Colchester School District Smarter Balance Assessment (SBAC) Results by Demographics


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Part of the public reporting requirements for SBAC is to publish the demographic results for students who were classified as Free and Reduced Lunch as well as those who have a special education classification. When No Child Left Behind was passed there was a very legitimate concern that students who fell into these classifications often significantly underperformed to their capacity when compared to their peers who did not have these classifications. A key goal for the original legislation was to have all students achieve to their potential and in order to do that, these gaps needed to be closed. When students were taking NECAP, the Colchester School District was making significant progress closing the gaps for students on Free and Reduced Lunch due to the collective instructional efforts during these years. Since this is the first year of SBAC there is no way to know how to interpret these results compared to other districts in the State of Vermont or the country since they have not been published. What we can say is that gaps remain, that some gaps are less than others, some are significant, and that the work needs to continue to make sure all students continue to fully achieve to be college and career ready. As initiatives and efforts are identified with that specific work, we will share it with you.

Colchester School District Performs Well Compared to State on New State Standardized Assessment (SBAC)


In the spring of 2015, Colchester students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the first administration of the new statewide assessment called SBAC. This new assessment was used to measure how students performed on the new Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math.   SBAC replaced the former NECAP assessment the State of Vermont had used since 2004-2005 to measure adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind legislation. Students in 20 other states also took this assessment. In the first published results this Fall that are displayed in the table above, students in the Colchester School District showed significant positive differences in the percent of students who scored Level 3 or above in both content areas when compared to all students in the State of Vermont for many of the grades. The Colchester School District has worked very hard and intentionally to implement the Common Core into all classrooms and all grades throughout the district for the past several years. These initial results can be seen as an early indicator on the success of those efforts. In future blogs more information will be provided on what these results mean and how they will be used to help the district move forward with its mission to always get better for the children of this community.

Colchester Ski, Board, Skate and Sporting Goods Sale

Colchester Ski, Board, Skate and Sporting Goods Sale
Join the Fun and Shop the Swap!


     The 35th Colchester, Ski, Board, Skate and Sporting Goods Sale will take place on Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, October 4th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The sale will be held at Colchester High School. For those who wish to consign equipment you may drop that equipment and/or clothing off at the Colchester High School cafeteria on Friday, October 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Pick up for the public consignment will be on Sunday, October 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

     The sale benefits three Colchester School District programs. Those programs are the physical education programs at Malletts Bay School, Colchester Middle and Colchester High School; the Nordic and Alpine ski teams at CHS and the Colchester Athletic Boosters who support all of the athletic programs at CHS.

     It takes about 170 volunteers to make Vermont’s largest sale a huge success. If you are interested in helping contact Morgan Samler ( at CHS, Joe Johnston ( at Colchester Middle School or Brian Hunt ( at Malletts Bay School. You can go directly to the Sign Up Genius to volunteer at .

       So come join us for tremendous deals on new and used ski equipment, snowboards, ice skates, hockey equipment, clothing and all sorts of sporting goods equipment from businesses and hundreds of public consignees. Mastercard and Visa are accepted.

     We hope to see you there! Join the fun and shop at the swap!

3rd Annual Pink Out the Park 5K Walk/Run

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

Lots of  family fun including, live music by “She was right”,  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, The Cancer Patient Foundation and the Rehab Gym.

New this year the Pink Out the Park Mascot…..

Meet the Pink Panther at the Friday Night Football Game at the Colchester High School.

He will be there taking sign-ups for Pink Out the Park and enjoying the game!

Go Lakers!!!!


Updated Math Program for Colchester K-5 Students

Colchester’s primary and elementary school students are working with an updated version of the District’s core mathematics program, Everyday Math. The program was completely revised to align with the Common Core State Standards, and represents a significant improvement in achieving the depth and rigor associated with these standards. Professional development to support implementation is ongoing, provided by Colchester’s curriculum Director Gwen Carmolli and Math Coach Susan Morin. The updated program includes formative assessments that help teachers plan for success, along with many online components to support student learning. Games and problem solving ensure opportunities for students to engage with one another in productive struggle that strengthens understanding and application of critical mathematical concepts. Last spring’s results from the annual standardized test (Smarter Balanced Assessment) indicate that Colchester students perform above the state average. Nonetheless, scores indicate persistent achievement gaps for low-income students and those with disabilities. The updated Everyday Math program supports high quality, responsive instruction aimed at raising achievement levels for all students.

Contact: Gwen Carmolli, Colchester School District,


Pictured: Third graders (Madison Dutton L and Ava Moore R) work in their math journals while consulting online components of the math program using Chromebooks.Mathstudents-2

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  

For more details like us on Facebook  

Contact us at:  

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

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