Thursday, June 14, 2018

June 15

Parents of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- we will be walking or biking down to the Waterbury Pool today.  Please send your child to school with appropriate footwear, swimwear, playwear, and suntan lotion!

Thanks to everyone who purchased and supported this year's yearbook! If you would still like a book, you can order online at this link.  Please note - any online orders will require a shipping/handling fee and will be shipped directly to your mailing address.



CBMS Spirit Wear is still available for purchase! Click here to view all items.  (*Please note: CBMS Water Bottles DO shrink in the dishwasher! Please hand wash!)

Summer fun ideas from the school counseling office- click here.


Summer Middle School Volleyball - For next year's grades 5-8 students (current grades 4-7).  We will meet a couple of times this summer- dates TBD based on interest.  Please email Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org if your child is interested in being kept informed.


Introductory fencing class being offered this summer - details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.


Across Roads Center for the Arts is offering a six-week summer Digital Storytelling workshop for teens, 7-12 grades, June 26-August 2, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm.  details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.


Ponderable:  Enjoy screens. Not too much. Mostly with others.” Anya Kamenetz’s advice to parents on children’s time with electronic devices, quoted in “Screening Screen Time” by Pamela Druckerman, in a New York Times review of The Art of Screen Time and Be the Parent, Please, April 15, 2018

The Waterbury Area Senior Center is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at a, first come, first serve basis, at the site and times as follows: Waterbury Area Senior Center is located at 14 Stowe Street, Waterbury, VT 05676. We will be serving Breakfast and Lunch Monday – Friday starting June 18th – August 24th (will be closed on July 3 rd & July 4th , 2018). Breakfast will be served from 8:00am – 10:00am and Lunch will be served from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at this link, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email:program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


HUUSD School Board Meeting Update
Dear members of our six town community,

At our last meeting on June 6, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the three (3) items below:

1. We approved the unanimous recommendation of the hiring committee to appoint Mandy Couturier for the position of Principal at Moretown Elementary school (2 year contract).

2. We approved multiple board warrants

3. We confirmed Torrey to be an added board member on the executive project committee on the Harwood project.

We also were advised on the project committee’s current thinking about the June 21 middle school workshop which will include staff and administrators who work with middle school students, board members, parents from the community, and non-parents from the community.

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, June 13 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm and will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. Please note it will be preceded by an executive session for the purpose of superintendent evaluation.

You can visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes, and watch past meetings at https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Respectfully,

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)




Harwood Bond Project Starts w/Middle School Visioning

Dear members of our six-town community,

The Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) board is working out details of how to pursue a bond proposed to renovate and modernize Harwood Union Middle/High School. An important early step in the process is a workshop focused on middle level education on June 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. More information on the workshop and the process as a whole is provided below, but first we want to be clear that we are currently seeking two volunteers from each of our six towns to participate. We hope you will consider being a part of these first conversations.

Those interested in participating in the June 21, event should contact the HUUSD board representatives from their town BY JUNE 15. Board representative contact information can be found at: tinyurl.com/HUUSDboard

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Harwood Union was built in 1965 and has been well-maintained for more than 50 years. As building codes and teaching practices have evolved; and infrastructure and systems have aged, it has become increasingly clear Harwood is in need of an overhaul as we strive to meet the needs of today’s students.

On May 16, 2018, the HUUSD board voted to revive the Harwood bond project that had been put on hold before Act 46 merger activities, and to continue working with the architectural firm TruexCullins of Burlington.

Because our district is now merged, we have new options available for how we provide middle level education. Visioning for our district middle school experience is the first phase of the process, which will start with TruexCullins facilitating a workshop to help the community articulate its vision for students at the middle level. The workshop will be held June 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and will include: administrators from CBMS and HUMS; teachers and staff from both schools; board members; and community members from each town. For the community member participants, we hope to have two from each town: one parent of a student in the district, and one resident who does currently not have a student in the district. The goal of the workshop is to develop guiding principles for the middle school experience.

Later this summer, engineers, contractors, and architects will evaluate the two middle school buildings to determine their current physical state, configuration, and capacity. TruexCullins will use information from the visioning workshop and data collection phase to identify options with cost estimates for the middle schools. In September, TruexCullins will present its findings and recommendations to the board.

The second phase of the project will begin in September, and focus on visioning for the full scope of work at Harwood. It will revisit ideas generated through workshops that were held in 2015, when TruexCullins originally started work on this project with the former Harwood HS/MS board. There will also be new conversations at a second workshop like the one for the middle level.

In October, TruexCullins will make a public presentation, and the board will vote whether to move into the design/development phase. Throughout the process there will be ongoing opportunities for public comment, participation in activities, and a continuing dialogue around how best to meet the current and future needs of HUUSD students on the Harwood campus.

More information about the bond project is available on the board page of the HUUSD website: www.wwsu.org

Respectfully,

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:
  • June 15- Great Escape trip for graduates- 7am departure- 6:30pm return
  • 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
  • June 22- Progress Reports coming home

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