Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16

Parents of current 4th graders- Sneak Peaks are a chance for you and your rising 5th grader to walk around CBMS when the building is quiet, to check out library books from the CBMS Trish Feld Library for the summer, to try out the opening of a locker, and generally to get the lay of the CBMS land.  These are happening from 4-6pm on Wednesday, June 21st, and 8-10am on Thursday, June 22nd.  No formal presentation or agenda...simply drop in when you want, if you want.

The Y Pod is the CBMS after school program, and this program runs from 2:30-5PM each day, with an option to go to 6PM.  For more details, click here.

Before school care will be offered at TBPS next year, and it is open to CBMS students as well.  This begins at 6:45am each day.  For more details, click here.  


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As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the CBMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to thank all of our parents, teachers and volunteers for an amazing year. Because of our fundraising and volunteer efforts, we were able to offer an action-packed year of exciting events that reinforced the already strong fabric of our Cougar Community and enriched the educational experience of our children and families.

We would like the send a special thank you to Kathleen Luce for her amazing coordination of the 5th/6th Grade Fun Nights and Georgianna Birmingham for her continued commitment to educational outreach for CBMS parents.

While it may be difficult to see the day-to-day impact that the PTO has on CBMS, below are just a few of the highlights to help you understand the importance of your continued support:

The PTO helped fund field trips to Boston,individual field trips for 7th and 8th grade teams,  gave supporting grants to Girls on the Run, the music room for new guitars, start up money for a girls softball team, continued fun nights for 5th and 6th grade, after school clubs.

Without our support, these items and programs will become challenging to maintain and could cease to exist at CBMS. This is why the community and school are so grateful for parents like you. Without your support our children would not have all of these wonderful opportunities.


For the 2017-18 school year, we will be looking to fill the vacancies of Vice President and Treasurer. We are currently a group of full-time working parents and are in need of continued parental involvement. Look for new and exciting things to come from the PTO in the fall and we will be looking for  new faces to help enhance the education of all our children.


Upcoming Dates of Note
  • todayGraduates to Great Escape- 7am departure, 6:30pm return
  • todayLast day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal
  • June 19-22- Inservice for HUUSD teachers
  • June 21- Sneak Peak for incoming 5th graders- 4-6PM
  • June 21- Sneak Peak for incoming 5th graders- 8-10AM
  • June 23rd- Progress Reports mailed home

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 15

Simply some timely reminders as the 16/17 school year heads to the finish line:
  • 8th Grade Recognition Assembly at 1pm today.  All are welcome to attend!
  • 8th Grade Graduation at 5PM today in the CBMS gymnasium.  All are welcome to attend!
  • Friday- Great Escape Trip for graduates departs CBMS at 7AM, and returns at 6:30PM.
  • Friday- 5th, 6th, and 7th graders will be heading to the CBMS pool and surrounding basketball court, tennis court, baseball field, and playground.  We will be walking or biking, and swimming is encouraged but of course optional.  Please help your child wear appropriate clothes for the day.  Dismissal is at noon, with buses rolling out at 12:05.  We do have a rain plan that keeps us at school in the case inclement weather.  Please send your child to school with the pool trip planned, but with a flexible attitude!
  • Yearbooks- we still have a few for sale.  $30 each, and checks can be made out to "CBMS."
  • Lunch Bills- it would be great if you could erase any negative balances by making a year-end deposit.  The office will be open next week, and throughout the summer, if you want to send in/drop off a check.  
  • Lost and Found- it is now out on tables in the front hallway.  Urge your child to visit it, or come yourself and take home anything that has been lost...and found!
  • CBMS Staff leaving/changing roles at the end of this school year:   
    • Bud Towndrow, Maintenance Director, is retiring in mid-August after 13 years in the district.  We are in the process of hiring for this position.
    • Donna Constant, paraeducator on Team Dream, is retiring after 21 years in the district.
    • David Emberley, special educator on Team Prodigy, is leaving CBMS and going to work for the AOE in Maine.  David Spaulding has been hired to fill this position, and he is joining us from Colorado.
    • Liza Commo, paraeducator on Team Wizards,  is leaving CBMS to pursue other career options after earning her BA this Spring.
    • Gabriel Ely, Spanish teacher, is leaving CBMS to pursue other career options.  Kelsey Burnell has been hired to teach Spanish next year.
    • Susan Simpson, ELL teacher, is moving on to Chittenden South Supervisory Union. We are in the process of filling this SU wide vacancy.
    • Kara Cooley, school nurse, has been re-assigned to HUHS, and our new nurse will be Marilyn Geiger, who is coming over from HUHS.
    • Stephanie Hudak will be a full time co-principal at CBMS next year.
    • Sara Huff will be moving from her position as special educator to the position of Literacy Interventionist in our learning center.  Anne Cassels has been hired to fill the position of Team Wizards special educator next year. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 9

8th graders Ellett Merriman & Hayden Adams were honored this week as Vermont Scholar Leaders.  This recognition is for 8th graders who personify such qualities as teamwork, positive interactions with others, respect, dependability, productivity, service to others, and respect for diversity.  A dinner was held at Norwich University to honor the 80+ recipients of this award.  Pictured in the photo with Ellett & Hayden are CBMS teachers Brian Dumais & Eric Eley.


Last call for Lift Up Letters for 7th-grade students.  7th-grade parents, if you haven't written yet, please take a look at the project explanation letter and send your letters in prior to the 15th.  Thanks!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d3763SfFWp06-nuV1kcI8iWtR49tCT-AcXwYc1K2U-E/edit


Plans for Friday, June 16th- On the last day of school for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, our plan is to walk or bike down to the Waterbury Pool area, to swim and to play and to celebrate the year.  The Cougar Cafe will be open for lunch on this day.  We are still working on details, but it will be an outdoor and active day, weather depending.  Dismissal on this day is 12:15.  More details coming next week.


Friendly reminder that bikers need to wear helmets while on the CBMS campus.



CBMS Yearbooks are going on sale on Tuesday.  If you did not pre-order one, we have a limited number of yearbooks left to purchase- $30 each, and checks can be made payable to "CBMS".


OM Bottle Blast- Odyssey of the Mind bottle collection continues through June 16th- please add your empty returnables!


Free Lunches for Kids in Waterbury this Summer- click here for details


USA LUGE Slider Search:  Try out for the USA Luge Team, Burlington, June 17 & 18, 9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm each day.  Choose the one clinic you would like to attend at the Champlain Valley Exposition, in Essex Junction. For boys and girls ages 9-13. No experience is necessary and it is FREE. To register or for more information: visit www.teamusa.org/usa-luge/slider-search.


Upcoming Dates of Note
  • todayTeam Dream to Boston
  • todayTeam Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation- 10am
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 12th- Team Prodigy (half) hike to Perry Hill- 8:30-11:40
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- Team Prodigy (other half) hike to Perry Hill- 8:30-11:40
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June 14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape- 7am departure, 6:30pm return
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal
  • June 23rd- Progress Reports mailed home

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 2

Placement lists for rising grades 5 and 7 can be found here

8th Graders - Step Up Day is Today, and 8th graders will go straight to HUHS for the full-day, returning to CBMS by bus at 2:15.  If you want your child to buy lunch at HUHS that day, and you do not qualify for free lunch, you need to send in money to make that happen. Lunch is $3.50, and breakfast is $2.25. Two options: 1) send the money into CBMS, and we will give your child a ticket. 2) your child can pay directly at Harwood. We will give tickets directly to students who qualify for free meals.

Parents of current 4th graders- Sneak Peaks are a chance for you and your rising 5th grader to walk around CBMS when the building is quiet, to check out library books from the CBMS Trish Feld Library for the summer, to try out the opening of a locker, and generally to get the lay of the CBMS land.  These are happening from 4-6pm on Wednesday, June 21st, and 8-10am on Thursday, June 22nd.  No formal presentation or agenda...simply drop in when you want, if you want.


The 17/18 school calendar can be accessed on the CBMS Homepage.  


Summer reading resources from CBMS Librarian Jen Hill:



The Odyssey of the Mind bottle collection continues through June 16th.  Bins are located in the CBMS parent pick-up loop.


Odyssey of the Mind Teams Compete at World Finals
Congratulations to our Odyssey of the Mind teams that competed at the OM World Finals at Michigan State University last weekend!Two teams from our schools took part representing Waterbury-Duxbury and Vermont at the tournament attended by approximately 20,000 people from 833 teams that traveled from 35 states and 13 other countries. The Crossett Brook team of seven 7th-8th graders placed 28th out of 61 teams in its category; the Thatcher-Crossett Brook team of five 4th-5th graders also placed 28th out of 66 teams. The teams worked hard on their problem solutions and presentations. Many thanks to their volunteer coaches as well!!

The OM program would like to thank all of the friends and family members who contributed to fundraising for World Finals with cash donations and many contributions of bottles and cans for the bottle drive. Many local businesses also supported the effort. Top sponsors were: The Alchemist, Concept2, T.S. Peck Insurance, Rotary Club of Waterbury, and the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. A full list will be published in the Waterbury Record, Front Porch Forum and on the Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind Facebook page.

OM is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving activity. New teams for 2017-18 will form in the fall for grades K-8. Info: Lisa Scagliotti, coordinator, lscagliott@comcast.net.



Update on Proficiency-Based Learning Reporting: Modifications are underway to improve the grading and reporting system used by CBMS teachers this year. As you may know, teachers have been using common rubrics to assess student performance on indicators linked to areas of proficiency. Through the use of ​Powerschool Teacher Pro, teachers have reported on student progress within classes, and student performance was then aggregated across classes on a custom report to display overall progress.

Because student progress in Powerschool was not easily accessible in a clear way and did not report the detailed information families, students, and teachers are looking for, the decision was made to switch to a web-based tool called JumpRope for reporting beginning in August. This program will allow for parents and students to view performance on Learning Expectations both within and across classes. By using a calculation method known as ​PowerLaw​, aggregate performance may appear as a decimal value (e.g. 2.5 or 3.2) between levels 0-4, which may provide a more precise indication of student growth over time.

We have also regrouped our Proficiencies into concise HUUSD Learning Expectations. We have not changed our curriculum or content, nor are we assessing fewer skills or less content. We have just consolidated and regrouped standards to be more clearly understood and assessed more accurately.

The Progress Report that will be hard copied and snail-mailed in late June will come from Powerschool Teacher Pro, and will thus be similar in format to the reports we sent out in January.

 


Kids' Track Meet Friday - The 21st Annual Kids Track Meet, sponsored by Central Vermont Runners will take place at the Montpelier High School track on Friday, June 2. Registration starts at 5:30. The events begin at 6pm and are free to all Central Vermont kids - pre-school through 6th grade. The first 250 registrants receive free t-shirts. All participants receive finisher medals. Events include the 50-yard dash; quarter mile, half mile and mile run; long jump; and softball throw. All entrants must have a parent or authorized adult sign the release form. Volunteers are needed to assist. If you have a question or would like to volunteer, please contact Dot Helling at dothelling@gmail.com More details here: http://cvrunners.org/?page_id=76



Upcoming Dates of Note
  • 2day- Step Up Day
  • June 7th- Team Quest to Boston
  • June 7th- CBMS Jazz Band plays at Burlington Jazz Festival
  • June 8th- Team Wizards to Boston
  • June 8th- Team Titan celebration dinner
  • June 9th- Team Dream to Boston
  • June 9th- Team Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal
  • June 23rd- Progress Reports mailed home