We’re Creating a New School

We are creating a preschool-through-eighth-grade public school option for our families!

Updated Wed, Jun 21st 2017 2:58 pm

Board Celebrates Student Achievement, Hears About New School and More

Members of the winning Monroe Middle School Scholars Cup team were featured at the June 1 board 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

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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: Community Input Meeting (6:00p at Campbell Middle)
  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. May 23: Community Input Meeting (TBD)
  7. June 1, 2017: Plan Presented to the Board
  8. June 12, 2017: 2nd Community Input Forum
  9. June 22, 2017: Updated Plan Presented to the Board
  10. July 1, 2017: Pending Board approval, new Implementation Team begins next phase
  11. June 2018: Campbell Middle School closes
  12. August 2018: New TK-8 school opens with grades TK-4

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Why is the District reorganizing?

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 Preschool 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 April 20, 2017:

  • The Governing Board accepted a recommendation from the Transformation Team to enroll only 7th and 8th graders at Campbell Middle School in the 2017-18 school year, to close CMS in June 2018, and to open the new preK-to-8th-grade school in the 2018-19 school year. No decision has been made at this time about which grades will be enrolled in the new school's first year.
  • The new Transformation Team comprised of school, district, and neighborhood stakeholders met for the first time in January 2017. The Team's purpose is to study and make recommendations about the issues involved in the transformation.
  • Updates following each Board meeting are posted in Board Meeting News on the District and school web pages.
  • The District anticipates that the Transformation Team will present a proposal to the Governing Board for action in June 2017.

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.


How will traffic around the school be affected?

That is unknown at this time. Through the 2016-2017 school year, we will be determining configuration, program and enrollment options for Campbell Middle School. When those are identified, our district planners will work with the City of Campbell’s Traffic and Engineering staff to review impacts on ingress and egress as part of the study.

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.

In addition to having the District Reorganization proposal on the agenda at each Board meeting, updates to the Board will be available online and by request, and the Superintendent will hold several more meetings on the topic over the course of the next 6-12 months.

Meeting Calendar

Recent Board Meeting News

What is the role of the Transformation Team?

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

The Team drives the work, the creativity, and recommends plan elements to the District Leadership team who then makes the recommendations to the Board. 

How can I get more information?

Resources, Research & Renderings

Research on K-8 Schools

Be Involved

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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.

  • 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