Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sept 15

Proficiency-based Learning @ CBMS - the parent FAQ can be found here.  Got questions on PBL @ CBMS?  Submit your questions here, and we will get you answers!

Want to volunteer/chaperone at CBMS?  Laura Titus from the central office will be here on Tuesday, Sept 19th from 7:30-8:30am to lend a hand with background check/ fingerprinting paperwork.  This process can take months- come on in and get the process started!

Information on the Barre Figure Skating Club and the Matisse Jazz Project with Christopher Bakriges & Gwen Laster at Spruce Peak Performing Arts can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board- click here.

PG-13 movies- You should expect that if any movie or movie clip from a PG-13 rated movie is to be shown in any class, you will be notified in advance.

Save the Date: October 12, 2017 at 6pm in the Harwood Union High School Library - Community Introduction to Communicating Student Learning and Growth in our Proficiency Model Featuring: JumpRope

  • Overview of value of proficiency-based learning
    • What is Proficiency-Based Learning (PBL)?
    • Why have the schools of HUUSD and VT adopted this model?
  • Shifts in Communicating Student Learning  in a proficiency model
    • Why have grading and reporting changed in response to PBL?
    • What methods or strategies are teachers using to communicate to students about their learning?

  • Explain advantages of JumpRope grading software
    • What is JumpRope?
    • What information does JumpRope provide?
    • What other methods or strategies are teachers using to communicate to students about their learning?
We hope to see you there!

CBMS AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT COMMITTEE: WE NEED YOU!  Periodically throughout the school year, the PTO schedules after-school enrichment programs for students that are taught by local professionals who volunteer their time and talent with our community. Last year’s classes included sewing, creative writing and lego robotics. This year, the PTO seeks two or three parents who are willing to help organize the 3-4 after-school classes for the 2017/2018 school year. These parents would work together to determine classes of interest, solicit potential volunteers to teach classes, help to promote the opportunities to students, and set the dates for each class. Volunteer time to serve on this committee should be no more than 5 hours. If you are interested, please contact Kelley Hackett at
Interested in teaching an after-school class to students? Do you have a particular skill or talent that kids might be interested in learning more about? If so, we would love to hear your ideas!!  Some clubs students have expressed an interest in are cooking, problem-base STEM programs, sewing, and building models such as cars and rockets.  If any of these are your specialty or if you would like to explore other ideas, please contact Kelley Hackett at to begin the conversation about how you can contribute to our school community through after-school enrichment.

Registration for middle school basketball is open on the FamilyID website. This registration is for all 5th-8th grade students who will be participating in basketball this winter. Click here to access the link to the registration. The FamilyID website can also be accessed through the Athletics Department website. Go to the CBMS website, scroll over the “parents tab,” click on “Athletics Department,” and finally click on the Register Now link under CBMS programs. The basketball season for all teams starts Monday, November 13th. 7th/8th grade basketball will be co-operated with Harwood MS. A parent/athlete information email will be sent out toward the end of October to provide parents and athletes with general information about the basketball season. Thanks! Questions? Don't hesitate to ask/e-mail/call! Stephen LaRock, CBMS Athletic Director,, 522-0372

HUUSD SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER VACANCY - DUXBURYHUUSD has a Duxbury vacancy on their board to be filled immediately. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, stating why they would like to serve and what contributions they would like to bring to the Board, to Brigid Nease, Superintendent, either by US mail (HUUSD, 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7, Waitsfield, VT 05673) or email ( Once all letters are received, the Board will review, set up interviews, and ultimately vote as a Board to fill the seat. This seat would run from now to March 2018, at which time, Duxbury would elect someone to complete the term of the former board member, which expires in March 2019.  Deadline for receipt of letters: September 15, 2017.

The 22nd Annual Mad Dash foot race will take place at 10AM on Sunday, Oct 8, Meadow Road, Waitsfield, and registration is now
open- for more information click here

BAKE-A-DIFFERENCE: We will be having our 5th annual Cookies For Kids' Cancer Bake Sale Sept. 30th at The Alchemist Brewery. September is Childhood Cancer awareness month. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children. We have appreciated all your support in the past and welcome Cookie "Doughnations" again this year to make it a great success. Please drop cookies off on Friday Sept 29 in the CBMS office by dismissal or to the porch of 5 Randall St anytime Friday.Any varieties are welcome, but Chocolate Chip Cookies are always the best sellers. Please label the kind of cookie and if they contain nuts. Disposable packaging is the easiest to manage. If you cannot bake and want to make a contribution, please make a check out to Cookies for Kids Cancer and mail to 5 Randall St. Waterbury VT 05676 by Oct. All monies raised will be matched-and 100% goes to research, funding important clinical trials and "child-size" less toxic treatments. See for more information or contact Madeline at Thank you in advance for being a Good Cookie!

Ponderable - The political theorist Benjamin Barber warned in 2004 that “America as a commercial society of individual consumers may survive the destruction of public schooling. America as a democratic republic cannot.” In this era of growing fragmentation, we urgently need a renewed commitment to the idea that public education is a worthy investment, one that pays dividends not only to individual families but to our society as a whole. from "Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake." from The Atlantic magazine. Click here for the full article.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Sept 20- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in HUHS Library
  • Rosh Hashanah- begins sundown on Sept 20 and ends at sundown on Sept 22
  • Sept 22- Grades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sept 27- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in HUHS Library
  • Sept 28- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 6:15-8:15pm
  • Yom Kippur- sundown on Sept 29 to sundown on Sept 30
  • Oct 4- School Photo Day

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