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Updated Tue, Mar 28th

We have dozens of jackets, shirts, sweats, etc., in our big red lost & found bin.  Please come by and look through it -- you may find a few things your student left behind.  If you're missing something smaller such as a cell phone, eye glasses, jewelry, etc., please call or stop by the office.

Everything left in the lost & found after March 31 will be donated to a local non-profit organization.

Updated Tue, Mar 28th

March 16, 2017

SBAC Testing is upon us. Personal earbuds are welcome during testing. And please, limit those out of school appointments. Students that test with their regular class always do better than those during make-ups!

This year is going to be a bit different for testing, so I want to be sure that you’re well informed. We’ll do practice tests next week, Monday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 21. These are an opportunity to ensure all students have the correct computer access and are familiar with the online testing. Tuesday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 29, both 5th and 8th grades are taking the Science test. The results will not be reported this year, but are a way to calibrate the test across the state. All of these days will be our regular bell schedule.

Our unique bell schedule for testing begins on April 24. We’ll be posting that schedule on our website. We’ll go to block schedule the week of the 24th – 28th, for MTTHF. Wednesday is always our minimum day schedule, even during testing. 

The first two weeks of May will be a combination of block schedule and regular day. I won’t even try to explain it, but suggest you check out the link on our website. That’s what I’m going to look at. 

It might seem early, but it’s time to begin planning for the upcoming school year. As always, I look to our RHMS families for input on what we value as a community for our school goals. These goals are contained in our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Over the next few weeks, there will be opportunities for parents and students to give input on our goals. The first opportunity was at our March PTA meeting, and another will be at the April 19 meeting. Other input will be solicited at our Spring Band Concert/Book Faire, and then again when we send out the parent/student surveys. I value your suggestions, ideas, and comments, and hope you can find the time to participate in one of these opportunities. In the past, community voice has supported our increased technology, our drama teacher, and most recently, our split lunch for grades 5/6 & 7/8. Please let your voice be heard!

CUSD Preschool – 8 School Community Input Sought

Please join our District Transition Team on Thursday, March 23rd at Campbell Middle School beginning at 6:00. Our district is seeking family and student voices as they work to develop a new Preschool - 8th grade school.  The evening will begin with a general convening and then move to specific stakeholder breakout groups, facilitated by Transformation Team members. Your expertise would be of great benefit to the development of this new school. If you are planning on attending please let me know by emailing me at: cdodd [at] campbellusd.org (cdodd [at] campbellusd.org)

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

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

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

The State of California is field-testing a new school accountability tool that uses multiple measures to report school performance and growth.

 Watch the Video

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.

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

Preview dates are March 27th and 30th

Parents have the chance to preview, ask questions, and provide feedback on the three curricula being piloted for Math in grades K-5

The proposed new curricula— Bridges, Eureka Math*, and Investigations— will be available for advance viewing and providing feedback at the District Administration Office’s Hamilton Room:

  • Monday, March 27th, 12 – 1:30pm
  • Thursday, March 30th, 5 – 5:30pm

If you have questions about the proposed curricula, please contact your school’s principal or call the District’s Instructional Services Department, 408-364-4200.

* Name of curriculum corrected 3/14/17

Updated Wed, Mar 8th

The sun is shining, but the rain is still here! Please remind your children to dress in layers, wear sunscreen, and ride their bikes and scooters safely on the wet roads. Gentle reminder: the law requires helmets for all children riding scooters, skateboards, & bicycles. If your child does not have a helmet, their vehicle will be confiscated until you can come to get it from the office. And please, be sure they have a lock for the bike rack and skateboard rack.

We’ve had numerous complaints from the surrounding neighbors about some rude students at Safeway after school. Safeway has been very gracious in offering their side parking lot for student pick-ups after school, so I’d like to remind everyone to be a good neighbor in return. Please pick up your children promptly after school.

State Testing (SBAC) begins on March 20, with practice tests administered. Fifth and Eight grades will then take the Science Test the week of March 27.  After the Spring Break all grades will then begin the official SBAC test on April 24, finishing on May 19. We realize this seems like a great deal of testing, but be assured that there are many days where no testing will occur and students will be working on their regular classroom curriculum. PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE STUDENT APPOINMENTS DURING TESTING.

Next Thursday, we will be holding our Parent Tea in the staff room.  I’ll be reviewing our funding projections for next year, and looking for input on our School Site Plan and LCAP. I look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy the beautiful weather,

Cynthia Dodd
Principal, RHMS

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

The District's Transformation Team is developing a recommendation about transforming Campbell Middle School into a PreK–8th Grade school.

We are seeking input from students, parents, neighbors, employees, and other community members.

Please join us for a community meeting where you can say what is needed for a great new preschool-to-eighth-grade school.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 6:00–8:00 p.m. • Campbell Middle School, 295 W. Cherry Lane, Campbell

  • Childcare for school-aged children with advance reservation: 408-341-7283
  • Spanish interpretation available.

More information is on our Transformation web page.  (campbellusd.org/transformation)

Updated Wed, Mar 1st

The March BAY Teacher of the Month is Blesilda Ilano-Tenorio who received a grant to take her 5th graders on a sea odyssey expedition.

 Grant helps middle schoolers learn about marine science in a hands-on way

Bleilda Ilano-Tenorio received a Wells Fargo Teacher Innovation Classroom Grant from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) provide funds for her students trip as part of their study of “Preventing the Sixth Extinction”.

“The purpose of “Preventing the Sixth Extinction”, is a unit to introduce the human effects on our planet.  Students will attend the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, a hands on experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities.  Furthermore, students will work in the school garden all year long.  They will be exposed to the concepts of plant life effecting humans and our oceans.  As part of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, students will contribute to our planet’s regeneration by conducting a community service project.  Students will work in teams to organize a project related to design thinking that will lead to the our human responsibility to preserve and protect our earth.”

“The most beneficial aspect of the SVEF Innovation Grants is that students are able to experience the study of science through real life application.  By taking students on the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, they will be able to participate in six learning stations in three locations on the Monterey Bay.  On a vessel, dock/pier and classroom, students will actively investigate navigation, marine habitats, marine ecology and conservation.   By giving students this experience, they learn and build upon the knowledge of human responsibility for our planet.  It will be the catalyst to seeing how as humans, we can prevent more damage to our planet.”

Rolling Hills Middle School, Campbell Union School District

“Rolling Hills Middle, one of the District’s three grade 5-8 middle schools, educates a diverse population of approximately 1000 students from Campbell, Los Gatos and Saratoga. Our staff provides a safe and orderly campus, fosters individual creativity, promotes a culture of respect for all, and encourages students to reach their full potential by engaging in their own learning and giving support back to their community.”

The ongoing classroom challenge

“The biggest teaching challenge that is faced by teachers is the need to ensure that the academic, social-emotional and well-being of all of our students are being met.  The need for support services at the school level is without doubt a concern that teachers face on a daily level.   The fact that we have homeless students, students with learning challenges and students with emotional issues makes teaching the curriculum secondary to giving students a positive environment to spend their day.   Challenges are a source of motivation for me.  Every student that I am able to help on a daily basis is how I face the challenges.”

About Blesilda

After teaching 27 years in a variety of positions, Blesilda is currently teaching 5thGrade at Rolling Hills MS in Campbell Union School District.   She has taught all subjects from Kinder through University.   Some of her positions have included Equity Coach, Bilingual/ELD & Spanish Teacher, Teacher Mentor and Refugee Grant Coordinator in Santa Clara and San Francisco Unified School Districts and San Jose State University.

“Being a teacher is the most rewarding profession because the daily connection with students and other teachers has contributed immensely to my own life.”

Updated Wed, Mar 1st

Starting March 1st, CUSD families can begin signing their children up for summer camps! Campbell Union School District offers a variety of fun and enriching summer camp options for your student. Visit campbellusd.org/summer to see the variety of options available.   Space is limited and camps fill up fast.  Register now online, or in the CUSD Extensions office.

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

A new website, called the California School Dashboard, will feature easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, and more.

California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 districts and schools – including ours. It's called the California School Dashboard, and it's coming March 2017. 

The Dashboard is the next step in series of major shifts in public education as a result of 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. California has raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. The site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learning progress and suspension rates.

To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard/.

NOTE: A letter from the Superintendent is being sent to parents on Thursday, March 9th. It can also be seen in the e-flyers links.

Bell Schedule

  • Period 1 8:30–9:27
  • Period 2 9:31–10:25
  • Break 10:25–10:35
  • Period 3 10:38–11:33
  • Period 4 11:37–12:31
  • Lunch 12:31–1:01
  • Period 5 1:05–1:59
  • Period 6 2:03–2:57
  • Period 1 8:30–9:27
  • Period 2 9:31–10:25
  • Break 10:25–10:35
  • Period 3 10:38–11:33
  • Lunch 11:33–12:03
  • Period 4 12:06–1:01
  • Period 5 1:05–1:59
  • Period 6 2:03–2:57
  • Period 1 8:30–9:15
  • Period 2 9:18–10:03
  • Break 10:03–10:13
  • Period 3 10:17–11:01
  • Period 4 11:05–11:49
  • Lunch 11:49–12:19
  • Period 5 12:23–1:07
  • Period 6 1:11–1:55
 

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