Posted in Colchester Middle School, Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Porters Point School

Election Day Excitement Runs Through CSD

Presidential elections are exciting for students and provide a great opportunity to discuss and debate a range of issues in the classroom. On this historic election day, teachers and staff throughout the district have been working to educate and enthuse students on citizenship and civic responsibilities.

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To promote community citizenship, the middle school held a mock vote for the entire school (teachers too!). Students had registered ahead of time and checked in with high school students who were running the CMS polling station.

During the election students voted down the ballot from president to local Vermont officials. There was a lot of excitement and questions over what the different elected positions do and who to vote for. After casting their ballots they cheerfully donned the iconic, “I Voted” sticker.

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CMS students also spent the day reflecting on what it means to be a responsible citizen, both online and offline, in preparation of bringing their school chrome-books home. They started the day off evaluating balance between interacting with a screen and their individual lifestyle. They then studied some tips and tricks on troubleshooting potential issues and learned how to use new apps and programs through a series of workshops.

At Malletts Bay School and Porters Point School the elementary students learned about ballots, voting, and how the overall election process works. MBS students cast ballots for their favorite yearbook cover, and students in both schools voted for what the next school-wide celebration should be.

At PPS, the voters-in-training had to choose between a dance party or frozen treats. Principal Millham took the opportunity to speak with students about being respectful towards the opinions of others, even in the event their celebration choice was not the winner. In an election year when tensions are incredibly high, we can certainly count on our student community to bring us back to our core democratic values.

 

Posted in Accountability, General, Malletts Bay School

Successful New Behavior Initiative at MBS

Malletts Bay School has rolled out a new program this year in an effort to recognize and encourage positive behavior from its students. PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is a school-wide system that acknowledges the positive contributions of students and focuses on the impacts made towards their social, emotional and academic outcomes.

inquiries_diagramStudents were taught behavior expectations at the beginning of the year with key concepts including how to be safe, respectful and responsible in all areas and times of the school day. Since then, students have been regularly acknowledged throughout the day for their positive behaviors with “fish chips” to feed their mascot, Oscar the Osprey. The fish chips are initially collected in classroom fish bowls and later gathered in a school-wide box shaped like Oscar the Osprey.

Throughout September and October students and teachers alike keptimg_1074 a watchful eye on Oscar and enjoyed seeing him fill up a little more each week. By Thursday, October 13th, Oscar was full which meant the students had earned a well deserved school-wide celebration.

Over 23,300 schools are using this program with the goal of helping each student develop self-discipline and to make positive choices.  Safe to say Malletts Bay students are off to a fantastic start to the school year.

For more information about the school-wide PBIS system, contact the PBIS Coordinators:  Jayme Gaudet at jayme.gaudet@colchestersd.org  or  Jordan Burke at jordan.burke@colchestersd.org

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Posted in Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, General, Malletts Bay School, Programs

SBAC Results to be Sent Home with Report Cards

This spring students in grades 3-8 and 11 took a statewide assessment called Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  This assessment shows a student’s proficiency level of our state standards in English Language Arts and Math.  It also shows a student’s growth toward college and career readiness.

Student results have just been made available, months earlier than previous years. These results will be sent home this week with your child’s report card.  For information about how to read and interpret the SBAC report look for the Individual Student Report Guide that will be included in the report card.

District and state results will be released later this summer.  Shortly after this release the district will share results with the community on our website and in your school reports.

Posted in Colchester High School, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, General, Malletts Bay School, Programs, Student Spotlight, Videos

Calculus in the Classroom at Malletts Bay School (Contains Video!)

Over the last two weeks, several MBS classrooms had special guest teachers during their math class!  Ten CHS calculus students paired up to teach standards-based math lessons related to calculus to five MBS classes for their final projects.  Their lessons ranged from teaching about speed & measurement conversions to area of a curved shape and volume.

The CHS students were well prepared for their first teaching experience!  They began by observing their MBS class and interacting with the students they would be teaching.  Each pair of students consulted with the classroom teacher and their calculus teacher to design one hour lessons. Lauren Bergen, Katelyn Hass, Cassie Mallabar, Andrew Lynch, Kristen Schick, Danielle Whitham, Connor Zwonik, Jordan DeMattis, Victoria Mier, and Abby Harrington taught amazing lessons in Mrs. Marlow, Mrs. Ellingson, Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Boucher, and Mrs. Buswell’s classes.

MBS students were impressed that the math they were doing was related to calculus.  Many young mathematicians were inspired by these talented calculus students.  While the lessons were challenging, the MBS students were engaged and excited to solve problems related to their future study of Calculus, and the CHS students had an authentic opportunity to find relationships between the elementary school math standards and the Calculus they learned throughout the year. It was an excellent collaboration between CHS and MBS!

Click here to see a video clip of the students in action.

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

Bus Dismissal Schedule for Last Day of School, June 9

Colchester School District announces the bus dismissal schedule for last day of school, which will be Thursday,  June 9, 2016.

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Colchester High School—There will be no bus departing from CHS on June 9. Students requiring a bus may walk to Colchester Middle School for 12:00 p.m. to access them.
Colchester Middle School—buses will depart at 12:00 p.m.
Porters Point School—buses will depart at 12:45 p.m.
Union Memorial School—buses will depart at 12:45 p.m.
Malletts Bay School—buses will depart at 12:45 p.m.

Please call your child’s school with any questions.

Posted in Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Porters Point School, Programs, Student Spotlight, Union Memorial School

District Art Show at CHS – May 3-6, 2016

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The annual Colchester School District Art Show will be held in the gym at Colchester High School on May 3-6, 2016.  The show will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Artwork from each school in the district will be on exhibit.  A reception for artists, families, and the Colchester community will be held on Thursday night, May 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., granting the artists the opportunity to discuss their work.  We hope that you will join us in celebrating the creativity and talent of our students!

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, 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 Accountability, Community, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, General, Malletts Bay School, Programs, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

UVM Teams Up with MBS to Teach About the Outdoors In the Outdoors

Fourth graders at Malletts Bay School recently enjoyed a special presentation, “Plants Around the World,” as part of their science studies.

Fourth-grade teacher Heather Longchamp examines a pineapple plant while students Austin Manning, Bode Gendreau, Ben Knapp, and Prinsha Neupane look on
Fourth-grade teacher Heather Longchamp examines a pineapple plant while students Austin Manning, Bode Gendreau, Ben Knapp, and Prinsha Neupane look on

Fulbright Fellow Kattia Palacio-Lopez (who holds a master’s degree and is currently a PhD candidate) joined Dr. Jane Molofsky of the University of Vermont in presenting scientific information about various plants brought from UVM’s plant science laboratories.

Students closely examined a variety of plants arranged in various stations, completing a scavenger hunt and matching specific characteristics of each plant. Palacio-Lopez and Molofsky conducted three separate workshops in MBS’s new outdoor classroom, accommodating all seven fourth-grade classes.

 Ms. Palacio-Lopez explains the features of plants placed on a world map, showing fourth graders  Matthew Romeo, Hazel Nelson, Jonathan Labrie, and Braxton Marcotte the location for each kind of plant.

Kattia Palacio-Lopez explains the features of plants placed on a world map, showing fourth graders Matthew Romeo, Hazel Nelson, Jonathan Labrie, and Braxton Marcotte the location for each kind of plant

This special presentation aligned with the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, which contains a number of important pathways, including “Learning Outside Our Four Walls,” “High Standards, Expectations, and Individual Engagement for All Learners,” “Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners,” and “Wellness-Oriented, Balanced, and Healthy Learners.”

If you would like more information, please contact MBS Principal Julie Benay at (802) 264-5906 or by e-mail at BenayJ@csdvt.org.

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Posted in Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Town of Colchester, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan, Wellness

A Trip Back in Time and a Look at the Future

Malletts Bay School fifth graders in Stephanie Miller’s class (check out her blog here) had an interesting field trip that combined lessons about the past with a peek into what might happen in the future.

The class visited the 1815 Old Log Schoolhouse and the Colchester Bog, both at Airport Park.

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The Old Log Schoolhouse

Colchester Historical Society spearheaded an initiative to restore the old schoolhouse for use as a museum (to learn more about it, please visit their website). Colchester Selectboard member Tom Mulcahy was instrumental in coordinating the students’ visit, which allowed them the opportunity to examine the old schoolhouse and ask questions about what attending school in the historic building was like.

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MBS students at the Old Log Schoolhouse at Airport Park
MBS students at the Old Log Schoolhouse at Airport Park

Following their visit to the old schoolhouse, the students ventured into the bog to learn about its flora and fauna and to participate in an ecological scavenger hunt. The exploration of the bog was facilitated by University of Vermont master’s student Kathleen Bamford. Bamford explained about the importance of environmental conservation and about what will happen if our natural resources are unprotected.

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MBS students at Colchester Bog
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Scavenger hunt list

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A rare Lady's Slipper, a wildflower in the orchid family, near Colchester Bog
A rare Lady’s Slipper, a wildflower in the orchid family, near Colchester Bog

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Such activities speak directly to the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, as well; read more about that here. And since the visit to the bog also encourages spending time outdoors in the fresh air, it also supports the district’s wellness vision (check out the wellness blog here).

If you would like more information about the students’ field trip, please call Malletts Bay School at (802) 264-5900.

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