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Updated Wed, Nov 14th
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At this time, Campbell Union School District's and other schools in Santa Clara County are not closing.

Based on guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have elected to use a threshold of a 275 air quality index (AQI) to determine when to close our schools. We will be monitoring air quality through www.airnow.gov and informing schools and after-school programs of the guidelines and recommend that families stay informed and be mindful of health concerns.

A joint letter from our Superintendent and the County Superintendent of Schools has more details. It is available online and are emailing it to families via our mass notification system. 

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

As we prepare for the beginning of Trimester 2, Monroe Middle School students will have the opportunity to take school devices off campus as part of the Web to One Initiative. For more information, see the following exceprts from the parent information letter.

Profile of a Graduate

Making take-home devices available for students in need will allow all of our students access to more personalized and engaging lesson content while supporting them as they become more adept at taking charge of their learning, managing their time, and practicing responsibility. This directly aligns with our Profile of a Graduate as we work to build the competency of self-direction and allows students equitable access to online materials and resources. A focus of this initiative is also digital citizenship, which is the responsible use of technology. Your child will learn and practice digital skills, ethics, etiquette, and online safety.

How might homework look different?

Students will have access to Google Classroom where teachers will post traditional homework along with interactive assignments. Homework may include a short video on different concepts meant to probe their thinking and spark interest. It might also include interactive lessons that let students practice examples, summarize, and question what they don’t understand. Allowing all students access to richer and more engaging content outside of school allows the teacher to maximize their face to face time with students in the classroom, personalizing learning and providing more time for students to apply their new knowledge through collaborative project work.

What does this mean for my student?

  1. Students are expected to complete their homework as assigned.

  2. Students have the ability to watch video content at their own pace, re-watching, rewinding, and pausing when needed.

  3. Absent students will not miss out on instruction, they always have access to class content.

  4. Students are not expected to have full mastery of homework assignments but are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate in discussions, group assignments, and other assigned tasks.

  5. Students are encouraged to bring any questions or concerns to their teacher’s attention at any time.

What does this mean for me as a parent?

  1. It enables you to be more involved in your child’s education.

  2. You have access to video content and are able to see how lessons are taught.

  3. You are able to have meaningful content related discussions with your child.

  4. You can encourage your child to take their time while watching video lessons and remind them to re-watch, rewind, or pause when necessary to make sense of what is being taught.

  5. You are encouraged to bring any questions or concerns to the teacher’s attention at any time.

  6. As we build student responsibility for bringing the device safely both to and from school, should your student forget his device at home, a limited number of devices will be available for check out.

What if students don’t have access to technology/internet at home?

Since students will be required to access class content for homework via the internet, the following system is being created to meet the needs of all learners:

  • Students are welcome to come to campus before or after school to view content. Facilities and network connectivity will be made available 30 minutes before school starts and 60 minutes after school ends.

  • Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program are eligible for the Comcast Internet Essentials programing, providing home internet and wifi for $9.95 a month, plus applicable taxes. For more information, please consult the Comcast Internet Essentials website at https://www.internetessentials.com

  • Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program may be eligible to receive a hot-spot, providing cellular network internet for their Chromebook at home. Please obtain and fill out the HotSpot interest form from your middle school’s front office to help CampbellUSD determine the number of families needing service.

Online Security​​ ​and Web Filters

Student chromebooks are equipped with web filter software from Securly. This software provides us a cloud based filter so we maintain an age appropriate internet space as well as a way to monitor for cyber bullying and self-harm alerts. You can learn more about Securly by visiting their website: ​www.securly.com

Liability

Just like textbooks, library books and other education materials, Chromebooks will be checked out to individual students and those individual students will be responsible for the care of the device. Students are responsible for any costs associated with repairing or replacing district property.

CampbellUSD has negotiated a Group Payment Option program through the Worth Ave. Group, providing insurance coverage for the Chromebook. This optional program costs $33.00 annually and covers the cost of repair or replacement of a device due to accidental damage or theft, with no deductible. Upon receiving the device, participants will have a three week window during which they can self-enroll in the insurance program, if they so choose.

More information about the policy, including sign-up instructions, can be found at the following link: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/campbellusd

Any repairs to uninsured Chromebooks will be performed District personnel, and charges will be based on the following:

  • Trackpad & Keyboard: These repairs are normally necessary when the trackpad or keyboard have been intentionally damaged by removing the keys or peeling up the trackpad. Full keyboard replacements are $40.00 and trackpad replacements are $15.00.

  • Screen: These repairs are normally necessary when a device has been dropped or the lid is closed on top of an object. The cost of replacing a screen is $40.00

  • Battery: Battery issues are relatively rare, and repairs will typically be covered by the District due to normal wear and tear on the device. Students will be responsible for any repair cost if it is determined that there is deliberate and intentional damage to the battery. Battery replacements are $30.00 under these circumstances.

  • Full Replacement: If a device is lost or damaged due to liquid spills, the cost of replacing the Chromebook is $320.00

Rollout

The Web to One Initiative will begin at the start of Trimester 2. 8th Grade students will be the first to receive devices starting Monday, November 26. 6th Grade students will receive their devices on Monday, December 3. 7th Grade students will receive their devices on Monday, December 10. If you do wish for your child to participate in the Web to One program, please complete the opt-out form available in your middle school’s front office.
Updated Wed, Nov 14th
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Updated Thu, Nov 15th

The Campbell Union School District is proud to announce the launch of the Web to One Initiative at Monroe Middle School. This initiative is an opportunity to support authentic, student-driven learning by providing take-home devices for all participating students. Through the Web to One Initiative, all students will be able to access online resources and engage meaningfully with the material outside the traditional classroom walls. We are ensuring that all of our middle school students have access to the devices, tools and services they need to succeed.

For more information about the initiative, including an implementation timeline and parent FAQs, please visit the Web to One information page at https://www.campbellusd.org/webtoone.

Updated 2 hours 16 min ago

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

We know you are concerned about the current air quality, and we too share your concern.  We have monitored the air quality index throughout the evening and will continue to monitor and assess these numbers throughout the day, the forecast is for the air quality to improve today, yet we understand it is only a forecast. We continue to consult with and follow  the guidance of the Public Health Department.

Campbell Union School District and those nearby will be open for learning today.

We are mindful that schools provide stability and often, necessary shelter and food. We will continue to closely monitor the conditions with our schools and believe our schools offer a safer place for children. We are aware that many local colleges, universities and private schools have elected to close their doors and some local public school districts have also decided to close. However, iIn consultation with the County Public Health Dept., we believe students being in school is a safe option.  Conditions within our county vary from district to district and in our region, it is determined safe for students to be in school

Please be aware that while our doors will remain open, we ask that families and schools follow medical and environmental advice, especially if your child suffers from respiratory or heart-related issues.   Parents are the best judges of their individual child’s needs. We understand and support that parents are in the best position to make decision about their individual child. Should they decide to keep their child at home for health related issues, the absence will be excused.

There are several online sites for monitoring air quality, and we have been advised and recommend that you follow environmental advice provided by AirNow.gov located here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics...

In our ongoing commitment to maintain safe learning environments, we will continue to:

  • Limit and relocate outdoor activities, including physical education, lunch, and other break times.
  • Watch students for symptoms including coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness. Even students who do not have asthma can experience these symptoms.
  • If symptoms occur, students might need to take a break, do a less intense activity, stop all activity, go indoors, or use quick-relief medicine as prescribed. If symptoms don’t improve, get medical help.

Thank you for your concern, which we share. However, we must remain a support for all families within Santa Clara County. We share your desire to keep all children safe, and we will inform you if  our current assessment changes.

Here are the most current recommendations from the County of Santa Clara Public Health.

Avoid Breathing Wildfire Smoke - HEALTH ADVISORY

November 9, 2018

Lea el Aviso de Salud en Español

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is advising residents to take precautions due to visible smoke in the air. Wildfires in California are causing air pollution throughout the Bay Area.

If you smell smoke, protect your health by avoiding exposure. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside. Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a dry scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema/COPD. It is recommended that parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

 Sincerely, 

Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D., Superintendent

Updated Thu, Nov 15th

The Campbell Union School District is proud to announce the launch of the Web to One Initiative at Monroe Middle School.

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, students will begin the process of checking out their own Chromebook, which they will keep with them throughout the school day and bring home each night.

For more information about the Web to One rollout, please go to our website at monroe.campbellusd.org.

We will also be having a parent information night on Wednesday, November 28 at 6pm in the cafeteria. Please plan on attending if you have any questions about the Web to One initiative.

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Web to One Information:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VHh5K47XTQBQijuPcMWc9MI6RWzm-j4J/view?usp=sharing

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Schools follow Spare the Air advisories.

Smoke-filled air has caused school administrators to alter students’ outdoor activity schedules over the past week. Campbell Union School District follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendations and reduces exposure to outdoor air and prolonged exertion for those groups particularly affected by poor air quality.

On Spare the Air Days, staff identifies which students are in the “sensitive group” and follows up with appropriate limits to their outdoor access.

This week, when the air became "unhealthy for all groups," schools enacted school-wide schedules that limited outdoor time and provided more indoor recess and lunch options for all students. They also kept play equipment locked (balls, etc.) to discourage exertion and held some physical education classes indoors. 
Officials are predicting that the air quality will remain poor through the week. If you have not already done so, please notify the school staff if your child has a health condition that would place him or her in the “sensitive group”.

Updated Wed, Nov 14th

Learn about Del Mar High's International Baccalaureate Programme on Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

"Can it be that IB is for me?!" is a parent-student seminar for all families interested in learning about the International Baccalaureate Programme, an internationally recognized, advanced, and challenging academic option in our public school. 

The event happens Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm in the Del Mar Performing Arts Center.  Participants can hear from and ask questions of IB Educators, current and graduated IB Students and their parents.

Seating is limited and light snacks will be offered, so please RSVP: canitbethatibisforme.eventbrite.com 

Updated Wed, Oct 24th

National Bullying Prevention month helps raise awareness of ways to support students.

Campbell Union School District employees work every day to keep students safe and make our schools positive places to learn. We teach students about empathy, provide positive behavior interventions, and foster partnerships with community services to offer additional support to students and families who need it. 

The District also offers the QuickTip system for students and community members to anonymously report bullying, harassment, vandalism or suspicious activities happening on or near our school campuses.

“Quick Tip is one of many ways in which we promote a safe school climate,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Through on-campus programs and multiple community-based partnerships, we do our best to support students’ physical, mental and emotional well-being so they can feel safe and focus on learning.”

For details about QuickTip, ask your school principal or visit our QuickTip web page

Updated Sun, Oct 28th

Monroe Middle School is holding elections to fill three parent positions on the School Site Council. The Site Council is the only group on campus that consists of elected representatives from the staff, and parents. They oversee school improvement efforts, including approving and monitoring the school plan and school improvement budget. Please vote for Three people to represent the parents of MMS for the 2018 – 2019 and 2019 - 2020 school terms.

School Site Council Parent Ballot 18-19

Updated Wed, Oct 17th

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Next week, October 23rd-31st, school sites will be participating in various activities that will support our students in making better choices such as being drug free. The school district and the Governing board recognize the importance of providing information to our students about healthy lifestyles. More information about Red Ribbon Week is online. For specific activities at your child's school, please ask the principal or your child' teacher.

Updated Tue, Oct 16th

Superintendent Viramontez presented the why and how of the district's initiative at Parent University 2018.

In her keynote address, the Superintendent described the district's commitment to preparing students for the future and the yet-to-be-defined workplace. For success, students will need to develop five key competencies: self-directed, collaborative, innovative, empathetic and critical thinking.

To illustrate the point, she presented three videos, which are also on our campbellusd YouTube channel.

  1. The Future of Work (3 min.)
  2. Comments from iSchool CEO Travis Allen about changing education (17 min.)
  3. The CUSD Profile of a Graduate (4 min.)
Updated Tue, Oct 16th

A Message from the Superintendent

We’ve heard a lot lately about being prepared for emergencies like earthquakes, floods, and wild fires. With Halloween coming, families also are mindful of choosing safe costumes for their children. These are important safety measures that we support whole heartedly.

When it comes to supporting wellness for the WHOLE child, Campbell Union School District goes beyond the expected. Please watch this short video from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez to find out more.

On our Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/koKeL8BZrJI.

Updated Tue, Oct 16th

drawing of hands and running waterWashing hands is a universal precaution that helps prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other contagious illnesses.

Please remind children and family members to wash hands thoroughly and often!

For more health-related information, visit our "Supporting Learning" partners.

Updated Fri, Oct 12th

Work continues toward closing achievement gaps.

Last week, the California Department of Education (CDE) released results from the fourth year of the student assessment system known as CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) which show that Campbell Union School District (CUSD) students continue to make gains in English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math.
Each year, CUSD students in grades three to eight, participate in the annual CAASPP testing to measure each one’s ability write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. It is one of several ways teachers measure student progress toward meeting academic standards. Classwork, teacher-generated exams, and district-level assessments offer them more frequent, qualitative information.

Student-level Reports Were Mailed in Summer
In summer, the district mailed individual student reports to parents and guardians. October 15-19, CUSD schools will hold parent-teacher conferences at which parents may discuss their child’s results and education goals.

School/District Reports Show Trends
“As a district, we monitor closely the progress of all of our students, and we continue to work towards our mission of educating all students to their highest potential,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The CAASPP results show us district- and school-wide views of where we are making gains and where we need to intensify our efforts. Like many California schools, we have a persistent achievement gap for our second language and Special Education students.”
The district did see improvement this year for Special Education students, who made 4% growth in ELA and 3% growth in math. That number exceeds the growth of all students, who made growth of 1% in both ELA and Math — a growth level consistent with the state-wide trend.

A Common Goal for Educators and Families
“We are committed to preparing students for the 21st century workforce, and our new Profile of a Graduate initiative provides a cohesive focus for that commitment,” Viramontez said. The Profile of a Graduate calls for students to be self-directed, collaborative, innovative, empathetic, and critical thinkers.
“We invite parents and guardians—the child's first teachers—to partner with us. There are many ways they may take an active role in their child’s education,” she said. “Reinforcing school learning at home, monitoring your child’s progress, and developing a strong relationship with your child’s school increases a student’s chances for academic success.”

Bell Schedule

  • Period 18:00–8:58
  • Period 29:02–9:56
  • Break9:56–10:06
  • Period 310:10–11:04
  • Period 411:08–11:57
  • Lunch (A/B)11:57–12:37 *
  • Period 512:41–1:36
  • Period 61:40–2:34

* (A) lunch starts at 11:57 (B) lunch starts at 12:07

  • Period 18:00–8:58
  • Period 29:02–9:56
  • Break9:56–10:06
  • Period 310:10–11:04
  • Period 411:08–11:57
  • Lunch (A/B)11:57–12:37 *
  • Period 512:41–1:36
  • Period 61:40–2:34

* (A) lunch starts at 11:57 (B) lunch starts at 12:07

  • Period 18:00–8:48
  • Period 28:52–9:36
  • Break9:36–9:46
  • Period 39:50–10:34
  • Period 410:38–11:17
  • Lunch (A/B)11:17–11:57 *
  • Period 512:01–12:46
  • Period 612:50–1:34

* (A) lunch starts at 11:17 (B) lunch starts at 11:27

  • Period 18:00–8:57
  • Period 29:01–9:54
  • Break9:54–10:11
  • Period 310:15–11:04
  • Period 411:08–11:57
  • Lunch (A/B)11:57–12:37 *
  • Period 512:41–1:36
  • Period 61:40–2:34

* (A) lunch starts at 11:57 (B) lunch starts at 12:07

  • Period 18:00–8:57
  • Period 29:01–9:54
  • Break9:54–10:11
  • Period 310:15–11:08
  • Period 411:12–12:00
  • Lunch (A/B)12:00–12:40 *
  • Period 512:44–1:37
  • Period 61:41–2:34

* (A) lunch starts at 12:00 (B) lunch starts at 12:10

 

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