Posted in Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Community, District Office, General, Malletts Bay School, Porters Point School, Union Memorial School

Keeping the “giving” in Thanksgiving

We’re just over a third of the way into the 2017-2018 school year; the leaves are gone, the air has a chill to it, and the holiday season is upon us. As we think about the start of Thanksgiving Break next week, our thoughts turn to the families in our district who may benefit from a little extra help to make sure there’s enough food on the table.

Here’s a couple of ways we can rally behind those families. After all, this is what makes our community so special.  #wearecolchester

Donate Thanksgiving Fixings at CHS

What: Non-perishable items or monetary donations to purchase food 
When: This week (11/13 – 11/17)
Where: Front Office of CHS

If you didn’t already know, Colchester High School has an amazing club called CHS Cares.image They do some incredible things for our community all year round and Thanksgiving is no exception. For the past 10 years, they’ve collected and purchased goods to make 25 complete Thanksgiving meals for families throughout the district (including the turkeys!). They also include other items such as pasta, soups, and peanut butter to help beyond just the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

This Friday the club will stay after school to catalog what they have and what they still need before delivering the baskets on Saturday, November 18th. If you’d like to help this incredible group of teenagers please bring non-perishable items or a monetary donation (checks made out to CHS Cares) to the front office at CHS sometime this week.

Donate a Book to the Burnham Library

What: New or gently used books for kids and teens
When: Now until November 29th
Where: Lobby of all Colchester Schools, Town Offices, and the Burnham Library

SAM_7072The Burnham Memorial Library is once again partnering with the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club on their annual Holiday Gift Basket Project. The baskets will be filled with food and other items to help families in need have food on their tables during the holiday season. These baskets also include books for all the kids and teens in these families. Please help us to make this happen by dropping off your new (or very gently used) books at one of our drop-off locations. Bins have been placed in the lobbies of all Colchester schools, Town Offices and at the Burnham Library. We will be collecting books donations until Wednesday, November 29th.

Donate to the Colchester Food Shelf

What: Thanksgiving Staples: stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes (fresh or instant), casserole ingredients, and of course, turkeys!
When: Regular Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-1:30pm and Wednesday 3:30-6:00pm
Special Hours: Saturday, November 18th 10:00-1:00pm
Where: 245 Main St, Colchester

The Colchester Food Shelf is preparing for Thanksgiving and is looking once more to ourcolchester-food-shelf-logo loyal Colchester residents, who have continued to be wonderful, reliable supporters of the food shelf. They would like to be able to offer dinner fixings along with a turkey to food shelf clients and are looking for boxed scalloped potatoes, turkey gravy, green bean casserole ingredients, boxed stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, and turkeys.

They will be turning on our freezers to accept turkeys (14-16 lbs is a good size) beginning Tuesday, November 14th. Distribution to clients will be Monday, November 20th.

They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11-1:30 and Wednesday, 3:30 – 6:00 for drop-off of donations. They will also be open for donations, from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, November 18th.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Make an Appointment for Kindergarten Registration!

 

Kindergarten

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 District Office

Updated Math Program for Colchester K-5 Students

Colchester’s primary and elementary school students are working with an updated version of the District’s core mathematics program, Everyday Math. The program was completely revised to align with the Common Core State Standards, and represents a significant improvement in achieving the depth and rigor associated with these standards. Professional development to support implementation is ongoing, provided by Colchester’s curriculum Director Gwen Carmolli and Math Coach Susan Morin. The updated program includes formative assessments that help teachers plan for success, along with many online components to support student learning. Games and problem solving ensure opportunities for students to engage with one another in productive struggle that strengthens understanding and application of critical mathematical concepts. Last spring’s results from the annual standardized test (Smarter Balanced Assessment) indicate that Colchester students perform above the state average. Nonetheless, scores indicate persistent achievement gaps for low-income students and those with disabilities. The updated Everyday Math program supports high quality, responsive instruction aimed at raising achievement levels for all students.

Contact: Gwen Carmolli, Colchester School District, carmollig@csdvt.org

 

Pictured: Third graders (Madison Dutton L and Ava Moore R) work in their math journals while consulting online components of the math program using Chromebooks.Mathstudents-2

Posted in Accountability, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

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!

Posted in Colchester High School, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information

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.

Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information

Thank You

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Many thanks to the community members who voted yesterday. The budget passed with 1,519 voting yes and 1,444 voting no. (To view the results from the ballot in .pdf format as posted on the Town of Colchester’s website, please click here.)

To learn more about the budget, please visit our comprehensive information on our website (www.csdvt.org/budget). We also welcome our community to call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999.

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

Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Colchester High School, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

School District Budget Vote is June 3—PLEASE VOTE!

The Colchester School District budget vote is Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where are the polling stations?

District 9-1 (comprised of the area east of I-89, the west side of I-89 north of the Malletts Creek inlet, and excluding the south side of Blakely Road) is at the Colchester Meeting House on 830 Main Street in Colchester Village.

District 9-2 (comprised of the area west of I-89 south of the Malletts Creek inlet, including the south side of Blakely Road) is at Colchester High School on 131 Laker Lane (off Blakely Road).


Did you know that if your total household income is less than $90,000, the tax increase associated with this proposed school budget would be $2.38 or less? Please click here to learn more in this two-page informational flyer, which includes information about your schools as well as important tax-related information.


For questions about the budget or for any additional information, please call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999 or visit www.csdvt.org/budget.

Please vote on June 3!

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

Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information

School Budget Information!

The Colchester School District budget vote is June 3, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Is your total household income less than $90,000? If so, the tax increase associated with this proposed school budget would be $2.38 or less; learn more in the flyer.


Please click here for a two-page informational flyer with information about the proposed budget, or please click the image below to access the complete document. It includes information about your schools as well as important tax-related information.

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For questions about the budget or for any additional information, please call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999 or visit www.csdvt.org/budget.

Please vote on June 3!

What do I do if I can’t get to the polling station during those hours?

  • Absentee ballots are available by request; simply call the Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 264-5520 to request a ballot.
  • Voting can also be done at the Town Clerk’s Office from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Where are the polling stations?

District 9-1 (comprised of the area east of I-89, the west side of I-89 north of the Malletts Creek inlet, and excluding the south side of Blakely Road) is at the Colchester Meeting House on 830 Main Street in Colchester Village.

District 9-2 (comprised of the area west of I-89 south of the Malletts Creek inlet, including the south side of Blakely Road) is at Colchester High School on 131 Laker Lane (off Blakely Road).

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

Posted in Accountability, Community, Currently Colchester, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

May 2014 Currently Colchester Published Today

The May 2014 edition of the Currently Colchester publication is scheduled to arrive in Colchester households today; many Colchester residents can look for it as part of the Colchester Sun, while those who do not receive the Colchester Sun should receive Currently Colchester as a stand-alone publication.

To view the May 2014 issue of Currently Colchester in electronic format, please click here.


Remember, we can better tailor our communications with our community when we better understand what our community needs. We encourage dialogue that allows us to be proactive and that enhances our collaboration. Please send us your comments and suggestions to csdwebmaster@csdvt.org.

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