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Opening the Door to a New Dimension

By Lynne Marie S., Parent

Students Explore The World of 3-D Printing 

“3D Printing? Is that even a thing?,” you might ask yourself, if you are not an engineer, not a technophile, or maybe not an informed adult (speaking only for myself of course).

Well, as it turns out our upper grade students are finding out it is “a thing,” and one with perhaps endless possibilities. Through relatively inexpensive plastic filament, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are generating designs and physical objects and concepts to tickle the brain and tease the imagination.

Through School Site funds and Teacher Roberta’s participation in a technology education course, Village has acquired two 3D printers. With this new equipment Village is offering a brand new center, “3D Printing,” facilitated by four parent volunteers, none of whom had prior 3D printing experience. Thanks to Alex, Debbie, Ben, and Carol, who also learned from the tinkercad.com site, students are supported in their design and printing process.

Students work on their classroom chromebooks using the website Tinkercad.com. The early classes focus on learning basic principles and concepts of 3D design and printing, and during the rest of the course students are free to “tinker,” or conceive, design, re-imagine, re-design, and print.

One challenge in teaching this course is accommodating the time it takes to actually print an object. To this end, our parent volunteers spend time outside of the teaching of the course to print students’ visions, not unlike the ceramics center in that way. Another challenge for some students is learning to work effectively with a mouse vs. the trackpad. 

As we all keep hearing, our kids are growing up in an age of unprecedented technology. While this could seem intimidating for them and for us parents, our kids are immersed already, and in many ways are more prepared to meet these new technologies head-on. Our students have a context for technology that we as adults might not have. For example, as parent volunteer Carol noted, many of the students come into the center already equipped with a concept of graphic 3 dimensional design thanks to their experience playing minecraft.

Some of the many imaginative items students have designed and printed include a castle, a planetarium, a treasure chest, a land speeder and much more.

    
    
 
  

Bound for Success - 2017 Rising Young Authors

District Celebrates 12 budding authors Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Join the Campbell Union School District community in celebrating 12 talented student authors at the District’s 15th Annual Rising Young Authors awards, October 18, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Stevens Creek Blvd., in San Jose.

The Rising Young Authors are a select group of students whose short stories, essays, research papers and poems were among hundreds entered in the District’s annual Writing Faire last May. After the Writing Faire, judges review eligible entries to select one Author of the Year per school to receive the Rising Young Author award in the fall.

The student authors will speak to the audience about their award-winning books and, later, they will autograph copies for fans who bring copies with them to the event. 

Meet the authors.  See their work.
Bring a copy to the event for autograph.

The Authors

Read/Buy the Work

Author's School

Jamily Valdivias

Autobiography

Blackford

Taylor Mackey

Depression and Anxiety

Campbell Middle

Amanda Kappenman

The Story of Betsy Ross

Capri

Tyler Slade

Pete the Cat is Too Cool for a New Day

Castlemont

Natalia Batiz-Blanco

The Hedgehog and the Snail

Forest Hill

Griffin Gierke

The Playground (Top Secret Military Base)

Lynhaven

Noah Hirsch

The Other Side

Marshall Lane

Emily Nguyen

Broken Hearted (poster)

Monroe Middle

Olivia Pocat

The Foul Ball

Rolling Hills Middle

Juanita Macias Ortega

$20 Stolen (for No Reason)

Rosemary

David Hernandez

Paradise (poster)

Sherman Oaks

Taylor Urquhart

My Name is Cumulus

Village

book and star

Support from our co-sponsors makes this event possible.

Special thanks to Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, Barnes & Noble – Stevens Creek, and School Innovations & Achievement.
VIDEO: 2016 event.  To become a co-sponsor, please email Marla Sanchez, or call 408-341-7254. 

UPDATE: Pre-registration Opens for Parent University

Sign up for the October 14 conference design for parents and families:
Parenting STUDENT SUCCESS Today

Meet parenting and education experts.  Gain insights and skills to give your child an educational edge.

When:  Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 • 8:30a-12p

Where: Monroe Middle School, 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose

MORE INFORMATION: online www.campbellusd.org/parent-u and at your child’s school.

Supporting ALL Students’ Education and Well Being

A Message from the Superintendent

With news about changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), we want to remind our families that Campbell Union School District is committed to welcoming and supporting all students and their families, regardless of their immigration status.

Last spring, our Governing Board adopted a Resolution Reaffirming Support of Immigrant Students and Families, which reaffirms that support and provides guidance about how to provide it within legal parameters. The full text of the resolution is available online at campbellusd.org/policy, or in print from the District Administration, 408-341-7254 or ask_us [at] campbellusd.org.

Input Sought to Name New School

The community is invited to help choose a final name for a new school being created for students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through Eighth Grade.

With the Governing Board’s approval of the TK-8 implementation plan this summer, staff is continuing the work of creating a new educational option for Campbell Union School District families.  Among those tasks: what to name it. 

The District is asking employees, parents, and other members of the community to take a 3-question survey to help choose the name of the school, which will open next August (2018) to grades TK-4th and will add upper grades in subsequent years. CUSD Students in grades 3-7 will also have the chance to participate at school through an internal, secure version of the survey.

Name the School Survey (English & Español) 

(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TK8schoolname)