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Just a reminder that our Winter Break begins on Thursday, December 20. We will return to school on Monday, January 7. We hope you enjoy your days off and have a safe and happy holiday season with family and friends.

Updated Fri, Dec 14th

This week in the library, we read the book Say Something by Peggy Moss. In Say Something, the narrator sees and hears teasing, put-downs, pushing, excluding and other forms of bullying behaviors at her school. Because she’s confused about what to do, she doesn’t do anything at first. However, her responses change as she gains understanding and empathy.

The book’s message to say something is a call to action for all of us to move from the passive role of bystander to the positive, active role of UP-stander. We discussed our power to become UP-standers who support and include every student at our school so that everyone belongs and feels safe.

Here are some of the ways to be an UP-stander that we discussed:

  • Refuse to join in with bullying behaviors.
  • Use positive peer influence to help friends "do the right thing".
  • Say or do something when someone needs help. (Just standing next to someone will make him/her feel better!)
  • Help all kids join the fun. Invite someone new to play!
  • Help friends find positive things to do and say.
  • Laughing and joking with friends is fun, but laughing at a friend can hurt.
  • Help kids "save face' when they are in a tough spot. Help them get away and be safe.
  • Always get an adult if there is violence or a weapon!

We hope you will talk with your child tonight about being an UP-stander. To reinforce the message at home:

  • Talk about ways that each family member is an UP-stander at home!
  • Review the Bully Triangle with your family.
  • Role-play different scenarios to practice UP-stander behaviors, words you can say, and actions to take if someone needs your help.
  • Review ways to be a bucket filler and swim free of bully behaviors.
Updated Wed, Dec 12th

Attention incoming TK and Kindergarten parents (and other parents considering Castlemont School for the 2019-2020 school year): Please join us for a presentation and tour of Castlemont School with Principal Eric Brown on Friday, January 18 at 8:35 am. Come to the school office near the corner of Payne Ave. and Castlemont Ave. and we will direct you to the Multi-Use Room.

Updated Wed, Dec 12th

Please join Eric Brown for Coffee With The Principal at 8:30 on Friday, January 11. This is an opportunity to learn what is going on around campus and ask any general questions you may have. 

Updated Wed, Dec 12th

If you are waiting for your preordered Spirit Wear t-shirts and sweatshirts, unfortunately, there has been a delay. We are hoping that they will arrive by mid-January. And we still plan to have extra stock at that time for sale. Again, we apologize for the delay and hope to have the Spirit Wear to you soon!

Updated Tue, Dec 11th

State’s updated accountability charts offer simpler view of complex data.

This month, the California Department of Education released the second edition of the state’s School Dashboard, the two-year-old accountability tool for measuring local schools and districts across a number of indicators. This 2018 version contains two new data points and improved graphics for easier viewing.

dashboard logo"The color-based charts provide an easier way to see students progress through multiple measures, such as academics, school climate, and parent engagement," said Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District (CUSD). "We’re committed to preparing our TK-8 students for their 21st century workplace and, as it evolves, this tool will offer a way to gauge progress and measure effectiveness."

Before viewing dashboards for CUSD schools, please note:

  • The Local Indicator Data on each school’s dashboard is not specific to that school but represents the entire district.
  • There is no district-wide dashboard. The district-level dashboard is represented by CUSD’s one non-charter school in 2018 report: Campbell Middle School. For the 2019 report, Rosemary Elementary school will represent the district as the district’s non-charter school.

Visit Your School’s Dashboard

Updated Wed, Dec 12th

Our schools have many systems and partnerships in place to assist us with student safety, including alert family and community members who can be extra “eyes and ears” for us. 

Our QuickTip system offers a confidential way for students, parents and neighbors to report bullying, suspicious incidents, vandalism or other safety related information online, by email quicktip [at], or by phone (408) 341-7171.

We appreciate your support with keeping our students safe. 

Updated Fri, Dec 7th

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.

Updated Wed, Dec 5th

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
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Updated Tue, Dec 4th

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.

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  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–11:30
  • Lunch11:30–12:12
  • In Session12:12–1:30
  • PM Recess1:30–1:40
  • In Session1:40–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:30
  • In Session10:30–11:35
  • Lunch11:35–12:19
  • In Session12:19–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:30
  • In Session10:30–11:50
  • Lunch11:50–12:34
  • In Session12:34–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:30
  • In Session10:30–12:00
  • Lunch12:00–12:44
  • In Session12:44–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–12:10
  • Lunch12:10–12:44
  • In Session12:44–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–12:15
  • Lunch12:15–12:49
  • In Session12:49–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35


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