Thursday, March 31, 2016

Parking for Special Events @ TBPS
The Village Trustees met last night and one of the topics of discussion was parking & traffic flow around the school. There have been a lot of complaints from residents recently and many have reached out to the trustees. We are sharing the following from Joby Feccia regarding this issue: “The police department is going to increase parking enforcement at dismissal time and during special events on Stowe, High, and Armory Sts. This will include asking people to move, issuing tickets, and towing when appropriate.” “If cars are lined up during dismiss or illegally parked on Stowe St. we will have them move.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Odyseey of the Mind Teams Take Top Honors at State Tournament

Six teams of 3rd through 7th graders from Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook schools competed last weekend along with more than 50 other teams at the VT State Odyssey of the Mind tournament.  Three won first place trophies and three came in second place at the creative problem-solving program’s annual competition.
Both teams from Thatcher Brook Primary School won first place in their categories. The 4th grade team solved a technical problem with a fishing theme where they built several devices to fish for objects. The 3rd grade team competed in the theatrical category where the problem involved humor, a song and dance, and animal characters who had to help each other.

A team of 4th- and Crossett Brook Middle School 5th graders won first place in its category and also received a special creativity award for its humorous combination of themes from Aesop’s fables and modern social media. A team of Crossett Brook 5th and 6th grade boys and girls ranked second in a problem that required they build a structure out of balsa wood. A third Crossett Brook team of 6th and 7th graders created a vehicle that assisted characters in a skit with recycling.

In all, 36 local students including one from Bishop Marshall School and 10 parent volunteer coaches participated in OM. All six teams qualify to compete at the OM World Finals in late May this year at Iowa State University. Several teams are considering the trip. Teams from across the U.S. and a handful of other countries attend World Finals.

OM is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. OM builds teamwork, encourages risk-taking, and rewards originality. Teams typically have 5-7 student members. They choose from five problems and present their solutions at the state contest in the form of a short skit. 

Our OM program is supported entirely through fundraising and family contributions. Several fundraising events including a bottle drive will be held in the coming weeks to support the Iowa-bound students. Details will be announcements in school blogs, on Front Porch Forum, and in the Waterbury Record.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Odyssey of the Mind Champions

Our Odyssey of the Mind teams competed Saturday, March 19th in the Vermont State OM Tournament. Sadie McKibben, Grace Casey, Jack Myers, and Piper Floyd won their division. Congratulations!!

Our second Odyssey of the Mind team also placed first in their division. Congratulations to Anna Brundage, Eliana Buckingham, Nate Conyers, Maya Whitehair, Eloise Lilley, and Isabelle Fish. You all represented TBPS in exemplary fashion!  

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Washington West Supervisory Union Schools Adopt Project Lead The Way
(PLTW) Program to Better Prepare Students for Future Success

Waitsfield, VT. Washington West announced today that it will begin offering Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) programs, PLTW LaunchTMPLTW Gateway, and PLTW Engineering to grades K-12 school students in beginning in the Fall of 2016. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers. Washington West joins more than 8,000 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students.

“PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in STEM subjects,” said WWSU Director of Curriculum, Sheila Soule “We are excited to offer PLTW Programs to our students, giving them a chance to get excited about math, science, and STEM concepts and pursue these subjects as they continue their educational careers.” WWSU Lead teachers will begin preparing for the instructional shift over the summer.

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Recognizing that elementary age students already have the qualities of great makers and innovators, PLTW Launch taps into students’ exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering – now and for years to come. Through PLTW Launch, WWSU students will become problem solvers. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

The PLTW GatewayTM program is designed for students in middle school, a time when kids are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow. Tackling pressing challenges like designing tires for a moon rover, cleaning up an oil spill, or solving a fictional crime, students learn to test their limits and question what’s possible. And by challenging themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Gateway students learn that both failure and persistence are key to learning and innovation.

At the High School, PLTW Engineering is a STEM pathway that empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program engages students in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, using a flight simulator to learn basic pilot skills, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. As students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, they test their limits and question what’s possible. And by pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Engineering students learn that both failure and perseverance are key to learning and innovation.

“Project Lead The Way is proud to partner with WWSU to excite and engage students in math and science from the earliest ages,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Together, we’re helping students make connections, understand how the world works, and develop a strong foundation that will prepare them for success in their education, and ultimately, their careers.”

As a PLTW school system, WWSU is part of a community of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. PLTW students are afforded a variety of opportunities including scholarships, preferred admission at colleges and universities, internships, industry connections, and avenues to highlight achievements.

For more information please contact Sheila Soule at Washington West Supervisory Union.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

Friday, March 11, 2016

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We're Off to the Flynn

TBPS to the Flynn

On Friday, March 11th Grades K-4 at TBPS are headed to the Flynn Theater in Burlington for the Yamato drummers. Japan’s Yamato is a wildly entertaining group of drummers that combines the high-energy exhibitionism of a rock show with samurai-serious percussion playing. Yamato uses a massive drum—six feet in diameter and made from a 400-year-old tree—as their centerpiece, along with 40 taikos of various sizes.
Thank you to the TBPS PTO for sponsoring this trip!! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Silent Auction

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Thatcher Brook Primary School will be having a Silent Auction to benefit our Family Reading Program beginning Monday, March 14th at 3:00 PM and ending Thursday, March 17th at 6:00 PM.  Some of the items for auction include a Keurig from Keurig Green Mountain, a sampler from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, a beautiful fall canvass print from Hutchmade Photography, gift certificates from CC Sports, Waterbury Sports, and other local businesses, and many more.  Please come and check out the items in the main foyer near the office and place your bids.  All proceeds go toward purchasing the books and materials for our program.