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Updated Fri, Jan 17th

“Design thinking is an approach to teaching core academics that will develop our students’ skills as collaborative, innovative, self-directed, empathetic critical thinkers who can be successful in their yet-to-be-defined future,” says Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District (CUSD).

design thinking process stepsDesign thinking, a process for empathy-based creative problem-solving, is spreading to classrooms across the district. While it is a primary focus of the district’s new Campbell School of Innovation, more teachers in other schools also are using it. Over the past year, nearly 25% of the district’s more than 380 teachers have experienced the design thinking process and how to incorporate it into their lessons.  (See related story about first-grade teacher Megan Delaye.)

“Students are becoming more energized about owning their learning, and their teachers are seeing student achievement rise as they incorporate more of these relevant problem-solving projects into their instruction,” says Kami Thordardson, CUSD’s Director of Innovation & Digital Learning. She says CUSD Equity Coaches have been working this year with teachers from several schools, both groups and individuals, and all teachers had the option to participate in a design project through the district wide library design project last year.

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t even been imagined yet,” says Viramontez. “Design thinking is one of the ways we can educate students to their highest potential.”

Updated Tue, Jan 14th

Tour campuses, observe classes, speak with administrators, and get to know your neighborhood schools.

Our highly qualified teachers prepare students for success in their yet-to-be-defined futures teaching them to be innovative, self-directed, collaborative, empathetic critical thinkers. We offer engaging and well-rounded instruction and enriching programs for children from infants to eighth grade in safe and nurturing school communities.

Convenient online registration available from your home or in school and district administration offices opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2020.

Key Dates
January 21, 2020: 8 a.m. School registration and Open Enrollment begins for 2020-21 school year.

Now-Feb. 14, 2020: Parent tours - dates and locations vary. See the tour schedule online.

February 14, 2020: 4 p.m. - Deadline to complete Open Enrollment (school placement) requests for 2020-21 school year. 

Updated Tue, Jan 14th

The March 3, 2020 will have many local issues on it, and voting is your chance to have a say.
This election will be Vote by Mail, so be sure the county's Registrar of Voters has your correct information.

Check your registration status
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/

Register online
https://registertovote.ca.gov/

Updated Tue, Dec 17th

Plan a visit to learn more about your neighborhood school! Schools schedule tours in January and February to coincide with the Open Enrollment period.

Registration will be online for elementary or middle school.  Our school finder link will help you see which is your attendance area school.

More answers are available on Enrollment web page, and our Enrollment Staff is happy to help you and are available by phone, email, and in person Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Updated Thu, Dec 12th

In this season of giving and kindness, Superintendent Viramontez sends this special message of thanks to all of the families, community partners, employees and volunteers who support our students and schools.

The Winter Break is Dec. 23, 2019 through Jan. 3, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you all when school resumes on Monday, January 6th.

Updated Wed, Dec 11th

The process for transitioning the District's Governing Board from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections took another step forward on December 12, when the Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization unanimously approved the District's trustee area elections process and map.

Pursuant to Education Code section 35012, the five members of CUSD’s Governing Board are currently elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters in the entire District. Board members are elected in even-number years and serve staggered, four-year terms, such that the next election for the two trustee seats is scheduled for November 2020, with the remaining trustee seats scheduled for election in November 2022.

In by-trustee area elections, each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary and be elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school district’s board.

Details about the process, map, and Board decisions are available on the District's website.

Updated Tue, Dec 10th

Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Campbell, a community education program for people who live or work in Campbell.   The application deadline is Friday, December 20th and the link is below.  Leadership Campbell is looking for 15 - 20 individuals who are interested in learning more about the Campbell community. Session topics include local government; public safety; health and human services; infrastructure and utilities; education, small business and community service.   The class will meet on the last Friday of the month from January 31 - June 26, 2020.

Updated Fri, Dec 6th

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, the Campbell Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board held a 5th public hearing and adopted a resolution approving the proposed sequence of elections, the transition to trustee areas, and the preferred Trustee Area map labeled “purple” in Exhibit D of the resolution. The next step in the approval process happens Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 5 p.m., when the County Committee on School Disrtrict Organization holds a public hearing on the matter.

map of trustee areas approved 11-21-2019

The proposed trustee area maps have been posted on the Campbell Union School District’s CVRA website and made available to view at the District Office since October 17, 2019. This election process DOES NOT impact school attendance boundaries.

Historically, the CUSD’s five Governing Board members have been elected under an at-large election system, where all trustees are elected by voters within the entire District. Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting.

“We don’t believe our current form of elections violates the CVRA,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “However, we do believe that it is in the public interest to transition to trustee-area elections to protect the district from a CVRA claim—valid or not.”

The District Superintendent is authorized and directed to send a copy of the Resolution to the County Committee on School District Organization, and to work with the County Committee and the County Elections Office to conduct all legally required hearings and other acts necessary so that trustee-area elections can be implemented in the election cycles scheduled in 2020 and 2022. 

For more details about the transition, and to see upcoming public hearing dates, visit the district’s CVRA webpage.

Updated Thu, Dec 5th

With just a few months completed, we are more thankful than ever to everyone in our district's community for their support of ALL of our students.

Superintendent Shelly Viramontez shares this message of appreciation to everyone who supports Campbell Union School District as we edicate our preschool-through-8th-grade students to their highest potential.

Updated Sun, Jan 12th

Citing the need to attract and retain quality teachers in the wake of multi-year budget cuts and gloomy funding forecasts, the Campbell Union School District Governing Board voted unanimously to place a $98 parcel tax measure on the March 3, 2020 all-mail ballot. 

“We are committed to protecting the quality of education for our elementary and middle school students,” said Board President Michael Snyder. “A local education parcel tax would provide stable funding for our district that will not be at the whims of state funding fluctuations.  It will also help us stay competitive with teacher salaries and benefits."

In recent years, dozens of highly-qualified teachers have left the district as they have needed to find more affordable areas, according to Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

“Great teachers are at the center of student achievement and engagement, especially in core academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and science. Without additional funding, we may continue to lose many of our great teachers,” she said. 

If approved by voters, a measure could support:

  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers by keeping salaries competitive and providing new teachers with adequate training and support.
  • Sustaining strong academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and sciences.
  • Ensuring that every student is reading at their grade level.
  • Providing support for struggling students.
  • Retaining school employees that keep our schools safe, clean and well-maintained.
  • Providing advanced courses for high-performing students.

All funds would be locally controlled and would benefit CUSD elementary and middle schools. No funding could be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. 

A potential parcel tax measure requires mandatory fiscal accountability, including:

  • A citizen’s oversight committee to ensure the monies are spent as promised.
  • All of the revenue from the measure would be spent here in our local schools, it cannot be taken away by the State and funds will go directly toward improving education for our children.
  • Senior citizens would be eligible for an exemption from this tax measure. 

This measure would need to be supported by at least 66.7% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass. All registered voters within the boundaries of Campbell Union (Elementary) School District are eligible to vote on the potential measure. 

To register to vote visit www.registertovote.ca.gov.

To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at (408) 299-8683.