Monroe Middle School

District News

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 Thu, Dec 12th

Thanks to a partnership between the University of California CalFresh and Campbell Union School District Child Nutrition Services, students at Monroe and Rolling Hills Middle schools participate in this real-world creative, fun, and practical experience. Over six weeks, the students learn to make healthy choices, expand their nutritional knowledge and practice culinary skills with CalFresh educators. 

"I really like that we get to make the food ourselves," said John, a sixth grader in the afterschool Cooking Club at Monroe Middle School. "I joined because my friends were in it, but I ended up really liking it."

When the curriculum is finished, each of the clubs will continue to meet and choose a recipe for a Cook Off Competition. While they prepare, Campbell's Brown Chicken Brown Cow restaurant will volunteer to provide cooking workshops in January that aim to inspire creativity, expand their knowledge of culinary careers, and develop their palate. 

In early spring, students will cook their chosen dish in front of partners, guests, families and staff displaying their teamwork, innovation, and culinary knowledge at the District's Central Kitchen. The winning recipe will be mass produced and served at the school lunch program district-wide.

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 Tue, Dec 3rd

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 Fri, Nov 22nd

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.

Updated Mon, Nov 18th

The Campbell Union School District, in partnership with The Tech Interactive (formerly known as The Tech Museum), is excited to announce the Museums for All program.

Families of students are welcomed at the Tech Museum for All program, which allows entrance for $1 per person for up to 6 people. How? Mention wanting to participate in the Museum for All program at the door.

Updated Thu, Dec 5th

In Campbell Union School District, 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.

For more information about our emergency procedures, please visit our district's emergency information website.

Updated Fri, Nov 22nd

We've extended the deadline to participate in your school's Thoughtexchange and add your voice to our planning process.

We believe that working closely with our community is essential to meeting the needs of our students. As part of our annual planning, we want to understand what is important to you for your school and the District. One way we do that is through Thoughtexchange—an online tool that allows us to learn the thoughts and priorities of the people affected by our decisions.

Share your Thoughts by November 22! 
Please join in the Parent/Community conversation about your child's school and district.
Por favor únase a la conversación de los padres/la comunidad sobre la escuela y el distrito de su hijo.

It is an easy 3-step process:
  1.  Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
  2.  Star – review and ideas from other stakeholders
  3.  Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

We are committed to making sure our students are educated to their highest potential, and we rely on your feedback and input to help guide that direction. That is why we are asking for your participation in an online community conversation about what we're doing well and areas in which we can improve.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent