Friday, September 26, 2014

Sept 26

Description: C:\Users\Meredith\Dropbox\CFKC\CFKC New Site Files\NEW CFKC_Logo_13.jpgTODAY!  My 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 VTGoodCookie@gmail.com 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 VTGoodCookie@gmail.com.  Donation can be made online on our group’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website: SupportCookiesForKidsCancer.org/VermontHasHeart

Thanks so much for your consideration!


Grades 5/6 Fun Night!  The kids have settled in and it is time to have some fun! On Friday 10/3/14 our first Fun Night of the year will happen. Click here to access the e-permission slip.  The $5 will be accepted at the door and a permission slip is required.  We also need parent support on these events - it requires an army to raise our kids and at least 12-15 to run a Fun Night!  Thank you to Gayle Moskowitz and Julie Motch for taking the lead on these events.

Tech Club! (from Mark Kline, WDSD Technology Coordinator) We will be starting a Tech Club at CBMS next week. It will be held in the Club Cougar room starting at 1:35PM each Wednesday. Students can stay until dismissal time OR stay after and take a late bus.  Click here to view a poster with a few thoughts about what we might do. Students who are interested, or think that they might be but aren't sure, should come to the Club Cougar room at 1:35 next Wednesday to learn more.  If a student wants to join but happens to have something going on during the last part of the day on Wednesdays (like a band lesson) let me know. We might be able to work something out.  mkline@wwsu.org

Substance Use, Parenting and Teenagers - How can we help our children avoid having problems with drugs and alcohol?  If substance use does become a problem, how will we know and what should we do?  Come join Bert Klavens on October 22nd for a discussion about how to help your children develop healthy attitudes about substance use, and how to help them if problems do arise.

Bert Klavens, M.A. LADC is the Director of the Healthy Youth Program (HYP) a service of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau in Montpelier, Vermont. HYP serves youth 12-25 with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues and utilizes a Positive Youth Development, strength based treatment approach. Bert is a licensed addictions counselor, who has worked with youth, adults and families in Central Vermont for over 20 years. He is married with two adult children and a very large dog.

Career Fair! On Wednesday, November 12th from 8:00am-2:20pm Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools will be hosting our first ever career fair.  The career fair will be targeted towards middle school students who are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities.  We are gathering interested state and local business and industry leaders, service providers, artists, scientists, politicians, athletes, farmers, journalists and others to present information about their fields and places of work. We are interested in having presenters engage students with audio, visual, or hands on displays as Middle schoolers love to touch, feel, experience, and interact with their learning.
  
Middle school students sometimes feel disconnected to their education because they do not understand how it supports their future.  They fail to realize that the process of moving into the world of work begins now with their dreams, recreation, involvement, and volunteering.  The more we can engage our youth in the community around them, the more successful we will be at transitioning them into prosperous contributing members of our society.  This is where your support is crucial!   

If you decide to participate, It would be important to convey two main pieces of relevant information: First, how the student’s current education positions them for work in this field, and second, what path a student might take to pursue this career?  We hope that presenters would convey the message to students that their education is a relevant and important investment in their future, and that there are a wealth of opportunities awaiting for them.  If you or your business are interested in participating in this career fair, please complete the form found on the CBMS web page.

We will contact you as we draw closer to the event to confirm your participation and update you on specific details.  Thank you in advance for considering this event.  With your participation, we hope it will be a great success!  

Jennifer Hempey and Tara Cariano School Counselors, CBMS and HUMS


Family Fun Run/Walk Saturday in Downtown Waterbury ~ 2nd Annual Event Benefits Hunger Mountain Children’s Center - Hunger Mountain Children’s Center’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Run/Walk is set for Saturday afternoon in downtown Waterbury. Registration begins at 3:15 p.m. with a race start at 4 p.m. from Rusty Parker Park on South Main Street. The course is an easy mile for runners and walkers of all ages. (Strollers welcome.) Prizes will be awarded for top finishers in each age group. The afternoon event will feature a bounce house, face-painting, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and pizza. Enter the $5 raffle for a chance to win a one-night stay (with breakfast) at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. Registration fees: $35 for adults; $15 for kids 12-16; $10 for kids 5-11; free for children under 5.
HMCC is Waterbury’s oldest and largest state-licensed child care center and preschool caring for children from age six weeks through preschool. The non-profit center is in the process of purchasing its former longtime home at 123 South Main Street from the State of Vermont to renovate, expand and reopen in Waterbury village in 2015. HMCC was displaced from the Main Street facility by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and is still operating out of temporary space at the Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly Church on Rt. 100 in Waterbury Center (no affiliation). HMCC is a partner provider in the Universal Preschool program with Thatcher Brook Primary School. Proceeds fromSaturday’s event will help support the building project. For more information, contacthungermountaincc@gmail.com.

Nutcracker auditions- info on E-Community Bulletin Board
Something to think about: Teaching young adolescents is a “dance between middle schoolers’ lingering childlike curiosity and their mounting distractions: peers, sex, risk-taking, pop stars, and keeping track of body parts in time and space.” From “Motivating Young Adolescents” by Rick Wormeli in Educational Leadership, September 2014, http://bit.ly/1vSvqd9.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • October 3rd- School Photo Day
  • October 3rd- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • October 8th- Walk & Bike to School Day! Meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park. 
  • October 22nd- Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Education class, with Bert Klavens.  6:30-8PM, in the CBMS Library.

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 studio-learning.blogspot.com, 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 eggs....at 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 VTGoodCookie@gmail.com 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 VTGoodCookie@gmail.com.  Donation can be made online on our group’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website: SupportCookiesForKidsCancer.org/VermontHasHeart
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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sept 12

PTO Newsletter- click here for all the hot news on our PTO!

8th Grade Vermont Statehouse Page Program - click here for more info.  October 2nd is the deadline.  

E-Community Bulletin Board...new info on CrossFit Kids and  Mysteries of Monarchs: A Benefit for North Branch Nature Center  - Click here to access.  

Grades 5/6 Fun Nights- put these dates on your calendar...7-9PM.  October 3rd, December 5th, January 30th, and April 3rd.  

Grades 7/8 Dances...put these dates on your calendars.  All events are 7-9PM.    Sept 19 (at Ice Center), Oct 24 (at CBMS), Nov 14 (at HUMS), Dec 12 (at CBMS), Jan 23 (at HUMS), Feb 13 (at CBMS), April 3 (at Ice Center), May 15 (at CBMS)

Hi everyone!  For our Change the World project at CBMS this year, we will be supporting and working with the Alzheimer's Association. Our first monthly project  we will be participating in a 2 mile walk fundraiser in Shelburne, VT. If you would like to support and possibly contribute to my fund raising efforts please click the link below. No amount is too small, and we greatly appreciate any donation.  Click Here to Donate!  Thank you very much - we appreciate your support.  Sam Widschwenter, Julia Robinson, and Wyatt Cunningham

Not Having Luck Asking the Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Here are some other questions to ask that might elicit a different response than "Good".  (NBC News story is here)

#1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
#2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
#3. If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
#4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
#5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
#6. If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?
#7. How did you help somebody today?
#8. How did somebody help you today?
#9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
#10. When were you the happiest today?
#11. When were you bored today?
#12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?
#13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?
#14. Tell me something good that happened today.
#15. What word did your teacher say most today?
#16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
#17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
#18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
#19. Where do you play the most at recess?
#20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
#21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
#22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?
#23. Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?
#24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with? Why?
#25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • September 16- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • September 19- HUMS Grades 7 & 8 Dance- W'bury Ice Center- 7-9PM. $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!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sept 5

Open Gym is simply that...an opportunity for all students to go into our gym from 7:20-7:45AM each day to run around and get the blood pumping!  Sneakers are a necessity.  Schedule next week:  

  • Monday 9/8: Wall ball
  • Tues 9/9: walk or run, jump rope & hula-hoop competitions
  • Weds 9/10:Basketball 
  • Thurs 9/11: Prison Ball 
  • Fri 9/12: Basketball

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball PlayersThere will be open gym for 7th & 8th grade girls on Mondays, 6:30-8:00PM starting next week, Sept. 8.

WDSD School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 9th, beginning at 6PM in the CBMS Library.  Agenda and all relevant documents can be found by clicking here.  

What's up in the Art Studio?

Donations requested!
Our lively Art Studio at CBMS relies on the wonderful supportive parents and learning community to provide all manner of interesting finds that help stock the studio for creative pursuit. A “Wish List” of things we can use is found on the CBMS Art Blog (look for the Studio-Learning Blog on the CBMS home page, under “Applied Academics – Art”: http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/ ) or directly, by clicking: http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/p/wish-list.html

Assessment in Art: We are piloting a new approach to assessment in art this year. Parents and students will notice that grade updates will no longer be posted on Powerschool, although a final comment will appear there at the end of each term. For more information of how students are assessed in art, please visit the CBMS art blog as above, or by clicking: http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/p/assessment-in-art.html

It is 2:15 in the art studio, on the first Friday of the 2014-15 school year. Two 8th graders are outside the art studio door, working on a collaborative sculpture project that they started on the first day of school. Two fifth grade boys just left – they came during their guided study time to tie up some loose ends on the fiber-art projects they were making as gifts for family. I am a little stunned to recount the following list of activities students have engaged in during the first 4 days of school:
  • Potters wheel practice, resulting in 5 bowls and 1 cup
  • Clay slab bowl
  • Clay whistle project (on-going)
  • Clay sculpture - butterfly
  • Color-mixing experiments and resulting paintings
  • Cardboard sculpture – architecture, mechanical objects
  • Bookmaking/bookbinding
  • Drawing: from observation, from memory, from imagination, from digital reference
  • Digital designing
  • Pillows on sewing machine
  • Hand-stitched objects
  • Needle-felting
  • Soapstone carving
  • Mono-print printmaking
  • Styrofoam printmaking using the etching press
  • Scratchboard drawings
  • Origami
How is it possible that so many art projects with such a variety of media and techniques are going on simultaneously in the studio in the first week of school? The answer is that the studio-setting we have established facilitates student-directed artistic inquiry. Returning students can get right to their work, knowing what studio centers are available and how to use them. Students new to the studio are learning how to work autonomously, after each new center is “opened” for the very first time. Authentic work in a studio-setting means that student-artists choose their idea, materials, and process.


Sunzilla is Coming - Sep 11, 2014, 3:00 PM to 5:30+ PM
On Thursday, September 11 at 5pm in conjunction with the Waterbury Farmers Market at the Rusty Parker Park judging will be held for the Twenty First Annual Waterbury Rotary Sunflower Growing Contest known as The Hunt for Sunzilla, The Monster Sunflower. The Hunt for Sunzilla is co-sponsored by Waterbury True Value Hardware, Evergreen Gardens, Sunflower Natural Foods, the Waterbury Farmers Market, The Painted Tulip and the Waterbury Rotary Club. We will be awarding prizes for the tallest sunflower, largest diameter, and heaviest sunflower head. By popular demand we will again have our Sunflower Seed Spitting for distance and accuracy contest for kids 12 and younger. We will also continue awarding a prize for the longest and heaviest Zucchini, known as The Hunt for the Other Green Monster. We recommend that people keep their cars locked following this contest or you could wind up with a year’s supply of the fixings for Zucchini Bread in the form of one Zucchini.
All contestants should try to bring their entries to the Rusty Parker Park by 4:30 pmFor further information check the Waterbury Rotary Website at www.rotary-waterbury

If you have any questions contact John Malter at 244-7373.



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • September 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library
  • September 16- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • September 19- HUMS Grades 7 & 8 Dance- W'bury Ice Center- 7-9PM. $5 at the door, $2 skate rental
  • September 25- Back to School Night- 6:15- 8PM