Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 24

Online Sign-ups for Spring Conferences are now open! The Spring round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening mostly on Thursday, April 6th & April 13th, with some teams having slots on Wednesday, April 5th & April 12th.  As your child is leading this conference, please make sure he/she attends with you!  Online sign-ups close at the end of the day on Sunday, March 31st. You can access this system via the link on the CBMS Homepage. The password for CBMS is "cbms". Step-By-Step instructions to sign-up: 
  • Visit the CBMS homepage ( and click the appropriate link.
  • Choose CBMS from the drop down list and click “GO”
  • Enter the school password (cbms)
  • Click on the "use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID" button to access the system.
  • Verify your child’s birth date
  • Only your child's core team will be listed, as Student-led conferences will happen on the core team.  Applied Academics and PE teachers will be available during the April 6th and 13th conferences times, in their respective classrooms and on a drop-in basis.  If you want to schedule a conference at other times, simply e-mail the teacher directly with a request.
  • If you have more than one child in the school, click YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students. If you only have one child at CBMS, answer NO to that question.
  • You will then see the available time slots for the core team you selected.
  • Select the times that work best for your schedule.
  • Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Note- your email address is kept private.)
  • Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
  • Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)
Need help? Contact Dona Culver ( or Tom Drake (, or phone the school at 244-6100.

7th grader Christopher James represented CBMS at this week's Vermont Script's Spelling Bee, and he spelled his way into the later rounds.  The word that knocked him out was "layette" - a set of clothing, linens, and sometimes toiletries for a newborn child.  

Incoming 9th grade parent night at HUHS-  Rescheduled to May 2nd - 6-7:45pm

Hey folks! We are Crossett Brook Middle School, and we are looking for some volunteers to help with Brainado. Brainado is a program where kids will explore and discover a topic of their interest. For example, sports, performing, writing, building, research, community service, etc. If you want to see some examples of what students did last year, check out this highlight video.
So if you want to help a student in grades 5th through 8th, there are many options. You could come to the school to supervise and consult, you could be available for questions through email, or you could meet with students at your place of work or through video calls.
Students will work on Brainado 12:30-2:30 on these five Wednesdays: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 26, May 3
If you have time or expertise to contribute, please sign up using this Google Form and we will be in touch soon.

Jake Siegel, Will Burks, Jeswin Antony on behalf of the Brainado Student Leadership Team (Jamie Atchinson, Ella Dice, Jasper Koliba, Adam Porterfield, Jill Rundle, Merry Smith, Madison Thibault)

The CBMS Jr Iron Chef team, made up of 8th graders Ellett Merriman, Isabelle Morse, and Emily Bryant, took top honors at last week's Jr Iron Chef Tournament at the Essex Fairgrounds!  Way to go, Cougar Chefs!

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Six teams of local students in 1st through 8th grades competed last weekend at the Vermont State Odyssey of the Mind tournament.

Two Crossett Brook Middle School teams won first place in their categories and two others from the school ranked second and third. A team of Thatcher Brook Primary School first and second graders took part in the youngest category that is not ranked. A second TBPS team of fourth graders won second place in its category and also claimed the creative problem-solving competition’s highest creativity award called the Ranatra Fusca. The award comes with a large trophy that will stay at TBPS for a year.

A total of 38 students from Waterbury-Duxbury participated in the Odyssey of the Mind program this year including two students who attend Bishop Marshall School in Morrisville. Teams are coached by parent volunteers. Several of the teams qualified to compete at the OM World Finals in late May this year at Michigan State University. Teams from across the U.S. and about a dozen other countries attend World Finals. Some of the local winners are considering the trip.

Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. OM builds teamwork, encourages risk-taking, and rewards originality. The Crossett Brook-Thatcher Brook OM program is supported entirely through fundraising and family contributions.

E-Community Bulletin Board now has items on:
  • Upcoming Japanese Cultural Festival
  • VTC Coder Camps for Girls 
  • Workshop offerings from the Mad River Valley Libraries
  • Skateboarding after school group

Click here to access it all!

WWSU E-mail Hacking:  The Washington West Supervisory Union has experienced a few cases of email fraud the last couple of days, and some emails have gone out that look like they are from our organization, but they are not. One email in particular has the word DocuSign in the subject line. If you received an email like this, asking you to review the document in the link, please delete it, and do not reply to the sender. Replying does not go back to what appears to be the sender.

Please be advised that any email requesting personal information, particularly passwords, should be considered suspect. No legitimate organization should ever need to request your password. If you receive emails requesting you provide personal  information in an email, you should look up the official site of the requesting organization, and contact them to verify if the email is legitimate. Do not trust that the contact information provided in the email is the correct contact information for that organization. 

We apologize for any concerns this may raise. If you feel you have been a target of one of these emails it is advisable that you change any passwords you may have provided. Please do not contact WWSU for assistance since our technical staff have no way of troubleshooting issues for accounts or equipment outside of our own organization. 

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • March 27- No School for students today, Inservice day for teachers
  • March 28- CBMS/HUMS select band (grades 7/8) plays at VMEA Festival- S. Burlington High School
  • April 4- 7th and 8th grade Career Fair @ HUMS- 8-noon
  • April 4- Free Cone Day
  • April 5- Winooski Valley Music Festival @ Montpelier HS (select 7th and 8th grade band and chorus students)
  • April 7- HUMS grades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center
  • April 8- Vermont History Day @ Montpelier HS
  • April 8- LEAP Energy Fair @ CBMS
  • April 12- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm
  • Week of April 17- Spring Break

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 17

For your calendar consideration- the unexpected Snow Days this week have caused us to re-think the dates of Spring Conferences.  Stay tuned for details!

7th and 8th Grade Career Fair- do you have a career to share?! On Tuesday, April 4th from 8-noon CBMS and HUMS will be hosting our biennial career fair at Harwood.  The career fair will target middle school students who are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities.  We are gathering interested state and local business and industry leaders, service providers, artists, scientists, politicians, athletes, farmers, journalists and others to present information about their fields and places of work.  We would love to have you attend and share information about your particular career! For more details, click here.

Velocity Program for MS Boys - The Velocity after-school program for boys starts April 27 and will tentatively run on six consecutive Thursdays from 2:30-4:30. The program costs $60 per child, and some scholarship money may be available upon request. More information about the program can be found here.  Registration can be completed using this link.  If you prefer a paper copy of the registration form, or if you have questions, please contact Dan Gratton, the CBMS Velocity mentor - or 244-6100 x2422. The Velocity program is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come/first served basis.

2017 Harwood Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps- click here

Calling all ballplayers! Registration is NOW open for Clyde Whittemore Little League. We are looking for players ages 9 through 12 to play both baseball and softball. You can register online at through April 1st. Sign up now and you can join in on all the Spring Training fun! You can send any questions to 

8th Grade Parents (this was e-mailed to your 8th grader's CBMS account as well) Each year, the American Legion sponsors awards that are handed out at the 8th Grade Recognition Assembly. The application for these awards require written essays, with a deadline for submission of June 2nd. Details can be found on this document.

The Waterbury Rec is ramping up offering for Middle Schoolers, with a cool summer camp and more!  Click here for more information.  

Technology and Behavior: Benefits and Detriments of the Online World- Thursday, March 30th at 7PM in the HUHS Auditorium

Harwood Union is pleased to host a presentation designed to support parents in understanding popular technology and social media usage by today’s youth and potential benefits and detriments. This presentation will share actionable steps that help parents and their children avoid many of the missteps and mistakes made by students in the world of technology.  Andrew W. Donofrio was a leading computer forensics examiner with 25 years of Law Enforcement experience and 17 years in the field of computer investigations, forensics, IT security and penetration testing. He has conducted countless computer and cyber investigations, particularly the exploitation of children through technology.

Topics will include the following:
• Computer, Tablet, Cell Phone Usage: Benefits and Detriments
• Unhealthy Online Social Connections and Risky Behavior
• Sexting: Awareness, Prevention, Response
• Sexual Pred​ators Online
• Bullying: Awareness, Prevention, Response
• Recognizing Violent Risk Taking Behavior
• Impaired Driving: Texting/Under the Influence
• Speaking to Our Kids about the Potential Fallout
• Monitoring Our Children’s Technology Usage

Updated Fencing class info on the E-Community Bulletin Board - click here to access.

Hunger Mountain Children’s Center Open House - Saturday March 25 - Hunger Mountain Children’s Center hosts an Open House Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to celebrate its recent return to 123 South Main Street in downtown Waterbury after being displaced by Tropical Storm Irene. The entire community is invited to the open house, particularly neighbors, alumni, and prospective families. There will be tours, refreshments, a silent auction and raffle. The center is also kicking off a special project to create a “Giving Tree” in the center’s main entryway. Executive Director Amanda Olney describes it as “a whimsical tribute to the growth our children achieve while at HMCC.” It will feature gold leaves etched with names of contributors. Hunger Mountain is Waterbury’s largest and oldest state-licensed child care and preschool. Last month, it reopened at its longtime home in Waterbury village that was expanded and reconstructed in 2016 with the help of a $1.3 million federal disaster recovery grant. The non-profit child care and preschool cares for children age six weeks through preschool. The new facility has allowed HMCC to expand its capacity from 45 to 65 children per day.

Upcoming Dates of Note
  • 2Day- Odyssey of the Mind Assembly- 1:45-2:30- Cougar Cafetorium 
  • March 18- Jr. Iron Chef competition at Champlain Valley Expo. Isabelle Morse, Ellet Merriman & Emily Bryant are the CBMS Jr. Iron Chef team this year! They compete this Saturday at the Essex Fairgrounds, with the cooking happening from 1:15-2:45, and the awards ceremony at 3:45. 
  • March 18- Odyssey of the Mind state tournament at CVU High School- Team Rosters and Schedules are here, Problem descriptions are here.
  • March 20, 21- Titan's Julius Caesar on stage- 5:30pm- Cougar Cafetorium 
  • March 22- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library 
  • March 24- No School today 
  • March 27- No School for students today, Inservice day for staff 
  • March 28- CBMS/HUMS select band (grades 7/8) plays at VMEA Festival- S. Burlington High School

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 10

TONIGHT!  5th/6th Fun Night- 7-9pm.
March Madness! Come join the fun - wear your favorite basketball team's colors.
We hope to see all of the 5th and 6th graders!

  • PERMISSION FORMS are required
  • WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to bring sweet treats, healthy snacks, and drinks. We also need parent chaperones to make sure the night is safe and fun.
  • If you have questions, please email Kathleen Luce at Thanks!
  • SIGN UPS here - cbmspto

Still a few spots left!  Registration is open through March 15th for the middle level program for Girls on the Run called Heart and Sole.  The program will run from March 20 until the 5k in Essex on Saturday June 3.  The program runs ten weeks and we will meet Tuesday/Friday from 2:30 - 4:00.  Online registration is now open.  Space is limited and expected to fill fast. 

Brainado is coming this Spring to CBMS!  What is Brainado?  Check out this 2-minute highlight reel from last year.

Yearbooks are still for sale!  The deadline for personalization has come and gone, but you can still order. To order online, use this link. Otherwise, please bring in $30.00 payable to CBMS or CBMS Yearbook with your student's name in the memo line. 

Grades 7/8 Softball!  CBMS and HUMS are combining to offer a girls MS Softball team this year! The team will be hosted by CBMS.  To register, click here

Grades 7/8 Track!  HUMS Spring Sports meeting is Thursday, March 16th at 5:30pm for all MS Track athletes.   MS Track starts April 3.  Registrations will happen through the HUMS Family ID site- click here.

The CBMS PTO invites you to party like a mother - and that's no joke! Join your friends on Saturday, April 1st from 7-10 PM for an evening of fun, food, drinks and yes, a viewing of Bad Moms on the big screen. We'll meet upstairs at the Reservoir.  Your $20 donation includes a complimentary drink, appetizers, and one raffle ticket for a "Waterbury Day of Beauty." Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase!  Space is limited so only 45 tickets are being sold. Act fast! CLICK HERE to buy your tickets!!

PS - Bad Dads Night Out coming soon, we promise!

Lost: earbuds like those in the picture below...have you seen them?  If so, please contact the CBMS office.

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

Ponderable:  "Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction."  Francis Picabia

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • March 10- NAEP testing for 8th graders
  • March 10- Grades 5/6 Fun Night - 7-9pm
  • March 13- 6th grade band rehearsal at HUHS- 8:30-11:30
  • March 14- Grades 7/8 band rehearsal at HUHS- 8:30-11:30
  • March 14- Band Night at HUHS- grades 6-12 concert- 7-9pm
  • March 14- WDSD School Board meeting- 6pm- TBPS library.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • March 15- Incoming 9th grade parent night at HUHS- 6-7:30pm
  • March 15- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • March 16- MS Track meeting- HUHS Auditorium- 5:30pm
  • March 17- Odyssey of the Mind Assembly- 1:45-2:30- Cougar Cafetorium
  • March 18- Jr. Iron Chef competition at Champlain Valley Expo
  • March 18- Odyssey of the Mind state tournament at CVU High School
  • March 20, 21- Titan's Julius Caesar on stage- 5:30pm- Cougar Cafetorium
  • March 22- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • March 24- No School today
  • March 27- No School for students today, Inservice day for staff
  • March 28- CBMS/HUMS select band (grades 7/8) plays at VMEA Festival- S. Burlington High School