Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 4

Come Under the Sea to be Part of Our World at CBMS's production of The Little Mermaid, Jr!  65 actors in grades 5-8 will delight audiences in a show that runs just about 1 hour. Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at 7pm.  CBMS Cougar cafetorium.  Admission by donation.

On Friday, May 11th, CBMS swag will be sold before and after The Little Mermaid, Jr.  We will be selling shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles and our super comfy flannel PJs. Come check out what we've got on hand!

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.

From the Cougar Cafe- the May menu is online at this link. (Please note that CBMS and TBPS are different.)

Bike/Walk to School Day- Wed, May 30th- Waterbury Sports to offer free bike safety inspections anytime before May 30th.  Ask for the Walk & Ride to School Safety Inspection

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! 

The last school day for 8th graders will be Thursday, June 14th, with graduation at 5pm that day in the CBMS gymnasium.  On Friday, June 15th, the 8th grade graduates will be heading to The Great Escape for the day, departing at 7AM and returning to CBMS at 7PM.

The last day of school for students in grades 5-7 will be Friday, June 15th, with a noon dismissal on that day.

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

Softball Club for 7th and 8th graders:  FamilyID has the MS Softball Club open for registration at this link:
You MUST be registered on FamilyID to participate, as well as have a current Physical on file. Scott Hunter will be running this club for Harwood.  This club will begin on Monday, April 30th, from 3:30-4:50pm (to make the late buses). From the end of school to 3:30pm, the students should be in the cafeteria or senior cafe working on homework until it's time for practice.   It will run every Monday/Wednesday/Friday at the same time. The Varsity Softball program has agreed to share the field with the MS Club. On instances where there is a game happening that day, I will work with Scott to find another location for the team to workout that day (indoors or at another field not being used). 

Harwood Flexible Pathways Showcase & Celebration- June 5th- details here

School Nutrition Employee Week: May 7-11 - Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes.  On Friday, May 4, 2018, we will kick off School Nutrition Employee Week (May 7-11) with a bang, when we celebrate the 6th Annual School Lunch Hero Day! School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.  School Lunch Hero Day provides you with the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in your school cafeterias.  SNA has partnered with author Jarrett J. Krosoczka, of the “Lunch Lady” book series, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff—that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve some recognition.  You can check out Jarrett Krosoczka’s Ted Talk about School Lunch Hero Day by clicking here!

An interesting read - Jazz improv and your brain: The key to creativity?  click here to access

Title: HUUSD Board April 25 meeting highlights

Dear members of our six town community,
At our last meeting on April 25, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on eight (8) items:
  1. We voted on a matter related to public comment (to see public comment rules adopted by the board in September 2017, check this link:
  2. We voted to approve the minutes from April 11, 2017 meeting with noted edits.
  3. We voted to accept board warrants which had been pre-approved according to board process.
  4. We asked the Central Office to create HUUSD-board-specific email addresses for all board members.
  5. We discussed including a code of ethics, code of conduct, a feedback mechanism, and feedback skills for all board members at the next board retreat.
  6. We voted to include into official board minutes the letters of finding from the Office of the Attorney General and from the State Auditor regarding complaints filed about alleged actions of school district employees and school board members.
  7. We voted to approve the reassignment of Duane Pierson to the Assistant Principal for Harwood Middle School, and to open a search for the Moretown Elementary School Principal position.
  8. We voted to schedule a follow up executive session for the purpose of Superintendent evaluation on May 16 at 5:30 – 6:30 pm, after which our board meeting will continue in open session.
At this meeting, the board entered into two executive sessions related to: 1) the hiring of the administrator at Harwood Union High School/Middle School and 2) superintendent evaluation

In addition, the board was given refresher training on Open Meeting Law (OML)/Public Records by Sue Ceglowski, legal counsel at the Vermont School Board Association VSBA. This was helpful and important information, and was specifically put on the agenda in response to allegations made against the board. (Note the meeting was originally scheduled for winter 2018 but had to be rescheduled due to the presenter being ill).

You can watch the full meeting at:

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 9 from 6 - 9:30 pm. Time will be spent touring Crossett Brook Middle School (CBMS) and Harwood Union Middle School (HUMS), and the remainder of the meeting will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. 
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) 

GREETINGS, WATERBURY COMMUNITY!  Are you interested in working on the Harwood Union HS bond? Are you interested in working on the HUUSD redesign? Are you interested in contributing to the future of our PK-12 students? Are you interested in the quality of education of our students? The Harwood Unified Union School Board is looking for a Waterbury resident to serve on the district board 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 U.S. 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 that 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 board term.  Deadline for receipt of letters: May 14, 2018.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • May 4- Vermont Arbor Day 
  • May 4 & 5- 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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