Marshall Lane Elementary School

Marshall Lane News

Updated Mon, Mar 5th

Updated Wed, Feb 28th

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

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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, 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.

Updated Mon, Feb 26th

Our hearts go out to the families and staff involved in yesterday’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida. We hope and pray that nothing like that ever happens in our schools or community.  However, if it does, we are prepared.

We take safety very seriously, and practice our emergency response plans frequently. Our training in the Incident Command System (ICS) is one way in which do our best to protect students and ourselves. Our trainings include working directly with professional fire and police officials who use ICS for emergency response and communications.

We also partner with community health services to help our students and families who need support with social-emotional and other non-instructional issues.

A tragedy such as this reminds us to hug our loved ones a little tighter and appreciate each day a little more. Be well.

— District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez, Ed.D.

Updated Thu, Feb 15th

Westmont will be holding a Field Hockey Camp this summer for girls entering 1st to 9th grades .  It is an excellent opportunity for Marshall Lane students - especially if they are interested in playing field hockey in middle school and eventually in high school.  It is a great sport!  

Rolling Hills and Westmont both have excellent field hockey programs.   Click on the link below for more information and to register:
Updated Wed, Feb 14th

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Updated Tue, Feb 13th

Team Expect Respect is super excited to share the first ever Newsletter by students....for students! A team of 5th graders is bringing to you stories, poems, inspirational quotes, riddles, comics and news from around the Marshall Lane campus.....all written, illustrated, formatted and edited by the students themselves! You can check out the February edition by clicking on the following link or have your child talk to the class teacher to access it from school. The Saddle is available right here at 

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Updated Tue, Feb 13th

Note key dates for the new school year.

See the calendar online or download a printable version here.

Updated Mon, Feb 12th

Dear Parents,

Last week, we received some good news from Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Based on the information on the Dashboard located on the California Department of Education website, Marshall Lane has qualified to apply for the California Distinguished School Award. 

This is a very prestigious award and the application process is quite rigorous.  We will be working on writing the application over the next few weeks and will submit it to the state for consideration.  There is no guarantee that Marshall Lane will ultimately receive the California Distinguished School Award.  However, we will do our best on the application to describe all of the great instructional practices that are happening at our school.

As always, our staff appreciates your ongoing help and support.

Priscilla Spencer, principal 

Updated Mon, Feb 12th

On Friday, March 2nd, our monthly Principal Chat will have a special guest.  Campbell Union School District Superintendent Dr. Shelly Viramontez will visit our school at 8:30 a.m. to talk about district initiatives and answer any questions that you have.  Please plan on joining us for an opportunity to meet Dr. Viramontez and hear about some of the exciting things that are happening in CUSD.

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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