CCS Newsletter

September 15, 2017


Open House and Back to School BBQ

CCS held it’s annual Open House and Back to School BBQ on Thursday, September 14th. This event was co-sponsored by the CCS PTO. It was a fun-filled evening and students excitedly shared their work, their classrooms and their school with their families and community members! We truly enjoyed meeting and greeting many families.

Now that we have met so many of you, we also wanted to let you know how we, the leadership structure at CCS, informs parent-to-administrator contact. Before contacting an administrator, the expected chain of communication at CCS is for families to connect first with their child’s teacher. The teacher will best know the details, circumstances and your child!

  • As Lead Principal, Stephanie Sumner is involved K-8 with our larger systems - Behavior, School Climate, overall programming, co-curriculars, facilities, budgets and policies. Stephanie is the Instructional Leader for grades K-4. Parents within K-4 should connect directly with Stephanie regarding any positive feedback or concerns.

  • Jen Roth is the building Co-Principal and Instructional Leader for 5-8. Parents within grades 5-8 should connect directly with Jen regarding any positive feedback or concerns.

  • Cassandra Townshend is the CCS Director of Special Education and CVSD Director of Behavior Systems. If your child receives services through Special Education, you should connect directly with Cassandra regarding any positive feedback or concerns.


Stephanie, Jen and Cassandra

CCS Welcomes Jared Campbell

Grades 5-8 spent an hour on Wednesday afternoon with guest singer Jared Campbell. Jared Campbell is an award winning singer/songwriter from upstate New York and has been traveling the country performing for thousands of people and hundreds of schools over the past decade. He has shared the stage with Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, The Zac Brown Band and even Journey! His music has also been featured on MTV and he’s been acknowledged by Billboard Magazine as one of the top independent musicians in the northeast. His main focus is allowing his music to impact the lives of his listeners by experiencing joy, finding comfort through pain, and looking past obstacles towards living a better life. His songs are said to be uplifting, thought provoking and emotionally heartfelt. Jared mixes humor, stories of life on road and personal experience to relate to the audience set before him. Young people have walked away with life changing experiences such as finding their true passion in life, appreciating others around them and ceasing to bully those that are different, stopping their attempts at suicide and forming life lasting relationships with the friends and family surrounding them. Jared reaches his audience through the power of music with songs he's written about some of the most crucial elements to living out your life with purpose. His message focuses on overcoming obstacles, anti-bullying, respect, leadership and having an amazing outlook on life.

Jared’s songs and stories were compelling and engaging for our students - it was inspiring to see how many students stayed after the assembly to personally connect with Jared!

If families are interested in knowing more about Jared and his work with school audiences, they can visit his website:


Tuesday, September 19th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Board Meeting, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm

Friday, September 22nd

Grade 6-8 Dance!!, MPR, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 26th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Tuesday, October 3rd

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Friday, October 6th

CVSD Team Spelling Bee, at WCS, 8:30am

Monday, October 9th

School Safety Week!

Tuesday, October 10th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Thursday, October 12th

PTO Meeting, CCS Library, 6:00pm.

Topic: Proficiency Based Learning and Your Child

Tuesday, October 17th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Board Meeting, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm

Thursday, October 19th

Make-Up Picture Day!

Friday, October 20th

NO SCHOOL - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 24th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Tuesday, October 31st

Halloween Parade - watch newsletter for more details

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm


CORRECTION - Checks made out to the CCS PTO are NOT included in the "make payable to" CVSD instead of CCS change information. We apologize for any confusion.


Please return your SIS form (pre-printed student specific information with health information on back side) to the CCS Office by Wednesday, September 20th. The office is getting ready to start work on the Student Directory and this is how we ensure that the information being published in the directory is accurate. (Note: There is also a section on this form to mark off if you want to OPT OUT of being listed in the directory). Thank you.


Please make sure that you have returned your child’s updated registration and health information to the front office at CCS (back side of the SIS form). In cases of illness at school, it is imperative that we are able to reach a parent or emergency contact. It is also expected that students remain home until they have been fever-free and/or have not vomited for 24 hours. Thank you for helping us to ensure the health of all at CCS.


We anticipate reopening our cafeteria by the end of next week! When that happens, we will notify families of this change, update lunch menus and update morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up routines and expectations.


Thank you to all of our families and our very resilient students while CCS worked with BetCha Transit to resolve the bus situation caused by a shortage of bus drivers. Charlotte is now covered by 5 buses, down from 6. This means that routes are more full and slightly longer. Since the buses are running at pretty much student capacity, please remember that it may not be able to accommodate large number of students going to non-school sponsored after school events such as library programs, art classes or birthday parties. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Naomi Strada in the CCS Office.


Welcome from the library!

Please note the days of Kindergarten - 4th grade library visits. Students are working hard to remember their library days! Please know that if you forget library day, you are welcome to send library books in any day with your student. Book exchanges can happen any day of the week.

5th - 8th grade students visit the library in collaboration with their subject area teachers. Additionally, they may visit the library for book exchange any time that works with their classroom schedules.

I'm excited to be sharing my day with your children. Please feel free to stop in for a visit any time!

Mrs. Huestis
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Heidi Huestis gave an overview presentation to all 6th grade students about the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award book choices.


Proficiency-Based Learning and Your Child

Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:00 -7:00 p.m. CCS Library

Purpose: To help our parents partner with our school in the education of our kids by providing a deeper understanding of proficiency-based learning (PBL) in the Champlain Valley School District.

This evening will include a presentation and discussion with principals and instructional coaches. We will address what learning, assessment, and communication of student progress looks like in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8, in the PBL model.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!!

Co-sponsored by your CCS PTO and administration.

For more information contact Stephanie Sumner or Jen Roth


There are many ways to be involved this school year, from one-time events like the Champ Run to ongoing teacher appreciation lunches. Since some of the choices have changed since last year and we have a new system for collecting this information, please go to the link below and submit a form with your information and preferences.

Here's the volunteer link:

Please contact Beth Cullen at with questions.


7th graders Kayla Fysh and Stephanie Taylor collected 7000 pull tabs thanks to the support of all CCS classrooms - every 2000 tabs provides support for a family for one night at The Ronald McDonald House in Burlington.

Pictured on right: 6th grade teacher Ms. Duthie-Fox, Kristine Bickford of RMH, Kayla Fysh, and 6th grade teacher Mrs. Grey.


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