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Updated Wed, Oct 10th

Mark your calendar!!!

Students will be dismissed very early next week, October 15 - October 19

Grades TK-3 dismissed at 12:30
Grades 4-5 dismissed at 12:35

This will provide parents more opportunities for school progress discussions with teachers about their child's report card and school progress.

Please note the special bell schedule shown below and plan accordingly.

For the week of October 15 - October 19:

School Starts (all students): 8:20

Lunch Times:

TK & K: 11:20 - 11:50
1st Grade: 11:30 - 12:00
2nd Grade:  11:40 - 12:10
3rd Grade:  11:45 - 12:15
4th Grade:  11:50 - 12:20
5th Grade:  11:55 - 12:25

Dismissal Times:

TK - 3rd at 12:30
4th - 5th at 12:35

Updated Fri, Oct 12th

Work continues toward closing achievement gaps.

Last week, the California Department of Education (CDE) released results from the fourth year of the student assessment system known as CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) which show that Campbell Union School District (CUSD) students continue to make gains in English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math.
Each year, CUSD students in grades three to eight, participate in the annual CAASPP testing to measure each one’s ability write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. It is one of several ways teachers measure student progress toward meeting academic standards. Classwork, teacher-generated exams, and district-level assessments offer them more frequent, qualitative information.

Student-level Reports Were Mailed in Summer
In summer, the district mailed individual student reports to parents and guardians. October 15-19, CUSD schools will hold parent-teacher conferences at which parents may discuss their child’s results and education goals.

School/District Reports Show Trends
“As a district, we monitor closely the progress of all of our students, and we continue to work towards our mission of educating all students to their highest potential,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The CAASPP results show us district- and school-wide views of where we are making gains and where we need to intensify our efforts. Like many California schools, we have a persistent achievement gap for our second language and Special Education students.”
The district did see improvement this year for Special Education students, who made 4% growth in ELA and 3% growth in math. That number exceeds the growth of all students, who made growth of 1% in both ELA and Math — a growth level consistent with the state-wide trend.

A Common Goal for Educators and Families
“We are committed to preparing students for the 21st century workforce, and our new Profile of a Graduate initiative provides a cohesive focus for that commitment,” Viramontez said. The Profile of a Graduate calls for students to be self-directed, collaborative, innovative, empathetic, and critical thinkers.
“We invite parents and guardians—the child's first teachers—to partner with us. There are many ways they may take an active role in their child’s education,” she said. “Reinforcing school learning at home, monitoring your child’s progress, and developing a strong relationship with your child’s school increases a student’s chances for academic success.”

Updated Wed, Oct 10th

Parent University offers timely topics to help you support your child's education and health.

Remember to register for Campbell Union School District's Parent University 

Saturday, Oct. 13th beginning from 8a until 12p at Monroe Middle School

A one-morning, no-cost opportunity to build your own skills and knowledge.
No-fee childcare for grades TK-8 available with advance registration.
Some presentations also offered in Spanish* or with interpreters (i).

So many topics to choose!

New Session Added:
"VAPES and JULLS: What Do Parents Need to Know?"
The Teenage Brain (i)
Student Safety: Every Day, Any Crisis * 
What About Screen Time? (i)
Web to One: New Middle School Tech Initiative (i)
Parent to Parent: School System Know-How
Growth Mindset and Student Success *
Birds & Bees: Family Life & the Healthy Youth Act *
What Happened to Report Cards? 
The ABCs of Supporting Your Special Education Learner (i)
Education Beyond the Schoolhouse
Nurturing Your Earliest Reader
Fluency Focus and Your English Learner
How to Ask More Beautiful Questions
AVID for Success in Any Career
Ready, Set, Design Sprint!
Discubre Oportunidades Educativas para los Padres *
Mentalidad de crecimiento y éxito estudiantil *
VAPES and JULLS: What Do Parents Need to Know?*

Register for Campbell Union School District's Parent University 

Updated Wed, Oct 10th
Fall Family Festival

The Fall Family Festival is on Friday, October 26th, 5-8 P.M.  A ticket pre-sale order form was recently sent home in the Monday envelope. The form is also available on the HSC website in the flyers and forms tab. We are still in need of volunteers to help with preparations and tasks.  Please contact Lauren Garcia at lauren81m [at] if you'd like to get more information on how you can help.

Updated Tue, Oct 9th
Castlemont Sweatshirt

Castlemont T-shirt and sweatshirt order forms will be coming home in your next Monday envelope. You can also access those forms and see the options on the Castlemont HSC website. Your orders can be turned in to classrooms and the office.

Updated Tue, Oct 9th

Our next Spirit Day will be College Day. Next Wednesday, October 17 wear your favorite shirt, hat, or sweatshirt from any college, or the colors of your classroom teacher’s alma mater!

Updated Tue, Oct 9th

We love our pets, however, they are not allowed on campus.  We also ask that pets not be left unattended (tied up to the fence), as this can be frightening to some of our younger children.

Please leave your pets at home when you bring your children to school and pick them up after school.  Castlemont thanks you for your cooperation!

Updated Fri, Oct 5th

After students are dismissed from class, our campus gates are now closing at 2:45 (1:45 on Wednesdays). We are keeping the campus secure for our Campbell Care After School Program. We will reopen the gate near the Payne loading/unloading zone after 6:00 pm once Campbell Care is closed. After you have picked up your child, please exit the campus by 2:45. Thank you.

Updated Wed, Oct 10th

Castlemont students have the opportunity to participate in our school-wide Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 31, at 8:30 am.

Please keep the following items at home: full face masks, swords, guns or other weapons (even if they are part of the costume) and save face makeup and hair color for your evening celebrations.

Students are encouraged to come to school ready for the parade with an appropriate costume and regular clothing on underneath.  After the parade, children will remove their costumes and regular instruction will begin.  

Parents who would like to view the parade can do so from the blacktop area. So, bring your cameras and/or video recorders and enjoy the show!

Updated Tue, Oct 2nd
boy sleeping

Lack of sleep isn't just a problem for busy adults. Kids of all ages are not getting an adequate amount of sleep, affecting both their development and behavior. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 25 percent of infants, toddlers and preschoolers are sleepy during the day, and 30 percent of school-aged kids have trouble getting up in the morning. Establishing soothing bedtime routines helps keep young children from becoming part of these statistics.

Bedtime routines play an important role in young kids. These nightly rituals help ease separation anxiety that sometimes occurs in little ones. Certain activities, such as a soothing bath or nightly story, also help children relax for bed. Stimulating activities -- including watching television or playing video games -- aren't effective or wise bedtime routines. In fact, they are detrimental to sleep. Kids with televisions in their rooms go to bed each night about 20 minutes later, according to Laurie Weinreb-Welch, MPH, CHES, a Pennsylvania State University Extension educator. This adds up to more than two hours of lost sleep a week, which is unlikely to be made up.

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Bell Schedule

  • 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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