Friday, March 27, 2015

March 27

Vermont History Day - CBMS has a number of students participating in this event tomorrow at U32.  More details can be found at this link.  

7th grade parents- Time to write "Lift Up Letters" and help your child feel great about him/herself!  Click here for more information.

The Vermont Modelers Club will run a flying demonstration of remote controlled airplanes in the CBMS gym this Sunday, March 29th from noon to 4PM. Open to all students and parents!  Come see if flying is for you!  Click here for more information on this club. 

2nd Annual Ice Out Raffle To Guess When the Waterbury Pool Ice Will Melt.  Supports TBPS-CBMS Odyssey of the Mind.  Tickets can be purchased in the school offices through April 10th.

Irish Fiddle Group. 8 Wednesdays beginning April 1st, through May 27th.  2:20-3:00 @ CBMS. For more information please contact Annabel Moynihan. 244- 5965. almoynihan@comcast.net


3rd Annual Summer Math Camp @ CBMS - Hosted by Tegan Garon.  This summer, your kids have the opportunity to attend a week-long math camp, where they can practice skills and learn new concepts in a fun and interactive way!  Tegan Garon, a senior at the University of Vermont’s Honors College majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics, will be hosting the camp for the third year in a row.  Through collaborative, hands-on, and real-world activities, campers will be able to refresh their math skills and explore new topics.  Learning activities in previous years have included: running a mock candy store, shooting baskets to teach statistics, building towers of toothpicks and marshmallows, and much more.The camp will run Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3, from 9:30am to noon, at CBMS.  The camp is open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, of any math ability.  The cost for Reserve your spot and sign up SOON by emailing Tegan: teags3@yahoo.com.  You may also email him with any questions or concerns.


Digital Safety Training Parent/Student Seminar on Tuesday, April 7th from 6:30-8pm in the Harwood Library.  What is TECHNICOOL?
  • A technology safety program designed by Prevent Child Abuse for Vermont youth in grades 4-12, their parents, guardians, caregivers, and educators
  • TECHNICOOL encourages digital citizenship and promotes healthy online relationships.
  • An interactive presentation- TECHNICOOL provides its participants with the resources and tools needed to create a positive social media presentation.
For more information, contact Harwood School Counselor Mara Urban at murban@wwsu.org



Save the date for one of the largest energy fairs in Vermont:
9th LEAP ENERGY FAIR   Event is FREE!
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT
TOUR 70+ exhibits and talk with dozens of experts about energy audits, solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves and much more 
LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions
PARTICIPATE in break-out discussions on many interesting topics 
KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM 
FREE ELECTRONIC RECYCLING onsite

The Fair draws 700 attendees and exhibit space sells out every year.  Local green energy companies that would like to exhibit at the LEAP Energy Fair are encouraged to contact Ned Houston as soon as possible at hesplanning@aol.com

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • Saturday, March 28th- Vermont History Day- U-32.  More information can be found at this link.
  • Friday, April 3rd- John Halligan Assembly- 12:50-2- Cougar Cafetorium
  • Friday, April 3rd- Fun Night- Grades 5/6- 7-9PM
  • Friday, April 3rd- Grades 7/8 Dance, sponsored by HUMS- 7:30-9:30PM- Waterbury Ice Center
  • Tuesday, April 7th- Digital Safety session at HUHS- 6:30-8PM in the HU library
  • Wednesday, April 8th- Early Release Day
  • Saturday, April 11th- LEAP Fair @ CBMS
  • Week of April 13th- Team Titan takes SBAC
  • Tuesday, April 14th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • Week of April 20th- Spring Break- no school this week

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20

“One of the most robust findings in developmental psychology is that kids learn how to treat one another by watching the way adults treat them and treat each other.” from “7 Things Every Kid Should Master” by Susan Engel in The Boston Globe, March 1, 2015, http://bit.ly/1x8hCYY

Save a tree....use the E-bus note... click here.

Early voting is open now through next Wednesday, at your Town Office. Please Vote! The Budget Overview presentation from this week's budget information session can be found here.  Voting Day is next Thursday, with polls open at both TB and CB from 7AM to 7PM.

John Halligan Assembly- Friday, April 3rd, from 12:50-2:00 in the CBMS Cafetorium.  John will be visiting us to share the powerful story of his son Ryan, who died at the hands of bullying when he was a Middle School student in Essex.  More information on his presentation can be found by clicking here.  Parents are welcome to join us.  The topics of bullying, suicide, and the power of the spoken and written word are the focus of this presentation.  This will be an all-school assembly, and if you would prefer your child not be part of this presentation, let Tom Drake know via tdrake@wwsu.org or 244-6100 x144.  

Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe shares some thoughts on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)- click here to access.
Thatcher Brook, Crossett Brook students compete this Saturday at the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind tournament
 
More than 50 students from Waterbury-Duxbury will compete on Saturday at the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament held at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook each have four teams in the competition. The tournament begins at 8AM with presentations through the afternoon. It is free and friends, teachers, family members are welcome to attend.  A schedule for the tournament is online at http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/wp/. Teams from our schools are listed as Waterbury-Duxbury Schools. Those in Division 1 are generally in grades 3-4-5. Those in Division 2 are mainly in grades 6-7-8 with a little overlap. Primary is K-2.  If you know an OM team member and want to find their performance, ask them what problem they are solving. The “long-term” time on the schedule is the competition open to spectators. This is where problem solutions are presented in the format of a skit with specific requirements. Skits have an 8-minute time limit. No spectators are allowed into the “spontaneous” competition.  Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving activity for students of all ages. Thousands of students across the U.S. and in a dozen or more countries participate in OM competitions. OM teaches teamwork and emphasizes innovation and creativity in approaching problems. Teams who place first and second in their categories at the Vermont tournament qualify to attend OM World Finals in May this year at Michigan State University.

2nd Annual Ice Out Raffle To Guess When the Waterbury Pool Ice Will Melt Supports TBPS-CBMS Odyssey of the Mind  Spring is coming (eventually) and it’s time to start guessing when the ice on the Waterbury town pool will melt. The 2nd annual Ice Out raffle is on now with tickets on sale through April 10. Taking a guess or two or three will help support the Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook Odyssey of the Mind program. In the tradition of Joe’s Pond in West Danville, a pallet holding a large wrapped concrete brick will be placed on the frozen Waterbury Pool in the coming days. The setup will be wired to a clock rigged to stop when the ice gives way and the brick slips into the icy water.  The contestant who comes closest to guessing the “Ice Out” correct time (without going over) will win a $250 cash prize. Tickets for $2 per guess – 3 guesses for $5 --  are on sale now at several locations around town: Bargain Boutique, Bridgeside Books, Crossroads Deli, Billings Mobil, True Value Hardware; also at the Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook school offices.  Updates on the contest can be found online on the Waterbury Duxbury Vt. Odyssey of the Mind Facebook page. (In 2014, the brick tipped into the water on April 14.)  OM is a creative problem-solving extra-curricular activity that focuses on teamwork, ingenuity and resourcefulness. Each school has four teams (more than 50 students in all) participating in the upcoming Vermont Odyssey of the Mind Tournament March 21 at Champlain Valley High School.

Changing the World
- (from 8th grader Jackson Greenleaf) This month in change the world I would like to organize a drive for blank white copy paper. I know it sounds strange, but the shelter can use it quite honestly for just copying, printing, and mailing various things. This drive will end in the beginning of April. As usual all donations will go to the central Vermont Humane Society in East Montpelier. All donations can be put in the box in the CBMS lobby. 
Still a few spots left....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
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….dgratton@wdsdvt.net 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

Green Mountain Performing Arts is now open on Saturdays. Click here for details.  

Spring Lacrosse Registration – Register now for Spring Lacrosse! The lacrosse program includes Mad River Valley, Waterbury and Duxbury boys and girls in grades 3-8 (2nd graders if space permits).  There are free full sets of loaner equipment available for the season 3rd and 4th grade boys and all girls for no charge (security deposit required), first come, first served.  Registration is $75 for grade 3/4’s, $100 for all others (there is also a $25 US Lacrosse membership fee + $25 late fee).  Register online at www.MadRiverLax.org.  You will also receive a cool reversible pinnie with your registration, which is yours to keep after the season! Late fee can be waived for first time players, and scholarships are available.    Register now: we will be soon starting indoor lax as well.  For more information and registration, please visit the website at www.MadRiverLax.org or email Denise Russo @ denisebrusso@gmail.com

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • Saturday, March 21st- 12:45- Jr. Iron Chef Tournament @ Essex Fairground
  • Saturday, March 21st- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament- CVU High School- all day
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd- All Day- Rotary Spring Show @ CBMS
  • Week of March 23rd- Team Prodigy takes SBAC
  • Wednesday, March 25th- 10:45-1:45- Team Titan to Flynn
  • Thursday, March 26th- Polls open for the WDSD Budget Vote- 7AM-7PM
  • Thursday, March 26th- Hoops 4 Heart- CBMS Gym- 2:30-4:30
  • Saturday, March 28th- Vermont History Day- U-32
  • Friday, April 3rd- John Halligan Assembly- 12:20-2- Cougar Cafetorium
  • Friday, April 3rd- Fun Night- Grades 5 & 5- 7-9PM
  • Friday, April 3rd- Grades 7/8 Dance, sponsored by HUMS- 7-9PM- Waterbury Ice Center
  • Wednesday, April 8th- Early Release Day
  • Saturday, April 11th- LEAP Fair @ CBMS
  • Week of April 13th- Team Titan takes SBAC
  • Tuesday, April 14th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • Week of April 20th- Spring Break- no school this week

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 13

WDSD Budget Update- The WDSD School Board decided at last week's meeting to once again bring the same budget to the voters that was voted on during Town Meeting Day.  The re-vote will be happening on Thursday, March 26th, with polling for W'bury residents at TBPS, and D'bury residents at CBMS.  Polls will be open from 7AM-7PM on that day.  There will be a budget information meeting at 6PM on Tuesday, March 17th, in the TBPS Cafeteria, where the public will have the opportunity to ask questions about the budget.  Some quick facts on the proposed budget (more details can be found at this link):
  • Overall Budget Increase from the 14-15 budget is 2.1% in overall spending, 91% of which is salaries and benefits.
  • Overall Decrease in Staff of 5.22 positions
  • Increases in Health Insurance (4.5%) & Salary (tbd%, based on contract negotiations)  
  • WDSD Enrollment is steady or slightly up
  • This budget is $466 per student less than the state average (excluding special education costs)
  • Average Student:Teacher Ratio is 17:1
Thank you in advance for casting your vote on March 26th!

Report Cards are coming home today in the "backpack express".

The Vermont Modelers Club will run a flying demonstration of remote controlled airplanes in the CBMS gym on Sunday, March 15th from noon to 4PM. Open to all students and parents!  Come see if flying is for you!  Click here for more information on this club. 

Student-Led Conferences next week!  Make sure to bring you learner, as he/she is leading the conference!  If you have not yet signed up for a conference, call Dona at 244-6100 and she will get you a slot. 

Dinner is Served on Wednesday!  The CBMC PTO will be serving a pasta dinner at CBMS during conferences on Wednesday only.  No need to cook- stop in and buy dinner for the family and fill your bellies while supporting your PTO!

From our Food and Nutrition Program:
  1. Our Food Service Director, Erika Dolan, attended the School Nutritional Legislative Action Conference in Washington DC. Together with one thousand other directors she learned about new USDA regulations, how to better manage our programs, nutrition and how to successfully lobby lawmakers and federal agencies. She also spent one day at Capitol Hill educating and advocating our State representatives about our School Nutrition Programs needs, challenges and successes.
  2. The VT Jr. Iron Chef competition is on Saturday, March 21st- 12:30-2PM, with the awards at 3PM, at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.  Admission: $3 per individual or $5 per family.  CBMS has a team again this year. Go Cougars!!!!!
  3. Please make sure to keep a positive balance to your child’s lunch account for continued service.  Please send payment asap if your account is negative.  You can check your balance on PowerSchool- click here.
Grades 7/8 Track and Field Team at Harwood begins the first week of April.  To register your student-athlete, click here.

7th grade parents- Time to write "Lift Up Letters" and help your child feel great about him/herself!  Click here for more information.

Vermont State Chess Championships- Grades K-12 This tournament will be held on Saturday, April 18th, at Berlin Elementary School. For details, check out http://vtchess.info/

Waterbury Girls on the Run, Grades 3-5 - Information session, Thursday, March 12th- 6:30PM.  TBPS Library

2nd Annual Ice Out Raffle To Guess When the Waterbury Pool Ice Will Melt.  Supports TBPS-CBMS Odyssey of the Mind.  Tickets can be purchased in the school offices through April 10th.

Spring Lacrosse Registration – Register now for Spring Lacrosse! The lacrosse program includes Mad River Valley, Waterbury and Duxbury boys and girls in grades 3-8 (2nd graders if space permits).  There are free full sets of loaner equipment available for the season 3rd and 4th grade boys and all girls for no charge (security deposit required), first come, first served.  Registration is $75 for grade 3/4’s, $100 for all others (there is also a $25 US Lacrosse membership fee + $25 late fee).  Register online at www.MadRiverLax.org.  You will also receive a cool reversible pinnie with your registration, which is yours to keep after the season! Late fee can be waived for first time players, and scholarships are available.    Register now: we will be soon starting indoor lax as well.  For more information and registration, please visit the website at www.MadRiverLax.org or email Denise Russo @ denisebrusso@gmail.com

3rd Annual Summer Math Camp @ CBMSHosted by Tegan Garon.  This summer, your kids have the opportunity to attend a week-long math camp, where they can practice skills and learn new concepts in a fun and interactive way!  Tegan Garon, a senior at the University of Vermont’s Honors College majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics, will be hosting the camp for the third year in a row.  Through collaborative, hands-on, and real-world activities, campers will be able to refresh their math skills and explore new topics.  Learning activities in previous years have included: running a mock candy store, shooting baskets to teach statistics, building towers of toothpicks and marshmallows, and much more.The camp will run Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3, from 9:30am to noon, at CBMS.  The camp is open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, of any math ability.  The cost for Reserve your spot and sign up SOON by emailing Tegan: teags3@yahoo.com.  You may also email him with any questions or concerns.

The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor and long-time music educator Lou Kosma, will present its annual Family Concert on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Barre Opera House. Note that this is not called a “children’s concert” but rather a family concert because it features wonderful music that will be enjoyable for all. This year’s theme is Espana! featuring the exciting music of Spain. The concert includes also performances by talented local music students playing with the Green Mountain Youth Symphony under the baton of Robert Blais as well as a work by student composer Eileen Kocherlakota.  Following the concert there will be an “instrument petting zoo,” an opportunity for all to examine up close and even try various orchestral instruments. Students in attendance will have the chance at winning a prize of music lessons worth $150.Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Barre Opera House box office, 476-8188 or on line at www.vermontphilharmonic.org.


Save the date for one of the largest energy fairs in Vermont:
9th LEAP ENERGY FAIR   Event is FREE!
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT
TOUR 70+ exhibits and talk with dozens of experts about energy audits, solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves and much more 
LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions
PARTICIPATE in break-out discussions on many interesting topics 
KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM 
FREE ELECTRONIC RECYCLING onsite
The Fair draws 700 attendees and exhibit space sells out every year.  Local green energy companies that would like to exhibit at the LEAP Energy Fair are encouraged to contact Ned Houston as soon as possible at hesplanning@aol.com

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • 2Nite- Friday, March 13th- 7-9PM- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- $5 admission
  • Tuesday, March 17th- 6PM- TBPS Cafeteria- WDSD Budget Info Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 17th- 6:30 PM- CBMS PTO meeting- Trish Feld Library
  • Wednesday, March 18th- 3-8PM- Student-led conferences
  • Thursday, March 19th- 8-9:15- Tri 2 Recognition Assembly and OM Assembly- Gym
  • Thursday, March 19th- 3-8PM- Student-led conferences
  • Friday, March 20th- No School for Students Today
  • Saturday, March 21st- Time TBD- Jr. Iron Chef Tournament @ Essex Fairground
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd- All Day- Rotary Home and Garden Show @ CBMS
  • Week of March 23rd- Team Prodigy takes SBAC
  • Wednesday, March 25th- 10:45-1:45- Team Titan to Flynn
  • Thursday, March 26th- Vote on the WDSD Budget- Polls open 7AM-7PM

Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6

School Board Meeting- The WDSD School Board will be meeting on Tuesday, March 10th, beginning at 6PM at the TBPS Library.  The 15-16 budget is topic #1.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.

Spring Conferences are coming, and online sign-ups open tomorrow!  The format for Core Team Parent Conferences this Spring will once again be Student-Led.  Some details:
  • First and foremost, your child will be leading the conference, so you need to bring him/her with you!
  • Wednesday March 18th is the date for conferences, with some teams having core conferences on Thursday, March 19th, and you will be signing up for one block on core, in addition to any individual conferences with Applied Academics teachers you would like to meet with.   Time slots begin at 3:00PM, and run through 8:00PM.
  • Sign-ups will be on-line, beginning tomorrow, March 7th and continuing through the end of the day on March 11th.  To sign-up, you will follow the link off the CBMS Homepage, or sign up directly via this link..  Directions for sign-ups appear below.  
  • Conferences will be arena-style, with multiple conferences happening simultaneously.  All of the core teachers will be available during all conferences, and you can call any teacher to join the conference at any time.  All core teams will be meeting on the core wing, except for Team Quest who will meet in the library.  
  • If you would like an individual conference with a core teacher outside of the student-led conferences, you can sign up for a time at your core conference.
  • Detailed directions to use the on-line sign-up system:
  1. Visit the CBMS homepage  and select the Online Scheduler icon/link.
  2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
    1. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password (cbms is the password)
    3. Click on the "use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID" button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date
    5. A list of your student’s team/teachers will be displayed. Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ team/teacher schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students. If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each team/teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule.
    9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
    10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    11. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)
     Need help? Contact Dona Culver (dculver@wwsu.org) or Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org), or phone the school at 244-6100.

8th Grade Parents- Time to think about registration for 9th grade!  For information on this process and important upcoming dates, click here.  For details on how to sign up for a scheduling appointment online, click here.  These appointments are for your son or daughter, but you are welcome to attend as well! 

Waterbury Girls on the Run, Grades 3-5 - Information session, Thursday, March 12th- 6:30PM.  Families are invited to a program information session on in the cafeteria of TBPS. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 5th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program will begin the week of March 23rd and conclude the week of June 8th. Our celebration 5k will take place on June 6th at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds. Program cost is $25.00 per girl. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Lindsay Simpson at 802- 324- 8877 or simpsonlindsay@yahoo.com, or Carol Baitz at cbaitz@wwsu.org


2nd Annual Ice Out Raffle To Guess When the Waterbury Pool Ice Will Melt Supports TBPS-CBMS Odyssey of the Mind  Spring is coming (eventually) and it’s time to start guessing when the ice on the Waterbury town pool will melt. The 2nd annual Ice Out raffle is on now with tickets on sale through April 10. Taking a guess or two or three will help support the Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook Odyssey of the Mind program. In the tradition of Joe’s Pond in West Danville, a pallet holding a large wrapped concrete brick will be placed on the frozen Waterbury Pool in the coming days. The setup will be wired to a clock rigged to stop when the ice gives way and the brick slips into the icy water.  The contestant who comes closest to guessing the “Ice Out” correct time (without going over) will win a $250 cash prize. Tickets for $2 per guess – 3 guesses for $5 --  are on sale now at several locations around town: Bargain Boutique, Bridgeside Books, Crossroads Deli, Billings Mobil, True Value Hardware; also at the Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook school offices.  Updates on the contest can be found online on the Waterbury Duxbury Vt. Odyssey of the Mind Facebook page. (In 2014, the brick tipped into the water on April 14.)  OM is a creative problem-solving extra-curricular activity that focuses on teamwork, ingenuity and resourcefulness. Each school has four teams (more than 50 students in all) participating in the upcoming Vermont Odyssey of the Mind Tournament March 21 at Champlain Valley High School.


It’s time for the Fastest Game On Two Feet—Lacrosse!.  Registration is now open for Harwood Youth Lacrosse’s teams.  Players will have fun learning the basics of throwing, shooting, catching, stick checking, cradling and overall game play. Sign up today at this link.  You will first need to sign up for insurance at this link.  Pre-season indoor practices at the Crossett Brook gym will start Thursday, March 19th at 5:00.  


Chris Phillips will be conducting a Socrates Cafe for the entire Washington West community beginning at 6PM, Monday evening, March 16-- ALL students, faculty and community members are invited to attend. the session will take place in the Harwood Library and refreshments will be provided   Dr. Phillips—who earned his PhD in Communications, and who has Master’s degrees in the humanities, the natural sciences, and in education—is a professor, writer and pro-democracy activist. Dr. Phillips is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award. The noted educator is a Network Fellow at Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics, and was named the first Senior Fellow at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he designed and taught courses on such subjects as 'Socratic Method and Democratic Citizenship' and 'Money and Democracy.'  His Socrates Café and Constitution Café groups -- the subject of four acclaimed books -- are widely used in high  school and college courses  while the Democracy Café and the Spirit of ‘76 Café have further captured the imagination of a diverse public that craves meaningful discourse. They aren’t just about good conversation, however. “It’s grass-roots democracy,” Phillips told Time magazine. “It’s only in a group setting that people can hash out their ideas about how we should act not just as an individual but as a society.”  It is an amazing  opportunity to have such a celebrated author and philosopher come to our  community and offer to spend an evening with  all of us.  Please join us- it will be a fabulous evening!  For questions and more information, please contact Katherine Cadwell at kcadwell@wwsu.org 


Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • Tuesday, March 10th- 6PM- WDSD School Board meeting- TBPS Library
  • Wednesday, March 11th- Early Release Day, with 8th grade vs Staff Basketball game from 10:15-11:15.
  • Wednesday, March 11th- 6PM- Incoming 9th Grade Parent Meeting @ HUHS
  • Thursday, March 12th- 6:30PM- "Race to Nowhere" screening, sponsored by the CBMS PTO.  Cougar Cafetorium.  Free and open to one and all!
  • Friday, March 13th- 7-9PM- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- $5 admission
  • Tuesday, March 17th- 6:30 PM- CBMS PTO meeting- Trish Feld Library
  • Wednesday, March 18th- 3-8PM- Student-led conferences
  • Thursday, March 19th- 8-9:15- Tri 2 Recognition Assembly and OM Assembly- Gym
  • Thursday, March 19th- 3-8PM- Student-led conferences
  • Friday, March 20th- No School for Students Today
  • Saturday, March 21st- Time TBD- Jr. Iron Chef Tournament @ Essex Fairground
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd- All Day- Rotary Home and Garden Show @ CBMS
  • Week of March 23rd- Team Prodigy takes SBAC
  • Wednesday, March 25th- 10:45-1:45- Team Titan to Flynn