Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 11th

From Nan and the Art Space- an article that clearly explains the Teaching for Artistic Behavior approach we use in our art program at CBMS- click here

Parent Education, presented by your PTO:  Substance Awareness in Kids
When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Where: CBMS Library

Learn more about the substances that are available to kids such as vaping, underage drinking, high potency marijuana, and prescription drugs-- including the health concerns and current trends. Discuss tips for effective family communication and how to secure substances in the home. 

Presented by:  Ann Gilbert who is a parent educator and director of Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, the substance abuse prevention organization based in Montpelier and serving Washington County.  Matt Whalen is the Prevention Consultant with the Vermont Department of Health based in the Barre District office and supporting prevention efforts throughout the region.

From the Vermont Department of Health- With the steep increase in youth use of e-cigarettes and the risk of harm from exposure to nicotine, the tobacco team has been creating resources to provide guidance to select audiences including parents, school nurses and youth. We are also working on additional strategies to educate and support teachers and the school community, and to increase awareness among the public.

The Mad River Valley libraries are working with several other organizations to bring the documentary The Hungry Heart to the Mad River Valley later this month. In addition to the screening, we will have Matt Whalen from the Vermont Department of Health to help facilitate a discussion of the opioid crisis and how it is manifesting in the valley.

Marie Schmukal from the Warren Library recently attended a meeting with representatives from the interfaith council, Dept of Health, Capstone Comm Action, MRV Community Fund, the food shelf, and others and there seemed to be a strong desire to start this discussion in the valley. We understand that the schools (something called the SHAC, perhaps??) are also working on engaging parents and we hope that this can be seen as a 'takes a village" approach and we can help facilitate the wider community discussion.

The screening will be on January 29 at the Big Picture theater in Waitsfield. We're still finalizing the start time but we are hoping for an earlier start (6pm) with food so there is plenty of time for viewing/discussion. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or if you want more information.


Vermont Tech programs of interest
Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership Camp – residential camp
For girls entering 9th-10th grades - July 7-11 – Vermont Tech College - Randolph Center Campus A fun “hands-on” exploration into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math - plus some arts) career opportunities. Affordable– many scholarships http://www.vtc.edu/rosies-girls-stem-leadership-campContact: Fianna Barrows – barrowsfianna@gmail.com
Coder Camp for Girls - July 15 -19 – Vermont Tech College - Williston Campus - day camp
For girls entering 7th – 10th grades An experiential coder camp where girls can translate their creativity into a computer program using SCRATCH and other software programs – many scholarships. https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school- students/camps/coder-camp-girls Contact: Laurel Butler  lbutler@vtsbdc.org
Advanced Coder Camp – July 22-26 – Vermont Tech College - Williston Campus – day camp
For girls and boys entering 7th – 10th grades – Campers with some programming background dive deeper into programming – developing simple Android applications using Java and xml – many scholarships. https://www.vtc.edu/academics/high-school- students/camps/advanced-coder-camp - Contact: Laurel Butler – lbutler@vtsbdc.org
Computer Day Camp- Summer 2019 (stay tuned for dates) – Upper Valley/Randolph – day camp
Brand NewVermont Tech Camp for girls and boys entering 7th – 10th grades – focus: Coding & Web Design


The government shutdown is impacting 3SquaresVT benefits in February.  If you recently applied, or if you receive benefits, you may  need to take immediate action to get your benefits for February.  Because of the government shutdown, Vermont’s Department for Children and Families (DCF) will be issuing February 3SquaresVT benefits early, on January 20th. These benefits will be for the entire month of February, so it is important that participants budget accordingly. Because these benefits will be issued early, DCF needs to complete interviews and receive any required documentation from 3SquaresVT applicants and participants on or before January 15th (Tuesday).  If you need to complete an interview for your 3SquaresVT application or recertification, please call the interview line at 1-877-403-7668 right away. If you are currently in the application or recertification process, if you need to complete an interim report, or if you recently received a notice from DCF requesting documentation (pay stubs or proof of income, proof of medical expenses, etc.) you must send your documents in immediately to continue your benefits.   If you aren’t sure if this applies to you, call the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 to speak to a benefits specialist who can help. There might be a long wait time, but please stay on the line and do not give up! It is important that you get the information you need. This is an ongoing situation, and there will likely be more updates to share in the coming days. Please visit www.hungerfreevt.org/government-shutdown for the most current information.


Upcoming Dates of Note
Jan 16- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
Jan 21- MLK, Jr Day- no school today
Jan 22- Inservice day for staff- no school for students
Jan 23- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
Jan 25- Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm

Jan 31- PTO Parent Ed Session- Substance Awareness in Kids- 6:30-8- CBMS Library



Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 4th

On Wednesday, April 3rd from 8:00am-12:00pm Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools will be hosting our biennial career fair at CBMS. The career fair will target middle school students who are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities. We are gathering interested state and local business and industry leaders, service providers, artists, scientists, politicians, athletes, farmers, journalists and others to present information about their fields and places of work. We would love to have you attend and share information about your particular career!

Middle school students can sometimes feel disconnected from their education because they do not understand how it supports their future. We would like them to learn that the process of moving into the world of work begins now with their dreams, recreation, involvement, and volunteering. The more we can engage our youth in the community around them, the more successful we will be at transitioning them into prosperous contributing members of our society. This is where your support is crucial!

If you are passionate about your career and love what you do, then you are the right presenter for us! If you or your business are interested in participating in the career fair, please complete the form linked here. If you are not the person within your place of business who could coordinate participation, please forward this letter on to the individual who could best fill this role.

We will contact you as we draw closer to the event to confirm your participation and update you on specific details. If you know of others who would be interested in participating in our fair, please feel free to pass along this information and the link above.Thank you in advance for considering this event. With your participation, we hope it will be a great success!

Regards,

Jennifer Hempey & Jen Dreimiller
School Counselors, CBMS and HUMS



8th graders Changing Our World: Hello, this is Colin, Adam, and Parker. We are 8th graders and for our Change the World we are collecting old, slightly-used soccer cleats and shin guards and sending them to some country in need. Although we are not 100 percent sure where we are sending the equipment yet, we have an idea. You will find a box in the main lobby with pictures of a soccer cleat and some shin guards for your donations. If you have an old pair that doesn't fit or you just don't use anymore it would be greatly appreciated if you donated them. Thanks!


Harwood Unified Union School District has a vacancy for a Food Service Assistant. This is a 30 hour/week position, 5 days/week when school is in session, plus additional training and/or meeting times as requested or required. Job requires food preparation, cleaning and computer data entry. Candidates must be able to work in a high-pressure environment, have prior cooking experience, computer skills, maintain health code standards, work as part of a team, and lift 50 pounds. The ideal candidate must have a knowledge of Farm to School programs and a passion to provide healthy meals to children. 

Erika Dolan c/o Crossett Brook Middle School
5672 Vt. Rte. 100
Duxbury, VT  05676
(802) 244-6100 
edolan@wwsu.org



Join the school board! Have you wondered about running for school board?  Do you want to know the time commitment, or understand how boards function? The HUUSD board has put together an FAQ to answer some of those questions and encourage you to consider running for this important local position. Most towns have a position up for re-election this year. You can find the link to the “Join the School Board FAQs” document on the school board webpage at www.wwsu.org/huusd-board, or you can click on this direct link.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Jan 9- Stowe Ski-Ride program begins- 12:45 departure from CBMS
  • Jan 9- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 16- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 21- MLK, Jr Day- no school today
  • Jan 22- Inservice day for staff- no school for students
  • Jan 23- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library

Thursday, December 20, 2018

December 21

Cougar Spotlight: Jordan Bombard Gallops to Glory


Jordan Bombard, an 8th grader at Crossett Brook Middle School, was announced the overall horse showing champion for 2018 on December 1st. The story of Jordan and her horse Dusty is one for the books. Dusty is a horse who was going through rehab at Cottonwood Stables for leg injuries. All hope seemed lost that Dusty would ever compete again. Two months later, in July 2018, Jordan walked in and gave Dusty a second chance. Together they completed Dusty’s rehab and trained for the upcoming competition. In September, Jordan and Dusty competed in the Champlain Valley Show Series and took first place in almost all of the riding classes. The pair accumulated so many points that Jordan was given the title, Overall Champion of the Year, in the novice division. On behalf of the Crossett Brook Middle School community, congratulations to you, Jordan Bombard!



























8th graders Changing Our World: Hello, this is Colin, Adam, and Parker. We are 8th graders and for our Change the World we are collecting old, slightly-used soccer cleats and shin guards and sending them to some country in need. Although we are not 100 percent sure where we are sending the equipment yet, we have an idea. You will find a box in the main lobby with pictures of a soccer cleat and some shin guards for your donations. If you have an old pair that doesn't fit or you just don't use anymore it would be greatly appreciated if you donated them. Thanks!


Cougar Kudos to the Berlin City Auto Group for awarding CBMS a $500 grant towards purchasing the supplies for the building of four picnic tables.  This is a collaborative effort with Tech Ed and Sustainability, and is a great example of "hands on/minds on learning!"


On Wednesday, April 3rd from 8:00am-12:00pm Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools will be hosting our biennial career fair at CBMS. The career fair will target middle school students who are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities. We are gathering interested state and local business and industry leaders, service providers, artists, scientists, politicians, athletes, farmers, journalists and others to present information about their fields and places of work. We would love to have you attend and share information about your particular career!

Middle school students can sometimes feel disconnected from their education because they do not understand how it supports their future. We would like them to learn that the process of moving into the world of work begins now with their dreams, recreation, involvement, and volunteering. The more we can engage our youth in the community around them, the more successful we will be at transitioning them into prosperous contributing members of our society. This is where your support is crucial!

If you are passionate about your career and love what you do, then you are the right presenter for us! If you or your business are interested in participating in the career fair, please complete the form linked here. If you are not the person within your place of business who could coordinate participation, please forward this letter on to the individual who could best fill this role.

We will contact you as we draw closer to the event to confirm your participation and update you on specific details. If you know of others who would be interested in participating in our fair, please feel free to pass along this information and the link above.Thank you in advance for considering this event. With your participation, we hope it will be a great success!

Regards,

Jennifer Hempey & Jen Dreimiller
School Counselors, CBMS and HUMS


HUUSD School Board Meeting Update - Dec 12, 2018

Dear members of our six town community,

Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the HUUSD board meeting on December 12, 2018.

1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda for December 12, 2018: Approve past meeting minutes; Accept board warrants totaling $449, 865.56; approve recommendation directing Superintendent.

2. Approved motion to accept RHR Smith firm for auditing work.

3. Approved motion to direct the Administrative team to research and bring back to the board FY2020 budget options, including a budget containing a 3 cent reduction ($600,000) on the homestead tax rate, for discussion.

In addition to the robust budget discussion, we reviewed 10-year enrollment projections from the New England School Development Council (available in the school board packet from this meeting).

Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 19 at the HUHS library, with committees scheduled to meet prior to this, starting at 6 pm.

Please visit wwsu.org for board packets, agendas, and minutes - and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield) *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Linda Hazard (Moretown)
Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)
Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
Torrey Smith (Duxbury)
Alexandra Thomsen (Waterbury)
Rosemarie White (Warren)
Rob Williams (Waitsfield)


HUUSD School Board Meeting Update - Dec 19, 2018
Dear members of our six town community,


Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the HUUSD board meeting on December 19, 2018.


1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda for December 19, 2018:  Approve past meeting minutes; Accept board warrants totaling $244,698.85.
2. Approved updating the budget based on additional information received from our administrative team.

3. Approved amending the condition of our early retirement incentive from requiring 20 years of district teaching for retirement to requiring 15 years of teaching for retirement.

4. Approved directing the superintendent and administrative team to return to original project budget after discussion around 3 cent cut option fully explored.

5.  Passed a resolution acknowledging the board’s strong desire to focus on our district’s asset management and all allocation in the next 12 months to more proactively engage in budget planning for next year.  

6. Approved the creation of “Board Buddies” for student council representatives. (Welcome, students!)

7. Approved distributing “Join the HUUSD board" FAQs for distribution.

8. Approved revised communications structure and process.

9. Approved Community Engagement/Creative Discourse report, including: 1) accepting the report, 2) approving distribution, and 3) sending policy through process for fast-tracked adoption.

Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9th at the HUHS library.  

Please note this meeting follows our recently adopted HUUSD board agenda format, with the first hour spent with committees meeting individually from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  The full board will come back together at 7:00 pm.

Please visit wwsu.org for board packets, agendas, and minutes - and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,
The HUUSD Board
Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Linda Hazard (Moretown)
Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   
Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   
Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)
Rosemarie White (Warren)
Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Dec 21- Winter officially begins- Solstice at 5:23pm
  • Dec 24- Jan 1- Holiday break.  School resumes on Wednesday, Jan 2.
  • Jan 9- Stowe Ski-Ride program begins- 12:45 departure from CBMS
  • Jan 9- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 16- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 21- MLK, Jr Day- no school today
  • Jan 22- Inservice day for staff- no school for students
  • Jan 23- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 25- Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Jan 31- PTO Parent Ed SessionSubstance Awareness in Kids- 6:30-8- CBMS Library

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 14

Crossett Brook Middle School Presents Elf, Jr. Enjoy a musical performance by over 40 middle school actors of a favorite Christmas story. 7pm on December 14 & 15 at CBMS in Duxbury. Donations accepted at the door, and fundraising bake sale to follow. This family friendly performance will be under 60 minutes. 


CBMS Open Gym on Fridays- from 7:25-7:45 on most Friday mornings, the gym is open for all to partake in a lively game of prison ball.


This basketball schedule, which is hosted off of the parents section of the CBMS website, is the place to go to access the most up-to-date calendar for basketball games and practices.


SKI & RIDE IS STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SNOWBOARDING.  A LARGE NUMBER OF NEW SNOWBOARDERS HAVE SIGNED UP FOR OUR PROGRAM AND WE NEED EXPERIENCED RIDERS TO HELP THEM LEARN THIS FUN AND LIFELONG SPORT.  KNOW A SNOWBOARDER WITH A FEW HOURS ON WEDNESDAYS - SPREAD THE WORD!  

SIGN UP HERE. WE ARE ALSO STILL SEEKING 1-2 ADULTS TO HELP WITH 5 OR LESS DAYS TO BE A POINT PERSON AT PICK UP AT CBMS WHEN BUSSES RETURN AT 5PM.  IF YOU HAVE TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD ANYWAY, MAYBE YOU COULD SPARE 20 MINUTES A FEW OF OUR SKI DAYS.  



Middle School Movement for 5th and 6th graders:  Mindful Movement with Becky is offering a 6 week movement and stress reducing series specially designed for CBMS students. This class will help students shake off their day, move inwards and connect to their breath, and gently release tension from their bodies. No specific skills required other than the willingness to stretch, breathe deeply, respect other's space, and practice stillness.
When: Tuesdays, 2:45-3:30pm
Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, and 12
Cost $60 full session or $12 drop-ins
Class is limited to ten 5th/6th grade students, so don't hesitate to sign up!


To sign up, contact Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org or 244-6100


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We love 'em!  We use 'em!  
Thanks for clipping and sending into the CBMS office!


Scripps Spelling Bee - The Scripps Spelling Bee is an annual national competition that has been around for over ninety years. One person will represent Crossett Brook at the State Bee at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont on March 19th, 2019.

We will have a school bee on February 15th at 1:00. Prior to this, each team at the school will select representatives. The decision for who represents is the responsibility of each team, and the way this representative is decided is based on either a classroom bee, or through volunteers. The winner of our school bee will be showcased with other spellers in the Burlington Free Press.

The school bee, in alignment with the Scripps Bee, is a single elimination, which can be both exciting and challenging for students. If your student would like to prepare for this competition, please have them see Mrs. Williams for a list of classroom and school words. These lists are provided by Scripps. The words in the bee itself are not just of these words though, they can come from anywhere in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary! Some studying of patterns of spelling, and a good positive attitude of friendly competition can help quell the nerves.

If you would like more information, please look at http://spellingbee.com/



Got Fall soccer pics for 5th-8th grade soccer players?  If you are willing to share, please send them to Shannon Tremblay as she is looking for yearbook photos...stremblay@wwsu.org



Vaping & E-Cigarettes- this document offers some education, and some resources, on this topic.


Parent Education, presented by your PTO:  Substance Awareness in Kids
When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Where: CBMS Library

Learn more about the substances that are available to kids such as vaping, underage drinking, high potency marijuana, and prescription drugs-- including the health concerns and current trends. Discuss tips for effective family communication and how to secure substances in the home. 

Presented by:  Ann Gilbert who is a parent educator and director of Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, the substance abuse prevention organization based in Montpelier and serving Washington County.  Matt Whalen is the Prevention Consultant with the Vermont Department of Health based in the Barre District office and supporting prevention efforts throughout the region.

8th grader Xavier Brookens is changing the world!  Please join me in pledging to go meatless on Mondays. Sign up here.
Why?  If the population of wild animals continues to decline at the same rate that they are currently declining, they will be completely gone by 2026. Animal agriculture is the number one source of land use on the planet. Humans are destroying animals habitats all over the world to make room for grazing farm animals and the crops to feed them. Since animal agriculture is the biggest contributor to this problem, cutting back on our meat consumption would make a huge difference. I am hoping that others at Crossett Brook will be inspired by this video and join me in a commitment to meatless Mondays. Thank You,
Xavier Brookens


Harwood's Refugee Outreach Club is collecting diapers and sanitary pads for refugee families in Vermont. Diapers are a year round and expensive need so any type or amount of donation helps! There is a donation collection box in the CBMS lobby that will be there until Friday December 21st. All donated diapers and sanitary pads will be brought to the Vermont U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). If you would prefer to donate money to our drive rather than specific products checks can be made out to the Harwood Refugee Club and sent to Harwood ( 458 VT-100, Moretown, VT 05660 ). Any donation is greatly appreciated!


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Nite & 2Morrow! Dec 14, 15- 7pm- Elf, Jr. on the CBMS Matt Clancy Stage
  • Dec 19- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Dec 21- Winter officially begins- Solstice at 5:23pm
  • Dec 24- Jan 1- Holiday break.  School resumes on Wednesday, Jan 2.
  • Jan 9- Stowe Ski-Ride program begins- 12:45 departure from CBMS
  • Jan 9- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 16- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 21- MLK, Jr Day- no school today
  • Jan 22- Inservice day for staff- no school for students
  • Jan 23- HUUSD School Board meeting- 7pm- HU Library
  • Jan 25- Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Jan 31- PTO Parent Ed Session- Substance Awareness in Kids- 6:30-8- CBMS Library

Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 7

"Tomment"- Recently numerous discussions have arisen at teacher meetings about computer games getting in the way of learning.  A game called "shell shocker" has been the #1 as of late, with "cookie clicker" at close #2.  Our tech folks have tried to keep up with the filtering of games, but it is truly like playing whack-a-mole, as the number of tech avenues to access games just keeps increasing.  This week we trialed filtering out every website that had a "game" label.  We did this mostly as a trial to see what legitimate educational sites (yes, there are some great educational gaming sites that are all about learning!) would be shut down.  What we have witnessed this week is a big pushback reaction from a small number of students who's attaction/addition to gaming is deep, and a smaller negative reaction from a larger number of students who are simply annoyed that they can't get to some of their favorite game sites from within CBMS.  Turning on this filter has not affected many truly educational sites.  We will be evaluating this further, but if your MSer brings it up, please remind him/her that "school is for learning!"


The CBMS PTO invites your 5th/6th grade student to the second of our three Fun Nights! Event is TONIGHT from 7PM-9PM (please to not drop your student off early and pick up is promptly at 9PM). You must register your student via this link and PLEASE use the Signup Genius link to volunteer and/or provide a food/beverage item. 


"I'm not hungry"- check out this new school counseling blog post, with a focus on students eating lunch (or not) at school, from Jennie Hempey.


Crossett Brook Middle School Presents Elf, Jr. Enjoy a musical performance by over 40 middle school actors of a favorite Christmas story. 7pm on December 14 & 15 at CBMS in Duxbury. Donations accepted at the door, and fundraising bake sale to follow. This family friendly performance will be under 60 minutes. 


Come join for an afternoon of FREE ice skating.  The TBPS and CBMS PTOs are sponsoring an Ice Skating party 2:30-4:00 this Sunday, Dec 9th, at the Waterbury Ice Center. Rentals will be free, the ice time is free, and all the camaraderie is free as well!  Helmets strongly recommended. Hope to see you there!


Got Fall soccer pics for 5th-8th grade soccer players?  If you are willing to share, please send them to Shannon Tremblay as she is looking for yearbook photos...stremblay@wwsu.org



Flashback to the 8th graders versus Staff soccer game in October- check out this 2-minute video clip- hot off the press from Crossett Brook Productions!


Parent Education, presented by your PTO:  Substance Awareness in Kids
When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Where: CBMS Library

Learn more about the substances that are available to kids such as vaping, underage drinking, high potency marijuana, and prescription drugs-- including the health concerns and current trends. Discuss tips for effective family communication and how to secure substances in the home. 

Presented by:  Ann Gilbert who is a parent educator and director of Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, the substance abuse prevention organization based in Montpelier and serving Washington County.  Matt Whalen is the Prevention Consultant with the Vermont Department of Health based in the Barre District office and supporting prevention efforts throughout the region.

Update Fencing info has been added to the E-Cougar Community Bulletin Board.

HUUSD School Board Meeting Update - Nov 28, 2018

Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the HUUSD board meeting on November 28.

1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda for November 28, 2018:  Approve past meeting Minutes; Accept Board warrants totaling $438,229.33; Accept Board Leadership Report; Accept Director of Finance report; Adopted Policy E1 Fiscal Management; Approve HUHS Field Trip; Approve Annual Financial Management Questionnaire; Approve First Amendment to Solar Services Energy Agreement for net metering credits allocated to Thatcher Brook Primary School.

2. After discussion, approved an amended work plan that includes the formation of committees to do project-specific work related to the board’s goals, with first committee meetings to commence on December 12.

3. Agreed to add a future agenda item (date TBD) for the board to discuss what role, if any, the board has with respect to the school profile and transcript; and to allocate some meeting time on Dec 12 to discuss agenda development and procedure.

A considerable amount of time in the meeting was spent reviewing and discussing the first draft of the district budget as presented by the Director of Finance. The first draft was a “level service” scenario. Key metrics included: 3.59% increase in total expenditures, 2% decrease in number of equalized pupils, 5% increase in spending per equalized pupil. There were multiple questions and comments around what was going to happen at the state level, and around the fact that we will not get the specific numbers that we need from the state to calculate tax rates until January.

Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12 at the HUHS library.  Please note this meeting will be the first to follow a new agenda format, with the first hour spent with committees meeting individually. The full board will come back together at 7:00 pm.

For more information, please visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Linda Hazard (Moretown)
Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   
Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   
Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)
Rosemarie White (Warren)
Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Fudge pick-up at CBMS - if you ordered some, please come and get it!
  • Hanukkah continues through sundown on Dec 10th
  • 2nite- Dec 7- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9pm
  • Dec 9- PTO Skating Party- Ice Center- 2:30-4:00
  • Dec 12- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
  • Dec 13- Team Titan to Flynn Theater- 8:40-12:30
  • Dec 14, 15- 7pm- Elf, Jr. on the CBMS Matt Clancy Stage
  • Dec 21- Winter officially begins- Solstice at 5:23pm
  • Dec 24- Jan 1- Holiday break.  School resumes on Wednesday, Jan 2.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

November 30

The CBMS PTO invites your 5th/6th grade student to the second of our three Fun Nights! Event date is Friday December 7th, 2018 7PM-9PM (please to not drop your student off early and pick up is promptly at 9PM). If you missed our first one, we had well over 100 students, a DJ dance party, basketball, soccer, ping pong, a movie, Nintendo Wii, and lots of snacks! You must register your student via this link and PLEASE use the Signup Genius link to volunteer and/or provide a food/beverage item. You don't want to miss this!!! ~Your CBMS PTO.


The Stowe Ski & Ride program is seeking a parent or two to be the responsible adult at CBMS on Wednesdays from 4:50-5:15 to receive the buses of students from Stowe and wait while parents pick up.  This is an easy way to help our program out.  We need someone to make sure all gear, if not picked up, is put into the lost and found and return the bus clipboards into the office.   If you already pick up your child and can spare an extra few minutes each week to wait with the kids until they are all picked up, we would truly appreciate your help.  Contact ski_ride@wwsu.org if you might consider helping.  

CBMS is looking for a Saturday, 5th/6th grade  Basketball scoreboard/clock-keeper/book-keeper for home basketball games.  There is a nominal payment associated with this work, and games begin at 8am most Saturdays.  If interested, contact Athletic Director Deb Cousino at dcousino@wwsu.org.


The River of Light Parade is tomorrow! If you’re interested in playing in the CBMS Junk Band, come to a quick rehearsal TODAYfrom 2:30-3, or let Mr. Liptak or Mrs. Dubois know you want to join us.

Middle School Gymnastics Practice begins Thursday November 29th at Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy. Gymnasts should take the 3pm bus over. NO practice this Friday November 30th. Regular Practice time Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15-5pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8pm.


The next 7/8 Dance at CBMS is Friday, January 25th.


MSM- Middle School Movement for 5th and 6th graders:  Mindful Movement with Becky is offering a 6 week movement and stress reducing series specially designed for CBMS students. This class will help students shake off their day, move inwards and connect to their breath, and gently release tension from their bodies. No specific skills required other than the willingness to stretch, breathe deeply, respect other's space, and practice stillness.
When: Tuesdays, 2:45-3:30pm
Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, and 12
Cost $60 full session or $12 drop-ins
Class is limited to ten 5th/6th grade students, so don't hesitate to sign up!

To sign up, contact Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org or 244-6100


The Middlebury College Women's Soccer Team has reached the NCAA Final 4 and will play this Friday, November 30th. The national semi-final will be played at 5:00 pm, on the campus of UNC Greensboro, vs Washington University from Saint Louis. Middlebury is coached by Capital Soccer Club Founding Director Peter Kim. In addition, two other Capital SC members are on his staff. Jorge Rojas serves as the Assistant Coach, and Jon Hammond coaches the Middlebury Goalkeepers. Middlebury is currently ranked #3 in the most recent NCAA poll, while Washington U is the nation’s #1 team. The match can be viewed via live stream at this link.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Nov 30- Team Prodigy to International Festival in Essex- 8-12:30
  • Wreath/Poinsettia pick-up at Evergreen Gardens:  Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).
  • Deb 1- River of Light Parade- 5:00pm start
  • Fudge pick-up at CBMS beginning on December 3rd
  • Dec 2- Hanukkah begins at sundown (through sundown on Dec 10)
  • Dec 7- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9pm
  • Dec 12- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
  • Dec 13- Team Titan to Flynn Theater- 8:40-12:30
  • Dec 14, 15- 7pm- Elf, Jr. on the CBMS Matt Clancy Stage
  • Dec 21- Winter officially begins- Solstice at 5:23pm
  • Dec 24- Jan 1- Holiday break.  School resumes on Wednesday, Jan 2.