Friday, September 19, 2014

Sept 19

Time Change!  Tonight- Grades 7/8 Dance- 7:30-9:30PM at the Waterbury Ice Center.  Sponsored by Harwood Union Middle School.  $5 admission, and $2 skate rental.

What is "Back to School Night"?  This event, which is happening next Thursday evening, is an opportunity to follow your child's schedule and hear from your child's teachers.   "Open House" is another good way to think about this event.  While this night is aimed primarily at parents and guardians, you are welcome to bring your Middle School if you wish.  Hoping to see you at CBMS next Thursday!

Congratulations to CBMS Art Teacher Nan Hathaway, who has received the nomination for the UVM Outstanding Teacher award! Some background info on this honor:   For thirty three years, The University of Vermont’s College of Education & Social Services and Vermont Supervisory Unions & School Districts have joined to honor Outstanding Teachers.  All Outstanding Teachers exemplify one or more of the five standards for Vermont educators -- learning, professional knowledge, advocacy, colleagueship, and accountability. Typically, 90-100 teachers are nominated for this award each year with over 45 school districts in Vermont participating.  This year's event will be held at The University of Vermont on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  Text from Nan's nomination:  Nan Hathaway is a middle school art teacher at Crossett Brook Middle School.  Given the choice, Nan's classroom is the one where most CBMS students would choose to spend more of their time, as the "Teaching Artistic Behavior" approach to learning that Nan embraces really works!   In addition to her excellent work at CBMS, Nan frequently speaks at state and national education conferences on the topics of creativity, giftedness, and learner-directed art education.  She is a gifted education specialist and is on the board of directors for Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc. Nan is the author several articles and of, and is the co-editor of "The Learner-Directed Classroom:  Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art". 

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) at CBMS - At TBPS they have stickers, eagle feathers, and CBMS, we have Respectiles and Pawsitivity!  More on this as the year progresses.  

Who do I contact if I have concerns about my child?  The answer to that question lies in the nature of the concern.  If it is an academic concern, contact the appropriate teacher directly.  If it is a social/emotional concern, contact our school counselor Jennie Hempey.  Behavior concern (including the bus)?  Planning room coordinator Wally Goller.  A general concern or not sure who to contact?  The AG leader.  While often concerns reach the administrator level, we try hard to direct communications to the primary source where they can be fixed.  Of course, we prefer communication versus lack of communication, so if you just aren't sure who to contact, contact the first person you can think of and we will direct you appropriately!

Lego Robotics:  We are offering a beginner class for students in grades 5-8, and it is open to the first 10 students to enroll.  Classes will take place on Mondays: Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, and 10, from 2:20-4:20 pm.  Students are to report to the Dream/Quest wing, in the project room.  Mike Maloney will be leading this class.  Cost is $75/student.  Please make checks payable to "Mike Maloney".  Please submit requests for financial assistance to Kathy Pogharian, CBMS Assistant Principal.  Click here to sign up.

Description: C:\Users\Meredith\Dropbox\CFKC\CFKC New Site Files\NEW CFKC_Logo_13.jpgMy name is Cat Davis and I’m a 7th grader at Crossett Brook Middle School.  I’m doing a school project called Change the World for which I need to dedicate several hours a month to a cause I feel is important. My cause is Children in Need Around the World.  This month, I’m working with Vermont Has Heart, a group of local volunteers for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer who have joined the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 50 State Challenge this September to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. We are doing a bake sale Friday, September 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Crossett Brook Middle School. Pre-orders of chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies by the dozen will be taken through September 23. Advance orders can be submitted by email at no later than September 23.  Pickups will be at Crossett Brook Middle School during the bake sale on September 26 between 3:00 and 5:00. Cookies will be available that day individually for suggested donations of $1.00 each and by the dozen for $10 while supplies last at the sale.  Brave Coffee is donating coffee for the bake sale as well. People interested in baking for the sale can also write us at  Donation can be made online on our group’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website:
Thanks so much for your consideration!

Put the Physical in Education

When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the child to run. Recent research suggests that even small amounts of exercise enable children to improve their focus and academic performance.
By now it’s well known that diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are increasingly widespread among American children: The label has been applied to about 11 percent of those between the ages of 4 and 17, according to the latest federal statistics. Interestingly, past studies have shown a strong correlation between greater aerobic fitness and attentiveness. But these studies did not answer the question of which comes first, the fitness or the attentional control.
Addressing that mystery was a goal of a study published last year in The Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recruited 40 8-to-10-year-old boys and girls, half of whom had A.D.H.D. They all took a series of computerized academic and attentional tests. Later, on one occasion they sat and read quietly for 20 minutes; on another, they walked briskly or jogged for 20 minutes on treadmills. After each task, the children wore caps containing electrodes that recorded electrical activity in the brain as they repeated the original tests.
The results should make administrators question the wisdom of cutting P.E. classes. While there were few measurable differences in any of the children’s scores after quiet reading, they all showed marked improvements in their math and reading comprehension scores after the exercise. More striking, the children with A.D.H.D. significantly increased their scores on a complicated test, one in which they had to focus on a single cartoon fish on-screen while other cartoon fish flashed on-screen to distract them. Brain-wave readings showed that after exercise, the children with A.D.H.D. were better able to regulate their behavior, which helped them pay attention. They responded more nimbly to mistakes like incorrect keystrokes. In short, the children with A.D.H.D. were better students academically after exercise. So were the students without A.D.H.D.
“In terms of a nonpharmacological means of dealing with attentional-control problems in children, exercise looks as if it could be quite beneficial,” says Charles Hillman, the professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois who oversaw the study. “Especially since it seems to also improve the academic performance of children who don’t have attentional-control problems.”
What’s more, adds Matthew Pontifex, now an assistant professor at Michigan State University and the study’s lead author, “You don’t need treadmills.” Just get restless children to march or hop or in some fashion be physically active for a few minutes. Coax their peers to join in.
Of course, even as it reinforces the accumulating evidence that exercise is good for brains, this short-term study leaves many questions unanswered: How much and what kind of physical activity is optimal? Does it permanently lessen attentional problems? Does exercise directly affect attention at all? In their study, the researchers speculate that exercise might sharpen mental focus in part by increasing brain activity in the frontal lobe. But understanding its mechanisms may not be needed for teachers and parents to consider deploying movement to counter wandering attentions.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Nite! September 19- HUMS Grades 7 & 8 Dance- Waterbury Ice Center- 7:30-9:30PM. $5 at the door, $2 skate rental
  • September 25- Back to School Night- 6:15- 8PM
  • October 3rd- School Photo Day
  • October 8th- Walk & Bike to School Day!
  • October 22nd- Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Education class, with Bert Klavens.  6:30-8PM, in the CBMS Library.

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