Posted in Community, General, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

Don’t Forget to Register for the Vision Summit!

Please remember that the Colchester School District Vision Summit is right around the corner!

Please register for the Vision Summit at www.csdvisionsummit.org/. As a reminder, the event will be June 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Colchester High School. The summit is free of charge, and all members of the Colchester community are encouraged to participate.

For more information, please visit www.csdvisionsummit.org/.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Malletts Bay School

“Girls on Track” and “Girls on the Run” Complete 5K Walk/Run Event on May 21

Colchester Middle School and Malletts Bay School participants in the Girls on Track and Girls on the Run programs completed the 2011 Girls on the Run Vermont 5K event at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction on May 21.

Colchester Middle School's Girls on Track participants at the 5K event

Girls on the Run©, a nonprofit program sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, encourages girls in grades 3–8 to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Combining training for a 3.1-mile run or walk with age-appropriate discussions around such topics as tobacco and alcohol use, eating disorders, personal and Internet safety, and harassment, the program is designed to encourage positive emotional, social, and physical development. It also introduces the participants to alternative, fun ways of engaging in physical activity, such as snowshoeing, hiking, and yoga.

Malletts Bay School's Girls on the Run celebrate their successes

Kara Pawlusiak and Stephanie Miller coach Colchester Middle School’s Girls on Track program, along with assistant coaches Connie Gavin, Katie Keidel, and Meghan Tiernan Fischer. Several other CMS staff members offer their support, as well, to make this program so successful.

Malletts Bay School’s Girls on the Run teams are coached by Allison Dean, Michele Corriveau, Robyn St.Peter, Cheryl Aley, and Jen Turmel, as well as Debi Richardson, Wayne Tetrick, Ellen Tetrick, and Sandra Martin.

The 5K is a noncompetitive (untimed) event; coaches work with the girls to do their personal best—whether that means that they walk, jog, or run. Many parents and other family members also attend and participate along with the girls.

From left to right are Stefani Franklin, Yolande Franklin, and Stacy Franklin

Girls on the Run© is part of Girls on the Run International, which currently organizes programs in more than 170 cities across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run members Megan Lehouiller, Kelsey LeClair, and Summer Hathaway at the 5K event

For more information about CMS’s Girls on Track, please contact Kara Pawlusiak at pawlusiakk@csdvt.org or visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website.

For more information about MBS’s Girls on the Run, please contact Michele Corriveau at (802) 655-1985.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Student Spotlight

CMS to Showcase Musical Talents on June 1 and June 2

Come one, come all to the musical performances at Colchester Middle School June 1 and 2!

On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the CMS gymnasium, the sixth-grade band will perform a total of four pieces—highlights of which are “Baywood Overture” by James Swearingen and a Jerry Nowak arrangement of “Edelweiss.” The sixth graders performed this Nowak arrangement with the seventh- and eighth-grade band at the District Band Concert in March. (For more information about the District Music Festival and the Vermont Music Educators’ Association, visit www.vmea.org/index.php.)

The sixth grade band is comprised of approximately thirty-five students. They meet twice a week to rehearse, and students have been preparing for this concert since January.

The sixth-grade chorus, approximately sixty singers strong, will perform songs from the Broadway hit musical Wicked, as well as some pop songs, tribal African songs, and jazz songs.

On Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m., the seventh- and eighth-grade band, which is about thirty students strong, will perform together publicly for the first time since December. On their program are three pieces that they have been rehearsing since January, including the aptly named “Instant Concert” by Harold L. Walters, which consists of thirty distinct melodies.

The jazz band, which meets weekly after school to rehearse and which is comprised of fourteen seventh- and eighth-grade students, will also perform three pieces on Thursday night. On the program are “In The Mood” by Joe Garland, “Free Ride” (originally recorded by the Edgar Winter Group), and Roger Holmes’s version of “Crazy Train,” all as arranged by Michael Sweeney.

The seventh- and eighth-grade choruses, both also approximately sixty singers strong, will also perform songs from the Broadway hit musical Wicked, as well as some pop songs, tribal African songs, and jazz songs. Several soloists will also perform, some of whom will showcase their own original compositions.

The show choir, which is an auditioned group of eighteen singers, will perform both evenings. These performers spend approximately two hours every Monday after school rehearsing and designing their own dances to songs that they choose. Audiences on June 1 and 2 will enjoy their vocal and dance interpretations of “Disturbia” by Rihanna, “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga, and “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. Seventh grader Katelyn Schnabel, a talented dancer, singer, and pianist, choreographed the numbers.

Admission is free to both events.

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Posted in General, Union Memorial School

UMS Kindergarten Celebrates Reading Success

Readers' tea in Mrs. Mulcahy's class

Union Memorial School kindergartners and a group of dedicated volunteers celebrated their successes with this year’s Emergent Reading Program.

Ryleigh Garrow and her father, RJ, reading together. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

Jullianna and Nathan reading to guests

Students in the classrooms of Ms. Barnes, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Mulcahy, and Mrs. Helfrich selected their three favorite books from among those included in this year’s list and read them aloud to parents, grandparents, family friends, school personnel, and community members.

Jada enjoys sharing a book with her father, Ricky Edwards. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

Theories around emergent literacy were developed as the result of research in host of areas, such as child development, psychology, education, and linguistics. Because young children are in the process of becoming literate long before they acquire conventional reading skills, emergent literacy—which integrates speaking, listening, reading, writing, and viewing—is very important in early education. Furthermore, children who enjoy books are more likely to want to read even when it is difficult.

Danielle Bevins listens to her son Ryan reading. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

Shelby reads to her Mom and Emma reads to another mom

UMS’s volunteer-based Emergent Reading Program (www.csdvt.org/ums/Teachers/Helfrich/emergent%20reading%20program.htm) includes students reading one on one with an adult three times per week. Students master increasingly challenging reading materials and practice sight words at their own pace.

Zachary Niquette and his dad, Sean, enjoy a book together. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

The UMS kindergarten teachers are grateful to the ongoing efforts of these volunteers!

Jared and Logan reading to guests in Mrs. Mulcahy's class

Interested in learning more about emergent literacy? Stay tuned for more information in another CSD Spotlight article coming up soon!

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Student Spotlight

CMS Celebrates the Middle Ages

Students at Colchester Middle School traveled back in time with the help of a medieval fair on May 6.

Superintendent Larry Waters with Katie White and Sadie Anderson of Mansfield House

Wrapping up a study of the Middle Ages (a historical period spanning from the fifth to the fifteenth century) that lasted most of the third quarter, all seventh and eighth graders at CMS—approximately 335 students—celebrated with a themed gala. Students donned costumes and enjoyed dishes from that era, including bread, rolls, stews, tarts, pie, and homemade mustard, among other offerings.

Katie Hinman, Erik Bemis, Evan Chagnon, Dakota Navari, Peri-Kate Navarro, and Curtis Chagnon at the fair

The students read Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead in order to better connect with the time period, and other students in all three houses also read Crispin: At the Edge of the World and Crispin: The End of Time as part of a differentiated instruction. Some other titles used as part of differentiated instruction for this unit were Sonia Levitin’s The Cure, Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, and Avi’s The Book Without Words. The students also had an opportunity to research, write about, sketch, and design a costume for a particular role or job related to the time period, including learning about the feudal system and what life was like as a peasant, merchant, member of the clergy, or nobility.

Seventh grader Lauren Brooks in her costume

Students showcased their many projects at the event, including models of castles, song writing, jester acts, illuminations and calligraphy, coin exchanges, baskets, trebuchets, catapults, shields, barrels, stained glass, book and paper making, and a castle gatehouse creation. Students on the Infinity Team created a medieval wall mural. The event was attended by the entire CMS community as well as by many parents and some members of Malletts Bay School.

Harbor House eighth graders Sophie Joyce, Ashely O'Kane, Roz Calderon, and Jennifer McNall in front of the Infinity Team’s mural

Many thanks to all of the family members who provided support for the projects and who participated in the celebration!

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Posted in General, Malletts Bay School

Malletts Bay School Artwork Art Heads Downtown

Artwork from Malletts Bay School’s fifth graders is on display on Church Street in Burlington.

Fifth-grade artists in Jennifer Jacobson’s art class collaboratively painted food-inspired banners to promote healthy and local eating. Ms. Jacobson selected two of these colorful banners for display at Kiss the Cook (www.kissthecook.net/). Marie Bouffard, owner of the store, and her staff arranged the colorful banners in the storefront for all of those on Church Street to view.

Malletts Bay fifth graders create food-inspired banners

Jacobson comments, “I think it is great to not only promote the arts in Colchester but to branch out into the larger community. Church Street receives a lot of traffic this time of year, and people will recognize their hard work and creativity that went into the making of these wonderful pieces. I am also excited that they will be on display during the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon (www.vermontcitymarathon.org/page.php?pid=1&pname=home).”

Banners will be on display at Kiss the Cook through the month of May. The banners will be on permanent display in the Malletts Bay School cafeteria.

MBS artwork on display in the window of Kiss the Cook on Church Street in Burlington.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Porters Point School

Colchester Police Department’s K-9 Unit Visits PPS

Tazor (photo courtesy of Officer David Dewey)

Students at Porters Point School learned about treating animals with kindness on April 27 with the help of a very special member of the Colchester Police Department.

Officer Dewey talks with PPS students about Tazor

Tazor, a five-year-old German shepard with the Colchester Police Department K-9 Team, made a special appearance, along with Officer David Dewey. Together, Officer Dewey and Tazor taught the students about the ways in which Tazor helps the police department and the community—and Tazor demonstrated some of his talents.

Tazor demonstrates his training for students at PPS

Officer Dewey showed the students a copy of K-9 Police Dogs, a book by Mari C. Schuh on which he consulted, featuring a picture of Tazor. Officer Dewey also showcased some of the commands in which Tazor is trained for their work in the field.

Officer Dave Dewey with Tazor

Officer Dewey and Tazor plan to visit students at Colchester Middle School in the near future, as well.

Tazor began his training in January 2007 and was certified later that summer; he has been working as part of a K-9 unit since that time. He lives with Officer Dewey and his family.

In addition to offering a host of public demonstrations for camps, schools, scout groups, public events, and the like, K-9 units from around the state often collaborate in their work. They are responsible for thousands of dollars’ worth of seized assets (i.e., cash and vehicles) and drugs and are credited with numerous lifesaving incidents. They have also successfully tracked many fleeing suspects, thereby contributing to the safety of their communities. Tazor and his fellow K-9 unit members work very hard and love what they do.

Tazor in his cruiser (photo courtesy of Officer David Dewey)

For more information about the Vermont Police Canine Association, please visit www.vtk9.com.

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Posted in Community, General, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

Vision Summit Draws Nearer!

The Colchester School District Vision Summit is coming right up!

Please mark your calendars for June 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Vision Summit at Colchester High School. The summit is free of charge, and all members of the Colchester community are encouraged to participate.

There will be prizes! Many generous local supporters are helping to make this important event even better. Many thanks to Coke for donating beverages to the event, as well as Dorset Street Hannaford, Gadue’s Dry Cleaning, Claussen’s Florist & Greenhouse, New York Pizza Oven, Mike’s Auto Parts, The Village Scoop, A Flower a Day, Three Brothers Pizza & Grill, Just Sports, Sophie’s American Bistro, and St. Michael’s College.

For more information, and to register for the summit, please visit www.csdvisionsummit.org/.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General

Author Margaret Peterson Haddix Visits CMS

Students at Colchester Middle School had an opportunity to meet one of their heroines of literature on April 28.

Author Margaret Peterson Haddix addresses CMS students on April 28

Margaret Peterson Haddix, a multiple award-winning author of children’s books, visited the CMS library for a day of presentations. Her visit included sessions with all the houses, an interview by two student reporters, and opportunities for students to purchase her books and have them autographed. As part of her presentations, she explained to the students how she gets the ideas and inspiration for her many books.

For the last three years, the entire school had read at least one book written by a particular author as part of an initiative that results in that author visiting the school. In this way, students can better engage with the author, and they enjoy the visit much more. Haddix’s novels are among the most popular titles for teens, and they have been used as the school-wide read at CMS this year. The students had been looking forward all year to the chance to meet and hear one of their most beloved authors.

For more information about Margaret Peterson Haddix and her books, visit www.haddixbooks.com/home.html.

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Posted in Community, General, Malletts Bay School

EEE Program Looking for Preschool-Aged Peers

The Colchester School District is looking for typically developing peers to participate in our Essential Early Education (EEE) program at Malletts Bay School.

Peers will model language, social communication, and play for students learning these skills. They will develop friendships while gaining confidence and school-readiness skills in a literacy-rich environment with experienced educators and support personnel.

Participating children must be between three and five years old, live in Colchester, and be able to attend four days per week for 2.5 hours each day.
The program hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00–11:30 a.m. for the morning program and 12:15–2:45 p.m. for the afternoon program. There is no program on Mondays, and transportation will not be provided for participants.

Children will be screened prior to acceptance. The EEE Peer Screening is on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Malletts Bay School.
A representative from the EEE team will meet the participants in the MBS lobby.

For an application, please contact Susi Barrows at (802) 264-5986.

For more information, please contact:

Jan Wilkinson at wilkinsonj@csdvt.org
(802) 264-5950

Beverly Frank at frankb@csdvt.org
(802) 264-5950

or

Jody Blanchard at blanchardj@csdvt.org
(802) 264-5950

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