Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jan 29

Thanks to the many 5th and 6th grade parents who came out to last night's Ecology Week info session.  Ecology Week happens this year from April 12th through April 15th.  For those who could not make it, links to the documents we discussed are below.  Our hope is that 100% of our 5th and 6th graders will be able to attend the Ferry Beach Ecology School trip, but do know that we will be offering day trips to the Audubon Center in Huntington if there are students who are unable to join us at Ferry Beach.  Be on the lookout for more info to follow in the coming weeks.





The February Cougar Cafe Menu is now online at


CBMS is hosting the 5th Annual Hoops Tournament for Grades 5 & 6 from Feb 3-6. We're excited to see our CBMS boys and girls show their skills on the court and their great sportsmanship!  Purchase tickets at the door for $3 per adult and $1 for seniors and students.  Children under 5 are admitted for free.  Tickets are good for all games that day.  We are also looking for volunteers for 1-2 hrs per assignment and still have a number of slots open.  Please consider donating an hour or two of your time to help make this fundraiser a success.  If your availability is limited, please know that we also need food and drink donations.  You can volunteer for a time slot or to donate food & drink at this link.  Thank you; without you, this event wouldn't be possible!

Your Voice Is Important!  The Washington West Supervisory Union Community Coalition invites you to participate in a discussion about the future of learning in WWSU through a series of Community Conversations taking place in March 2016. Community Conversations, also known as the Study Circle process, is a forum for community discussion, debate and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of WWSU.  Come prepared to talk about ways for students to be prepared for the future, find ways the community can engage to support our learners, and have a voice in the future of educating all of our children.  Click here for more information.

Ponderable:  "Middle school is not a time to "tread water and wait out until they go through it," said Acuña. "It's not just a phase they're going through. There are some key things happening and it's a really important time to develop a relationship that will carry you through the teen years and into young adulthood." from "Middle school: The new high school for moms", by Kelly Wallace, CNN. Click here to read the full story.  


#5 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology  Greater access to digital tools, resources, and information results in more choices,  more active student engagement, and stronger ownership of their learning. Rather than being students along for the ride on the school bus, learners are driving their own education.
Winterfest Snow Volleyball Needs YOU!  There are already two family snow volleyball teams anchored by Crossett Brook students - who will challenge them??!!   We are still looking for adult teams and family teams to compete in this year's Snow volleyball tournament Sunday, Feb 7, from 9:30 - 1:30 at the Ice Center outside volleyball courts.  Free Ice Cream coupons to the winning team!  After the volleyball championships, make a day of it and stay to play snow football and then attend free skate and/or the Winterfest Closing Ceremonies inside the Ice Center.  Register and get more info here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eadad2fabfd0-winterfest  

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • February 3-6- 5/6 Hoops Tourney @ CBMS
  • February 4- Winooski Valley Jazz Festival @ HUHS
  • February 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library.
  • February 9- Band concert for all WWSU 6th grade band students- HUHS auditorium- 7PM
  • February 12- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM. $5 admission.
  • February 16- Combined grades 5-8 Chorus and grades 7-8 Band concert - HUHS auditorium- 7PM
  • February 19- Last Day of Trimester 2
  • February 19- Winter Carnival @ CBMS
  • February 22-March 1- Winter Break- school resumes on Wednesday, March 2nd

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Jan 22

Ecology Week Parent Info session for parents of 5th and 6th graders- Ecology Week is happening from April 12-15.  Come and hear about what is happening on the Ferry Beach Ecology School trip and the Audubon Center day-trips. Thursday, January 28th- 6:30PM in the CBMS Library.

7th Grade Parents- take note!  Over the last several years, Crossett Brook’s 7th graders have been the recipients of a project aimed at building self-esteem through a demonstration of love and appreciation from those around them.  This project was implemented with an eye towards improving character, teaching respect for self and others, and building self-worth.  It is my belief that the more confident and happy one feels about him/herself, the more successful he/she will be in creating positive relationships with family, friends, and community members.   Lift-Up Letters, as they have come to be known, were an idea which we implemented in our former guidance classes with great success! Click here to get more details.  


CBMS is hosting the 5th Annual Hoops Tournament for Grades 5 & 6 from Feb 3-6. We're excited to see our CBMS boys and girls show their skills on the court and their great sportsmanship!  Purchase tickets at the door for $3 per adult and $1 for seniors and students.  Children under 5 are admitted for free.  Tickets are good for all games that day.  We are also looking for volunteers for 1-2 hrs per assignment and still have a number of slots open.  Please consider donating an hour or two of your time to help make this fundraiser a success.  If your availability is limited, please know that we also need food and drink donations.  You can volunteer for a time slot or to donate food & drink at this link.  Thank you; without you, this event wouldn't be possible!

Your Voice Is Important!  The Washington West Supervisory Union Community Coalition invites you to participate in a discussion about the future of learning in WWSU through a series of Community Conversations taking place in March 2016. Community Conversations, also known as the Study Circle process, is a forum for community discussion, debate and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of WWSU.  Come prepared to talk about ways for students to be prepared for the future, find ways the community can engage to support our learners, and have a voice in the future of educating all of our children.  Click here for more information.

News from the Cougar Cafe:  Last year food service director Erika Dolan was interviewed by the Northeast Regional Office of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for one of their new publications.  The Cafeteria Chronicles is now been printed and soon will be ready for distribution across the country.  Our Food Service Program is in the spotlight because of your support and I just wanted to say Thank You! Click here to access, and the piece on our food service is on page 17.

Personalization is “a learning process in which schools help students...
  • assess their own talents and aspirations,
  • plan a pathway toward their own purposes,
  • work cooperatively with others on challenging tasks,
  • maintain a record of their explorations,
  • demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media,
...all with the close support of adult mentors and guides”
(Clarke, 2003)
Waterbury WinterFest is coming! Next Monday, there's a promotional event - Human Bowling Balls to be broadcast live on ABC-Fox 44 starting at 5 am at Anderson Rink. Opening ceremonies, family skating and the xmas tree bonfire are at the same place on Friday starting at 6 pm

Some of the events popular with Middle Schoolers include:
- Broom ball at 10 am on Saturday, Jan 30
- 5K Fun Run at 9 am on Sunday, Jan 31
- Capture the Flag at CBMS, 11am Saturday, Feb 6
- Snow Football at Ice Center, 1 pm on SuperBowl Sunday, Feb 7


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • January 26- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library. All relevant documents can be accessed by clicking here
  • Note new date! January 27- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30 in the CBMS Library
  • January 28- Ecology Week Parent Info Session for 5th and 6th Grade Parents- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • February 3-6- 5/6 Hoops Tourney @ CBMS
  • February 4- Winooski Valley Jazz Festival @ HUHS
  • February 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library.
  • February 9- Band concert for all WWSU 6th grade band students- HUHS auditorium- 7PM
  • February 12- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM. $5 admission.
  • February 16- Combined grades 5-8 Chorus and grades 7-8 Band concert - HUHS auditorium- 7PM
  • February 19- Last Day of Trimester 2
  • February 19- Winter Carnival @ CBMS
  • February 22-March 1- Winter Break- school resumes on Wednesday, March 2nd

Friday, January 15, 2016

Jan 15


CBMS is hosting the 5th Annual Hoops Tournament for Grades 5 and 6 - February 3-6.  Purchase tickets at the door for $3 per adult and $1 for seniors and students.  Children under 5 are admitted for free. Tickets are good for all games that day. 
We are looking for a number of volunteers for 1-2 hrs per assignment and would like your support!  Games Feb 3rd-5th are occurring in the late afternoon/early evening and games on Feb 6th are occurring in the morning into mid afternoon.  There should be a timeslot that works for pretty much anyone!  Your time makes a big difference!  If your availability is limited, please know that we also need donations of food and drink.  Please use this link to volunteer your time or to donate food & drink.  


A group of 5th and 6th graders from Team Wizards are trying to create the world's largest die!  We are in need of 1.5" PVC pipe for the structures, and also 1.5" PVC connectors.  Thanks for donating if you have any!

#6 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology-  Early experiences with the challenges and opportunities of 1:1 learning with technology in school will prepare students for bigger challenges and opportunities when they enter college and work. In a sense, early guided exposure can “inoculate” students against the pitfalls of technology while they still have support and close supervision. 

Ponderable: "No other age level is of more importance to the future of individuals, and, literally, to that of society; because these are the years when youngsters crystallize their beliefs about themselves and firm up their self-concepts, their philosophies of life, and their values - the things that are the ultimate determinants of their behavior." J.H.Lounsbury- click here to read the full article.


      
Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot Beginners 2 Class – With Challenges - Instructor: Mike Maloney

This is level 2 beginners’ class. You will review skills learned in level 1 beginner class and then take it to the next level with both building and programming challenges. You will learn to use sensors and add loop and switch instructions, possibly adding a third motor. You will build robots to meet the constraints presented in a variety of challenges based on your skill level. There will be instructions followed by hands on training activities leading to challenges to put what is learned into practice.  Working in pairs, students will apply the engineering process to learn about planning, designing, building, programming, testing, problem solving and team work. This is a class where you will work hard and have fun learning.

Who should attend: New or experienced students are welcome!

This class will fun for 5 consecutive Tuesdays, starting Jan 19th .  The cost is $75.   To sign up, click here.  


There will be four Waterbury school board positions on the ballot on Tuesday, March 1st
  • Harwood Union High School Board -- the seat currently held by Dale Smeltzer
  • Waterbury-Duxbury School Board  -- the seat filled by Alison Scileppi
  • Waterbury Town Board  -- the seat held by Ellen Dorsey
  • Waterbury Town Board  -- the seat filled by Steve Odefey
All are 3-year terms subject to the results of the ACT 46 merger vote.  Petitions are due on January 25th and require the signature of 30 registered voters.  Petitions can be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office at the rear of the Fire Station through 1/15 and in the new town offices after 1/19.

Usually the Harwood and WDSD Board meet monthly for roughly 3 hours, occasionally with two meetings in January and February regarding the budget.  Most members are also needed to serve on 1 or more additional committees or boards that meet from twice a year to twice a month that involve topics such as: employee negotiations, district consolidation, Washington West Supervisory Union work, policies, and building use.  

The Waterbury Town Board only meets once annually every March for under 30 minutes to authorize the WDSD to operate the schools on the behalf of the Town of Waterbury.  This board may call special meetings from time to time primarily on the occasion when a Waterbury seat on the WDSD board is vacated mid-term.  (Note:  Duxbury Town Board seats are nominated and selected on the floor of their annual Town Meeting.)   

First ever “Babysitter’s Social” – The Children's Room will be hosting this special playgroup for parents and others to meet and network with each other while our little ones play. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out a name card with your needs and/or experience.  Are you are a qualified student looking for sitter opportunities or a parent looking for childcare swaps. Maybe an adult looking to work part-time for a family looking for occasional care in Waterbury, Duxbury and The Mad River Valley! If so, you should stop by and chat with each other. The Children's Room will not provide any screening or endorsements of individuals participating. We recommend each parent and/or sitter check references of potential matches. Refreshments will be served!   Click here for more details.  


HUHS PROJECT GRADUATION MARDI GRAS MYSTERY THEATRE DINNER & SILENT AUCTION at SUGARBUSH
Attention primary- and middle-school parents! In a blink of an eye, you will find your student in 12th grade speeding towards graduation. You’ll wonder where the time went and you’ll be planning the celebrations. For now though, consider coming out on Friday, January 29th to Sugarbush Resort for a fun night out that will benefit this year’s seniors. The HUHS Project Graduation Mardi Gras Mystery Dinner & Silent Auction starts at 6 p.m. at the Gate House Lodge at Sugarbush. This is a key fundraiser for Project Graduation, an annual event organized by parent volunteers to provide a safe, fun, substance-free celebration the night of graduation. The entire cost is fundraised and parents chaperone. This year’s goal is $100 per student for transportation, food and associated fees.
Doors open and auction starts at 6PM, dinner at 7PM. While guests arrive and check out the silent auction items, actors from the the Valley Players theater group mingle and share clues to the mystery that will unfold during the theatrical presentation. Audience members during dinner and dessert help solve the mystery with prizes awarded along the way. Tickets for the event are $25 per person before January 29, $30 at the door. Student tickets are $15. Purchase tickets online at:https://ticketriver.com/event/18604. A nominal processing fee (under $2) will be added to adult tickets.
Project Graduation owes much of its success each year to the generosity of local businesses and individuals who donate goods, services, or make cash contributions. To donate an item to the Silent Auction, contact Anne Greshin. Cash donations are greatly appreciated. Checks may be made to Harwood Union Project Graduation; mail to: Harwood Union High School, 458 Vt. Route 100, Moretown, VT 05660. For more information: Anne Greshin, 802-583-3223 or Greshin@madriver.com.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • January 15- Last day of Quarter 2 (Applied Academics for grades 5 and 6 change next week)
  • 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- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • January 28- Ecology Week Parent Info Session for 5th and 6th Grade Parents- 6:30PM- CBMS Library

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jan 8

Ecology Week Parent Info session for parents of 5th and 6th graders- Ecology Week is happening from April 12-15.  Come and hear about what is happening on the Ferry Beach Ecology School trip and the Audubon Center day-trips. Thursday, January 28th- 6:30PM in the CBMS Library.

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.

Supplemental Education Services, in the form of After-School Tutoring, is available for students whose families quality for Free/Reduced Lunch.  February 1st is the deadline to apply.  More details can be found on the links off the CBMS homepage.

Introduction to Sign Language Jen Hempey will lead an introduction to sign language. Open to students in grades 5-8 at CBMS. Thursdays, Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, and 18 from 2:30-3:00PM. Cost is $25 for 6 classes. Please make checks payable to "Jen Hempey". Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake.
"Most Likely to Succeed- The Film".  For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today's innovative world. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.   Click here to see the trailer.

Join Us for this event-- Free and open to the public
January 14, 2016 6:30-8:00 p.m. Harwood Union High School


#7 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology- Many students already use personal 1:1 technology outside of school to engage in the key 21st century skills of communicating, collaborating, and creating. They should not have to “power down” when they pass through the schoolhouse doors.



      
Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot Beginners 2 Class – With Challenges - Instructor: Mike Maloney

This is level 2 beginners’ class. You will review skills learned in level 1 beginner class and then take it to the next level with both building and programming challenges. You will learn to use sensors and add loop and switch instructions, possibly adding a third motor. You will build robots to meet the constraints presented in a variety of challenges based on your skill level. There will be instructions followed by hands on training activities leading to challenges to put what is learned into practice.

Working in pairs, students will apply the engineering process to learn about planning, designing, building, programming, testing, problem solving and team work. This is a class where you will work hard and have fun learning.

Who should attend: Students who previously completed the first beginner’s class or are already familiar with the Lego Mindstorms program to control robots to drive forward, backwards and make controlled turns. Students must possess a desire to learn about building robots, programming and working together with other students to solve problems. This is not a class for a student that just wants to “fool around” or just “play with Legos”.

This class will fun for 5 consecutive Tuesdays, starting Jan 19th .  The cost is $75.   To sign up, click here.  

Cadence Gentley and Desirae Byrd are raising money for suicide prevention. They are working with a non-profit organization called To Write Love On Her Arms. The organization works with teens that are struggling with addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. Since they are non-profit, the only way they get money to help teens get treatment and recover is by donations. Cadence Gentley and Desirae Byrd are accepting donations which will go straight to the organization. For any questions you can contact them at cgentley2020@wwsu.org or dbyrd2020@wwsu.org, or you can go to the organization's website https://twloha.com. Thank you!


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Words from the Library


The current display outside the CBMS Trish Feld Library is about recognizing and naming things that get in the way of students’  reading.  Some students have identified the following reasons: distractions, being unable to focus, not finding the right book, not having enough time, not being able to read the words, not understanding what is going on in the story. Instead of ignoring those things that are getting in the way...let’s acknowledge them and start talking about ways to get into reading. 

There are many strategies that are available and just starting the conversation and checking in can make all the difference!  The big thing is redirecting where the child is stuck. This is an opportunity to listen to your child say “I am no good at reading” or "I only want to read fantasy" or “I just can’t understand this book.” Here is a chance to point out the fixed mindset thinking and direct your child to a growth mindset.  (To learn more about mindset check this out). Reminding your child that he or she may not understand yet, but by asking questions, finding new strategies, setting small goals, and working hard, they will.  

Meet your child where he or she is at:
When they struggle despite strong effort
You can say: “You might be struggling, but you are making progress. I can see your growth (in these places).”

When they struggle and need help with strategies
You can say: “What parts were difficult for you? Let’s look at them.  Let’s ask ------ for advice—s/he may be able to explain/suggest some ideas/recommend some strategies.” 

When they are making progress
You can say: “I see you using your strategies/tools/notes/etc. Keep it up!  You were working on this for a while and you didn’t quit!  Your hard work is clearly evident in your progress with the book.” 

When they succeed with strong effort
You can say: “I am very proud of you for not giving up, and look what you have to show for it!  Congratulations – you really used great strategies for reading and understanding the book.” 

When they succeed easily without effort
You can say: “It’s great that you have that down.  You’re ready for something more difficult.  What book do you want to read next?”


These conversations about reading can expand to other parts of your lives. Feel free to be in touch, ask questions, and let me know how it goes!  Jennifer Hill, Librarian jehill@wwsu.org, 244-6100 x244.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • January 12- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library. All relevant documents can b accessed here.
  • January 14- "Most Likely to Succeed" movie screening- 6:30PM in the HU auditorium (note time change)
  • 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- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • January 28- Ecology Week Parent Info Session for 5th and 6th Grade Parents- 6:30PM- CBMS Library

Friday, January 1, 2016

Jan 1


January Cougar Cafe menu is now online- click here to access

E-Absence Notice- the e-bus note is such a success, we decided to create an e-note for absences...please use when your child is absent from school- 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.

#8 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology- There are jobs today requiring technology skills that did not exist five years ago. Who would have guessed that nearly every Fortune 500 company and nonprofit organization would have departments for managing social networking on sites such as Facebook and Twitter? Today’s students who are being told to get offline and get to work will be tomorrow’s workers getting online to do their jobs.




      
Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot Beginners 2 Class – With Challenges - Instructor: Mike Maloney

This is level 2 beginners’ class. You will review skills learned in level 1 beginner class and then take it to the next level with both building and programming challenges. You will learn to use sensors and add loop and switch instructions, possibly adding a third motor. You will build robots to meet the constraints presented in a variety of challenges based on your skill level. There will be instructions followed by hands on training activities leading to challenges to put what is learned into practice.

Working in pairs, students will apply the engineering process to learn about planning, designing, building, programming, testing, problem solving and team work. This is a class where you will work hard and have fun learning.

Who should attend: Students who previously completed the first beginner’s class or are already familiar with the Lego Mindstorms program to control robots to drive forward, backwards and make controlled turns. Students must possess a desire to learn about building robots, programming and working together with other students to solve problems. This is not a class for a student that just wants to “fool around” or just “play with Legos”.

This class will fun for 5 consecutive Tuesdays, starting Jan 19th .  The cost is $75. 


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Monday, January 4th- School resumes
  • 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- 6:00PM in the HU auditorium (note time change)
  • 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- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library