Hometown Heros

We here in Colchester are so fortunate to have such generous individuals and businesses that regularly and continuously contribute to not only our school system, but to the community in general. These people who contribute, many anonymously, seek no accolades, no personal rewards other than the knowledge they have had a positive effect on their community. The CSD Spotlight will endeavor to celebrate the Hometown Heros of Colchester whenever we encounter them or hear of their stories. If you know of a Hometown Hero, let us know here at CSD Spotlight so we can share the positive energy they bring to our community.

This Hometown Hero message comes to us from the Colchester High School Librarian, Christine Eldred:

“A big thank you to Jiffy Mart Manager James Beckett for his donation to the Colchester High School Library! Every day, Jiffy Mart donates a copy of the Burlington Free Press and the New York Times to the CHS library for all students and staff to enjoy. Daily newspapers are a tremendous resource for CHS and this gift helps stretch the library budget considerably. Mr. Beckett’s generosity is greatly appreciated!”

Burnham Memorial Library Author Visit At The Meeting House September 29th

Author ADAM GIDWITZ visits the Burnham Memorial Library!

Monday, September 29 at 6:00pm (at the Meeting House).

Gidwitz is the author of the bestselling children’s books: A Tale Dark and Grimm, In a Glass Grimmly, and The Grimm Conclusion.In this trilogy, Mr. Gidwitz puts his own spin on classic fairy tales.


Copies of the books are available for check-out at the library. Read one (or all 3) before the event and join us for his talk and discussion.

Think up some great questions to ask Mr. Gidwitz!

There will be also be copies of all 3 Grimm books for purchase (from Phoenix Books) on the night of the event. Hardcover ($13.60) & Paperback ($6.40).

Mr. Gidwitz will sign purchased copies.

Colchester Football Fund Raiser at 3 Brothers Pizza

Once again, Three Brothers Pizza will be contributing a portion of their sales for the entire day Wednesday September 17th, to Colchester Football. The Three Brothers are long-standing supporters of the football program and are a fine example of Colchester Business supporting our students and athletes. Please visit them at 973 Roosevelt Pkwy. or call them at 655-5550.3 Brothers Logo

CMS Wellness Ambassador Heads To Washington D.C.

Colchester Middle School student Shea Barber left today to participate in the “Fuel Up To Play 60″ school wellness conference in Washington D.C. Shea will be our Vermont “ambassador” to a School Leadership wellness roundtable, designed to elicit student perspectives on nutrition and physical activities during the school day. A WCAX clip from this morning’s news can be seen here.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

Science Center Opening Well Attended

The official inauguration of the upgraded Colchester High School Science Center took place last evening and was well attended by representatives from both state and local government, Colchester citizens and retired CHS science faculty.

Remarks were delivered by Governor Peter Shumlin, Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, Colchester School Board Chair Mike Rogers and Principal Amy Minor who thanked the citizens, taxpayers and voters of Colchester for their vital support of the project. All speakers seconded Ms. Minor’s focus on the development of the children of Colchester in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, alluding to the the necessity of scientific skills in a modern knowledge economy.

The official ribbon cutting was performed by the CHS science faculty accompanied by long-time CHS science faculty member Mr. Joe Desrosiers. Tours of the Science Center followed and many participants also attended the CHS Parent Open House.Ribbon Cutting 1

CHS Science Center Official Opening

The Colchester High School Science Center upgrade will be officially inaugurated at 5:30 pm tomorrow September 11th. While classes have been ongoing in the newly configured classrooms and labs for some time now, the time has come to cut the ribbon and celebrate project completion.

The Colchester High School Science faculty will perform the ribbon cutting to thank the taxpayers of Colchester for the support of this essential upgrade. Also honored will be the citizen members of the Science Center Taskforce who along with the faculty collaborated with the architects from Black River Design to come to a final design outcome. These business, scientific and medical experts from our community provided their unique and essential perspectives, all helping to assure the form of the classrooms would allow them to function as modern labs for scientific inquiry and discovery.

Governor Peter Shumlin is scheduled to attend as well as the Secretary of the Agency of Education, Rebecca Holcombe. Following the inaugration, the CHS Parent Open House will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The itinerary for the inauguration can be found at CHS Science Center Grand Opening

New 3-Year Teacher Contract In Place

Last evening the Colchester Education Association (CEA) ratified the tenative contract agreement that had been approved on Tuesday evening September 2nd by the Colchester School Board (CSB).

With this last formality, the new Teacher Contract is binding from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

The Colchester School Board had drafted a letter dated September 3rd, giving details of the contract, the process used to come to an agreement and the rationale the Board was directed by during the process. This letter is attached.  Update On Teacher Contract Negotiations

Colchester Music Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet with our Music Teachers!
Tuesday, September 9, from 6:30 to 7:00 pm in the Colchester High School Band Room.

Friends of Colchester Music invites you to come and meet your child’s music teachers and hear about the great things that are happening in your CSD music community. Music teachers from all of the schools will be there to share information about their programs and plans for the school year. Light refreshments will be served.

Following the Meet and Greet, FCM will have their first meeting of the school year, and everyone is welcome to stay.

Friends of Colchester Music is looking forward to another school year full of concerts, fund-raising, and support for our music students. Our music programs are still growing, and so is FCM! We are an active group of parents and music teachers who advocate and fundraise for all the music programs in the Colchester School District. We would love to have your support at our meetings and at music events. Please join us!

Marie Bouffard
Chair, FCM

Spotlight on LIFE

This fall the Colchester School District and the Colchester Recreation Department are collaborating on the launch of the LIFE program. Modeled closely on the CVU Access program of community involvement, LIFE will give a Colchester feel to programs designed as “Learning Is For Everyone” that are distinct from the successful set of programs traditionally run by the Colchester Recreation Department.

While the bulk of offerings will be run at CHS, as the program broadens, local businesses may host events at their locations due to unique equipment or staging requirements. This fall LIFE currently offers programming in Wellness, Technology and Enrichment, a set of diverse and unique learning opportunities. LIFE seeks to tap into local instructors with talent and passion who seek to share their skills with the community and help to grow the breadth of program offerings in the future.

So, come to LIFE, utilize the assets and talents that surround us here, making Colchester a great place to learn and live. To access the inaugural LIFE offerings and fall brochure just click here.

Colchester School District Calendar and Lunch Menus

Good Morning! As we approach the end of the first week of school some changes have been made to the District calendar and the breakfast and lunch menus have been served!

The Colchester School District updated calendar can be found by clicking on this link.

The District Food Service Menus for all schools can be found here.

As usual….watch this space!

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