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District students compete in international coding event.

Karen, who hopes to work for NASA one day, joined dozens of middle school students who took part in the Zero Robotics International Space Station (ISS) Finals with the astronauts last Friday, August 10th. Campbell Union School District middle schoolers competed in the Zero Robotics summer program and wrote code for moving mini satellites in zero gravity.

Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience with programming SPHERE (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). At the culminating event, 12 regional teams from around the globe watched live as astronauts aboard the International Space Station judged their team’s code in zero gravity.

This is the second year that Campbell Union School District summer program students have participated in Zero Robotics, thanks to the grant-funded After School Education Safety (ASES) program operated by our CUSD Extensions Department. 

Campbell Union School District students were featured in a National Geographic short film about it, called Zero Gravity.

For more about Zero Robotics, visit their website.

Updated Thu, Aug 9th

August 2018

Dear Families of Marshall Lane Students,

Welcome back! In a few short weeks, we will begin the 2018-2019 school year. I am very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for us. Let’s work together to make it one of the best years yet for our students.

Marshall Lane is a partnership between our staff and our community. By collaborating, we can provide an excellent educational experience for every child at our school. How can you help? Your attitude toward your child’s school experience and your efforts to help them to be successful sets the stage for their achievement. Showing that you value education by bringing them to school on time every day, attending school events, supporting their teachers’ efforts, and assisting them with their homework builds a system of support for your child/ren. This will further their achievement and teach them to value education as much as you do. Thank you in advance for your support of Marshall Lane School and all of our students!

There are many important events occurring at the beginning of the year. Please check the Important Dates article and all of the other important articles on our website to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything!

I look forward to meeting you or seeing you again this year. Thank you for sharing your child/ren with us!


Priscilla Spencer, principal

Updated Thu, Aug 9th

At the beginning of the year, there are many important events to help orient you to the new school year. Please review this list and add the dates to your calendar.

Wednesday, August 15th--TK and Kindergarten Round Up--In June, parents of incoming Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students were mailed an appointment time to bring their child to school for assessment. Please let our office staff know if you did not receive this mailing or if you are unable to attend by calling us at (408) 364-4259.

Wednesday, August 22nd--FIRST DAY of the 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!

School begins at 8:20 for all students. Kindergarten families will begin with an informational session from 8:20 to 8:45 in the multi-purpose room. Then you will escort your students to their classrooms to begin their day. Plan to arrive at school early, carpool, or walk to school since parking is limited.

  First Day of School Social from 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Drop your child off at their classroom and join us to for refreshments and to meet other parents in the area in front of the Knowledge Center.  This event is sponsored by our fantastic Marshall Lane PTA. It is a wonderful social event to allow parents time to make new acquaintances and to reconnect with other Marshall Lane community members.  We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 24th--Back to School Family Picnic--5:30 to 7:30

It is important at Marshall Lane to come together as a community to socialize, meet new friends, and become reacquainted with old friends. Our school picnic is an event where you bring your dinner, a blanket, and/or lawn chairs, and meet on the grass in the upper playground to socialize with other Marshall Lane community members. This is our first family social of the year sponsored by our PTA. It is a fun event for children and adults. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 27th--BACK to SCHOOL NIGHT for TK & Kindergarten parents from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This adult only event will allow parents to meet their child’s teacher, learn more about our instructional program at Marshall Lane. and hear from our PTA representatives. Time will be allotted for general questions in the classrooms as well.

Monday, September 3rd--NO SCHOOL for Labor Day. Enjoy some family time!

Friday, September 7th--Principal Chat

On the first Friday of every month from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., a parent get-together with the principal is held in the staff lounge. During these times, information about all of the wonderful activities and events that are happening at Marshall Lane is shared. It also provides parents and guardians with an opportunity to ask questions, to learn information, and to socialize with each other. Join us!

Tuesday, September 11th--First Parent/Teacher Association Meeting of the year.

Come to hear about all of the great activities sponsored by our PTA and the programs that they support to benefit all of our students.

Wednesday, September 12th--BACK to SCHOOL NIGHT for 1st to 5th grade parents watch for times in future correspondence.

This adult only event will allow parents to meet their child’s teacher and learn more about our instructional program at Marshall Lane and hear from our PTA representatives. Time will be allotted for general questions as well.

Friday, September 21st--Family BINGO Night--6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the PTA and is fun for the entire family. Come play with us and perhaps even win prizes!


Help Needed at Lunchtime--both volunteer and paid positions available!

During lunchtime, our teachers take a well-deserved break while students enjoy eating lunch and playing with their friends. Supervision at this time is taken care of by paid yard duty supervisors and parent volunteers.

We are in need of people to fill these positions. The time frame is from 11:30 to 1:00 each day. People are able to work every day or only during certain days of the week. If you are able to assist either as a paid yard duty supervisor or a volunteer parent, please call our office at (408) 364-4259 to sign up. Our students thank you!

SCHOOL PLAY AUDITIONS on August 28th & August 30th

Every year, we do a school play in collaboration with an outside drama organization called Starting Arts. This is an after school program that students in 3rd to 5th grades may opt to participate in.

We are very excited to announce that our play this year is Lion King, Jr.! In this play, the African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

The cast will rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m. from August 28th until the performances on December 6th, 7th, & 8th. Starting Arts provides a professional director, a choreographer, and a music director to work with the students. Costumes, props, lighting, and a set are also provided. This is an outstanding experience for students to help them to become more comfortable singing, dancing and acting on stage.

If you think that this is something that your child would enjoy, you can sign up online at

Updated Thu, Aug 9th

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 22nd. Student class lists will be posted on Tuesday, August 21st after 5:00 pm on the windows by the front office.

Due to student confidentiality, student identification numbers will be used on the lists. Student names will not be posted on the rosters. NEW students will find this on the notice received from the Enrollment Department with your school assignment and RETURNING students should have their student ID from last year. Please bring this with you in order to locate your child's classroom assignment. Thank you!

It is possible that class changes might need to be made after school begins to balance class enrollment. We will do our best to keep any changes to a minimum, yet student enrollment can vary. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Updated Thu, Aug 9th

Monday through Friday:

·      8:17 a.m.:  Warning Bell (Classroom Doors Open)

·      8:20 a.m.:  Final Bell and Instruction Begins (K‐5)

Dismissal (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday):

·      2:35 p.m.: Students Dismissed (K-3)

·      2:40 p.m.: Students Dismissed (4-5)

Dismissal (Every Wednesday):

·      1:35 p.m.: All Students Dismissed (K‐5)

Please make arrangements to have your child/ren picked up on time every day after school or go to our Campbell Care program.

Safety in Our Parking Lot

Safety is our number one priority at Marshall Lane. The most important times of the day when you can assist with this are during arrival and dismissal.

When available, volunteer parent parking attendants will assist parents and students who use the drop-off areas. Pick–up and drop-off times are the busiest times at school.  We ask that you support our efforts by adhering to safety guidelines. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us. Please do not let your child enter or exit your car where there is moving traffic. Students must be dropped off in front of the school in the lower parking lot or along blue fence adjacent to the blacktop in the upper parking lot.  For their safety, students must enter and exit their cars on the passenger side to avoid opening doors and stepping out into traffic.

We are seeking volunteers to help in our parking lots during drop off and pick up times.  These are from 8:00 to 8:20 a.m. and 2:35 to 2:55 p.m. every day. Come by the office and let us know if you can assist during these times.

Once again this year, all students will gather in the courtyard area in front of the school to wait before school begins. The front gate will open at 8:10 for students to line up outside of their classrooms.  Students may not play on the playground before school. Those who are dropped off in the upper parking lot will walk down the hill to the front of the school. Students who enter from the Sobey Road side of the school before 8:10 will pass through the gates closest to the cafeteria to join their friends to wait in front of the school.

If your child is in Kindergarten, you must park and escort your child to their classroom every day. Please park in one of the designated open parking spaces so that traffic flows for parents who are dropping off their children.  We suggest that if you are parking, be sure to make plans to come early to get a parking space in the school lot or park in the surrounding neighborhood in places where street parking is allowed. Do not block driveways or park in areas where it is not allowed. There are designated staff parking spots, so please be kind and do not park in the staff parking spaces out of respect for our dedicated staff. All children and adults need to use the crosswalk at all times when entering or exiting the school grounds for their safety. Walking your child to class is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child as they prepare for the day and to meet other parents and their children.

No supervision is provided prior to the start of school or after school, so please time your child’s arrival accordingly so they are not on campus before 8:10 a.m. or after 2:50 p.m. Students are not allowed to play on the playground before the start of school for safety reasons.  It is expected that students will leave school at dismissal time. Please discuss and arrange with your child the location where they should plan on meeting you at the end of each day.

Safety is always our first concern and we remind all parents and visitors that during our school hours of 8:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Anyone entering the campus must enter and exit through the school office and are required to sign in and sign out. This is for the protection of all of our children throughout the school day. If you are unable to drop your child off or pick them up at the appropriate times, please note that Marshall Lane has an excellent before and after school fee-based child care center on our campus.  Children are not allowed to wait alone before or after school for safety reasons. They must be supervised by a responsible adult during these times. For more information about our after school program, call (408) 341-7000 Extension 6378 and ask about the Campbell Care program at Marshall Lane.

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Two-way communication between home and school is vital to support your child’s education and development.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to talk with the teacher about their child. Please set up a time with your child’s teacher to hold such discussions.  The transition periods when students are entering the classroom or leaving at the end of the day are not the best times to hold in-depth discussions. All teachers want to give you their undivided attention during these conversations, so making an appointment is encouraged.

If you are unable to meet in person with your child’s teacher, you can also correspond via email or telephone.  Access to teachers’ classroom telephone numbers and staff emails are available on our school website at  If you do use the phone to make contact with your child’s teacher, please call before or after school since they are busy teaching during the day.

You will receive weekly information about Marshall Lane online. A message with a link to our website is sent out every Thursday morning. Please read the information so you will stayed informed about important information and events at school.

Some information will also be sent home in your child’s Thursday envelope each week. Please take time to read the items in the weekly communication folder since they are a great way to learn about Marshall Lane.


Children may bring their lunch to school or purchase lunch in the cafeteria each day.  Students have a school identification card that serves as a debit card for lunch. If students would like to purchase lunch, the children and/or parents may put money onto their child/ren’s lunch card(s) online or bring  money into the office at the beginning of school in the morning. Money may be placed in an envelope with your child’s name and the amount enclosed. School lunches cost $3.50 per day. Prepayments are welcome on your child’s account for the week or month. Milk and water is also available for students who bring their own lunch at a cost of $.40.

An application for free or reduced lunch is available on the website at If you believe that you qualify for this program, please complete this application (new application is required each year) in order to receive approval in a timely manner.  If you have questions about the Campbell Union School District lunch program you may contact the district Food Services department at (408) 341-7210 or email food [at] (food [at]

Marshall Lane School Website

For up-to-date information about our school, please check out our Marshall Lane website at On the website, you will find important information about upcoming school events. Supply lists for the school year are also posted. These are not required items that your child must bring to school.  If you would like to donate supplies to your child’s classroom, please check out the listed items by grade level.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to get involved at Marshall Lane. We have many ways for you to volunteer to support the students here.  At our Back to School Nights on Monday, August 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten and on Wednesday, September 12th for 1st to 5th grades, you will find out how to get involved.  Also, if you are unable to volunteer during the school day, there are ways you can participate without being physically on campus. Your child’s teacher will be asking for classroom volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including stuffing the weekly Thursday envelopes, assisting in the library and computer lab, serving on committees, and preparing instructional materials at home. If you are interested in volunteering for yard duty, please come to Marshall Lane during the lunch time hours of 11:30 and 1:00 and let the office know you are on campus to help out. We are always looking for adults to help supervise the students during lunchtime. Even if you have only one day a week available, it would have a huge impact on many students.  Some paid noon aide opportunities are also available. If you are interested in finding out more information about this, please ask in the office.

Marshall Lane Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

You are invited and encouraged to join our Marshall Lane Parent Teacher Association. Involvement in your child’s school life provides him/her with a solid sense of the value of education. The PTA contributes greatly to our program and is vital to every child at Marshall Lane.  I urge you to take an active role in the PTA as it provides an important partnership between your home and our school. You can also check out the Marshall Lane PTA website to find out about all of the exciting upcoming activities and events that are sponsored by our PTA at

After School Activities

After school activities for the school year are provided by the Campbell Union School District’s Extensions Department as well as by a few outside agencies.  Offerings will be available that align with the district “STREAM Initiative” which stands for Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art, and Math. Classes in each of these categories will be offered at some point during the year. Some of the most popular classes from the past such as Chess, Lego Robotics, our school play, and the Mustang Chorale choir will also be available this year.

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Help prepare your child for the school year by ensuring they are mentally and physically ready for school ahead of time since it is very important for students to be at school every day on time. Setting up a routine from the beginning will help your child and the family out in the long run. Some ideas may include having your child prepare their clothes, shoes, and backpack on nights before school days to simplify your morning routine. Choose whether they will have hot lunch or cold lunch the evening before. For children who are bringing their lunch set up a routine of preparing as much of the lunch as possible the night before.  We discourage parents dropping off lunches after school has begin as it disrupts class time to let students know that their lunch is in the office. It is better to have your child bring their lunch with them at the beginning of the day. Developing a family process to fix lunches and get things ready for school will help instill individual responsibility and time management skills early on for your child. 

Marshall Lane is a highly committed community that works collaboratively to support all of our children on the road of inquiry and learning. We look forward to our partnership with you this year.

Updated Thu, Aug 9th

Campbell Union School District is going paperless this year, so you won't receive the big envelope of registration materials from Marshall Lane this year.

Did you receive a link to your digital back to school packet by email from our District Office?  Were you able to fill out all of the information online?

Complete the online packet.  Be sure to include all requested information.  Note:  Emergency contacts are someone other than parents. Ideally they are living in the area and are someone that we may call in the event of an emergency IF we were unable to reach parent(s).  

Check all emails provided to the district.  Digital links were sent to every family using the email address provided for parent listed as ‘Parent 1’.  Still can’t find a link or having trouble with link received?  Return the request for printed Back-To-School Packet for School form that was sent by mail on July 27, 2018.  (Only if you were unable to complete digital packet online, hard-copies may be picked up from the school office Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM)

In order to have up-to-date information about all of our students, it is important that these forms are filled out each year for every child.  We appreciate your help with doing this in a timely manner.  Thank you!

Updated Wed, Aug 8th

Updated Wed, Aug 8th

Stay informed about school and district events by using the online calendar.

Watch this 54-second video to see how to use our online school and district events calendar.

Bell Schedule

  • In Session8:20–10:00
  • Recess10:00–10:20
  • In Session10:20–11:35
  • Lunch11:35–12:25
  • In Session12:25–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35

  • In Session8:20–10:00
  • Recess10:00–10:20
  • In Session10:20–11:40
  • Lunch11:40–12:30
  • In Session12:30–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35

  • In Session8:20–10:00
  • Recess10:00–10:20
  • In Session10:20–12:05
  • Lunch12:05–12:55
  • In Session12:55–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35

  • In Session8:20–10:00
  • Recess10:00–10:20
  • In Session10:20–12:25
  • Lunch12:25–1:00
  • In Session1:00–2:40 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35


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