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Updated Thu, May 17th

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The new 2-story building planned for Monroe will add modern classrooms and beautiful landscaping to our campus. Construction has come above ground-level now and will continue over the next 5-6 months.

For a peek at what's planned, see a "fly-by" rendering from our architects on campbellusd's youtube channel.

Updated Wed, Apr 25th

Dear Monroe Community:
As we approach the final months of the school year, we also begin planning for next year. In 2018-19, there will be some changes in Monroe Middle School’s administrative team.

After 10 years here at Monroe, Principal Sonntag has informed us that she is ready for the next step in her career and is seeking advancement positions in the greater Bay Area. She has served the MMS community well, and we thank her for her years of dedicated service to the students, staff and families of Monroe.

We are excited to announce that Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez will become Monroe’s new principal next school year. He has more than a decade of administrative experience in education, impressive leadership skills, and strong abilities in making positive connections with staff, parents and students. We are pleased to provide this consistency for the school.

Completing the Monroe administrative team will be Veronica Flores and Pablo Viramontes. Since 2007, Ms. Flores has been an instrumental leader at Monroe as a teacher, teacher coach and now as an administrator. Mr. Viramontes came to our district as a counselor in 2007 and was a Monroe Maverick for five years before becoming Dean of Students at Campbell Middle School in 2016. He is looking forward to returning to Monroe.

In our district, we believe in a strengths-based approach and that applies to our staff as well.  The strengths of this administrative team will provide a smooth transition for the MMS students and staff, and it will enable MMS to continue to make great academic strides and ensure that all students learn at high levels.

Sincerely,

Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Updated Wed, Aug 8th

The PTA Nominating Committee is in the process of finding parents for next year's PTA board. It is imperative that we find some new members as many of the parents on the board have 8th graders and will be moving on from Monroe. The PTA provides support and funding to most programs at the school.

Please consider being on the board--it is a fun way to be involved! Each job is very manageable and much information is passed down each year to give you what you need to do your job.  The job positions are listed below, but we will need help in other areas as well. The PTA Board meets monthly for about 1 1/2 hours in addition to our General PTA meetings that occur about 4 times during the school year.  
If you are interested in one of the positions below or would like to nominate someone, please contact PTA Nominating Committee Chair, Tiffany Hayes, attiffany.hayes [at] gmail.com

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Board Positions:
  • President
Preside at all meetings of the general PTA and board.  Appoint chairmen and members of committees.  Sign all authorizations for payment.  Prepare annual report.  Represent Monroe at district meetings if needed.  Have all outgoing PTA information approved by the principal.  Have all contracts approved by PTA.  Sign checks. 
  • First Vice President--Fundraising
Perform duties of president in their absence.  Organize and run fundraisers through the year --can have committee of their choice to help. Examples of fundraisers can include fall wrapping paper sale, Poinsettia's, See's Candy, popcorn sales, Jog-a-Thon, Escrip, etc...(Tailgate Party has it's own Chairperson(s)--see below)
  • Second Vice President--Membership

Hold membership drive at beginning of year and mid-year.  Retain membership records.  Report membership numbers to the Sixth District. Complete and distribute membership cards. 
  • Secretary

Keep minutes of all PTA meetings.  With president, sign authorizations for payment.  Record all PTA expenditures in the minutes.  

  •  Treasurer

Keep current accounting books of the PTA.  Prepare PTA budget.  Secure signatures of all authorized signers.  Pay all bills, with 2 signatures on all checks.  Pay district, State and National PTA dues.  Present treasurer's report at each meeting.  File necessary reports to State PTA. File necessary taxes.
  • Financial Secretary
Works with Treasurer. Prepare all authorizations for payment.  Keep an accurate record of receipts.  Make deposits.  
  • Auditor
Audit the books and financial records of the association semiannually.  Present a written report to the PTA board semiannually.  
  • Historian
Assemble and preserve a record of activities, achievements and volunteer hours of the PTA.
  • Parliamentarian
Give necessary advice in parliamentary procedure when requested.  Call the first meeting of the nominating committee.  Review the bylaws annually.  
         
Appointed and Other Positions
  •  Hospitality Co-Chairs
Arrange for snacks at teacher staff meetings as well as PTA general meetings.
  •  Family Fun Night (TAILGATE PARTY) Co-Chairs

Organize the event with theme, food, and entertainment for the evening. Arrange the Silent Auction portion of the night--can also appoint a Silent Auction Chair.
  •  8th Grade Promotion Party Co-Chairs

Arrange theme, food, decorations, and entertainment for evening.

  •  Volunteer Coordinator

 Promote volunteer opportunities for events both PTA and other. Post opportunities on-line using ivolunteer. Work volunteer table (or arrange for someone) at PTA events.
  •  Website Coordinator
Keep PTA website and Facebook up to date and post PTA events 
  •  Publicity 

Help keep PTA website and Facebook up to date and post PTA events. Work with all committees to do flyers/ posters.
Updated Tue, Apr 17th

More than 1,600 people participated, providing thoughts, ideas, and questions for the district leadership.

Input from parents, staff and other community members is very important to us in Campbell Union School District. Working closely with our community is essential to ensuring that the needs of all students are met. 

In January, we added ThoughtExchange—a new, online way for our community to engage and communicate with us about our district and schools. See the results here.

The response rate for this first-time, online forum was high, with more than 1,600 people generating and rating more than 2,700 thoughts, ideas, and questions for us. Results from this and future ThoughtExchanges will inform our goals and decisions for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), our Profile of a Graduate, and other initiatives aimed at providing an education beyond the expected.

Thank you for engaging in this new way to converse with us.

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

District Governing Board urges lawmakers to support greater school safety through increased funding and “common sense gun reforms.”

At their March 29 meeting, the elementary school district trustees passed Resolution 2017-18-25 calling on state and federal legislators to do more to bolster funding for services that support students’ mental, physical and emotional health and protect students from gun violence. 

“Gun violence on school campuses, while relatively rare, represents a particularly egregious and unacceptable threat to the lives of students, teachers, and staff across the country,” the resolution states. 

Prompted by the February 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, the resolution cites data about bullying, harassment, and student access to guns, and it asserts students’ and staff’s rights to safety at school. 

The resolution also requests for adequate funding to support students social and emotional needs in addition to their academic achievement.

“Our District partners with community health services to help students and families who need support with social-emotional and other non-instructional issues,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “The costs of educating and supporting students have been rising faster than state and federal funding, making it difficult to provide services that allow our teachers to teach while students get support for their social-emotional well-being.” 

A copy of the full resolution is available on the district’s website.

Updated Thu, Apr 5th

Report harassment, vandalism, bullying and suspicious activities.

Campbell Union School District announces its new Quick Tip system to support safety at its 12 elementary and middle schools.

There are three ways to access the Quick Tip system:

While reports can remain anonymous, providing contact information can assist greatly with the investigation.

Updated Wed, Apr 25th

Attention, all students interested in participating in track and field this year! Track and field practice will begin on Monday, April 16th. Track and field is a co-ed, no-cut sport; however, all students interested in being on the roster must attend practice the first week. Practice will be held from 3:00-4:30 starting Monday, and students will meet at the monkey bars on the 5/6th grade black top. Please come prepared with athletic clothing and water. See you there!

Updated Wed, Mar 21st

Join us for a community celebration of student inventiveness and creativity.

Here's a chance to see—all in one place—how our students are finding solutions to real-world problems, demonstrating scientific and artistic talents, and discovering new approaches to learning. Teachers, students, parents, administrators and community partners will be there and ready to show you the exciting learning that is happening in Campbell Union School District's schools.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
1055 S. Monroe St, San Jose
(the whole Monroe Middle School campus)

Updated Tue, Mar 13th

A Community Event Featuring Student Innovations

Wednesday, March 28, 2018  •  4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Monroe Middle School campus, 1055 S. Monroe, San Jose

Hands-on activities for students of all ages!

Demonstrations and performances by students from all Campbell Union School District schools, including: Band and Choir, Engineering Design Challenges, Coding, Robotics, Interdisciplinary Science, Math, and Art Classroom Projects.

Information at:  408-364-4200 or contact [at] campbellusd.org

Updated Tue, Mar 13th

There's a lot to like about driving a school bus in Campbell Union School District:
Your work year can match your student's school year;  
You are trained and certified as an expert driver;
You get a really good benefits package; and
You work with a great team of professionals; .

Campbell Union School District will be offering free training designed to prepare attendees to complete all needed steps to becoming a state certified school bus driver.  Successful candidates will also be eligible for openings within the district’s Transportation Department.  Classes will be held on held in late April on T/Th evenings and Saturdays.  For further information, please contact Chrissie Stevenson (cstevenson [at] campbellusd.org). 

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

Congratulations to our Maverick World Scholars!  They did a terrific job at the World Scholar’s Cup competition, bringing home a host of awards, including 1st Place Junior Team and 1st Place Junior Scholar, among many others, and qualifying to attend the Global Competition this summer.  A special shout out to 7th grader Carol Gonzalez, who, because of her teammate’s illness, had to compete as a member of a high school team against high school teams; her team won all three of their debates!

We’d also like to thank Nicole Nguyen, a former and future MMS parent, who coached the MMS teams to their success!  Thank you, Nicole! Go Mavericks!

Updated Wed, Mar 7th

Parents and guardians are proving the adage about showing up being a big part of success for their children.

Engaging families as partners and refining how staff uses extensive attendance data has earned Campbell Union School District one of the highest attendance rates in California, improved student achievement, and a 2018 Hoffmann Exemplary School Program Award.

“We are making a difference together,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Our approach allows us to systematically address attendance obstacles, maintain high levels of parent engagement, celebrate improvements, and provide an array of supports and resources to reduce the loss of instructional time.”

This year, for example, the district and schools focused on lowering the rate of Chronic Absences through the relationships that the Community Liaisons have with families. 

“The personal connection is very important,” said Director of Student Services Rosanna Palomo. “Each absence, each tardy, and each early pick up is an opportunity for our school office staff or teacher to communicate with the parent about the importance of good attendance for their child’s success in school… and they do!” 

The results for early 2017-18 have been commendable, with a one-year attendance improvement rate of 67% among those chronically absent students. Other improvements include noticeable academic growth among the State’s student subgroups at CUSD schools with better attendance. Overall attendance gains can also generate savings to the district’s budget. 

The Glenn W. Hoffmann Awards, sponsored by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA), celebrate school and school district programs that significantly impact student success in our region. The winners will be honored at a SCCSBA ceremony on April 25, 2018.

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

A Message from Superintendent Viramontez

Our hearts go out to our fellow educators and families in Parkland, Florida, and we continue to send positive thoughts and prayers to this community so rocked by the recent, violent attack.  When a tragedy of this nature occurs, we also reassess our own preparedness to ensure our commitment to keeping our students and staff safe.

In Campbell Union School District, we have been diligent in our commitment to preparing our staff to ensure our students have a safe and supportive learning environment.  In light of this fact, I want to share information on these two topics:

  • Walk Out vs. Talk It Out
  • School Safety Procedures

* Download the full letter (English and Spanish) here or continue reading below.

Walk Out / Talk It Out

We are aware that many feel a desire to take an action to advocate for the safety of our students.  Many have taken the stance of “enough is enough.”  While we support families making their concerns and voices heard, we do not feel students missing valuable instructional time sends the desired message to those who can make legislative decisions. 

We are encouraging families and staff to consider alternatives to missing school time, including:

  • Contacting elected officials (leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html),
  • Signing petitions, and
  • Participating in events outside of school hours, such as the local March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., at San Jose City Hall.

Tragedies such as this are challenging for us all, especially in knowing how to talk to our children about these types of events without causing them to worry or become anxious and upset. Talking to your children, listening to them, and reassuring them that they are safe is important. The National Association of School Psychologists offers some pointers for talking to children about violence.  A copy is available here (www.tinyurl.com/y6uc45g6) and via your school's weekly online flyers link.

School Safety Procedures

We are very committed to ensuring our students and staff are safe.  As a result, we consistently practice a variety of emergency situations, from earthquake to an intruder on campus drills. Our safety procedures, including sign-in and gate procedures, are developed with a safety consultant and in cooperation with local police and fire officials. Our training incorporates the same Incident Command System (ICS) protocols used by these first responders. ICS is a consistent structure and process to provide command, control, and coordination of emergency response. Information about our emergency procedures is also available on our district website at campbellusd.org/emergency. 

Our school staff formally trains for these various emergencies monthly and reviews each school site’s safety plan each year. We conduct our trainings with our safety consultants in collaboration with police and fire officials.

In addition to training for these emergency events, we also provide supports for students’ social-emotional needs.  We have multiple layers of school and community-based support systems in place to help students and families in times of crisis. We have school staff, such as psychologists, counselors and therapists as well as our community-based agencies, such as Uplift, First 5, and many other services coordinated through our School Linked Services (SLS) partnership.

We are consistently improving upon our supports and services, and as a result, we are adding two more features to our safety plans: 

  • A confidential Quick Tip service will be available for students or parents to report suspicious, illegal, or unsafe situations.
  • We are also beta-testing a new app, called ICS4schools, which will provide a fast, efficient and accurate system for reuniting students with their parents/guardians following an emergency situation.

Please know that we are committed to providing schools in which our students are safe, learning and thriving.  We will continue to offer trainings, supports and services to meet those responsibilities. 

Sincerely,

Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D., Superintendent

Updated Wed, Apr 4th

Construction began on our new building last week.  Right now, crews are taking down trees and tearing up asphalt in preparation for laying the foundation.  We are excited about the new building and look forward to watching its progress!

Updated Wed, Feb 21st

Keep curious kids active, engaged and safe this summer with CUSD Extensions programs

It's time to start planning for summer.

For elementary and middle schoolers...
Our summer camps and enrichment programs are a great way for kids to try a new sport, dig into a new interest, or develop a flare for the dramatic. We offer enrichment, recreation, musical theater and more. Learn more. 

If you have a preschooler...
Help your little one grow and learn in our Kindergarten Readiness program. Designed for those about to start school, your child will develop oral language and social skills that will make success in school easier. We also offer preschool and toddler programs all year long. Learn more.

Summer progams are open to all families. District residency is not required.

If you have questions...please contact the CUSD Extensions Department, or call (408) 364-4200.

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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