Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21

Student-Led Conference feedback wanted!  Thanks for the many of you who came to CBMS this week to partake in conferences.  We would welcome your feedback on the student-led format!  Please click here to offer your thoughts. 

7th Grade Parents - Update on next year's 8th Grade Math program Based on our broadened experience with the current revised edition of our 8th grade math program (Connected Math Project- version 3), together with our desire to give all 8th graders a chance at success in Algebra 1, we will be integrating the Algebra Seminar into the regular math classroom in 14-15.  All students will have the opportunity to earn credit for Algebra 1 based on classroom performance in 8th grade math, on regular but optional assignments and assessments given throughout the year (called "Algebra Extras", assigned via your child's school Google account, and facilitated by Tom Drake), as well as an end-of-course exam.  While we realize that all students may not choose to take the challenge of completing the "Algebra Extras", our hope is that many will choose to and thereby put him/herself into the position to take Geometry in 9th grade.  As a result of this change, there will not be a "placement exam" this Spring for 7th graders.  Questions?  Contact Tom Drake.

Parent of Grade 8 French students- please remind your child to bring in $2 for 2 baguette snack times!  

8th Grade Parents- Please note that all 9th grade HUHS guidance meetings will be held at CBMS, and your child's attendance is required for these meetings.  Not signed up for a conference yet?  Click here to book a meeting.  Questions?  Contact 9th Grade Counselor Tara Cariano at tcariano@wwsu.org 


Crossett Brook teams at Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament this Saturday!
Nearly 40 CBMS and TBPS students will be competing Saturday at the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament at CVU High School in Hinesburg. CBMS has three teams; TBPS has two teams and one team is a combination of 4th and 5th graders from both schools. Teams have been working since last fall on their presentations for the creative problem-solving event. The tournament is open to the public and free. Teams from our schools are competing under the name “Waterbury-Duxbury Schools.” Teams with students in grades 6-7-8 are in Division 2. Teams with students in grades 3-4-5 are in Division 1. The schedule for the tournament is on the Vermont OM website:http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/wp/ The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and closing ceremonies are scheduled for 5 p.m. The part of the competition open to spectators is the long-term problem presentations – the skits performed at the school assembly yesterday.

PTO News:

  • Plant Sale- All orders are due by Monday, April 14.  Click here to access the order form.  Take a peek at the offerings.
  • Hilarious Hoops! The Court Jesters are coming to CBMS to take on the Community Water Ducks! Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased now using the Paypal button on the CBMS PTO website or at the CBMS office.

New York City’s Charlene “Chi Chi” Smith is coming to Vermont to teach several master hip hop classes on Saturday, April 5, at Studio 108 in Stowe!  For details, check out the E-Community Bulletin Board.  


Exciting Summer Math Opportunity!  Interested in sharpening your math skills over the summer? Needing to socialize with kids who share the same love for math as you? Just bored over the summer and seeking something fun to do? Well, here’s your chance…by attending a summer math camp at Crossett Brook Middle School!  This camp will be run for the second year by Tegan Garon, a graduate of Stowe High School and a junior at University of Vermont Honor’s College. Tegan is majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics, and has been involved in various math teaching programs and opportunities throughout high school and college. The camp will run Monday to Friday, June 30 – July 3, from 9:00am-noon daily. The camp is open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, of any math ability. Topics will be adjusted according to grade and level, but all students will engage in problem solving activities and critical thinking math games. The cost for the camp is $90, but a $10 discount will be given to any student who is signed up via email no later than April 15. There is a limit of 20 students, so sign up SOON by emailing Tegan: teags3@yahoo.com. You may also email him with any questions or concerns.



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • March 22- OM State Tourney
  • March 22- Jr. Iron Chef Competition
  • March 25- "Internet Safety for Parents", sponsored by the PTO- 6:30-8- CBMS Library
  • March 28- Grades 7/8 Dance at HUMS- 7-9PM
  • April 2- "Hoops for Heart"- 2:30-4:30 in the gym
  • April 5- LEAP Fair- CBMS gym- 9-3
  • April 5- Court Jesters vs Water Ducks Basketball Game- CBMS gym- 7:00
  • April 8-11- Grades 5/6 Ecology Week
  • April 8- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • April 9- Early Release Day
  • April 9- PTO Meeting- 6:30- Trish Feld Library
  • Week of April 21- Spring Break
         

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