Posted in Accountability, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Porters Point School, Union Memorial School

Make an Appointment for Kindergarten Registration!

 

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It’s that time of year again—time to register for kindergarten! This registration is for children who will attend public kindergarten in Colchester during the 2016/2017 school year.

Children must be five years old before September 1, 2016.

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Parents must bring the following items to registration (without this paperwork, your child may not start school):

  • Immunization Records – Please get a copy now from your child’s doctor and bring it with you at the time of registration. This information is required by the Vermont Department of Health.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residency
One of the following documents is required to verify residency in Colchester, Vermont.

OR

Two of the following documents are required to verify residency in Colchester, Vermont.
  • A current property tax bill
  • Current mortgage papers/closing statement showing a Colchester address and the name of the legal parent/guardian, or custodian
  • Formal lease showing the name, address, and telephone number of the landlord; Colchester address and name of lessee
  • A notarized letter from the landlord stating the address of the residence being leased and the name(s) of the lessee(s) with the landlord’s address and telephone number
  • Valid Vermont driver’s license with Colchester address
  • Valid Vermont non-driver ID with Colchester address
  • Current utility bill in your name, with Colchester address
  • Valid public aid card
  • Bank statement for last or current month (financial information omitted) with Colchester address

 

On the day of the registration, your child will take part in a 2 hour screening. Parents do not accompany their child during the screening process.

Appointments are required.

Please call Porters Point School now at (802) 264-5920 to schedule an appointment.

Please call Union Memorial School now at (802) 264-5959 to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Accountability, Colchester High School, Community, Currently Colchester, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, District Office, Employee Spotlight, General, Other Important Information, Personnel

Announcing the New CHS Principal

Dear Colchester Community,

On behalf of the Colchester School District we would like to thank the members of our community who participated in the collaborative process to find the next principal of Colchester High School. A selection committee consisting of students, parents, support staff, teachers, administrators, a school board member and other community members screened and interviewed candidates before recommending a finalist to the school board. I would like to extend special thanks to the selection committee, school board, and all individuals who attended the employee and community forums last evening.

CHS is a high-functioning school that requires a candidate who will continue the trajectory of the school.  We believe that an effective administrator pushes professional practice and promotes effective classroom and system-wide practices, while always doing what is best for students.

I am extremely pleased to announce that Heather Baron has been selected as the next Colchester High School Principal!  Heather was selected as a result of her ability to:

  • Understand what all learners need in order to be successful
  • Foster our culture of collaboration and curiosity
  • Develop and implement a vision for teaching and learning
  • Build strong relationships with students, staff, families and the community
  • Build capacity for teacher leadership
  • Seek out and listen to multiple perspectives
  • Make informed decisions confidently

Heather currently serves CHS as a science teacher, professional development coordinator and instructional coach.  During her 17 years in education she has demonstrated excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.  We are certain that she possesses the qualities and the capacity to lead Colchester High School to even greater heights.

Best wishes to Heather and Colchester High School for continued success!  Many thanks to all of the community members who participated in the comprehensive principal search process.

Sincerely,

Amy Minor

Posted in Community

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 frjasucan@yahoo.com or Jordan DeMatteis at JordanDeMatteis@gmail.com for more information.

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 All Proceeds will go to support the Colchester Community Food Shelf.

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

Malletts Bay School Plans Evening of Math and Cookies

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On Wednesday, April 8th beginning at 6:15 p.m. Malletts Bay School will sponsor a unique celebration of mathematics, open to the entire community.  Entitled “Math and Cookies,” the evening is billed as “a deliciously smart family night.”  Participants will learn how community members use math in their occupations.  Presenters include Eric Nelson of Eye and I Glass; Leah Chiarmonte of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; computer scientist Tom Bacon; and Sean Parker, meteorologist for local station Fox 44.  In addition to the presentations, participants will be able to view displays including “math and quilting” by Town Clerk Karen Richard; “rising nutrient levels in Malletts Bay” by Karen Bates; “math and legos” by Rachel and Mason Alling; and many student displays.  The gymnasium will be filled with activities led by fifth grade students who are part of the school’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” student wellness team.  Of course, there will be cookies!

This unique event is sponsored by the Malletts Bay School’s “School-Community Council” and the Title I program.  To RSVP, please visit the Malletts Bay School home page at http://www.csdvt.org/mbs or call us at 264-5900.

Posted in Community, General, Porters Point School, Union Memorial School

It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!

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It is that time of year again — time to register for kindergarten! This registration is for children who will attend public kindergarten in Colchester during the 2015/2016 school year. Children must be five years old before September 1, 2015.

Kindergarten Registration
May 2015

The Colchester School District will be registering new kindergarten students on the following days:

Porters Point School

Monday — May 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday — May 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Union Memorial School

Monday — May 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday — May 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Porters Point School: May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

 Union Memorial School: May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

At the time of registration, you must bring the following items:

  • Immunization Records — Please get a copy now from your child’s doctor and bring it with you at the time of registration. This information is required by the Vermont Department of Health.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residency
One of the following documents is required to verify residency in Colchester, Vermont.

OR

Two of the following documents are required to verify residency in Colchester, Vermont.
  • A current property tax bill
  • Current mortgage papers/closing statement showing a Colchester address and the name of the legal parent/guardian, or custodian
  • Formal lease showing the name, address, and telephone number of the landlord; Colchester address and name of lessee
  • A notarized letter from the landlord stating the address of the residence being leased and the name(s) of the lessee(s) with the landlord’s address and telephone number
  • Valid Vermont driver’s license with Colchester address
  • Valid Vermont non-driver ID with Colchester address
  • Current utility bill in your name, with Colchester address
  • Valid public aid card
  • Bank statement for last or current month (financial information omitted) with Colchester address


Your child will accompany you on the date and time of the appointment, as they will take part in a two-hour screening.

Appointments are required.  Please call now!

Porters Point School (802) 264-5920
Union Memorial School (802) 264-5959

For your convenience, this information is also available on CSD’s website.

 

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Posted in Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Other Important Information

CSD Seeking Young Peers for EEE Program — Open House on March 16!

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Colchester School District is looking for typically developing peers to participate in our Essential Early Education (EEE) program at Malletts Bay School. The preschool open house will take place on Monday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Malletts Bay School.

The half-day preschool classes will follow the 2015–2016 school calendar (observing all school holidays and vacations) for their duration. 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.

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Participating children must be three or four years old by September 1 and live in Colchester. Please note: children need not be three or four in order to attend the March 16 open house; they must only be three or four by September 1 to participate in the program.

Transportation will not be provided for participants.

For more information, please e-mail Nancy Smith (smithn@csdvt.org) or call (802) 264-5912.

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Posted in Budgets, Community, General

School District Budget Letter and Important Voting Information

On Tuesday March 3rd Colchester citizens will go to the polls exercising their civic duty to vote on Town and School budgets as well as other articles that determine how their government will be run. Timing is never good and this year especially, as many families will be out of town searching for warmer weather and who could blame them? To be away yet exercise your civic duty, the Town provides absentee ballots to make the process easy. Click on the  Town Clerk’s Office for voting information and locations.

In the Community Conversation meetings the School Board has listened to voters, shared information about the budget process and explained how education funding works in our state. The Board believes that the budget that they have crafted will meet the needs of students next year and is worthy of voter support at the polls. Click on the  School Board’s Open Letter  for their message. The Board understands the education funding model may change this year but no matter the outcome of those debates in Montpelier, their budget is designed to support student outcomes and success. For all the budget detail please click on CSD FY 2016 Budget Info.

School  And  Town Report Night

The District for the 8th year will be hosting the free community dinner prior to the report night. School and Town officials will be available for informal discussions and our legislators have been invited to attend as well. Get your questions answered while enjoying homemade lasagna (vegetarian and meat), salad and garlic bread.

When? March 2, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where? Colchester High School’s Cafeteria (Laker Lane)
Cost? Free! Just bring your special dessert to share.

If you are a registered voter, you may also attend the annual Town and School reports meeting following the dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Colchester High School. There will be a short video presentation on Vermont Education Funding beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

Important!

On Tuesday, March 3, both voting districts (9-1 and 9-2) will vote at Colchester High School. This change was made due to a lack of parking and accessibility for seniors and persons with disabilities at the Meeting House.

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Posted in Community, Town of Colchester

32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival!

This weekend, February 6, 7, & 8 will be the 32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival! The whole event kicks off on Friday night with the annual Colchester’s Got Talent Community Talent Show, showcasing over 30 unique acts from some of Colchester’s most talented residents! The Talent Show starts at 6:00pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. Saturday will be a day full of fun at Colchester High School. Highlights include: an arcade game room, mechanical snowboard, caricatures, face painting, maple cotton candy, pony rides, a photo booth, a giant snow maze, and much more! The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont will also host a chili cook-off on Saturday, with all proceeds going to their charity. On Sunday, Leddy Park will have an open skate and St. Michael’s College will have an open swim at their pool, both for free with a Winter Carnival admission bracelet.

For a full schedule of events and performances for the weekend, please visit the Winter Carnival page on Colchester Parks & Recreation’s website, here: http://colchestervt.gov/Recreation/WinterCarnival.html

Admission bracelets can be purchased NOW at the following businesses: Biben’s ACE Hardware, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester Parks & Recreation, and Mazza’s General Store. You can also purchase bracelets at the Winter Carnival Information Booth at the High School Entrance this weekend (see schedule for hours). Bracelets are $6.00 each (children 2 and under FREE).

You won’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there!

 

Posted in Colchester High School, Community, Music

A Gift That Will Keep On Giving

Colchester-Milton Rotary, Friends of Colchester Music purchase piano for CHS music program

It was a festive night at Colchester High School on December 17 for the band and choral program’s annual winter jubilee concert, but the mood became even brighter when members of the Colchester-Milton Rotary and Friends of Colchester Music (FCM) came to the stage to make a special announcement.

FCM, a volunteer booster group that supports music programs in the Colchester School District, joined forces with the Colchester-Milton Rotary to fulfill a donation request from CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle for a Yamaha Clavinova piano for the school’s music room. At the December concert, FCM President Marie Bouffard, Rotary’s Past President Leora Black, and Rotary’s Chair of Allocations Kent Booraem, presented Melissa Towle two checks for $2,000 each to allow her to purchase the piano.

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Some of the CHS choral students and Choral Director Melissa Towle (sitting) stand around the school’s new Yamaha Clavinova Piano purchased from Contois School of Music through donations from Friends of Colchester Music and the Colchester-Milton Rotary.

 

“The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club has a history of supporting music in the community. In 2011, the Rotary donated $1,000 to the Friends of Colchester Music to support a program at Malletts Bay School. In the past year, the organization has also made donations to the Colchester Community Chorus and Band,” said Leora Black, past president of the Colchester-Milton Rotary. “We believe music makes a difference in the lives of students and community members.”

According to Mrs. Towle, the 20-plus year old piano is the “workhorse of the CHS music department.” It gets daily use by the school’s 110 choral students (CHS has the largest high school choral program in Chittenden County); and, it’s used by the band and drama programs. The piano has been rebuilt once and was in need of major repairs.

The $4,000 price tag for the new piano put a replacement instrument out of reach for Towle’s already stretched music budget, much of which goes toward the purchase of sheet music for the school’s annual choral performances.

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From left: Friends of Colchester Music President Marie Bouffard, Rotary Past President Leora Black, and Rotary Chair of Allocations Kent Booraem present checks to CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle for the purchase of a new Yamaha Clavinova piano for the CHS music program.

“We were thrilled that the Colchester-Milton Rotary was able to provide $2,000 to help purchase the piano,” said FCM President Marie Bouffard. “FCM is a small booster group, but we are fortunate to have great support from CSD families as well as the Colchester community…their support helped make our matching donation possible.”

“What a wonderful gift,” said Towle. “This piano means so much to the students and to our entire music program…We feel so very lucky to have such a supportive community.”

A brand new Yamaha Clavinova piano sells for nearly $6,000, but Towle received a quote on a floor model for $4,000 from Contois School of Music in Essex Junction.

Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Community, General

Community Conversations Continue

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For the last two months the Colchester School District administration and School Board have been holding Community Conversation sessions at different venues around town. We have been pleased at the turnout averaging 15 to 16 folks at each meeting.  The School Board has also held a Saturday session at the Bayside Activity Center as well as a live broadcast last Thursday on LCATV viewable here. (A tip if you use IE as your browser…..be patient.)

What has been most satisfying for our team is to hear what people have to say, hear what they believe about the school system and what they believe are solutions to the State-wide Education Funding dilemma. For their part, the Board and Superintendent have presented facts and data to describe the responsibilities of Vermont School Districts, the human and structural resources required to meet those responsibilities and the costs associated with them. These two-way discussions have been invaluable to everyone in the rooms.

There is a need to continue these dialogues, not only in the run-up to the budget vote on March 3rd, but all year long. People need and value factual information to make balanced and thoughtful decisions about all manner of public policy and government operations. We agree. To that end we are establishing two new communications paths: a new email access at info@csdvt.org and a new Frequently Asked Questions database at www.csdvt.org/InfoFAQ. The two will be linked manually so that questions and answers will be publicly viewable by anyone.

The initial populating of the FAQ will be with questions fielded during the Community Conversation sessions. Questions submitted via email will be posted and responded to in the FAQ as well. We hope that community members will take this opportunity to participate and share their viewpoints and experiences as a part of our learning community.