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Updated Tue, Dec 26th

All of us in Campbell Union School District are grateful to be part of this caring community. 

Please click here for a special message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

Our schools will be closed for Winter Break, December 18 through January 1, and we wish everyone a happy, safe and restful two weeks. We look forward to resuming teaching and learning when we return on January 2nd.

Updated Wed, Dec 20th

In a proactive approach to inclusivity, Campbell Union School District is tackling language barriers for its diverse community. With over 50 different languages spoken among district families, the initiative helps all families engage with and support their student’s success at school.

“Except in our dual immersion school, all student instruction is provided in English. That presents an extra hurdle for students whose primary language is not English,” said English Language Development Program Coordinator Denise Kilpatrick. “Our district is committed to making educational content accessible for all students and actively involving their families in the learning process.”

Because the district is committed to two-way communication, it provides a range of resources to facilitate it, including on-demand interpreters and translators for employee requests, language preference settings on ParentSquare for personalized communication, and multilingual options for school newsletters. A phone interpretation service, Language Scientific, facilitates real-time conversations, ensuring effective communication between parents and teachers.

To further bridge the gap, some schools are piloting web translation applications. These tools aid newcomer students in accessing classroom lessons and provide families with an additional avenue for obtaining information to support their children's learning at home.

Caption: Multicultural events and celebrations, like this one at Forest Hill, are another way our schools embrace partnering with parents and encourage family involvement in student learning. See short video.

Updated Tue, Dec 12th

Campbell Union School District has officially joined a class action lawsuit against Meta, alleging that their products are intentionally designed to be addictive, marketed towards children, and are negatively impacting student mental health, according to District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

“Our teachers and administrators see the adverse effects of social media on children's mental health and learning capabilities every day,” said Dr. Viramontez. “We don’t anticipate any financial gain. We want to raise awareness and combat the harm caused by the seemingly deliberate manipulation of children and youth.”

Multiple studies underscore the risks and behaviors of children who use social media:

  • Nearly 40% of children 8-12 years old use social media. Those are peak years for brain development and risk-taking behavior.
  • Up to 95% of youth age 13-17 report using social media—More than ⅓ say “almost constantly” 
  • Children and adolescents on social media are commonly exposed to extreme, inappropriate, and harmful content.
  • Those spending 3-plus hours/day on social media face twice the risk of poor mental health, including depression and anxiety symptoms. (8th & 10th graders average 3.5 hours/day on it.)
  • Studies limiting use of social media resulted in mental health benefits for young adults.
  • Excessive use is linked to sleep problems, attention problems and feelings of exclusion.

“Our top priorities are ensuring student safety and educating them to their highest potential,” Dr. Viramontez said. “We do that on multiple fronts: We have multiple layers of filters, protocols, and systems to protect students on district-issued devices; we educate our students to be critical thinkers and responsible digital citizens, not passive consumers of media; our middle schools are certified Common Sense Media schools, and we collaborate with families to encourage digital wellness and responsible technology use.”  

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Updated Tue, Dec 5th

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, and look forward to seeing you all when classes resume on November 27th.

Click to see a special thanks to our many community partners. 

Updated Tue, Nov 28th

For over 400 families eager for Campbell USD’s Campbell Care program placement, the wait is finally over. An innovative process, inspired by feedback and continuous improvement science, has addressed placements, outpacing initial expectations.

The start of the 2023-24 school year posed a challenge for the Campbell Care program: high demand for child care, new laws altering student sign-up priorities, and a scarcity of qualified staff across the industry.

Applying the principles of continuous improvement, the District’s Expanded Learning Department quickly identified hiring and retention strategies that led to a remarkable change. In just 10 weeks, the program accommodated 77% more students from the interest list. With around 1,000 students enrolled, the program is on track to surpass pre-pandemic levels.

Like many after school programs nationwide, the district's staff mostly comprises part-time employees balancing college attendance and work schedules.

"To attract and retain the best employees, the feedback and data told us that we needed to fast track the hiring process, provide information to candidates prior to interviews, along with cultivating a supportive workplace culture,” said Martha de Ojeda, Director of the Expanded Learning Department. “We created ways to offer part-time employees more hours, better pay, and we increased our investment in their training and support." Additionally, the program increased its employee retention rate and built a substitute pool of Campbell Care employees whose current schedule prevents them working a consistent schedule.

“Feedback from employees and families makes a difference,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.  “Our district is committed to continuous improvement and educating students to their highest potential. By leveraging the principles and tools of continuous improvement science, we strategically harness multiple data sources and feedback to innovate, solve problems, remove hassles and enhance systems for our students and staff.”

Updated Wed, Nov 22nd

Students across the district are thinking like designers and engineers as more classrooms incorporate design thinking into lessons. Their skills and potential are on display at school-based showcases across the district.

Students, like these at Campbell School of Innovation, are applying our Profile of a Graduate Competencies in relevant and real-world ways, collaborating and innovating to solve problems they see on campus and in the world. 

These lessons provide more hands-on learning—something our survey data said was needed—and opportunities for students to dig deeper into topics that interest them.

Be sure to check your school’s calendar each week to find out when the next showcase will be happening.

8th grade boy describes his new sport shoe design
Enhancing athletic footwear for greater performance.

8th grade girl shows her design for an enhanced athletic shoe.
Improving skills with a new design in athletic shoes.

8th grade boy shows his design for a glove that enhances ball handling in sports
New glove design improves ball handling in a wide range of sports.

Updated Wed, Nov 22nd

Creating. Inspiring. Exploring. These are the daily experiences for Campbell Union School District teachers, substitutes, early childhood educators, and counselors in speech, health, and others who support our students and schools. 

In the classroom or out, there are many ways to help our students reach their highest potential. Check our job listings at

Also, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has a new Roadmap to Teaching, with a suite of digital tools and a new staff of career counselors to provide individualized guidance. Interactive online resources lead users through their personal options to discover how their talents can benefit students of all ages.

Updated Wed, Nov 15th

Everyone can use a little help sometimes. Helping to remove barriers to learning is a primary role for Campbell Union School District’s Community Liaisons.

“Our Community Liaisons are one of the best examples of our goal of partnering and engaging with our families and community,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “We engage with our families in meaningful ways and connect them with support when students have non-instructional problems that may be impeding their ability to learn and thrive.”

Intervening Early 

With more than 6,000 families in our schools, the list of “non-instructional” problems can vary greatly. A student with poor attendance or increased negative behaviors at school may be experiencing serious challenges outside of school: illness in the family, loss of housing, and exposure to traumatic events to name a few. As new families arrive at school from all parts of the world, our Community Liaisons are a key point of contact for connecting parents to school and support agencies. Their broad network of community partnerships help families keep students in school, focused on learning. 

Empowering Families 

Our Liaisons also provide access to parent education programs at their child’s school or through community college and agencies. These classes educate families on navigating the school system to support their students’ education. Students see their parents committed to learning and the power and importance of education. Liaisons also conduct parent education workshops, manage the school’s English Learners Advisory Committee, and coordinate community health fairs and events with our many community partners as part of our School Linked Services (SLS).  

“I am so proud of our Community Liaisons,” said Family Engagement Supervisor Veronica Gutierrez. “Our staff work tirelessly to enrich the experiences of our families and connect them with the school community.”

For more information about this kind of support at your child’s school, please contact the school principal or the District’s Student Services Department, contact [at] () or 408-364-4200 ext. 6250.

Updated Wed, Nov 8th

“I enjoy getting to know my students, finding out what motivates them, and figuring out how to help them get excited about learning and gaining the confidence to act,” says Josh Pizzica, Monroe and Campbell Union School District's Teacher of the Year. His ability to build relationships and inspire learning is one of many reasons he was celebrated at the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s annual Teacher Recognition event.

Pizzica teaches one of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes at Monroe Middle School, and he is avid about helping students see their potential. As the school’s AVID site coordinator, Pizzica has advanced the in-school academic support program further by sharing the techniques with colleagues and expanding use of key strategies throughout classrooms within the school.

Teachers using AVID’s strategies teach critical thinking, inquiry, and self-advocacy, and empower students to own their learning—which aligns with the district’s values and goals. With 40 years of proven success, AVID has shown that, regardless of their life circumstances, AVID students overcome obstacles and achieve success. They graduate and attend college at higher rates, but more importantly, they can think critically, collaborate, and set high expectations to confidently conquer the challenges that await them.

“Josh’s leadership has re-ignited the AVID work at Monroe Middle School, and our students are seeing the benefits,” said Principal Ruth Stephens Radle. “Our teachers are incorporating the techniques into their lessons, and more students are engaging in goal setting and connecting to  real-life topics and ideas.”

To learn more about AVID, visit

Updated Wed, Nov 8th

Research shows that involvement by parents and family members makes a big difference in a child’s success at school.

  • Children with involved parents/guardians are more likely to be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits.
  • Students with involved parents/guardians are more likely to have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school.
  • Children with involved parents/guardians are more likely to graduate and go on to post-secondary education.
  • Students with involved parents/guardians are more likely to attend school regularly.

Source: National Education Association

There are many ways to be involved and show your student that you value education. Contact the school principal, teachers, and parent groups for ideas that will fit your schedule and interests.