Sometimes our students need a change of clothes to borrow. Our Health Office is seeking donations of children’s pants (sizes 5-12) and underpants. Pants with elastic waistbands are especially preferred. Please bring your donations to the office. Thank you.
Students had equal say as adults as more than 100 parents, students, staff and neighbors gave input at a March 23 community forum about creating a new Preschool–8th-grade school in the District.
The meeting began with attendees using stickers to vote on the Guiding Principals the Transformation Team will consider as it develops recommendations for the Governing Board. Then, participants and facilitators separated into affinity groups—parents with other parents, students with students, and so on—so they could discuss hopes, concerns and ideas for the new school. They consolidated their input and reported it back to the whole group. Their responses are posted on the District's Transformation web page in the March 23 meeting notes.
In April, the Transformation Team will review the responses and identify common themes to address in recommendations it sends to the Board in June.
Save the Date!
Castlemont’s inaugural Celebration of Learning will be held on April 27th from 6-7:30 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see grade level STEAM projects. More information will be sent home soon.
Students Must Arrive After 8:00 am
The safety of our students is our number one concern.
As noted in the Castlemont Parent Handbook:
Students are not to arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. as there is no supervision. Once a student is on the school grounds, he/she may not leave without written permission.
If you need child care before or after school, we have Campbell Care, a fee based program. For contact information, contact the CUSD Extensions Program at 408-364-4200 X 6378.
Does your child love grapefruit? You may be surprised to learn he or she does! On Wednesday, March 22nd, Castlemont students sampled the locally grown grapefruit that was served in the cafeteria that day. The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Youth Nutrition Program staffed a “voting station” in the cafeteria so students could provide feedback on the fresh fruit to Nutrition Services. The results were exciting with 156 kids saying they loved it, 38 saying they liked it, and only 55 saying it was not for them today.
State testing will happen from mid-April through May, and we're doing our best to ensure our students do their best.
Each year, students in grades 3–8 will participate in the statewide testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests cover English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3–8, and science fore grades 5 and 8. They provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.
The principal will send information about specific testing dates and times at your child's school.
Meanwhile: Don't Fret. Stay Informed.
- For tips about how to help your child do well, go to Test Taking Tips for Parents (campbellusd.org/homestandards#test)
- For more details about the testing system and what is required, go to the e-flyers link to read a Letter from the Superintendent.
It’s not too late to register for STREAM Session 4! We still have spots available in Lego Robotics for the 1st-3rd grades & for Engineering for K- 5th grades. To register go to: cusdextensions.asapconnected.com. Space is limited!
The HSC Book Fair Coordinators would like to thank all our Volunteers (student volunteers, Castlemont families and staff) for another successful book fair. Together we got the equivalent of 1,900 books into the hands of our students and their families. That is approximately 342,000 minutes of reading!
We look forward to seeing you all again at our next book fair - Fall 2017. In the meantime, remember “There is more treasure in books, than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island” -Walt Disney
Strategic Plan Committee noted progress during its review of strategic goals and objectives, including STEAM, standards and student support.
The Strategic Planning Committee—35 students, employees, parents, community members, and Board members—met on March 7, 2017 to discuss progress, challenges, and next steps toward achieving the District’s strategic goals.
As part of the semi-annual review, the group created objectives to be completed by September 2018 and a list of current “Perceived Strengths and Accomplishments”.
More details about the Strategic Plan are on the Strategic Plan Web Page
The State of California is field-testing a new school accountability tool that uses multiple measures to report school performance and growth.
The California School Dashboard is a new tool from the State of California that replaces the old Academic Performance Index (API). It will provide parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.
The California School Dashboard is a critical piece of California’s new school accountability and continuous improvement system. A 5-minute video explains how the new tool works and what it looks like.