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Updated Thu, Aug 24th

Board Meeting News for August 17, 2017. Updates on Transformation and Strategic Plan

Click on the Board Meeting News e-flyer link to see a summary of August 2017 Governing Board presentations about District progress with creating a new school for TK-8th graders and about meeting our strategic goals.  

More information is available on the District Governing Board's webpage. (www.campbellusd.org/board)

Updated Fri, Sep 1st

Don't miss this Saturday morning event where parents and family members can:

  • Connect with other parents;
  • Gain practical tips for parenting and school success; and
  • Give their child an educational edge.

More details are coming soon to your school and online at campbellusd.org/parent-u.

Updated Wed, Jun 28th

Board News - June 1 2017: Members of the winning Monroe Middle School Scholars Cup team were featured at the meeting. The Board also heard a District recommendation on the TK-8 school transformation.

The June 1 meeting agenda included presentations about:

  • Plans for transforming Campbell Middle School into a new TK-8 grade school.
  • Local Control & Accountability Plans (LCAPs) for teh District and several of its schools.
  • The 2017-18 District Budget.

Details about these topics are available in English and Spanish in the June 1, 2017 edition of Board Meeting News.

The next Board meeting will be held June 22nd. The agenda is available online.

Updated Tue, Jun 13th

Free summer meals for eligible children

For some children and teens, summer can mean an unwanted vacation from the regular meals they received at school. Fortunately, children in Santa Clara County, ages 18 and younger, can receive free meals during the summer at multiple locations.

Various programs are in place throughout the county to help children, who rely on free or reduced-price school meals, to receive meals when school is out.

Two Campbell Union School District schools will serve meals beginning June 26 and ending July 14.

  • Rosemary Elementary School, located at 401 W. Hamilton Ave., will serve a lunch/brunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. M
  • Sherman Oaks Elementary, located at 1800 Fruitdale Ave., will serve brunch from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Children in Campbell also can go to:

  • Del Mar High School will serve free meals during the summer to anyone under age 18. Breakfast is from 9:10 to 9:20 a.m. and lunch from 11:00-11:10 a.m. There will be no meals served July 3-4.
  • The Health Trust, 2105 Bascom Ave., and
  • The Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road Suite 202 in Los Gatos.

There are many more locations in Santa Clara County. Families can find a meal site in their area through web searches for USDA Summer Food and the Hunger Hotline, or by phoning the National Hunger Hotline at: 1-866-3HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273).

Updated Fri, May 26th

Free community STEAM event on May 31st!

All families are invited to a FREE family STEAM event on Wednesday May 31, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Campbell Middle School, 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell.

Sponsored by School Linked Services and the Measure A grant, the event will feature food, and fun activities like Derby Car Engineering, projects in Art and Science, and more.

There also will be a special workshop with award-winning author Carmela Dutra, and each family can take home a STEAM Kit to use this summer.

(See the e-flyer here, or ask in the school office.)

Updated Tue, May 23rd

Ideas and questions about a new TK–8th-grade school filled the walls at the District's first Community Input Forum. A second forum is planned for June 12.

The community is invited to the District's second Community Input Forum to provide feedback on short- and long-term decisions relating to creating our new school on the Campbell Middle School site. The meeting will be held Monday, June 12, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Campbell Middle School.

The District is seeking ideas and suggestions about elements of the Transformation Team's recommendation, which includes which grades will be enrolled in the school's first few years, the theme for the school, site plans, and more. 

Students, families, employees, neighbors—all those who have an interest in development of the school—are welcome.

For more information about the school transformation, contact the District's Public Information Office: 408-341-7254 / contact [at] campbellusd.org

More information is available online on the Transformation web page. (www.campbellusd.org/transformation)

Updated Wed, May 31st

Give your child an educational edge when you attend this free parent education event.

Parent University: Parenting Student Success Today is a one-morning event that offers parents practical tips, networking opportunities, and the chance to show your child that you value dedicating time to future goals.

Saturday, May 20, 2017   •  9AM – 12PM
Castlemont School, 3040 Payne Ave., Campbell

Registration is free and includes lunch for registered participants.  Check-in starts at 8:30AM. 

REGISTER ONLINE 
or
DOWNLOAD THE BILINGUAL FLYER and register through the school office.

Updated Wed, May 10th
steam -- science technology engineering arts mathematics

All District families are invited to a FREE family STEAM event on Wednesday May 31, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Campbell Middle School, 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell.

Sponsored by School Linked Services and the Measure A grant, the event will feature food, and fun activities like Derby Car Engineering, projects in Art and Science, and more.

There also will be a special workshop with award-winning author Carmela Dutra, and each family can take home a STEAM Kit to use this summer.

(See the e-flyer in this week's e-news, or click on the e-flyers link on the school's home page.)

Updated Wed, May 10th

By Tracey K., Parent
 

Egg Drop 2017

On top of a 25 foot scissor lift on March 31st, balloons and parachutes attached to fragile packages will await their turn. Some will be wrapped in layers of bubble wrap. Others might be shoved into jars, or in boxes of all shapes and sizes. Cotton balls and marshmallows will come in handy on this day. And, sitting anxiously on the blacktop below, hopeful students will be delighted to discover if their theories prove correct. Science meets art every year in the Village Egg Drop.

If you’re unfamiliar with this popular STEAM activity, students are challenged to design a contraption using various materials to protect an egg for a high fall. At Village, the egg drop is not just a physics lesson — it’s also a lesson in collaboration, creativity, design and theory. The annual event is one of Village’s most memorable and fun traditions.

On the morning of the Egg Drop, classes will make their way to the blacktop to find an unusual piece of equipment awaiting them. For some of the younger students, the sight of an industrial scissor lift might be exciting enough in and of itself. But there’s more! After saying a few words, Principal David will rise up 25 feet as the lift carries him and a bucket of carefully packed eggs into the air.

One by one the egg contraptions will be dropped to the pavement. And one by one, students will check their work. Some will be thrilled to see them crack — even hoping they’ll explode into a gooey mess. Others will breathe a sigh of relief to see the shell still intact. All will have a great time watching, learning, and plotting their approach for next year.

I had the privilege of researching a bit of Village history by flipping through scrapbooks and yearbooks in preparation of our 20th anniversary event last year. My own kids were amused to see an early photo from the egg drop, which showed the eggs about to be thrown from what appears to be a lowly 6-foot ladder. Later photos show them being tossed from the roof of the school building. But nothing, in my mind, compares to the thrill of watching Principal David, safely positioned on the platform of the lift, as he slowly rises superhero-style up into the air.

And as an excited and anxious crowd below cheers him on, his precious cargo of raw eggs — wrapped in creativity and hope — will dramatically make their journey both up… and down again.

Updated Mon, May 8th

By Tracey K., Parent
 

Reflections on Walden West 

After weeks of record-breaking rain and storms, the sun emerged just in time to welcome the 5th grade class of 2017 to Walden West. It’s an understatement to say that Mother Nature was kind to them the week of February 13–17, providing a narrow pocket of mostly sunny weather between flood-inducing storms.

Months of fundraising and years of anticipation brought them to this point. In the days before the trip, when I asked students what they were looking forward to, most couldn’t narrow it down. “Everything!” was the most popular answer.

After meticulously reviewing packing checklists, gathering at school for a quick group photo, and getting speedily dropped-off by slightly nervous parents, students were off to find another wonderful surprise waiting for them at science camp.

Former Village teacher, Sherry, also known by Raven (her camp nature name), was their Field Teacher for the week. Sherry retired at the end of last year, and her former students (the 4th graders from last year’s combo class, the Mystical Mountain Lions) were over the moon that she’d come to share this special week with them after all. Sherry worked full time for Walden West prior to coming to Village and still works occasional weeks at Walden West during her retirement in order to continue sharing her love for nature and science. Needless to say, the students were excited and delighted to spend time with her again.

At home, parents dealt with their own emotions regarding a slightly quieter household, awaiting updates from teachers and chatting back and forth in the courtyard and on social media. Said one parent “I’m an empty-nester!”

But as teacher reports came in daily, it became clear to most parents that their kids were doing just fine on their own. Photos shared of relaxed, smiling kids punctuated that point. Parents expressed pride, relief and gratitude for our teachers as they witnessed from afar a great milestone for our children. Kids enthusiastically took charge of leadership roles and camp jobs, settled into their cabin teams, bonded with others, and clearly had the time of their lives.

Talia and Michele experienced Walden West for the first time as teachers, joining the veteran, Jill. Teacher Michele said that her favorite part of science camp was at night, when she checked in on each student before they went to bed. Although the group felt strangely small without their 4th grade classmates, this reduced class size also gave Michele and the other teachers a unique opportunity to get to know each child that much more. That personal touch was clear at the closing ceremonies, where the teachers’ pride in the kids and the growth they had made during the week clearly showed in all of our teacher’s faces.

The week closed with hugs all around and a dash to the car as a new rainstorm made its way back to our region.

As a personal postscript, our family was reminded once again just how wonderful our community is, and how small the world is.

For those not yet familiar with the tear-jerker (and lovely) song “Shooting Star,” it’s this song that traditionally closes camp at Walden West and at Village’s 5th grade graduation. The theme of the song is friendship, and how people pass through our lives — like the special magic of shooting stars.

My daughter made a new friend in one of her cabin mates from Noddin – the other school at Walden West sharing the same week as Village. As the Noddin bus pulled away at the end of camp, both girls were in tears as the emotions of the week and the thought of never seeing each other again caught up with them.

As it turns out, Kaiya (from Noddin) has been friends with Snowboarding Snow Leopard Layla since they were babies in daycare together. A connection was made, a reunion was arranged, and Kaiya sweetly and thoughtfully wore her Walden West sweatshirt to the meeting. Sometimes Shooting Stars — “the ones we won’t forget” — pass through our lives once more. Thank you, kind winds, for making that possible.
 

Shooting Star Lyrics

Please won’t you catch a shooting star for me
And take it with you on your way
Though it seems that we’ve just met
You’re the one I won’t forget
Hope some kind wind blows you back my way

And I was thinkin’ maybe somewhere later down the road
After all our stories have been told
I’ll sit and think of you, the dear friend I once knew
Shot through my life on a shooting star

Sometime I know that a part of you will show
Deep in my eyes or in my smile
There’ll always be a part of you deep inside my heart
And I’ll know just when to let it go.

You are so dear, you’re my bright and shining star
You brighten up my each and every day
You are so near, but soon you’ll be so far
So why not just hold my hand today

 

Bell Schedule

  • In Session8:25–10:40
  • Snack Recess10:40–11:00
  • In Session11:00–12:40
  • Lunch & Recess12:40–1:20
  • In Session1:20–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

  • In Session8:05–10:40
  • Snack Recess10:40–11:00
  • In Session11:00–12:40
  • Lunch & Recess12:40–1:20
  • In Session1:20–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

 

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