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!
The latest issue of Campbell Union School District's Board Meeting News is now online via the e-flyer link on your news page.
New solar structures will be built on several schools, as part of Campbell Union School District’s energy conservation program. To maximize efficiency and savings, the projects will require removing trees and replacing them with different types that will not interfere with solar collector function.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016 – 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Monroe Middle School, PLC Bldg., 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose
Please join me in celebrating GiGi Griffin as our Volunteer of the Year! GiGi represents all of our families working tirelessly to create this special learning community. GiGi serves on our PTA board, creates Shutterfly albums, is our Project Cornerstone ABC Reading Coordinator, and wrote our winning Project cornerstone Caring School Climate award nomination. She even designed this year's class logo for the California King Snakes. What truly sets GiGi apart is her understanding of what it truly means to all of us when we create and sustain a community of learners. In her own words, "The only reason I did any of these things is because someone invited me to do so and encouraged me when I tried. I don't feel like I'm doing things on my own or that I'm coming up with ideas alone. I feel like I’m a part of a whole community and I am constantly encouraged, supported and invited to participate in many ways. This is such a warm environment that I am very comfortable trying something new. I really feel like I'm part of a Village.”
GiGi, we are so fortunate that you are truly part of the whole!
Cori Ryan works with care and commitment every day to ensure that the nutritional needs of all Village students are well served. Always with a warm smile and kind words, Cori, with her warm hearted nature, draws students to her and she has many offers of help at the end of the daily lunch services. I have heard Cori say on many occasions, “I love the kids here!” It shows, Cori, It shows. Thank you!
Please join me in recognizing Michele Goetowski, mom of Tie Dyed Tiger Lindsey and Monroe Maverick Collin, as our Teacher of the Year! Always with a can do attitude and a smile, Michele works tirelessly to ensure that our learning community is truly a 21st Century teaching and learning environment. She serves on both the Village and the Monroe School Site Councils and also represents Village School on the Campbell Common Core Leadership Team. Michele, while exhibiting a true Growth Mindset, is a deeplyreflective and collaborative educator working to consistently improve her practice. Thank you Michele for all you do!
At a March 17 Study Session, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board began discussions about proposed changes at two of its schools: Rosemary Elementary School and Campbell Middle 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.
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.”