Week in Review at 

Camels Hump M.S.

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”  -Thomas Edison 

This Week's Message - January 27, 2023:


       Wow, the last full week of January has ended and it finally looks like winter outside.  There were a few days that the weather was a bit unpredictable so thank you for your patience and support during some tricky travel times and the cancellation of our 7/8 concert.  We are happy to announce that we have been able to reschedule the concert for the 7th and 8th grade chorus and band students.  The concert will be on Monday, February 6th starting at 6:30pm.  We hope to see you there.


       Next week we will have our 5th and 6th grade chorus and band students performing on Tuesday, January 31st.  The start time for this concert is 7:00pm as this is also the first day of our Bolton Ski and Ride Program.  Chorus and band students who will be at Bolton will need to be picked up early from the mountain in order to be at the school for dress rehearsal and the concert.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to either Ms. Spence or Ms. Roy.


       This week was not only busy with managing winter weather but it was also busy with classes, advisory, visitors, clubs and games.  During advisory this week, we welcomed all of the MMU school counselors to meet with our 8th grade students.  Each counselor met with students that they will be working with throughout their time at the high school.  Students learned about the various clubs offered, what a typical day looks like for a 9th grade student, the classes they will take, and so much more.  Students had some great questions as well.  Our 8th grade teachers will be having conversations with students in the upcoming weeks to help them plan for classes next year specifically for Math and World Language.  These classes require a teacher recommendation so students will be learning more about the specific classes, do some self-assessments and reflections and have dialogues with their teachers to discuss the best option for classes moving forward.  Teachers will be sharing more information about recommendations with families when we return from the February/March school break.


      While 8th grade students were learning about high school, all 5th through 7th grade students were in advisory and learned more about the CHMS Food Drive.  Students can donate different items and bring them to school through next Thursday.  Our advisory work group in collaboration with our student sustainability club is organizing the food drive to support our community.


       This week we also had our first “Music Monday” lunch.  This idea came from an 8th grade advisory.  Students did research and wrote a proposal for playing background music during lunch times on Monday’s. Students, with their advisor, created a music list and it was a big success.  There were even moments when the majority of the cafeteria stopped eating and talking and all started to sing along with the song.  It was a joyful atmosphere for sure.


       Next week we will not have certain club meetings as session 2 has ended.  There will be a small pause in club offerings before starting session 3.  Once we are ready with a new session, we will share this information with students and families.


       We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Important Messages from Mr. Carey

Bolton Valley Ski/Ride Club

Bolton Valley ski and ride starts Tuesday, January 31st.  If you didn’t get an email from Mr. Carey and your child signed up to participate in the Bolton Valley after school club please email Mr. Carey for the information.  brian.carey@mmuusd.org


Physical Education Classes

5th/6th grade physical education classes will start a cross country ski unit.  5th grade will start their second class next week and 6th grade will start the week of February 6th.  Please remind your child to bring ski pants, jacket, hat and mittens.  If your child doesn’t have these items please let Mr. Carey know and he will find some items for your child to wear.  These items are not mandatory but are recommended.

Solstice Students Jumping High in PE this week

MMU School Counselors visit CHMS to speak to 8th grade students

7th grade Health Class

Pride Students exploring magnetic field with magnets and iron filings

Creating patterns and exploration with magnets

5th grade Trombone Players

Advisory Mural Making and some of the finished projects

Clover's Corner for Food Drive Donations

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District News:

The anticipated first day of school next year will be August 30, 2023.

News from the Health Office:

We have a number of respiratory illnesses, circulating throughout our school community currently. 

As a reminder- Please have your students wash their hands often and well and:

Stay Home When Sick!

Students and staff should stay home with potentially contagious illnesses or symptoms, including the following:

● Vomiting or Diarrhea - must be symptom-free 24 hours and able to tolerate food and drink before returning to school.

● Fever 100.4 or greater - must be home until fever free without the use of medication for greater than 24 hours.

● Any infection requiring antibiotics - keep your student home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

● A persistent cough that disrupts normal activity.

● Excessive nasal drainage - check with your child’s doctor before sending your child back to school.

● Unexplained rash - check with your child’s doctor before sending your child to school.

● Red or draining eyes - check with your child’s doctor before sending your child to school.

● COVID-19 infection - please call or email the school nurse to determine the next steps

● Influenza - stay home until fever free without medication for 24 hours.

● Any other symptoms or illness that impede a student’s ability to learn or staff’s

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 30: Basketball Practice- Boys A/B 2:45-3:45, Girls A/B 3:45-4:45; Clubs (Homework)

Tuesday, January 31: No Basketball; Clubs (Homework, Music Leadership); 

Wednesday, February 1: Basketball Game vs. Milton- Girls @ CHMS, Boys @ Miton B-4:00, A-5:00; Clubs (Homework, GLOW, Rock Academy)

Thursday, February 2: Basketball Practice- Boys A/B 2:45-3:45, Girls A/B 3:45-4:45; Clubs (Homework, Yearbook, Sustainability)

Friday, February 3: Basketball Practice Girls A only 2:45-3:45

Game dates:


3/14  Westford       3/16  @SCS


3/21  BRMS           3/32 Montpelier


3/28  Harwood/Crosset Brook


3/30  SCS          4/4  TBD


4/6  TBD  

7th and 8th-grade Students and Families


We are excited to announce our upcoming Volleyball season!  Volleyball has quickly become a favorite sport and because of capacity, we will be offering this opportunity only to 7th and 8th graders.  Mr. Brian Carey will be the coach and we anticipate that we will have two teams.  The season will begin with the first practice on 2/21/2023.  


Sign-ups for Volleyball will be through our new athletic system Rank-one.  A link to Rank-one will be sent to students and families next week with an explanation of how to sign up.  Parents/Guardians, this portal will allow you to upload the needed documents for students to play.  This is the system that the high school has used for quite a while now and this will be CHMS' first time using the system.


A reminder:  Students must have the following to participate:  A current physical that is good through the season of play (April 7, 2023), and a completed Academic participation form.  The new program will lead you through the process and we will do our best to support you.


We are very excited to also share that we have new volleyball nets that we installed after last year's season was completed.  We will look very professional!  Here's to a great season!




CHMS Odyssey of the Mind Team Recruiting Team Members


Are you a 6th, 7th or 8th grader who is interested in creative problem-solving, likes to build things, makes up stories, enjoys performing, or is excited about outside the box thinking? If so, we would love to have you join this year’s Odyssey of the Mind team at CHMS!

 

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

The Odyssey of the Mind (OM) program focuses on students learning how to solve open-ended problems using each child's creative talents and skills.

Teams of 5-7 students are challenged to solve a Long-Term Problem over a period of several months, and then present their creative and unique solution in the form of a skit at the annual Vermont State OM Tournament. By participating, students not only have a FUNtastic time, but learn a variety of valuable life-long skills: thinking outside the box, creative problem-solving, working collaboratively..and so much more!

Following a long tradition of participating in OM, we are happy to report that Camel’s Hump Middle School will have an Odyssey of the Mind team in 2023! The team will be participating in Division II and membership is open to any student in grades 6, 7 or 8 this year. 

Team practices will start by mid-January and will continue through the Vermont State OM Tournament in Mid-March. We anticipate that we will initially be meeting one day a week during after school club times. (Exact day and timing TBD based on member schedules). As the tournament date approaches, the time commitment may increase to include some evening and/or weekend building and rehearsal sessions. 

You can find more general info at:  http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org

If you are interested in joining the team or simply want to know more about what it is all about, please reach out to this year’s coach, Patti Delaney, at patti@deanpatti.com or via text at 802-825-2715 or landline at 434-3422. 

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Mount Mansfield Girls Lacrosse Club – 2023


Welcome to the 2023 season of middle school girls lacrosse.

Program is for girls in fourth grade through eighth grade.  Season starts end of March (depending on snow) and runs through first week of June.

Practice is held Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 at Browns River Middle School

Games are Sundays in May and the first Sunday in June.

Please email melissamutolo@live.com for registration

We're Hiring!

Educational Support Staff 

If you love working with students and are looking for some extra money for the holidays, we’ve got the position for you! Camels Hump Middle School (CHMS) is seeking full-time, energetic and caring Paraprofessionals to work with students in Grades 5-8. We’re offering a $1000 sign on bonus! These positions are responsible for providing 1:1 support to students and working in groups with students to assist with Individualized Educational Program (IEP) services. In addition, paraprofessionals provide assistance to special educators and classroom teachers and perform a variety of supportive activities with a diverse population of students.

 

CHMS will provide job specific training. Qualified candidates should enjoy working with and engaging with students, have the ability to communicate effectively and work independently. Candidates must be reliable, have the ability to lift up to 25 pounds and stand and/or walk for extended periods of time to support students.

 We offer an excellent benefits package including a $1000 sign on bonus, paid time off, medical, dental and life insurance and a competitive salary. Our schools offer a supportive and collaborative work environment, flexible scheduling and an awesome team atmosphere! For more information about CHMS and our school district, please visit our web page at https://www.mmuusd.org/.


Administrative Assistant-Part-Time for Front Office

Camels Hump Middle School (CHMS) seeks an energetic and organized person to join our collaborative school administrative team! We are looking for a part-time (approx. 20 hours/week) administrative assistant that will help with answering phones and the front entrance doors, managing school announcements, greeting students and visitors, assisting with bus schedules, field trip requests and transportation requests and assisting the athletic director with scheduling. This position is great for parents that are looking for a schedule that works with their children’s school schedule!


Ideal candidates will enjoy working with students, be an effective communicator, have great organizational skills, be familiar with the Google suite, have the ability to maintain confidentiality and have a consistent positive attitude.  


We offer an excellent benefits package including a sign on bonus, paid time off, medical, dental and life insurance and a competitive salary. Our schools offer a supportive and collaborative work environment, flexible scheduling and an awesome team atmosphere! For more information about CHMS and our school district, please visit our web page at https://www.mmuusd.org/. Questions? Please contact Gretchen Muller, CHMS Principal at gretchen.muller@mmuusd.org or 802-434-2188.

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Engineering Meets Art Class at Radiate Art Space in Richmond

 

 -- To engineer is to design and build. To make art is to express creativity. In this class we will combine engineering and art! Each class will include an engineering component–circuits, catapults, pendulums, balance, and more… and then we will utilize these engineering tools to create amazing and unique art. This class is taught by Darcie Rankin. Darcie is a local educator with an engineering background, who has been teaching STEAM in grades PreK-8 as well as to other educators around the state of Vermont for the last ten years. This class will be hands-on and exploratory in a fun and supportive environment. Student inquiry and ideas for classes will be welcomed and encouraged.--

 

Target Audience: Grade 4 and Up (if you are a younger human that wants to try this out, and the time works…please reach out to see if this might work!)

 

Location: Radiate Art Space, 203 Bridge Street, Richmond Vermont

Date/Time: Thursdays 6:30 - 8 pm: Jan19th - Feb 23rd

Cost: 175 dollars per student (this will include the cost of materials… and six classes of amazing learning!)

To Sign Up: Contact Darcie Rankin at darcierankin@gmail.com

Community News:



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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!

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February 1 - Get your Science Olympiad team ready to compete! UVM will be hosting the Vermont Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and we are looking for high school teams to join us for this exciting day of science competition!

 

February 2 -  Have you ever wanted to learn how to program your own game? Well, here's your chance! In this 4-H World Changers: Learn to Code series, you will learn to program a collecting game using p5.js, a JavaScript library created especially for artists and designers. We will meet virtually each Thursday from February 2 - March 9, 7:00-8:00 pm.

 

February 3 - Get your Science Olympiad team ready to compete! UVM will be hosting the Vermont Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and we are looking for high school teams to join us for this exciting day of science competition! Teams need to pre-register by Feb 3 or contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu.


February 11 - Have you ever wondered how rockets work, and what goes into designing them? Come to this teen science cafe hosted by Jeff Gibson, Deputy Chief Engineer at Benchmark Space Systems. At this cafe, Jeff will walk through basic principles and

show you how to design your own functional model rocket from scratch!

 

February 18 - Discover Engineering is a FREE annual event for youth in grades 5-12 who want to learn about engineering, build skills and network with engineering students, faculty and professionals.  


We hope you will join us for some of these exciting programs! Make sure to sign up by the registration deadline.


More information about each program and registration links can be found at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements

 

More information about each program and registration links can be found at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements

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Save the Date!

Saturday, February 18: Discover Engineering - a full day event with workshops at UVM to promote the field of engineering and help youth understand different pathways they can take to pursue a future as an engineer. For grades 5-12. Learn more here.

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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