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Upcoming Events

Board Reorganizes for 2019

Three trustees begin new terms. Board sets schedule for next year.

Each December, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board holds an Organizational Meeting at which they welcome incoming trustees, elect officers, assign subcommittees, and set the meeting schedule for the coming calendar year. Pictured above are (l to r) Chris Miller; Danielle M.S. Cohen; Pablo A. Beltran (Clerk); Richard H. Nguyen (Vice President); Michael L. Snyder (President). 

3adults swear oathAt left, Superintendent Viramontez administered the Oath of Office to three trustees who began new terms: returning trustees (l to r) Richard H. Nguyen and Danielle M.S. Cohen, and newly elected member Chris Miller.

The Board and staff also recognized retiring board member Thomas M. Gemetti for his six years of service, which included serving as Clerk, Vice President and President.

Campbell Union School District is governed by five elected trustees who serve four-year terms. Governing Board members ensure that the policies, funding priorities and personnel are in place to provide an education beyond the expected to our more than 7500 preschool-through-eighth-grade students. More information about the Governing Board is online.

No Bully – The Difference is in the Solution

An Interview with No Bully Pioneer Teacher Aisling and Principal David

While the phrase No Bully strikes an immediate chord in the current school climate of today, the program title does not fully convey what this truly solutions-based process is all about — respect, inclusiveness, and asset building for all those involved.

In July 2012, Seth’s Law, aimed at reducing the rise of bullying in California, prompted and required all public schools to adopt some sort of policy and procedure for identifying, receiving and investigating bullying complaints. In the spirit of the Village way, a group of teachers and parents partnered to research and select a program that not only checked all of these boxes, but went steps beyond.

Implemented in the 2013/14 school year, the No Bully system helps us not only identify, receive and investigate complaints, but also has a big-picture goal of building an inclusive school culture, and we have found that the difference is in the solution (Solution Teams, that is)!

But before we can talk solution (or Solution Teams, that is), it’s important that we understand what bullying is. According to No Bully, bullying occurs when a student repeatedly attempts to hurt, humiliate or exclude another less powerful student. The four main ways in which bullying happen are:

Physical Bullying — when a student uses physical force to hurt another student by hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, taking a student’s belongings or stealing their money.

Verbal Bullying — when a student uses or gestures to humiliate another student by threatening, taunting, intimidating, insulting, sarcasm, name-calling, teasing, slurs, graffiti, put-downs and ridicule.

Relational Bullying — when a student isolates another student from their peer group through leaving them out, gossiping, spreading rumors, and scapegoating.

Cyberbullying — when a student uses a cell-phone, text messages, emails, instant messaging, chats, and social networking sites to harm another student in any of the ways described above.

Despite laws mandating schools to address bullying, the challenge for many has been finding effective solutions to not only meet the requirement, but create a real change. No Bully developed the No Bully system, a step-by-step process that focuses on four levels — Preventing bullying & building an inclusive culture, Interrupting bullying and referring instances of bullying to a Solution Coach, Holding a Solution Team and following up, and Implementing an empathy-building action plan.

While punitive responses to bullying are based on the belief that students involved in bullying lack the capacity for positive feeling and are best redirected by punishment, the No Bully System focuses on empathy, caring about each child and respecting their perspective and feelings. It’s this focus on no blame and support for social and emotional growth and learning that made it a good fit for Village.

Our north star or guiding principle in the implementation of No Bully at Village and our efforts to build that inclusive culture begins with our Village Vision statement —  

“We all belong. We are all significant.
As we work, learn and play, we come together with compassion and respect.”

Developed by the community at the start of the implementation of No Bully over five years ago, this Vision Statement is what we strive to be, and we put these words into action every day with our Village Values — Modeling Respect, Making Good Choices and Solving Problems.

There are countless examples of our M&MS in action on our Village campus each day, but we also have instances where kids are still learning how to socially interact and are trying behaviors that don’t align with our Vision & Values. This is why we are so lucky to be at a parent participation school where we have lots of adults on campus, and each of us plays a vital role in the No Bully process by watching, interrupting and reporting any negative, targeted and repeated social interactions amongst kids.

If you do witness actions that may be bullying, please complete the Adult Report Form available in the office. Our No Bully team of Solution Coaches, made up of teachers and staff, will investigate and decide the best next steps, one of which might be a Solution Team.

Teachers Aisling and Chris and staff member Michele were trained as Solution Coaches at the onset of No Bully, and along with former Village staff member Becky. Seeing the value and success in the process, there is good news to report, our team of Solution Coaches has expanded! In October, teachers Gretchen, Talia and Roberta received training through the No Bully program and are also now available to run Solution Teams. Additionally, our new administrative assistant Veronica will be trained very soon.

Of course, not all negative social interactions amongst kids are bullying. Many are student  conflict, and it’s important to note the difference. Conflict occurs when two students disagree because each perceives the other is getting in the way of their needs, concerns, or goals. While conflict is not bullying, conflict can become bullying if a child repeatedly attempts to take power over another to resolve conflict by using physical or verbal abuse.

Trained to know the difference and respond in the most appropriate way, our Solution Coaches combine empathy with action and aim to add tools to students’ social toolboxes, either via Solution Teams or other means of support, focusing on social emotional growth and especially Empathy, one of the 5 competencies included in Campbell Union School District’s Profile of a Graduate.

“Empathy ties in directly with what students develop through working on a Solution Team,” says Principal David, “And supports Village’s core belief of focusing on the whole child.”

If it’s decided that a Solution Team might be a helpful option, the Solution Team coach would first get permission from the targeted child. At this point, the targeted child’s parent would also be looped in, so they are aware of the situation and know that their child has been given the option of a Solution Team and what he/she has chosen.

“This process is about the child being given, and having the power of, a voice to talk to us and to have another adult to check in with and help them relationship-build,” says Teacher Aisling. “A team only happens if the targeted child wants it. If not, we might identify other ways to help that child and other children involved with whatever asset(s) they are working on building.”

In a Solution Team, the group is brought together with one focus in mind, says Teacher Aisling, “What can we do to help?” The Solution Team coach facilitates the discussion and has everyone in the group provide a suggestion. After this initial solution-brainstorming session, the group is then brought back together for quick check-ins to see if they have been able to try any of their suggestions and how it went. For example, when a student was asked what she did to help on a Solution Team, she said, “I sat with her at lunch.”

While the team takes a collaborative approach, the Solution Coaches will also work with both the target and bully individually to build assets, says Teacher Aisling. Often times the child in the perceived role of bully can be lacking skills that lead to the bullying behavior.

From start to finish, the Solution Team process takes about three-four weeks with a three month follow up. All Solution Team coaches meet with teams during their prep periods, so kids are not missing recess and don’t feel as if they are being punished in any way, says teacher Aisling. Parents of those children involved will receive a notice that their child has participated in a Solution Team. If you receive a notice, please ask your child what they did to help. This will only reinforce their asset-building. And most of all, trust the process, says Teacher Aisling. The coaches do keep a log of all reports and Solution Teams, but there is no public reporting done in order to protect all the kids’ privacy and to help ensure kids aren’t stuck in a perceived role of target or bully.

As part of a proactive approach, our Solution coaches also manage Welcome Teams, which were created to help new Village students, 1st–5th grades to acclimate to a new school and community. Solution Team coaches meet with each new student at the beginning of the year and “get to know” them and offer whatever support they may need to make connections and feel safe, so they can get off to a good start.

No Bully and its use of Solution Teams is not just a program, but a means of using empathy to problem solve, and a tool for helping our community continue to strive to build a culture of inclusiveness. Principal David is pleased to share that since our adoption of the No Bully program, the number of Solution Teams run per year has decreased, which means it’s working! Research shows that ALL kids are capable of empathy and kindness, and we want to create conditions that support and reinforce these behaviors in OUR Village.

Join the Conversation About Schools

Annual Thought Exchange Aids School Planning

We are committed to making sure our students receive an education beyond the expected, and we rely on your feedback and input to help guide that direction.  As part of our annual planning, we want to understand what is important to you for your school and the District. One way we do that is through Thoughtexchange—an online tool that allows us to learn the thoughts and priorities of the people affected by our decisions. 

Share your Thoughts! 
Please join in the conversation about your child's school and district.
Por favor únase a la conversación sobre la escuela y el distrito de su hijo.

It is an easy 3-step process:
  1.  Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
  2.  Star – review and ideas from other stakeholders
  3.  Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole
(Learn more about ThoughtExchange.com)

School Registration Starts January 22, 2019

Parents of children entering Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten or middle school take note!

Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will begin January 22, 2019.
Information is available online and by calling Campbell Union School District’s main office.

Campbell Union School District provides education beyond the expected for more than 7,500 preschool-through-eighth-grade students from the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. In addition to traditional school settings, we offer families school options as dual language immersion, parent participation, design thinking/innovation, and home schooling.
 

Spotlight on Village Staff

It’s a brand new school year and there are several new faces on campus. Actually, several of them are not new, but they are “official” this year. Take a moment to learn about our three new staff members this year. And if you see them on campus, give them a “Welcome” shout-out!

 

Administrative Assistant Veronica, Parent of two Village Alumni

Tell us a little about yourself. For example, where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the Bay Area?
I moved from Oregon when I was 4, so I have lived in this area for most of my life.

What are your interests outside of Village? What are some things you and your family like to do for fun?
I love spending time with my brothers and going to the movies.

What are some of your favorite and most rewarding moments in a day at school?
The first hug of the day and smiles from kids! Becky always said it is
the best job in the world and it is true. I also like when there is a lost tooth, it¹s very exciting!

Do the students teach you things? If so, what do you learn from them?
Yes, their logic is the best — things they state so very matter of factly, often just stating the fact that I am not Becky. One 1st grader told me to get her on the first day after he discovered it’s now my desk.

Is there anything you¹d like to add?
I am so happy being here at Village. Becky knew it would be a good fit and
she was totally right. I do miss her everyday.

 

Yard Duty Staff Member Amanda, Parent of Two Village Students

We moved to the Bay Area 5 years ago from the East Coast (Boston) with a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old. My husband was running a research lab out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and teaching immunology, microbiology and pathology at Harvard. I had left a 15 year dental career to stay home with my kids. Jim got an amazing offer at a medical research company in Mountain View, and he was excited to explore the industrial side of research after many great years on the academic side.

We learned about Village while researching schools, and I loved the parent participation aspect of it. I’ve always loved kids and I was (and am) so excited to continue to be hands on with children even while my own kids are at school. Our whole extended family is back East, so the village aspect of Village is crucial to me. Raising 3 kids with no family around is tough, and even as a stay at home mom I’d really be in trouble without the close network of Village friends I’ve made over the years. I’m blessed with many fellow Village parents who will help with my kids if I ask, and there is usually a Village kid or two kicking around my backyard on a weekly basis!

Our family loves to hike and explore, bike and kayak…doing something outside is pretty much where you will find us on any given weekend. Adding #3 to our family in 2016 has slowed us down a bit (while simultaneously accelerating my aging process) but we are starting to get back into the groove of getting out and about again.

I’m excited to be on board at Village and look forward to spending more time and effort here as my little guy gets bigger and easier to manage!

 

Music teacher, Diana W., known to our kids as “Ms. D”

I’m a true local! I was born in Mountain View, grew up in Campbell, and have traveled plenty but never moved out of the Bay Area. I went to Forest Hill Elementary School, Rolling Hills Middle School, Westmont High School, and Santa Clara University. When I had my two kids and became a stay at home mom, I started performing in various musical groups as a way of fulfilling myself outside of full-time motherhood. I began teaching private music lessons as well as in school music classrooms because it allows me to continue working professionally with what and who I’m most passionate and knowledgeable about: music, education, and kids.

I started playing piano when I was four years old…my mom was cleaning the kitchen and heard piano playing along with the Sesame Street record Sesame Jamboree. She didn’t remember there being a piano part in that particular song so she came in to investigate and found me playing along to the song on our family piano as though I was part of the band. She signed me up for piano lessons right away and I’ve been playing and performing music ever since.

I am a hard core music geek and I love to talk music with other fellow music appreciators. I don’t have a favorite type of music because I love listening to and enjoy playing every genre! But I would not be who I am today without the Beatles, 80’s music, classic rock, No Doubt, The Sound of Music Soundtrack, and Queen. My primary instruments are piano, bass guitar, and voice, but I’ve also played flute, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, saxophone, and drums as well. I’ve performed in a church bands and choirs, a garage band (when I was in high school), a Top 40 cover band, a blues band, a southern rock band, a rockabilly band, a barbershop chorus and quartet, and a Queen tribute band.

The company I work for, Rhythm & Moves, placed me at Village. I enjoy the warm and welcoming environment, the bright/creative students and staff, the smaller class sizes, and the family atmosphere (I get a hug from at least one student every time I’m on campus).

In my free time, I like to spend time with my family (I have an 11 year old daughter and an 8 year old son who both love to sing and play the piano), spend time with friends, write/record/practice/jam/perform music, read, swim, skateboard, laugh, ride roller coasters, boogie board, bake, and garden.

I love my job!!!! Fun fact: I am part native Hawaiian and I so love the culture and huge ohana that I grew up in, which gave me great appreciation for family, community, art, different kinds of foods, and listening to people’s stories. I do private music lessons for children and currently teach music in 4 public schools in Campbell and San Jose. Come say hi and find me online! www.dianareymusic.com