Friday, October 10, 2014

Oct 10

Needed- Play Director for Mulan, Jr- We have a play picked out for our MS play this year, but we are in need of a director.   If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please be in contact with Tom Drake at or 244-6100.

CBMS Cross Country Ski Program - click here for information and registration.

Sign Language After-school ClubJennie Hempey and Mollie Burke-Bendzunas will lead an introduction to sign language.   Open to students in grades 5-8 at CBMS.  Meeting times will be 2:20-3 pm, Thursdays for 6 weeks, Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20.  Cost is $25/session.  Sign up by clicking here.

Letter from Superintendent Brigid Scheffert about School Closings and Delays- click here

Spring Lacrosse Registration - information can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.

iBlock Defined: The "i" in iBlock stands for "individual".  iBlock is a 30-minute block that happens each day on each core team, and is focused on the specific needs of individual students as determined by a combination of local assessments, teacher observation and opinion, and student voice. Each iBlock session will last either 3 weeks or 6 weeks, depending on the area of focus.  During iBlock, we aim to bring in additional school-wide staff members to partner with core staff and keep iBlock groups small and focused. The goal of iBlock is simply to put a daily focus on the needs of individual students in order to bring timely improvement to those specific areas.  Examples of areas of focus for this block can include, but are not limited to:
  • math reasoning and strategies,
  • reading comprehension and fluency,
  • geography and spelling skills,
  • technology skills such as keyboarding and website design,
  • individual areas of focus such as foreign language acquisition
  • organizational and social skills.

Parents and Students of Grade 8 Mathematics - As you may know the Common Core Standards for Mathematics have been adopted and implemented across all schools in the Washington West Supervisory Union. These standards changed the topics addressed by grade level, and what we used to consider “Algebra 1” is now primarily covered in the Grade 8 Curriculum. We are carefully tracking all 8th grade student’s progress on these Algebra standards throughout the year. Some students will have demonstrated sufficient evidence of proficiency of Algebra 1 content during 8th grade and will receive one high school credit upon successful completion of the course, whereas others will continue their study of Algebra on into 9th grade. We are currently working on a custom report which will be available in PowerSchool for you to track progress toward standards mastery throughout the year. We will let you know as soon as that information is available.

SBAC is the Smarter Balanced Assessment, and all CBMS students will be taking this on-line assessment in the Spring.  For a trial preview of this assessment, click here.  (please use this for parent preview only, as we will be using these samples with students over the next few months in order to orient them to this new on-line format)

Organizing 2014-15 Odyssey of the Mind teams
It’s time to form teams and start working on solving this year’s Odyssey of the Mind problems with an eye toward the state tournament March 21. OM is an extracurricular creative problem-solving activity open to students from kindergarten through college. Waterbury-Duxbury schools have sent multiple teams to the tournament and on to World Finals in May for many years.
OM teams typically have 4-7 student members and one or two volunteer coaches (parents usually although teachers make great coaches too!) OM appeals to students who like to design and build things; those who enjoy art, acting, storytelling and maybe even singing. At the k-2 level, it’s all fun with beginners getting used to working in a group. Third graders and above compete against others at their grade level.
This year’s problem choices can be found at or on the Vermont OM site If you or your student are interested or just curious, please come to an organizing meeting Wednesday Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Crossett Brook library. Questions? Contact coordinator Lisa Scagliotti at

Irish Music Sessions at CBMS - Wednesdays 2:20-3 at CBMS beginning October 15th– December 10th.  Learn how to play jigs, reels, polkas, slides, airs and hornpipes. Irish music has travelled around the world and has many stories to tell, we will learn about Irish history as well. Guests will come play tunes with us and we’ll take a field trip to a local Irish session. This class is designed for violin and flute but is open to other instruments in particular piano, guitar, cello, and clarinet. Please have a music teacher and be at least in Suzuki book 2 or the equivalent. The tunes will be taught be ear, but recordings and sheet music will be provided for reference.  Taught by Annabel Moynihan, for more information please contact me at ; 244-5965.  Sponsored by the Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music.

Babysitter Training  A session will be held on Sat, Nov 1 and another one on Sat, Nov 8, for students who are ages 11 years and up.  You only need to sign up for one of the sessions.  The maximum class size is 12 students and the minimum to run the class is 7.  The course starts sharply at 8:30AM and finishes right at 3PM.  Students need to bring a bag lunch, beverages, snacks, and pencil.  To hold their slot, a check must be made payable to Harwood Union for $55.  It can be mailed to the attention of Mary Holden; Harwood Union High School; 458 VT RTE 100; S. Duxbury, VT 05660. Questions?  Contact Mary at

Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • October 13th and 14th- No School for Students
  • October 15th- Walk & Bike to School Day! Meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park.
  • October 15th- Odyssey of the Mind organization meeting- 6:30PM in the CBMS Library.
  • October 22nd- Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Education class, with Bert Klavens.  6:30-8PM, in the CBMS Library.
  • October 24- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • October 29- Cabaret Night @ CBMS

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