Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 30

5th & 6th grade Ecology Week is happening next Tuesday through Friday (April 3-6)
  • The Ferry Beach group will leave CBMS at 7am sharp on Tuesday.  Please arrive at CBMS by 6:45am.  We will return to CBMS at 4:15pm on Friday.  
  • The Audubon group will be departing CBMS at 9:30am each day, arriving back at school at 2:15pm each day.  

The April Cougar Cafe Menu is now online and can be found on our website. Please note that TBPS and CBMS are not the same.

Attention Parents of 7th Graders - Our yearly Lift-Up Letter Project is upon us! Please take a few moments to read this information to learn more about our letter writing project for this year's 7th-grade students. Letters are due in late April, but the details of the project need your attention now. Thanks for taking the time to participate, and for encouraging your family members and those close to your 7th-grader, to do so as well. Letter to Parents 2018 Jen Hempey, School Counselor

Middle School Track & Field will not start on Monday, April 2nd, but rather Monday, April 9th. (Same time, same place = HUMS @ 3p.m.) We need to give Mother Nature another week to provide us with more favorable conditions!

The CBMS Sustainability program is holding it's 5th annual E-Cycles DriveSaturday April 7th at CBMS This is the perfect time to get rid of old electronics cluttering your home. For more info on this, click here. After dropping off your e-waste, go ahead and swing into the LEAP Energy Fair  located in the gym while you are here. Both great events are FREE!

Middle School Volleyball Club Volleyball is the 4th most popular sport in the world and is also the most popular girls high school sport in the United States.  It is so popular that many high schools in Vermont are starting to add boys teams, too. 

Mark your calendars for May 8, 5-7 PM, the first meeting  of the Crossett Brook Middle School Volleyball Club.  We will have a short organizational meeting for parents and students at the first session, then get on with the fun!

All interested Middle School boys and girls, grade 5-8, in the HUUSD are invitedWe also invite parents with volleyball experience to attend. 

The club will meet every Tuesday from May 8 until the end of the school year from 5-7pm. 

Harwood varsity coach David Stapleton, along with varsity players and experienced parents, will focus on teaching the fundamental skills and rules of the game. 

We also hope to continue to meet in the fall/winter and eventually assemble a team to participate in the Chittenden County Middle School March Madness Volleyball League in March/April 2019. 

Students interested in playing and experienced parents interested in volunteering can contact Dona Culver at

Any new lacrosse players among the 7th and 8th grade girls?  The local rec team, Mad River Lacrosse, is looking to recruit more 7th and 8th grade girls to the team. Beginners or experienced players are welcome! You don’t need much gear to get started. Pre-season practices are at SHaRC (at Sugarbush) and then outdoor practices will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Mad River Park — which kids can get to by bus after school (CBMS’s activity bus to Harwood and then bus from Harwood to Mad River Park). The more of us who sign up, the more we can help each other with rides, etc! To find out more, contact coach Mac Jackson ( or to sign up, go to

HUUSD Survey Results are Out!  The results of the Jan/Feb school board survey are out! Please visit the Community Engagement Committee page to download and read it. Yes, we know the report is very LONG! ...but consider that over 150 pages are verbatim answers. We want to offer transparency and honor people's specific words, but if you want the "cliff notes," the first 25 pages or so will give you a good picture.  The HUUSD board would like to offer sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the survey, to everyone who will read the full report or even just the first few pages, and to everyone who will continue engaging with us as we go through this exciting and difficult challenge ahead of us.

Harwood Union High School presents "Mary Poppins" during the first weekend of April. The musical, with music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and script by Julian Fellowes, is based off of the books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film. The Broadway run ended in 2013 after 2,619 performances and since then has been produced by school, regional, and professional theatre companies world-wide. 

The Harwood HS production features Emma Greenwood as Mary Poppins, Rex Rubinstein as Bert, with middle schoolers Wanda Sullivan and Abby Holter as Jane and Michael Banks respectively. Julia Loewer and Connor McCarty round out the Banks family and are supported by a cast of incredible young actors, singers, and dancers. The creative team includes Scott Weigand (director), Stefanie Weigand (music director), Mary Chudzik (choreographer), Kevin Kelly (technical director), and Chris Rivers (pit band conductor). The crew is made up of students who assist Mr. Kelly with the design and implementation of the beautiful set, including many "magical" pieces. The pit band is made up of both Harwood students and professional musicians from around the state. 

Audiences of all ages will love the familiar songs like "Spoonful of Sugar", "Let's Go Fly a Kite", and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", plus a few extra tricks the cast and crew have up their sleeves. Evening performances are ThursdayFriday, and Saturday, April 5-7 at 7:30pm. The matinee on Saturday, April 7th at 1:30pm will include a pre-show demonstration by the pit band and a chance for our youngest audience members to go on stage after the show to see the set and meet the cast. 

Tickets are available at the door for $10 Adults and $5 Students. Call the music department at (802) 882-1160 for more information.

Dr. Paul Foxman – ‘The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping them Cope’

PictureHannah’s House is pleased to welcome back Dr. Paul Foxman, founder and Director of the Center for Anxiety Disorder for a presentation on “The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Kids and Teens and Helping Them Cope”, on Thursday, April 12, 6-pm at the Steele Community Room, Waterbury Municipal Center. 

Dr. Foxman specializes in anxiety disorders in children and adults and presents around the country on this topic. He frequently appears at conferences and on television and radio shows to address anxiety and stress-related issues and is well known among mental health professionals. He is the author of several books on anxiety in children and adults, including The Worried Child, Dancing with Fear, and Anxiety Disorders in Kids and Teens, which will be available that evening.

Save the date for this special opportunity to learn practical tips from an expert in the field on what you can do to best help children cope with fear and anxiety. 

This free event is open to everyone and made possible through a grant from The National Life Foundation and The Mad River Valley Rotary Club. 

For more information contact or call 496-9715


Upcoming Dates of Note: 
  • April 3-6- Grades 5/6 Ecology Week- one group to Ferry Beach Ecology School, one group to Audubon Center.
  • April 3- Parent Education with Becky Widschwenter- Body Image- 6:30pm- CBMS Library
  • April 4- Winooski Valley Music Festival @ CBMS (grades 7/8 band/chorus, by nomination)- all day
  • April 7- Vermont History Day- Montpelier High School- 8:30-5:00
  • April 7- Waterbury LEAP Energy Fair- CBMS gym- 9am-3pm
  • April 11- Jazz Band to Middlebury- all day
  • April 11- Brainado Day #2
  • April 11- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6PM- HUHS library
  • April 13- JumpRope Progress Reports e-mailed home today
  • April 14-22- Spring Break

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