When making your holiday plans, please don’t let vacation time take away school time. Winter Break is Dec. 21, 2015 through Jan. 01, 2016. School resumes January 4th! We want all of our students to be ready for the future, and attending school every day is the best way to prepare them for success.
Walking is a fun and healthy way to spend time with your child.
In Campbell Union School District, we encourage parents and students to walk or bike to school every Wednesday. For those who live too far, try parking farther away from the school and walking the last block or two.
Since children learn by doing, YOU are your child’s most important role model for learning to walk safely. As you walk, please:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT for moving cars, and cross when clear.
- Time yourself. Practice this weekend to find out how much time to allow.
- Check the weather and dress appropriately (boots, rain coat, umbrella, etc.).
As you walk, you can talk with your child about what you’re doing and explain why.
From the Superintendent
Parents often ask me: “When will I find out the results of my child’s tests?”
Each year our teachers administer several assessments to determine student growth and inform their classroom teaching practice. These assessments—tests, quizzes, class projects, and the like—provide multiple ways to measure student progress towards learning the important concepts they need for success in school and in the community at-large.
Our assessment cycle includes dates we report results throughout the year. Also, our teachers are available to discuss student progress with the parents.
Assessment Reporting Schedule
iReady Testing Results
- October at Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Mid-November via student delivery
- Early March via student delivery
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Distribution Cycle
- Tentatively August/September 2016 via U.S. mail
Trimester Report Cards
- Middle School (sent via U.S. mail): Nov. 19, March 10, June 9
- Elementary School (sent home with student): Nov. 20, March 18, June 8
Campbell Union School District employees value partnering with you to prepare our students for college and career success. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher(s) to stay informed and to ensure that we are all doing our best to provide each student with an optimal educational experience.
Castlemont’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Student Council is collecting NEW UNWRAPPED toys to donate to Toys-for-Tots, a nationally recognized program sponsored by the United States Marine Corp, now through December 15, 2015. Please help make the holidays special for a boy or girl in our community. Toys must be new and unwrapped. Games, art supplies, and books are always welcomed, as well as traditional toys for children from toddlers to teenagers. Please send toys to your child’s classroom. Student Council members will pick them up.
Thank you for spreading good cheer this Holiday Season!
As the holidays approach, so does the stress, especially for children. Here are some helpful tips that may help you reduce stress in your household.
Limit TV and video games — It's very easy at this time of the year to allow the TV and video games to become the babysitter, but children who are stressed also need physical activity or exercise.
Remember routines — For parents of small children this is especially good advice. During the holidays children will find their routines disrupted. They are often dragged along on shopping expeditions or taken to events over which they have no control. And when a routine is broken, stress can result.
Nutrition — Plan at least one healthy meal as a family every day. When shopping, don't forget to toss in a healthy snack for you and your child.
Family traditions — Family traditions offer great comfort and security for children when everything in their lives is being disrupted by the holiday season.
Attitude check — Take a deep breath and have everyone in the family pledge to make the holiday season a time of joy and peace.
Thank You! The book fair coordinators would like to thank all the families and friends who volunteered, shopped, and baked for our Fall Book Fair Events! Your contributions to this event helped make this event a success! With all your help, the HSC is able to get books into the hands of the students and foster a life long love of reading.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and enjoy a very merry holiday season!
Castlemont recognizes that to promote academic achievement, students must also be supported in their social development. Therefore, we have implemented the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program. This is a structure that is maintained by the school district so that children have the necessary social support systems in place that in turn help to support them academically.
As part of the PBIS program, we establish clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We explicitly teach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently with positive incentives for their good behavior. At Castlemont we do this by handing out Caughtcha Cards for demonstrating the school’s 3 Rs of Respect, Responsibility and the Right to be Safe. Students are taught what it looks and sounds like and they are part of the school culture daily. All staff working at Castlemont participate in helping students make good choices and to recognize them by giving them Caughtcha Cards. A Caughtcha Card is an incentive for doing the right thing, which results in positive awards and recognition.
It is our philosophy that by teaching children, in a positive way, the appropriate behavior that is expected of them, they will be better equipped for making the right choices. The expectations for all student behavior are clear throughout our school, which includes playground areas, cafeteria, office, restrooms and classrooms.
You should be able to ask your student, “What are the rules in your school? How do you follow those rules? What happens when a teacher sees you following the rules?”
We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a school community in which all students have an environment in which they can succeed and grow.
Over the years we have learned that classroom seat time leads to academic success, which is why we want every child in class every day. As much as possible, appointments need to be made after school hours. If you must make an appointment during the school day, please bring your child to school in the morning and then check out your child at the office later in the day before the appointment. If the appointment is first thing in the morning, bring your child to school following the appointment so that he/she misses the least amount of instructional time as possible.In order to excuse the late arrival or early checkout, please bring a note from your doctor. Let’s continue to support our children by keeping them in school.
Our Health Office is seeking donations of underpants (especially girls new and used) and children’s pants (sizes 5-12). Pants with elastic waistbands are especially preferred. Please bring your donations to the office. Thank you.