CHS To Host Spring Band Concert on April 2

The Colchester High School band will hold its Spring Band Concert on Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm in the CHS Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public.

The CHS Concert Band will perform several  pieces, including a Spanish piece written in the “Paso Doble” style titled, “Espana Cani.” The CHS Jazz Band will perform three selections from one of the masters of the big band genre – Duke Ellington. There will also be various small chamber group performances throughout the concert, including a saxophone ensemble performing an arrangement of “The Muppet Show Theme”! The performance is expected to last a little over an hour.

Friends of Colchester Music will be selling flowers and DVDs at the event. LCATV will be recording the event.

For more information about this event, visit

2015 soiree chorale pic 2015 soiree movin out

Colchester High School (CHS) band and choral ensembles perform at the CHS Annual Music and Meal Soiree that was held on February 13 in the CHS cafeteria. The evening featured several small group performances by CHS band and choral students while parents and community members enjoyed a spaghetti meal.

Malletts Bay School Plans Evening of Math and Cookies


On Wednesday, April 8th beginning at 6:15 p.m. Malletts Bay School will sponsor a unique celebration of mathematics, open to the entire community.  Entitled “Math and Cookies,” the evening is billed as “a deliciously smart family night.”  Participants will learn how community members use math in their occupations.  Presenters include Eric Nelson of Eye and I Glass; Leah Chiarmonte of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; computer scientist Tom Bacon; and Sean Parker, meteorologist for local station Fox 44.  In addition to the presentations, participants will be able to view displays including “math and quilting” by Town Clerk Karen Richard; “rising nutrient levels in Malletts Bay” by Karen Bates; “math and legos” by Rachel and Mason Alling; and many student displays.  The gymnasium will be filled with activities led by fifth grade students who are part of the school’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” student wellness team.  Of course, there will be cookies!

This unique event is sponsored by the Malletts Bay School’s “School-Community Council” and the Title I program.  To RSVP, please visit the Malletts Bay School home page at or call us at 264-5900.

CMS Cougars Compete in Jr. Iron Chef

Colchester Middle School has five young 6th grade chefs competing in the upcoming Jr. Iron Chef Competition at the Expo in Essex on Saturday, March 21.  They have been practicing different dishes like sandwiches, salads, and breakfast each week and have adapted a recipe for Colchester Cougar Corn Chowder served with Parmesan Crisps and Garlic Herb Crostini.  The group has sourced local products whenever possible.  The team has learned basic food safety, preparation, and teamwork over the course of the year.  They are excited about the upcoming competition.  Their chowder will also be served at the upcoming CMS family/community night on March 27, 2015.

Picture from left to right: Tyler Roberge, Max Grenier, Colby Fane-Cushing, Carson Corrigan, Abby Blin.

From left to right: Tyler Roberge, Max Grenier, Colby Fane-Cushing, Carson Corrigan, Abby Blin.

Join us at the Champlain Valley Exposition to support our students! The day-long event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per individual or $5 per family.

Good luck Cougars!

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CMS Family Social on March 27


The Colchester Middle School (CMS) PTO is sponsoring a Family Social for CMS Students and their families on Friday, March 27, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The evening will include a complimentary dinner (graciously provided by Colchester Nutritional Services), activities, and fun!

Please RSVP via the Colchester Middle School Website.  We hope you can join us!

It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!


It is that time of year again — time to register for kindergarten! This registration is for children who will attend public kindergarten in Colchester during the 2015/2016 school year. Children must be five years old before September 1, 2015.

Kindergarten Registration
May 2015

The Colchester School District will be registering new kindergarten students on the following days:

Porters Point School

Monday — May 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday — May 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Union Memorial School

Monday — May 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday — May 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Porters Point School: May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

 Union Memorial School: May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

At the time of registration, you must bring the following items:

  • Immunization Records — Please get a copy now from your child’s doctor and bring it with you at the time of registration. This information is required by the Vermont Department of Health.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residency
One of the following documents is required to verify residency in Colchester, Vermont.


Two of the following documents are required to verify residency in Colchester, Vermont.
  • A current property tax bill
  • Current mortgage papers/closing statement showing a Colchester address and the name of the legal parent/guardian, or custodian
  • Formal lease showing the name, address, and telephone number of the landlord; Colchester address and name of lessee
  • A notarized letter from the landlord stating the address of the residence being leased and the name(s) of the lessee(s) with the landlord’s address and telephone number
  • Valid Vermont driver’s license with Colchester address
  • Valid Vermont non-driver ID with Colchester address
  • Current utility bill in your name, with Colchester address
  • Valid public aid card
  • Bank statement for last or current month (financial information omitted) with Colchester address

Your child will accompany you on the date and time of the appointment, as they will take part in a two-hour screening.

Appointments are required.  Please call now!

Porters Point School (802) 264-5920
Union Memorial School (802) 264-5959

For your convenience, this information is also available on CSD’s website.


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CSD Seeking Young Peers for EEE Program — Open House on March 16!


Colchester School District is looking for typically developing peers to participate in our Essential Early Education (EEE) program at Malletts Bay School. The preschool open house will take place on Monday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Malletts Bay School.

The half-day preschool classes will follow the 2015–2016 school calendar (observing all school holidays and vacations) for their duration. Peers will model language, social communication, and play for students learning these skills. They will develop friendships while gaining confidence and school-readiness skills in a literacy-rich environment with experienced educators and support personnel.


Participating children must be three or four years old by September 1 and live in Colchester. Please note: children need not be three or four in order to attend the March 16 open house; they must only be three or four by September 1 to participate in the program.

Transportation will not be provided for participants.

For more information, please e-mail Nancy Smith ( or call (802) 264-5912.


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Important Town Meeting Information

Town Meeting is on March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and early voting is now occurring at the Town Clerk’s office with March 3rd as the final day for voting at CHS from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information on the budget, the articles to be voted upon, which include the local option tax and capital plan reauthorizations, please stop by the Town Clerk’s office or Burnham Library for a town report and information, visit or LCATV has videos for your viewing.

What do you get for your municipal property taxes? For just under $5.00 per day, the average Colchester household receives:

  • Round the clock police and dispatching services (Responded to 12,950 incidents last year)
  • Rescue services staffed by 4 full-time employees and over 40 volunteers
  • Volunteer Fire services
  • Public Works maintaining 109 miles of roads, bridges, buildings, vehicles, equipment and 2,500 storm water structures
  • Parks and Recreation services (all programs and some staff paid by user fees, not property taxes)
  • Burnham Library offering free educational programs and assistance for all ages
  • Planning and Zoning, Town Clerk and Assessor Services
  • Services such as county court system, Winooski Valley Park District, VNA, Regional Planning and Economic Development Assistance

Want to find out more about these services? You can view department-specific video presentations about the services provided by the Town of Colchester at:

Colchester LogoTown of Colchester
781 Blakely Rd. | P.O. Box 55
Colchester, Vermont 05446

School District Budget Letter and Important Voting Information

On Tuesday March 3rd Colchester citizens will go to the polls exercising their civic duty to vote on Town and School budgets as well as other articles that determine how their government will be run. Timing is never good and this year especially, as many families will be out of town searching for warmer weather and who could blame them? To be away yet exercise your civic duty, the Town provides absentee ballots to make the process easy. Click on the  Town Clerk’s Office for voting information and locations.

In the Community Conversation meetings the School Board has listened to voters, shared information about the budget process and explained how education funding works in our state. The Board believes that the budget that they have crafted will meet the needs of students next year and is worthy of voter support at the polls. Click on the  School Board’s Open Letter  for their message. The Board understands the education funding model may change this year but no matter the outcome of those debates in Montpelier, their budget is designed to support student outcomes and success. For all the budget detail please click on CSD FY 2016 Budget Info.

School  And  Town Report Night

The District for the 8th year will be hosting the free community dinner prior to the report night. School and Town officials will be available for informal discussions and our legislators have been invited to attend as well. Get your questions answered while enjoying homemade lasagna (vegetarian and meat), salad and garlic bread.

When? March 2, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where? Colchester High School’s Cafeteria (Laker Lane)
Cost? Free! Just bring your special dessert to share.

If you are a registered voter, you may also attend the annual Town and School reports meeting following the dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Colchester High School. There will be a short video presentation on Vermont Education Funding beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.


On Tuesday, March 3, both voting districts (9-1 and 9-2) will vote at Colchester High School. This change was made due to a lack of parking and accessibility for seniors and persons with disabilities at the Meeting House.


February CSD Music Events & Accolades

First the Coming Events:

The Colchester High School Music Program is holding its annual Spaghetti Soiree—a night of dinner and music provided by CHS choral and instrumental groups—on Friday, February 13 in the CHS cafeteria. There will be seatings for the spaghetti dinner at 5 pm and at 7 pm. Tickets for either seating are available for $12 each (for those 13 and over) and $8 each for children age 3 to 12.

To pre-order tickets for the Spaghetti Soiree, please call Evan Peltier or Melissa Towle at 802/264-5742 or contact them via email at or Please specify which seating time you prefer. Due to the popularity of this event, pre-ordering of tickets is recommended. (Tickets can also be purchased at the door if there are remaining seats.)

Malletts Bay School will hold its first concerts of the school year in February. The MBS fifth grade band and chorus will perform on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. MBS third and fourth graders will perform on Thursday, February 19 in the MBS Gym at 6 pm and 7 pm, respectively. The MBS band is under the direction of the district’s new music teacher Tyler Mast. (CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle directs the MBS chorus.)

And then the Accolades……….


Six Colchester High School band students performed in the Castleton College High School Honors Music Festival held on January 23 in the Casella Theater (Castleton). Participating CHS band students were: Katie Pierson (flute); Emily Carter (flute); Beth Moore (first chair, flute); Meghan Collins (first chair, saxophone); Chloe Bullock (clarinet); and, Haley Kieny (clarinet). Nearly 100 students from Vermont and New York high schools were selected to perform in the concert band.

District III 2015 CMSSeveral 7th and 8th grade Colchester Middle School students were selected to perform in the District III Music Festival concert held on January 31 at ADL Middle School. Back row, left to right: Graham Bertoni, Sam Burgess, Keegan Davis, Myla Jacobs, Kaitlyn Small, Hayley Church. Middle row: Mikey Collins, Paige Paradise, Nora Peterson, Nora Allen, Betty Faul-Welfare, Jenna Walker, Julia Dragon. Front row: Jessie Thompson, Abby Palaza, Petra Bajuk, Kayley Tullgren. District III Jazz 2015


Colchester Middle School musicians in the 7th and 8th grade were selected to perform in the first annual District III Jazz Festival concert held on November 14 at Browns River middle School. Left to right: Betty Faul-Welfare, Sam Burgess, Graham Bertoni, Mikey Collins, Nora Peterson, (front) Petra Bajuk.

Congratulations To All!


32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival! Update

Spotlight Viewers: Due to a technical error this Spotlight post yesterday contained an incorrect link to the Winter Carnival web page. Our apologies for this resend but this is a great town event and should not be missed! The link below is correct.

This weekend, February 6, 7, & 8 will be the 32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival! The whole event kicks off on Friday night with the annual Colchester’s Got Talent Community Talent Show, showcasing over 30 unique acts from some of Colchester’s most talented residents! The Talent Show starts at 6:00pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. Saturday will be a day full of fun at Colchester High School. Highlights include: an arcade game room, mechanical snowboard, caricatures, face painting, maple cotton candy, pony rides, a photo booth, a giant snow maze, and much more! The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont will also host a chili cook-off on Saturday, with all proceeds going to their charity. On Sunday, Leddy Park will have an open skate and St. Michael’s College will have an open swim at their pool, both for free with a Winter Carnival admission bracelet.

For a full schedule of events and performances for the weekend, please visit the Winter Carnival page on Colchester Parks & Recreation’s website, here:

Admission bracelets can be purchased NOW at the following businesses: Biben’s ACE Hardware, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester Parks & Recreation, and Mazza’s General Store. You can also purchase bracelets at the Winter Carnival Information Booth at the High School Entrance this weekend (see schedule for hours). Bracelets are $6.00 each (children 2 and under FREE).

You won’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there!


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