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Upcoming Events

Attendance

Report Absence

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Daily attendance will still be taken as usual in the virtual classroom. To report an absence or tardy, please send an email to dfigueira [at] campbellusd.org (preferred), or call the school 24 hr. attendance line at (408) 341-7132 before 9:00am.

Please provide the following information:

  • Date of absence
  • Student’s name and teacher
  • Your relationship to student
  • Reason for absence

Forest Hill's Distance Learning Hub

Check out our Distance Learning Website. https://sites.google.com/campbellusd.org/forest-hill-distant-learning-/home?authuser=0

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through weeks at home combining working, parenting, teaching, and Spring Break. Whew! Take a few moments and give yourselves a pat on the back. We know all too well how challenging it has been as many of our staff are parents, as well.  

We are excited to share a new website where all of Forest Hill’s Distance Learning plans and resources will be available. We are referencing it as “Forest Hill’s Distance Learning Hub”. This hub will be updated weekly. We really hope that it will prove to be helpful. We will be using this website as the main source of communication and teachers will also be relying on Seesaw and/or Google Classroom to push out lessons. Please be checking your emails frequently.

https://sites.google.com/campbellusd.org/forest-hill-distant-learning-/home?authuser=0 

Teachers offer special in-person instruction for some students

On-campus supports continue to expand

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As students, teachers, and families work through the challenges of distance learning, some students are having an especially tough time academically and social-emotionally. This month, teachers at two schools—Sherman Oaks and Campbell School of Innovation—led the effort to provide in-person instruction to these vulnerable students prior to the district’s official transition to Phase 2.  

“In the spirit of equity, we must find ways to meet the needs of these students now,” said Marco Chavez, Principal of Sherman Oaks Dual Immersion School. 


Teacher Jeni Marty and aides work with
Sherman Oaks students

The school is rising to the challenge with its Specialized Learning Lab. Four weeks ago, Resource Specialist Jeni Marty launched the custom on-campus learning lab, using the District’s general Learning Labs as a model. Two groups of 10 Sherman Oaks students take part.

At Campbell School of Innovation (CSI), two Inclusion Specialists launched similar on-campus classes two weeks ago. Laura Hamer and Megan Noriega work with 14 students in the learning center. CSI Principal Kami Thordarson noted the benefits for the students and the teachers. 

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Teacher Megan Noriega discusses a lesson
with a student.

“Having teachers and instructional aides there with the students removes barriers that our struggling students were having with distance learning,” she said. “In a classroom, a teacher gets immediate feedback just by scanning the room. Getting that feedback through Zoom lessons is more challenging and takes much more time. This extra support helps the students and their teachers.” 

Success is clear for both schools. Students are more engaged, they are completing more assignments, and more teachers are creating ways to offer safe, in-person learning for their students.

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Student works on a math problem
with help from an aide.

This week at Sherman Oaks, fourth-grade teachers started a twice-a-week reading and English Language Development session. Also, Chavez and Assistant Principal Pablo Viramontes launched Español con los directores, a twice-weekly all-Spanish language session designed for students in grades TK-1st.

“We are very intentional about following the safety protocols and about identifying the students who need this kind of intervention,” said Chavez, noting that not everyone feels ready to be on campus.

“Offering these labs feels like we’re moving in the right direction,” said Assistant Principal Viramontes. “It’s a place to start. We plan; we adjust; we move forward.”

“These educators are providing an essential step forward in our plan to bring students back to campus gradually,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We continue in our commitment to meet all of our students’ needs and educate them to their highest potential.”

Parent Support during COVID

Online webinars to help parents and guardians support students.

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Our partners at CASSY family counseling services is offering two online webinars to help parents and guardians support their students during COVID. Please see the flyer below for information on registration for this free webinar. 

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Principal News

Information from Principal Chitwood

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Greetings from all of us at Forest Hill!  We hope that this message finds you and your families well and thriving.

Thanks to everyone who attended Parent/Teacher conferences a couple of weeks ago! Our teachers appreciated the opportunity to talk to each family and listen to your comments and concerns. If you have not yet had the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact them via email to set up a time for this important meeting.

In the spirit of Halloween, we are holding a pumpkin carving contest. Upload a photo with your child’s name and grade level under the contest post in the Forest Hill Community Facebook post. If you are not a member, this is a great opportunity to join or simply email it to achitwood [at] campbellusd.org (). I would be more than happy to share it with our PTA. The last day to submit a photo is Monday, October 26th. I can’t wait to see all the photos.