Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 28

Phone/E-Device follow-up- We have been extremely proud of our student body this week, as the respect for the "no phones/personal devices in use from 7:30-2:30" has been by-and-large very, very high!  We have sensed a different and positive feel in the hallways, classrooms, and the cafeteria this week, and the focus on learning and on relationships, versus on their personal screens, has been large.  Thanks again for your support from home!

CBMS Play- "The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever!"- On the CBMS Stage on Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th.  Both shows are at 7PM (note the time change for the Saturday show).  Hope to see you there!

The WDSD School Board meeting scheduled for May 2nd has been cancelled due to a slim agenda.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th. 

Staff Appreciation Week is next week- May 1st to the 5th! There are a few things still not signed up for if anyone is interested. Let's make this the best week ever for all the Staff at CBMS. Thank you to all that have signed up already. I greatly appreciate it!  Click here to access the sign-up link. Leslie Proteau

Sustainability Students In Need Of Construction Help! 8th grade sustainability students are in the final stages of greenhouse construction and could use some help. If you have basic construction / carpentry skills and the ability to donate a few hours of time one afternoon we could make a lot of progress! Specific projects include:
     *installing a new screen door for the warmer months ahead
     *fixing the door jam
     *installing a roof top vent
Materials are ready to go, we just need some assistance (and access to tools like a skill saw and drill). With your help, students could be planting before the end of the school year! If you are willing and able to help please contact Sarah Popowicz...thank you!

Seeking Community Input. The Harwood Capstone Committee would benefit from your thoughts as we design Harwood's Capstone Project to reflect the best of our community. As part of the new Harwood Union Unified District Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements, students beginning with the class of 2020 will be required to complete a Capstone Project for graduation.
Through exploration of other schools’ senior capstone projects, we have identified the following components to be the pillars of the Harwood Capstone:
  • Research,
  • Community Connections inclusive of an advisor/mentor from the community,
  • Reflection,
  • Product, and
  • Presentation
Come to the Capstone Project Committee Forum
Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:30-7 pm
Harwood Union Library
All Welcome: parents, students, and other community members
Hope you can make it! Contact Ellen Berrings at or Reed McCracken at for more information.  

An update on our Proficiency-based Grading and Reporting practices and system. Last spring, the WWSU made the decision to use PowerSchool Pro to accommodate grading and reporting in the PBL system. We have been gathering feedback and data to evaluate the PowerSchool tool. Simply put, it is not meeting the needs of our students, our teachers, and our families, and we are making changes to our reporting platforms for the 17/18 school year. Beginning in August, Grades K-6 will be using a system call Alpine, and grades 7-12 will be using a system called JumpRope.

The Purpose of the Progress Report - In the Proficiency-based Learning System, the purpose of the Progress Report is to communicate to students and families current progress toward the HUUSD Learning Expectations and Habits of Work. It reflects student success overall and highlights areas for growth within and across courses. 

We believe that the switch to Alpine and to JumpRope will better serve everyone in carrying out the true purpose of the Progress Report, and that you will see more clearly how your child is performing on the learning expectations within a class as well across classes.

We would like to again thank you for your input and feedback. Collectively, we are redesigning an age-old system so that we can prepare all students for success in our changing world.

A Reminder to 7th-grade families to continue to collect Lift up Letters for your 7th-grade students and submit them to Jen Hempey in the School Counseling Office.  The due date has been extended to May 24th   Letters will be handed out in June, prior to the end of the school year.  If you need a reminder about the project or a shareable link so that you can send the explanation letter to family and friends, please click here.  

Time to clean out those returnable bottles and cans! Drop off in the blue barrels at Crossett Brook this week or bring your 5- and 15-cent redeemable bottles and cans to Thatcher Brook Primary School this Saturday between 8AM and NOON. The Odyssey of the Mind program is hosting the bottle drive to raise money to support teams headed to Michigan State University in May to represent our schools and Vermont at the OM World Finals tournament.

College Admissions Panel Presentation - Join us to develop an understanding of the college admission process.  THURSDAY, MAY 11TH 6-7:30PM HARWOOD UNION SCHOOL. Please RSVP so we can arrange suitable seating.
If you have questions, submit them along with your RSVP. The Panel will do their best to address submitted questions.
All questions will then be addressed and shared in an FAQ document.
Admissions representatives from the following institutions will be in attendance: Champlain College, Middlebury College, Saint Michael's College, and The University of Vermont.
The information presented will cover:
   *Admission Process
   *Application Review
   *Supporting Documents including: transcripts, school profile, letters of recommendation, portfolios, and test scores      *Submitted Questions and Answers
RSVP to Wendy Gilbert. You may RSVP by sending an email to or calling 802-882-1101

The Harwood Rotary Interact Club is hosting a 6k for on May 6th. It will be a great, family friendly event to raise money for clean water access around the world.   Every 90 seconds a child dies from a preventable water-related illness somewhere in our world.  Although this water is carrying diseases, women walk an average distance of 6K to gather this water for their families. This is why Harwood’s Interact Club will be sponsoring the 6K Race to raise funds for is a nonprofit organization combating the global water crisis issue. They help educate people about the necessity of sanitation, build wells with local community members, and teach the community how to maintain the wells.   Join  the 6K Race Saturday, May 6th. There will also be 1K and 3K options for children. The race is being held at Harwood Union High School on the cross country trails. Registration opens at 8:30am and closes at 9:45.  The  race will start at 10am.  Registration fees:  $25 per adult, $15 per student (ages 8-18). Because this is a student-run and led event, we will not be able to take credit cards.  Only cash and checks will be accepted.  Hope to see you there!

Pitch! Hit! Run! This Sunday, April 30th, all kids ages 4-14 are invited to participate in our annual edition of Major League Baseball's Pitch Hit and Run Contest. Players will throw baseballs or softballs, run from second base to home, and hit a few balls off a tee. Competitors over age 6 who do well in their age groups will have an opportunity to represent CWLL at a regional competition later in the month. There are additional levels of competitions that ultimately lead to the PHR Finals at the MLB All Star Game in July! Check the Clyde Whittemore Little League page,, for more info.


Concert for Canines - A Benefit for Therapy Dogs of Vermont - Featuring Harwood’s Own Scared by Dolls!

WHERE: Harwood Union High School Auditorium
WHEN: Friday, May 5th (7-9pm)
TICKETS: Admission tickets will be sold at the door
Hosted by Harwood’s Chapter of National Honor Society

Join the Waterbury Area Trails Alliance (WATA) for the 3rd Annual Waterbury Bike Swap - Saturday May 13th – 9AM – 1PM @ Thatcher Brook Primary School – Waterbury, VT.  This event helps us raise funds to pay for things like trail maintenance and new trails at Perry Hill and Little River State Park, as well as the new pump track at the Perry Hill Trailhead.  Here's the deal - we have two options - Sellers and Consigners. 
Sellers - Register at 8AM - Pay $25 - Sell Your Own Stuff - Keep 100% of your sales. Want to sell gear other than bikes? Go for it. If you sell, you can sell whatever you want (sports-related). If you consign, please only consign bikes and bike-related gear. No helmets – sorry.
Consigners - Drop off your stuff with Waterbury Sports starting 5-5 (the weekend before) until 5-13 - they'll sell it for you for a 20% consignment (and they split that with WATA - sweet!). 
Anything we don't sell needs to be picked up by 5-17. If it gets left, we'll donate it. Please - no scrap metal. Bikes need to be in decent working order.  Swap ends at 1PM.  Updates and Details - Check the Facebook Page.

Upcoming Dates of Note
  • Week of May 1- SBAC testing in grades 5 and 6
  • Week of May 1- Staff Appreciation week
  • May 2nd- CBMS PTO meeting- CBMS Library- 6:30PM
  • May 2nd- HUHS Incoming 9th grade parent night- 6PM
  • May 5th- CBMS Musical on stage- curtain at 7PM
  • May 6th- CBMS Musical on stage- curtain at 7PM
  • May 10th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 9th, 10th and 12th- Grade 8 Science NECAP testing today
  • May 11th- Sharenado (culminating Brainado event)- time TBD
  • May 11th- College Admissions presentation @ HUHS- 6PM
  • May 12th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • May 18th- CBMS Chorus Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 19th- Student vs Staff Hockey Game at Ice Center- 1PM
  • May 19th- 5th/6th grade Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 22nd- SBAC testing in grades 7 and 8
  • May 24th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 25th- CBMS Band Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 21

No Phones/Personal Devices at CBMS beginning this coming Monday.  We will be strictly enforcing that these items are in lockers from 7:30AM to 2:30PM.  Thank you in advance for supporting this change from the homefront!

'60 Minutes' phone story- interesting and timely story on the addictive nature of phones and personal devices.  click here

Some important end-of-year dates
  • Last school day for 8th graders- June 15th
  • 8th grade graduation- June 15th- 5PM start in the CBMS gym
  • Last school day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- June 16th- noon dismissal
  • 8th grade trip to the Great Escape- June 16th

Staff Appreciation Week- May 1st-5th- The end of year is growing closer and it is that time of the year when we celebrate all the wonderful people who work and take care of our children at Crossett Brook Middle School. Please click on the link below and show your appreciation by signing up for something during the week. We'll be doing something special for the staff each day of that week. A lunch and breakfast are the highlights of the week and we will need help with things for that. We are also doing a raffle at the end of the week and if you have something you would like to contribute to that please let me know.  Any questions can be directed to Leslie Proteau   We have a pretty special group of people taking care of our children so please consider signing up for something!  Thank you, and click here to access the sign-up link!  Leslie Proteau

E-Community Bulletin board now has information on summer Highlander Soccer Camps, GMPA summer camps, and a National Summer Transportation Institute at Vermont Tech.

Bring your families and join others to discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Gather at Moretown Elementary School, Thursday April 27th at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and good conversation about this stellar memoir written in verse.  Email the CBMS librarian with any questions.

Upcoming Dates of Note
  • April 24th- school resumes from Spring Break
  • April 26th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • Week of May 1- SBAC testing in grades 5 and 6
  • Week of May 1- Staff Appreciation week
  • May 2nd- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the TBPS Library- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 2nd- CBMS PTO meeting- CBMS Library- 6:30PM
  • May 2nd- HUHS Incoming 9th grade parent night- 6PM
  • May 5th- CBMS Musical on stage- curtain at 7PM
  • May 6th- CBMS Musical on stage- curtain at 2PM
  • May 10th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 10th and 12th- Grade 8 Science NECAP testing today
  • May 11th- Sharenado (culminating Brainado event)- time TBD
  • May 11th- College Admissions presentation @ HUHS- 6PM
  • May 12th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • May 18th- CBMS Chorus Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 19th- Student vs Staff Hockey Game at Ice Center- 1PM
  • May 19th- 5th/6th grade Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 22nd- SBAC testing in grades 7 and 8
  • May 24th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 25th- CBMS Band Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 7

CBMS is becoming a 'phone & personal device free school' again after Spring Break.  Over the past two school years, we have made a valiant effort to incorporate responsible use of electronic devices into our repertoire of learning, through the use of green/yellow/red zones for personal device use.  While we have put forth a solid effort in this regard, we have found that the use of personal devices has gotten in the way of learning in other areas, both academic and social.  Harwood’s Middle School has not allowed phone/device usage during the school day this year, and their experience with this has been very positive in regards to learning and social interactions.  Additionally, recent studies have shown that phone/device usage can enter into the realm of addiction, and we do not try to incorporate other addicting substances via "limited use" into our school learning.  Beginning Monday, April 24th, phones and personal devices that are brought to school will need to be kept in lockers from 7:30am-2:30pm.  As this is a mid-year and not insignificant shift, we are going to back this up with strict enforcement, as follows:
  • If school staff see a phone/device during school hours, we will ask your child for it.  If he/she gives it over willingly, we will take it to the office and your child can pick it up at 2:30.  
  • If your child gives the staff member a hard time before handing the phone/device over, then the parent will need to pick up the phone/device in the office.
  • If your child refuses to hand over the phone/device, your child will need to serve an out-of-school suspension on the following school day.  
  • Subsequent refusals to hand over the phone/device will result in increased days of out-of-school suspension.  

All CBMS students will still have access to school-owned technology, including Chromebooks.  While it may seem that disallowing personal devices will make it harder to communicate with your child during the school day, you still have two easy and good options on this:  1) Your child’s school e-mail account, and 2) Dona and Shannon in the office are always available via phone and e-mail.  We will be taking another hard look at our approach to this topic between now and the 17/18 school year.

For those of you who conferenced this week, if you did not have the chance to fill out the parent survey at the end of your conference, you can access that quick survey at this link.

17/18 School Calendar- click here

2nite - 7:30-9:30 - 7th/8th Grade Dance @ Ice Center, hosted by HUMS.  $5 admission, $2 skate rental.

A Hearty Cougar Welcome to Jeremy Carpenter, our new Waste Station Monitor!

Once again, the Sustainability program will be hosting an E-Cycles Drive between 9:30-2:00 at CBMS on Saturday April 8th. This is a FREE event...take advantage of this opportunity to recycle those unused electronics properly. While you are there, visit the LEAP Energy Fair in the CBMS gymnasium. Learn how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions! There will be 75+ exhibits, vendors, workshops, local food and kids activities. This is also a free event! Questions? Feel free to email Sarah Popowicz at

Bottle Drive April 29 to Support Odyssey of the Mind! The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind teams are planning a bottle drive for Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Thatcher Brook Primary School front parking lot loop. Plan to drop off your 5-cent returnables to support our extracurricular creative problem-solving program. In addition, several large blue barrels are outside at Crossett Brook Middle School now to collect returnables before the 29th.

Six teams with Crossett Brook and Thatcher Brook students in grades 1-8 recently competed and finished at the top of their categories at the state OM tournament. Two teams are headed to the OM World Finals at Michigan State University May 24-27. The program is funded exclusively through fundraising and family contributions.

The drive will have limited ability to pick up returnables. If you have a large quantity of bottles and cans to contribute and cannot make it on the 29th, please email Lisa Scagliotti to make arrangements.

WISH LIST for Cadance Hammond's Change The World Project - Thank you for thinking of our animals. The cost of supplies annually is $25,000. Every donation helps. Deadline for donations is the Friday before Spring Break. Donation box is located in the CBMS Lobby.  The following items are regularly needed to care for our animals:
  • Gift cards to Pet Food Warehouse (where we can purchase food at a discount!)
  • California Natural dog food
  • California Natural cat food
  • Dog & Cat Treats
  • Nylabones and hard toys for dogs
  • Cat Litter
  • Cat toys
  • Paper Towels
  • Windex
  • Dishwasher Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent (HE only, please!)
  • Bleach
  • Postage Stamps (Forever)
  • 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper
  • Dry erase markers (fine tip)
  • 15 & 30 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Stretch & Scratch Kennel Enrichment Toys
  • Kuranda Cat Beds
  • Ziploc sandwich-size bags
  • Tennis balls
  • MOBIL gas cards (for transporting animals)
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Tape (scotch, duct, and electrical)
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Sheets (flat, not fitted) for our kennels

This Weekend - Learn How to Reduce Fuel Bills at 11th LEAP Energy Fair  Is it time to weatherize your drafty house? Are you thinking about solar power for your home or business? Are you interested in new energy efficient heat pumps everyone’s talking about? Find the information you need at the 11th LEAP Energy Fair, Saturday, April 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury.

The LEAP Energy Fair is one of the largest in Vermont, and it’s completely free. You can tour more than 75 exhibits and talk with experts about solar power, weatherization, heat pumps, energy audits, biomass, pellet stoves, electric vehicles, and much more. There will also be several breakout sessions on topics of special interest. 

This family-friendly event includes a free show by Marko the Magician, free ice cream, free electronics recycling, children’s activities, and local food and refreshments while you learn how to shrink energy bills and save money.

This free community event is hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP. For more information contact Ned at 244-7829, or visit

Upcoming Dates of Note

  • 2Nite- HUMS grades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30. $5 admission. $2 skate rental. 
  • April 8- Vermont History Day @ Montpelier HS 
  • April 8- LEAP Energy Fair @ CBMS 
  • April 12- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm - agenda and minutes can be found here
  • Week of April 17- Spring Break 
  • April 26- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.