Friday, February 7, 2014

Feb 7

5th and 6th grade parents- today is the deadline day to let us know if your child will not be attending the Ferry Beach Ecology School trip in June.  

Tonight!  Second Annual CBMS International Dinner - This year the Second Annual International Dinner will take place at the CBMS cafetorium on Friday Feb. 7, 2014- from 6-8:30pm. We hope you will join the spice filled (not too hot!) and delicious fun to celebrate the many diverse cultures contributing to the diverse and delightful fabric of our community. This year’s menu will feature many different dishes to taste from a variety of countries. We ask that all ingredients be listed on your dish. Thank you for contributing to the international pot-luck dinner. Suggested donation at the door is $5 and $20/family. If you don’t have time to cook-just come! All are welcome! All donations go to the CBMS-PTO Fund. This year’s entertainment will include a Jeopardy style quiz organized by Jesse and Duncan McDougall; an  appearance and “shout out” to the CBMS “Junior Iron Chef Competition Team members” with a preview of their work; and a slide show from one or two of our wonderful, local, foreign exchange students. 

DATE: Friday Feb. 7 

TIME: 6-8:30pm 

DONATION: suggested $5 at the door $20/family 

POT-LUCK: please list all ingredients on your dish to 
avoid any allergy issues during our celebration.  Click here to sign up to bring a dish!

Contact: Belle McDougall @ 802-477-3351 or

FY14 WWSU Student Performance Workbook is currently available on the WWSU Website.  Fall 2013 NECAP scores have ben added to this workbook.  

Yearbooks are now on sale.  Current price is $25, and this price goes up to $30 after February 21st.  Order online via this link.  

The Crossett Brook Middle School PTO and chairperson Stacy Grandfield will be hosting and coordinating this year’s 5th/6th Basketball Tournament the week of February 17th to 21st in the CBMS gymnasium.  Volunteers are needed to ensure another successful tournament, projected this year to include 14 teams.  To sign up to volunteer, click here.  If you have volunteering questions, contact Missy Semprebon at 

The HUHS Community-School Redesign work group is scheduled to meet for the first time on Thursday, February 13th.  At this time, the group will create structures for community communication and input as it relates to the redesign of the 9th grade. It is our intent to include Community Circles as one way to solicit input.  The group will be confirm the dates of the Community Circles as well as the survey at our first meeting and communicate them next week.  Please know, that no changes will be made to the current 9th grade course offerings for next year. In accordance with the process map, we are exploring needs, best practices and the influence of external factors with the purpose of making recommendations for a future proposal.Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact Amy Rex ( or Lisa Atwood ( if you have questions.

Washington West Education Funding Forum, Thursday, February 13th, 6:30 @ The Big Picture - The objective of the Education Funding Forum is to give community members a chance to learn more about our school funding system, local and statewide spending and the anticipated impact on our taxes prior to Town Meeting day. We feel the complexity of these issues and its impact on our cost of living deserves more time for discussion. The forum will provide an opportunity for Q&A about our cost drivers and local cost containment efforts and include a discussion about our best options for containing spending and tax hikes going forward.  Panel members include a variety of stakeholders and perspectives: board members from every school board across our Supervisory Union, administration, the Executive Director of the Vermont School Boards Association, Representative Adam Greshin and community leaders, who are concerned and engaged in these issues. The event will be moderated by Howard Wynne of Fayston.  We are committed to better informing the public and engaging everyone interested to work toward real solutions to the challenges we face.
Education Funding Forum Agenda:
I. Introduction to the School Budgets & the Act 68 Funding Formula- Michelle Baker, WWSU Director of Operations and Finance
II. Overview of Statewide School Budgets & Anticipated Impact on Taxes- Stephen Dale, Executive Director of Vermont School Boards Association
III. Cost Drivers & Local Cost Containment Efforts- Brigid Scheffert, WWSU Superintendent
IV. Introduction to Legislative Action Under Consideration - Adam Greshin, State Representative and Warren School Board Member
V. Strategies for Change Discussion- Heidi Spear, Fayston School Board Chair
Q & A will happen at the conclusion of each topic.

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Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Feb 7- International Dinner - 6-8:30PM
  • Feb 11- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library
  • Feb 12- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • Feb 14- 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Feb 20- Prodigy IDU Night (5PM start)
  • Feb 21- Winter Carnival at CBMS today
  • Feb 21- Trimester 2 last day
  • Feb 21- March 4- Winter Break
  • March 2- WDSD Annual School Meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • March 4- Town Meeting Day

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