. Please follow this link to learn more: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CgnvAnmndA8BCE0ByC3gU3MyU1_PFCUk22SSMcTy2Ts/edit?usp=sharing
At a March 22, 2016 Strategic Planning meeting, Governing Board members and 25 other participants representing the district’s stakeholders met to discuss progress and next steps toward achieving the District’s Strategic Goals. The group brainstormed what it perceived as District strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats/challenges, and members outlined a set of 6-month objectives for attaining the long-term goals.
The Campbell USD Governing Board appointed Pablo A. Beltran to fill a vacancy that occurred when Board Member Juliet Tiffany-Morales resigned on March 10, 2016. He was sworn in on March 31st, and will hold the provisional appointment until the November 2016 election when voters will elect a trustee to fill a four-year term.
“Public schools have a broad purpose which starts with teaching our children the cognitive, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills required for future success,” Beltran said. “I look forward to collaborating with the board and the community to support that long-term vision.”
State-mandated reports, known as SARCs, provide information about each public school¹s demographic and academic data, class sizes, teacher and staff information, fiscal data and descriptions of curriculum and instruction.
Reports for schools in Campbell Union School District are available in school offices and online on our School Information page.
What’s for lunch?
The new school lunch menus are online now in English and Spanish. If you receive our newsletter in your email box, just click the “E-Flyers” link on your e-news page. You can also view menus online from our school’s home page. If you do not receive our news via email, please check with the school office or your child’s backpack for a copy of the menu.
The Campbell Union School District is on a mission to ensure each of our 12 schools is a “School of Choice” for our families and community. We want to know what influences your decision when choosing a school for your children.
The responses to our survey will help us refine our programs to meet the needs of our students and parents by providing an educational experience that is “beyond the expected” at each of our schools and supporting programs.
If you already participated in the survey in early March, thank you. Those responses will be added to those received this time.
The survey is online and will close on April 1, 2016.
(Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolsofchoice2)
For a printed copy, please call your child’s school or the District’s Public Information office.
Summertime fun and learning options abound for students from preschool through middle school. Act now, as limited space is available. Register at www.cusdextensions.org or in the CUSD Extensions Department, 155 North 3rd Street, Campbell.
- Summer Preschool: Don’t miss out on an exciting summer full of Dinosaurs, Pirates, Space Voyages, and Ocean exploration in Preschool Discovery Days and Kinder Readiness Academy at Capri! Summer programs begin June 20th. Details online athttp://www.cusdextensions.org/programs/summer-programs/summer-preschool.
- Grades 1-5 Summer Enrichment Camps: Keep your elementary grade student active and social as they enjoy Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities at Forest Hill School. From budding artists and athletes to history buffs and bakers to astronauts and engineers—students get to do what they love AND discover new interests. Click on the e-flyers button (on this page) for details.
- Grades 1-8 Tech Camps: Students enjoy learning 3D design, Animation and Minecraft in our Summer Tech Camp in the STEAM Space at Monroe Middle School. No experience is required. Sessions vary by age. Click on the e-flyers button (on this page) for details.
State Testing to Begin in April
This year, students in grades 3–8 will participate in the statewide testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.
Village schools testing dates are April 19 – June 3rd. A letter from our Superintendent about the tests is online at https://www.campbellusd.org/stateassessment.
The tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics are:
- Smarter Balanced tests, or
- California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)*
Science assessments (students in grades 5 and 8 only) are:
- California Standards Test (CST) for Science, or
- California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science*
For tips on how to help your child do well on tests, go to www.campbellusd.org/files/testpreptips.pdf or ask your child’s teacher.
If you would like more information about the CAASPP System, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE’s CAASPP Web page at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr.
For more information or resources about alternate assessments, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Alternate Assessments Web page at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/altassessment.asp
If you have questions about your child’s participation in CAASPP, or your right to have your child opt out of testing, please contact the principal of your child’s school.
* Students with individualized education plans (IEP) are eligible to take the CAA and the CMA as indicated in the IEP.