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Student Calendar Approved for 2023-24 School Year

Board Adopts Calendar Negotiated by the District and Unions 

woman holding calendar

“We are pleased to be able to provide our calendar for the 2023 -24 school year so early to allow our families to plan their vacations and get-aways without having to miss school,” Lena Bundtzen, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

The Governing Board adopted the district's 2023-24 employee work year calendar at its November 10th meeting. A student version of the calendar is available online at, and it can be downloaded as a PDF.

10 Student/Educator Teams Vie for Innovation Grants

Year 2 focuses on student voice and positive school climate 

students and teacher standing and presenting to audience

Students have a greater role this year in our second annual Innovation Team Grant Pitch Fest. In Shark Tank-style presentations on November 9th, 10 teams of CUSD students and educators pitched ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of receiving funds to support their innovative ideas.

Their proposals are aimed at three challenges students shared  in our spring student surveys: 

  • How can we help students be nicer to each other? 
  • How can we help our schools be cleaner? 
  • Do all students feel like they belong at school? 

The Innovation Team Grant program asks school-based teams to see challenges as design opportunities to be solved through testing and refinement. 

“This is another way our district demonstrates our commitment to supporting innovation, collaboration, continual improvement, and having those closest to a challenge be part of the solution,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

“Innovation is a mindset. It’s the courage to view challenges as opportunities, and to design innovative solutions to these challenges together,” said Julie Goo, the district’s Coordinator of Innovation, Teaching and Learning.  “Engineering & Design Thinking celebrates our students’ questioning and addressing real-world problems, through identifying and prototyping possible solutions.”  

group photo of all pitchfest teams

Year Two Innovation Grant Proposals

  • Student Voice and Choice: Lunch Clubs, Blackford Elementary
  • Think Tank: A Welcoming Space for Grades TK - 8, Campbell School of Innovation
  • Lynhaven’s Kindness Rocks Day, Lynnhaven Elementary
  • Rosemary Refreshing Remix, Rosemary Elementary
  • Innovating Learning & Play, Capri Elementary
  • Science Camp Reimagined, Castlemont Elementary
  • Creating an “Arcade” for Computer Science Learning, Blackford & Rosemary Elementary
  • Newcomer Ambassadors, Monroe Middle School
  • Outdoor Shade, Sherman Oaks Community Charter School
  • Seating Areas, Sherman Oaks Community Charter School

The judges were impressed by the thoroughness of the students’ presentations and awarded grants to all of the teams. The teams will provide follow-up reports of their progress in the spring.

Thank you to the Pitch Fest judges: Ken Johnson, Executive Director of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce; Devon Young, Designer, K12 Lab Network at Stanford D-School; Danielle M.C. Cohen, CUSD Governing Board Vice President; Pamela Cheng, CUSD Director of Teaching & Learning; Whitney Holton, CUSD Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning; and Dr. Shelly Viramontez, CUSD Superintendent.

A Message of Thanks

From the Superintendent and Board

fall scene, Happy Thanksgiving

Dr. Shelly Viramontez offers a Thanksgiving message to the community

“We want to express our heartfelt appreciation,” the superintendent says in the video. “We are always stronger when we work together, and we are so grateful to each of you for your support and collaboration.

See the full video message here.

Neighbors March for Safer Streets

Community organizes to remember Jacob Villanueva and prevent future traffic tragedies 

video of november 5 2022 march

The video above offers a brief overview of an event held on Saturday, November 5th, when hundreds of people, young and old, marched down Winchester Boulevard to call attention to the need for safer streets around schools and homes. 

“We are committed to making sure that no other family has to experience the tragedy that Jacob’s family has had to go through,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

people holding signs about driving slowerThe event was organized by the Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee in partnership with St. Lucy Catholic Church, Castlemont Elementary School, Campbell Union School District, Cadillac-Winchester Neighborhood Association and others.

“The Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee is building power with ordinary people and their institutions across Santa Clara County,” said Lead Organizer Anna Eng. “We organized this march and assembly to make long-term change in the Cadillac-Winchester neighborhood and communities like it throughout the county.”

The community has more opportunities to be involved with improving traffic and neighborhood safety.

Thank You Voters!

Community approves Measure T school bond to keep schools strong

On November 8, 2022, district voters demonstrated their support for keeping local schools safe and up to date so students can receive the education needed to be competitive in our modern world. They approved the Measure T school bond.

Good schools are part of what makes our community a desirable place to live. By keeping our neighborhood schools among the best in the state, we help maintain high property values in our community. Measure T extends, and does not increase, the tax rate homeowners are currently paying ($30 per $100,000 in assessed value) for repairs and updates to local kindergarten through 8th grade schools. For more facts about Measure T, please visit our bond website:

We also appreciate the vote of confidence voters gave us by re-electing three of our Governing Board members: Danielle Cohen, Chris Miller and Richard Nguyen. For information about the Governing Board, see our recent news story.