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,

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 More details here:

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

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