First-graders extend their knowledge of language arts, learning skills that enable them to read and write more independently. By the end of first grade, students should read proficiently at grade level and have the ability to decode and recognize increasingly complex words accurately and automatically.
For students in second grade, instruction focuses on developing literacy and proficiency in language arts with the goal that all students become lifelong readers, competent writers, and effective communicators. In mathematics, students become proficient in basic computational skills and procedures, develop conceptual understandings, and become adept at problem solving. Standards-based instruction also includes Science, History-Social Science, Visual & Performing Arts, Health, and more.
Third grade is often considered a pivotal year as instruction in phonics is phased out of the formal curriculum and emphasis increases on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension strategies, text analysis, language conventions, and writing. A crucial goal is that all students leave third grade able to read fluently, effortlessly, independently, and enthusiastically. In mathematics, third-graders deepen their understanding of place value and knowledge of and skill with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers.
Traditionally, fourth grade marks the transition from learning to read (in kindergarten through grade three) to reading to learn (in grade four and beyond). There is more focus on academic language as students learn and practice a range of strategies for acquiring vocabulary independently. They read a wide range of literature, study the structural elements of poems, analyze informational text, and learn to use evidence to support points in the text. In Mathematics, fourth graders perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Fifth-grade students read a wide range of materials, including literature from different times and cultures and informational text on grade-level topics in all subject areas. The emphasis is on students’ comprehension of complex narrative and informational texts.
A wide range of after school options are offered, including academic enrichment opportunities, sports, homework help, performing arts and more! Some options are available through our Campbell Union School District Extensions programs, while others are organized by CMS teachers. Details are available from the school office or by contacting the CUSD Extensions Department.
At CampbellCare, elementary school students can relax, listen to music, play video games, table games and receive homework help in a safe and fun place. Students have computer access, enjoy a daily snack, and participate in a variety of recreational activities, field trips, outdoor sporting events, movies & video games, games & tournaments, and much more! Students participate in STEAM, Health and Fitness and Service Learning Clubs weekly as well.
Castlemont School, located on the border of Campbell and San Jose, was originally built in 1964. Our beautiful campus is the pride of the neighborhood, with its extensive outdoor science classroom and gardens, beautiful new multi-use/cafeteria building, renovated library and water-efficient playing fields. Thanks to the Measure G school bond, the campus has been modernized from the ground up to provide greater energy conservation and updated telecommunications infrastructure.
Our students learn the value of giving back to their communities.
The Drama program provides students with opportunities to gain confidence and build collaboration, public speaking, and social interaction skills as they develop a solid foundation in the theater arts. Through after school activities, students cover the California State Standards for theater education, and learn the basics of the stage, character development, and improvisational and performance skills, as well as to analyze and critique a wide variety of dramatic genres. Each year we have a theatrical production open for grades 3rd-5th.
English Language Development
English Language Development (ELD) Standards are used in tandem with the Common Core State Standards to give our English Learners (ELs) what they need to acquire language and gain access to grade-level standards. The California Department of Education requires that ELs receive explicit ELD instruction (Designated/Dedicated ELD Instruction), grouped by proficiency level. ELs also need access to grade-level standards. CUSD teachers use research-based instructional strategies proven to be effective in helping ELs meet grade-level content.