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District News

Updated Thu, Nov 17th

“We are pleased to be able to provide our calendar for the 2023 -24 school year so early to allow our families to plan their vacations and get-aways without having to miss school,” Lena Bundtzen, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

The Governing Board adopted the district's 2023-24 employee work year calendar at its November 10th meeting. A student version of the calendar is available online at, and it can be downloaded as a PDF.

Updated Wed, Nov 16th

Students have a greater role this year in our second annual Innovation Team Grant Pitch Fest. In Shark Tank-style presentations on November 9th, 10 teams of CUSD students and educators pitched ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of receiving funds to support their innovative ideas.

Their proposals are aimed at three challenges students shared  in our spring student surveys: 

  • How can we help students be nicer to each other? 
  • How can we help our schools be cleaner? 
  • Do all students feel like they belong at school? 

The Innovation Team Grant program asks school-based teams to see challenges as design opportunities to be solved through testing and refinement. 

“This is another way our district demonstrates our commitment to supporting innovation, collaboration, continual improvement, and having those closest to a challenge be part of the solution,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

“Innovation is a mindset. It’s the courage to view challenges as opportunities, and to design innovative solutions to these challenges together,” said Julie Goo, the district’s Coordinator of Innovation, Teaching and Learning.  “Engineering & Design Thinking celebrates our students’ questioning and addressing real-world problems, through identifying and prototyping possible solutions.”  

group photo of all pitchfest teams

Year Two Innovation Grant Proposals

  • Student Voice and Choice: Lunch Clubs, Blackford Elementary
  • Think Tank: A Welcoming Space for Grades TK - 8, Campbell School of Innovation
  • Lynhaven’s Kindness Rocks Day, Lynnhaven Elementary
  • Rosemary Refreshing Remix, Rosemary Elementary
  • Innovating Learning & Play, Capri Elementary
  • Science Camp Reimagined, Castlemont Elementary
  • Creating an “Arcade” for Computer Science Learning, Blackford & Rosemary Elementary
  • Newcomer Ambassadors, Monroe Middle School
  • Outdoor Shade, Sherman Oaks Community Charter School
  • Seating Areas, Sherman Oaks Community Charter School

The judges were impressed by the thoroughness of the students’ presentations and awarded grants to all of the teams. The teams will provide follow-up reports of their progress in the spring.

Thank you to the Pitch Fest judges: Ken Johnson, Executive Director of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce; Devon Young, Designer, K12 Lab Network at Stanford D-School; Danielle M.C. Cohen, CUSD Governing Board Vice President; Pamela Cheng, CUSD Director of Teaching & Learning; Whitney Holton, CUSD Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning; and Dr. Shelly Viramontez, CUSD Superintendent.

Updated Wed, Nov 16th

Dr. Shelly Viramontez offers a Thanksgiving message to the community

“We want to express our heartfelt appreciation,” the superintendent says in the video. “We are always stronger when we work together, and we are so grateful to each of you for your support and collaboration.

See the full video message here.

Updated Wed, Nov 23rd

The video above offers a brief overview of an event held on Saturday, November 5th, when hundreds of people, young and old, marched down Winchester Boulevard to call attention to the need for safer streets around schools and homes. 

“We are committed to making sure that no other family has to experience the tragedy that Jacob’s family has had to go through,” said District Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

people holding signs about driving slowerThe event was organized by the Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee in partnership with St. Lucy Catholic Church, Castlemont Elementary School, Campbell Union School District, Cadillac-Winchester Neighborhood Association and others.

“The Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee is building power with ordinary people and their institutions across Santa Clara County,” said Lead Organizer Anna Eng. “We organized this march and assembly to make long-term change in the Cadillac-Winchester neighborhood and communities like it throughout the county.”

The community has more opportunities to be involved with improving traffic and neighborhood safety.

Updated Wed, Nov 23rd

On November 8, 2022, district voters demonstrated their support for keeping local schools safe and up to date so students can receive the education needed to be competitive in our modern world. They approved the Measure T school bond.

Good schools are part of what makes our community a desirable place to live. By keeping our neighborhood schools among the best in the state, we help maintain high property values in our community. Measure T extends, and does not increase, the tax rate homeowners are currently paying ($30 per $100,000 in assessed value) for repairs and updates to local kindergarten through 8th grade schools. For more facts about Measure T, please visit our bond website:

We also appreciate the vote of confidence voters gave us by re-electing three of our Governing Board members: Danielle Cohen, Chris Miller and Richard Nguyen. For information about the Governing Board, see our recent news story.

Updated Wed, Nov 16th

On Wed., Nov. 2, Campbell Union School District sent an update to families on efforts to improve pedestrian safety for students.

"As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of our 8-year-old Castlemont Elementary School student, Jacob Villanueva, it is important to share the actions our school district is taking to prevent another tragedy from occurring," said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

The letter included news of recent actions by the City of San Jose to bolster the Safe Routes to School program and the district's commitment to advocate for more safety measures across the district and county.

To read the full update, click here.

Updated Wed, Nov 16th

California State Parks Adventure Pass wants every 4th grader and their families to know about the Adventure Pass!

The Adventure Pass will get every 4th grader and their family free admission to 19 participating California State Parks for one year (Sept.-Aug.). Attached is an introductory letter and poster in both English and Spanish.  Please share this exciting information out to all 4th grade teachers and educators!

Updated Wed, Nov 9th

“Our schools have two primary objectives—student learning and student safety—and we take both very seriously,” said Student Services Director Rosanna Palomo, who oversees the Comprehensive Safety Plan process for the district.

This week's earthquake may have raised questions for parents about how our schools prepare for various emergency situations. We recognize that parents entrust us with their students’ safety, and want to share how we prepare for emergency situations and some of our precautionary measures.

  • Each year, we update our safety plans and train our employees in the same Incident Command System (ICS) that first responders use in emergency situations to facilitate communication and decision-making.
  • Staff first makes sure the students and campus are secure. If there are specific concerns or changes in student dismissal procedures,  the school or district will send information to update families and provide any instructions. (Please make sure the school has your current emergency contact information.)
  • Families may also receive updates via local news outlets. Please see our Emergency Information web page for details about how we will send emergency information.
  • Our facilities have physical deterrents for would-be trouble-makers, including interior locks on classroom doors, fences with locking gates, surveillance video, and other security measures.
  • We maintain a QuickTip email and phone system for individuals to confidentially report bullying or suspicious activity.  quicktip [at] () or 408-341-7171.
  • Regular fire and earthquake drills, and occasional shelters-in-place, allow students to practice basic skills for following safety instructions and evacuation as necessary. 
  • Our multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) includes behavioral interventions and counseling to help struggling students before their situation turns critical.
  • Our district Crisis Response Team works with school-based teams to identify and intervene when students experience emotional/mental health crises.

“We care about all of our students,” Palomo said. “We have multiple layers of supports to keep them safe every day.”

Updated Wed, Nov 9th

Some consider Halloween the official start of the holiday season. It is certainly a time when children want to feast on their favorite sweet treats. With safety top of mind, we share this video message from Superintendent Viramontez with some important reminders.

Updated Wed, Nov 9th

Our district and several community groups are co-sponsoring a neighborhood action about safety on November 5th. Several local churches, families, neighbors and employees plan a peaceful march down Winchester Blvd. to continue to call attention to the need for greater safety measures in the community. 

The neighborhood action is in response to the tragic car accident that took the life of a Castlemont student and other neighborhood safety concerns. It will begin at 10 a.m., Sat. Nov. 5.  Please click here for the flyer and details.

In related news…

We learned this week that CUSD’s advocacy on traffic safety in our school zones has led to formal action by the City of San Jose. 

Our letter was the genesis for recommendations from Vice Mayor Chappie Jones and other Councilmembers to the City’s Rules Committee. The recommendations passed unanimously and are now a full city council directive. We are aware that this action is San Jose centric, and we will be working with Vision Zero, Safe Routes to Schools and other community partners to bring this county wide.