Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jan 16

Monday, January 19th is MLK, Jr Day.  No School on this Day of Service.  

Distance Learning @ CBMS - check out this Waterbury Record article by clicking here.  

The library is looking for help!  Do you have an hour a week?  Do you like to create order?  Contact Jennifer Hill, the librarian, at and let her know when you would like to come in.


(Bringing order to books on the could find a pot of gold! :)

Velocity for Boys @ CBMS!  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is proud to announce that Velocity is coming to CBMS this Spring! The goals of the overall program are:
  •  To encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for Middle School boys.
  • To give boys an opportunity to try new fitness activities in a non-competitive, boys-only setting
  • To help boys build confidence and communication skills, as they bond with mentors and other participants
By creating six different activity modules, each with a corresponding lesson, we will give boys a chance to try out an activity without making a major commitment to it. Past activities include mountain biking, break-dancing, fencing, ropes course adventures, frisbee golf, orienteering, cooking, hiking and we’re always looking for new activities.  It is our goal to help each boy find at least one activity he really enjoys, and continue with it, remaining active in the future.
This year, we are offering Velocity at eight Vermont schools, including CBMS. Attached you will find a permission form for the overall program, which requests permission regarding transportation to various sites, a photo release, and some emergency contact information. 
The program will tentatively run on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30, beginning April 30th and running through June 4th The program costs $60 per child, and some scholarship money may be available upon request.  Checks should be made to "Velocity BCBSVT", and sent with the permission slip to the CBMS office. Contact Dan Gratton, the CBMS Velocity coordinator, to learn more… or 244-6100 x122.   This program is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come/first served basis.  Velocity permission slip can be accessed by clicking here

Changing the World- (from 8th grader Jackson Greenleaf)  This month in change the world I would like to organize a drive for paper towels and laundry detergent. As usual all donations will go to the central Vermont Humane Society in East Montpelier. It sounds silly but it is so the volunteers can clean the animals and wash towels and blankets that need to be washed. All donations can be put in the box in the CBMS lobby.

Middle School Career Fair: On Wednesday, February 18 from 8:00am-12:00pm, Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools will be hosting our first ever career fair.  The career fair will be held at Crossett Brook Middle School.

The career fair is being targeted towards Middle School students, as they are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities.  We are currently 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 asking presenters to 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 do not yet realize that the process of moving into the world of work begins now with their dreams, recreation, involvement, and volunteering.  We believe that 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. 

That said, we are hoping to solicit your assistance. We are looking for not only parent presenters, but also parent volunteers to help with set-up, tear down, welcoming, and other aspects. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tara Cariano at Harwood 882-1118 or through email at, or Jennifer Hempey at CBMS at 244-6100 or by e-mail  Please contact us by January 23rd if you are willing to participate.  If you decide to participate as a presenter, it will be important to convey two main pieces of relevant information at the Career Fair:
  1. How the student’s current education positions them for work in this field?
  2. What path a student might take to pursue this career?  
We hope that presenters will convey the message to students that their education is a relevant and important investment in their future, and that there is a wealth of opportunities waiting for them.  If you or your business is interested in presenting at this career fair, please complete the form on the Crossett Brook Middle School web page.

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

Jennifer Hempey and Tara Cariano
School Counselors, Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools       

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • Monday, Jan 19th- MLK,  Jr Day- No School 2Day
  • Tuesday, Jan 20th- CBMS PTO Meeting- 6:30PM- Trish Feld Library
  • Friday, Jan 23rd- CBMS GeoBee- 8AM- Trish Feld Library
  • Friday, Jan 23rd- Grades 7/8 Dance- HUMS- 7-9PM
  • Tuesday, Jan 27th- WDSD School Board meeting- 7PM at CBMS (note time change)
  • Wednesday, Jan 28th- 8th grade NAEP Testing 
  • Friday, Jan 30th- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Wednesday, Feb 4th- Early Release Day- noon dismissal (Stowe program departs at noon)
  • February 4-7- Grades 5/6 Basketball Tournament @ CBMS
  • Tuesday, February 10th- Info meeting for Mulan, Jr- 1:30-2:20
  • Tuesday, February 10th- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM @ CBMS
  • Tuesday, February 10th- WWSU Combined 6th Grade Choral Concert- HUHS
  • Friday, February 13th- Mulan, Jr. Rehearsals begin- 2:30-4:30
  • Friday, February 13th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Tuesday, February 17th- WWSU Combined 6th Grade Band and 7th/8th Grade Band & Choral concert @ HUHS- 7PM
  • Wednesday, February 18th- MS Career Fair @ CBMS- 8-Noon
  • Monday, Feb 23rd-Tuesday, March 3rd- Winter Break

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