Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dec 18

Annie, Jr on the CBMS stage tonight!  Show starts at 7PM, and there is no admission fee.  Running time is one hour.  Bring the entire family and bring a smile to your face!

HUHS Letter to 8th grade parents, with more important details on next year's 9th grade program.  Click here.  

American Red Cross Babysitting Course - The American Red Cross Babysitting course will be held at Harwood Union on Saturday, January 16th from 8:30-3PM.  Participants must be 11 years of age or older.  Class size is limited to 12 and the cost is $65 which includes certificate, book and CD.  To register and for further information, contact Mary Holden at mholden@wwsu.org or 882-1114.

Inclement weather is coming... New this year to our delayed opening schedule is a 2-hour delayed start, which falls in line with the vast majority of Vermont Schools.  Superintendent Brigid Nease provides all the details in this letter.  Let it snow!


#9 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology- Implementing 1:1 access to technology addresses the key goal of equity in education. Outside of school there is a widening digital divide of those who have access to knowledge, data, and skills and those who do not. Access to digital tools is vital in providing all students with resources for success both in and after school. As author William Gibson said, “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.

Calling All Community Members – Take the Survey!  Have you taken the community survey on education?  This survey is part of a bigger process of community engagement that will include deeper discussions in the form of study circles in 2016.  Read below for more background information – and stay tuned for specific dates and events in 2016 – but for now, add your voice to the conversation and take the survey! click here

Got recipes? The CBMS Sustainability program is creating a community cookbook, and we are looking for submissions! Click here for details, and click here to submit a recipe.

Ponderable: “You don’t build strong readers by teaching children to ‘find the main idea,’ ‘make inferences,’ and ‘compare and contrast.’ You do it by fixing a child’s gaze on the world outside the classroom window.” from “ESEA and the Return of a Well-Rounded Curriculum” by Robert Pondiscio in The Education Gadfly, December 2, 2015.

News from our Nurse - All medications brought to school must be in their original labeled containers and given to Dona Culver or Corky Burton immediately upon the student's arrival. Over-the-counter medications must be accompanied by a CBMS medication form or a note from the parent. Prescription medications must have a physician's order plus parent permission (this includes inhalers). All narcotics and control drugs such as ADHD medications must be brought to school by a parent with the appropriate medical orders and permissions.  Students may not bring or carry any medications in their pockets or in unlabeled containers such as plastic bags.  A medication form can be accessed here. These forms are available via e-mail as well, from the CBMS office or from the nurse.  

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2nite! December 18- Annie, Jr. on Stage @ CBMS- 7PM
  • December 24th- Break begins, and school resumes on Monday, January 4th.
  • January 4- Trapp's x-country Ski Program begins- 2PM departure from CBMS
  • January 6- Stowe Ski-Ride program begins - 12:45 departure from CBMS. Details are here.
  • January 12- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • January 14- "Most Likely to Succeed" movie screening- 6:30PM in the HU auditorium
  • January 15- Last day of Quarter 2
  • January 18- MLK Day - No School today
  • January 19- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30 in the CBMS Library
  • January 19- 9th Grade Parent Night @ HUHS (for parents of current 8th graders)- 6:30PM in the HU Library
  • January 26- January 12- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 11

Got recipes? The CBMS Sustainability program is creating a community cookbook, and we are looking for submissions! Click here for details, and click here to submit a recipe.

Important Information on Harwood's Proficiency-based Graduation Requirement Policy - Please read this letter which provides important information related to Harwood's Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements Draft Policy.  After reading the letter, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Rex at 882-1142 or arex@wwsu.org


Grades 7/8 Dance tonight @ CBMS- Friendly Reminder- Dances begin at 7PM - please do not drop your child(ren) off before 7, as there is no supervision in place.  Dances end at 9PM, and there is no sign-out needed but we thank you in advance for picking up your child promptly at 9.

Calling All Community Members – Take the Survey!  Have you taken the community survey on education?  This survey is part of a bigger process of community engagement that will include deeper discussions in the form of study circles in 2016.  Read below for more background information – and stay tuned for specific dates and events in 2016 – but for now, add your voice to the conversation and take the survey! click here

#10 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology- Using 1:1 technology prepares students for life and work beyond school, where digital technology is already driving how people work and live. Technology is an important part of the answer to Heidi Hayes Jacobs question, “What year are we preparing our children for?”

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • 2nite!  December 11- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Cancelled due to lack of snow - December 14- Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program
  • December 17/18- Annie, Jr. on Stage @ CBMS- 7PM
  • December 24th- Break begins, and school resumes on Monday, January 4th.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Dec 4

Fun Night Friendly Reminder- Fun Night begins at 7PM - please do not drop your child(ren) off before 7, as there is no supervision in place.  Fun Night ends at 9PM, and your child(ren) need to be signed out by an adult.  Still need to register your child? Do so here. Thanks!


Cougar Cafe menu for December is now online- click here.

Got After School Changes?  The CBMS office requires that any changes to your child's after-school dismissal plans be called in, emailed or e-notes submitted before 1:45 PM in order to guarantee your child will receive the message.  Thanks! 


River of Light Parade is tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 5PM in Waterbury Village.  Come out and see the CBMS Junk Band making some noise!  If your child is playing in the Junk Band, you should plan on meeting them at Dac Rowe by 6PM.


Our Online Payment system for School Meals is now up and running!  To start the process please visit our Food Service page at http://wdnutrition.wwsu.org/ and click on the "Online Payment" link.  (note:  In the registration process the "Student Number" is your child's school lunch ID) For more detailed information on how to set up your account, click here.  


Balancing screen time and family time- When to put the device down- An interesting article on this tricky balance. Click here



The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/wwsu


Ponderable:  “The real magic lies not in the technology itself, but in school communities developing a deeper sense of purpose and clarity about what matters most and (only) then applying technology to help students succeed.” Bryan Goodwin in “Why Use Technology? No, Really… Why?” in Changing Schools, Fall 2015.  

Act 46: One Board and One Budget for WWSU Schools; Are the Carrots and Sticks Big Enough?  by Brigid Scheffert Nease, Superintendent.  Click here.  

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2nite December 4- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM
  • December 8- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library- relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • December 11- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • December 14- Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- 2-5PM
  • December 17/18- Annie, Jr. on Stage @ CBMS- 7PM
  • December 24th- Break begins, and school resumes on Monday, January 4th.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 27


Grades 5/6 Fun Night on December 4th from 7-9PM.  Sign up your child by clicking here.


CBMS Parent Survey - Student-Led Conferences- click here


The Flu:  What to do if you get sick. A timely message from the CDC.  Click here

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The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/wwsu




Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • December 4- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM
  • December 8- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library
  • December 11- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • December 14- Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- 2-5PM
  • December 17/18- Annie, Jr. on Stage @ CBMS- 7PM
  • December 24th- Break begins, and school resumes on Monday, January 4th.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nov 20

Student-Led Conferences are happening next week, and your child will be leading the conference!  The Personal Learning Plan (aka PLP), which includes an e-portfolio, will be at the center of the conference.  Please keep in mind that we have just put PLPs into our system this Fall, and they are still very much works in progress!  Expect a survey on these to come out shortly after conferences, and thanks in advance for being a partner with us in your child's education!  (Didn't make an appointment yet?  Call Dona at 244-6100)


Dinner is Served By your PTO on!  Busy night on Monday juggling student/teacher conferences and figuring out dinner? The PTO has made your life easier! You can pick up a slice of Jimmz pizza/salad and drink and dessert during student conferences on Monday4:30-6:30 pm for just $5 per person or $20 for a family of 4 or more in the Cougar Cafetorium.  Additionally,  everyone who ordered Laughing Moon Chocolate and Red Barn Coupon Books can pick them up on this night, and more will also be available for purchase directly.

Looking for Sports Schedules?  Check out the Parents Tab (and then go to Athletics Department) on the CBMS Homepage.  Got questions or comments?  Our athletic director Stephen LaRock can help!  slarock@wwsu.org


Making a Difference, CBMS style!
  • Tyson Sylvia and Harrison Wheeler have started a donation jar to help Mr. Matt recover from the fire that burned down his house.  The jar is in the front office.  Please consider donating whatever you can to help support a teacher in need. Thank you for your generosity!
  • Oliver Menard from Team Dream is having a community service project idea and he needs some help doing it. Please donate canned or non-perishable food items to the box in the office. All of the donations will go to the Duxbury food shelf. This will really help those who are not as fortunate and don't have enough money to pay for heat and still be able to get food now that winter is on its way. Thanks to everyone who is willing to donate!
  • HUHS Student Peace Alliance is holding a warm clothing drive for the Association of Africans Living in VT. Warm coats, hats, mittens, boots, and sweaters are welcomed, and can be put into the box in the CBMS lobby.

LACROSSE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Harwood Youth Lacrosse, in conjunction with Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse, serves boys and girls in grades 3-8.  HYL has teams at the 3rd-4th, 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade levels.  Girls’ teams are mixed with MRVYL, and depending on numbers, 5/6 and 7/8 boys’ teams may be merged as well.  The teams practice a few times a week beginning in late March/early April, and games with other NVTYLL (Northern VT Youth Lacrosse League) teams are played on weekends after April vacation, primarily in May and early June.  HYL and MRVYL emphasize player development with the primary goal of teaching local players how to play and enjoy the sport of lacrosse. 

Registration is on the MRVYL website at www.madriverlax.org .  Financial Aid is available, and there is free loaner equipment at the 3/4 level.  Early registration period runs from now until December 15th.

Please feel free to contact Lorne Thomsen (244-1203 or Lorne@CampDeerwood.com) or David Lyons (802-233-8031 or dalyons@cssu.org) with any questions.  Interested coaches and volunteers are encouraged to touch base as well.

Come play the “fastest game on two feet!”


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Nite- Talk by John O'Sullivan on "Changing the Game- Creating a Player-first Environment in Youth Sports"- more info on this flyer. 6:30PM in the CBMS Cougar Cafetorium.
  • November 23/24- Student-Led Conferences
  • November 24- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- 1:45-2:30
  • November 24- Regular school day at TBPS and CBMS, but no school for students at HUHS.
  • November 25 - November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days
  • December 4- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM
  • December 8- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library
  • December 11- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • December 14- Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- 2-5PM
  • December 17/18- Annie, Jr. on Stage @ CBMS- 7PM
  • December 24th- Break begins, and school resumes on Monday, January 4th.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nov 13

The CBMS voicemail system is back up and running!

Student-Led Conferences- the e-sign up system is now open, and will stay open through Thursday, Nov 19th. The link to the system is on the CBMS Homepage.

8th Grade Math meets 9th Grade Math- an FAQ for Parents and Students- click here

The Future of Learning- Dream or Dreading? Interesting 7-minute clip on this topic- click here.

Ponderable:  “When we think about learning, we typically focus on getting information into students’ heads. What if, instead, we focus on getting information out of students’ heads?”  from How to Use Retrieval Practice to Improve Learning” by Pooja Agarwal, Henry Roediger, Mark McDaniel, and Kathleen McDermott in an Institute of Education Sciences paper, 2013, e-link.



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Day-November 13- Last Day of Trimester 1
  • 2Nite-November 13- Grades 7/8 Dance- HUMS
  • 2Nite-November 13- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 14- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 2PM & 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 19- CBMS Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7PM
  • November 23- Student-Led Conferences- 3-8PM
  • November 24- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- 1:45-2:30
  • November 24- Regular school day at TBPS and CBMS, but no school for students at HUHS.
  • November 25 - November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nov 6

The Fall round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening in the afternoon and evening on Monday, November 23rd.  At those conferences, you can sign up for individual conferences with core teachers on Tuesday, November 24th, as needed.  As your child will be leading the core conference, please make sure that he/she attends with you.  Instructions on how to use our online system to sign up will be e-mailed home on Wednesday, November 11th.  

Cougar Cafe Menu- click here


Join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 12th! Please call the CBMS Office at 244-6100 to make a reservation. 
Please choose between Turkey & Gravy or Stuffed Portobello Mushroom at the time of your reservation.  The cost of the meal is $4.50 for an adult and $3.25 for a child. We are looking forward to share this delicious meal with you.  Lunch times: 11:20-11:50 for 5th & 6th graders not involved in the music program, 12:00-12:30 for 5th-8th graders involved in the music program, and 12:40-1:10 for 7th & 8th graders not involved in the music program.  Thank you for your support!  Erika Dolan- dolan@wwsu.org

Menu
Turkey and Gravy OR Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
Mashed Potatoes
Vegetarian Stuffing
Mashed Squash w/ Maple Syrup
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie
Tossed Salad
Milk



Need an assist navigating the tricky waters of Teens and Tech?  Common Sense Media is a great resource...check out the "family guides" and "parent concerns" tabs- click here

Who are Generation Z? click here to access an interesting, 10-minute podcast produced by the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, and featuring a few CBMS students and staff members.  

Tony Wagner will make you think!  If you have 40 minutes and want to listen to a speech on teaching and learning that will get your synapses firing, click here. CBMS teachers listened to this earlier this week, and lots of dialogue was generated. (note- no need to sit and watch this, as it is simply the presenter talking...just turn your speakers up and have a listen)

Ponderable:   The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.”  Todd Savage, from “President’s Message: Relationships Matter” in Communiqué, October 2015, www.nasponline.org

MONSTER THANKS for the Halloween Candy Donations! Randall and Elm Streets were blown away by the generous flow of candy that came in daily for two weeks! Over 200 lbs of candy from TBPS and CBMS were delivered to neighbors making for a very sweet night of Trick or Treating! It was wonderful to see all of your children on Halloween. Thank you for being such an amazing community and helping us make it a great Halloween. See you next year!


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • November 9- School Photo Re-Take Day- 8-11AM
  • November 10- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library. All relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • November 13- Last Day of Trimester 1
  • November 13- Grades 7/8 Dance- HUMS
  • November 13- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 14- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 2PM & 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 19- CBMS Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7PM
  • November 23- Student-Led Conferences- 3-8PM
  • November 24- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- 1:45-2:30
  • November 24- Regular school day at TBPS and CBMS, but no school for students at HUHS.
  • November 25 - November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days

Friday, October 30, 2015

Oct 30



Ponderable:   I wish that every teenager had to take a course on how their brain works so that they would understand that they’re building their brain by what they do every day.”  Frances Jensen in “Secrets of the Teenage Brain” in Educational Leadership, October 2015 .  http://bit.ly/1O51fcd

A Friendly Reminder on Tardiness...classes begin promptly at 7:45AM.  Please take into account the time it takes for your child to transition from your car, to their locker, and to their first-block class.  In reality, dropping off at 7:40AM at the latest will get your child to class on time and give him or her the BEST opportunity to learn!

Help to keep your child safe online! The CBMS is bringing Technicool to CBMS on Thursday, November 5th, beginning at 6:30PM in the Trish Feld Library.  More info on this program can be found on this link.  

Our annual PTO Winter Fundraiser is kicking off on 10/30, and running through 11/16.  Are you looking for a way to support your school and local businesses?  This is the place to come.  We have Wreaths and Poinsettias from Evergreen Gardens, Waterbury Bars from Laughing Moon Chocolate and Buy Local Discount books from Red Barn.  Every penny of the profits go directly to your student's team to support the activities that they have planned out.  Letters from each team with information about their needs will accompany the paperwork that comes home on Friday.  Please check the "black hole" known as the bottom of your child's backpack.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to any of the PTO Board or you can contact me directly. Thanks for your support! Missy Semprebon- missy@calmontbeverage.com 


Save the Date!  Student-Led Conferences will be happening for all students on Monday, November 23rd, with blocks available from 3-8PM.  The e-sign up window opens on November 12th, and details on how to sign up will be coming in next week's Cougar Comments.  Your learner is leading the conference, so be sure to bring him/her with you!


Got Schoology?  Accessing the parent portal is the best way to keep up with your learner's school work! A document outlining how to set up a Parent Schoology Account can be found at this link.  If you need help, e-mail Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org


Winter Sports begin in mid November!  Click here to register- deadline to register is Friday, Nov 13th.

  • Gymnastics (Grades 6-8)
  • Basketball (Grades 5-8)
  • Wrestling (Gr 7/8) and Nordic Skiing (Gr 7/8) through HUMS - meeting on Nov 17 at 6PM in the HUHS auditorium
Halloween is 2morrow and your Waterbury Village neighbors are excited for another great year! Please help by dropping your candy donations off at the candy drop boxes at TBPS and CBMS thru the end of today.  Candy will be distributed to Randall and Elm Streets and other homes in high traffic spots! Thanks to everyone who has already donated!


CVGA Gymnastics Show in the CBMS gym.  Show times are November 13th @ 6:00pm and November 14th @ 2:00pm & 6:00pm.  More details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.  

Got Housing?  CBMS Staff Member Tom Matt had a house fire at his home on Blush Hill in Waterbury this past week.  His house will need to be gutted, and he is looking at being out of the house for 6 months.  He and his wife Deborah lost everything on the 2nd floor, including all of their clothes, and the first floor has lots of smoke and water damage.  They are currently renting a ski apartment in Waitsfield, and can be there through T'giving.  However, Tom would love to be in the W'bury-D'bury area for logistical reasons.  Deborah works at the senior home in Berlin and hates driving in the snow, so being in this area would help a lot.  If you know of any accommodation for the two of them, and their two dogs, please e-mail Tom at tmatt@wwsu.org


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Day - October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1- Applied Academics for grades 5/6 change on Monday
  • 2Day - October 30- Staff vs 8th Grade Soccer Game- 1:45-2:30
  • November 3- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • November 5th- Technicool, sponsored by the CBMS PTO- 6:30PM- CBMS Library. This is a parent workshop focused on technology safety, digital citizenship, and healthy online relationships.
  • November 9- School Photo Re-Take Day- 8-11AM
  • November 10- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • November 13- Last Day of Trimester 1
  • November 13- Grades 7/8 Dance- HUMS
  • November 13- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 14- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 2PM & 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 19- CBMS Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7PM
  • November 23- Student-Led Conferences- 3-8PM
  • November 24- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- 1:45-2:30
  • November 24- Regular school day at TBPS and CBMS, but no school for students at HUHS.
  • November 25-November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days