Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 3

March Cougar Cafe Menu is now here.  

New format for Core Team Parent Conferences this Spring...Conferences for all core teams will be Student-Led!  Some details:
  • First and foremost, your child will be leading the conference, so you need to bring him/her with you!
  • Wednesday March 19th is the date for conferences, and you will be signing up for one 45-minute block on core, in addition to individual conferences with Applied Academics teachers.   Timeslots begin at 3:00, and run through 8:00.
  • Sign-ups will be on-line, beginning March 8th and continuing through March 14th.  To sign-up, you will follow the link off the CBMS Homepage.  
  • Conferences will be arena-style, with multiple conferences happening simultaneously.  All of the core teachers will be available during all conferences, and you can call any teacher to join the conference at any time.  All core teams will be meeting on the core wing, except for Team Quest who will meet in the library.  
  • If you would like an individual conference with a core teacher outside of the student-led conferences, you can sign up for a timeslot on March 20th directly at your conference on the 19th.  
  • The PTO is serving dinner on the 19th...bring the family!
  • Why are we making this change?  For multiple reasons, including: our direct and very positive experience with this format on Team Quest over the last two years; the opportunity to increase student voice and ownership in learning; to avoid the "speed dating" nature of quick, round-robin conferences; the sensibility of this format with the growth of e-portfolios at CBMS.   
Wednesday Deadline:  Parents of 6th and 7th Graders- 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to take part in an exchange with Harwood Union Middle School.  Details of the agreement can be found here, and the deadline to apply for the exchange for the 14-15 school year is March 5th. 

A Weekend of Dance is coming up- details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board by clicking here.

The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor and long-time music educator Lou Kosma, will be performing its annual Family Concert on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Barre Opera House. Note that this is not called a “children’s concert” but rather a family concert because it features wonderful music that will be enjoyable for all. It includes performances by talented local students of music playing with the Green Mountain Youth Symphony under the baton of Robert Blais. The concert will feature well-known and loved standards such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture Finale alongside contemporary music featuring a student violin soloist and an orchestral work by a central Vermont student composer.

LEAP Energy Fair in Duxbury - Saturday, April 5Annual LEAP Energy Fair will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the CBMS gym in Duxbury. This family-friendly event, one of the largest and most popular energy fairs in Vermont, is completely free. Come tour more than 70 exhibits and talk with experts about solar power, energy incentives, energy audits, weatherization, green building, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves, and many other subjects. We will have exhibits highlighting energy projects by local students, and the Waterbury Farmer’s Market will join the Fair so you can get local food and refreshments while learning how to cut your energy bills, save money, and help the environment. The Fair will include breakout sessions with local experts on important topics including: 

  • 10AM: Energy Efficiency 101 – Top ways to Save energy and money
  • 11AM: Going Solar – What are my options, and how do I decide?
  • 11AM- Marko the Magician will give a free show!
  • Noon: Sustainable Transportation – Vanpools, carpools, electric vehicles, and more!
  • 1PM Heat Pumps – A powerful way to save energy and money

This event is hosted by Waterbury LEAP (Local Energy Action Partnership), a volunteer-run nonprofit working to help Waterbury become the greenest community in Vermont by 2020.  For more information please contact Ned at 244-7829,, or visit

Lacrosse – the fastest game on two feet!  Spring Lacrosse Registration – Registration for Spring Mad River Lacrosse and Waterbury Lacrosse is now open, and closes on Wednesday March 15th.   Space permitting, registration thereafter includes late fees

The lacrosse program includes Mad River Valley, Waterbury and Duxbury boys and girls in grades 3-8 (2nd graders if space permits).  There are free full sets of loaner equipment available for the season 3rd and 4th grade boys and all girls for no charge (security deposit required), first come, first served. 

Registration is $75 for grade 3/4’s, $100 for all others (there is also a $25 US Lacrosse membership fee).  Register online at  You will also receive a cool reversible pinnie with your registration, which is yours to keep after the season!  Register now: we will be soon starting indoor lax as well.  For more information and registration, please visit the website at or email Jed Kalkstein at, David Lyons at, or Lorne Thomsen at

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • March 2- WDSD Annual School Meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • March 4- Town Meeting Day
  • March 8- Online Scheduling for Parent Conferences opens
  • March 11- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • March 12- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • March 12- HUHS Parent Night for 8th Grade Parents- 6:30PM- HUHS Auditorium
  • March 14- Trimester 2 Recognition Assembly- 8AM- CBMS gym
  • March 14- Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home, via backpack express.
  • March 14- Grades 7/8 Dance at HUMS- 7-9PM
  • March 14- Online Scheduling for Parent Conferences closes at midnight
  • March 19- 3-8PM- Student-lead conferences
  • March 21- No School for Students today
  • 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

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