Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 20

CBMS Yearbooks are now on sale.  $23.95 for a hardcover or $17 for a paperback copy. Use this link to place an order using a credit card, or fill out this form and return with payment to Shannon Tremblay in the CBMS office.  Checks can be made out to "CBMS Yearbook".  Yearbooks will be ready for pick up the beginning of June.  Email Shannon Tremblay at with any questions.  

CBMS Staff Appreciation 2018 - Please show your support of the wonderful staff at Crossett Brook Middle School during Staff Appreciation Week!! We are providing a breakfast for the staff on the morning of Friday, May 11th.  Hen Of The Wood has graciously offered to create and serve an egg dish for our loyal staff. We are in need of more items that you can help donate via this link.  Donations can be dropped off in the CBMS office. Anything that does not need to be refrigerated or perishable can be left anytime the week of 5/7. Please be sure breakfast items are delivered before 7AM on Friday, 5/11.

There is a donation box in the front lobby for the Central Vermont Humane Society. A few students really need some donations for their Brainado project. Anything would be greatly appreciated. Here is the wish list. Thanks so much.

Middle School Volleyball Club for 5th-8th graders​ - 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 8th from 5-7 PM for the first meeting of the CBMS 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 HUUSD Middle School boys and girls, grade 5-8, are invited. We also invite parents with volleyball experience to attend. The club will meet every Tuesday from May 8th 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 to 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

HARWOOD UNIFIED UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER VACANCY - WATERBURY.  HUUSD has a Waterbury 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 2019, at which time, Waterbury would elect someone to serve for one year to complete the original term. Deadline for receipt of letters: May 3, 2018

HUUSD School Board Meeting recap - April 11th
Dear members of our six town community,
At our last meeting on April 11, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on seven (7) items:
  1. We voted to request a proposal from Truex Cullins that would offer project scope and costs for activities related to the updating the needs of the high school and as well as some potential future middle school options.
  2. We adopted policy F34 - Meal Charge Policy.
  3. We approved central office recommendations for broadband contracts for Crossett Brook, Thatcher Brook, and Harwood Union schools.
  4. We asked the central office to invite our 3rdparty auditor to come for a question and answer period with the board in the fall.
  5. We agreed that the HUUSD district would not increase staff in order to fulfill school choice requests, and asked the administration to bring back a more detailed procedure related to school choice. 
  6. We approved multiple board warrants
  7. We approved the RFP proposed by the Community Engagement Committee to request proposals from potential consultants to support the board’s efforts to engage with the community, and to work with the central office to confirm details and take over management of the RFP process itself.
Also at that meeting, Waterbury HUUSD Representative Maureen McCracken announced that she would is resigning from the board. If you are a Waterbury citizen or know one who might be interested, please consider the open position on the HUUSD Board! 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 by May 3, 2018. Letters can be submitted either by US mail (HUUSD, 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7, Waitsfield, VT 05673) or email ( You can also contact Maureen if you have questions for her -

You can watch the full meeting at this link.

It is our hope to send updates and previews of each HUUSD Board meeting in the future. Thank you for your continued support and engagement. Out next meeting is Wednesday, April 25th from 6 - 9:30 pm in the Harwood Union High School library. 

Visit for board agendas and minutes.

The HUUSD Board 
Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Peter Langella (Moretown)
Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   
Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   
Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)
Rosemarie White (Warren)
Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

"What is Gained and What is Lost When We Move?" Thursday, April 26th from 5-7:15pm in the HUHS Library.  The evening will begin with a "Gallery Walk" celebrating Harwood’s links to the International community. From 5:00- 6:00 members of the Peace Alliance and the International Relief Club will share their projects and initiatives, and Harwood's international students will be answering questions bout their experiences in Vermont. Chris Urban's Golden Cage photo exhibit and the work of Global Studies students will be on display, and there will be interactive activities for all participants to investigate the myriad of ways in which our school and community are linked to the greater world. From 6:00- 7:15 there will be a Socrates Cafe discussion focusing on the question,"What is gained and what is lost when we move?" Students from Noble Academy in Chicago will be participating as well as well as members of our local community. This event is open to the public, and refreshments featuring local Vermont products as well as international fare will be served. It is sponsored by our Harwood library, the Joslin Memorial Library and the Waterbury library. Come and support the work of our students who are working with care and compassion for the benefit of our global community.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • April 23rd- School resumes 
  • April 25- Brainado Day #3 
  • April 25- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm @ HUHS 
  • May 2- Brainado Day #4 
  • May 2- Vermont Arbor Day 
  • May 4- LCDA Children's Honor Choir Festival 
  • May 8- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30pm 
  • May 9- Brainado Day #5 
  • May 9- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm @ HUHS 
  • May 11- Little Mermaid, Jr on stage- 7pm 
  • May 12- Little Mermaid, Jr on stage- 7pm 
  • May 13- Mother's Day 
  • May 16- Sharenado (school day) 
  • May 17- Sharenado (public) - 5:30-6:30pm 
  • May 17- Spring Chorus Concert- grades 5-8- 7:00pm 
  • May 23- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm @ HUHS 
  • May 24- Spring Band Concert- grades 5-8- 7:00pm 
  • May 28- Memorial Day- No School Today

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