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District Sends Winter Newsletter

News for CUSD families AND the greater community

Campbell Union School District publishes a newsletter, Beyond the Expected, for the greater community twice per year.  Click on the school flyers link to read the latest edition of Beyond the Expected, or download it in English or Spanish.

Transformation: Steps to New Opportunity

Letter from Superintendent Andrew Outlines Next Steps in Campbell Middle School Transformation

Dear Parents,

Campbell Union School District continuously seeks to ensure that every Campbell school is a place where students, parents, and staff thrive. As outlined in our mission and vision statements, we constantly strive to provide programs that will meet and exceed the needs of our students, staff and community.

Providing our students and community with education options and proven, innovative programs is accomplished through the focused efforts of all of our stakeholders. We begin by researching and observing “best practices” in schools, studying current trends in education, and craft programs that enable us to educate our students to their highest potential and ensure that they are prepared to succeed.

My purpose in writing to you today is to share what our next steps will be in meeting the goals outlined above. We have decided to transform Campbell Middle School into a preschool through eighth grade site. We are excited to provide our students, staff, and families with another research-proven model that will enhance the learning opportunities for our students.

We will officially launch the transformation planning process this month. The transformation will have an impact on all sites, although the specific impact will not be known until the plan is fully developed. I will schedule a meeting at all sites in the next few weeks to discuss the process and respond to questions. (Please see below.) Other site and district meetings will be scheduled throughout the year.

The Transformation Team has been selected. This team will develop the implementation plan for the new site. The selected team members represent teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and an education consultant. The Team will submit a comprehensive plan of action to the Board in June 2017.

Our Open Enrollment process will change this year as we prepare for the transformation. Our current 4th grade students from Capri, Castlemont, Blackford, and Rosemary that generally attend CMS will remain at their elementary school sites next year. * There may be a lottery for the few middle school slots available at Rolling Hills and Monroe; however that decision has not been decided.

We will provide a mechanism to communicate with district officials throughout the process. There will be an update provided to the Board at each regularly scheduled Board Meeting. We will provide notes on the Board Meeting discussion items shortly after each meeting. I encourage you to follow our progress through the communication channel (website, school site, community and board meetings, surveys, etc.) that best meets the needs of your family.

The transformation planning and implementation process will have anticipated and unanticipated challenges along the way. We will keep you informed of the progress and any changes to the process in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and input as we add another school model for the students and families of the Campbell Union School District.

Together we are making a difference for students, and I personally want to thank all of you who are working so hard to provide an "Education Beyond the Expected" for our children.

Sincerely,

Eric Andrew, Ed.D., Superintendent

* This sentence updated 1/12/17.

P.S. Please refer to the FULL letter, which includes the dates of upcoming information meetings. Hard copies are available from your child's school.

Principal Chat on Friday, January 6th, 2017

Please join us for our monthly Principal Chat on Friday, January 6th from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.  Principal Priscilla Spencer will discuss upcoming school events and will answer questions.  Project Cornerstone representative, Nedda Ashjaee-Marshall, will update the group on the new Cornerstone book that will be read to all student this month, the current Project Cornerstone focus, and classroom activities.  She will answer any questions you might have about this important program 

Our coffee truck—Awake Up Call—will be in the parking lot before school if you wish to purchase a beverage before the meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Welcome Back!

The Marshall Lane Staff wishes a Happy New Year to all!  We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break and were able to celebrate and enjoy time with family and friends.

As students transition back to school and away from the busy holiday special events, please help make this a smooth time for them.  Make sure they get enough sleep, eat healthy food, have daily exercise, and drink plenty of water.  All of these things will help them to be successful in school and return more easily to their regular routine..  Thank you!

Open Enrollment Period for 2017-18 School Year

During the Open Enrollment period (January and February of each year) residents of Campbell Union School District may request a transfer to another school WITHIN the District boundaries.

·     Entering Kindergarten: Jan. 17–Feb.10, 2017

·     Entering Middle School: Feb. 1-10, 2017 (Students entering Grade 5 or 6, or Sherman Oaks students entering Grade 7)

The District fills these requests depending on available space and in compliance with California law and Governing Board policy BP5116.1. If there are more requests than space available, the District will conduct a Lottery to determine a Placement Waiting List. Special transfer procedures exist for students enrolled in a school that is on the California Open Enrollment Act list. (Placement for inter-district students occurs only after all District residents have been placed.)