Friday, October 9, 2015

Oct 9

Ponderable:   "If math were music, the traditional approach would be learning scales and the new approach would be playing songs".  from “Teachers Nurture Growth Mindset in Math” by Evie Blad in Education Week, September 9, 2015.

Grades 5 & 6 WWSU Spelling Bee- The CBMS spelling team took second place in this year’s Bee, behind Warren by a mere 1 word!  Melissa Williams coached the team again this year, and team members included Jeswin Antony, Jack Birmingham, Winn Gillen, Oliver Menard, Garrett Nelson, Merry Smith, and Louisa Thomsen. COUGARS!

Stowe Ski & Ride Program- stay tuned for info on this program coming out soon!

Daily Den Announcements are hosted on the CBMS Homepage.  Access them there by clicking on the Afternoon Den Announcements link.

E-Bus Note- the best way to get notes for any changes in after-school transportation to the CBMS office!  Click here and click on the E-Bus Note link. 

Looking to access Athletic Schedules for grades 7/8 sports?  The CBMS schedules are here, and the HU schedules are here.  

Intro to Lego Robotics Sign-Up Oct-Nov- This is a beginner class for students in grades 5-8, and is open to the first 10 students. Classes will take place on Tuesdays, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10 and 17 from 2:30-4PM. Please note that students will need a ride home at 4:00. Mike Maloney will be leading this class, and the cost is $60/student. Please make checks payable to "Mike Maloney". Requests for financial assistance can be directed to Tom Drake at or 244-6100. To register, click here.

After School Creative Writing with Ms. Cicchetti - In this after-school creative writing workshop we will focus on writing short stories! Students will have the opportunity to explore the elements of a short story while also finding a supportive place to explore their own work and that of others. We will focus on the elements of writing short stories that make for vivid, effective writing across genres. Participants will also share their writing and ideas and discuss them in a positive and constructive manner, and we will do all of this while making new connections within our school! Dates are: Thursdays, Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, and 19, 2015. Time is 2:30-3:00. Location: Room 210, Prodigy wing. Cost will be $30 for a 6 week session. Please make checks payable to "CBMS PTO". Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake at or 244-6100. To register, click here.

Building Project at Harwood Union - We are seeking community participation!  Last April, the Harwood Union School Board of Directors selected the architectural firm, Truexcullins, to implement a building study of Harwood Union MS/HS. The initial reasoning was to understand the condition and status of our building and the challenge of upgrading our facility to a 21st century learning environment for our students and staff. While our facility has received much tender loving care over the years, there are some specific needs that must be addressed,  as well as creating a 21st century learning environment for the future. We are presently in the process of determining the priorities and the financial costs in moving a building project forward to the taxpayers for a vote in November 2016.   Harwood Union has also formed an educational planning committee with representation from both staff and students with the task of providing insight and recommendations into the needs of a 21st century learning environment for the future. At this point in the process, we need to share our information and understandings with our community members. While there will be many opportunities in the near future to hear and understand the reasoning behind the “why” of this building project and the specific details related to the recommended improvements, the facilities committee will be offering the first opportunities to get involved and understand our building needs by hosting three community tours of the building. The building tours will be offered on the following dates and times:  October 15th @ 6:30 p.m., Saturday, October 17th @10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, October 20th @6:30 p.m. On November 12th at 6:00 p.m. representatives of our architectural firm, Truexcullins, will facilitate a Community Forum.  We welcome and need your participation! Please get involved!  Please save the dates and plan to attend a building tour and the Community Forum!

Need childcare plans for Monday and Tuesday, October 12 & 13, when CBMS has no school?  Apple Tree Discovery has some activities going on.  Check the E-Community Bulletin Board for more info. 

ACT 46 Defined - ACT 46 was enacted to encourage support and local decisions and actions to ensure all communities are part of a sustainable structure of education governance on or before July 1, 2019. Districts are encouraged to organize in a manner consistent with a preferred educational governance structure as outlined in the ACT or an approved alternate structure. The goal of ACT 46 is to move Vermont towards sustainable education governance models and encourage local decisions and actions that:
1. Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of education opportunities
2. Lead students to meet or exceed state Educational Quality Standards
3. Maximize operational efficiencies through greater flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with a goal of increasing district-level student to staff ratios
4. Promote transparency and accountability
5. Are delivered at a cost valued by parents, voters, and taxpayers

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • October 12- No School for Students today- Columbus Day
  • October 13- No School for Students today- Staff In-Service
  • October 13- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library- relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • October 16- Grades 7/8 Dance- 7-9PM @ CBMS. $5. No permission slip needed.
  • October 22- Cabaret @ CBMS- 7-8:30PM
  • October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1

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