Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sept 16

2Nite! Grades 7/8 Dance, sponsored by HUMS, at the Waterbury Ice Center.  7:30-9:30PM.  $5 at the door, plus $2 for skate rentals.

Cougar Kudos to CBMS PE Teacher Kristin Lora, who recently earned the 2016 Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award at the annual Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont conference. Well done, Kristin!

The PTO is excited to announce that our new website is LIVE! In just a few clicks you can learn more about the ways in which the PTO supports the entire CBMS community, make an online donation, download the PTO events calendar, get to know the PTO board and eventually, sign up for after-school clubs. Even the PTO Discretionary Grant Application is now online to make this process easier for teachers and staff! Go on and take a peek and let us know what you think! While there, be sure to complete your 2 Hour Power Pledge and let us know how you would like to help out this year.

For your calendars:
  • Fun Nights (grades 5 and 6)- 7-9PM- Oct 21, Dec 2, March 10 
  • Dances (grades 7 and 8)- 7-9PM (with the exception of Ice Center dances which begin at 7:30PM)- Oct 14 (@ CBMS), Nov 11 (@ HUMS), Dec 9 (@ CBMS), Jan 20 (@ HUMS), Feb 10 (@ CBMS), March 10 (@ HUMS), April 7 (@ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30), May 12 (@ CBMS)

Proficiency-based learning is best practice for student learning. Not only does proficiency-based learning raise the bar for all students, it also improves clarity and equity. Have you ever been in a class and wondered, “What am I supposed to be learning?” Or have you ever been in a class and wondered, “What does the teacher want me to do?” Proficiency-based instruction makes the learning goals and the methods of assessment more explicit than ever. By increasing clarity the learning goals become more accessible to all students. In so doing, we can also create more flexibility for personalized approaches to skills and content, as well as increased flexibility in the pace of learning. We are confident all of these aspects will contribute to increased equity for access to learning and excellence.

"Schools use proficiency-based learning to raise academic standards, ensure that more students meet those higher expectations, and graduate more students better prepared for adult life.” - Great Schools Partnership of Portland Maine

PG-13 movies- You should expect that if any movie or movie clip from a PG-13 rated movie is to be shown in any class, you will be notified in advance.

Organizing 2016-17 Odyssey of the Mind teams - The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind program is forming teams now for this school year. OM is an extracurricular creative problem-solving activity open to K-8 students at Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook schools. Teams typically have 4-7 student members and two volunteer parent coaches. During the fall and winter months, teams meet regularly to prepare their problem solutions that they present at the Vermont State OM Tournament in March. OM involves brainstorming, storytelling, art, building, acting and lots of creativity and cooperation. K-2 teams focus on fun and working in a group. Third graders and above do the same while competing against others at their grade level.  This year’s problem choices can be found at If your student is interested or just curious, come to an organizing meeting Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the CBMS cafeteria. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact program coordinator Lisa Scagliotti at (This meeting is mainly for NEW OM team members. Teams from last year will be contacted by coaches to decide their plans for this year.)

Parenting Course:
Navigating the Teen Years with Compassion & Courage.  Wednesday, September 28 – November 2 (6 weeks).  Click here for more details.  

Ponderable:  "The personalization of learning is a quiet rebellion against the unrelenting focus on standardized testing and the one-size-fits-all curriculum and standards that have characterized education policy in recent decades."  from  "It Takes a Community" by Kathleen Kesson."  click here.

Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • Sept 21- Bike and Walk to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park.
  • Oct 5- School Photo Day @ CBMS
  • Oct 6- Back to School Night @ CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM
  • Oct 7- WWSU In-Service Day- no school for students

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