Thursday, June 14, 2018

June 15

Parents of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- we will be walking or biking down to the Waterbury Pool today.  Please send your child to school with appropriate footwear, swimwear, playwear, and suntan lotion!

Thanks to everyone who purchased and supported this year's yearbook! If you would still like a book, you can order online at this link.  Please note - any online orders will require a shipping/handling fee and will be shipped directly to your mailing address.



CBMS Spirit Wear is still available for purchase! Click here to view all items.  (*Please note: CBMS Water Bottles DO shrink in the dishwasher! Please hand wash!)

Summer fun ideas from the school counseling office- click here.


Summer Middle School Volleyball - For next year's grades 5-8 students (current grades 4-7).  We will meet a couple of times this summer- dates TBD based on interest.  Please email Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org if your child is interested in being kept informed.


Introductory fencing class being offered this summer - details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.


Across Roads Center for the Arts is offering a six-week summer Digital Storytelling workshop for teens, 7-12 grades, June 26-August 2, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm.  details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.


Ponderable:  Enjoy screens. Not too much. Mostly with others.” Anya Kamenetz’s advice to parents on children’s time with electronic devices, quoted in “Screening Screen Time” by Pamela Druckerman, in a New York Times review of The Art of Screen Time and Be the Parent, Please, April 15, 2018

The Waterbury Area Senior Center is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at a, first come, first serve basis, at the site and times as follows: Waterbury Area Senior Center is located at 14 Stowe Street, Waterbury, VT 05676. We will be serving Breakfast and Lunch Monday – Friday starting June 18th – August 24th (will be closed on July 3 rd & July 4th , 2018). Breakfast will be served from 8:00am – 10:00am and Lunch will be served from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at this link, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email:program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


HUUSD School Board Meeting Update
Dear members of our six town community,

At our last meeting on June 6, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the three (3) items below:

1. We approved the unanimous recommendation of the hiring committee to appoint Mandy Couturier for the position of Principal at Moretown Elementary school (2 year contract).

2. We approved multiple board warrants

3. We confirmed Torrey to be an added board member on the executive project committee on the Harwood project.

We also were advised on the project committee’s current thinking about the June 21 middle school workshop which will include staff and administrators who work with middle school students, board members, parents from the community, and non-parents from the community.

It is our hope to send updates and previews of each HUUSD Board meeting in the future. Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm and will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. Please note it will be preceded by an executive session for the purpose of superintendent evaluation.

You can visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes, and watch past meetings at https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield) *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Peter Langella (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)




Harwood Bond Project Starts w/Middle School Visioning

Dear members of our six-town community,

The Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) board is working out details of how to pursue a bond proposed to renovate and modernize Harwood Union Middle/High School. An important early step in the process is a workshop focused on middle level education on June 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. More information on the workshop and the process as a whole is provided below, but first we want to be clear that we are currently seeking two volunteers from each of our six towns to participate. We hope you will consider being a part of these first conversations.

Those interested in participating in the June 21, event should contact the HUUSD board representatives from their town BY JUNE 15. Board representative contact information can be found at: tinyurl.com/HUUSDboard

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Harwood Union was built in 1965 and has been well-maintained for more than 50 years. As building codes and teaching practices have evolved; and infrastructure and systems have aged, it has become increasingly clear Harwood is in need of an overhaul as we strive to meet the needs of today’s students.

On May 16, 2018, the HUUSD board voted to revive the Harwood bond project that had been put on hold before Act 46 merger activities, and to continue working with the architectural firm TruexCullins of Burlington.

Because our district is now merged, we have new options available for how we provide middle level education. Visioning for our district middle school experience is the first phase of the process, which will start with TruexCullins facilitating a workshop to help the community articulate its vision for students at the middle level. The workshop will be held June 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and will include: administrators from CBMS and HUMS; teachers and staff from both schools; board members; and community members from each town. For the community member participants, we hope to have two from each town: one parent of a student in the district, and one resident who does currently not have a student in the district. The goal of the workshop is to develop guiding principles for the middle school experience.

Later this summer, engineers, contractors, and architects will evaluate the two middle school buildings to determine their current physical state, configuration, and capacity. TruexCullins will use information from the visioning workshop and data collection phase to identify options with cost estimates for the middle schools. In September, TruexCullins will present its findings and recommendations to the board.

The second phase of the project will begin in September, and focus on visioning for the full scope of work at Harwood. It will revisit ideas generated through workshops that were held in 2015, when TruexCullins originally started work on this project with the former Harwood HS/MS board. There will also be new conversations at a second workshop like the one for the middle level.

In October, TruexCullins will make a public presentation, and the board will vote whether to move into the design/development phase. Throughout the process there will be ongoing opportunities for public comment, participation in activities, and a continuing dialogue around how best to meet the current and future needs of HUUSD students on the Harwood campus.

More information about the bond project is available on the board page of the HUUSD website: www.wwsu.org

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield) *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Peter Langella (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:
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates- 7am departure- 6:30pm return
  • June 15- Last day of school for all students.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 to Waterbury Village Pool.  Noon dismissal.
  • June 18-21- Inservice days for teachers
  • June 22- Progress Reports coming home

Thursday, June 7, 2018

June 8

Yearbooks will be ready for pick up Monday, June 11th through Wednesday, June 13th.  We are still selling hard cover books for $23.95 each and softcover for $17 each but have a very limited supply, especially of the soft cover. Books can be purchased during lunch hours (11-12:30). Checks can be made out to "CBMS". Thank you for supporting the CBMS Yearbook!


4th Grade parents - a note to you from Marilyn Geiger, CBMS Nurse, can be found here.


Items in the CBMS Lost and Found will be on display on tables in the front foyer next week.  Feel free to urge your child to seek out lost items, or to come in yourself and do the same!



Sign up to play in the CBMS band at the NQID parade4 PMSaturday June 30th. The deadline to sign up is Monday June 11th.  All are invited to join in the fun!  Click here to sign up. 


E-Community Bulletin Board has information on gymnastics summer camps at CVGA.


Do you know a child that might be interested in being part of a 4-H club or has an interest in horses? 4-H is looking to start a 4-H club near you! What is 4-H? 4-H is a youth directed program and allows youth to explore different project areas alongside volunteers in a club setting as they develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Through project based learning, 4-H also gives youth a sense of mastery, generosity, independence, and belonging. All 4-H clubs are open to youth ages 8-18. Youth ages 5-7 may join as Cloverbuds which offers a non-competitive learning experience where members can sample a variety of 4-H projects. For more information contact: Allison Smith, 4-H Educator at 802-476-2003 or Allison.smith.2@uvm.edu. Stay tuned for meetings this summer!



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We love Boxtops for Education at CBMS...please clip them and send them into the office!




American Red Cross Swim Lessons at Waterbury Pool - We are finally getting into summer and the pool will open for the season on Saturday, June 23rd. We still have lots of space in all levels of American Red Cross swim lessons throughout the summer--check out our offerings in the pool flyer, https://www.waterburyvt.com/fileadmin/files/Recreation_files/2018_Pool_Info.pdf and head to waterburyvt.com/recreation to sign up!  First session of lessons is free with a membership, $65 for non-member residents, or $100 for non-member non-residents.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • June 8- Team Dream to UVM Ropes Course - 8:15-2:15
  • June 8- Team Prodigy to Jay Water Park- 8-4
  • June 11- Team Wizards to Reservoir- 9:45-2:15
  • June 12- Team Titan Celebration Night- 5-7
  • June 13- Team Quest to Reservoir- 9:30-2
  • June 13- Team Prodigy Team Dinner- 5:30-7:30
  • June 13- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in the HUHS Library
  • June 14- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm- CBMS gym
  • June 14- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm- CBMS gym.  Students should be at school by 4:45pm latest.
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates- 7am departure- 7pm return
  • June 15- Last day of school for all students.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 to Waterbury Village Pool.  Noon dismissal.
  • June 18-21- Inservice days for teachers

Thursday, May 31, 2018

June 1

Step Up Day is Today
  • 8th Graders should travel directly to Harwood in the morning.  A bus will bring them back to CBMS in time for our normal 2:30 dismissal.
  • CBMS will be in "step up mode" from 9:30-11, and 4th graders will be at CBMS from 9-11 this morning. 


8th grade parents- Great Escape permission slips need to be turned in to Dona Culver in the CBMS office no later than that Friday, June 8th.  She has hard copies in the office.  Dona can be reached at 244-6100 or dculver@wwsu.org


Walk & Bike to School Day is Wednesday, June 6th!  At 7 AM everyone will gather at Rusty Parker Park for a free breakfast provided by Waterbury in Motion and Waterbury LEAP. After sampling coffee, juice, bagels, and fruit, attendees will be divided into four groups. One group will walk to Crossett Brook Middle School, and another will bike or there. Two similar groups will depart for Thatcher Brook Primary School. All four groups will have chaperones. All bikers MUST wear a helmet.

Representatives from Waterbury Sports will be on hand to help with any last-minute bike issues. We thank the CBMS Cougar Coop Leadership Team very much for helping to provide the food and drink for this event.

Waterbury in Motion is an advocacy group of local volunteers working to develop a safe, active, and accessible bike/pedestrian system in Waterbury and the surrounding area. For more information about this event contact Bill Minter at bill@appletreelc.com



Seeking parent riders from Waterbury Center on Bike/Walk to School Day.  Parents- if you are available to lead a group of bikers from the Zen Barn to Rusty Parker Park for next Wednesday's event, please let Tom Drake know (tdrake@wwsu.org). 



June Cougar Cafe Menu is now online- click here.



Do you have a 4th grader going to CBMS next year, and interested in playing a band instrument?
There will be a demo/sign up night at CBMS, would feature a quick demo of available instruments followed by instrument try outs. Multiple teachers will be on hand to help students select from the following instruments:  flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and euphonium

An Ellis Music company representative be on hand to get parents signed up with instrument rentals. Instruments to be delivered to CBMS in late August, before school starts. 

Monday, June 4thdemo night at CBMS Cafeteria, 2 sessions at 5:45 and 6:30 PM 

If you are unable to make either session, but still want to play in band, email Dan Liptak at dliptak@wwsu.org



At our last meeting on May 23, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the ten (10) items below:

1. We entered into executive session for the purpose of superintendent evaluation
2. We approved previous meeting minutes with edits
3. We accepted Maureen McCracken's request to rescind her resignation – reinstated her as a Waterbury representative to the HUUSD. We also recognized and appreciated the person who was willing to serve and agreed to send a note of appreciation on behalf of the board.
4. We provided pre-approval for multiple international trips planned for high school aged students in the FY18-19 year, including: Rwanda / Greece & Italy / Denmark
5. We accepted recommended meal price changes for 2018-2019 to align prices across the district.
6. We confirmed board membership on the project committees related to the Harwood Bond project and middle school evaluation process.
7. We asked the policy committee to research lack of policy on challenging educational materials and report back to the board regarding recommended next steps.
8. We agreed that within the next year each board member would connect one on one with each other and with Michelle Baker and Brigid Nease – in an effort to develop connections and enhance teambuilding.
9. We accepted the request by the district administrative team to note vote on the Community Engagement proposal before June 27 and to allow them to submit their own proposal for consideration on that date.
10. We approved multiple board warrants

At this meeting, we also heard a presentation by elementary school leaders about learning expectations at the elementary level and how they are assessed across the district.

It is our hope to send updates and previews of each HUUSD Board meeting in the future. Thank you for your continued support and engagement. Our next meeting is a short one on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 pm to hear and act on recommendations from the Moretown hiring committee as appropriate. Our next full board meeting is Wednesday, June 13, from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and will be held in the Harwood Union High School library.

You can visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes, and watch past meetings at https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield) *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury) *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Peter Langella (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)



Dori Ingalls, Race Director for the Mad Marathon, Mad Half & Relays 2018 is pleased to announce the addition of a new distance race for young runners.   The Inaugural Mad Mile will launch on Sunday, July 8th at the start line for the Mad Marathon.  Gun time will be just after the 7AM start for the marathoners runners.  The Mad Mile will be on the USATF Sanctioned course from the start on Route 100 at Irasville Country Store heading north to Bridge Street and then turning back to the Mad River Green Finish.  Registration fee is $5.00 per runner who will each receive a finisher medal along with a Mad Mile shirt.   Long time announcer and sportscaster Peter Graves will welcome each runner home through the Mad Marathon Finish Gantry. 

For additional information email:  dori@madmarathon.com or call (802) 363-9863


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • June 2- Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole 5k run- Essex Fairgrounds- 10AM start
  • June 4- CBMS Jazz Band to Discover Jazz Festival- 11:30-12:30
  • June 4- Instrument Demo Night for current 4th graders- 5:45-7:15 at CBMS
  • June 4- "Step Up Night" for parents of next year's 9th graders- HUHS- 6-7:30
  • June 5- Harwood Community Pathway Showcase and Celebration - 5-6:45 @ HUHS
  • June 6- Walk and Roll to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park
  • June 6- Team Titan to Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • June 8- Team Dream to UVM Ropes Course 
  • June 8- Team Prodigy to Jay Water Park
  • June 11- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 12- Team Titan Celebration Night
  • June 13- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June 13- Team Prodigy Team Dinner
  • June 13- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in the HUHS Library
  • June 14- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm- CBMS gym
  • June 14- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm- CBMS gym
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates
  • June 15- Last day of school for all students.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 to Waterbury Village Pool.  Noon dismissal.
  • June 18-21- Inservice days for teachers

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 25

Date change, again- Walk/Bike to school day- the new date is Wednesday, June 6th.  7AM at Rusty Parker Park.  Waterbury Sports is now giving free bike safety inspections anytime.  Just ask for the "Walk & Ride to School Safety Inspection."



CBMS Volleyball Club will meet 3 more nights this year.  It's not too late to give it a try!  Tuesdays, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12 from 5-7pm.  Open to all CBMS students.  No cost.













Harwood Community Pathway Showcase and Celebration - Have you been hearing about "Flexible Pathways", "Work Based Learning" or "Community Pathways"? Do you wonder what this is? If you would like to learn more; come join us for a Community Pathways Showcase and Celebration.

Who should attend?
● Middle and high school students and parents who are curious about how internships,
independent studies and employment can fit into their high school plan
● Business and community representatives who want to learn more about partnering with students
● Educators and policymakers interested in exploring models of Flexible Pathway partnerships

Hear about the experiences Harwood Students and their community partners. We will explore the connection students are making with the Harwood Graduate Expectations; connecting "real world" learning with content proficiencies.

When? Tuesday, June 5th from 5:00-6:45 PM
Where? The Harwood Union Library

Refreshments will be served

Contact Ellen Berrings (eberrings@wwsu.org) with questions. RSVPs appreciated but not required



HUMS XC Adventure Running Camp will be held at Harwood over two weeks.  First week: July 2nd through July 6th, 2018 / Second week: July 10th though July 14th, 2018.  Camp hours: 9am – 11am.  Fee: $200.  Paid registration must be received by June 1st to secure your spot. If you are planning to attend, please email me (VCAcupuncture@gmail.com) and I will send you a camp registration form - Please mail your registration in, with a check securing your spot.
Fee: $200 Check, payable to: Lou Bevacqui.  92 South Main Street, Suite 3.  Waterbury Vermont 05676


Frequently Asked Questions:Q:  If I’m not a MS runner will this still be fun for me?
A: I am calling for any and all athletes, as well as kids who are just looking to have fun and push themselves a bit… sorry there is that! The main goals of HUMS XC stand: have fun, develop a love for running, and achieve your individual goals!

Q: Is it okay that I miss some days during the two weeks?
A: It’s summer camp. Summers are supposed to be fun (vacations, swimming, the occasional trip to the island of well… wherever). I would love to have you for all the days, and the more days you attend, the better pre-season shape you can get into for whatever sport you play, but it is not a requirement to attend every day of camp in order to participate.

Q: Can I sign up for only one week?
A: This is a two-week camp, and I can only take 20-25 kids because of coaching and staff. Your athlete can come for as many days as they like, but you will be charged $200 for attending. I am taking participants on a first come first served basis. All participants must register for two weeks, with the full fee of $200 paid with your registration to hold your spot.

Important: Don’t let finances be the thing! The camp is priced to be affordable, but if you have a problem with the fee, please don’t let that be a reason not to sign-up. Reach out to me and we will figure it out. You can email me at VCAcupuncture@gmail.com if you have any questions.




Learn about JUULs

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • May 28- Memorial Day- No School Today
  • May 29- PBL/Community Engagement event @ HUHS- 4:30pm
  • June 1- Step Up Day 
  • June 2- Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole 5k run- Essex Fairgrounds- 10AM start
  • June 4- CBMS Jazz Band to Discover Jazz Festival
  • June 4- "Step Up Night" for parents of next year's 9th graders- HUHS- 6-7:30
  • June 5- Harwood Community Pathway Showcase and Celebration - 5-6:45 @ HUHS
  • June 6- Walk and Roll to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park
  • June 6- Team Titan to Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • June 8- Team Dream to UVM Ropes Course
  • June 8- Team Prodigy to Jay Water Park
  • June 11- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 12- Team Titan Celebration Night
  • June 13- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June 13- Team Prodigy Team Dinner
  • June 13- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in the HUHS Library
  • June 14- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm- CBMS gym
  • June 14- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm- CBMS gym
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates
  • June 15- Last day of school for all students.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 to Waterbury Village Pool.  Noon dismissal.
  • June 18-21- Inservice days for teachers.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 18

CBMS Yearbooks are still on sale! $23.95 for a hardcover or $17 for a paperback copy. Checks can be made out to "CBMS Yearbook".  ONLINE SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED BUT WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING PAPER ORDER FORMS (click here to access) AND CHECKS/CASH!  Yearbooks will be ready for pick up the beginning of June.  Email Shannon Tremblay at stremblay@wwsu.org with any questions.  Remember, for every yearbook we sell, TreeRing will plant a tree! 



Congratulations to our CBMS artists whose work
was selected for display at the
Student Art Show:  
Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Rt 100
Waitsfield VT
May 18 -20, May 24-27, May 31-June 1
Weekdays 5-9 PM
Weekends 12-9 PM
Opening reception for the Student Art Show will
be Friday May 18 from 5-7pm.


Lyric Smith
Olivia Sprague
Maeven Cattanach
Lindsay Wagner
Ella McDonough
Sadie Benson
Ella Cisz
Rivers Siegmann
Thea Andersen
Elizabeth Lord
Maeve Dewey
Lizzie Motch
Tanum Nelson
Jake Bartolomei
Callum MacCurtain
Eamon Langlais
Lincoln Dice
Heidi Heraldsen
Emily Severance
Addison Streeter
Noella Taft
Brianna Forkey
2 Guerrilla artists
and
Everyone who helped with our group weaving!


Challenge Your Young Musicians This Summer!

Vermont Summer Jazz Camp will be held at U-32 from July 30 to August 3.  VSJC is designed to meet the needs of instrumentalists and singers - grades 5 thru 12. The camp will run MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a concert and ice cream social on Friday at 7 p.m. The registration fee of $225 includes all activities, a camp T-shirt, and ice cream social. Early registrations receive a $25 discount. Multiple family registrations also receive a discount. Scholarships are available based on need.  Visit www.vsjc.org for more information and to download an application.


Coder Camp for Girls - day camp – July 16th – 20th  Williston Campus – for girls ages entering 7th – 10th (fall 2018) grades - an experiential hands-on coding camp where girls have a chance to translate their creativity into a computer program of their own design using SCRATCH and other software programs plus visit innovative software development companies and more.   The camp will include free lunches each day, a field trip and many activities!


maths

6 steps to stamp out math anxiety, by Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler is a British education author and is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Boaler is involved in promoting mathematics education reform and equitable mathematics classrooms.
  1. Encourage children to play maths puzzles and games. Puzzles and games - anything with dice really - will help kids enjoy maths and develop number sense, which is critically important.
  2. Always be encouraging and never tell kids that they are wrong when they are working on maths problems. Instead, fin the logic in their thinking. For example, if your child multiplies 3 by 4 and gets 7, say, "Oh, I see what you are thinking. You are using what you know about addition to add 3 and 4. When we multiply, we have 4 groups of 3..."
  3. Never associate maths with speed. It is not important to work quickly, and we now know that forcing kids to work quickly on maths is the best way to start maths anxiety for children, especially girls.
  4. Never share with your children the idea that you were bad at maths at school or you dislike it - especially if you are a mother. Researchers found that as soon as mothers shared that idea with their daughters, their daughters' achievement went down.
  5. Encourage number sense. What separates high and low achievers is having an idea of the size of numbers an being able to separate and combine numbers flexibly. For example, when solving 29 + 56, if you take one from the 56 and make it 30 + 55, it is much easier to work out.
  6. Perhaps most important of all: Encourage a "growth mindset" to let students know that they have unlimited maths potential and that being good at maths is all about working hard. When they tell you something is hard for them or they have made a mistake, tell them 'That's wonderful - your brain is growing!'



HUUSD School Board May 9 Meeting update

Dear members of our six town community,
At our last meeting on May 9, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board toured Crossett Brook Middle School (CBMS) and Harwood Union Middle School (HUMS) before meeting in the Harwood Union High School Library, voting multiple times to recess and reconvene in the various locations. We also took action on the six (6) items below:
  1. We approved previous meeting minutes with edits
  2. We approved multiple board warrants
  3. We re-scheduled the May 16 5:30 pm executive session regarding superintendent evaluation to comprise of two executive sessions on May 16 from 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm to review feedback from the various stakeholders, and on May 23 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm to deliberate and develop next steps.
  4. We added two new board meeting dates to support the Moretown Administrator hiring committee process and timely board approval for committee recommendations. The dates are May 30 at 5:30 pm and June 6 at 5:30 pm, and may be cancelled if not needed.
  5. We voted to request legal advice from the district’s attorney on the board’s public comment policy and guidelines, including recent and future enforcement.
  6. We approved changes recommended by the central office with respect to health benefit administration for teachers and staff. Changes allow the district to offer prescription drug cards and pay for first dollar on prescription drugs until the deductible is met, and eliminate the policy of prorating said benefits for partial year employment.
At this meeting, the board entered into an executive session to deliberate on teacher/staff contract issues, after which we voted to approve #6 above.
It is our hope to send updates and previews of each HUUSD Board meeting in the future. Thank you for your continued support and engagement. Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 16 from 6 - 9:30 pm and will start with a tour of the Harwood Union High School. The remainder of the meeting will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. 
You can visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes, and watch past meetings at https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board 

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Peter Langella (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:
  • May 23- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm @ HUHS 
  • May 24- Spring Band Concert- grades 5-8- 7:00pm 
  • May 28- Memorial Day- No School Today
  • June 1- Step Up Day 
  • June 2- Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole 5k run- Essex Fairgrounds- 10AM start
  • June 4- CBMS Jazz Band to Discover Jazz Festival
  • June 4- "Step Up Night" for parents of next year's 9th graders- HUHS- 6-7:30
  • June 5- Walk and Roll to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park
  • June 6- Team Titan to Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • June 8- Team Dream to UVM Ropes Course
  • June 8- Team Prodigy to Jay Water Park
  • June 11- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 12- Team Titan Celebration Night
  • June 13- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June 13- Team Prodigy Team Dinner
  • June 13- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in the HUHS Library
  • June 14- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm- CBMS gym
  • June 14- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm- CBMS gym
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates
  • June 15- Last day of school for all students.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 to Waterbury Village Pool.  Noon dismissal.
  • June 18-21- Inservice days for teachers.