Thursday, February 2, 2017

Feb 3

Progress report packets are coming home via the backpack express this afternoon.  Be sure to check on your child's "black hole" of a backpack, and pull out that envelope!  That envelope will also contain SBAC scores and other relevant documents.  Today core teachers will be reviewing progress reports with your child, using this presentation.  

Cougar Cafe February menu is now online- click here.

8th Grade Parents- NAEP testing is happening on March 10th- click here for details.

Washington County Mental Health will be offering a grief group for kids ages 9-12 starting at the end of February.  If you have a child who would benefit from this kind of group, please contact Mrs. Hempey in the school counseling office for more information. 

Yearbook orders are due by the end of February- click here to order online.  We are also sending a hard copy order form home in the progress report packet today. 

Due to low projected attendance, the Feb 10th 7th & 8th grade Dance scheduled for CBMS has been cancelled.

We are looking for presenters for a combined 7th and 8th grade CBMS/HUMS Career Fair on April 4th- click here for details.

Wondering what some of those seemingly random social media terms mean?  The Digital Media Glossary might help- click here

Voting and discussion meetings for the HUUSD unified school budget will look different for some communities this year.  We will be voting by Australian ballot on March 8th, and there will be ONE budget meeting covering the entire district on the evening before voting day (Monday, March 7th at 6PM at Harwood Union High School Library). We are hopeful to see people from all of our communities at this meeting and engaging to understand the budget proposal we will put before the community.  For more information about this process, to see notes and materials from budget development meetings, and for lots of other board-related information please visit the HUUSD web page at:

The HUUSD Budget Report Is Available - On June 7, 2016 voters in all of the school districts of the Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) voted to approve forming a Unified District, known as the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD). The HUUSD combines the school districts of Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Waterbury, Waterbury-Duxbury Union, and Harwood Union High School effective July 1, 2017. In accordance with Article 9 of the HUUSD organizational meeting held on August 31, 2016, we are notifying you that the HUUSD Annual Report, which includes the proposed 2017-2018 school budget, is now available. The report is available online at Paper copies are available at any HUUSD school or town office. You may also request a copy by calling 802-496-2272, extension 111. On March 7, 2017, the budget vote will be by Australian ballot in all six towns. The HUUSD school board will hold an annual meeting, which will include information about the budget, on March 6, 2017 at 6 PM at Harwood Union High School.

JASPER KOLIBA WINS CBMS GEOGRAPHIC BEE - Jasper Koliba, an 8th grade student at CBMS, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee last week and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.  Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Jasper, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in the Vermont Bee on March 31, 2017.  The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first- place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.  The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations. Check local listings for dates and times.  Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.  National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.

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Nurse's Notes - If your child has a temperature greater than 100, please keep him/her home.  Children need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication in order to return.  If your child has vomited in the previous 24 hours, please keep him/her at home. Your child may meet the above criteria, but still feel unwell. If you do not think that your child can be successful and learn at school, it may be best to stay home. The community is experiencing an increased amount of flu cases. Flu-like symptoms include fever greater than 100.4, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is best to stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has broken and you have not used fever reducing medication. Limit contact with others and wash your hands often and well. Your child's primary care doctor can talk with you about treatment options. Flu shots are still available if you have not yet received one. You may refer to these resources for additional information:

Staffing Note- Tom Drake is having hip replacement surgery on February 9th, and Stephanie Hudak will be serving as the full-time CBMS principal while he is recovering through mid-March.  Stephanie can be reached at 244-6100 x2441, or

Upcoming Dates of Note 

  • Feb 3- Winooski Valley Jazz Fest @ Harwood 
  • Feb 3- Semester 1 Progress Reports sent home via the Backpack Express 
  • Feb 11- PTO International Dinner- 5:30pm 
  • Feb 14- Jazz Night- CBMS and HUMS combined- 7pm - HU auditorium 
  • Feb 15- Feb 17- 5th & 6th grade basketball tournament @ CBMS - click here to sign up. 
  • Feb 21- Choral Festival @ HU- 5th-12th grade- 7pm concert 
  • Feb 22- No Stowe Ski-Ride/Winter Wednesday today, due to President's Week 
  • Feb 24- Last Day of Trimester 2 
  • Feb 25- March 7- School Break

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