Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sept 22

2nite- Grades 7/8 Dance at the Waterbury Ice Center.  7:30-9:30pm.  $5 admission and $2 skate rentals.  Sponsored by HUMS.

Back 2 School Night (our version of an Open House) for all CBMS students and parents is happening on Thursday, September 28th.  If your child is not coming with you, be sure to ask him/her 1) Who his/her AG Leader is and where the AG meets, and 2) Which core team he/she is on.  The schedule is as follows.
  • 5:45-6:15- Applied Academics "drop in"- visit one or more of art, sustainability, tech ed, Spanish, music, band.
  • 6:15-6:25- Advisory Group time with AG Leader
  • 6:25-7:30- Core time with Core Teams

Walk and Bike to School is happening on Wednesday, September 27th.  Convene at 7am at Rusty Parker Park, and we will head to CBMS by 7:10am.  There is also a biking group convening at the Zen Barn at 6:45am.  For more details, click here.

For your calendars:  Student-Led Conferences will be held after school and evenings on the following dates.  Details on how to sign up will be coming in early October.
  • Team Dream- Oct 26, Nov 1
  • Team Quest- Oct 25, Oct 26
  • Team Wizards- Oct 26, Nov 2
  • Team Titan- Nov 1, Nov 2
  • Team Prodigy- Nov 1, Nov 2

Sick kiddo?  Afternoon plans changing? Communicate these to us using the e-absence note and e-bus note links on the CBMS Homepage!

A Friendly Reminder- when you drop off or pick up in the parent pick-up loop, please pull your car all the way into the loop to ease congestion.

CBMS School Photo Day is Wednesday, Oct 4th.  Look for hard-copy ordering information coming home via your child's "backpack" express today.

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!

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.

The Harwood Union High School Class of 2018 needs to raise $7,500 by for their Senior Class Gift, a beautiful gazebo to honor the memory of their five classmates -- Eli Brookens, Janie Chase Cozzi, Liam Hale, Mary Harris and Cyrus Zschau -- who died last October in a tragic car crash. The gazebo is generously being provided at cost by The Carriage Shed in White River Junction. It will be delivered and dedicated the first week of October to mark the one-year anniversary. Please help the Harwood seniors raise this money by October 1! There is a Paypal donation link in the HU school website below that goes directly to the fund. #Harwood Strong

Hockey Season is near!  Please visit and click on the 2017-2018 Program Overview link for detailed information and practice time for the different levels.  Players 8 and under can participate in either the Learn to Skate, House, or Travel Program. We also offer Travel Teams for ages 10U, 12U, and 14U.  Additionally, we are also offering a First Time Travel Player Waiver Program. This program is for any player at the 10U, 12U or 14U level who has never played hockey for an organization. This waiver ONLY covers the cost of registration. USA Hockey registration, fundraising, and equipment costs do not apply. Current HYHA Players and Families, if you know of someone interested in trying out hockey, please encourage them to inquire about this great opportunity.  You can find additional information about our fundraising, equipment, pre-season, and any other information for the season on our website,

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2NiteGrades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sept 27- Walk and Roll to School day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park
  • Sept 27- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in HUHS Library- more info can be found at this link
  • Sept 28- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 5:45-7:30pm
  • Yom Kippur- sundown on Sept 29 to sundown on Sept 30
  • Oct 4- School Photo Day
  • Oct 6 and 9- No school for students (staff inservice on the 6th)
  • Oct 11- Grades 5/6 Spelling Bee at Fayston Elementary- 8:30am start.
  • Oct 11- Jared Campbell all-school assembly- 1:30-2:30
  • Oct 12- Vision screening for 5th and 7th graders
  • Oct 12- Community Introduction to Communicating Student Learning and Growth in our Proficiency Model Featuring: JumpRope- HUHS Library- 6pm
  • Oct 13- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Oct 19- Fall Concert- 6-8 band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7pm
  • Oct 20- Fun Night for grades 5 and 6- 7-9pm
  • Oct 25- Student-led Conferences- Team Quest
  • Oct 26- Student-led Conferences- Teams Quest, Dream, & Wizards
  • Oct 27- 8th graders vs Staff soccer game- 1:30-2:30
  • Nov 1- Student-led Conferences- Teams Dream, Titan, & Prodigy
  • Nov 2- Student-led Conferences- Teams Wizards, Titan, & Prodigy
  • Nov 3- Grades 7/8 Dance/Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm

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