Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jan 1

Reminder- no school for students on Monday, January 2nd.

Want a chance to volunteer at CBMS?  Two great opportunities:
  • The Trish Feld Library is looking for volunteers who would be interested in shelving books.  The time commitment is up to you. The library is open 7:30 - 3:00 so anytime Monday - Friday would be a tremendous help!  Contact Jennifer Hill jhill@wdsdvt.net 244-6100 ext.244
  • Composting Monitors need for the Cougar Cafe, beginning Monday, January 23rd.  Lunches begin at 11 and run through 12:30, and you can sign up online at http://www.doodle.com/f44arpei6z6rrbn8

Due to the current lack of available bus drivers, the Bolton Ski Program will not be happening this year.

X-Country Skiing will be happening this Thursday, with a bit of help from Mother Nature.  Skiers must have returned their pink health forms in order to participate. Students should come to school with warm clothes, hats, mittens, etc and a snack, and must be picked up at TBPS at 5:15.
Because the bus is very full it would be helpful if we know which kids will not be skiing each week.  Parents- please email coordinator Alex Houston by Tuesday if your child will not be participating on any given week- ahouston@wdsdvt.net


Box Tops- we love 'em!  Thanks for clipping and sending into the CBMS office. 

The Vermont Girls Collaborative is hosting a free and open to the public showing of the film "Miss Representation" followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at The Savoy Theatre, 26 Main Street, Montpelier.  For more details, check out the E-Community Bulletin Board.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dec 20

A reminder that we have No School this Friday, and we start back again on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Due to the lack of snow, the Trapp's Cross Country skiing has been cancelled for this Thursday.

2Day & 2Nite!  "The China Star Restaurant" in Waterbury will be hosting a CBMS "Feed the Mind" Fundraiser for the CBMS PTO.  10% of total sales will be donated to the PTO.   No need to identify yourself - it's all customer sales for that day including lunch and dinner!


Wrestlers wanted!  The correct e-mail address for the Harwood wrestling coach is kyle.jamescanton@gmail.com

Compost monitors needed! We are looking for parent volunteers to be "compost monitors" for the first 4 weeks of the program (late January until late February)  For more info on this, click here.  Lunchtimes at CBMS run from 11:00-12:30.  If you are interested and available to be a monitor, please e-mail Tom Drake.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dec 15

Joe Corbi Fundraiser continues!   Through their website, you can order items throughout the school year and CBMS will automatically be credited a portion of the proceeds.  For directions for logging on, please click here.

Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS this Friday night- 7-9PM, $5 at the door.  Hosted by Team Prodigy, and open to all 7th and 8th graders at CBMS and HUMS.

School-wide Composting is coming to CBMS!  We are looking for parent volunteers to be "compost monitors" for the first 4 weeks of the program (late January until late February)  For more info on this, click here.  Lunchtimes at CBMS run from 11:00-12:30.  If you are interested and available to be a monitor, please e-mail Tom Drake.

Cross Country Skiers (Trapps program)- Please return your completed health forms returned to CBMS office asap!

Harwood-CBMS Wrestling Team is looking for wrestlers!  Practices Monday to Friday, beginning at 4 at HUHS, starting now.  Athletes can get on the 5:15PM bus which comes into Waterbury.  Open to grades 5-8.  For more information, contact Coach Kyle Canton at jamescanton@gmail.com



Tonight!  COMMUNITY INVITED TO JOIN LONG-TERM FLOOD RECOVERY BRAINSTORMING SESSION THURSDAY NIGHT AT TBPS

*******************

PUBLIC MEETING INCLUDES THE PREMIERE OF A VIDEO

ABOUT WATERBURY IN THE AFTERMATH OF TROPICAL STORM IRENE

             The process to plan for Waterbury’s long-term recovery from Tropical Storm Irene’s destruction got underway recently and continues with another brainstorming session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Thatcher Brook Primary School gym. The Waterbury Long-Term Community Recovery Committee partnering with the state of Vermont and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will host a workshop where they hope many Waterbury-area residents will attend to help share ideas for rebuilding the community.

             Participants will learn what long-term community recovery means while having the opportunity to voice their hopes and vision for a safer, stronger future. At the first well-attended session in late November, FEMA officials explained how Waterbury, along with Wilmington and Dover, is one of three Vermont communities chosen for special assistance from FEMA for long-term recovery planning. The goal is to host a series of community meetings to identify the highest-priority projects and ultimately create a list of efforts to pursue. FEMA staff can assist by helping target funding sources. Brainstorming has begun on needs and ideas in the areas of: housing, social needs, economic development, natural and cultural resources, municipal planning capacity, and infrastructure.

             Thursday’s gathering begins at 6:45 p.m. with refreshments. Also on hand will be representatives of Mount Mansfield Media who have created a 10-minute video about the impact of flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on Waterbury and nearby areas. The presentation is sponsored by Heritage Ford in South Burlington.
             Anyone needing special accommodations for the meeting may call FEMA’s Kate McCarthy-Barnett at 617-816-6351 or kate.mccarthybarnett@dhs.gov. For more information about the long-term community recovery planning process, or to provide input, contact Selectboard Chair and state Rep. Rebecca Ellis at ellisvermont@yahoo.com or 839-0515. #






Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec 11


Cross Country Ski Program is cancelled this week due to weather conditions.  Think snow!!

Grades 7/8 Holiday Dance
at CBMS this Friday, 7-9PM- $5 admission.


Waterbury-Duxbury School District is seeking a responsible person who is good with money, loves to cook and enjoys working with middle school age students.
This is a 14 hour/week position; 2 days/week when school is in session 7:00 am-2:00 pm. The two specific days can be flexible but will remain the same once established. Prior cash handling is a plus. Job requires accurate data entry skills, food prep work and cleaning. Candidates must be able to work in a high-pressure environment, have cooking and computer skills, be able to maintain health code standards, and lift 50 pounds. Training is provided. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references to:  Erika Dolan at edolan@wdsdvt.net


School Board Meeting Agenda
- Tuesday, December 13, 2011- CBMS Library- 6PM start


 


6:00            I.            CALL TO ORDER and CONFIRM AGENDA


6:05            II.            COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC (Note that additional comments from the public will be welcomed throughout the agenda.)


6:10            III.            DISCUSSION (90 minutes)

A. Budget- continued discussions

B. Start time for school- conversation around whether to subcommittee or not subcommittee the study of start time of school. 

C. Annual Report text – delegate responsibilities for preparation

D. Middle School Exchange Agreement- review



7:40            IV.            PRINCIPALS REPORT - Board Feedback (10 minutes)

A.   Written Report and Recommendations



7:50            V.            WWSU REPORTS            (20 minutes)           

A.   WWEC

B.    Superintendent’s report



8:10            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)



8:15            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           

A.   Board Minutes (11/8/11)

B.    Board Orders

C.   Principal’s report action items

D.   Subcommittee or not subcommittee the study of start time of school?



8:25            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (January 10, 2012 @ CBMS)  Main Topics: Budget, Policy Packet #2



8:30            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue



8:40             X.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss support staff negotiations



                       

ADJOURNMENT

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dec 5

Early Release Day this Wednesday!


Interested in Fencing Classes?  They begin this week at CBMS.  Check the E-Bulletin Board for more information.

5th and 6th grade parents- Ferry Beach money can be sent directly to the CBMS office.  To find the form to send with your payment, please click here.

Choral Concert this Thursday, beginning at 7PM in the Cougar Cafetorium!  Thank you in advance for coming out to support the music program at CBMS!

Harwood-CBMS Wrestling Team is looking for wrestlers!  Practices Monday to Friday, beginning at 4 at HUHS, starting now.  Athletes can get on the 5:15PM bus which comes into Waterbury.  Open to grades 5-8.  For more information, contact Coach Kyle Canton at jamescanton@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December 2


Tonight- Grades 7/8 dance at HUMS - 7-9PM- $5  sponsored by HUHS Student Council

Renaissance Program list is now hosted off the CBMS Homepage

5th Graders Needed in the Lantern Parade  Did you make a lantern last year with Gowri and Angelo at the Legion? Do you still have it? We need you in the parade this Saturday. Come to the State Complex between 4:00 and 4:30 to get a new light (or batteries for your old light if you still have it), a pole, and your place in line for the parade. THE MORE THE MERRIER.  Info can be found on the school web site or you can click on this link: http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/  Thanks so much an hope to see you on Saturday!!

Notes from the Cougar Cafe...
  • The December Menu can be found on the Food Service homepage
  • We will follow along with TBPS in their cultural week this year and also have Chinese Food for 2 days on December 13 and 15
  • Thank you in advance for checking your child's lunch balance regularly (via PowerSchool) and for keeping the balance above $0
Notes from the CBMS PTO...
  • CBMS Spiritwear for sale - contact Em Lamson for details.
  • Wreath/Poinsettia Pick-Up Fri./Sat./Sun. at Evergreen Gardens (HOURS Fri./Sat. 8-6; Sun. 10-5)
  • Joe Corbi Pizza Pick-Up 4:30 - 6:30 PM Thurs., Dec. 8 - Wizard Hallway
  • Waterbury Bars are being made and we will notify you when they are ready for pick-up!
RESPECT abounds at CBMS!  The students filled the "Mother Respectacle" and plans are underway for the Schoolwide "Pawsitivity Celebration!"  Ask your students about the details!  (If you find any "respect tiles" in your laundry, please send them with your student back to school.)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nov 29

.net is the new .org- Staff e-mails at both CBMS and TBPS now end with .net - thanks for making note!

Friday deadline!  We still have spaces in the Cross-Country Ski Program at Trapps- Thursday afternoons beginning December 15th- see details by clicking here

Gymnastics practices begin this week and practice is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday 2:40-4:10 at Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy (CVGA)  80 commercial Drive Moretown, VT.  There is a bus that goes from CBMS to CVGA.  Gymnastics is open for students in grades 6th-8th.  For more information, contact the coaches:  Anissa Touchette- e-mail:  AtLuvsGymnastics@yahoo.com
Phone:  882-8324, Cell:  363-4513; Annette Litchfield- e-mail:  Imabl2@yahoo.com, Phone:  244-8377, Cell:  522-3260, Maryah Magee, e-mail:  mmagee.vermont@yahoo.com, Cell:  735-6491


Parent Update: River of Light Lantern Parade 2011- We are all very excited about this year’s lantern parade. As this is a community event, here are some useful bits of information for the night:

Date and Time: The event is taking place on Saturday December 3rd 2011. The parade will leave from the VT State Complex on Main Street at 5pm and the event will end at approx. 6pm at Rusty Parker Park. The parade route will take us: Up Main Street, down Stowe Street and across Railroad Street, ending at Rusty Parker Park for the Waterbury Rotary’s annual Tree Lighting.  Please arrive at 4pm to collect your light and pole & take your place in the parade.

Parking: There is absolutely no parking in the church car park. Please use one of the car parks shown in the attached map or park elsewhere in Waterbury or on the street. The entrances to car parks C and D will be cordoned off at 4pm. There is also parking on the street.

What to Wear: It’s practically winter, dress up warmly! You will be outside for a while. Waterproof shoes, thermals, gloves etc. Gloves are especially useful for carrying the bamboo pole.

Bathrooms: The nearest bathrooms are in St. Leo’s Hall. There are no bathrooms on site.

Where to Go: If your child made a pyramid lantern at CBMS, they can collect it from St. Leo’s Church Hall at the back of St. Andrew’s Parish, next door to the horseshoe.  If your child is bringing a lantern with them, they can collect a light and pole from one of the four light stations
situated in the Horseshoe. (Indicated on the car parking map) When your child had a light and a pole, a steward will direct them to a place in the parade where they can wait until it is time to set off.

Supervision:  CBMS students can be dropped off at the parade site OR you can feel free to walk with them. BUT you must HAVE A PLAN OF WHERE TO MEET AT THE END of the parade. There will be hundreds of people in Rusty Parker Park. Please know where to meet up with your children. I would like to suggest that the train station porch might be a great spot to meet.

At The Park: After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all bamboo poles will be collected for future use. Please hand yours to a steward volunteer. The lanterns and lights may be taken home.

Lantern Etiquette: To make this a safe and fun event for everyone in the parade, please go over the following lantern etiquette with your child before the parade:
- No running with lanterns
- No swinging the lantern about
- No overtaking the band or the front. The band will set the pace.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nov 20

Parent Conferences this Monday and Tuesday...thanks in advance for being prompt for your scheduled conference, and for your willingness to being a partner with CBMS staff in your child's education!

Art room supplies needed: Hello CBMS Community!  The art studio is in immediate need of the following. For a complete list of needed supplies, visit the CBMS art blog, http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/  
and look for “wish list” on the left side of the page. Many thanks!  ~Nan- CBMS Art teacher 
  • Fabric (scraps and discarded clothes)
  • Thread
  • Small wood scraps
  • Jar and bottle caps and lids
Please keep your child's lunch bill balance in the positive...PowerSchool has the current balance.

Ferry Beach Blog has been updated- check it out by clicking on the link off the CBMS Homepage!

Join the Waterbury-Duxbury Community for the River of Light on December 3rd!

CBMS Yearbooks- On-line orders are now being taken, via the link on the CBMS Homepage!

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 15

Parent Conference Sign-Ups...as of now 54% of our families have signed up for conferences.  On-line sign-ups close this Thursday evening.  Please sign up by clicking here (password is "cbms").  If you have troubles signing up, please call Em at the CBMS office- 244-6100. 

Ferry Beach Information Meeting for parents of 5th and 6th graders, with Ferry Beach staff, tonight.  6 PM - 7 PM in the CBMS Trish Feld Library. 

Stowe Ski and Ride program has filled up.  We still have spaces in the Cross-Country Ski Program at Trapps- Thursday afternoons beginning December 15th- see details by clicking here


"Dinner Is Served" during Parent Conferences, next Monday and Tuesday.  4:45 - 6:45 in the Cougar Cafe.  Pizza, salad, and a drink-  $5 per student or $20 per family.  Sponsored by the PTO.

PTO Fundraisers - The pizza, wreath, and poinsettia fundraisers will be ending next Tuesday, Nov 22.  Please send in any orders to the office, and thanks in advance for supporting the PTO!

The Waterbury Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group’s  (TAG) next meeting is tonight from  3:30- 5PM at the Waterbury Library.   Snacks provided!  Have your say in programming, activities, andbooks for teens, and suggest ideas to help get the Library more "teen friendly". Please email michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com for more information. Your participation can count towards required community service and will look great on a college resume!  

Lantern Parade December 3- Save the Date - Saturday, December 3, 2011 - from 5:00 - 6:00 PM for The River of Light Lantern Parade. Updated information can be found on our blog at: http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/  More information will be sent home in the coming weeks. This year the parade will be a community event and the children's participation in the event will be key to its success. Our hope is that most of the students who are making lanterns this year will be in the parade. Our community is one amazing place and this will be another way to connect everyone through a community arts event. We hope that you can join us!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 11

Parent Conferences- sign-ups open first thing tomorrow morning!  Check the CBMS Homepage for the link. 

Stowe Mountain Skiing and Riding for grades 3-8!  10 Wednesdays in Jan/Feb/March, leaving CBMS at 12:30PM and returning to TBPS at 4:45PM.  $100/student for the whole thing, including transportation.  This includes these 10 Wednesdays as well as a number of other days, including most Sundays, school snow days, a number of school vacation days.  Rentals are not available for this program, and this program is not for beginning skiers/riders. We also need parent volunteers for this program.  There is a training day involved (choose Dec 10 or 11, cost of $45) and then for each volunteer day you receive a voucher for another day.  To express interest, or ask questions, please contact Leslie Proteau by Sunday, November 13th- blaproto@comcast.net

Dance tonight at HUMS- Apologies for the late notice, but this dance was just added.  Hosted by the Rwandan Program.  Open to 7th and 8th graders.  7-9PM in the Middle School Gym.  $5.

On-Line Ordering for Joe Corbi items- click here for details

Missing iPod Touch- serial number C3LGMFXODNQY  (the serial number can be found under the back cover near the battery compartment).  Please keep an eye out at home and if you find this unit please send it into the CBMS office!

Nov 10

Parent Conference Sign-Ups open up this Saturday (Nov 12), and will remain open through next Thursday (Nov 17).  To sign-up, visit the CBMS Homepage and click on the "Parent Conference E-Scheduler" link.  The password is "cbms".  This is a very user-friendly system, and more detailed instructions should are below. For Applied Academics classes, be sure to ask your child which class he/she is currently enrolled and sign up for a conference as appropriate. 

Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions

  1. Visit the school’s homepage (https://sites.google.com/a/wdsdvt.net/cbms/) and select the Online Scheduler icon/link.
  2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
    1. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password (cbms)
    3. Enter your student’s “Student ID”.  If you do not know their Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date 
    5. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed.  Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students.  If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule. 
    9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
    10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    11. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)

Need help?  Contact   Em Lamson at elamson@wdsdvt.net or 244-6100

Barefoot Truth is playing at Higher Ground this Saturday...all age shows at 7PM (seated acoustic) and 10:30PM (non-seated electric)

Girl Scout Troop 30028 Pie Sale.  Amber Proteau, Emma Jean, Madison D'Amico, Anna Belongia and Becca Russell are having their 3rd Annual Pie Fundraiser again this year.  They are making pumpkin and apple pies ......proceeds to benefit the Good Neighbor Fund and another Waterbury/Duxbury nonprofit (tbd).  The pies are $12.00 each and will be made on November 19th.  Pies will be picked up at the Waterbury Congregational Church.  Their goal is to try and make and sell 150 pies.  If anyone is interested in buying a pie they can email Leslie at  blaproto@comcast.net.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nov 7

This Friday is a normal school day!  In the original calendar, this day was supposed to be a non-student day for parent conferences.  Then came Irene.  Normal day for students on Friday, and parent conferences will be happening in the afternoons/evenings of November 21 and 22.  On-line sign-ups for Parent Conferences- wil be open from midnight on Fri, Nov 11th until midnight on Thursday, Nov 17th...details to follow later this week.

Cast list for Alice in Wonderland has been posted- click here to see it!

PTO Meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 pm in the office conference room.  

Ferry Beach info meeting, with staff members from the Ferry Beach Ecology School, on Tuesday, Nov 15th at 6PM in the CBMS Library.





School Board Meeting tomorrow night, starting at 6PM in the CBMS Library.  All are invited and welcome...agenda is as follows:

6:00            I.            CALL TO ORDER and CONFIRM AGENDA

6:05            II.            COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC (Note that additional comments from the public will be welcomed throughout the agenda.)

6:10            III.            DISCUSSION (90 minutes)
A. FEAT Presentations
B. Budget- initial discussions
C. Policy Packet #2- First Reading
D
. WWSU-level Tech Coordinator and Facilities Coordinator- discussion
E. Act 153- discussion

7:40            IV.            PRINCIPALS REPORT - Board Feedback (10 minutes)
A.   Written Report and Recommendations

7:50            V.            WWSU REPORTS            (20 minutes)           
A.   WWEC
B.    Superintendent’s report

8:10            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

8:15            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           
A.   Board Minutes (10/11/11)
B.    Board Orders
C.   Principal’s report action items
D.   Designate a rep and an alternate for new teacher negotiations
E.    Set additional board meeting dates in Dec, Jan

8:25            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (Dec 13, 2011 @ CBMS)  Main Topics: Budget, Policy Packet #2

8:30            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue

                       
ADJOURNMENT

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nov 3

CBMS Picture Re-takes are tomorrow (Friday). If your want your pics reprinted because of the "over-touch up effect", you just need to have your child bring in the package tomorrow and drop it off in the office.

This month's WDSD newsletter is packed full with pictures and news! Check out the 4 authors highlighted in this edition - we are excited about these visits... The 8th grade soccer team is pictured on the cover, with the CBMS staff, and you have to see the adorable children that celebrated "Where the Wild Things Are" on page 2. Budding scientists are on page 3, right beside the artists and Spelling Bee Team. http://www2.tbps.org:81/OFFICE/WD%20News/index.htm

Community Holiday Programs for Families in Need- click here for details

Snow will soon in the air- again! Please take note the following ski & ride opportunities!
  1. 2nd year- CBMS Cougar Cross-Country Ski Program at Trapps- Thursday afternoons beginning December 15th- see details by clicking here
  2. New this year- Stowe Mountain Skiing and Riding for grades 3-8!  10 Wednesdays in Jan/Feb/March, leaving CBMS at 12:30PM and returning to TBPS at 4:45PM.  $100/student for the whole thing, including transportation.  This includes these 10 Wednesdays as well as a number of other days, including most Sundays, school snow days, a number of school vacation days.  Rentals are not available for this program, and this program is not for beginning skiers/riders. We also need parent volunteers for this program.  There is a training day involved (choose Dec 10 or 11, cost of $45) and then for each volunteer day you receive a voucher for another day.  To express interest, or ask questions, please contact Leslie Proteau by Sunday, November 13th- blaproto@comcast.net 
  3. 5th grade parents- take advantage of the 5th Grade Passport for cheap lift tickets- http://www.skivermont.com/events-and-deals  
Volunteers STILL needed to help build lanterns with students for the River of Light Lantern Parade. Lantern Building will take place at CBMS with artists Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold the week of November 7th, as follows:
  • Monday/Wednesday, Nov 7th and 9th (9:00-11:00)- Dream 6th graders
  • Monday/Wednesday, Nov 7th and 9th (12:20-2:20)- Titan 7th graders 
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Nov 8th and 10th (9:00-11:00)- Wizards 6th graders 
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Nov 8th and 10th  (12:20-2:20)- Prodigy 7th graders
If you are able to help, please email MK Monley at mmonley@wdsdvt.net by November 1st with the following information:  Your name, your child’s name, and which session(s) you can attend.  Thanks for your help- It should be a lot of fun!  For more information visit our blog which is linked to the CBMS home page. http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nov 1

Scrapbooking Club with Lisa Cunningham begins this Wednesday, and meets on all Early Release Days- click here for details.

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the afternoons and evenings of Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22.  Sign-ups will be done on-line again this year, and the site will open on Wednesday, November 9th...details to follow early next week. 

Looking for info on calendar dates, food service, or Club Cougar?  Check the CBMS Parent Page for lots of useful information!


What Kind of Parent Involvement Helps Children the Most?   In this American School Board Journal article, Patte Barth, director of the Center for Public Education, reports on a new National School Boards Association study of parent involvement. Researchers found that the practices most likely to produce higher student achievement take place at home:
-   Monitoring homework;
-   Making sure children get to school;
-   Rewarding their efforts;
-   Talking up the idea of going to college.
These parent actions are linked to better attendance, grades, test scores, and preparation for college.  From “Research: What Can Parents Do?” by Patte Barth in American School Board Journal, November 2011 (Vol. 198, #11, p. 32-33), http://www.asbj.com

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oct 30


Halloween- Mr. B's Haunted House and Randall Street homes will be open for business on Monday evening...come on down!

School Photos are coming home on Monday via the Backpack Express.  Picture re-takes are Friday, November 4th.  If you want picture retakes, please return the package that is coming home on Monday by the end of the day on Thursday. 

Volunteers needed to help build lanterns with students for the River of Light Lantern Parade. Lantern Building will take place at CBMS with artists Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold the week of November 7th, as follows:
  • Monday/Wednesday, Nov 7th and 9th (9:00-11:00)- Dream 6th graders
  • Monday/Wednesday, Nov 7th and 9th (12:20-2:20)- Titan 7th graders 
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Nov 8th and 10th (9:00-11:00)- Wizards 6th graders 
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Nov 8th and 10th  (12:20-2:20)- Prodigy 7th graders
If you are able to help, please email MK Monley at mmonley@wdsdvt.net by November 1st with the following information:  Your name, your child’s name, and which session(s) you can attend.  Thanks for your help- It should be a lot of fun!  For more information visit our blog which is linked to the CBMS home page. http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/

November Menu- the new menu for the Cougar Cafe can be found on the Food Service Webpage. Thanks once again for keeping lunch balances above $0- balances can be checked on PowerSchool.

PTO Fundraiser- Thank you for your efforts on the Joe Corbi Pizza sales.  Some reminders:
• Pizza sale starts officially Oct. 21, 2011.
• Students have been asked to turn orders and money in every Friday.  This helps us mark a “thermometer” to record progress towards the school goal, and hopefully helps prevent misplaced orders and money that often happens during fundraisers. New envelopes and order forms will be given to the students at that time for future orders.

• Final Orders and money due Tuesday, Nov. 22 
• Pizza Delivery will be on Thursday, Dec. 8, 4-6 PM at CBMS.

CRISIS COUNSELING AVAILABLE- The Vermont Department of Mental Health is offering crisis counseling and emotional support to Vermonters affected by recent flooding, thanks to a grant from FEMA. Call toll-free 855-767-8800 to access ‘Starting Over Strong’ (SOS) services. SOS can help communities, families and individuals of any age recover from the emotional stress after the flood. SOS aims to help people cope with their current situation and experiences from the flood, review disaster recovery options, and find healthy ways to deal with loss and stress. The department hopes to run the program through July 2012. http://healthvermont.gov












Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oct 25

Monster Hip Hop Halloween Dance this Friday at CBMS. One Studio Fundraiser.  Open to grades 5-8, $10 at the door. 7-9PM.  Click here for more details.

NECAP testing continues this week, as follows:
  • Tues, Oct 25- Math part 2 (grades 5-8)
  • Wed, Oct 26- Math part 3 (grades 5-8) and Writing part 1 (grades 5 and 8)
  •  Thurs, Oct 27- Writing part 2 (grades 5 and 8)
We have started a Ferry Beach Blog- check it out at  http://cbmsferrybeach.blogspot.com/

FEAT Meetings this week- Challenge Initiative on Wed at 6:30 at CBMS, Full-day Kindergarten on Wed at 6:30PM at TBPS, and Foreign Language on Thursday at 6:30PM at TBPS.

CBMS Scrapbook Club on Early Release Days- click here for details.


From Superintendent Brigid Scheffert:

Dear WWSU Community,

Another exciting school year is well underway as this glorious foliage season takes hold. Irene certainly created a challenging start to our school year. Our hearts do fill with kindness and pride as we reflect upon the generous outpouring of support in all of our local communities during these trying times.

I would like to share some information on where we are headed in the WWSU this school year. First, I remain extremely proud of our schools. Healthy, caring environments, strong dedicated
staff, and academically successful students make our seven schools some of the very best
Vermont has to offer. Please take some time to review the WWSU Performance Data Workbook
and WWSU Climate Survey Data on our website – www.wwsu.org.  Collective hard work and dedication, along with strong community support make these continuing excellent results possible.

I am delighted to announce and congratulate two exceptional educators, both of whom have been nominated for the 2011-12  UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. The first is Tom Young. Tom Young has taught first and second grades at Waitsfield Elementary School for the past 11 years. Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated a commitment to ongoing professional learning, pursuing a master's degree through the Vermont Math Initiative and engaging in any professional work relevant to the needs of his students. He is committed to the success of every child who walks through his classroom doors and understands that it requires a significant range of teaching strategies as well as supporting the children's social and emotional growth.

Our second nominee is Wendy Peterson, an art teacher at Harwood Union. Ms. Peterson challenges students and their creative abilities on a daily basis. She is the only art teacher for the 7th and 8th grade students. She offers a variety of artistic opportunities that engage students in middle school and throughout their high school career. She has the ability to make connections with students that could easily be disengaged from school. She offers students a place to work, to help or to talk, supporting their transition from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Students find her easy to talk to and enjoy their art experience. Ms. Peterson is also very involved with numerous activities that benefit the larger HU community. She is a positive individual that is willing to support many school-wide initiatives.

The WWSU is very fortunate to have two such wonderful professionals working with
our students each day. Congratulations and thank you, Tom and Wendy!

We will begin our work this year familiarizing ourselves with the Common Core State Standards
and the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which will replace the current NECAP testing. All schools within Vermont will be expected to fully implement these changes by 2014. Change can be a difficult and occasionally a painful process. Even in a perfect world, it moves forward in fits and starts. The journey towards change brings various levels of interest among those being encouraged to travel the path. I doubt if these initiatives will be any different. Each of us can think of many innovations in education that were touted as the solution to all of the problems believed to exist within the system.

Of course this begs the question, if we are doing so well, why change? The most compelling
answer I can give is that we are not succeeding with many of our students. Regardless of what
the state test scores say, are we satisfied with 20-30 percent of our students not achieving proficiency in any area? Even with our successes in the WWSU, we cannot be satisfied until all students are meeting with success. How can we achieve this? I believe that programs are never
the solution, and they are never the problem. It is people, not programs, that determine the
quality of the school. Ted Sizer once said, "We are so good, we know we can get better". I am suggesting that we should adopt this statement as our mantra largely because it doesn't build from a position of deficit. Well, there's a new concept for public education!

Great schools begin with great educators. Being an educator is an amazing profession. It is challenging, dynamic, energizing, and draining - but most of all, it is rewarding. The impact of a teacher on the life of a student extends far beyond anything they will ever know. The very best teachers make every student feel valued. They know who may struggle or who may be reluctant to speak up. They set students up for success, reinforce their attempts, build on those attempts, and then provide future opportunities and experiences even more challenging and involving more risk taking. Great teachers want their students to be more excited about learning tomorrow than they were today.
School starts fresh every year, and we need to take advantage of this new beginning. I need every
staff member to join on the path of success for all students as we embrace the Common Core
Standards, which focus more on career readiness and demonstrations of learning.

There will be increased focus on teacher effectiveness and learning outcomes as we transform to a more global 21st century model for learning and schooling. Transformation is a systems success or
failure. We will be asked to deliver far more than an excellent, traditional, preparatory education.
Every student will need to be prepared to take his/her place on the "world stage" by demonstrating
academic competence, disposition for learning, civic responsibility, and personal development.
Transformation will require us to further provide multiple pathways, personalized learning,
distance learning, state of the art technology, strong student voice, service learning, internships,
dual credit, dual enrollment, and schooling far beyond the walls of our buildings. In order for our
students to be well prepared for their future path, a quality education will ensure that they
participate in Pre-K to 16 experiences that deliver civic literacy, environmental literacy, health
literacy, global awareness literacy, economic/business literacy, financial literacy, and
information/media literacy.

Personalized learning will be center stage in 21st century schooling. Over the last two years, we have made many improvements in the WWSU, most of which are procedural or structural in nature. This year we will be more focused on our individual students than ever before. We need to celebrate and provide for each student's uniqueness. Katy Perry sings a song called "Fireworks" with lyrics that portray the idea that just as no two fireworks are alike, neither are our students; each different, each original, each spectacular. Teachers ignite the "fireworks" making them shine bright, with the power to own the night. By helping each one shine through, the majestic beauty of them all becomes possible. These lyrics are very inspiring, encouraging perseverance and acceptance of differences. All classrooms within the WWSU should also be.

The schools in the WWSU will continue to set high expectations, embrace continuous
improvement, practice data-driven decision making, provide a professional teaching culture,
support strong leadership, maintain school climates where all adults and students feel valued and
safe, and strive to regularly increase student supports and family engagement. Together we will
develop a well-planned model for growth and determine how we are going to get there.

I pledge to do what I can to keep our organization and its people moving forward on the path of growth to achieve success for each and every student who walks through our doors. After a summer of rejuvenation and reflection, we all can regroup and get on this very important path together. I wish each student the best school year ever! Please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime about anything you may have on your mind. I always leave conversations with parents and other community members more enlightened, and I appreciate your time.

Educationally yours,

Brigid Scheffert
Superintendent