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District Explores New Education Opportunity for Students: Transforming Campbell Middle into a pre-K—8 School

Last spring, Campbell Union School District (CUSD) proposed creating an educational opportunity for CUSD families by transforming Campbell Middle School (CMS) into a school for preschool-through-eighth-grade students. This month, a newly formed Transformation Team will meet for the first time to begin the work of examining options and developing recommendations to send to the Governing Board for action.

We will provide regular updates through Transformation Round-Up bulletins, school and district web sites/e-news, and public meetings.

More details are here in our first Transformation Round-Up.  There is also a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on our District web site, and anyone can sign up to receive weekly news via email.

Updated 6 hours 21 min ago

Community invited to participate in Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings.

The public can give input on CUSD's district-wide Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) for providing quality education to more than 7,600 students in preschool through eighth grade. Two meeting opportunities in January 2017: Wed., Jan. 18, at 9 a.m., and Tue., Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.  (Each meeting will be held at the PLC building at Monroe Middle School.)

Updated Thu, Jan 5th
Happy New Year 2017

We hope you had a relaxing two-week break. It's great to see all the smiling Castlemont Dragons back at school and ready to learn! 

Updated Wed, Dec 14th

Agenda topics and presentations from the regular meeting of December 8,2016

Organizational Meeting:

  • New Board Officers: President Thomas M. Gemetti; Vice President Michale L. Snyder; Clerk Richard H. Nguyen
  • 2017 Meeting Schedule: The next regular meeting will be January 19, 2017.  All future meeting dates can be found on our online calendar and posted at school offices.

Strategic Plan Update:

Superintendent Andrew provided the Board with a copy of the Executive Summary of the District’s Communication Plan, a specified task from the September Strategic Planning session. He noted that the summary includes a marketing schedule that outlines key opportunities for telling the district’s story and measuring outcomes.

Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) Update:  

Assistant Superintendent Whitney Holton reported on the State of California’s changes to the student assessment program and ensuing revisions to the LCAP template. She said:

  • The LCAP allows educators to look at student achievement data in effective ways and to guide instructional decisions.
  • The State’s new LCAP template promises a format that will make the reports more reader-friendly
  • CUSD is preparing an executive summary of our LCAP, which will be ready in January.
  • There are two LCAP Community input meetings scheduled for January 18th and 24th where the District will elicit input about goals and priorities. Slides from the presentation can be seen on request or online at

Campbell Middle Transformation to PK-8:

Superintendent Andrew described the plan for the December 15th Board Study Session and the role of the consultant who will be facilitating the discussion. Consultant Derek Mitchell, who is experienced in school transformations, will present relevant research, sample transformation models (their pros and cons); and the decisions and actions that will be needed for success. 

Updated Tue, Jan 3rd

Hello Castlemont Community.  The Castlemont staff wishes you a happy and fun filled two week vacation.  We look forward to hearing your great stories when we return on January 3rd, 2017. Happy New Year!

Updated Wed, Jan 11th

Castlemont School has changed its lunchtime visitor policy, beginning Tuesday, January 3. Lunchtime provides your child the opportunity to socialize with his/her peers as they eat independently.  It is also a wonderful extension of the classroom where social learning takes place. In order to allow your student this social success at lunchtime, VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT LUNCH or RECESS, unless approved by the classroom teacher and the administration on a special occasion circumstance. Please be aware that the time you spend with your child during his/her lunchtime, can affect how he/she interacts and behaves with his/her peers. It may increase separation anxiety with your child as well as inhibit him/her from socializing with other students. Our number one focus is on your child’s education and social/emotional development and therefore it’s imperative that you encourage your child to be independent and learn how to eat and socialize with his/her fellow peers.  

We have ample coverage at recess and lunchtime, so your child is in good hands. We understand that it can be difficult to allow your child this independence, however we firmly believe the more you allow your child to eat on his/her own and socialize, the more your child will begin to navigate social situations and feel a sense of empowerment.

Please note this new policy will go into effect Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Thank you so much for your continued support of Castlemont and our students.

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

Please join us for an informational meeting on Dec. 7th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 36. Our lab needs volunteers to help students with STEAM projects. This meeting will let you know what you can do to help. Thank you! We hope to see you there.

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

Has your child’s math homework become a challenge? Did you know your public library can help?

The Bascom Branch of the San Jose Public Library offers Math Homework Help on Thursdays at 3 p.m.  Please call 408-808-3077 for more information about this and other programs for students.


Updated Wed, Nov 30th

The Book Fair Coordinators would like to thank each and every parent who took time out of their busy schedules to help out at the fair! It makes such a huge difference! Our book fairs are only successful because of all the volunteers that come to help! We raised well over $2000 dollars from this fair, money that will help support field trips, Playworks, and other enrichment activities for our kids.  The book fair coordinators would also like to thank the donors who made it possible to for the All For Books Program to give  $5 vouchers to TWO students in each classroom for a second year in a row! These vouchers give a student an opportunity to purchase a book from the book fair, when they may have not be able to before. Which benefits the student in so many ways! Thank you for your donations to this important cause! We look forward to our next fair, coming in March 2017! Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday season!

Updated Mon, Dec 5th

In light of the precautionary shelter-in-place we enacted Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 30th), we want to thank you for your patience and understanding, and for your students’ excellent cooperation during the situation. Our staff did a remarkable job of making sure your children were safe, calm and cared for.

Safety is our top priority, and we routinely practice scenarios for just this type of event. That being said, now is a good time to update your emergency contact information with our office staff. 

Bell Schedule

  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:25
  • Lunch 11:25–12:07
  • In Session 12:07–1:30
  • PM Recess 1:30–1:40
  • In Session 1:40–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:30
  • Lunch 11:30–12:12
  • In Session 12:12–1:30
  • PM Recess 1:20–1:30
  • In Session 1:30–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:59
  • Lunch 11:59–12:41
  • In Session 12:41–1:30
  • PM Recess 1:30–1:40
  • In Session 1:40–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess 10:10–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:50
  • Lunch 11:50–12:34
  • In Session 12:34–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:05
  • AM Recess 10:05–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–12:15
  • Lunch 12:15–12:49
  • In Session 12:49–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–12:07
  • Lunch 12:07–12:41
  • In Session 12:41–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35 with no PM recess

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