Week in Review at

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This Week's Message - September 23 , 2022:

This week we welcomed the start of a new season. Autumn settled into Vermont yesterday with quite a bit of rainy weather but our week has ended with some calmness, sunshine and cooler temperatures. Along with fall weather, our week also welcomed families into the school for Open House. We were so excited to be able to host this event and it truly was a special night. Thank you to all the families that were able to make it out to the school Wednesday evening to meet all our teachers, see all the different classroom spaces, and make connections. We do appreciate everyone’s flexibility and willingness to follow a loose schedule around the building as well as splitting the time between 5th and 6th grade and 7th and 8th grade. We did share a great resource during Open House that we encourage all families to take advantage of, which is our family resource on our MMUUSD website that provides an overview of all our curriculum as well as links to resources families can use to help their students at home.

Along with Open House we welcomed Diane Ellison to CHMS to take all the school pictures for students and staff. Diane and her team did a great job while navigating the rainy weather. We did end up having a severe storm interrupt pictures so we will have Team Equinox using our picture rain date next Wednesday, September 28 for school pictures. Wednesday will also be the day for pictures for students who may have been absent earlier in the week. As a reminder, if you would like to order pictures, all order forms need to be turned in by Wednesday, September 28th.

We also had guest speakers in our school joining some 7th grade science classes as well as guests in many of our PE classes. Science students were able to work with educators from the UVM Watershed Alliance to learn about watersheds, point-source and non-point source pollutants in a watershed, and identification of macroinvertebrates. This will all inform their own study of our surrounding watershed and adjacent landscapes. Students were able to participate in various hands-on activities during this great learning opportunity.

In PE classes, the organization, Kids on the Ball, joined our teachers to promote wellness and teach students about the game of tennis. Their mission is “creating opportunities for kids to learn about themselves and others through tennis.” There was a lot of great energy in our gym this week.

Finally, we celebrated the mathematical skills of our 8th grade students by participating in their Probability Game event. Students applied their knowledge and understanding of probability to design and construct games that other students in the school could play. The event was creative, math centered and provided an opportunity for students to engage with each other at all grade levels.

We hope everyone enjoys their first weekend of autumn.

Working with UVM Watershed Alliance in 7th grade science!

Probability Event hosted by 8th grade math students!

8th grade band students demonstrating for 5th grade students!

Kids on the Ball Organization working with PE classes

Mountain Bike Club using the new skills track at CHMS!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, September 26:

Tuesday, September 27:

Wednesday, September 28: School Picture Make-up Day;

Thursday, September 29: Field Hockey vs. Milton @ CHMS 4:00; Boys Soccer vs. Shelburne @ CHMS 4:30

Friday, September 30: Cross Country @ Williston 4:00

PROSPER is Back!

Check out the fall newsletter to learn about PROSPER and register for the fall session.

The strengthening families program ages 10-14 is a series of fun workshops for CHMS 5th and 6th graders and their families to support successful transitions through middle school.

News from the CHMS PTO:

  • The CHMS PTO is once again building a student directory for CHMS families. If you would like to add your information, please complete this form.

MMU Boys Fundraiser Flyer.pdf
Parent-caregiver support-centerpoint.pdf
Booster Wall Flyer Takeout 2022 Order Version.pdf

Opportunity for all 7th and 8th grade Art Enthusiasts:

The Vermont Wildlife Coalition invites any 7-12th grade student to create and submit up to 4 original works of art about any species of Vermont wildlife for the "Give Wildlife a Voice" Vermont Student Art Competition. A jury of nationally known, professional wildlife artists will select 40 pieces of art to be hung at the Highland Center for the Arts and the Vermont State House, and pick the award winners for 10 cash prizes. Submissions due December 9, 2022. See link for competition rules and more information.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CHMS art teacher Claire Hanafin at clarie.hanafin@mmussd.org

News from Cafeteria:

While all meals are free of charge again this year please read the following information:

HERE is the free and reduced lunch application. We are encouraging all families to apply. The more families who apply will provide additional funding in the district and could potentially provide free meals in the future.

HERE is additional information outlining food service, free and reduced lunch, and common questions asked.

Also, The Affordable Connectivity Program provides up to a $30/month discount on broadband service and a $100 discount on a tablet or computer and may be of interest to many families. Please take a moment to read the information from the link above for more details.

Community News:

MMU Annual Takeout Lasagna Dinner: Great opportunity to support MMU


UVM Extension has a lot of FREE programs available to students this Fall. Check out our offerings at our 4-H Announcements page! Youth can learn to code, engage with scientists at teen science cafes, explore environmental issues at the Youth Environmental Summit, become a teen teacher with the TRY Program, participate in the Vermont Science Olympiad, attend a teen leadership weekend and so much more! Learn more at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements. Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu with questions.

The UVM Extension 4-H program is pleased to offer the following programs this fall.

Bookmark the 4-H Announcements page as more opportunities get added all the time!

VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafes:

Join us this school year for both in-person and virtual cafes where you will meet scientists, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, and engage in hands-on activities and informal discussions. Our first cafe is on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the University of Vermont to learn about "Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Look at an Autopsy." Learn more here. Open to grades 7-12; all participants must register. See the full schedule of cafes here.

We are starting a new site at Sterling College in Craftsbury and will be having a special workshop on Saturday, Sept. 17 to engage in some hands-on activities and explore what the Sterling cafe site will have to offer. Learn more here. We are also seeking youth in the grades 9-12 to serve as the 4-H Science Ambassadors for this site. Applications are due by Sept. 30. Learn more here.

4-H World Changers- Learn to Code: Vermont 4-H and UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are joining forces again to bring you another opportunity to learn to code!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own website? Well, here's your chance! In this 4-H World Changers series, you will learn to design and build a website to take action on something that matters to you! Learn to code and use your voice to make a difference!

We will meet each Thursday from September 29 - November 3, 7:00-8:00 pm ET. Learn more here. Open to grades 5-12; all participants must register by September 29.

Youth Environmental Summit: YES is an annual conference for middle and high school students to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local communities. The mission of YES is to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills. At YES participants engage in hands-on workshops, action-inspiring discussions, networking with environmental professionals and like-minded peers, and much, much more! Learn more here. Open to grades 6-12; all participants must register by October 14. YES will be held on October 28 at the Barre Civic Center.

Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment: TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth. TRY for the Environment connects young people to real-world environmental problems by allowing them to be key change agents contributing to real-world solutions. Learn more here. Applications are due no later than November 7.

VTeen Leadership Weekend: November 18-20, 2022. VTeen Leadership Weekend is a fun-filled weekend developing important skills and traits that will help you stretch and improve your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork and other transferable skills to take back and use in your club work, school and community. Learn more here. Open to all youth in grades 7-12.

Vermont Science Olympiad - Teams Wanted: UVM will be hosting the Vermont Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and we are looking for teams to join us for this exciting day of science competition! We encourage all high schools to form a team (or two, or three!) to participate. Students and teachers alike say it was one of the most inspirational and memorable experiences of their educational life.

Talk to your school about starting a team! We will be hosting a new coaches meeting in September. Date to be posted soon. Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu if interested. Learn more about the Vermont Science Olympiad at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/vermont-science-olympiad

4-H Health HEROES: Are you passionate about mental health, the mind-body connection, and helping others enhance their wellbeing? Join the University of Vermont 4–H Health HEROES program to become a Teen Health and Wellness Ambassador promoting healthy living in your community. Learn more here; open to grades 9-12. Applications are due by Friday, September 9.