Castlemont Elementary School

District News

Updated Fri, Apr 17th

Click to view the April 17 "Backyard Briefing" video message from Superintendent Viramontez on our Campbellusd Youtube channel.

Now that we have completed our first week of formalized distance learning, the Superintendent discusses:

  • Security for zoom and other video conferencing.
  • Communicating with teachers and schools.
  • Guidance about which lessons are expected and which are encouraged as enrichment.

We'll all get better at this as we go on.

Please visit our COVID-19 resources page for information about meal distribution, wellness activities, and community support resources. 

Stay strong, stay safe, be well.

Updated Wed, Apr 15th

During the school closure, most of our students are participating in some online activities as part of their distance learning. We continue to stay apprised of how to protect them from “zoombomers” — mischief makers who try to break into online meetings and share inappropriate content.

Safety and learning have always been our top priorities, whether online or not. We want to let our families know the steps we have taken to assure a safe learning environment for students, staff and families.

For lessons that involve online learning, our teachers are using Google classroom, SeeSaw, and Zoom. We are continuing with Zoom.com because of the recent updates to its software: adding a password requirement, providing an automatic “waiting room” feature for teachers to allow students entry to the virtual classroom, and numerous other upgrades.

We have provided teachers with updated best practices to maximize student safety while using district-vetted programs and platforms, and our district-issued devices have extra security tools that alert us to inappropriate or unsafe content being used on them.

Our staff has investigated options and worked hard to provide all students with the opportunity to participate safely in online activities as part of their distance learning. We will continue to diligently monitor and update these precautions as necessary to maintain online safety, and are poised to respond and adjust if needed.

Updated Wed, Apr 15th

Parents often feel anxious about discussing their child’s learning needs with the teacher. Imagine if they don’t speak the same language?

To ensure communication between teacher and parent, our teachers have access to a telephone translation system that provides interpretation for hundreds of languages, helping them bridge that communication gap. It is especially vital as students are distance learning.

Our district values parents as partners as we educate students to their highest potential, and this interpretation tool is another way we can work together for the benefit of our students.

Updated Wed, Apr 8th

This week is an unusual Spring Break. Still, I hope you are making the most of this time with your family.  

I want to let you know how we have been preparing for our official transition from flexible learning options to formalized distance learning (when the teacher and student are not in the same location), which will begin upon our return on April 13.  In the previous three weeks, our staff has been conducting outreach and providing lessons and activities to support our students. Our aim is to offer students a sense of structure and normalcy as we all adjust to this new way of teaching, learning and living through the end of the school year. While our schools will remain closed, the learning will continue.  As an organization committed to continual growth will get better as we go.

We know this has been a challenging time for all of us, and we are committed to doing what it takes to provide the essential activities of providing meals and keeping learning happening. 

Since the March 16th school closure, we have distributed about 800 meals a day, and we continue to be prepared to provide meals to anyone under 18 in need of lunch and breakfast.

To support access to online learning resources, we have checked out thousands of computing devices for student use: approximately 2050 were issued earlier in the year to our middle school students through our "web to one" program; another 855 devices were checked out since the closures to families of students in grades 2-5 who have no device at home; and 445 more are being prepared for check out after April 13. 

I am proud of the work our Community Liaisons have done with our families for the last two years on accessing inexpensive Internet connectivity, and we have  continued to provide the information for Comcast and DirecTV free connection in English & Spanish with our meal distribution.

Our district employees remain committed to supporting our students and families. While our current situation is far different from what we imagined when the school year began, we will get through this together.

Please remember to check the COVID19 web page frequently for updates and resources, and visit your school’s website for links to information about weekly lessons.

Updated Mon, Apr 6th

As we reported in previous messages, all Campbell Union School District departments and schools are closed this week for the scheduled Spring Break, April 6-10. However, staff from county and city emergency services are still serving meals at several school locations this week. See updated schedule and sites here.

Starting April 13th—as the shelter-in-place continues—our own staff will resume meal services and our schools will launch a more formalized distance learning program. Please visit your school's website for details on April 13 distance learning for your child.

Updated Thu, Apr 9th

Please use this link to view a video message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez on Youtube.

If you need the video to show subtitles in English or Spanish, please see the following instructions:

  1. To turn on subtitles, click the CC (closed caption) icon at the bottom of a YouTube video. A red line will appear under the icon when closed captions have been enabled. 
  2. To adjust caption settings (such as choosing a different language), click the gear icon. If subtitles are available for a video, a choice of generated captions and other formats will be available here.

Updated meal locations and schedule.   Updated COVID19 Resources.

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Utilice este enlace para ver un mensaje de video de la Superintendente Shelly Viramontez en Youtube.

Si necesita que el video muestre subtítulos en inglés o español, consulte las siguientes instrucciones:

  1. Para activar los subtítulos, haga clic en el ícono CC en la parte inferior de un video de YouTube. Aparecerá una línea roja debajo del icono cuando se hayan habilitado los subtítulos.
  2. Para ajustar la configuración de los subtítulos (como elegir un idioma diferente), haga clic en el ícono de ajustes. Si los subtítulos están disponibles para un video, una selección de subtítulos generados y otros formatos estarán disponibles allí.

Ubicaciones y horarios de comidas actualizados.  Recursos COVID19 actualizados.

Updated Tue, Apr 7th

In the past 24 hours, state and county officials have announced extensions to shelter-in-place orders and that school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. 

The school year has not ended; it has transitioned from in-person classroom instruction to instruction and support for students through distance learning options.

A letter from all of the superintendents in Santa Clara County (see links below) provides more specifics. In the coming days, we will have more district-specific information for you on our district website and through our normal notification systems.

Letter from all superintendents - English

Carta de todos los superintendentes - Español

Meals During Spring Break

Campbell Union School District will be offering free meals, at participating sites during the Spring Break, April 6-10, thanks to support from the County and the City of San Jose. Some of the locations will be different during that week. Click to see schedule and locations for April 6-10 and beyond.

Updated Thu, Apr 2nd

During the achool closures, the Campbell Union School District will be offering free meals, at participating sites. Meals are free to all children, 18 years of age and younger, and available for pick-up from 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Any child from any school can participate. Children do not have to be present for parents or caregivers pick up their meals. We are encouraging all children to stay home if possible.

Click to see schedule and locations for April 6-10 and beyond.

Meals will not be consumed on site.  We will offer a pre-packaged lunch and a pre-packaged breakfast for the following day.

Questions? Please contact Child Nutrition Services at (408) 341-7210 or e-mail at food [at] campbellusd.org.

Updated Wed, Apr 1st

Social media makes it easy and fun to share images of our children’s activities—including screenshots of their online class meetings during the school closure. Just as we tell our children to be careful with what information they share online, it is important that we adults use caution also.

When sharing pictures and videos online, please avoid posting identifiable photos of OTHER people’s children, unless you have permission. For safety and other reasons, some families choose not to have images of their children made public.

Protección de la privacidad del estudiante: Piense antes de publicar algo

Las redes sociales hacen que sea fácil y divertido compartir imágenes de las actividades de nuestros hijos, esto también incluye las capturas de pantalla de las reuniones de clase en línea que se están realizando durante el cierre de la escuela. Así como les decimos a nuestros hijos que tengan cuidado con la información que comparten en línea, es importante que los adultos también tengamos cuidado.

Al compartir fotos y videos en línea, evite publicar fotos identificables de los hijos de OTRAS personas, a menos que tenga permiso. Por seguridad y otras razones, algunas familias optan por no hacer públicas las imágenes de sus hijos.

Updated Thu, Apr 2nd

(Updated 4/1/2020)

In the past 24 hours, state and county officials have announced extensions to shelter-in-place orders and that school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. 

The school year has not ended; it has transitioned from in-person classroom instruction to instruction and support for students through distance learning options.

A letter from all of the superintendents in Santa Clara County (see links below) provides more specifics. In the coming days, we will have more district-specific information for you on our district website and through our normal notification systems.

Letter from all superintendents - English

Carta de todos los superintendentes - Español

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(Updated 3/30/2020)

New items have been added to the COVID-19 resources page under Family Resources and Learning at Home.

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(Updated March 27, 2020)

Please use this link to view a video message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez on Youtube.

If you need the video to show subtitles in English or Spanish, please see the following instructions:

  1. To turn on subtitles, click the CC (closed caption) icon at the bottom of a YouTube video. A red line will appear under the icon when closed captions have been enabled. 
  2. To adjust caption settings (such as choosing a different language), click the gear icon. If subtitles are available for a video, a choice of generated captions and other formats will be available here.

Utilice este enlace para ver un mensaje de video de la Superintendente Shelly Viramontez en Youtube.

Si necesita que el video muestre subtítulos en inglés o español, consulte las siguientes instrucciones:

  1. Para activar los subtítulos, haga clic en el ícono CC en la parte inferior de un video de YouTube. Aparecerá una línea roja debajo del icono cuando se hayan habilitado los subtítulos.
  2. Para ajustar la configuración de los subtítulos (como elegir un idioma diferente), haga clic en el ícono de ajustes. Si los subtítulos están disponibles para un video, una selección de subtítulos generados y otros formatos estarán disponibles allí.

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March 25, 2020

In our commitment to keep you informed of changes as we become aware of them, we want to let you know that late this morning, six Bay Area counties, including ours, announced that we are extending the school closures to May 1. The news release is online.

As we indicated in previous communications, our District is continuing the transition from flexible learning options to formally offering distance learning lessons. Our distance learning—instruction that happens when the teacher and student are not in the same location—will take into consideration student needs and access to technology. 

We understand that families have different situations and resources available, and their anxiety levels often are high. We are only asking that we all do our best and work through the challenges we are facing now. Please see the news release for more details about this extended closure, and check the COVID-19 resources page for updates. 

Our commitment to keeping our students fed and the learning going continues! 

I will be sending an update on Friday that will offer more information about our district’s plans going forward.

Sinncerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent