Pink Out The Park 2015


Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Pink Out the Park 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, October 10, 9:00 AM at Bayside Park.

Join us this year for even more family fun including, warm-up by Jazzercise, stretching by Summit Chiropractic, costume contest,

raffles, prizes, food and lots of fun for the entire family. 

Health and Wellness tables by: Fleet Feet, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Ski Rack, Survivorship Now, American Cancer Society, Jazzercise, Summit Chiropractic and The Rehab Gym. 

This year we will have a surprise guest that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. 

Don’t miss out sign up today at PINK OUT THE PARK  

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All proceeds for this event go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Vermont. 


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Colchester Community Food Shelf Benefit Tennis Tourney

Food Shelf The friendly summer tennis tournament has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, September 12, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Bayside Park, Colchester. Please register to join by responding to this invitation. Contact Father Julian Asucan at or Jordan DeMatteis at for more information.


 All Proceeds will go to support the Colchester Community Food Shelf.

SAT / PSAT Practice Testing Opportunities This Fall

Colchester students have a couple of options available to them this fall to take the Preliminary or Practice SAT tests. The tests are designed to give them experience with the process and prepare them for the standardized testing widely used by college admissions departments and may qualify students for National Merit Scholarship competition.

First at the Burnham Library: Burnham Library has partnered with Kaplan to offer free practice tests to students. These tests will allow students to sit for the exam and have an authentic testing experience; students will also receive a full score report outlining their strengths and weaknesses. The tests will take place just down the street from the Library, at Our Lady of Grace Church (784 Main Street). You must register at least one week in advance at our website –

Here are the upcoming dates:

Practice PSAT Exam Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9am to 1pm

Practice SAT Exam Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9am to 1pm

For more information call (802) 264-5660

And also at Colchester High School:

This year the College Board is not offering a Saturday PSAT as they have done in the past.  In response, CHS took this as an opportunity and applied for a VSAC Gear Up Grant to test the entire 10th and 11th grades.  Our grant application was approved and we are moving forward with plans to administer the test to all 10th and 11th grade students.  This is a great opportunity to provide all students, regardless of ability to pay, with a practice college admissions test.  Moreover, the PSAT results provide access to free customized online SAT preparation for each student via MY College Quickstart.

The testing day at CHS will be Wednesday, October 14th.

For more information call (802) 264-5700





Back To School!!

The summer days are still warm but they are getting shorter and yes, it is time for Colchester students to go Back To School!

Teachers are already attending their fall programs this week in anticipation of the first official day of classes for everyone on next Wednesday August 26th.

Next week will kick off on Monday the 24th with the Porters Point School PTO Welcome Back Barbeque at 5:30 and the Colchester Middle School Sports Meeting at 6:30 in the CMS cafeteria.

There is a full listing of all school start times and special events as well the school calendar, cafeteria and bus information available at

Looking forward to seeing all those happy faces next week!





School District Solicits Community Members For Superintendent Search

Colchester School District

Superintendent Search Committee (SSC)

Community Member Solicitation 

As a part of the Superintendent Search process, a committee composed of administrators, teachers and community members will be convened to perform and oversee the functions leading to selection of the next Superintendent Of Colchester Schools by the School Board.

The committee tasks will include:

  • Redesign of the current Superintendent Job Description
  • Creation of the Superintendent Characteristic list
  • Selection of the Superintendent Search Consultant
  • Oversight of Superintendent Search Consultant
  • Review of Superintendent Candidate materials
  • Interview of Superintendent Candidates
  • Move the successful Candidates to Board

The Committee will convene in September for the preliminary design work and selection of the Superintendent Search Consultant. The Committee will meet again in December to process Superintendent candidate information, perform interviews and move successful candidates to the board.

The Committee will consist of 15 members:

1 School Board Member

1 Central Office Person

2 CSD Administrators

3 Teachers

7 Community Members / Parents / Guardians 

Letters Of Interest

Interested Community Members / Parents / Guardians should apply by August 21st via email at with contact information and availability in the months of September and December. Letters of interest should include: a paragraph describing why you are interested in participating as a member of the Superintendent Search Committee; a description of any experience(s), knowledge or skill(s) that would make you a strong committee member.

For those without email access please forward the above by mail to:

Colchester School District

125 Laker Lane

P.O. Box 27, Colchester, Vermont


Attn: Superintendent Search Committee

The District is reachable by phone at 802-264-5999 and at our web site at

New Superintendent Search Begins


Colchester School District Seeks Superintendent Search Consultant.

As many townspeople may know by now, Colchester School District Superintendent Larry Waters will be retiring effective June 30, 2016. Mr. Waters holds seniority in the state as the Superintendent serving longest in the same district at 10 years.

Since the timeline of events necessary to find Mr. Water’s replacement is long, the process is beginning this summer. The School Board has opted to search for and retain a consultant familiar with the nature of leadership selection to lead the district through community meetings, candidate searches and the interview and selection processes.

The consultant search thus begins with the advertising of the Superintendent Search RFP. Interested parties willing to serve as the consultant should follow the contact information embedded in the RFP.

Superintendent Search RFP

Tennis / Food Shelf Fundraiser at Bayside On Hold

The Planned



Will be rescheduled due to availability issues.

Watch Spotlight For Updated Schedule and Location For This Event

CMS BAND CARWASH: Saturday, May 30th

Car Wash

Event flyer will promote local businesses who donate $25 for biz cards ads

The Colchester Middle School Band will be holding their annual car wash on Saturday, May 30th from 9 am to noon in the CMS courtyard. There is no set price for a carwash, but patrons are asked to make whatever donation they can to help support the CMS band program.

To help further the fundraising effort, CMS band students are running a business card campaign and seeking $25 donations (and a business card) from local businesses in exchange for having their business card included in a flyer handed out to each person who comes through the carwash. Business owners who would like to have their business card included in the flyer should contact CMS Band Director Emily Desautels by email

Funds from this event will go into the Band student activity account for next year. According to Desautels, the program is in need of more updated percussion instruments, a new tuba, repairs to larger school-owned instruments, and more technology for the classroom.

This has been an incredibly successful fundraiser in the past, and we hope to see many clean cars and smiling faces after this year’s event!

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CHS Students at All-State Music Festival



This year, 430 Vermont students were selected to participate in the All State Music Festival held in Middlebury in May. The event attracts young musicians from all over Vermont. Students must audition to participate in the highly selective honor ensembles, which rehearse intensely during the four-day festival and put on performances on the final two days.

This year, 27 students from Colchester High School were selected to participate in the ensembles. The following CHS choral students—24 of them in all—participated in the Festival’s chorus: Jonny Barden; Isabella Bertoni; Lauren Brooks; Renee Brouillette; Claire Cameron; Ethan Cameron-Vaupel; Erin Casab; Corinne Colgrove; Jimmy Collins; Meghan Collins; Morgan Eaton; Ethan Goedken; Mario Houle; Kristian Labrie; Matthew LaChance; Tim Lewis; Bella Lopez; Meghan Meyers; Victoria Mier; Katie Pierson; Laura Shaw; Megan Wallace; Elysia Way; and, Jessica Zwolen.

CHS students Josh Kalfus and Beth Moore participated in the Festival’s concert band. CHS student Justin Ricker participated in the Festival’s orchestra. Vermont’s All State Music Festival was first held in 1928. Steffen Parker has been its director for 31 years.

In the photo, CHS Band Director Evan Peltier (front left) and CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle (front right) flank a group of the CHS students who participated in this year’s All State Music Festival.

CSD Band Programs Accepting Used Instrument Donations

CSD Band Programs Accepting Used Instrument Donations


Has it been a while since you played that old clarinet or French horn? Is your old instrument taking up valuable space or gathering dust in the closet? Friends of Colchester Music hopes you will consider giving your old instrument new life and enriching the life of a young Colchester music student by donating your old guitar, brass or woodwind instrument to the Colchester School District (CSD) band programs.


“Extra instruments are tough to come by and they are expensive…we have a small pool of extra instruments that we are able to share among the three school district band programs,” said CMS Band Director Emily Desautels. “Having a few more instruments would be very helpful not only for instructing students, but also in case an instrument is left at home on practice day, gets damaged or, most importantly, if a student wants to play an instrument but lacks the means to rent one.”

The CSD music booster group Friends of Colchester Music is now accepting donations of any brass or woodwind instruments. To donate an instrument to the CSD band programs, please contact Friends of Colchester Music at All donations are tax deductible.



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