Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 24

Online Sign-ups for Spring Conferences are now open! The Spring round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening mostly on Thursday, April 6th & April 13th, with some teams having slots on Wednesday, April 5th & April 12th.  As your child is leading this conference, please make sure he/she attends with you!  Online sign-ups close at the end of the day on Sunday, March 31st. You can access this system via the link on the CBMS Homepage. The password for CBMS is "cbms". Step-By-Step instructions to sign-up: 
  • Visit the CBMS homepage ( and click the appropriate link.
  • Choose CBMS from the drop down list and click “GO”
  • Enter the school password (cbms)
  • Click on the "use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID" button to access the system.
  • Verify your child’s birth date
  • Only your child's core team will be listed, as Student-led conferences will happen on the core team.  Applied Academics and PE teachers will be available during the April 6th and 13th conferences times, in their respective classrooms and on a drop-in basis.  If you want to schedule a conference at other times, simply e-mail the teacher directly with a request.
  • If you have more than one child in the school, click 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 child at CBMS, answer NO to that question.
  • You will then see the available time slots for the core team you selected.
  • Select the times that work best for your schedule.
  • Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Note- your email address is kept private.)
  • Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
  • Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)
Need help? Contact Dona Culver ( or Tom Drake (, or phone the school at 244-6100.

7th grader Christopher James represented CBMS at this week's Vermont Script's Spelling Bee, and he spelled his way into the later rounds.  The word that knocked him out was "layette" - a set of clothing, linens, and sometimes toiletries for a newborn child.  

Incoming 9th grade parent night at HUHS-  Rescheduled to May 2nd - 6-7:45pm

Hey folks! We are Crossett Brook Middle School, and we are looking for some volunteers to help with Brainado. Brainado is a program where kids will explore and discover a topic of their interest. For example, sports, performing, writing, building, research, community service, etc. If you want to see some examples of what students did last year, check out this highlight video.
So if you want to help a student in grades 5th through 8th, there are many options. You could come to the school to supervise and consult, you could be available for questions through email, or you could meet with students at your place of work or through video calls.
Students will work on Brainado 12:30-2:30 on these five Wednesdays: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 26, May 3
If you have time or expertise to contribute, please sign up using this Google Form and we will be in touch soon.

Jake Siegel, Will Burks, Jeswin Antony on behalf of the Brainado Student Leadership Team (Jamie Atchinson, Ella Dice, Jasper Koliba, Adam Porterfield, Jill Rundle, Merry Smith, Madison Thibault)

The CBMS Jr Iron Chef team, made up of 8th graders Ellett Merriman, Isabelle Morse, and Emily Bryant, took top honors at last week's Jr Iron Chef Tournament at the Essex Fairgrounds!  Way to go, Cougar Chefs!

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Six teams of local students in 1st through 8th grades competed last weekend at the Vermont State Odyssey of the Mind tournament.

Two Crossett Brook Middle School teams won first place in their categories and two others from the school ranked second and third. A team of Thatcher Brook Primary School first and second graders took part in the youngest category that is not ranked. A second TBPS team of fourth graders won second place in its category and also claimed the creative problem-solving competition’s highest creativity award called the Ranatra Fusca. The award comes with a large trophy that will stay at TBPS for a year.

A total of 38 students from Waterbury-Duxbury participated in the Odyssey of the Mind program this year including two students who attend Bishop Marshall School in Morrisville. Teams are coached by parent volunteers. Several of the teams qualified to compete at the OM World Finals in late May this year at Michigan State University. Teams from across the U.S. and about a dozen other countries attend World Finals. Some of the local winners are considering the trip.

Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. OM builds teamwork, encourages risk-taking, and rewards originality. The Crossett Brook-Thatcher Brook OM program is supported entirely through fundraising and family contributions.

E-Community Bulletin Board now has items on:
  • Upcoming Japanese Cultural Festival
  • VTC Coder Camps for Girls 
  • Workshop offerings from the Mad River Valley Libraries
  • Skateboarding after school group

Click here to access it all!

WWSU E-mail Hacking:  The Washington West Supervisory Union has experienced a few cases of email fraud the last couple of days, and some emails have gone out that look like they are from our organization, but they are not. One email in particular has the word DocuSign in the subject line. If you received an email like this, asking you to review the document in the link, please delete it, and do not reply to the sender. Replying does not go back to what appears to be the sender.

Please be advised that any email requesting personal information, particularly passwords, should be considered suspect. No legitimate organization should ever need to request your password. If you receive emails requesting you provide personal  information in an email, you should look up the official site of the requesting organization, and contact them to verify if the email is legitimate. Do not trust that the contact information provided in the email is the correct contact information for that organization. 

We apologize for any concerns this may raise. If you feel you have been a target of one of these emails it is advisable that you change any passwords you may have provided. Please do not contact WWSU for assistance since our technical staff have no way of troubleshooting issues for accounts or equipment outside of our own organization. 

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • March 27- No School for students today, Inservice day for teachers
  • March 28- CBMS/HUMS select band (grades 7/8) plays at VMEA Festival- S. Burlington High School
  • April 4- 7th and 8th grade Career Fair @ HUMS- 8-noon
  • April 4- Free Cone Day
  • April 5- Winooski Valley Music Festival @ Montpelier HS (select 7th and 8th grade band and chorus students)
  • April 7- HUMS grades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center
  • April 8- Vermont History Day @ Montpelier HS
  • April 8- LEAP Energy Fair @ CBMS
  • April 12- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm
  • Week of April 17- Spring Break

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