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Updated Tue, Jan 16th
80s Dance

Get in the groove by rockin’ your fluorescents and bust a move on over to the Castlemont Multi Use Room for a Totally 80’s Family Dance on February 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm.  Pre-order tickets are $8 each and will not be sold at the door.  Only 300 tickets are available, so order early! All children must be accompanied by a parent. This is a teacher sponsored fundraiser to raise money for the classrooms.   Come rock your 80’s apparel and join us for an evening of some rad fun!  It would also be totally awesome if you could donate cans of soda for our concession sales (Coke, 7 Up, Root Beer). Donations are due to the office by February 7th. Thanks for your help!

Updated Wed, Jan 17th

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Because we know you are very busy, we are offering a new, online way to provide your thoughts, ideas, and questions to us. It is called Thoughtexchange, and we hope it will be a convenient way to engage and communicate with us about our District and schools. 

On the morning of January 16, you may have received an invitation email from Thoughtexchange with simple instructions on how to participate in this process, which will be open through January 26.  (If you do not have an email account, use this link to our Thoughtexchange.)

With Thoughtexchange, you will be asked to share your thoughts on several open-ended questions, and to read and rate the thoughts and ideas of others. Our intent is to connect with parents, teachers, community members, students, and our district staff to gather thoughts, ideas, and questions they may have about our District and schools in order to continue meeting the needs of our elementary and middle school students.

Please look for the January 16 Thoughtexchange email or use this link to our Thoughtexchange.

Updated Wed, Jan 17th

January 16 - 26, 2018

We invite you to engage in a conversation about our school.

Rather than using a traditional survey, we are using Thoughtexchange and a process that provides open-ended questions, in English and Spanish, to help us gather your thoughts and ideas.  An email was sent to families on January 16th or you may use this link.

Updated Tue, Jan 16th

Campbell Union School District and Project Cornerstone are offering parent workshops open to all parents and caregivers. 

1)     Project Cornerstone’s Parent Workshop: Being UPstanders - Bullying Prevention
Come get an overview of what bullying is and how we can use Developmental Assets to help create a more caring climate.
Join us at Rolling Hills Middle School on January 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Parents/adults from all schools are welcome.

2)     Project Cornerstone – for Parents and Caregivers! Take It Personally
Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging 6-week workshop series – Take It Personally, starting Tuesday, January 30th from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Rolling Hills Middle School. You do not need to be a parent from Rolling Hills, just an adult who cares about all kids.

Join this parent/caregiver group to learn tips and tools to keep up with the fast changing growth of our children, tweens and teens. Each week, we explore new ways to build stronger kids, stronger families, and stronger neighborhoods. Data collected from our own Santa Clara county youth shows us 8 ways to help kids succeed in school, in relationships and in life, while supporting parents!

Join us as we learn the 8 Keys To Success for young people, and for their parents

Week 1:  What are the 8 Keys To Success? What specific things can parents and caregivers say and do to help young people succeed?

Week 2: Tools for building stronger family communication. Tips for building responsibility and trust in our family.

Week 3:  Setting and keeping safe boundaries/rules that teach. Tips for discipline that strengthens relationships.

Week 4:  What do we stand for in our family? Passing along our values, like lifelong learning...

Week 5:  Skills for growing, living and connecting with others. Ways our strong family builds confident kids.

Week 6:  Taking every moment as an opportunity to build stronger relationships with you.

Class Title: Take It Personally

Dates:  Tuesdays: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Place/Host: Rolling Hills Middle School - Library

Workshop paid for by District

Suggested Donation: $20 for workbook and materials

Spanish translation will be provided

Sign Up today:

Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at ziem [at]

Updated Thu, Jan 11th

Do you have a student who might be starting at Castlemont during the 2018-19 school year?  If so, please join us on Friday, January 19, at 8:35 am in the Multi-Use Room for our Open Enrollment Parent Tour.  You will get information about Castlemont's program, have an opportunity to ask questions, and get to see the campus. We hope to see you there!

Updated Wed, Jan 10th

After you drop off your child, please join Principal Eric Brown for coffee on Friday, January 12 at 8:30 in the Staff Room. Mr. Brown will share school information and also give you a chance to meet some other Castlemont parents.

Updated Wed, Jan 10th

Part of CUSD's STREAM After School Program are Engineering classes on Tuesdays, January 30 - March 27 after school. The cost is $130.

For Grades 3-5,  Engineering: Master Machines  During the Mechanical Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn basics of fluid mechanics, simple machines, and other design and engineering concepts while constructing roller coasters, egg-drop vehicles, and an incredibly fast air powered dragster they keep at the end of the course.

For Grades K-2, Junior Mechanical Engineering Widgets and Gadgets The Junior Mechanical Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more.

Space is limited!!! Register today at If you have more questions, please call the Extensions Department at 408-364-4200 X 6204 or email mballesteros [at] 

Updated Wed, Jan 10th
Otis Spunkmeyer

We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break.  We are looking forward to a fabulous 2018!  Save the date: our Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser is coming January 22nd.  A fundraising packet will be sent home in your child’s January 22nd Monday Envelope.  The fundraiser will run from January 22nd to February 13th.  Orders will be delivered around March 15th.  Thank you!

Updated Wed, Jan 10th

Easy Online Registration. Extended Hours for Those Needing Assistance.

Campbell Union School District’s elementary and middle school registration starts Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, and the process will be almost paperless.

“We’re excited about the advantages of the online process,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Parents will gain the convenience of doing most of the process online, ability to check the status of their registration on demand, and assurance that the school has immediate access to the contact information entered into the system.” Parents still will need to bring some official documents, like birth certificates, to the enrollment desk for verification, she added.

  • To enroll children in any of the District’s award-winning elementary or middle schools, or in its new TK-8 Campbell School of Innovation, go to
  • School tour dates are posted online: Tour schedules
  • For the 2018-19 school year, current 4th grade students will remain at their current elementary school for 5th grade.  Parents of current 5th graders at elementary schools will receive information about middle school placement before January 23.

Special services are available for those needing assistance with the online process:

  • The Enrollment staff and public-access computers will be available for special Open Enrollment hours from Jan. 23 through Mar. 16, 2018*, to assist people with their registration.
      • 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mondays and Wednesdays
      • 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 
  • Campbell Union School District’s Enrollment Office is located at 155 N. Third Street, near downtown Campbell. 24-hour phone information: 408-341-7276 (English) or 408-341-7277 (Spanish)

*NOTE: The office is closed February 19-23.

Campbell Union School District is a preschool through eighth grade public school district with a variety of educational options, including traditional school settings, a Dual Language Immersion program, a Parent Participation school, home schooling, and the new TK-8 Campbell School of Innovation. All Campbell Union School District schools offer visual and performing arts instruction, before and after-school programs, and parent education/involvement opportunities. The elementary schools have full day kindergarten and district-operated preschool classes.

Updated Mon, Jan 8th

In the office, we try hard not to disrupt the classrooms with announcements and phone calls during the school day. Parents, here is how you can help us to accomplish this:

  • Please make your after-school pick-up arrangements before your children come to school. We try to deliver your messages but we cannot promise you that your child will get the message and delivering the messages is very disruptive to the classrooms.
  • If your child will be eating a lunch from home, please give your child the lunch before school. If you must bring the lunch to school during the school day, we cannot promise that your child will get the message or receive the lunch by lunchtime. In addition, if we need to contact the teacher, we are disrupting the class.
  • If your child forgets their homework or project, we do not send the work to the classroom. We put homework and projects in the teachers’ mailboxes. Often teachers will not collect items from their mailboxes until after school or the next morning. It’s best for you to keep the work at home and have your child take it to school the next day. We will not interrupt learning time with homework deliveries or phone calls.

Thank you for helping us to reduce the number of times we have to interrupt classes. Every learning minute is important!

Bell Schedule

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–11:25
  • Lunch11:25–12:07
  • In Session12:07–1:30
  • 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 Recess10:10–10:25
  • 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 Session10:30–11:50
  • 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 Session10:25–12:20
  • Lunch12:20–12:54
  • In Session12:54–2:35 *

* 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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