January 11, 2019 Everyone Succeeds Here!


January 11 - Progress Reports Sent Home

January 17 - 7/8 Concert and Open House

January 21 - NO SCHOOL

January 31 - 5/6 Concert and Open House (originally scheduled for 1/24)


Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 7/8 Concert and Open House

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 5/6 Concert and Open House (originally scheduled 1/24)

Thursday, February 7, 2018 - SNOW DATE

Open House gives students an excellent opportunity to share their accomplishments with family and friends.

Thursday, January 17

Open House for 7th & 8th Grades

6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, January 31

Open House for 5th & 6th Grades

6:00-8:00 pm

Open House attendees will be treated to:

  • choral and band concerts
  • ice skating under the lights, weather permitting
  • artwork from all grades will line the halls of the school
  • student projects will be in abundance throughout classrooms and in display cases


Late Fall/ Early Winter

Intramurals, Clubs & Classes

MakerSpace with Mr. Madden & Ms. Campbell

MakerSpace will hover off the ground in the Library on Thursdays after school. Students will have opportunities to design and create, from start to finish, using their ingenuity as their guide. Dates: Thursdays Time: 2:50 - 3:30

QSA - Queer Straight Alliance with Mrs. Labrie, Ms. Licari, Ms. Kovaliv

CHMS QSA is a safe space for everyone, where we build community and discuss LGBTQ+ topics. We are a group who enjoys having fun and discussing real issues. Going forward, one of our goals is to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and we encourage acceptance and enthusiasm for everyone to be authentically themselves! Dates: Wednesdays - 9/12/2018 until the end of the school year Time: 2:45 - 3:30

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) with Mrs. Horton

OM (Odyssey of the Mind) is a program to encourage young people to think creatively. They form teams of 5 to 7 students and work on long term problems and then present their solutions at the state competition.The Vermont State Competition is held at CVU in mid March. Spontaneous problem is also a part of the competition. There will be an informational meet at the beginning of Oct., teams will form and pick at day to meet.Team usually meet weekly but the meeting times are flexible. Parents will be asked to provide assistance as the teams get closer to the competition date. Dates: TBD - beginning in October Time: TBD

Artist Inc. with Ms. Licari

Students will create art. Dates: Tuesdays 10/2/2018 - end of school year Time: 2:45 - 3:30

Engineering Club with Mr. Keating Students will work together to design and produce engineering marvels. There are three sessions throughout the year: Pumpkin Chunkin in the Fall; Robotics in the Winter; and Bridges in the Spring Dates: Tuesdays (5th graders only) beginning 11/27 Thursdays (6, 7, 8 graders only) beginning 11/29 Times: 2:45 - 3:30

School of Rock with Mr. Eriksson

This is for students who are interested in playing an instrument with other people. Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues. Instruments: Electric guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Vocals. Dates: Thursdays Start date: Thursday, November 5 until ice rink is frozen and will pick up with the Spring thaw. Time: 2:45 to 3:30

Cooking Club with Ms. Straughan

Join your friends to make delicious recipes. Club is limited to 10 cooks per session. Club will run all year long in six week intervals. Sign-up in mid October. Student will be limited to one session. Dates: Mondays Time: 2:45 - 3:30

Minecraft Club with Ms. Straughan

Students will have free access to the world of Minecraft: an online construction and adventure game, played in a world shared with others in our group. 25 accounts are available. Sign up in mid-October. Dates: Wednesdays - 11/7/2018 through the end of the school year Times: 2:45 - 3:30

Intramural Ice Skating with Mr. Eriksson

Students will have an opportunity to skate and join pick-up hockey games. Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Start date: When the ice is ready. Time: 2:45 to 3:30

French Club with Madame Twichell Conniff

Students will utilize their French language skills to play games, explore French cultural activities, and prepare traditional French foods together! - open to 7th and 8th grade students. Dates: Wednesdays 1/2/2019 - 3/6/2019 Time: 2:45 - 3:30

Additional Activities in Development:

The following activities are currently in development and will be offered if enough students show interest. There are sign ups in the Student Information table.

  • Chess Club
  • Magic the Gathering

Artist, Inc. Schedule

Tuesday’s Date and Project Ideas (all subject to change based on ideas and desires of students)


  • 1.15.19 Cardboard Letters
  • 1.29.19 Warm fuzzies & bookmarks / tassels


  • 2.5.19 Warm up with watercolors
  • 2.12.19 Kindness crafts

MARCH 2019

  • 3.12.19 Magnets
  • 3.19.19 Pots of gold & Rainbows
  • 3.26.19 Chicken wire & paper textural project

APRIL 2019

  • 4.2.19 Silhouettes & sun catchers
  • 4.9.19 Paper crafts - spring is coming!

MAY 2019

  • 5.7.19 Upcycling - community art project
  • 5.14.19 Upcycling - community art project
  • 5.21.19 Garden crafts - signs for community garden

JUNE 2019

  • 6.4.19 Final touches
  • 6.11.19 LAST ARTIST INC.

Projects & dates are subject to change - please plan accordingly - Thank you!

Activities that are offered each session: time with personal sketchbook, zentangles, origami, coloring pages, and clay.

New Offering

This past fall, CHMS started working with VTRise establishing a partnership with the University of Vermont School of Nursing. As a part of this partnership we will be offering an after school "Personal Health" option. UVM nursing students will be leading conversations and activities with students regarding concepts/issues concerning first aid and responding to emergent health issues. This is an exciting opportunity of CHMS students and we are hopeful that we can build an successful and engaging after school option. We will provide further details as we get closer to starting this option. Please talk with your child about participating in this option.

National Geographic Geography Bee

Quick -- can you name the three states that are home to Yellowstone National Park? The countries that border Lake Victoria? Contestants in this year’s Geo Bee will attempt to answer these questions, and many more. Test your knowledge of the world around us at this year’s Geo Bee -- Thursday, January 17th, after school in the Library. We’ll continue to practice during lunches, and here are some resources for you to practice on your own:

The 2019 CHMS Spelling Bee will take place at 2:50 after school in the Library on Friday, February 15th. Below are links to words to study and a booklet that covers more in-depth information. If you are interested in participating, studying the words and tips in the attachments below will help immensely. Above all, read! If you have any questions about the Spelling Bee, please see Mr. Madden in the Library.

Word Lists

Trout in the Classroom

Once again seventh and eighth grade teams (Sequoia, Summit, Spark, and Grit) will participate in the Trout in the Classroom program. This past Tuesday, each grade level received 100 trout eggs for each of the two 55-gallon tanks. For the next several weeks, students will monitor the tank's chemistry (pH, nitrites, nitrates, GH, KH, and ammonia), as well as record water temperature and growth of the trout. As an experiment, the two tanks will be set at different temperatures to see if it affects not only the rate of growth rate of the trout, but also the survival rate of the fry.

The PHOENIX team began working with artist in residence, Trisha Denton, this week. Students will be working with Trisha all month as they explore the traditions of oral storytelling. Thank you to the VT Arts Council for making this exciting opportunity available to our team!

Las noticias ESPAÑOLES!

We are well into the swing of the AÑO NUEVO and the 8th graders have writing some great propósitos (resolutions). Check out a few below…

  • Voy a beber más agua.
  • Voy a hablar más en clase.
  • Voy a comer más frutas y verduras.
  • Voy a pasar menos tiempo en mi celular.
  • Voy a dormir más.
  • Voy a pasar más tiempo con mi familia.
  • Voy a tener menos estrés.

Be sure to chat with your child to find out about how our classes are running, what they are reading, what they are writing about, and what type of activities they enjoy the most in Spanish class.

Enjoy la nieve!

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Please let the office staff know when your child will be leaving early or going on vacation.

The attendance office phone number 434-5896 or you may email attendance information to contact@cesuvt.org.

Thank you for helping us keep things running smoothly!

Save this date

Thursday January 31 from 6:30-7:30 in the BRMS Library~ Debby Haskins will be giving a presentation for parents on the important topic and trend of vaping.

Debby is the former Executive Director of the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of VT. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and has been working in the substance abuse field for 25 years.

Our Student Support Team encourages you to come. Contact school counselor Jenn Wisniowski at BRMS if you have any questions. More information to follow soon...

Welcome Alex Jablonski!

We would like welcome Mr. Alex Jablonski as our new Head of Maintenance. Prior to joining CHMS Mr. Jablonski previously worked at Underhill Center School, Browns River Middle School and Underhill ID. Mr. Jablonski brings a wealth of physical plant maintenance experience to the organization. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Jablonski to CHMS.


The School Directors of the Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Benjamin White as the Director of Curriculum, Communication and Innovation for the MMMUSD-CESU district.

Ben White received his Master’s Degree in K-12 School Leadership and his Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Physical Education from Saint Joseph’s College. Currently he is pursuing his Doctorate at New England College. Ben’s decade long career in public education has seen him in roles of teacher, assistant principal and principal. He is currently the Principal at Richmond Elementary School where he has been since April of 2017.

Please join us in congratulating Ben White.


The School Directors of the Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jenn Cote as the Principal for Underhill Central School.

Jenn Cote has a Master of Education from St. Michael's College and a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania College of Textiles and Science. Jenn is currently the interim Principal at Underhill I.D. School. Prior to her current position, Jenn was a Special Educator at Browns River Middle School and the MMMUSD-CESU Summer Program Coordinator since 2008.

Please join us in congratulating Jenn Cote.

Vermont Young Playwrights at CHMS!

Seventh and eighth-grade CHMS students have an opportunity to participate in the Vermont Young Playwrights (VYP) program. As part of VYP, a professional playwright/teaching artist will visit Camel’s Hump Middle School from 8:00-2:30 on Monday, January 14, Monday, January 28, and Tuesday, February 12 to support students in writing 10-minute plays. We are limited to twenty participants.

During these day-long workshops with the visiting playwright, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of playwriting and write short plays. One play from CHMS will be performed on stage by Vermont Stage Company actors at the Flynn Center in May and another play from CHMS will receive a public reading.

Contact Sarah Miller (sarah.miller@cesuvt.org) for more details or to register your student.

Mount Mansfield Boys and Girls Lacrosse Sign Ups

For students in 4th - 8th grade

Wednesday, February 20

Camels Hump Middle School

6- 8pm

For more information about Girls Lacrosse – melissamutolo@live.com

For more information about Boys Lacrosse – craigbvt@comcast.net


On April 4, 2019 6-8:30 pm, Camels Hump will be hosting a Women's Self Defense Training Level 1. This evening training is offered to our 6-8th grade girls with an adult mentor/parent. By attending the training you will empower yourself and learn practical, powerful and effective responses to attacks and learn simple, easy to remember skills to help keep yourself safe. Participants will learn how to recognize predatory behavior before it becomes a threat, diffuse it verbally if possible and to apply effective physical self-defense techniques as necessary. It is taught by women for women. All Fitness levels welcome and no prior experience is required. Visit website at www.TheSafetyTeam.org for more information. Registration will be open soon. Watch for further details and information. Last year the event was well attended and carried a waiting list; consider putting the date on your calendar. For more information call Donna Ehler-Vock CHMS school counselor on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 434-1015 or email donna.ehlervock@cesuvt.org

Sleepy Hollow Bill Koch Ski League

A kid’s program (ages 6-13) that teaches the fundamentals of cross country skiing and also includes fun relays, races and games. Bill Koch Ski League meets Friday afternoons at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center from 3:45pm-4:45pm in January and February. **For registration forms and payment information check out the website at http://www.skisleepyhollow.com/bill-koch-kids-ski-program.html. If you have specific questions please email our Bill Koch Director: Jean Tufts at jeantufts456@gmail.com

Sleepy Hollow Junior High Nordic Racing Program

A ski program for 6th -8th graders meets on Tuesday/Thursdays starting December-February at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center in Huntington. It is geared towards kids wanting to race in High School. **For registration forms and payment information check out the website at http://www.skisleepyhollow.com/bill-koch-kids-ski-program.html. If you have specific questions please email our Bill Koch Director: Jean Tufts at jeantufts456@gmail.com

The CHMS breakfast and lunch menu can be found on our website at these links:

Lunch: http://cesuvt.nutrislice.com/menu/camels-hump/lunch/

Breakfast: http://cesuvt.nutrislice.com/menu/camels-hump/breakfast/

In addition to finding the menus on the webpage, did you know that there is an app for your phone or mobile device which gives fast access to the menus? Try it out!

  • Go to the App store on your device and search for: Nutrislice
  • Download and open the app.
  • It will ask to Find Organization: Chittenden East Supervisory Union - VT
  • Then select Camels Hump to view the menu.