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Updated Thu, Nov 3rd

“I am impressed with how intentional and focused Campbell Union is on meeting the individualized needs of students,” said Assemblymember Marc Berman who toured two CUSD schools this month. The visit to Castlemont and CSI highlighted the district’s Every Child a Reader by 3rd Grade initiative and the multiple support systems for students’ behavioral and academic needs.

CUSD Board President Richard Nguyen, Vice President Danielle Cohen, and Superintendent Viramontez joined the Assemblymember on the tour. “The teachers and staff demonstrated their expertise and passion for educating and supporting our students’ development,” said President Nguyen.

In a Castlemont kindergarten classroom, the group experienced teachers applying techniques learned in LTRS training, an intensive, two-year professional development program that enhances teachers’ knowledge of the science of teaching reading. Dozens of trained CUSD teachers are doing the same across the district.

The group also visited Castlemont’s Dragon Den, a safe space for students to get support for emotional regulation. It is part of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) system, and an example of similar spaces at schools across the district. 

The visit provided an opportunity for President Nguyen to ask for and receive Assemblymember Berman’s help and commitment to enhancing pedestrian safety and promoting safe driving after the tragedy that occurred near Castlemont. “We must honor Jacob’s memory by increasing traffic safety around schools,” Nguyen said. “Campbell Union will work with all levels of government to make that a reality.”

people standing in front of schoolAt CSI, the group visited a 1st grade class using beetle bots to learn counting and programming, then went to CSI’s Maker’s Space where students apply grade-level engineering and design standards to generate ideas for solving real-world problems. They noted the newly built elementary classrooms at CSI. Superintendent Viramontez explained the district’s Measure T, a bond measure, and the potential for continuing repairs and upgrades to older facilities in the district.

Just before leaving, a CSI student raved about the CSI bistro (aka the cafeteria) lunch she was enjoying. Assemblymember Berman decided to have lunch at CSI. He concurred with the student’s assessment. The Assemblymember also vowed to partner with the district to further advance student growth and achievement.

Updated Wed, Nov 2nd

Noting that partnership with cities is essential to improving traffic safety for all students, Superintendent Shelly Viramontez spoke at the San Jose City Council meeting this week, asking that they continue to prioritize Safe Routes to School. 

“Our Castlemont Elementary School community suffered a loss, as little Jacob Villanueva tragically had his beautiful 8-year old life cut short as he did what thousands of children do every single day in our city—walking across a crosswalk,” said Dr. Viramontez. “I applaud you for recognizing the importance of pedestrian safety, and your willingness to raise awareness for such an important issue that literally impacts every single resident of our city.”

Vice Mayor Chappie Jones initiated a memorandum to the Rules and Open Government Committee for expanding safety programs to prioritize Safe Routes to School. Viramontez added that his partnership has been a vital part of our district’s ability to marshall community resources that benefit the students, staff and families in our district.

To see the official request to the Rules Committee, click here.   

To express your thoughts to the San Jose City Council, click here.

4 men and 5 women stand together for photoPictured in the San Jose Council Chambers following the presentation of a proclamation are Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, Councilmember David Cohen, CUSD Board President Richard Nguyen, District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez, County Superintendent MaryAnn Dewan, CUSD Board Vice President Danielle Cohen (no relation), Castlemont Principal Kristen Prindle, Councilmember Pam Foley, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Updated Thu, Oct 27th

School boards have been in the news lately, but few people know what their role is in a school system.

“School boards establish the vision and policies, and are entrusted with ensuring that the school district is responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of the community,” says the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts.

Campbell Union School District’s Governing Board consists of five locally elected public officials who work together with the superintendent to make decisions that will best serve all of the students in our community. Each board member is assigned to a trustee area, although they represent the interests of the entire district:

Richard M. Nguyen - Trustee Area 1 
(Lynhaven, Castlemont, Sherman Oaks, Blackford, Monroe) 

Michael L. Snyder - Trustee Area 2 
(Lynhaven, Castlemont, CSI, Monroe)

Will Slade - Trustee Area 3 
(Sherman Oaks, Blackford, Castlemont, Capri, CSI)

Chris Miller - Trustee Area 4 
(Rosemary, Capri, Village, Marshall Lane, Forest Hill, CSI, Monroe, Rolling Hills)

Danielle M.S. Cohen - Trustee Area 5 
(Rosemary, Capri, Village Marshall Lane, Forest Hill, CSI, Monroe, Rolling Hills)

For more about the CUSD Governing Board, its policies, trustee areas and meeting schedule, please visit our Board web page.
(campbellusd.org/board)

Updated Wed, Oct 26th

Students in Campbell Union School District are no strangers to the idea of doing and redoing their work for better results. 

girl stands beside her robot     girl in school play holding a scene slate.   boy and teacher work on computer coding

From practicing in a school play or sports team, to rewriting reports or computer code, they see the process of improvement can be rewarding. When they see the real-world application, they are motivated to work through challenges. 

That motivation was on display last week for 21 TK, 3rd, and 4th graders at CSI who were amateur actors in a professional movie called Jetpack Race.

"The students hung in there through the heat and several takes to help the director and crew capture what they needed for the scene,” said CSI Principal Kami Thordarson. “In the process, they got insight into what it’s like for the actors and crew to create the movies and videos they see every day.”

Bring Your Real-World Ideas!

Campbell Union School District invites community members to be part of its Community Experts Connection, a network of community members to bring students real-world experiences that can help them discover their passions and see applications for their learning in school. 

Share your expertise. Complete this Community Expert Connections form.

Updated Wed, Oct 12th

Video also available in Spanish.

Learn more about Measure T on our bond page.

Updated Wed, Oct 12th

Score big on a great night of football with this free and discount ticket offer from the SJSU Spartans.

Each Campbell USD student and their guardian can have one free ticket to the game on Fri., Oct. 7. Additional tickets are just $5 each. It’s a fun, family night especially for CUSD families. 

Get your tickets today. Go to https://bit.ly/SJSUCUSD

All your friends will be there!

  • Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Kick off is at 7:30PM
  • Visit the SJSU Fan Zone link for Game Day Information.

The school with the highest participation could win a pizza party!

small image of flyer with link  

Updated Wed, Oct 5th

Today, September 21, 2022, Campbell Union School District's leadership sent an open letter to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with several requests for increasing traffic safety near schools.  

The text of the letter appears below.

letter to Mayor Liccardo
Click to view a PDF of the letter.

The Honorable Sam Liccardo
Mayor, City of San Jose
200 East Santa Clara Street, 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113  

Dear Mayor Liccardo:

Last week, our school district community suffered a pain that no one should ever have to endure: the death of an eight-year-old boy struck by an automobile on his walk to school.

As difficult as this loss has been for our community, it does not compare to the pain being experienced by his family, as their lives are forever altered.

In wanting to ensure that no one in San Jose ever goes through this type of pain and trauma, we are imploring the city of San Jose to take immediate steps to prioritize crosswalks near schools.

As a school district, and on behalf of San Jose families, we are specifically requesting the following:

  • Budget support for school crossing guards;
  • Increased enforcement of traffic laws in zones near schools;
  • Consistent maintenance of crosswalks near schools; and
  • Public safety campaign focused on safe driving near school zones

We recognize that the city of San Jose has already begun the process of upgrading crosswalks near the scene of the tragedy, but we feel it important to memorialize the above referenced request, as we want to ensure that pedestrian safety does not fall off the City’s list of top priorities.

We know that this is a complex issue, but it is one that needs immediate attention, as sadly, this type of tragedy has become far too common on the streets of San Jose.

Although we will never truly be able to fully come to grips with the loss of a beautiful little boy, we can make a difference in our community and, in the process, forever honor his legacy.

On behalf of the Campbell Union Elementary School District Governing Board and Administration, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to being a part of the solution.

Sincerely,

Richard Nguyen                                      Dr. Shelly Viramontez
Board President                                      Superintendent 

cc:   San Jose City Council
        Campbell Union Elementary School District Governing Board

Updated Wed, Oct 5th

They say success is a journey, not a destination. For Campbell Union School District students, we want to ensure there is joy in the journey. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing students with the tools and knowledge needed for the future they will help create.

icons of the competencies“We want our students to see the real-world connections between what they are learning in school and the possibilities for their future,” said Director of Teaching and Learning Pamela Cheng. “Our Profile of a Graduate competencies—Self-directed, Critical thinker, Collaborative, Innovative, Empathetic—provide a focus for our program decisions to prepare students for the demands of the evolving future workforce.” 

The district promotes college and career readiness by setting high expectations and providing opportunities for all students to have real-world learning experiences. Here are a few examples of how CUSD supports curiosity, learning, and real world connections to learning across the district:

  • The Expert Connections and the Wonder Wednesday programs are resources for teachers to invite guest speakers from the community to share their expertise with students, talk about their journey to gaining their special skills, and show students how what they learn in school connects to their future.
  • Through the Biliteracy Pathway Awards program, Sherman Oaks and Monroe Middle students choose to work toward proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. It is part of the multi-year path to earning a State Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma.
  • Partnerships with Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) provide young girls in our schools a free after-school fitness and confidence building program where collegiate female athletes inspire young girls to get active, believe in themselves and improve their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about physical activity. 
  • We partner with local universities to have their students tutor and mentor our students in subjects such as mathematics, digital citizenship, cybersecurity, coding and more.
  • The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a program aimed at closing the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It has been part of Monroe Middle School for more than 20 years, and CUSD was among the first districts in California to offer it at an elementary school. While the course itself has strict qualifying standards, elements of the program can be found in classrooms across the district. 
  • Our eighth graders can opt into an accelerated math course that prepares them for accelerated math in high school.

“While every student may not currently desire to go to college, we are committed to ensuring they have the skills necessary if they ever do want that option,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Whether their path leads to college or to a trade vocation, it’s our job to ensure our students have evolving abilities that make their aspirations a possibility.”

Updated Fri, Sep 30th

Dear Campbell Union School District Family:

It is with great sadness that I share with you that, the Castlemont 3rd grade student who was injured this morning, has passed away. 

Our school community is heart-broken by this development, as every single one of our students we care for and love like our own. 

As a parent, and as your superintendent, I ask you to please hold the family in your thoughts, as they will need our entire community to hold them in our arms. 

In our desire to support our students and staff, we will be making counselors available to give them the space to process this morning's tragedy. 

As further information becomes available, I will make sure to share it with you. However, at this moment, we are going to focus our energy on supporting our students and staff at the site. 

Respectfully,

Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Wed, Sep 28th

“Creating a caring school climate where students feel safe and can thrive is an essential part of educating students,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. We have multiple resources and support to help students with a wide range of challenges, including challenges to their mental health.”

Children’s mental health became a frequent topic through the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent study of pediatric emergency room visits showed that the problem has been around for years and has increased among children between the ages of 10 and 12 since 2000. 

woman speaks to workshop attendeesThis month, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, some of the District’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) members —School Psychologist Ryan Carter, Therapist Faryal Popal, and Counselor Leah Adams—began training school-level CRTs. By providing training and clear procedures, school staff can identify and intervene when students are in crisis or show signs of suicidal ideation.

“We know the work is too big and too important for us to handle alone, that is why we have forged so many community partners to support our students’ wellness to allow our educators to focus on teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741).