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!

Summer Is Over ~ Back To School

The Spotlight is back after a summer vacation and the Colchester School District is gearing up for another busy school year!

The District website is the best location for the latest news from all our schools. As a single source of information, parents can access not only the individual school web sites, but also the District Bus Schedules,  Free and Reduced Lunch information and soon, the lunch menus for the schools will appear there as well. As they say….”Watch This Space”.

To catch everyone up on summer goings-on, the big news is the Science Center upgrade at CHS is on schedule with the Open House date and time to be announced soon. Wright & Morrissey Construction is working diligently to get the science floor ready for students. The CHS maintenance staff will of course be working their magic to assure that every aspect of the new upgraded space is in fine working order.

Also, the Colchester School District and the Town of Colchester Recreation Department are collaborating this fall in the development of the LIFE program. LIFE, Learning Is For Everyone, intends to expand educational  opportunities for Colchester residents and non-residents of all ages. While most offerings will be hosted at CHS, some offerings may appear at other schools or local businesses, depending upon the nature and requirements of the courses.

We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to a busy fall!

Communications Update: Spotlight on Hiatus Beginning Today

While CSD’s communications program strategizes its transition to a curtailed version of itself, the Spotlight will have a summer-long hiatus effective today.

To date, the Spotlight has been read more than 100,000 times—in addition to its nearly 1,300 subscribers who automatically receive its articles—in 132 countries around the world from Australia to Zambia. Since its launch in the spring of 2011, it has published 828 articles covering a wide variety of topics (including hundreds of photographs and dozens of videos) in an effort to foster the open communication, transparency, accountability, and community spirit that are so important to students’ education. The Spotlight, to which we have repeatedly encouraged the community to subscribe, covers a wide variety of subjects in an effort to offer clear information—everything from college and career planning, the Common Core State Standards, and costs of school meals to academic performance, illness-prevention strategies, and how administrators determine whether to close school due to inclement weather—in regularly published updates. The Spotlight also shares information about important opportunities and initiatives in your schools, such as technology integration efforts and the safe use of technology, community wellness activities, student civic engagement programs, exciting grant-funded projects, partnerships with local and state officials, and much more.

While the Spotlight has been designed to serve as an important facet of CSD’s communications efforts, it is by no means our only avenue for connecting with the community with which we work. We strongly encourage the community to access information about the school district through our numerous outreach channels, which have been discussed many times in the past, including:

And did you know that many teachers and administrators also have websites, blogs, Twitter feeds, and more? Watch videos and slideshows of innovative learning in action and discover what takes place in twenty-first-century classrooms. Many students also write blogs as part of their academic experience into which they incorporate the electronic books, short films, and other work they create. Meet teachers, students, and community volunteers who offer a glimpse into life in your school community.

In addition, your schools host and encourage participation in numerous community events throughout the year, and the district also welcomes the public’s use of the facilities. All of this is in an effort to communicate with our community members and to establish lasting, meaningful partnerships.

If you have any additional ideas or suggestions for how CSD can further its communications efforts, please call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999.

Have a wonderful summer!

Great News! CHS Awarded Public Outreach Grant!

The Vermont Agency of Education has just announced that four Vermont high schools have been awarded a public outreach grant, and Colchester High School is among them!

The grants were awarded to “help build public understanding and support for the Act 77 Legislation of 2013 designed to provide students with multiple pathways to graduation.”

Along with CHS, Otter Valley Union High School (in Brandon), Twinfield Union School (in Plainfield), and Champlain Valley Union High School (in Hinesburg) were awarded the grants. According to the VT-AOE, “Teams will work together to build understanding of education redesign.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with these schools to ensure that communities across Vermont fully understand the implications of the legislation. In an era of unprecedented societal change, our best shot at creating a prosperous future for Vermont and our students is to remodel our educational delivery system to meet their needs,” said Deputy Secretary John Fischer. “We need to spread that message far and wide.”

Here is more from the VT-AOE’s press release:

Act 77 encourages all schools in Vermont to offer flexible pathways to high school graduation, which includes both traditional and non-traditional learning. For example, students are able to get credit for internships and other workplace-based experiences. Act 77 also supports dual enrollment in high school and college courses, as well as virtual (online and video) and blended learning experiences.

The Personalized Learning Plan requirements of Act 77 will help students achieve academic success, be prepared for post-secondary opportunities, and engage actively in civic life. Schools must ensure that they have designed a PLP process for implementation beginning in the fall of 2015. Schools will be expected to work with students to identify their goals, learning styles, and abilities and align this with the school’s academic expectations and student’s pathway toward graduation.

As part of the grant, the four schools will gather several times over the next academic year to learn a host of skills related to building public understanding of educational redesign and deep engagement. These include: strategic framing, an approach to communications that draws on how people make sense of public issues; dialogue for change strategies to help educators lead conversations in their communities about school redesign; and strategies for building youth-adult partnerships for engaging their peers in the change process.

Participants will also engage in a robust online platform and in authentic school-based projects that will advance the public conversation about student-centered learning in their communities. The experience will culminate in a statewide exhibition of learning.

For more information about the project, please contact the VT-AOE’s Debi Price at or by phone at (802) 479-1172.

Congratulations, Colchester High School!

Get Your Town Weekly Report Here


  • Do you intend to do any development or clearing within 250 feet of the lake? You’ll want to read this update!
  • Your police department has been really busy, responding to more than 900 calls in the last month. Want to know more?
  • Need a small-sized safety helmet? Want to know where to get one?

Want to know more about what’s been going on in your town government? Please click here to read all about it—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending June 20, 2014.

When we’re all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.

Run, Cougars, Run!

Colchester Middle School athletes made a really impressive showing at the Chittenden County Middle School Track & Field Championship on June 9 at Essex High School.

Members of the CMS track and field team at the 2014 championship event on June 9

Members of the CMS track and field team at the 2014 championship event on June 9

“Both the boys and girls won the Chittenden County Middle School Track & Field Championship 2014!” said Jude Olson, a CMS track coach. “This is the first time for CMS! The team showed a lot of depth, talent, and beautiful sportsmanship.”

To view the full results of the event, please click here.

Congratulations, athletes!

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Congratulations, CHS Class of 2014!

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.
—Maya Angelou

Colchester High School graduated 160 seniors at the June 14 commencement exercises.

Congratulations and best wishes, graduates!

When we’re all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.

Have Some News With Your Morning Coffee


  • There are some changes coming up regarding recycling and solid waste. Want to know more?
  • Want to know more about the farmers’ market, the upcoming book sale, library summer programming, and more?
  • Curious about what your Parks and Recreation Department is up to?

Please click here to read all about it—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending June 13, 2014.

When we’re all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.

CHS is a Trendsetter for Other High Schools!

As we mentioned in an earlier Spotlight article, several Colchester High School representatives presented at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) conference in October of 2013. Since then, many other schools have visited CHS or contacted CHS administrators for more information about its AT program, which emphasizes academics, assistance, and advising time. The AT program has a more consistent schedule and focuses much more intently upon advancement of learning, assistance with skills, and meaningful engagement in advising.

CHS Principal Amy Minor recently announced that Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, will be implementing a similar program based on CHS’s work. The Portsmouth school’s administrators were so impressed with the amazing and thorough handbook that CHS created that they are using it as a template for creating their own!

CHS’s leadership and programming is gaining national attention! On July 30, Principal Amy Minor accepted the prestigious 2013/2014 Vermont Principal of the Year award from the Vermont Principals’ Association. And CHS once again ranks among the top 5 percent of the nation’s high schools according to US News and World Report, giving CHS its silver medal designation. And as we announced in May, The Washington Post has declared Colchester High School as among America’s most challenging high schools!

For more information, please contact CHS at (802) 264-5700.

When we’re all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.

CCTA Service in Colchester to Kick Off on June 16 (Contains Video Clip)

As we’ve discussed in the past, Colchester will very soon be served by CCTA service. It is part of a three-year pilot service arranged by the Town of Colchester.

To watch a recent Fox 44 news story about it, please click here.

For a poster that includes schedule information, please click here.

For more information, please contact CCTA, or call Director of Economic Development Kathi Walker O’Reilly at (802) 264-5508.

When we’re all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.

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