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MMS is serving breakfast every morning at 7:30 am.  Students can use their student numbers to purchase breakfast; it will be free for students with free or reduced lunch and $2 for paying students.  Stay tuned for information about the specific breakfast menu.

Updated Thu, Jan 12th

News for CUSD families AND the greater community

Campbell Union School District publishes a newsletter, Beyond the Expected, for the greater community twice per year.  Click on the school flyers link to read the latest edition of Beyond the Expected, or download it in English or Spanish.

Updated Thu, Jan 12th

Letter from Superintendent Andrew Outlines Next Steps in Campbell Middle School Transformation

Dear Parents,

Campbell Union School District continuously seeks to ensure that every Campbell school is a place where students, parents, and staff thrive. As outlined in our mission and vision statements, we constantly strive to provide programs that will meet and exceed the needs of our students, staff and community.

Providing our students and community with education options and proven, innovative programs is accomplished through the focused efforts of all of our stakeholders. We begin by researching and observing “best practices” in schools, studying current trends in education, and craft programs that enable us to educate our students to their highest potential and ensure that they are prepared to succeed.

My purpose in writing to you today is to share what our next steps will be in meeting the goals outlined above. We have decided to transform Campbell Middle School into a preschool through eighth grade site. We are excited to provide our students, staff, and families with another research-proven model that will enhance the learning opportunities for our students.

We will officially launch the transformation planning process this month. The transformation will have an impact on all sites, although the specific impact will not be known until the plan is fully developed. I will schedule a meeting at all sites in the next few weeks to discuss the process and respond to questions. (Please see below.) Other site and district meetings will be scheduled throughout the year.

The Transformation Team has been selected. This team will develop the implementation plan for the new site. The selected team members represent teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and an education consultant. The Team will submit a comprehensive plan of action to the Board in June 2017.

Our Open Enrollment process will change this year as we prepare for the transformation. Our current 4th grade students from Capri, Castlemont, Blackford, and Rosemary that generally attend CMS will remain at their elementary school sites next year. * There may be a lottery for the few middle school slots available at Rolling Hills and Monroe; however that decision has not been decided.

We will provide a mechanism to communicate with district officials throughout the process. There will be an update provided to the Board at each regularly scheduled Board Meeting. We will provide notes on the Board Meeting discussion items shortly after each meeting. I encourage you to follow our progress through the communication channel (website, school site, community and board meetings, surveys, etc.) that best meets the needs of your family.

The transformation planning and implementation process will have anticipated and unanticipated challenges along the way. We will keep you informed of the progress and any changes to the process in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and input as we add another school model for the students and families of the Campbell Union School District.

Together we are making a difference for students, and I personally want to thank all of you who are working so hard to provide an "Education Beyond the Expected" for our children.

Sincerely,

Eric Andrew, Ed.D., Superintendent

* This sentence updated 1/12/17.

P.S. Please refer to the FULL letter, which includes the dates of upcoming information meetings. Hard copies are available from your child's school.

Updated Wed, Jan 11th

Congratulations to Angelica Nicolacoudis for being selected to represent Monroe MS at the California State Music Education Conference! Through a long and difficult audition process, Angelica was designated as one of the top 25 middle school trumpet players in the entire state of California and will now have the opportunity to perform with the California All-State Middle School Honor Band this February. Well done, Angelica! We are all very proud of you!

 

Updated Mon, Jan 9th

Parents of Monroe come join us for Family Night on Friday January 20th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. We will be having food, games, and other forms of entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. We hope to see you here for a good time!

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Updated Wed, Jan 4th

Community invited to participate in Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings.

The public can give input on CUSD's district-wide Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) for providing quality education to more than 7,600 students in preschool through eighth grade. Two meeting opportunities in January 2017: Wed., Jan. 18, at 9 a.m., and Tue., Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.  (Each meeting will be held at the PLC building at Monroe Middle School.)

Updated Wed, Jan 4th

District Explores New Education Opportunity for Students: Transforming Campbell Middle into a pre-K—8 School

Last spring, Campbell Union School District (CUSD) proposed creating an educational opportunity for CUSD families by transforming Campbell Middle School (CMS) into a school for preschool-through-eighth-grade students. This month, a newly formed Transformation Team will meet for the first time to begin the work of examining options and developing recommendations to send to the Governing Board for action.

We will provide regular updates through Transformation Round-Up bulletins, school and district web sites/e-news, and public meetings.

More details are here in our first Transformation Round-Up.  There is also a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on our District web site, and anyone can sign up to receive weekly news via email.

Updated Wed, Dec 14th

Agenda topics and presentations from the regular meeting of December 8,2016

Organizational Meeting:

  • New Board Officers: President Thomas M. Gemetti; Vice President Michale L. Snyder; Clerk Richard H. Nguyen
  • 2017 Meeting Schedule: The next regular meeting will be January 19, 2017.  All future meeting dates can be found on our online calendar and posted at school offices.

Strategic Plan Update:

Superintendent Andrew provided the Board with a copy of the Executive Summary of the District’s Communication Plan, a specified task from the September Strategic Planning session. He noted that the summary includes a marketing schedule that outlines key opportunities for telling the district’s story and measuring outcomes.

Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) Update:  

Assistant Superintendent Whitney Holton reported on the State of California’s changes to the student assessment program and ensuing revisions to the LCAP template. She said:

  • The LCAP allows educators to look at student achievement data in effective ways and to guide instructional decisions.
  • The State’s new LCAP template promises a format that will make the reports more reader-friendly
  • CUSD is preparing an executive summary of our LCAP, which will be ready in January.
  • There are two LCAP Community input meetings scheduled for January 18th and 24th where the District will elicit input about goals and priorities. Slides from the presentation can be seen on request or online at www.campbellusd.org/board.

Campbell Middle Transformation to PK-8:

Superintendent Andrew described the plan for the December 15th Board Study Session and the role of the consultant who will be facilitating the discussion. Consultant Derek Mitchell, who is experienced in school transformations, will present relevant research, sample transformation models (their pros and cons); and the decisions and actions that will be needed for success. 

Updated Wed, Jan 4th

Del Mar Highschool invites you and your student to their annual 8th Grade Parent Night on Thursday, Janurary 19th at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. 

  • Learn about the IB Diploma Program, Academics, Arts, ASB Activities, AVID, and Athletic programs. 

  • Meet representatives from our booster organizations, PTSA, Padres Unidos, Performing Arts, and Dons Club 

  • Where is Del Mar located? 1224 Del Mar Ave San Jose, CA 95128 

  • Interested in Shadowing? - Parents who are interested in having their student shadow can contact Jessica Olamit our IB Coordinator at 408-626-3403
Updated Fri, Dec 9th

We would like to congratulate Mrs. Beardsley for being named a California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year finalist!  Nicole is an innovative teacher who regularly applies new technologies to engage and support student learning.  She is also an integral part of our staff, positively affecting staff climate and providing leadership to her peers.  Mrs. Beardsley is a wonderful asset to our school community, and she deserves this recognition.

Updated Thu, Dec 1st

Come join us for Coffee with the Principal on Monday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 am.  This is an opportunity to get to know the prinicpal and talk informally about issues important to you.  We hope to see you there!

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

SAVE THE DATE

The public can give input on CUSD's district-wide Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) for providing quality education to more than 7,600 students in preschool through eighth grade. Two meeting opportunities in January 2017: Wed., Jan. 18, at 9 a.m., and Tue., Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.  (Each meeting will be held at the PLC building at Monroe Middle School.)

Updated Tue, Nov 15th

Our school news is also available in Spanish, as translated by google translate. When you open your e-news, click in the upper right corner.  

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[Nuestras noticias electrónicas también están disponibles en español, como traducido por google. Cuando abra sus e-noticias, haga clic en la esquina superior derecha.]

Updated Wed, Nov 9th

The Measure CC school bond will allow us to continue providing high-quality education and equal access to a 21st-century education.

A Message from Superintendent Eric Andrew

Yesterday, voters in our District overwhelmingly approved the Measure CC school bond and allow us to continue providing high-quality education and equal access to a 21st-century education.

The funds will help us do things like repair leaky roofs, upgrade fire alarms and security systems, upgrade science equipment and laboratories, provide access for students and teachers with disabilities, construct new classrooms and facilities and modernize old classrooms.

Campbell Union School District is truly fortunate to have a community that is so actively supportive of our students, teachers, and schools.

Thank you, again.

Updated Mon, Nov 14th

“This project will show students that technology is an empowering tool, not just some device invented by someone else to entertain us,” said teacher Sherry Burch

A new development in Campbell Union School District’s STEAM* education initiative kicks off at 8 a.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at Monroe Middle School. Students in Sherry Burch’s class will be the first in the district to use 16 new Piper Kits as they begin a series of hands-on lessons that include building and programming electronics.

“These kits are designed for students from grade 4 and up, and we plan to make them available to classrooms throughout the district,” Burch said. “The lessons will show students that technology is an empowering tool, not just some device invented by someone else to entertain us.”

Burch and teacher Julie Goo facilitate STEAM-focused instruction throughout the elementary and middle school district. They posted a project on Donors Choose in hopes of obtaining the kits and expanding computer programming instruction in all schools. Multiple donors made it possible to obtain the reusable kits—an investment of more than $6000—with a major portion provided by Campbell-based Groupware Technology Inc. 

“These kits show students, literally, how to build a computer and then program it using a Minecraft interface,” said Daryl Harrington, Sr. Systems Engineer, Cloud Solutions at Groupware Technology. “We were excited about funding the project as this program allows students to start their journey into engineering at an early age and become creators. Every student should have the opportunity to learn without boundaries.”

Burch said that students will work in pairs as they:

  • Learn the inner workings of computer electronics
  • Build a self-contained computer running on a Raspberry Pi Project Board
  • Play Minecraft challenges that include hardware components
  • Connect to Wi-Fi for extra levels & sharing capabilities
  • Tinker w/ LED lights, motion sensors, buzzers, buttons & switches

*Steam stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics

Bell Schedule

  • Period 1 8:05–9:01
  • Period 2 9:05–9:59
  • Break 9:59–10:09
  • Period 3 10:13–11:07
  • Period 4 11:11–12:05
  • Lunch 12:00–12:40
  • Period 5 12:44–1:38
  • Period 6 1:42–2:36
  • Period 1 8:05–8:53
  • Period 2 8:57–9:43
  • Break 9:43–9:53
  • Period 3 9:57–10:43
  • Period 4 10:47–11:33
  • Lunch 11:28–12:08
  • Period 5 12:12–12:58
  • Period 6 1:02–1:48
  • Period 1 8:05–9:00
  • Period 2 9:04–9:57
  • Break 9:57–10:13
  • Period 3 10:17–11:10
  • Period 4 11:14–12:07
  • Lunch 12:02–12:42
  • Period 5 12:46–1:39
  • Period 6 1:43–2:36
 

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