Friday, December 20, 2013

Dec 20

Upcoming Dates of Note   
  • Winter begins-  Dec 21 at 12:11PM
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2nd)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th

Solar Array Time lapse...pretty cool!  Click here to view.

7th Grade Parents- a friendly reminder that Lift-Up Letters are due to Ms. Hempey by January 27th!

CBMS Office open over break- With the exceptions of Dec 24, 25, and Jan 1, the CBMS office will be open over the coming break if you have any school business.  If you want to make sure that Ellen is there before coming in, call ahead at 244-6100.  

The Important Thing: Emergent Curriculum- from CBMS Art Teacher Nan Hathaway  

What's “The Important Thing” students need to know and be able to do – in ART?  The idea of looking at learning by examining “Important Thing” is one I borrowed from Margaret Wise Brown's (1949) The Important Book. Given all the possibilities for things to teach about, how does a teacher discern that which is most “important” for each grade level or each individual learner? Yes there are national, state and local standards to guide the work, but when you get right down to it, there is a whole world of art and only about 40 hours in which to teach it each year. 

By asking what is “important” about a topic, idea, technique, art style or vocabulary word, the art teacher can focus on those things which are most useful, informative or inspiring. This is the starting place for curriculum design: present to all students only that which is most important. Keep it short and to the point, then elaborate later, for those who want to go deeper. And the rest who are not delving deeper into the topic you raised? Watch them and listen. Look for ideas, themes and topics that emerge from student inquiry. Take that and develop it further, “framing it” for students. Developing themes derived from student's interests is called “emergent curriculum,” and is the heart and soul of the Choice-Based art curriculum at CBMS.

Monday, January 20th is MLK, Jr. Day, and we do not have school on this day.  It is also a day dedicated to service, and the 35 AmericaCorps volunteers in Vermont are focusing their efforts on the Waterbury/Duxbury area that day.  They are looking for ideas, for help, and for students looking to serve!  So far, the "idea list" (simply ideas right now) includes:
  • Working at the Waterbury Senior Center (Shelf Building, Leveling Basement ground/ covering basement ground, Packing Meals for Meals on Wheels, Clean Walk- Shovel sidewalks of the elderly)
  • Working with the Childrens Literacy Foundation (CliF) - Sorting and Packing books to ship to children in need
  • Creating snowshoe trails near the Ice Center
  • Painting an MLK Mural or Banner somewhere in the area  
More details can be found by clicking here.  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dec 15

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- Thursday, Dec 19th.  
  • Winter begins-  Dec 21 at 12:11PM
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th

Room for more!  CBMS X-Country Ski Program at Trapp's - Thursday afternoons beginning on December 19th- click here to access all the info on this program.

Artist in Residence @ CBMS this week! Scott Paulson from Island Time Steel Drums will be working with all CBMS students this week, generating the sounds of the Caribbean.  We will end the week with a school performance on Friday, beginning at 1:30.  All are welcome to come and join the fun!  Funding for this residency is coming via the Burnham Trust.  

Solar Array is now online!  Governor Shumlin and Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell threw the switch on our new solar array on Thursday.  Click here to see the data from this new array (we are still working to combine the data from the original rooftop array into this website).  

Tuesday, December 17th @ HUHS- 6PM- Supporting our Youth Series: The Hungry Heart  Come join your community for a presentation of a film about prescription drug addiction in Vermont.  Panel discussion will include the film's director, Bess O'Brien and cast members in recovery. This film has gotten rave reviews from other schools and communities who have viewed and held similar discussions. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dec 8

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Cinderella on stage at CBMS!  Tuesday, Dec 10th and Wednesday, Dec 11th- 6:30PM ($3 per student, $8 per adult)
  • WDSD School Board meeting- Tuesday, Dec 10th, 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • Early Release Day - Wednesday, Dec 11th  (Please note that Harwood students do not have school on this day, but TBPS and CBMS have school as normal on an Early Release Day until our 11:50AM dismissal)
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM
  • Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- Thursday, Dec 19th
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th

Winter Fencing at CBMS starts on December 12th....see the E-Community Bulletin Board for details!


Tuesday, December 17th @ HUHS- 6PM- Supporting our Youth Series: The Hungry Heart  Come join your community for a presentation of a film about prescription drug addiction in Vermont.  This will follow the same presentation held at the school during the day and will provide a nice opportunity to dialogue with your children around this shared experience. Panel discussion will include the film's director, Bess O'Brien and cast members in recovery. This film has gotten rave reviews from other schools and communities who have viewed and held similar discussions. 


Music Offers a Boost to Education in Low-SES Environments, By Kayt Sukel  December 02, 2013

Socioeconomic status (SES), the standardized measure of a person’s social and economic standing as it relates to others, has long been correlated with cognitive and educational outcomes. A child raised in a lower SES household is more likely to show more diminished abilities in language, memory, and cognitive development than his or her higher-SES peers. For decades, educators have looked for different interventions that might offset this disadvantage—including music programs. Now, researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated that just two years of musical training in high school may offer some assistance.  See the full story by clicking here.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec 3

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • River of Light Lantern Parade- Saturday, Dec 7- 4:30
  • Cinderella on stage at CBMS!  Tuesday, Dec 10th and Wednesday, Dec 11th- 6:30PM ($3 per student, $8 per adult)
  • WDSD School Board meeting- Tuesday, Dec 10th, 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • Early Release Day - Wednesday, Dec 11th
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM
  • Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- Thursday, Dec 19th
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th
This Friday Night is Grades 5/6 Fun Night - 7-9PM - $5 and a Permission Slip for admission- click here to access the permission slip!  Parents- please note that we need 10 more chaperones in order to make this event a "go"!

December Cougar Cafe Menu is now online

Grades 5-8- CBMS X-Country Ski Program at Trapp's - Thursday afternoons beginning on December 19th- click here to access all the info on this program.

Calling all past lantern makers for the River of Light! We would love to have you join this year's procession on Saturday, December 7th. Bring your lantern to TBPS between 4:00-4:30 PMGet a new light OR exchange your batteries for your old light! Let's reuse what we have.  This year we will begin at TBPS, head up Stowe St., and right on Main St. to Dac Rowe field for a community bonfire. Dress WARMLY - with hats and gloves. Questions?  Contact MK Monley - mmonley@wwsu.org  Up to date information can be found by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

Supporting our Youth Series: The Hungry Heart - Come join your community for a presentation of a film about prescription drug addiction in Vermont.  This will follow the same presentation held at HUHS during the day and will provide a nice opportunity to dialogue with your high school children around this shared experience. Panel discussion will include the film's director, Bess O'Brien and cast members in recovery. This film has gotten rave reviews from other schools and communities who have viewed and held similar discussions.  Harwood Union High School-Library.
Wednesday, December 18th, 6pm