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Enhancing Student Success Through Community Engagement

ABC and Los Dichos volunteers promote literacy and positive school climate

montage of men and women reading books to groups of students

Project Cornerstone’s ABC Readers and Los Dichos are district-supported initiatives dedicated to improving student achievement, engagement, and a positive school climate. 

Across the district, ABC and Los Dichos volunteers share books and reading activities to help students develop basic language, critical thinking skills, and positive connections among students, teachers, and parents. The stories and related activities follow monthly themes, such as Tolerance, Confidence, Caring, Empathy, Determination, Acceptance, and Enthusiasm. 

“It’s a great volunteer program,” said Lynhaven Community Liaison Noelia Smith. “It gives parents, teachers, and students the opportunity to engage in building literacy skills and help students feel more valued and supported.”

Most volunteers are parents, like those pictured here from Lynhaven School. Members of the Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga and other community volunteers also read to and provide books for students. 

Nearly half of district students are from Hispanic cultures. Los Dichos is one more way to demonstrate the district’s commitment to providing families with opportunities for culturally relevant learning and student success in school. The program is based on literature that highlights Latino stories. As with the ABC Readers program, volunteers read selected books to students at school and lead activities that teach lessons. 

ABC and Los Dichos volunteers dedicate one hour a month to prepare and conduct classroom activities based on sample lessons provided by Project Cornerstone. Their commitment contributes significantly to fostering a rich and supportive learning environment for all students.

Interested in being a volunteer?
Contact the school office about opportunities for the coming school year.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Congratulations to our district winners

Congratulations to our District Winners for the 2023-2024 school year!  Miss Iyama won Teacher of the Year!  Ms Astrid won Classified Employee of the Year!  Ms Wiseman won  ACSA's New Administrator of the Year!  Let's celebrate them!

District Celebrates the 2023-24 Outstanding Employees and Volunteers

Annual Recognition Event

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On Thursday, May 23rd, Campbell Union School District’s school communities will come together to honor the exceptional individuals chosen as the 2023-24 Employees and Volunteers of the Year. This annual recognition event, being held at 5:30 pm at Lynhaven School, celebrates the dedication and hard work that make all of our schools great places to work and learn.

The district will recognize 42 outstanding teachers, classified support staff, volunteers, and administrators for their significant contributions over this 2023-24 school year. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of this year’s District-level honorees, who will advance to the county’s recognition program.

Below is the list of the honorees from each school. 

Blackford ............ Lauren Gourley - Classified Employee of the Year

                                 Jenna Roldan - Teacher of the Year

                                 Rachelle Johnson - Volunteer of the Year

CSI ....................... Kellie Johnson - Classified Employee of the Year

                                Amanda Haughs - Teacher of the Year

                                Michelle Phipps - Volunteer of the Year

Capri ................... Astrid Sanz - Classified Employee of the Year

                                Katie Iyama - Teacher of the Year

                                Leslie Belghoul - Volunteer of the Year

Castlemont ....... Irama Mendoza - Classified Employee of the Year

                               Stephanie Lykam - Teacher of the Year

                               Barbie Rosato - Volunteer of the Year

Forest Hill ......... Peggy DeVincenzi - Classified Employee of the Year

                               Jullie Pachoud - Teacher of the Year

                               Amber Menasco - Volunteer of the Year

Lynhaven ......... Charu Sarin - Classified Employee of the Year

                              Sarah Day - Teacher of the Year

                              Christine Wolffe - Volunteer of the Year

Marshall Lane .. Farah Sheikh - Classified Employee of the Year

                               Kristy Hunt - Teacher of the Year

                               Christa Levine - Volunteer of the Year

Monroe MS ....... Belen Solis - Classified Employee of the Year

                               Megan Duena - Teacher of the Year

                               Veronica Shields - Volunteer of the Year

Preschool .......... Nazy Ardalan - Classified Employee of the Year

Rolling Hills MS...Gail Panus - Classified Employee of the Year

                                  GiIlian Harrington - Teacher of the Year

                                  Eileen Weinstein - Volunteer of the Year

Rosemary ......... Stephanie Murakami - Classified Employee of the Year

                               Alyssa Sigala - Teacher of the Year

                               Alejandra Cortes - Volunteer of the Year

Sherman Oaks ... Leticia Jaimes - Classified Employee of the Year

                                 Lino Gutierrez - Teacher of the Year

                                 Pamela Trounstine - Volunteer of the Year

Village ................. Laura Torres Cendejas - Classified Employee of the Year

                                 Aisling Clarke - Teacher of the Year

                                 Peggy Koralage - Volunteer of the Year

AIM Showcase Highlights Student Voice and Talent

Impressive display of student works of art, innovation and music 

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The first annual Art, Innovation, and Music (AIM) Showcase, held on May 15th, was a vibrant celebration of student creativity. With an ocean theme, the event featured an impressive array of artwork, innovative projects, and musical recordings from students across the district.

“In Campbell, we are dedicated to nurturing creativity and innovation in all of our students. This showcase highlights the incredible talent and passion within our schools,” said Julie Goo, District Coordinator of Innovation.

Families, students, and staff had a fantastic opportunity to celebrate student achievements and immerse themselves in this community event.


May 13-17 is Campbell USD’s Employee Appreciation Week

Celebrating All Employees Because Educating Students Takes All of Us Together

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While there are many days designated to honor and celebrate the various roles and impact of school employees, we believe they are all important in our service and support of students, staff and families. Please join us in recognizing all of our dedicated employees during Campbell Union School District’s Employee Appreciation Week, May 13 through 17.

“Every staff member in our school district plays an important role in shaping the future of our students, from teachers to custodians, office staff to school nurses, administrators to bus drivers; all contribute to creating a nurturing and enriching environment where every  student can reach their highest potential,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

Special Recognition on May 23rd

As a special part of our annual Employee Appreciation Week, we honor and celebrate outstanding individuals in our schools. We will applaud our Teachers of the Year, Classified Employees of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, and announce the District-level winners who will move on to county level awards.

Mark Your Calendars for More May Events!
Don’t miss these engaging district-wide events brought to you by the Campbell Union School District and our valued community partners. All district families are invited to participate.

May 14 & 21: Free Viewing of "Angst" - This compelling documentary sheds light on the topic of anxiety. Produced by IndieFlix, the film features interviews with a diverse range of individuals including children, teens, educators, experts, parents, and even former Olympic champion Michael Phelps. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Co-sponsored by Campbell Union School District and School Linked Services.  Learn more about "Angst"

May 14 at 6pm at CSI, 295 Cherry Ln., Campbell

May 21 at 5:30pm at Castlemont, 3040 E. Payne Ave., San Jose


May 15: Celebrate student creativity and achievement at the Art, Innovation and Music (AIM) Showcase!
This event will showcase an inspiring collection of artwork, innovative projects, and musical recordings crafted by our talented students. Learn more about the AIM Showcase

May 15 from 4 to 7pm at
Monroe Middle School, 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose