Posted in Colchester High School, General, Malletts Bay School, Personnel

CSD Welcomes New Assistant Principals

Two experienced educators will step into open administrator positions at Colchester High School and Malletts Bay School for the 2018-2019 school year.

image1 (1)Chad DeMagistris was chosen by a panel of CSD faculty, staff, parents, and students to fill the role of Colchester High School Assistant Principal. Chad has been an educator for 11 years, all at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. He began his career as a School Counselor before joining the administrative leadership team as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator in 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Siena College, Master’s degree from Trinity University, Washington, DC, and a Post-Master’s certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University.  

During his tenure as IB Coordinator, Chad actively sought ways to build a culture of inclusivity to ensure all students and staff enjoyed equitable opportunities for personal and professional fulfillment. Under his leadership, the IB program made significant gains in student achievement and increases in student participation. The number of students participating in the program increased by over fifty percent and the number of exams taken increased by forty five percent. He made continued efforts to increase minority participation in advanced classes by expanding course offerings, implementing integrated IB and AP subjects, and through individual student meetings and parent engagement.

Chad resides with his wife and two children in Shelburne. He enjoys gardening, cooking, live music and all things Washington, DC sports.

head shotThe district is equally excited to announce that Melissa “Brooke” King has been selected to round out the administrative team at Malletts Bay School. Brooke comes to the district following nearly 14 years with neighboring Burlington School District. Brooke started her education at the University of South Florida, initially focusing her studies on Marine Biology before deciding to pursue a degree in elementary education. Most recently, she completed her Masters in Education for School Leadership at Saint Michael’s College. Over Brooke’s 14 years with Burlington School District she has served as a primary grade teacher, an English language teacher, and notably directed a program from newly arrived Americans.

Throughout her career, she has focused on developing and leading professional development to help close the achievement gap, provide diverse and equitable classroom opportunities, and encourage growth mindset among both educators and children. She continues to pursue interests in project based and placed based learning, equity, and restorative practices.

Brooke lives in Burlington with her husband, Rob, their three children, and many pets. On time away from school she enjoys hiking, road trip adventures with her family, taekwondo, and enjoying live music.

Both Chad and Brooke expressed excitement for their new roles and look forward to working with the Colchester community.

Posted in General, Malletts Bay School, Personnel

New Principal Named at Malletts Bay School

Colchester School District is pleased to announce that Ms. Jordan Burke has been selected as the new principal of Malletts Bay School effective July 1, 2018.

Burke, JordanAfter an extensive search process that included a committee of highly-respected faculty, parents, school board members and administrators, Ms. Burke emerged as the outstanding choice to lead Malletts Bay School.

“What made Jordan standout amongst the other candidates was her connection with students, dedication to working collaboratively with the faculty, and her commitment to ensuring that Malletts Bay School is a welcoming place for students and families alike,” shared Superintendent Amy Minor.

Ms. Burke earned her bachelor’s degree in American studies from Colby College and her master’s degree from Dartmouth College in globalization studies. She later acquired her post master’s certificate in school leadership from Antioch University. She started her career as a middle school teacher at a charter school in Minden, Nevada. She then spent the next six years continuing to teach in North Haverhill, New Hampshire while also coaching track and field and soccer. In 2006 she was the sole New Hampshire recipient of a James Madison Fellowship, a highly coveted award that provides scholarships to social studies teachers pursuing their master’s degree. Ms. Burke became assistant principal of Haverhill Cooperative Middle School in 2011 and three years later came back to her hometown of Colchester, Vermont as the assistant principal of Malletts Bay School.

In her nearly four years at Malletts Bay School, she has overseen progress in several areas. Most notably, implementing the model of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in a successful school-wide format two years ago. This addition has helped form a proactive approach to improving social and academic competence for all students at the school.

Current Principal Julie Benay, who announced her intention to retire at the end of the school year, was thrilled to hear of the search committee’s decision. “I’m so excited that Jordan Burke will be leading Malletts Bay School. She is an incredibly talented and hard working young administrator, who is dedicated to her hometown of Colchester. Jordan is well known and admired by the Malletts Bay faculty and staff, and has established herself as an intelligent and thoughtful leader.”

When asked how she felt about her new role, Ms. Burke stated, “I’m honored to serve as the next building leader and I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the Colchester community.”

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 Community, General, Malletts Bay School

CPD Shares the Story of the Red Ribbon Campaign with MBS Students

20171025_133222School resource officers Christian Mellen and Mark Jacobs have spent the beginning of the week touring classrooms at Malletts Bay School telling the story behind the Red Ribbon Campaign and this year’s slogan: your future is key so stay drug free.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends20171025_1329042 and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon. In Colchester, officers handed out red bracelets to students to wear as a symbol of support and commitment to their community.

20171025_131731After sharing Kiki’s story, Officer Mellen facilitated a discussion with students to encourage them to examine their own communities, both at school and at home, to see how they could make a positive impact. The students proposed cleaning up trash in common areas, donating food or time to a charity, contributing to small acts of kindness like holding a door open for someone, and being a “upstander” to bullying.

The kids sported their red bracelets to show their support of staying safe and drug free while doing their part to help the Malletts Bay School and Colchester communities.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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!