Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 18

CBMS Yearbooks are still on sale! $23.95 for a hardcover or $17 for a paperback copy. Checks can be made out to "CBMS Yearbook".  ONLINE SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED BUT WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING PAPER ORDER FORMS (click here to access) AND CHECKS/CASH!  Yearbooks will be ready for pick up the beginning of June.  Email Shannon Tremblay at with any questions.  Remember, for every yearbook we sell, TreeRing will plant a tree! 

Congratulations to our CBMS artists whose work
was selected for display at the
Student Art Show:  
Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Rt 100
Waitsfield VT
May 18 -20, May 24-27, May 31-June 1
Weekdays 5-9 PM
Weekends 12-9 PM
Opening reception for the Student Art Show will
be Friday May 18 from 5-7pm.

Lyric Smith
Olivia Sprague
Maeven Cattanach
Lindsay Wagner
Ella McDonough
Sadie Benson
Ella Cisz
Rivers Siegmann
Thea Andersen
Elizabeth Lord
Maeve Dewey
Lizzie Motch
Tanum Nelson
Jake Bartolomei
Callum MacCurtain
Eamon Langlais
Lincoln Dice
Heidi Heraldsen
Emily Severance
Addison Streeter
Noella Taft
Brianna Forkey
2 Guerrilla artists
Everyone who helped with our group weaving!

Challenge Your Young Musicians This Summer!

Vermont Summer Jazz Camp will be held at U-32 from July 30 to August 3.  VSJC is designed to meet the needs of instrumentalists and singers - grades 5 thru 12. The camp will run MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a concert and ice cream social on Friday at 7 p.m. The registration fee of $225 includes all activities, a camp T-shirt, and ice cream social. Early registrations receive a $25 discount. Multiple family registrations also receive a discount. Scholarships are available based on need.  Visit for more information and to download an application.

Coder Camp for Girls - day camp – July 16th – 20th  Williston Campus – for girls ages entering 7th – 10th (fall 2018) grades - an experiential hands-on coding camp where girls have a chance to translate their creativity into a computer program of their own design using SCRATCH and other software programs plus visit innovative software development companies and more.   The camp will include free lunches each day, a field trip and many activities!


6 steps to stamp out math anxiety, by Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler is a British education author and is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Boaler is involved in promoting mathematics education reform and equitable mathematics classrooms.
  1. Encourage children to play maths puzzles and games. Puzzles and games - anything with dice really - will help kids enjoy maths and develop number sense, which is critically important.
  2. Always be encouraging and never tell kids that they are wrong when they are working on maths problems. Instead, fin the logic in their thinking. For example, if your child multiplies 3 by 4 and gets 7, say, "Oh, I see what you are thinking. You are using what you know about addition to add 3 and 4. When we multiply, we have 4 groups of 3..."
  3. Never associate maths with speed. It is not important to work quickly, and we now know that forcing kids to work quickly on maths is the best way to start maths anxiety for children, especially girls.
  4. Never share with your children the idea that you were bad at maths at school or you dislike it - especially if you are a mother. Researchers found that as soon as mothers shared that idea with their daughters, their daughters' achievement went down.
  5. Encourage number sense. What separates high and low achievers is having an idea of the size of numbers an being able to separate and combine numbers flexibly. For example, when solving 29 + 56, if you take one from the 56 and make it 30 + 55, it is much easier to work out.
  6. Perhaps most important of all: Encourage a "growth mindset" to let students know that they have unlimited maths potential and that being good at maths is all about working hard. When they tell you something is hard for them or they have made a mistake, tell them 'That's wonderful - your brain is growing!'

HUUSD School Board May 9 Meeting update

Dear members of our six town community,
At our last meeting on May 9, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board toured Crossett Brook Middle School (CBMS) and Harwood Union Middle School (HUMS) before meeting in the Harwood Union High School Library, voting multiple times to recess and reconvene in the various locations. We also took action on the six (6) items below:
  1. We approved previous meeting minutes with edits
  2. We approved multiple board warrants
  3. We re-scheduled the May 16 5:30 pm executive session regarding superintendent evaluation to comprise of two executive sessions on May 16 from 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm to review feedback from the various stakeholders, and on May 23 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm to deliberate and develop next steps.
  4. We added two new board meeting dates to support the Moretown Administrator hiring committee process and timely board approval for committee recommendations. The dates are May 30 at 5:30 pm and June 6 at 5:30 pm, and may be cancelled if not needed.
  5. We voted to request legal advice from the district’s attorney on the board’s public comment policy and guidelines, including recent and future enforcement.
  6. We approved changes recommended by the central office with respect to health benefit administration for teachers and staff. Changes allow the district to offer prescription drug cards and pay for first dollar on prescription drugs until the deductible is met, and eliminate the policy of prorating said benefits for partial year employment.
At this meeting, the board entered into an executive session to deliberate on teacher/staff contract issues, after which we voted to approve #6 above.
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. Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 16 from 6 - 9:30 pm and will start with a tour of the Harwood Union High School. The remainder of the meeting will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. 
You can visit for board agendas and minutes, and watch past meetings at


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) 

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 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
  • June 1- Step Up Day 
  • June 2- Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole 5k run- Essex Fairgrounds- 10AM start
  • June 4- CBMS Jazz Band to Discover Jazz Festival
  • June 4- "Step Up Night" for parents of next year's 9th graders- HUHS- 6-7:30
  • June 5- Walk and Roll to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park
  • June 6- Team Titan to Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • June 8- Team Dream to UVM Ropes Course
  • June 8- Team Prodigy to Jay Water Park
  • June 11- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 12- Team Titan Celebration Night
  • June 13- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June 13- Team Prodigy Team Dinner
  • June 13- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in the HUHS Library
  • June 14- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm- CBMS gym
  • June 14- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm- CBMS gym
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates
  • June 15- Last day of school for all students.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 to Waterbury Village Pool.  Noon dismissal.
  • June 18-21- Inservice days for teachers.

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