Colchester Recreation Board Announces Bike Rack Design Competition

The Colchester Recreation Board in conjunction with the Colchester Recreation Department has announced a Bike Rack Design Competition.

Three winning designs will be selected by vote of Winter Carnival 2015 (Feb. 6,7 &8) participants and will be awarded a $2,500 honorarium for each of the individual projects. The racks will be installed on local park property as well as local business properties whose owners have opted into the concept.

The RFP for the design competition can be found here.

In addition, Vermont Public Radio, a Colchester stalwart has produced a spot about the project on their website.

Short Notice ! CHS Concerts rescheduled for tomorrow night!

Due to last week’s snowstorm and school closure, the CHS winter band and choral concert has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, December 17 at 7 pm in the CHS theatre. To help raise money for the CSD music programs, Friends of Colchester Music will be selling DVDs of the concert, flowers and raffle tickets for a chance to win a framed (and signed) Grace Potter poster.

Dear Sophie, we are here for you.

Dear Sophie,

The Colchester school community is thinking about you today. Know that across the miles our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Today will be a tough day but we trust that you will feel our hand in yours and that it will give you the hope and strength necessary to be home with us again.

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Reminder of 3rd District Open House This Evening

Now that we have all dug out from under the early December snowstorm, we’d like to remind everyone that the 3rd District Open House is still scheduled for this evening at 6pm in the Burnham Library.

Superintendent Larry Waters will be providing information on a proposal to consolidate the two K-2 schools, Union Memorial and Porters Point, into a new Pre-K – 1 Early Education Center. We would like to hear what the community has to say about this proposal and discuss if this is a viable path forward to cost containment.

Along the same efficiency path, mergers with neighboring districts are also being considered as a cost containment option. There are already education relationships with towns in the Islands and there may be opportunities for efficiencies in a relationship with the Winooski School District. Again, the district is interested in starting these important conversations with the Colchester community.

Hope to see you there!

“Let’s Talk” Confronts Big Issues

As a part of the District’s policy of outreach and community engagement we often have to talk about subjects concerning our children that are difficult but necessary. What this requires is face to face dialogue between parents and guardians, teachers and administrators and local health professionals. To this end, the “Let’s Talk” series was initiated and the first session last month at Colchester Middle School was well attended.The feedback from that session was overwhelmingly positive and participants let us know that they wanted to continue the discussions.

Based on that feedback the next “Let’s Talk” will be held this Thursday, December 4th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Colchester High School Auditorium. Representatives from local organizations that are key to how the District responds to student issues will attend. Charlotte McCorkel, Howard Center’s First Call Director and Child Psychiatrist Fezya Basoglu will be discussing adolescent brain development, grief, risk and resilience as well as suicide prevention. Information will be shared and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion. Parents and caregivers of high school and middle school students are encouraged to attend.

Learning Partnerships at Malletts Bay School

The Malletts Bay School (MBS) in Colchester has a unique configuration of grade levels due to space restrictions in other District buildings. Malletts Bay serves elementary school children in grades three through five. In addition, the preschoolers, age three to five, also attend classes at MBS, as there is not adequate space for the preschool in the two primary buildings (Union Memorial and Porter’s Point School).   Teachers at MBS are taking advantage of this unusual configuration by partnering our “graders” (older students) with our preschoolers.

Each week fifth graders from Stephanie Miller’s class (they named themselves the “Millers Minions”) visit Mrs. Wilkinson’s Head Start classroom to serve as assistant teachers. “I think there is a great benefit to the fifth graders as it allows them to feel empowered as mentors,” said Mrs. Miller.  “It is so good to see them being leaders as they are getting ready to transition to the middle school.”

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Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, the Minions go in pairs to the preschool classroom during the younger children’s morning free play time. When the older students arrive they are asked to select a book of their

L-R Max Bennett (preK), Connor Roy (grade five), Katie Fontaine playing a learning game.

choice, which they read to their young partners. Following the “buddy reading,” the fifth graders help the preschoolers play games, work puzzles, or build with blocks. When asked about the benefits of this collaboration, Mrs. Wilkinson noted, “It is an exchange of experience, knowledge, respect and empathy that enhances our sense of community in the classroom.”MBS Buddies 2

Saeida Kowa shows fifth grader Mia Cliché her writing.

Cross age groupings are an important part of the unique vision for the Colchester Schools. The vision for our District states, “Our partnerships will lead to a vibrant, inclusive community, proud of innovative learning and flexible approaches in learning with a commitment to excellence for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.” In addition to the collaboration between Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Wilkinson, MBS also has “reading buddies” between the Harmony House fifth and third grades, while fifth grade teacher Gregg Galati coordinates a high school mentoring program with Colchester High School.

Photo credit: Deb Wilkinson, CVOEO Head Start

3rd Community Open House Scheduled

Colchester School District Community Open House Session #3 

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The Colchester School District would like to invite the community to the third in a series of open houses to foster communications about our educational system. Session 3 will be held December 11th at the Burnham Library in the community room from 6 to 7:30pm.

The focus of this conversation will be educational efficiencies.

Superintendent Larry Waters will be providing information on the proposal to consolidate the two K-2 schools, Union Memorial and Porters Point, into a new Pre-K – 1 Early Education Center. We would like to hear what the community has to say about this proposal and discuss if this is a viable path forward to cost containment.

Along the same efficiency path, mergers with neighboring districts are also being considered as a cost containment option. There are already education relationships with towns in the Islands and there may be opportunities for efficiencies in a relationship with the Winooski School District. Again, the district is interested in starting these important conversations with the Colchester community.

Middle School and High School Band and Choral Groups Host Winter Concerts

 

Colchester residents have the opportunity to share the holiday spirit and see the CSD chorus and band programs at several upcoming events. The concerts are free and open to the public.

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The CHS Jubilee Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. This concert will feature the CHS concert and jazz bands as well as several choral ensembles, including the CHS all-male ensemble in their first group performance of the year.

The Colchester Middle School band will hold their holiday concert on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 pm in the CMS gymnasium. This concert will feature the CMS 6th grade band, the 7th and 8th grade band, and the jazz band.

The Colchester Middle School chorus will host their holiday concert on Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm in the CMS gymnasium. The CMS choir concert will feature the 6th grade chorus, the 7th and 8th grade chorus and the select choir singing a variety of songs including a few classics and new contemporary choral pieces.

For more information about these events, visit www.friendsofcolchestermusic.com.

 

TD Garden & Bruins Follow – Up

Regular followers of the CSD Spotlight will recall that back in October, in a gesture of good will, TD Bank offered a package of seats at TD Garden to Patrick Bushey and his family, allowing him to select from a series of Bruins home games. On the 22nd of this month Patrick, his mom Lisa and friends JP and Devin caught the Bruins – Canadiens game that Montreal won 2-0.

Bruins 2It does prove that dreams can come true but unfortunately for the boys we cannot predict who will win a game. Needless to say, whether the Bruins won or lost was completely overshadowed by the memories that will last forever. Many thanks to TD Bank for making a very special experience for everyone!

CHS Junior To March On Turkey Day

Colchester High School Junior Selected To March in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Flutist is one of nearly 250 high school musicians selected from across the nation

 beth moore_CHS juniorWatching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition for many. But one Vermonter will have  a very different experience this Thanksgiving—marching and playing in the parade. Colchester High School junior Beth Moore was chosen as the sole Vermont representative to participate in the 2014 Macy’s Great American Marching Band in New York City on Thanksgiving Day. Beth was among a select group of high school students who were chosen for this distinguished band that honors the finest high school musicians from across the nation.

“It is such a thrill to be a part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade,” says Beth. “Being in the Great American Marching Band is everything I have dreamed of…representing Vermont promises to be the coolest thing I have ever done.”

To be considered, Beth completed an application and sent in an audition tape of her playing Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando on her flute. Students are selected based on their technical proficiency, tone quality and overall musicianship as well as their past musical achievements. The opportunity is open to students from more 14,000 high schools across the United States.

Beth has a long list of musical achievements to her credit. In addition to being a member of the CHS jazz and concert bands, Beth has been involved with the Vermont Youth Orchestra since sixth grade. She has been a mentor for the Vermont Youth Chamber Winds and plays flute at her Church and in the Colchester Community Band. Beth began playing violin when she was four years old and has been playing the flute since fifth grade. She has been selected to participate in the District Music Festival every year since eighth grade. During her freshman year, Beth participated in orchestra for both violin and flute, but in her sophomore year of high school she chose to focus solely on flute due to a demanding practice schedule. She practices from one to three hours a day (outside of her ensemble playing).

“I am so proud of Beth and her many musical achievements inside and outside the Colchester School District,” said CHS Director of Bands Evan Peltier. “She is such a dedicated musician and great role model for the other band students…it is indeed an honor to have her representing Vermont in this Thanksgiving tradition.”

Since 2006 when the Macy’s Great American Marching Band (MGAMB) was formed, more than 2000 students from across the United States have had the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the MGAMB.

Stepping-off from Central Park, the Band will be cheered by an expected 3 million live spectators, before arriving at Macy’s Herald Square for their national performance for more than 50 million TV viewers who will watch the broadcast live on NBC.

This prestigious band with more than 245 members, representing every state is complemented by approximately 40 flags and dancers, and is under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, Auburn University, and assisted by Barry Houser, University of Illinois.

In addition to a busy practice schedule in the days leading up to their Thanksgiving Day performance, the students will have the opportunity to attend a leadership/educational workshop and take in a few of the NYC sights. This year marks the 88th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Turn on to NBC at 9am next Thursday and help Beth celebrate this important honor!

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