Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 1

New Club Offering! Come check out the age old art of fly tying!  Ever wondered how it is done? We will put together useful flies that will catch fish here in Vermont and elsewhere! Each participant will learn basic tying techniques, what insects  and terrestrial creatures like trout and other fish eat.  Wednesdays, April 6, 13, and 27 from 2:30-3:15 in the Dream/Quest project room.  Cost is $10/student.  Checks can be made payable to CBMS PTO.  For more info, click here

Velocity Program for MS Boys - If you have a son attending CBMS, pease read this doc regarding the Velocity after school program for boys, which starts at the end of April. Questions? E-mail Dan Gratton at dgratton@wwsu.org

From the Cougar Cafe- The April menu is now online at
http://wdnutrition.wwsu.org/


7th grade Parents: please take note of the upcoming Lift Up Letter deadline coming up on Monday, April 25th.  If you haven't taken the time to write your letter(s) yet, please do so today!  Please visit this link to view the original letter which was sent home in January for a reminder about the purpose of the project!  Thanks...Jen Hempey, CBMS School Counselor.


7th & 8th Grade Track and Field - Our first practice will take place on Monday, April 4 @ Harwood MS. All CBMSers should take bus #1 to Harwood and report to the cafeteria. Once classes are over, all student athletes should meet in the MS gallery for practice.  Dress ready to work out! Wear LAYERS and supportive workout shoes.  You must be registered and approved in Family ID if you are to participate.  More info to come! The season schedule can be accessed here.  Any questions, please contact Coach Grace at mgrace@wwsu.org

Annual Waterbury/Duxbury Day at the Lake Monsters!  Tickets go on sale today thru Friday April 8. It is a short selling period this year so please pay attention to the due date. Packets are available in the office at CBMS. Our date is Sunday June 26th against the Staten Island Yankees at 5:05 pm. This year tickets will be distributed to the selling student. If you have any questions pleases contact Missy - missy@calmontbeverage.com or 802-244-1918


PE help needed- Kristin Lora is looking for student or parent help on Friday, April 1st from 2:30 until 3:30/4:30ish to help get the borrowed bikes cleaned up, dried off and packed away.  If you are available to lend a hand, contract Kristin at klora@wwsu.org

10th LEAP Energy Fair - Saturday, April 9th, 9AM-3PM in the CBMS gym. Free admission. For more details, click here.

The Sustainability Program will hold it's annual E-Cycles drive at CBMS on April 9th from 10:00 -2:00 in conjunction with the LEAP Fair. We will collect old, outdated and broken electronics that you are looking to get rid of, and dispose of them sustainability.


Ponderable:  At its core, good teaching is about relationships – because students allow themselves to learn from people they trust.” from “Empathy Is the Gateway” by David Saavedra in Educational Leadership, February 2016


Staff Appreciation Week - Happy Spring Everyone - It is that time of year again when we give praises and thanks to everyone that makes your child's day a good one at CBMS. This is for those who keep the sidewalks clear to the one who feed your child to those who engage their mind. Help me put together a wonderful week full of thanks.  Staff appreciation week is May 2nd thru May 6th. I am looking for help in the following ways: monetary donations to help with the staff luncheon and breakfast, help with food and setting up and cards and banners would be great, too. You can sign up to donate something by clicking here.  This is the last hurrah heading into the last month and a half of school and it really warms the hearts of the staff to know how appreciated they are. If you can help us with a monetary donation please send checks or cash into the office and attention it to me, Leslie Proteau, and checks can be made out to CBMS PTO. If you are interested in making a dish, a dessert or just helping with any food, click here.  Thank you all and let's all make this years Staff Appreciation week the best ever!!  Leslie Proteaublaproto@comcast.net

Parents Guide to Safe Bicycling- click here

Vermont Girl Expo - April 23rd at Champlain Valley Expo- click here for more info

Upcoming Dates of Note: 
  • 2Day April 1- Last Day for Quarter 3 (Applied Academics for 5th and 6th graders change on Monday)
  • April 2- Vermont History Day @ U32
  • April 6- Winooski Valley Music Fest @ S. Royalton
  • April 8- Grades 7/8 Dance at the Ice Center, sponsored by HUMS. $5.00 (plus skate rental) 7:30-9:30
  • April 9- LEAP Fair @ CBMS
  • April 12-15- Grades 5/6 Ecology Week
  • April 12- WDSD School Board meeting- TB Library- 6PM
  • April 15- Team Titan to Flynn Theatre- 11-2
  • April 18-22- Spring Break- no school this week

Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 25

Sign your child up for the 5th/6th Grade Fun Night!  TONIGHT from 7-9PM, admission is $5, and the theme is "March Madness" - click here to sign your child up!

PE help needed- Kristin Lora is looking for student or parent help on Friday, April 1st from 2:30 until 3:30/4:30ish to help get the borrowed bikes cleaned up, dried off and packed away.  If you are available to lend a hand, contract Kristin at klora@wwsu.org

Student-Led Conference Survey- we are looking for your feedback on the recent conferences.  This will  take 10-15 minutes.  Please click here

10th LEAP Energy Fair - Saturday, April 9th, 9AM-3PM in the CBMS gym. Free admission. For more details, click here.

The Sustainability Program will hold it's annual E-Cycles drive at CBMS on April 9th from 10:00 -2:00 in conjunction with the LEAP Fair. We will collect old, outdated and broken electronics that you are looking to get rid of, and dispose of them sustainability.


7th Grade Parents- take note! Lift-Up Letters- deadline to submit is April 25th. Click here to get more details.  

Astronomy with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Optional opportunity during Den time - first Tuesday of the month in Melissa Williams room and open to all CBMS student. Join the Perot Museum astronomy education staff for monthly updates that bring you the latest and greatest in space science news! Your students will also learn what to watch for — and when — in the skies near you. Urge your child to attend!  Next session is April 5th during Den.



ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAMS TAKE TOP HONORS AT STATE TOURNAMENT Six teams of 3rd through 7th graders from Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook schools competed last weekend along with more than 50 other teams at the VT State Odyssey of the Mind tournament. Three won first place trophies and three came in second place at the creative problem-solving program’s annual competition.

Both teams from Thatcher Brook Primary School won first place in their categories. The 4th grade team solved a technical problem with a fishing theme where they built several devices to fish for objects. The 3rd grade team competed in the theatrical category where the problem involved humor, a song and dance, and animal characters who had to help each other.

A team of 4th- and Crossett Brook Middle School 5th graders won first place in its category and also received a special creativity award for its humorous combination of themes from Aesop’s fables and modern social media. Another team in 5th and 6th grade solved the same problem with a skit set in colonial America and they won second place. A team of Crossett Brook 5th and 6th grade boys and girls ranked second in a problem that required they build a structure out of balsa wood. A third Crossett Brook team of 6th and 7th graders created a vehicle that assisted characters in a skit with recycling.

In all, 36 local students including one from Bishop Marshall School and 10 parent volunteer coaches participated in OM.Although all six teams qualified to compete at the OM World Finals at Iowa State University in May, none will make the trip this year.

OM is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. OM builds teamwork, encourages risk-taking, and rewards originality. Teams typically have 5-7 student members. They choose from five problems and present their solutions at the state contest in the form of a short skit.

Our OM program is supported entirely through fundraising and family contributions.


American Red Cross Babysitting Course - A session will be held on Sat. April 2nd. 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Class is limited to 12 students who must be 11 years old or older. Participants also need a lunch, beverages, snacks and pencil. They can enter Harwood through the main doors and follow the signs on the right. There is a minimum of 6 participants to run the class. To hold a slot, a check must be made payable to Harwood Union for $65. Students will receive a book, CD, and certification card. It can be mailed to the attention of Mary Holden: Harwood Union High School; 458 VT RTE 100; S. Duxbury, VT 05660. It is also a good idea to write me an email mholden@wwsu.org to give contact information. Any questions should go to Mary Holden at mholden@wwsu.org or 802-882-1114.


From the Waterbury Public Library:
Youth Maker Programs     Toy hacking   I
Instructor: Dayle Payne, a veteran teacher and leader in the STEM and Maker Movement in Vermont.

Toy Hacking
Saturday, April 2, 10 AM - 1 PM
Toy Hacking is a fun and playful way to learn how circuits work. Starting with used electronic toys, toy hackers carefully examine then safely take the toys apart to learn how they work.
Kids will enjoy hands-on learning, experimenting, and creating by taking apart toys in this fun maker space program. For ages 9 -14 years old.

e-Textiles
Saturday, April 30
https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/ff8a7878001/0c29411a-b25d-4fcd-9096-db8dec19347c.jpg?ver=145874676800010 AM - 1 PM
Learn about basic circuit design, explore the aesthetics of circuits, sew LEDs into fabric, and build simple circuits by sewing with conductive thread. For ages 10 and up.

Space is limited for both programs - please call the Library to register: 244-7036 

“The Maker Programs in Vermont Libraries: Spark a Culture of Innovation” was made possible by a grant from the VT Community Foundation.

“Anything Goes” Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt- all ages
WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 14
REGISTRATION FOR PERFORMERS BEGINS AT 6:30; SLAM STARTS AT 7:00 PM

April is Poetry Month, and this year we are pleased to bring back Geof Hewitt to emcee this fun-filled, lively event to be held in the Steele Community Room at 28 North Main Street. You can either be a participant, or just come and watch and  score/rate the participants.
Since this is an “Anything Goes” Poetry Slam, the format and rules will be slightly different….
  • Only a one-round slam with slammers limited to five minutes at the mic.
  • Musicians, choral groups, story tellers, and of course poets, are all invited to the mic.
  • “Covers” will be allowed, but original work is encouraged.
  • Discretion is required since this will be an “all ages” event.
Essentially, this will be a talent show scored by audience members!
Registration will begin at 6:30 PM, and the show starts at 7:00. Free and open to the public.


WATERBURY and MAD RIVER girls!!  Play spring lacrosse...the fastest game on two feet!

CHILL LAX - GRADES 2,3,4
A fun and friendly introduction to the game of Girls Lacrosse!
Stick skills and fun games with Harwood player/coaches! Loaner sticks available.
Sundays @ Flemer Field in Waitsfield (Old County Rd.), April 3rd & 10th10:00 - 11:00 AM
Sundays @ Mad River Park in Waitsfield, April 24 - June 510:00 - 11:00 AM
$25 US Lacrosse fee only.

GRADE 5/6 (U13)
Practice M, W, F 3:30 - 5:00 @ Flemer Field in Waitsfield (Old County Rd.), March 30 - April 10.
Practice M, W, F 3:30 - 5:00 @ Mad River Park in Waitsfield, April 24 - June 3
Coach Mac Jackson (skifarmer@live.com)

GRADE 7/8 (U15) - ROSTER FULL
Practice M,W, F, 3:30 – 5:00 @ Moretown School, March 30 - April 15.
Practice M,W, F, 3:30 – 5:00 @ Mad River Park, April 25 - June 3
School bus available to Moretown and MRP from both CBMS and HUMS.
Coach Neill Nussbaum (neillnussbaum@gmail.com)

GAMES: Northern Vermont Youth Lacrosse League Sunday Jamborees. May 1st – June 5th, 2016.
EQUIPMENT: Sticks and eye guards are available from the league on a first come/first serve basis.
CONTACT: Mary Simmons @ Bear@gmavt.net

REGISTER NOW AT MADRIVERLAX.ORG

Upcoming Dates of Note: 
  • 2Nite- March 25- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • March 28- No School for students today; Inservice Day for Teachers
  • April 1- Last Day for Quarter 3
  • April 2- Vermont History Day @ U32
  • April 6- Winooski Valley Music Fest @ S. Royalton
  • April 8- 7/8 Dance @ HUMS
  • April 9- LEAP Fair @ CBMS
  • April 12-15- Grades 5/6 Ecology Week
  • April 12- WDSD School Board meeting- TB Library- 6PM
  • April 15- Team Titan to Flynn Theatre- 11-2
  • April 18-22- Spring Break- no school this week

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 18

Sign your child up for the 5th/6th Grade Fun Night!  Date is Friday, March 25th, time is 7-9PM, admission is $5, and the theme is "March Madness" - click here

E-Bus Note- click here

E-Absence Notice- click here

8th grader French students - remember to bring $5 for your baguettes and crepes.  (If this is a hardship, let Madame Martell know)

Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament Saturday at CVU High School - Six teams of students from Waterbury-Duxbury will be competing Saturday at the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament at Champlain Valley Union High School. Three teams of Crossett Brook students, two from Thatcher Brook and one combined team of 4th and 5th graders will take part in the annual creative problem-solving competition. Teams have been working since the fall on solving their problems and will present their solutions at the tournament which features teams from all around the state.
The tournament is open to the public and free. The schedule and information about the competition is available on the Vermont OM website at http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/wp/. Teams from our schools are listed as Waterbury-Duxbury Schools on the schedule. Those listed in Division 2 categories are the older middle school teams, the Division 1 teams are students from grades 3-5. Anyone interested in participating in OM in the future is encouraged to check out the tournament or just come cheer on your school mates!
Teams that finish in first and second place or those winning a special creativity award qualify for the OM World Finals tournament over Memorial Day weekend in May. That competition will be held at Iowa State University this year.


10th LEAP Energy Fair
- Saturday, April 9th, 9AM-3PM in the CBMS gym. Free admission. For more details, click here.

The sustainability program will hold it's annual E-Cycles drive at CBMS on April 9th from 10:00 -2:00 in conjunction with the LEAP Fair. We will collect old, outdated and broken electronics that you are looking to get rid of and dispose of them sustainability.


16-17 School Calendar has been finalized, and the link is on the CBMS Homepage.


From Your PTO - The CBMS President in 16/17 will be Laurie Berryman, the Vice President will be Tamatha Thomas-Haase and the Secretary will be Phoebe Pelkey. We are still in need of a Treasurer and a Fundraising Lead.  If you are interested in filling either of these positions, please contact Laurie Berryman at laurie.berryman@yahoo.com

Ponderable: "Happiness, Dr. Seppala explained in an email, is not something we can afford to lose at home or in our classrooms, as it forms the very foundation of deep, meaningful learning. Happy kids show up at school more able to learn because they tend to sleep better and may have healthier immune systems. Happy kids learn faster and think more creatively. Happy kids tend to be more resilient in the face of failures. Happy kids have stronger relationships and make new friends more easily." from "Letting Happiness Flourish in the Classroom", by Jessica Lahey. click here to read the article.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2day - March 18- No School today 
  • 2morrow- March 19- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at CVU- schedule and rosters can be found here.
  • 2morrow- March 19- Junior Iron Chef competition- Champlain Expo Fairgrounds, Essex. CBMS is competing in the morning heat- 9:30-11:00am; awards at 12:00pm 
  • March 25- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM 
  • March 28- No School for students today; Inservice Day for Staff

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    March 11

    E-Online Sign-ups for Spring Conferences close at midnight tonight!  The Spring round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, March 16th. You can access this system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms". 

    Come prepared to support your learner at next week's Student-Led Conference - The Parent’s Role in a Student-Led Conferenceclick here

    Trimester 2 Report Cards are coming home via the "backpack express" today.  

    Ferry Beach forms are coming home in the report card envelope.  Please return the "Student Health form" and the "Registration and Permission form" to the CBMS office next week, or drop off when you are here for parent conferences.

    Brainado kick-off video (2 minutes) - click here.  A good question for your child is "What is your Brainado?"

    Cougar Kudos to Waterbury LEAP, who donated $1500 towards the Sustainability Greenhouse initiative.  Thanks for your continued support, Waterbury LEAP!

    16-17 School Calendar has been finalized, and the link is on the CBMS Homepage.

    AM Drop-off:  If you drop off your child in the CBMS bus loop in the morning, please pull all the way forward in the loop in order to avoid back-ups into the road.  

    After School Creative Writing with Ms. Cicchetti 2016 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! Cost will be $30 for a 6 week session.
    • Dates are: Thursdays - March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 and 14th 2016.
    • Time is 2:30-3 pm.
    • Location: Room 210, Prodigy wing
    To register, click here. Please make checks payable to "CBMS PTO". Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org


    The Waterbury Town School Board is seeking candidates to fill two open Waterbury school board seats. There is an opening on the Waterbury Town Board that only has one annual scheduled meeting and an opening on the Waterbury Duxbury School Board that meets the second Tuesday of every month during the school year. Both vacancies are filling empty seats and expire on the next Town Meeting day. If you would consider stepping up to help your community—and learn more about our schools in the process—please share your interest by March 17th via email to Reed McCracken at reedmccracken@comcast.net



    ​​​Support the CBMS Greenhouse Fund by purchasing a community cookbook (created by Sustainability students) called Sustain-Edible School! The cookbook contains over 60 tried and true recipes submitted by staff, students, parents and community members with a focus on local and Harvest of the Month ingredients.  They are on sale now for a suggested donation of $17.00.  All proceeds go towards phase 1 of greenhouse construction beginning this spring! Cookbooks can be purchased at school by contacting Sarah Popowicz at spopowicz@wwsu.org, and will also be sold at various community events within the next few months. Thanks for your support! 
    Registration Information: Heart and Sole @ Crossett Brook Middle School This spring, CBMS will offer “Heart and Sole”, a program geared specifically toward middle school girls. This is a fun, social and emotional development program through running. Lessons are facilitated by trained coaches to safely prepare girls to complete a celebratory 5k run. The program will begin the week of March 21st and end the week of June 6th. The annual 5k celebration run will be held in Essex at the Champlain Valley Fair on Saturday, June 4th. This year CBMS will have up to 30 spots for girls in grades 5 - 8 in two distinct groups. Registration options will be: Group A) M/W 2:30 – 4:00pm and Group B) T/TH 2:30 – 4:00pm. Girls must register for both days of the same group. Registration is online only. It opens here at 7pm on March 3rd, on a first come first served basis. We anticipate the program to fill quickly and are looking for girls committed to participating in the 10 week program. Total program cost will be $28.00 per girl. Scholarships are available as needed. Thanks to the CBMS PTO and Girls on the Run for their generous support to reduce the fee from $80.00. If you have questions regarding registration, contact Sarah Popowicz at spopowicz@wwsu.org or 244-6100.

    Ponderable:   Creativity develops the soul. Encourage creative exploration even if it does not seem ‘practical’ or ‘career oriented.’”  from “7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens” by Maurice Elias in Edutopia, June 8, 2015, http://edut.to/1XW1J69

      Upcoming Dates of Note:
      • 2Nite! March 11- Grades 7/8 Dance at HUMS- 7-9PM 
      • March 15- Incoming 9th grade parent night @ HUHS- 6PM in HUHS auditorium 
      • March 15- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM in CBMS Library 
      • March 16- Student-led conferences- 3-8PM 
      • March 17- Trimester 2 Recognition Assembly- 1:15-1:45- gym 
      • March 17- Odyssey of the Mind Assembly- 1:45-2:30- gym 
      • March 18- No School today 
      • March 19- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament at CVU- schedule and rosters can be found here.
      • March 19- Junior Iron Chef competition- Champlain Expo Fairgrounds, Essex. CBMS is competing in the morning heat- 9:30-11:00am; awards at 12:00pm 
      • March 25- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM 
      • March 28- No School for students today; Inservice Day for Staff


      Thursday, March 3, 2016

      March 4

      Online Sign-ups for Spring Conferences are now open!  The Spring round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, March 16th.  Online sign-ups close at the end of the day on Friday, March 11th.  You can access this system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms".   Step-By-Step instructions follow.  As your child is leading this conference, please make sure he/she attends with you!  Thursday, March 17th is set aside for individual conferences with core teachers, and you can sign up for these directly at your conference on the 16th.  Step-by-step instructions:
      1. Visit the CBMS homepage  (http://cbms.wwsu.org/and select the "Online Scheduler" icon.
      2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
        1. Choose CBMS from the drop down list and click “GO”
        2. Enter the school password (cbms)
        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 teachers and core team will be displayed. Check the box next to the name of each team/teacher(s) you would like to schedule with.
        6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ 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 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.

      5th and 6th grade Parents- Ecology Week is happening from April 12-15. We are looking for commitments from you as to your learner attending the Ferry Beach trip or the Audubon Center day trips. By the end of the day TODAY, please click here to let us know your intent.

      6th and 7th grade Parents: In 7th and 8th grade your child has the opportunity to attend either CBMS or Harwood Union Middle School. Details on the exchange can be found herePlease note the strict deadline of March 5th. To apply to the exchange, simply e-mail a note to Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org) expressing your interest in having your child attend HUMS.


      ​​​Support the CBMS Greenhouse Fund by purchasing a community cookbook (created by Sustainability students) called Sustain-Edible School! The cookbook contains over 60 tried and true recipes submitted by staff, students, parents and community members with a focus on local and Harvest of the Month ingredients.  They are on sale now for a suggested donation of $17.00.  All proceeds go towards phase 1 of greenhouse construction beginning this spring! Cookbooks can be purchased at school by contacting Sarah Popowicz at spopowicz@wwsu.org, and will also be sold at various community events within the next few months. Thanks for your support!

      8th grade Parents- A reminder that all CBMS 8th graders will have their 9th grade registration meetings in late March and early April here at CBMS (ie not at HUHS)

      Community Conversations - Your Voice is Vital!
      What: Community Conversations - a forum for community discussion and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of Washington West Supervisory Union.
      How: Attendees will be divided into groups of 10 from various segments of our communities (students, parents, business owners, teachers...) and each group will be facilitated by an adult / youth team from our community. These "circles" will work together of the course of the four conversations.
      When: March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
      Where: HUHS
      Please follow this link to register for this event. We hope that you will lend your voice to this exciting process!

      From Your PTO: Believe it or not, the school year is almost over and it's time to start thinking about next year's PTO leadership. The CBMS PTO is now soliciting candidates for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary for the 2016-2017 school year. The time commitment is fairly consistent across all roles, averaging about 5 hours a month, and leaders have the opportunity to focus on areas of interest (e.g. after-school programs, parent programs, fundraising, etc). If you want to be part of a vibrant team committed to building our community and bringing the best opportunities to our students, in partnership with CBMS, please email cbmspto@wwsu.org to indicate your interest. Candidates will be announced formally in March with the vote occurring in May.



            



      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 March 15th. The cost is $75. To sign up, click here.


      Registration Information: Heart and Sole @ Crossett Brook Middle School This spring, CBMS will offer “Heart and Sole”, a program geared specifically toward middle school girls. This is a fun, social and emotional development program through running. Lessons are facilitated by trained coaches to safely prepare girls to complete a celebratory 5k run. The program will begin the week of March 21st and end the week of June 6th. The annual 5k celebration run will be held in Essex at the Champlain Valley Fair on Saturday, June 4th.  This year CBMS will have up to 30 spots for girls in grades 5 - 8 in two distinct groups. Registration options will be: Group A) M/W 2:30 – 4:00pm and Group B) T/TH 2:30 – 4:00pm. Girls must register for both days of the same group. Registration is online only. It opens here at 7pm on March 3rd, on a first come first served basis. We anticipate the program to fill quickly and are looking for girls committed to participating in the 10 week program.  Total program cost will be $28.00 per girl. Scholarships are available as needed. Thanks to the CBMS PTO and Girls on the Run for their generous support to reduce the fee from $80.00. If you have questions regarding registration, contact Sarah Popowicz at spopowicz@wwsu.org or 244-6100.


      Upcoming Dates of Note:
      • March 7- 8th graders meet with HUHS counselors - 1:30-2:30
      • March 8- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in TBPS Library. All relevant documents can be accessed by clicking here.
      • March 10- HUMS Spring Sports meeting- 6PM in HUHS auditorium
      • March 10- Scott Noyes presentation at Waitsfield Elementary School- 6-7:30
      • March 11- Grades 7/8 Dance at HUMS- 7-9PM
      • March 15- Incoming 9th grade parent night @ HUHS- 6PM in HUHS auditorium
      • March 15- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM in CBMS Library
      • March 16- Student-led conferences- 3-8PM
      • March 17- Trimester 2 Recognition Assembly- 1:15-1:45- gym
      • March 17- Odyssey of the Mind Assembly- 1:45-2:30- gym
      • March 18- No School today
      • March 19- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament - CVU
      • March 19- Junior Iron Chef competition- Champlain Expo Fairgrounds, Essex
      • March 25- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM
      • March 28- No School for students today; Inservice Day for Staff