Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 27

CBMS Staffing changes for the 16/17 school year
  • Corky Burton, CBMS school nurse, is retiring, and our new nurse will be Kara Cooley.
  • Ellen Barillaro, Administrative Assistant, is retiring, and our new Admin Assistant will be Shannon Tremblay.
  • Carol Senning, Team Titan math teacher, is retiring, and Eric Eley, currently teaching math on Team Wizards, will move upstairs to fill this position on Team Titan.
  • Melinda Anderman, currently teaching math and paraeducating on Team Wizards, will move to the full-time math position on Team Wizards vacated by Eric Eley.  Stefanie Clymer has been hired to teach a math class and paraeducate on Team Wizards, in the position vacated by Melinda Anderman.
  • Susan Connelly, paraeducator on Team Dream, is leaving CBMS to pursue a teaching career.
  • Stephen LaRock, paraeducator on Team Prodigy, is leaving CBMS to pursue other career options.  Stephen will continue on next year in the role of Athletic Director at CBMS.
  • With the reduction of the Assistant Principal position at CBMS, Kathy Pogharian is moving on to be the Assistant Principal at the Richford Elementary School. Stephanie Hudak will split time between TBPS and CBMS next year, with a focus on Special Education, Discipline, and tiered supports for learning.
  • Dan Wiffin, current SS teacher on Team Titan, is moving to Western Massachusetts this summer.   We have interviewed and made a job offer to fill this position, and the hire should be confirmed next week.  
  • Eileen Baker, current teaching General Music and Chorus, is moving to the Northeast Kingdom and has taken a position at the Glover School.   We have interviewed and made a job offer to fill this position, and the hire should be confirmed next week.
Help Harwood Win a $100,000 Grant  One of the HUHS co-principals, Amy Rex, has been selected as Vermont’s representative for the Lawrence O’Toole Award through the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.  Vermont will compete with representatives from the other New England states for the grand prize of a $100,000 grant for the school.  Please see more info below, but PLEASE, pass this along to as many folks as possible.  Voting is open now and closes at noon on June 3rd, at studentsatthecenterhub.org/votenow

Changes in the CBMS After-School Program. Club Cougar is transitioning to The Y Pod in 16/17! The YMCA will be running our after-school program in the coming school year, and details can be found at this link. Register soon, as space is limited!

8th Grade French- Next week Madame Martell will be showing a PG-13 movie in her 8th grade French class. La Belle et La Bete, a film by Christophe Gans, starring Lea Seydoux.  This movie is a French version of Beauty and the Beast, and Madame Martell has previewed and thinks the movie is very appropriate and very powerful.  More info on this film can be found here.  If you do not want your 8th grader to view this film, please let Beth Martell know by e-mailing her at bmartell@wwsu.org

Washington West Supervisory Union is the winner of the USDA Farm to School "One in a Melon" contest in VermontFor more info visit this link.

Ponderable: "But perhaps bans are not the answer", concludes Barnwell – and indeed, New York City’s public schools recently lifted a long-standing ban on cellphones. Pennsylvania educator Brianna Crowley has the final word: “If educators do not find ways to leverage mobile technology in all learning environments, for all students, then we are failing our kids by not adequately preparing them to make the connection between their world outside of school and their world inside school.” from “Do Smartphones Have a Place in the Classroom?” by Paul Barnwell in The Atlantic, April 27, 2016.  click here for the full story.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • May 30th- Memorial Day- no school today
  • June 3rd- Step Up Day
  • June 3rd- Team Quest to Waterbury Reservoir
  • June 6th- Team Wizards to Waterbury Reservoir
  • June 6th- Team Titan to Burlington
  • June 6th- Team Prodigy team dinner
  • June 7- Team Dream to Northern Lights Rock & Ice
  • June 7- Team Prodigy to Jay Peak
  • June 7- Team Titan team dinner
  • June 8- CBMS Jazz Band plays at the Burlington Jazz Fest- 3PM
  • June 8- Last day for Club Cougar
  • June 9- 8th Grade Recognition Assembly- 9:30AM- CBMS gym
  • June 9- 8th Grade Graduation- 5PM- CBMS gym
  • June 10- Great Escape Trip for graduates
  • June 10- Last School Day for 5th, 6th, 7th graders- Field Day at the W'bury Pool- 12:20PM dismissal
  • June 12- River of Light Fun Run/Walk @ CBMS- 8AM

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 20

Got Housing? CBMS has hired a new Administrative Assistant, and she and her cat are looking for a 1-2 bedroom apartment in the Waterbury/Duxbury area. She is looking to move to the area in June. If you have or know of anything, please contact Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org

Changes in the CBMS After-School Program. Club Cougar is transitioning to The Y Pod in 16/17! The YMCA will be running our after-school program in the coming school year, and details can be found at this link. Register soon, as space is limited!

CVGA SUMMER CAMP 2016- check the E-Community Bulletin Board for details. 


Public Forum:  Act 46 Consolidation
Washington West Supervisory Union - A series of public information forums have been set up to help voters learn more about Act 46 Consolidation, and how our local communities may be affected by it.  Please join the Washington West Executive Committee, Act 46 Study Committee, and Administration in the last of 4 public forums regarding the Act 46 Consolidation.

When:  Monday, May 23, 2016
Time:  6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where:  The Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield

There will be a panel discussion and question and answer period.  Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.



Boxtops for Education- Yes, we use these!  Please clip your boxtops and send them into the CBMS office anytime. 


Help Harwood Win a $100,000 Grant  One of the HUHS co-principals, Amy Rex, has been selected as Vermont’s representative for the Lawrence O’Toole Award through the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.  Vermont will compete with representatives from the other New England states for the grand prize of a $100,000 grant for the school.  Please see more info below, but PLEASE, pass this along to as many folks as possible.  Voting starts Monday May 23, at studentsatthecenterhub.org/votenow.  More details...

At Harwood Union High School in Vermont, students are not only taking an active role in designing their own education, but they are leading efforts to change systems and make sure that student voices are heard and acted upon. As the school's Co-principal, Amy Rex has served as a champion of student voice and student-centered learning at Harwood, leading efforts to develop personalized learning opportunities for every student.

Amy has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 5th Annual Lawrence W. O’Toole Award. This honor is bestowed upon a leader who has exhibited great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in New England. One educational leader from each of the New England states has been nominated. 

Each nominee will have an online profile on the Students at the Center Hub, where visitors will be able to vote between May 23rdat 12:00 PM EST – June 3rd, 12:00 PM EST, 2016. This year, the Nellie Mae Foundation has expanded the voting options. Individuals can cast their vote by email or text message - 1 vote per email address or text number. Voting instructions will be placed on the Students at the Center Hub (studentsatthecenterhub.org/votenow).

The winner (nominee with the most votes by the end of the contest) will be presented with the $100,000 grant for their respective school at a ceremony to follow.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is New England’s largest public charity focused solely on education and has worked for over 20 years to help our region prosper by preparing all of its learners for success. Currently, their areas of focus are: Build Public Understanding and Demand; Build Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity; Develop Effective Systems Designs; and Advance Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices.

Casting call for children ages 8-13 for Season 3 of Kids Baking Championship. We’re seeking talented kids with the ability to bake a variety of different dishes, from scratch. Contestants will be selected to appear on the show to participate in a series of baking challenges. Ultimately, one winner will be awarded a cash prize!  We are trying to spread the word to as many as possible about this awesome opportunity for talented kid bakers! Our flyer with more information is here. If you'd be willing to share our information with anyone you think might be interested, I would greatly appreciate it! To apply, parents can visit bakingchampionship.com


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • May 24th- HUHS Socrates Cafe- 6:30PM
  • May 26th- Band Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 30th- Memorial Day- no school today
  • June 3rd- Step Up Day
  • June 3rd- Team Quest to Waterbury Reservoir
  • June 6th- Team Wizards to Waterbury Reservoir
  • June 6th- Team Titan to Burlington
  • June 6th- Team Prodigy team dinner
  • June 7- Team Dream to Northern Lights Rock & Ice
  • June 7- Team Prodigy to Jay Peak
  • June 7- Team Titan team dinner
  • June 8- CBMS Jazz Band plays at the Burlington Jazz Fest- 3PM
  • June 9- 8th Grade Recognition Assembly- 9:30AM- CBMS gym
  • June 9- 8th Grade Graduation- 5PM- CBMS gym
  • June 10- Great Escape Trip for graduates
  • June 10- Last School Day for 5th, 6th, 7th graders- Field Day at the W'bury Pool- 12:20PM dismissal
  • June 12- River of Light Fun Run/Walk @ CBMS- 8AM

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 13

Do you like to run? Come and celebrate the River of Light Parade through a local run to raise money for the parade.  On June 12th at CBMS, there is a 3-mile run and a 1-mile fun run. The registration is from 8:00 to 8:45AM, and the race starts at 9AM. The suggested donation will be $5 for kids and $10 for adults and -10 for families of 4 or more.  There will be a raffle and all the money goes to the River of Light Parade. The raffle costs will be included with the registration. There will be refreshments after the race and we will sell River of Light t-shirts at the race. This race is organized by Maisie Franke and Charlie Flint for a Brainado school project at CBMS. Thanks for your support!

Changes in the CBMS After-School Program. Club Cougar is transitioning to The Y Pod in 16/17! The YMCA will be running our after-school program in the coming school year, and details can be found at this link. Register soon, as space is limited!


Registration for all HU fall sports is now open through FamilyID.  HS Girls Soccer starts Aug 18, Football starts Aug 15, and all other Fall sports start Aug 22.

Vermont School Board of Education Approves WWSU Plans for School Merger, by Brigid Scheffert Nease, Superintendent. On April 19, 2016 at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier, the State Board of Education approved the plan submitted by the WWSU Study Committee to merge our existing seven school boards into one. As most taxpayers know by now, the WWSU Study Committee, Executive Board, and administration have been meeting twice a month for almost nine months studying this law and its ramifications. Act 46 requires supervisory unions to merge into one board with one budget in what Act 46 calls a "preferred structure" that serves grades Pre K-12. We can do this now, with some local choice along the way, and receive incentives, or we can sit back and wait until the Agency of Education(AOE) and State Board of Education(SBE) merge us anyway by 2019. Doing it later means doing it their way, without incentives and enduring other serious negative financial consequences for several years.  To read the full Op-Ed, visit this link.  

GMPA Offering Summer Camps & Classes- check out the E-community bulletin board


Toy Hacking Workshop at the Waterbury Public Library, Saturday, May 21, from 10 AM – 1 PM, for 9 -12 year olds.  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. Participants explore both the simplicity and complexity of these toys and their unique circuits and are shown how to identify inputs, outputs and power. Kids will enjoy hands-on learning, experimenting, and creating by taking apart toys in this fun maker space program.  Space is limited – please call the library to register: 244-7036

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Nite- May 13th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 16th- Team Quest takes SBAC tests
  • May 16-18- Grade 8 takes Science NECAPs
  • May 17th- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • May 19th- Chorus Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 24th- HUHS Socrates Cafe- 6:30PM
  • May 26th- Band Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 30th- Memorial Day- no school today

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6

A Hearty and Sincere 'Thank You' for your efforts in helping to show your appreciation to the CBMS staff during Staff Appreciation Week this past week.  We feel very appreciated, and we are proud to work with the young adolescents of Duxbury and Waterbury!


The May Cougar Cafe Menu is online at this link.




The Sustainability Cookbook...a great Mother's Day gift! Click here for details.



Yoga for Girls:  Feeling at home in your body can be a challenge as a young woman, especially when faced with the challenges of what the outside world tells we should be like. Join Gaby G Yoga in exploring self-perception through yoga & writing in a group setting that offers a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Whether you practice yoga regularly or you are a beginner, here’s what you can expect during this workshop:
  • Learn sun salutations, gentle yoga, and relaxation techniques
  • Explore what influences how we see ourselves (media, school, etc) 
  • Practice and explore in a group setting with other young women
  • Cultivate a stronger, healthier connection with your physical body – Feel at home in your body
Care for yourself through yoga - Open to all levels and young women only. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal.

The sign-up is here.



Try Tennis: Interested in learning about tennis? Experience all the fun that tennis has to offer on Tuesday, May 10th from 3:00-4:00 PM in the CBMS Gym. This is a free event available to all CBMS students. This event includes tennis instruction and fun tennis games! Click here for more details.

HUHS Socrates Cafe discussion.  Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 in the Harwood Library.  The  'timeless and timely  question" that  the students will be facilitating is "What does it mean to be an educated person?"  All are welcome!

PonderableDear This American Life:  I just escaped the white-washed brick walls iron-gated prison commonly known as Middle School, and I am finally out for good."  Annie, from This American Lifepodcast on Middle School life.  click here


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Week of May 9th- Teams Dream & Wizards take SBAC tests 
  • May 10th- WDSD School Board meeting- TB Library- 6PM- relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • May 13th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 16th- Team Quest takes SBAC tests
  • May 16-18- Grade 8 takes Science NECAPs
  • May 17th- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • May 19th- Chorus Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 24th- HUHS Socrates Cafe- 6:30PM
  • May 26th- Band Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 30th- Memorial Day- no school today