Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jan 29

Major Kudos to the Cougar Community for the great turn-out for Alice in Wonderland on Saturday!  The volunteer spirit was alive and well, and this production could not have happened without the major show of support for the CBMS theater program!

Congratulations to the CBMS Geo Bee finalists: Quincy Alves, Marcus Baird, Wyatt Cunningham, Caitlyn Dolloff, Katie Ferguson, Sam Grandfield, Ceile Kronick, Mason Lemery, Julia Loewer, Lincoln Pierce, Keagan Puffer, Emma Russo, Kyler Shea, Matt Skelly, and  Jonathan Zacharias.  Cougar Kudos to Matt Skelly, who took the CBMS GeoBee crown in this year's event!

Grade 5/6 PARENTS - If you have not yet done so, please send in your Ferry Beach Permission Slip this week!  Extras can be found on the Ferry Beach Blog.
LOST & FOUND - Lots of great clothes in Lost and Found - please stop by CBMS and claim what's yours!

CBMS PTO - Looking for volunteers to help out with the Basketball Tournament coming up in February!  The Crossett Brook 5/6 Boys Basketball teams are hosting a tournament to raise funds for the trip to Ferry Beach.  The tournament will be hosted at the CBMS Gym starting at 10:00AM on Saturday, February 25th.   We are looking for volunteers to staff the admissions table, concession stand, and to sell 50/50 raffle tickets.  Please sign up for one of the following by e-mailing Stacy Grandfield at :
  • Admissions- Admission tickets – we need two volunteers for each hour between 10-6
  • 50/50 raffle ticket sales – we need one volunteer to sell tickets for each hour between 10-6 
  • Concessions Table – we need two volunteers for each hour between 10-6
  • Food – we need parents to help prepare food for the concessions.  (Chili, Cornbread, Salad, drinks, snacks)
  • Runners – we will need people to help transport food from the cafeteria to the gym side of building through out the day.

STUDENTS WAITING?  If a student has basketball practice, or a game at 5 PM, students should not be planning on staying at school "hanging out" until time for the event.  Students must be in Club Cougar if they are in the building after 3 PM unless specific arrangements have been made with a faculty member.  Thanks for helping us keep our students safe!

CLUB COUGAR has a few openings.  After-school homework time, snack, and social time with friends.  $60 a month.  For only 1-2 days a week, there is a $5 a day charge, but students must be signed up in advance.  If you are interested in signing up your child, please contact Cathy Knight at 

Need a new mattress for the New Year?  The Harwood Athletics Department is hosting a huge mattress sale! The sale will offer new mattresses, box foundations, and frames at discounted prices Saturday, February 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harwood Gymnasium. National brands such as Simmons, Serta, and Corsicana will be offered. The sale price will include delivery, set-up, and removal of old bedding as well as a substantial contribution made to the Harwood Athletics program. Orders will be filled and delivered by the end of the following week. All service issues will be dealt with promptly. For more information, contact Sue Duprat at  Proceeds from the sale will benefit our Highlander student-athletes!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jan 25

Alice in Wonderland comes to the CBMS stage this Friday and Saturday- curtain at 7PM each night.  Prices are $8 for adults and $2 for students under 18. Children 5 and under are free.  The Theatre program here at CBMS is self-supporting, so ticket income helps us fund next years' show. Thank you for your support!
Weather delays/cancellations:  The weather of late has certainly made for a good number of after-school cancellations.  Please note that if Harwood cancels after-school activities, that does not automatically mean that CBMS will.  We will use AlertNow for widespread changes (for example, the cancellation of all after-school activities), and more directed methods for specific cancellations (for example, if we cancel a basketball game we might have those athletes communicate this home directly).  If you don't hear anything, you can assume that it will be "business as usual".
CBMS Absence List grows!  Tis the season for over-worked and over-scheduled young adolescents to be vulnerable to germs of all sorts.  We see a good number of tired Cougars dragging in on Monday mornings.  Do consider a "rest weekend" now and again, as missing a game, a party, a practice and sleeping in might just be the trick your learner needs to really let the learning light shine during the school week!

Why do Cougars Compost?  Highfields Center for Composting estimates that CBMS will compost as much as 27,000 lbs of food scraps in a given school year. Diverting this amount of food scraps to composting will achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reduction equivalent to not burning about 1,300 gallons of gasoline and provide fertility enough to supply 200 people with a growing season’s worth of vegetables! But that’s not all, composting helps to:

  • Reduce Solid Waste; over 30% of VT’s total solid waste is food scraps
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduce toxic leachate from landfills and improve water quality
  • Diversify farm income and create jobs
  • Build healthy soil and reduce reliance on & use of chemical fertilizers
  • Build community sense of participation and increase self reliance and the social capital of the Mad & Winooski River areas
  • Keep resources and dollars local
  • Increase soil & food security
Local Filmmakers Share Their Latest Production- This Weekend to Assist Flood-Recovery Effort- Waterbury Center's award-winning filmmaker and farmer George Woodard  and film producer Gerianne Smart of Pasture Productions will host two special screenings of their film "The Summer of Walter Hacks" this weekend. All proceeds from the showings at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury will benefit ReBuild Waterbury (RBW).  The suggested donation is $5 at the door, but any and all donations are welcome with 100% going to ReBuild Waterbury.  Shot entirely in Vermont with Vermont actors and a score composed and performed by Vermont musicians, "Walther Hacks" is described as appropriate for ages 10 and up. A short description: Back in 1952, every country boy’s summer was supposed to be idyllic – but 11-year-old Walter is forced to grow up fast on his father’s farm. Walter and his older brother Clifford work hard, though Walter finds unexpected intrigue and adventure with his bicycle, his cowboy hat and his sidekick Margaret.

More details about the film can be found at
ReBuild Waterbury is a project of non-profit Revitalizing Waterbury to help homeowers who suffered flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene last August. Many reconstruction projects are not yet fnished and RBW is working to assist residents to rebuild so they can return home as soon as possible. Learn about or make a tax-deductible donation to ReBuild Waterbury at

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jan 22

Yearbooks can be purchased online by clicking here

Alice in Wonderland comes to the CBMS stage this Friday and Saturday nights at 7PM!

Cougars Compost!  Education on how and why to compost happened in classrooms last week, and we will be leaping into the world of composting in the Cougar Cafe beginning this week!  Thanks to those of you who have signed up to be a Compost Monitor!  We still have the following slots open dates:  Mondays (Jan 23 and 30, February 6 and 13), Wednesday February 1, and Thursday February 16.  Click here to sign-up online!

Parent/Guardian Workshop: Substance Use & Middle Schoolers.  Please come join our SAP Counselors Amanda Cannamela and Mara Urban to learn more about reasons that middle schools may use drugs or alcohol, signs that they are using, what adults can do, and other questions you may have.  This workshop will be this Thursday January 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the CBMS library.  In order to make sure we have enough materials to pass out, please RSVP to Amanda Cannamela by Jan 25-

Hot Off The Presses! The Winners Are In!  Vermont Public Television's "Above the Fold Contest" challenged Vermont middle schoolers to write and produce their own newspaper. Focused on the week of Nov. 7, 2011, Vermont sixth, seventh and eight grade students produced short-form newspapers highlighting news in their schools and communities. Mr. B's 8th grade Language Arts class submitted an entry for this contest, and their entry won!  Check out all the details by clicking here.

Green Mountain Performing Arts (formerly One Studio Dance) has opened its new location at 37 Commercial Drive in Waterbury (behind Juniper's Fare Restaurant).  GMPA is a nonprofit school dedicated to providing outstanding dance and performing arts education in a non-competitive and supportive environment.  They have a lot of new classes just starting for youth and adult students and are taking new enrollments now!  Check it out online at or call 802-244-8600

School Board Meeting AGENDA- Tues January 24th

CBMS Library  6:00 p.m.


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 (10 minutes)

A. FY13 Budget – final review and warning

B.  Annual Meeting Warning- final review

6:20            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

6:25            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           

A.   Board Minutes (12/13/11 and 1/10/12)

B.    Approve Tuition Rate for 12-13

C.   Approve budget amount for presentation to voters

D.   Approve Annual Meeting Warning

E.    Board Orders

6:35            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (February 14, 2012 @ CBMS)

Main Topics: Superintendent evaluation



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jan 18

Upcoming Events:
  • CBMS PTO meeting 2nite- 6:30PM in the CBMS Library
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9PM this Friday
  • Grades 7/8 Dance at Harwood Middle School- 7-9PM this Friday
  • Alice in Wonderland- next Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28
Compost monitors needed! Beginning next Monday, composting is coming in a big way to the Cougar Cafe, and we are looking for parent "compost monitors" during lunchtimes for the first 4 weeks of the program.  Lunchtimes at CBMS run from 11:00-12:30.  We have a few spaces left, and you can sign up on-line by clicking here

Lost and Found is growing again....please take a look at it the next time you are in the building.

Winter attire is the order of the day for these chilly Winter days.  We go outside for recess most days!  We do have a stockpile of extra boots, jacket, etc...these can be accessed through Corky Burton, CBMS

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

Friday, January 13, 2012

Jan 13

Upcoming Events:
  • No School on Monday, Jan 16th- MLK, Jr Day
  • PTO Meeting on Wednesday, Jan 18th- 6:30PM 
  • 5/6 Fun Night on Friday, Jan 20th- 7-9PM
  • 7/8 Dance at HUMS on Friday, Jan 20th- 7-9PM
Seeking Volunteer Compost Monitors!   Beginning January 23rd composting comes to the Cougar Cafe.  You can sign up for any day, any lunch period, by clicking here.  We will be looking for monitors for each lunch period through February 17th.

Handicap parking spots- we have 3 parking spaces at CBMS for handicap access, and we kindly ask you not to use these spaces for quick pick-ups and drop-offs.

4 UVM Student Interns joined us this week.  Jenna Brower is working with Lori Morse, Sam Mishkit is working with Sarah Popowicz, Rose Dzugan is working with Victoria Smith, and Linnea Shepeluk is working with Mollie Burke-Bendzumas.

Barefoot Truth returns to CBMS!  Mark Thursday, March 29th for another rockin' show by Barefoot Truth (  Details will be forthcoming.

Ferry Beach donations- We are actively accepting these from 5th and 6th grade parents.  Details can be found on the Ferry Beach blog

Custodial position- We have a 2:30-11PM custodial shift opening.  The pay is $10/hour, and as this is a long-term sub position it does not come with benefits.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, have them contact Tom Drake

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jan 8

Buses changes this week! Due to Harwood's mid-term schedule this week, from Tuesday through Friday there will be no 3:00 bus runs.  Students should only stay after school for the Play, Basketball, or Club Cougar, and we will be running a 4:30 bus for these students.  Monday will be a normal day from the vantage point of the buses. 

Help our WDSD schools buy more Local Foods!  Vermont Farm to School Arts note card packages contain 5 different, original, full -color landscapes by Vermont artists.
Each pack retails for $12, and $5 of this cost comes directly to the WDSD Food Service for the purchase of local foods. The cards and envelopes are made from 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer, chlorine-free paper manufactured in a carbon-neutral manner featuring environmentally sound ink. 
To view a picture of the cards, click here.

Parent/Guardian Workshop: Substance Use & Middle Schoolers.  Please come join our SAP Counselors Amanda Cannamela and Mara Urban to learn more about reasons that middle schools may use drugs or alcohol, signs that they are using, what adults can do, and other questions you may have.  This workshop will be on Thursday January 26 from 6:00-7:00pm at Crossett Brook Middle School's library.  In order to make sure we have enough materials to pass out, please RSVP to Amanda Cannamela by Jan 25

School Board meeting this Tuesday, beginning at 6PM in the CBMS Library.


TUESDAY January 10, 2012



6:00 p.m.


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. Policy Packet #2- discussion
C. Annual Meeting Report- discussion
D. Annual School Meeting- choose a date, venue

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

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

8:10            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

8:15            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           
A.   Board Minutes (12/13/11)
B.    Board Orders
C.   Principal’s report action items
D.   Approve

8:25            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (January 24, 2012 @ CBMS)
Main Topics: Budget- final approval and warning

8:30            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue

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


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jan 5

MLK, Jr Day- Monday, January 16th- As originally scheduled, there is No School for students on this day.

Grades 5/6 Fun Night - Friday, January 20th, 7-9PM.  Click here for permission slip.

Grades 7/8 Dance at Harwood Union Middle School- Friday, January 20th- 7-9PM, $5 at the door.

Yearbooks for Sale!  January 28th is the last day for personalization.  Order forms are in the office or they can be bought online!  After Feb. 1, yearbook prices increase $5.

Supplemental Education Services, in the form of After-School Tutoring, is available for students whose families quality for Free/Reduced Lunch.  January 13th is the deadline to apply.  More details can be found on the links off the CBMS Homepage.

Families that qualify for Free and Reduced lunch are eligible for inexpensive Comcast internet service your area, here is a link with more details

PTO After-School Winter Exploratory, with Jason Bahner, begins this Friday.  Click here for details.

Reminder to parents (and staff) that the deadline for submission of Lift-up Letters to 7th grader students is Monday, January 16th!  Please do remember that our goal is for all students to get at least four or five letters so please make sure that you take some time to write and encourage other family and friends to do so too!  If you need a reminder about the purpose of lift up letters, or some suggestions about what to write, you may contact Jen Hempey in the guidance office at extension 235 or via e-mail at:  You may send completed letters/cards in an envelope to the following address- Please make sure the recipient's name is on the outside of the envelope.

Lift-Up Letters
ATTN:  Jennifer Hempey
Crossett Brook Middle School
5672 VT Route 100
Duxbury, VT 05676