Welcome to Castillero Middle School

Attention all 8th grade graduates and parents!

We invite you to be part of the time honored tradition of giving your grad a lei at this year’s commencement ceremony. Place your order now for traditional single or double leis, kukui nut leis, or rose bouquets.

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Audition Schedule


Auditions: April 5th, from 3-6pm
Current Students will audition with Mr. Bowman when ready.
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Incoming 6th graders: March 28 & 29, 3:00 - 5:00pm, C17.
Those who are auditioning should prepare a short, approximately a minute, of a song to be sung without any accompaniment.

Current 6th & 7th graders: March 28 & 29 during Lunch, in C17. Please prepare a one minute song without accompaniment.


Tuesday, March 28th or Thursday, March 30th

3:45-4:00 Registration in Dance Room C-18
4:00-5:30 Intermediate & Intermediate Advanced Dance.
*Skill level will determine invitation to higher level audition.

Tuesday, April 4th

3:45-4:00 Registration in Dance Room C-18
4:00-5:30 Advanced Dance & Dance Infinia Audition.
Some 6th graders will be invited to a call back on April 4th

Current students:
Lunch and in class from March 28th - April 7th for all 7th and 8th graders. 

Advanced Dance and Dance Infinia: Saturday April 1st.

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6th Graders & Incoming Students: April 5&6 from 3:00-5:00 pm in room F16
—-6th Graders & Incoming Students, Please Sign Up Here!—-

Current students: April 5 &6 during Lunch

Intermediate Advanced, and Intermediate: 1 minute monologue.

Advanced Drama:  Auditions should prepare a 1 minute monologue and 1 minute song to be sung without accompaniment.
All applicants should slate their performance.


Incoming 6th graders and new students to Castillero: Monday, March 27th - 3-6pm
Returning 7th and 8th graders: March 27th - April 30th​
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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Information and Opt Out Process

Each spring, schools across California participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program, also known as CAASPP.

This year, your student will participate in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and mathematics (SBAC), the California Alternate Assessments (CAA), and, depending on their grade level, the pilot administration of the California Science Tests (CAST).

These assessments help school districts and the state monitor student progress under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which support more rigorous instruction and increased expectations for students.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852, each year school districts are required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP tests. In addition, districts are required to inform families of their right to exempt their student from taking the CAASPP tests. For families wishing to exempt their student from a CAASPP assessment, a written request specifying the test(s) to be exempted must be submitted annually to the school site.

To learn more about the CAASPP assessments your student may take, or the exemption process, please click here.

Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil (CAASPP) Información y Processo de Exclusión

Cada primavera, las escuelas de todo California participan en el programa de Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil, también conocido por sus siglas en inglés como CAASPP.

Este año, sus hijos participarán en la Evaluación Acumulativa Smarter Balanced (SBAC) en Artes del Lenguaje Inglés y Matemáticas, en la Evaluación Alternativa de California (CAA), y dependiendo del nivel de grado que cursen, en la administración de la prueba piloto de los Exámenes de Ciencia de California (CAST).

Estas evaluaciones ayudan a los distritos escolares y al estado a vigilar el progreso de los estudiantes con respecto a los Estándares Académicos, Comunes y Fundamentales del Estado (CCSS), los cuales apoyan el que se imparta enseñanza más rigurosa y que existan expectativas académicas más altas para todos los estudiantes.

De conformidad con las reglamentaciones del Código de California, Título 5, Artículo 852, cada año a los distritos escolares se les requiere que notifiquen a los padres y tutores acerca de la participación de sus hijos en los exámenes CAASPP. Además, a los distritos escolares se les exige que informen a las familias que tienen el derecho a pedir que se les exente a sus hijos de tomar los exámenes CAASPP. Las familias que no deseen que sus hijos tomen una evaluación CAASPP, deberán pedirlo por escrito, especificando cuál examen o exámenes no desean que tomen sus hijos y entregar dicha solicitud escrita a su escuela, cada año.

Para obtener más información de las evaluaciones CAASPP que podrían tomar sus hijos o sobre el proceso para pedir que a sus hijos se les exente de tomarlas, por favor haga clic aquí.s se les exente de tomarlas, por favor haga clic aquí.

Volunteers and food donations needed!

Mom’s, don’t miss out on the fun!

Please see link below to help with dance set up, decorations, working the dance (check-in table, food and drink supervision, photographer assistants), clean up, and food donations.  We are short handed on volunteers to help the night of the dance, please consider volunteering so that we can make this a special night for the Dads and Daughters!

Sign up for CMS Father Daughter Candyland Dance!! 

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click here to see our SignUp on SignUp.com!

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thank you, 
   Jill Ball -  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

CSN Bay Area All-Star Article
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Article

Important 2016 - 2017 School year information

  • Important Information (Spanish Here)
  • Summer Mailer (Spanish Here)
  • Uniform policy
  • Yearbook Forms
  • PTA Membership Form
  • Castillero Education Foundation Donation Drive

  •     Castillero Middle School offers families a variety of amazing educational opportunities, with an emphasis on the visual and performing arts. Our staff knows that “together we are better” and continues to provide excellence in all classrooms using Common Core State Standards to increase students depth of knowledge and critical thinking skills for students in each subject area.

        Our school is nestled in the foothills of the Almaden Valley and students flock to our school for the opportunity to experience excellence in academics, diversity and the arts. Castillero is a WEB, Where Everybody Belongs school and promotes 8th grade students taking on active roles as mentors to help our 6th grade students transition into middle school. Our school is largely supported by parent groups including our PTA, Educational Foundation and Music Boosters whom strive to provide education access and opportunities to all students through a caring and nurturing environment.

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    Vision Statement
    All San Jose Unified School District students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society
    Mission Statement
    San Jose Unified School District’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.