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Updated Wed, Sep 28th

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Learn more about Measure T on our bond page.

Updated Wed, Sep 28th

Score big on a great night of football with this free and discount ticket offer from the SJSU Spartans.

Each Campbell USD student and their guardian can have one free ticket to the game on Fri., Oct. 7. Additional tickets are just $5 each. It’s a fun, family night especially for CUSD families. 

Get your tickets today. Go to https://bit.ly/SJSUCUSD

All your friends will be there!

  • Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Kick off is at 7:30PM
  • Visit the SJSU Fan Zone link for Game Day Information.

The school with the highest participation could win a pizza party!

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Updated Wed, Sep 21st

Today, September 21, 2022, Campbell Union School District's leadership sent an open letter to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with several requests for increasing traffic safety near schools.  

The text of the letter appears below.

letter to Mayor Liccardo
Click to view a PDF of the letter.

The Honorable Sam Liccardo
Mayor, City of San Jose
200 East Santa Clara Street, 18th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113  

Dear Mayor Liccardo:

Last week, our school district community suffered a pain that no one should ever have to endure: the death of an eight-year-old boy struck by an automobile on his walk to school.

As difficult as this loss has been for our community, it does not compare to the pain being experienced by his family, as their lives are forever altered.

In wanting to ensure that no one in San Jose ever goes through this type of pain and trauma, we are imploring the city of San Jose to take immediate steps to prioritize crosswalks near schools.

As a school district, and on behalf of San Jose families, we are specifically requesting the following:

  • Budget support for school crossing guards;
  • Increased enforcement of traffic laws in zones near schools;
  • Consistent maintenance of crosswalks near schools; and
  • Public safety campaign focused on safe driving near school zones

We recognize that the city of San Jose has already begun the process of upgrading crosswalks near the scene of the tragedy, but we feel it important to memorialize the above referenced request, as we want to ensure that pedestrian safety does not fall off the City’s list of top priorities.

We know that this is a complex issue, but it is one that needs immediate attention, as sadly, this type of tragedy has become far too common on the streets of San Jose.

Although we will never truly be able to fully come to grips with the loss of a beautiful little boy, we can make a difference in our community and, in the process, forever honor his legacy.

On behalf of the Campbell Union Elementary School District Governing Board and Administration, we thank you for your consideration and look forward to being a part of the solution.

Sincerely,

Richard Nguyen                                      Dr. Shelly Viramontez
Board President                                      Superintendent 

cc:   San Jose City Council
        Campbell Union Elementary School District Governing Board

Updated Wed, Sep 21st

They say success is a journey, not a destination. For Campbell Union School District students, we want to ensure there is joy in the journey. Our teachers and staff are committed to providing students with the tools and knowledge needed for the future they will help create.

icons of the competencies“We want our students to see the real-world connections between what they are learning in school and the possibilities for their future,” said Director of Teaching and Learning Pamela Cheng. “Our Profile of a Graduate competencies—Self-directed, Critical thinker, Collaborative, Innovative, Empathetic—provide a focus for our program decisions to prepare students for the demands of the evolving future workforce.” 

The district promotes college and career readiness by setting high expectations and providing opportunities for all students to have real-world learning experiences. Here are a few examples of how CUSD supports curiosity, learning, and real world connections to learning across the district:

  • The Expert Connections and the Wonder Wednesday programs are resources for teachers to invite guest speakers from the community to share their expertise with students, talk about their journey to gaining their special skills, and show students how what they learn in school connects to their future.
  • Through the Biliteracy Pathway Awards program, Sherman Oaks and Monroe Middle students choose to work toward proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. It is part of the multi-year path to earning a State Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma.
  • Partnerships with Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) provide young girls in our schools a free after-school fitness and confidence building program where collegiate female athletes inspire young girls to get active, believe in themselves and improve their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about physical activity. 
  • We partner with local universities to have their students tutor and mentor our students in subjects such as mathematics, digital citizenship, cybersecurity, coding and more.
  • The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a program aimed at closing the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It has been part of Monroe Middle School for more than 20 years, and CUSD was among the first districts in California to offer it at an elementary school. While the course itself has strict qualifying standards, elements of the program can be found in classrooms across the district. 
  • Our eighth graders can opt into an accelerated math course that prepares them for accelerated math in high school.

“While every student may not currently desire to go to college, we are committed to ensuring they have the skills necessary if they ever do want that option,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Whether their path leads to college or to a trade vocation, it’s our job to ensure our students have evolving abilities that make their aspirations a possibility.”

Updated Fri, Sep 30th

Dear Campbell Union School District Family:

It is with great sadness that I share with you that, the Castlemont 3rd grade student who was injured this morning, has passed away. 

Our school community is heart-broken by this development, as every single one of our students we care for and love like our own. 

As a parent, and as your superintendent, I ask you to please hold the family in your thoughts, as they will need our entire community to hold them in our arms. 

In our desire to support our students and staff, we will be making counselors available to give them the space to process this morning's tragedy. 

As further information becomes available, I will make sure to share it with you. However, at this moment, we are going to focus our energy on supporting our students and staff at the site. 

Respectfully,

Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent

Updated Wed, Sep 28th

“Creating a caring school climate where students feel safe and can thrive is an essential part of educating students,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. We have multiple resources and support to help students with a wide range of challenges, including challenges to their mental health.”

Children’s mental health became a frequent topic through the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent study of pediatric emergency room visits showed that the problem has been around for years and has increased among children between the ages of 10 and 12 since 2000. 

woman speaks to workshop attendeesThis month, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, some of the District’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) members —School Psychologist Ryan Carter, Therapist Faryal Popal, and Counselor Leah Adams—began training school-level CRTs. By providing training and clear procedures, school staff can identify and intervene when students are in crisis or show signs of suicidal ideation.

“We know the work is too big and too important for us to handle alone, that is why we have forged so many community partners to support our students’ wellness to allow our educators to focus on teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741).

Updated Wed, Sep 28th

CTesting Services, the company that has provided the COVID-19 tests in Monroe Middle School’s parking lot, has informed us that the last day of testing at their COVID testing pod will be Friday, September 16th.

If you have questions, please contact Ctestingservices.org.

Updated Wed, Sep 21st

Whether it is extreme heat or poor air quality, our teachers and staff know what to do to keep students safe and learning at school. This week’s heat wave was an example. 

Our teachers and staff made sure students had many water breaks and kept a watchful eye for any health issues. 

As the day grew warmer, schools limited outdoor activity. They implemented “rainy day” recess and lunch schedules to allow students to play with board games and legos or watch a short film in air conditioned rooms. Those rooms also are equipped with highly effective MERV-13 air filters to keep the indoor air safe.

Fortunately, the district completed installation and repairs to air conditioning units in all teaching and learning spaces last year, thanks to now-dwindling bond funds. If older AC units failed, our staff worked to fix them and/or place students in other rooms with functioning AC.

Pictured above: To stay cool, Capri students took turns watching a movie in the cafeteria. Schools across the district altered schedules so students could be inside during the hottest part of the day. Air conditioned classrooms with MERV-13 air filters and lots of water breaks are helping students and staff beat the heat during this week’s heat wave.

Updated Wed, Sep 14th

San Jose State Spartans are offering free tickets to Campbell USD families and staff to their Oct. 7 game against the UNLV Rebels. 

Students get a free ticket for themselves and one guardian. Additional tickets are just $5 each. 

See the Student Flyer for details.

Game time and location is on the SJSU football schedule.

Campbell USD employees also get one free ticket and can buy additional tickets for $5. Information was emailed directly to employees.

Updated Wed, Sep 14th

What’s your specialty?
Science? Art? Cars? Landscaping? Baking? Health? Your skills and expertise could bring our elementary and/or middle school students new ideas about the world and their future in shaping it.

Our Innovation Council is working to build a network of community experts to give our students real-world experiences to discover their passions and see applications for their learning in school. 

Learn More

Complete this Community Expert Connections form. We will share the information you provide with our educators, and those who see a match to their learning objectives will contact you to schedule a classroom connection experience.