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Upcoming Events

Deadline May 18: Sign Up for the Parent University

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.

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.

    
    
 
  

More STEAM for All Families

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.)

2nd Community Forum Announced

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)

STEAM into Summer!

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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.)