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Updated Wed, May 18th

While there are many days designated to honor and celebrate school employees, we believe they are all equally important. The Governing Board designates a special week to celebrate all of our employees together. This year, our Employee Appreciation Week is May 9-13.

“Our teachers, support staff, and administrators work tirelessly, rely on each other, and strive to improve every day so that our students can reach their highest potential,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “I am especially proud and appreciative of the commitment and perseverance that our employees have shown as we continue to navigate the challenges of these past two years. It’s time to celebrate all of our staff for making Campbell Union School District a great place to learn and a great place to work.”

Please join us in recognizing our dedicated employees during Campbell Union School District’s Employee Appreciation Week, May 9 through 13.

Special Recognition on May 12th

During Employee Appreciation Week, the District’s Governing Board will hold a special recognition of this year’s Employees and Volunteers of the Year. Each school and department had the opportunity to nominate people from their team for Teacher of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The first order of business at the May 12 Governing Board meeting will be to recognize these special people with friends and family at the Campbell Community Center. See the list of honorees here.

Updated Thu, May 12th

When the pandemic required California schools to switch to distance learning, teachers and families had to get creative about how to reach and educate students. Sherman Oaks and Campbell Union School District implemented two innovative practices that have earned Pivotal Practice Awards from the California Department of Education (CDE). 

The Pivotal Practice Awards program is being used this year in place of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program. When pandemic disruptions made it hard to collect data for statewide assessments, the CDE worked with education association partners to create the award to honor the efforts of schools and districts that designed and implemented unique opportunities and strategies to support students in a most challenging time. The CDE anticipates transitioning back to the California DS Program in 2023.

Award-Winning Student Support

Monday Morning Gatherings, Sherman Oaks School

The dual language immersion school adapted their weekly Monday Morning Gatherings to a video format that teachers shared virtually. Chromebook and Hotspot distribution ensured that all students had access to these virtual lessons. With the aim of engaging students in learning and supporting their social emotional well-being, the gatherings built community with students and teachers and taught self-regulation strategies from the Toolbox Program. The meetings also reminded students of school behavior expectations and how they could implement those even during distance learning. Everything was aligned to the school’s commitments: Be Respectful, Make Good Decisions, and Solve Problems. Each week, teachers’ daily lessons included the strategies and expectations of the Monday Morning Gatherings so that students practiced them the entire week.

The result:  Student engagement spread to entire families. Families were using the self-regulating strategies because they watched the videos together. The Monday morning videos and many of the new skills for effectively communicating important information have continued since resuming in-person learning.

Wonder Wednesdays, Campbell Union School District

laptop with wonder wednesday on itDuring distance learning, many district families shared that students were feeling disconnected from the local community. We sought ways to provide our teachers with more planning time as they transitioned to distance learning. In response, our innovation and instructional team designed and implemented Wonder Wednesday as a weekly interactive virtual field trip and guest speaker series to augment daily classroom instruction and encourage student engagement. The district hosted the weekly virtual program allowing hundreds of students and families to learn about a new “wonder” in our community. 

The result: In addition to adding connection time for students in a multi-age, diverse environment, Wonder Wednesdays created a shared experience for families that sparked further conversations and exploration into personal passions. Students and families were able to connect about a local topic of interest and teachers were able to use the time for meeting and planning their lessons. Many of our parents also volunteered to be Wonder Wednesday guest speakers, sharing their expertise around drumming, book writing and illustrating, rocket engineering, and other passions. Even as students have resumed in-person instruction, the popular program has continued as a monthly feature for our classes.

Updated Fri, May 6th

No celebration is complete without music and dancing. After an afternoon of student performances and impressive museum exhibits, the Campbell City Green will come alive to the sounds of two great dance bands, from 4-7 p.m.

Headlining the Centennial Concert is Clean Slate, a professional ten-piece dance band that delivers a dynamic crowd-pleasing show with powerful vocals, a tight rhythm section and a powerful horn section. They deliver an "Old School R & B Review" blended with the best dance music of the last five decades.

Opening for Clean Slate is Gina and the Tonics. Lead singer and Village School Teacher Gina Koepf promises a great time from the “rock and dance band with a twist”.

If You’re Going…

  • Parking is available at nearby public lots. 
  • Bring a blanket or low folding chair for yourself and others in our group.
  • Barbecue and other refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

Centennial Celebration and Concert sponsors: Campbell Chamber Community Foundation, Campbell Union School District, City of Campbell, Mathnasium, A Party Place, Sutton Swim School, Kiwanis, Campbell Press, volunteer staff, students and families.

Updated Tue, May 3rd

Partnering with our community is a core tenet of ours, and our school-community partnership with the Campbell Historical Museum and Campbell Union School District is another example of this. Some of our TK-8 students throughout the district are putting the history—and the future they imagine—of our district on display in the museum’s Ainsley House/Carriage House as part of the district’s centennial-themed Design Challenge. 

Some 600 students have been researching, designing and refining their exhibits about the past, present and future of local schools and education. Classes across the district have been using design thinking and engineering design processes to create the museum exhibits. 

“We’ve been anticipating and planning for this event for some time and are excited to see this connection to the community and commitment to innovation come to life,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our students are collaborating, innovating, problem-solving, and developing skills they’ll need for their future jobs, all while learning about our district’s past, appreciating our present and imagining what the future will bring.”

If you’re going…

  • Bring your smartphone to the exhibit, as many of the projects have a QR code for visitors to scan for multimedia explanations.

  • Parking is available at nearby public lots.



Castlemont kindergarteners imagine a future school with farm-to-table lunches where food is grown on campus.


girl with old yearbook
Old yearbooks and conversations with alumni helped students learn what school was like in the past.


student with laptop showing magazine art

RHMS Digital Art students created professional-looking magazine covers depicting their “feature story” about the district’s centennial.


two young girls show their prototype

Capri students incorporated their study of solar energy and transportation into their futuristic design for a mind-reading teleportation device to get them to school and back.

Updated Fri, Apr 22nd

Get ready to return to school on Monday, April 11th.
Please test your student for COVID-19 on Sunday, April 10th, and again on Tuesday, April 12th.
You may use the at-home COVID-19 test kit that our schools distributed to families before Spring Break or go to a local testing site.
If your student is ill or tests positive for COVID, please keep him/her home and notify the school of the absence. 

Updated Tue, Apr 12th

Our families, students and employees are empathetic and compassionate people, and as a result many are seeking ways to help the people of Ukraine during the current war with Russia.  Our hearts break for the many people who have been harmed–-especially the children.

Following is a short list of places accepting donations to support Ukrainian children and families. There are others in our area, and you can find them through local churches and by searching online.

Updated Tue, Apr 12th

In an effort to ensure safe return to school after spring break, the Governor’s office provided enough tests for every student and employee to receive two at-home COVID tests.  

This week our schools are distributing test kits to each student and employee as part of the strategy to detect any spikes in the virus. The at-home tests are provided to allow students and employees to test the day prior to returning from spring break (test on April 10) and then again two days later (April 12). 

Any positive cases should remain at home, isolate and report the absence to the schools.  

Updated Wed, Apr 13th

Testing is available only to those who present an insurance card and valid form of identifcation at the time of testing.

Location: Monroe Middle School, 1055 S Monroe St., San Jose. Parking lot on Genevieve Lane side of campus.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm

NOTICE FROM CITY TESTING SERVICES

As of Tuesday, March 22, 2022, government funding supporting no-cost covid-19 testing has changed. As a result, we can only offer no-cost testing to those who present an insurance card at the time of testing and cannot provide any testing to those without insurance. You must present insurance card and valid form of identification at the time of testing.

We anticipate funding will be extended soon and can return to testing those without insurance. In the meantime, we encourage you to reach out to your local government representative to provide feedback on the importance of providing no-cost covid-19 testing for everyone regardless of insurance status.

We are dedicated to our mission of keeping our communities safe at no-cost. For more information visit: ctestingservices.org

Updated Fri, Apr 22nd

This is a reminder that Santa Clara County COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic will be back at Rolling Hills Middle School March 30th, from 2:00PM-7:00PM, for patients to receive their 2nd dose.

Updated Fri, Apr 8th

There are still a couple of days left to take part in Wellness Week, March 21-25!

The sessions offered during CUSD’s Wellness Week demonstrate the commitment of our community partners and staff to support wellness among our students, staff and families. This annual focus on wellness offers a variety of sessions led by local experts who help participants find and create a routine that works for them. See the sessions and registration information on our Wellness Week web page.

There was additional support on Wednesday at the CUSD employee wellness fair. Exhibitors greeted particpants with fresh food, healthy recipes, fun activities, and resources for staying safe, healthy and stress free.

We want to send a huge thank you to our
2022 Wellness Week partners:

staff at table with sign reading Uplift.  three adults at a zen art table

School Linked Services

Tzu-Chi Foundation

SKIPS

Seneca Center

San Jose Police Department

Alum Rock Counseling Center

Indieflix

Montalvo Arts Center

CUSD counselors, special education teachers and student services staff

Wellness fair exhibitors: 
Uplift Family Services, Stretch Lab Campbell, Sports Basement, ilovekickboxing, ICS4Schools, and Tzu-Chi Foundation