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Principal’s Message

We hope Spring Break was an opportunity to re-charge and spend quality time together.  With the weather warming and the rain diminishing, it is clear that spring is in the air.

SBAC Testing Schedule

Recognizing that state testing may be a time of anxiety for our students, we are making a concerted effort at supporting them during this time.  Often, keeping our days “status quo” is an important step.  While testing will occur, there will be many similarities to the previous several months of school.  We will have a six period day, every day.  We will mirror the same testing schedule we experienced during iReady in September and February.  We will have lunch at approximately the same time as the previous 140 days.

You will notice that we have also built in some rest between assessments.  They include weekends and Wednesdays.  The dates follow, and a specific bell schedule is posted on the website:

  • Thursday, May 2 (ELA Computer Adaptive Test, Part I)
  • Friday, May 3 (ELA Computer Adaptive Test, Part II)
  • Monday, May 6 (Math Computer Adaptive Test, Part I)
  • Tuesday, May 7 (Math Computer Adaptive Test, Part II)
  • Thursday, May 9 (ELA Performance Task Part I)
  • Friday, May 10 (ELA Performance Task Part II)
  • Monday, May 13 (Math Performance Task)
  • Tuesday, May 14 (Math Performance Task, tbd)
  • Week of May 20 (8th Grade Science)

It is vital that every effort is made to have your child at school on these days, as make-ups become problematic when assessments continue to build.  A good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, a morning snack, and a good-bye hug are additional ways to support your child as he or she demonstrates their learning on these state tests.

We will continue to re-iterate that assessing a child’s mastery of grade level content is accomplished in a variety of formats.  District writing prompts, collaborative presentations, letter grades, the 8th grade Exhibition, iReady, and SBAC, as well as the soft skills associated with the CUSD’s Profile of a Graduate, including being self-directed, innovative, a critical thinker, collaborative, and empathetic, are all measures of a student’s mastery of grade level content.  As results arrive, we are excited to see how much our students continue to grow.

LiMPETS Science Field Trip

Looking at our Thought Exchange data, all of our seventh graders are attending an academical based field trip to Santa Cruz over the next two weeks.  Incorporating science and math, students will explore the tidal ecosystems, working collaboratively to obtain specimens from the beach, making appropriate measurements of those specimens, and entering data into a national database.  While the experience itself has no fees, securing transportation and substitute teachers is a costly endeavor.  Fortunately, Mr. Alexander secured a $600 grant to help offset fees.  We encourage you to provide the suggested donation amount of approximately $13 per child and sign the permission slip.

Notes and Floats… and a Learning Community

To create a larger sense of community and to demonstrate all the great things that departments, including ELA, math, science, social studies, PE, and electives have guided students to discover this year, our RHMS Notes and Floats event will expand.

On Thursday, June 6th, prior to the 6:00 pm start of Notes and Floats where all of the RHMS bands and choirs will perform, the quad will feature teachers and what each department chooses to share with the public.  What is shared will be selected by each department as representative of its grade level and content essential standards.

The event will also include a number of food trucks so that families may remain and enjoy an evening of music and fun.

Further details will follow as that event draws closer.


Please log onto for more details about how to support the PTA as it works to support over 1,000 RHMS students.

Updated Wed, Apr 17th

Altered bell schedule for SBAC testing weeks.  Please call the school office for information

Updated Fri, Mar 29th

8th grade promotion is approaching !  As dates are set for promotion-specific events, we will post them here.

Last day of school:        Wed, Jun 12
Promotion ceremony:   Wed, Jun 12, 9:00-10:30am 
Promotion party:            Fri, Jun 7, 5:30-7:30

Information regarding promotion will be sent home with students in April.

Updated Wed, Apr 17th

5th Annual 'LA FIESTA' Parent Night

Details coming soon!

Updated Tue, Apr 2nd

Jennifer Bell Named Educator of the Year by League of Middle Schools

jennifer bellCampbell Union School District announces that Jennifer Bell, sixth-grade teacher at Rolling Hill Middle School, was named Educator of the Year for California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) Region 5.

The award is given to California middle school teachers who exemplify educational excellence and who have made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform. Region 5 represents Santa Clara County.

“Jennifer is an exemplary teacher,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “She is a facilitator of learning, allowing her students to develop the key competencies they will need for success in the yet-to-be-defined workplace they will enter one day.”

“Entering her classroom, students are engulfed in their own learning, working on a learning target that has meaning to them,” said Rolling Hills Principal Ted Cribari.  “She is a powerful teacher from whom others seek input in a collaborative manner.”

Bell was recognized for her dedicated and innovative work with students at the school and for her leadership when working at the district level. She has worked to implement proven instructional techniques, including learning targets and writing strategies that benefit all learners.

Updated Wed, Apr 17th

RHMS Parents and Guardians-

We are hosting a Health and Wellness Week during the week of April 15-19.  As part of this week we will be focusing on keeping our bodies healthy by avoiding harmful substances, specifically tobacco and drugs.  As part of this effort, we would like to invite you to come to the school for an educational meeting about vaping, e-cigarettes, marijuana, and JUULs.  There has been an increase of use with these products all across the country.  We would like to help you to be better informed so that you can in turn help your student.  Please join us for a parent meeting presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education on April 16, from 6-7:30 at RHMS (a specific room location will be announced later depending of parent sign-ups).  There will be a question and answer session after as well as light refreshments.  Please RSVP by clicking on this link.  Please see the flyer below for more information.
Thank you and don’t forget to RSVP


Updated Wed, Mar 27th

We invited parents, students, employees and the community to share thoughts about what we're doing well and where we can improve.

We engage parents, students, employees and the community in developing our Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) so that our decisions and plans are more responsive to our community’s educational priorities. LCAPs describe the school's overall vision for students, annual goals, and specific actions we will take to achieve the vision and goals.

In addition to other important student performance data, we invite input from our stakeholders in a variety of ways, both formal and informal. With a focus on district goals, we use the information to make decisions about programs and to seek added support through community grants and partnerships. As a result of last year’s feedback, some schools added field trips, others added counselors, and still others directed funds to support homework help or art instruction.

A few months ago, we invited parents, students, employees and the community to engage in an online forum, using to share their own thoughts and rate the thoughts of others about what we're doing well and where we can improve. We were able to receive direct input from thousands of stakeholders.

School administrators are sharing the school-level results with their committees and staff, as part of their planning process for next year. District-level Top Thoughts results are compiled into two interactive reports that appear on our LCAP webpage.

Or download a summary report as a PDF. 
Students Voice - District Summary - 2018-19           
Community - District Summary - 2018-19

Updated Tue, Apr 2nd

Principal’s Message

Hello, families!  Welcome to the start of Spring!  It was great sharing dinner with many of you at Super Duper last week, and Mr. Aguayo was quite the emcee for families at RHMS Bingo on Friday.  

Certificates of Academic Achievement

Like in the fall, we will provide students with certificates for their second trimester academic achievement.  Sixth period teachers will distribute them to those students whose grade point averages were between 3.00-3.49, 3.50-3.99, and at 4.00.  Please look for the certificates in your child’s backpacks on Tuesday of next week.

On behalf of our entire staff, I’d like to thank you as parents, guardians, and extended families for the support you continue provide our students at home.  That support, whether it’s providing a quiet place to study or an additional email to a teacher or reading this message, is paramount to the success of the children and students we share.

LiMPETS Science Field Trip

In an effort to bring learning alive, we are excited to have booked LiMPETS, a science based field trip for seventh grade.  Incorporating science and math, and taking place in April, it will serve all 325 of our seventh graders.  Students will spend one school day in Santa Cruz, where they will explore the tidal ecosystems, working collaboratively to obtain specimens from the beach, making appropriate measurements of those specimens, and entering data into an international database.  While the experience itself has no fees, securing transportation and substitute teachers is a costly endeavor.  Fortunately, Mr. Alexander has secured a $600 grant to help offset fees.  In order for this to be successful, letters with an attached suggested donation amount along with permission slips will be distributed to seventh graders early next week.  We encourage you to provide the suggest donation amount of approximately $13 per child.  Details will be distributed through seventh grade science classrooms.

Counseling Presentations

Our Counseling Department continues to have a meaningful impact upon our students.  Focused upon the social emotional development of our students, both Ms. Wood and Ms. Gotuaco have led several engaging classroom presentations at all grade levels.  Topics have been entitled, “How to Solve a Problem,” “Healthy Friendships,” and “Coping Strategies.”  Our counselors are wrapping up presentations in sixth grade classrooms this week.

Always seeking ways to quantify success, there are pre and post assessments associated with the presentations.  Based upon student feedback, students are acquiring skills that are proving beneficial to their social emotional development and our school’s climate.

In addition to these presentations, Kaiser Permanente will lead our 7th and 8th graders in a large performance called “Nightmare on Puberty Street.”  A fast-paced show featuring current music and dance, this presentation encourages students at this age to look critically at healthy lifestyles and decision making skills.  This presentation will take place Thursday of next week.

Reading Intervention

We are always looking at opportunities to support additional students.  While we offer an array of electives, including STEAM II, Spanish II and symphonic band, and advanced math classes in seventh and eighth grades, we are also looking at further ways to leverage our Reading Intervention Specialist.  We will be meeting with students in the coming days to discuss the opportunity to be in a 10 week reading support class.  The aim is to offer additional support in vocabulary development and reading comprehension to students who qualify based upon data, including SBAC and iReady.  Students will meet with Ms. Nishihara and receive an introductory letter on Friday before the support starts next Monday.  Our expectation is that with a ten week support class, additional students will access increasingly complex texts in English, social studies, science, and math classes and become more confident readers.


Several months ago, California League of Middle Schools Region V bestowed upon Mrs. Bell its Educator of the Year award.  To follow up, she was honored in Sacramento last weekend for her commitment to educational excellence and making significant efforts at implementing educational reform.  Mrs. Bell has worked to implement proven instructional techniques in her classroom and in CUSD, including learning targets and writing strategies that benefit all learners.  In my several months at RHMS, it is clear to me that RHMS has a bevy of committed educators like Mrs. Bell of which I am very proud.


Special thanks to the PTA for organizing the Super Duper fundraiser and Bingo Night last week.  Proceeds from the events go directly to our RHMS PTA who in turn gives it directly to programs at RHMS.  Please log onto for more details about how to support the PTA as it works to support over 1,000 RHMS students.

Updated Wed, Apr 17th

Community support and solid fiscal management has protected schools from worse impacts. Download report.

Download the full publication in English and Spanish.
Descargue la publicación completa en inglés y español.

A Message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D.

Preparing our students for success in the yet-to-be-defined workplace of the future is rewarding and challenging. Recently, the challenges have increased with changes to economic conditions.

A few major factors have placed new strains on school and district budgets for our district and many others in the region.

  1. Declining enrollment due to families moving to more-affordable places to live;
  2. Flattening State revenue
  3. Unexpected, State-imposed increases to our pension program costs; and
  4. Increased cost and demand for special education services for students.

The bottom line: Campbell Union School District will need to make $2 million in adjustments to our operating budget for the coming school year. 

We are up to the challenge. We have taken some steps already to mitigate some the impacts of that large funding cut:

  • Our energy and water conservation systems are complete,
  • We have secured several grants to support students’ education and wellness,  
  • We trimmed $1.8 million from the current year’s budget, and
  • We are exploring ways to further reduce costs for services outside of the classroom.

Our fiscal responsibility has earned us the public’s confidence and support. Our community shares our commitment to educate all students to their highest potential, approving school bonds to maintain and modernize our buildings and grounds and a parcel tax to provide competitive teacher salaries and up-to-date classroom technology.

Despite serious fiscal challenges coming our way, we are committed to maintaining both our financial solvency and the integrity of our instructional programs as we prepare our students for the opportunities of their yet-to-be-defined futures.  

Updated Thu, Mar 14th

Come see how our STEAM-powered education is energizing students across the district.

All students and families are invited to this annual celebration of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics marvels our students have discovered and created.

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell (Campbell School of Innovation campus)

The event features:

  • Hands-on activities for students of all ages!
  • Demonstrations and performances by students from all Campbell
    Union School District schools, including: Engineering & Design
    Thinking, Computer Science & Robotics, Student Passion &
    Creativity, Film Festival, and Performing Arts.

Bell Schedule

  • Period 18:35–9:33
  • Period 29:37–10:31
  • Break10:31–10:41
  • Period 310:45–11:39
  • Period 411:43–12:41
  • Lunch12:41–1:11
  • Period 51:15–2:10
  • Period 62:13–3:08
  • Period 18:35–9:23
  • Period 29:27–10:11
  • Break10:11–10:21
  • Period 310:25–11:09
  • Period 411:13–12:01
  • Lunch12:01–12:31
  • Period 512:35–1:20
  • Period 61:24–2:08

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