Posted in Colchester High School, Community, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, General, Malletts Bay School, Other Important Information

Please Join Us for Information about the Common Core State Standards—October 2 at CHS

The Common Core State Standards are coming. Would you like to know more about them?

Malletts Bay School’s Principal Julie Benay and Colchester School District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gwen Carmolli will host an informational session about the Common Core on Tuesday, October 2 in the Colchester High School library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Any and all interested parents and community members are welcome and encouraged. The Common Core will have a resounding impact upon the ways in which our educators formulate and present material to our students, and we are excited to share information about it.

If you missed our CSD Spotlight primer about the Common Core State Standards, you can read it here.

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Posted in Community, General, Other Important Information, Wellness

Important Information About Mosquito-Borne Illness Prevention

Perhaps you are aware of reports of mosquito-borne illnesses here in our state. The Vermont Department of Health offers this information about how to best protect yourself and your family from these rare but serious infectious diseases.

(You can also download the image here.)

For more information, visit www.healthvermont.gov or call 1-800-640-4374.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, Community, General

CMS Library Hosts Book Fair

Colchester Middle School is hosting a book fair in the library from September 24 to September 27, 2012. The book fair will be open every day between 7:50 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as during the CMS Open House on Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The fair is provided by children’s book publisher Scholastic, and proceeds from the fair support programs and materials for CMS’s library, benefiting our students and providing them with new opportunities to add to their personal book collections.

Among the fair’s offerings are ten of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Reading Award titles for this year. (We have talked about this program in CSD Spotlight in the past; click here to read that article.)

For questions or for additional information, please call Colchester Middle School at (802) 264-5800 or e-mail CMS librarian Angelika Mahoney (mahoneya@csdvt.org).

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, Community, General

CMS’s September 27 Open House Hours Modified

As a reminder, and has been reported in its Friday Focus weekly update, Colchester Middle School’s Open House hours have been slightly rescheduled; the Open House will now run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27.

Please join us for this meet-and-greet event. We welcome and encourage your involvement and interest!

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Posted in Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Wellness

Cozy Harvest Dinner on October 5!

It is hard to believe that the gardens at Malletts Bay School are already into their second harvest!

To celebrate the success of the season and as a thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who contributed to it, the second-annual MBS Harvest Dinner will take place on Friday, October 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the MBS cafeteria. The event will be a potluck dinner featuring many fresh-from-the-garden ingredients.

The gardens have been designed to provide a natural learning space for students and to help provide fresh, local produce for the cafeteria. They have been successful, and we hope for continued success and enthusiasm in the future.

If you would like to attend, please bring your favorite garden-inspired dish to share.

Those whose last names begin with A–G are asked to bring a side dish or a salad.

Those whose last names begin with H–Q are asked to bring a main dish.

Those whose last names begin with R–Z are asked to bring a dessert.

For more information, or to RSVP by September 28, please e-mail janeripleyblin@gmail.com or call (802) 863-4210.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Videos

Top Three Reasons Why This CMS DIY Project Is Great

The assistant principal behind the homemade teleprompter has rolled out—literally—his latest cost-savings DIY project.

Introducing the homemade laptop cart!

CMS Assistant Principal Dovid Yagoda with his DIY laptop storage and charging cart

The laptop cart—which was built from all repurposed materials, including an unused faculty mailbox station, an old computer cart, and extra power strips—can store up to twenty-four laptops and is complete with a built-in charging station.

Here are the top three reasons why this project is great:

  1. Purchased new, laptop carts can cost upward of $1,500. This laptop cart cost Mr. Yagoda about thirty minutes of his time.
  2. The laptop cart not only reclaims unused materials, it prevents the necessity of new materials being produced, thereby making it an example of environmental stewardship.
  3. This laptop cart is a highly visible and very practical example of creative problem solving for our students. It demonstrates how need combined with ingenuity and some experimentation can result in a workable solution.

And as part of CMS’s ongoing efforts to encourage school pride, Mr. Yagoda also cowrote a new school song with CMS music educators Emily Brennan and Bridget Tozzi. (Click here to view the lyrics.)

To view a short video of a recent pep rally (featuring the Cougar!) and a sample of the song, click here!

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Posted in General

CHS Hosting Senior College Night on September 20

To be prepared is half the victory.
—Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Colchester High School will host Senior College Night on Thursday, September 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Senior College Night is CHS’s ramp-up event to help students kick off their college application process. The guidance department will share important information about a wide variety of topics, including the college application timeline, application options, standardized tests, campus visits, application essays … a soup-to-nuts approach about what one needs to know about applying to college.

CHS will follow this up with a Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) Paying for College Night on November 1, 2012, which will cover how to pay for it all. Stay tuned for more information about that as we get closer to that date!

For more information, please call CHS’s guidance office at (802) 264-5713.

And as a friendly reminder, the cyberbullying and digital citizenship presentations will also take place at Colchester High School on September 20; if you missed our September 10 post about them, you can read it here!

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Posted in General

School Board Adopts Changes to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Procedures

At the September 4 meeting, the Colchester School Board adopted changes to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Policy and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Policy Implementation Procedures.

All Colchester School District policies can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Colchester School District at (802) 264-5999.

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Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Grants

CMS Awarded Grants to Facilitate Literacy Initiatives!

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
—Sir Richard Steele

Colchester Middle School has been awarded two grants—a $2,000 Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy grant and a $500 WalMart Local Giving grant!

The grants, which will augment CMS’s existing curriculum materials for science, language arts, and social studies by funding the purchase of varied leveled books, will support the school’s initiative of inclusion for all students and particularly students with disabilities. In addition to visuals, the leveled readers will offer concept development, precise vocabulary, glossaries, and indexes. And while they are developed to facilitate the emerging reader, they are based upon CMS’s general education curriculum topics, including Ancient China, English explorers, and others. The reading materials are designed to support vocabulary and comprehension at a variety of language levels and to help students make real-world connections with the material.

The grants will also support the purchase of additional texts spanning an array of genres for use with general education classrooms as well as for students with limited English skills or limited reading ability. These resources will support the teachers’ work of actively collaborating to develop appropriately modified and accessible curriculum for all levels of student readiness.

To view the formal press release about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant, please click here.

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Posted in District Office, Employee Spotlight, General

CSD Hosts Service Awards for Longtime Staffers

Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical American stays in a job for just over four years?

Educators Aimee Boucher, Peggy Rogers, Dawn Schroeder, and Dawn Buswell

Colchester School District recently hosted its service awards honoring members of its staff whose length of service has ranged from ten to forty years!

Educator Deb Demulder

Honored for ten years of service are the following:

Andrea Boehmcke
Ellen O’Meara
Gail Lucas
Kathi O’Reilly
Lynn Hebert
Lynn Mazza
Marjorie Troia
Michael Trainque
Penny Dodson
Rachel Hamilton
Renee Decelle
Wayland Cole

Rachel Hamilton, Wayland Cole, and Renee Decelle

Honored for fifteen years of service are the following:

Aimee Boucher
Barbara Iaria
Carrie Lutz
Colleen Derry
Dawn Buswell
Dawn Schroeder
Deborah Deschamps
Deborah Kendrick
Debra Demulder
Janet Cormier
Mark Winchester
Mary Wheatley
Patricia Morel
Perry Nunn
Ray Simmons
William Warren

Deborah Kendrick, Andy Simmons, Perry Nunn, and Angelika Mahoney at the event

Honored for twenty years of service are the following:

Angelika Mahoney
Pamela Landry

Lynn Mazza, Chris Antonicci, and Colleen Derry at the event

Honored for twenty-five years of service are the following:

Martie Mutz
Peggy Rogers

Director of Student Support Services Jean Shea

Honored for thirty years of service are the following:

Mary Ann Kadish
Micheline Tremblay

Porters Point School’s librarian, Mary Ann Kadish

Honored for thirty-five years of service are the following:

Susan Hooper
William McClintock

Malletts Bay School’s librarian, Lynn Hebert

Honored for forty years of service are the following:

Courtney Van Kleeck
Fred Moses

Forty-year veteran and CHS educator Courtney Van Kleeck addresses the assembly
Forty-year veteran Fred Moses with Director of Special Education Carrie Lutz

In all, thirty-eight educators were honored at the ceremony for their service. Many, many thanks to all of you for your dedication and commitment!

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