Campbell School of Innovation is Coming August 2018

We are creating a new public school option for families with students in Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade!

Updated Wed, Oct 4th 2017 4:47 pm

Get a Peek at Plans for the New School

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Updated Tue, Sep 19th 2017 4:57 pm

Name of New TK-8 School Announced, Development Continues

Board Meeting News: Transformation update on TK-8 program policies, budget   Read More

Updated Tue, Aug 29th 2017 6:59 pm

Input Sought to Name New School

The community is invited to help choose a final name for a new school being created for students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through Eighth Grade.  Read More

Updated Thu, Aug 24th 2017 12:46 pm

Board Updated on New TK-8 School and More

Board Meeting News for August 17, 2017. Updates on Transformation and Strategic Plan   Read More

Updated Wed, Jun 28th 2017 4:29 pm

Board Adopts New TK-8 School Plan, LCAPs and More

Board News June 22, 2017: The implementation plan for the District's new TK-8 grade school will go forward.  Read More

Updated Wed, Jun 28th 2017 3:29 pm

Board Celebrates Student Achievement, Hears About New School and More

Board News - June 1 2017: Members of the winning Monroe Middle School Scholars Cup team were featured at the meeting. The Board also heard a District recommendation on the TK-8 school transformation.  Read More

Updated Tue, Jun 6th 2017 4:58 pm

Board Names New Superintendent

Dr. Shelly Viramontez to lead our preschool-to-eighth-grade district  Read More

Updated Tue, May 23rd 2017 4:34 pm

2nd Community Forum Announced

Ideas and questions about a new TK–8th-grade school filled the walls at the District's first Community Input Forum. A second forum is planned for June 12.   Read More

Updated Tue, Jun 6th 2017 4:17 pm

Plans for New PreK-8 School Take Shape

Recommendation about new school on Campbell Middle School campus goes to Governing Board  Read More

Updated Tue, May 9th 2017 1:05 pm

Consul for a Day Opens May 4 Board Meeting

Board Meeting News – 5-04-2017: Suzzette Hernández de Orta, of Sherman Oaks, for being named Mexican Consul for a Day. Agenda included transformation update and more.  Read More

Updated Tue, May 9th 2017 4:17 pm

Board Hears about Engineering Week, School Transformation, more

Board Meeting News - 4/20/2017: Castlemont students Emma Schneider, Zoey Hinkle and Paul Alfaro led the flag salute, then presented their Engineering Week projects on Storm Drain Design.  Read More

Updated Wed, Apr 26th 2017 3:58 pm

School Transformation Update

New information was added to this article on April 26, 2017... At its April 13th meeting, the Transformation Team reviewed feedback received at the March 23 community input forum and considered several models for implementing the transition to the new school.  Read More

Updated Mon, Apr 17th 2017 8:14 am

Community Has Voice in Transforming School

Students had equal say as adults as more than 100 parents, students, staff and neighbors gave input at a March 23 community forum about creating a new Preschool–8th-grade school in the District.  Read More

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 11:55 am

Community Input on School Transformation Sought

The District's Transformation Team is developing a recommendation about transforming Campbell Middle School into a PreK–8th Grade school.  Read More

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 11:57 am

School Transformation Update - 2/21/2017

Transformation Team members tour Campbell Middle School before a meeting about what is needed for creating a quality PreK-through-8 school here.  Read More

Updated Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 3:57 pm

Video: Parent Meeting on Transformation

In January, Superintendent Andrew visited many CUSD schools to meet with parents and update them about the proposed transformation of Campbell Middle School into a PreK-8 school. We had the opportunity to record his comments at one of the meetings, and thought you’d appreciate being able to hear the information presented so far. Click on the video below to view the raw footage from that meeting.  Read More

Updated Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 12:50 pm

Board Meeting News - 1/19/17

PLANNING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS: Strategic Plan Objectives on Target; School Transformation Planning Continues  Read More

Updated Wed, Jan 25th 2017 2:19 pm

Transformation: Steps to New Opportunity

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

Transformation Events

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Transformation Timeline

Planned transformation phases (subject to change)

  1. In March 2017: Select a Transformation Model
    1. Pull Off the Band-Aid” Approach – Close the school
    2. Phase Out – Remaining grades permitted to promote to high school
    3. Phase In/Phase Out – Upper grades promote to high school; lower grades enrolled simultaneously
  2. March 23:1st Community Input Forum
  3. Late March: Visits to Existing K-8 Schools
  4. In April: Start Design/Theme
  5. May 8-10, 2017: Middle School Parent Information/Update
  6. June 9, 2017: Draft Implementation Plan Presented to the Board
  7. June 12, 2017: 2nd Community Input Forum
  8. June 22, 2017: Implementation Plan Presented to the Board
  9. July 1, 2017: New Implementation Team begins next phase
  10. September 2017:New School Name Announced: Campbell School of Innovation
  11. June 2018: Campbell Middle School closes
  12. August 2018: New TK-8 school opens with grades TK-4. Additional grades added in subsequent years

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about transforming Campbell Middle School into a TK—8 school.

Why is the District changing and creating a new school?

One of Campbell Union School District’s five strategic goals is to make each school a place where students, parents and staff thrive—that is, each school is as desirable as the next. That goal (formerly called the "schools of choice" goal) prompted a proposal to do some reorganizing in the District.

Of the options outlined in the original proposal, presented in March 2016, only the following are being acted upon at this time:

  1. 5th grade was added to Rosemary Elementary School in August 2016.
  2. Begin plans for transforming Campbell Middle School to a TK through 8th grade school, possibly in the 2017-18 school year.

When will the school transformation happen?

This change will be several years in the making, as there are many factors to consider. As of June 2017, under the Board-approved recommendation:

  • Campbell Middle School (CMS) will not enroll 5th or 6th graders In 2017-18. Those students will be assigned to Monroe or Rolling Hills Middle School, based on whether they live north or south of Campbell Avenue.
  • Additional resources will be provisioned to MMS and RHMS in to accommodate the additional students.
  • 2017-18 will be the final year of the current middle school on the CMS campus.
  • CMS 7th and 8th graders will have a robust program for their final year as CMS students. Electives, sports teams, and music will be offered.
  • The new school will open in August 2018 with grades TK-4, and will expand to TK-7 by the 2020-21 school year.
  • Updates following each Board meeting are posted in Board Meeting News on the District and school web pages.

Why Create a Kindergarten-through-Eighth-Grade School?

Educators and researchers report that K-8 programs offer several advantages over middle schools, including:

  • Strong academic continuity and sense of community for students.
  • Optimal emotional and social outcomes because faculty know the students and their families really well
  • Older kids tend to have a greater sense of accountability to be good role models and mentors to the younger students.
  • The younger students gain a better understanding of the purpose and progression of education.
  • In some cases, middle school students in K-8 programs have had higher achievement than their middle school counterparts.

Also, adding a K-8 option is in keeping with our belief in providing choices of educational setting for students. There is a growing demand for K-8, nationally and locally, as more families are asking to attend K-8 schools in neighboring districts.

The Center for Education Reform completed a multi-city review of the progress of urban K-8 schools in Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. The conclusion of the study indicated the following positive factors related to K-8 school configurations:

  1. Students felt safer.
  2. Fewer distractions from outside influences such as drugs.
  3. Absences and discipline problems were reduced.
  4. Less of a decline in academic achievement as the students transitioned to high school.

Will the attendance boundaries change?

The district has established middle school attendance boundaries for placing 5th and 6th grade students at Monroe and Rolling Hills middle schools during the transition period.
Residents of the current Campbell Middle School attendance area will have first priority for enrolling in the newly established school. No decision has been made beyond that. Any additional changes relating to boundaries and placement will be determined through a process consistent with board policy and Education Code.
The public will have the opportunity to give input on proposed boundaries at Governing Board meetings. Agendas for these meetings are posted online and at school and district offices.


Where are the Campbell MS students going to school?

Creating the new Transitional Kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school will require a few years of transition for our middle school students and families. When complete, the school will be able to accommodate about 850 students.

In 2017-18, Campbell Middle School will enroll about 380 7th and 8th graders. Fifth- and sixth-grade students who would have attended CMS are assigned to one of our other two middle schools.

During the transition period, former CMS students will attend either Rolling Hills Middle School or Monroe Middle School, depending on whether they live north or south of Campbell Avenue. The table below shows projected enrollment for our middle schools through the transition.

 School Year 2016-17

Rolling Hills

Monroe

Campbell

 934

 826

 631

 

 School Year 2017-18

Rolling Hills

Monroe

Campbell

 1030

 960

 380

 

 School Year 2018-19

Rolling Hills

Monroe

Campbell

 1120

 1240

 0

Improvements are underway at the middle schools to accommodate the enrollment changes and to prepare the CMS site for early primary grade students.

In January 2018, the District will accept students in grades TK-4th to attend the new school, which will open in August 2018. Upper grade students will be enrolled in subsequent years, which should result in decreased enrollment at Rolling Hills and Monroe.

When completed, the new school campus will be able to accommodate up to about 840 students from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through eighth grade.

How will traffic around the school be affected?

We are determining campus configuration, program and enrollment options for the new school, and are in communication with City of Campbell’s Traffic and Engineering staff and neighbors about traffic into and out of the school campus. We anticipate sending site plans to the Department of the State Architect in late fall 2017.

How much will this change cost?

At this time, there is not a final plan for the school’s instructional program, so exact costs are not finalized yet. Other improvements would be needed to accommodate early primary students—new playgrounds, equipment and fencing, and bathrooms and furniture designed for the younger children—which we estimate will cost about $2 million to $3 million.

Other campus improvements were already identified in our Facilities Master Plan. These, too, will be factored into a multi-year campus improvement plan.

How can people have input in decisions?

Numerous meetings have and will take place to afford staff and the public opportunities to participate in the process, and the public can give input at Governing Board meetings. The agenda at each Board meeting will include updates on progress.
Governing Board agendas are posted online and at school and district offices.

Meeting Calendar

Recent Board Meeting News

What was the role of the Transformation Team?

The role of the Transformation Team was to craft a comprehensive plan to present to the Governing Board by June 9, 2017. The Team considered the educational needs of our diverse student population, creating a dynamic learning environment for all students in CUSD, and developed guiding principles to facilitate making decisions. The Team convened community meetings throughout the process.

The Transformation Team drove the work, the creativity, and recommended plan elements to the District Leadership Team who then made the recommendations to the Board.
The Board approved the recommended implementation plan at its June 22, 2017, meeting. A new Implementation Team will carry on the work outlined in the plan

What are the "next steps"?

How can I get more information?

Resources, Research & Renderings

Research on K-8 Schools

Be Involved

Be involved and stay informed

Transformation Team

The Transformation Team will develop the implementation plan for the new site.

The selected team members represent teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and an education consultant. They are leading the discussion and the process. They will submit a comprehensive plan of action to the Board in June 2017.

Transformation Team Meeting Notes are posted below.

  • TK-8 Implementation Plan - Bilingual (Board approved 6/22/2017)
  • Notice: 2nd Community Forum
  • Notes for May 31, 2017; June 1 Draft Implementation Plan (bilingual)
  • Notes for May 17, 2017
  • Notes for May 3, 2017 & Parent Meeting Slides - May 8-10, 2017
  • Notes for April 13, 2017
  • Notes for March 23, 2017 Community Meeting (includes group responses)
  • Notes for Feb. 2 & March 1, 2017
  • Questions? Contact us at (408) 364-4200 x6254 or   contact@campbellusd.org


    Eric Andrew

    District Superintendent

    Portia Blunt

    Parent

    Lena Bundtzen

    Assistant Superintendent

    Kimiyo Cordero

    Teacher

    James Crawford

    Deputy Superintendent

    Ted Cribari III

    Administrator

    Lorinda Gomes

    Parent

    Roberta Hendryx

    Teacher / CETA

    Whitney Holton

    Assistant Superintendent

    Terri Hughes

    Teacher

    Al Lowder

    Neighbor

    Alex MacIver

    Facilitator

    Derek Mitchell

    Facilitator / Consultant

    Tina Parrot

    Teacher

    Danielle Patenaude

    Teacher

    Norma Jeanne Ready

    Lead Administrator

    Michael Rich

    Parent

    Sandra Richards

    Classified Employee Library Resource

    Cam Roberson

    Neighbor

    Maria Ross

    Teacher

    Marla Sanchez

    Communications Specialist

    Tovi Scruggs

    Facilitator

    Kami Thordarson

    Director, Instructional Technology

    Michelle Valine

    Classified Employee Administrative Assistant

    Shelly Viramontez

    Associate Superintendent