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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  or  Jordan Burke at


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.

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Colchester High School Student wins SkillsUSA competition

Alayna Boucher a junior from Colchester High school, is in her first year in the design and creative media program at CTE. She participated in the school wide skills competition which earned her a slot to compete against others from across the state in the Skills USA competition. Alayna attended an all-day event to present her pin design to a group of judges. Alayna was awarded the gold medal for her design which is a tremendous accomplishment.


SkillsUSA is a competition for public high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service profession instructional programs. Alayna will travel to KY this June to present her pin design at the national championships. SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students — will be held in Louisville, Ky., June 20-24, 2016. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participate in the weeklong event. Congratulations Alayna we are so proud of you, good luck! If her pin is chosen it will be manufactured and sold around the nation.

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Mark Your Calendar for Spring School Music Events

Strong music and arts programs are vital to providing our kids with a well-rounded education. The Colchester School District has more than 520 students participating in its band and choral programs this year.

 The schools are hosting their final musical performances of the school year (all performances are free and open to the public):

 May 11 – MBS 3rd and 4th grade Music Concerts, 6 pm and 7 pm at MBS

May 12 – MBS 5th grade Band and Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm at CHS

May 19 – CHS Pops Concert, 6:30 pm at CHS

May 26 – CMS Spring Band Concert, 7 pm at CMS

June 2 – CMS Spring Choral Concert, 7 pm at CMS

 The CHS Pops Concert will feature performances by all the band and choral ensembles. As the school’s final public performance of the year, the seniors will also be recognized.

 The CMS Spring Band Concert will feature the 6th and 7th/8th grade bands as well as the Jazz band. The concert will feature themes from Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony,’ and Gustav Holst’s ‘Second Suite in F Major.’

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CHS Jazz Band Performs at Shelburne Museum

The CHS Jazz Band was invited to participate in a jazz concert series held at the Shelburne Museum to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. The Shelburne Museum hosted jazz concerts every Friday evening during April. The museum approached CHS Band Director Evan Peltier to see if the CHS Jazz Band wanted to participate and Peltier jumped at the opportunity. The CHS Jazz Band performed a variety of jazz tunes from Sinatra, Steely Dan, Snarky Puppy and more.

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Congressional Art Competition Winner Announced

CHS Senior Peri-Kate Navarro won 1st Place in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the state of Vermont!

This is the 35th annual nation-wide high school arts competition sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont.

The Congressional Art Competition was started by Vermont representative Jim Jeffords and is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of all high school artists.

The winning artist is awarded a trip to the opening reception in Washington, D.C., and the winning artwork is displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, along with the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.  Peri’s artwork will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, May 9that the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and will be featured on Congressman Welch’s’s Congressional Art Competition webpage for the coming year.  Congratulations, Peri-Kate Navarro!  CHS and the Art Department are so proud of you!

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Colchester Students accepted into the Governors Institute of Vermont

Each year students can request to be part of the Governors Institute of Vermont each summer.  Colchester High School is proud to annonce that the following students  have been admitted for this summer’s Institutes.   They are

Ethan Bokelberg


Caleb Mercure

Current Issues & Youth Activism

Grace Young

Current Issues & Youth Activism

Liam Martin


Luke Matthews


Kristen Thompson


Brayden Wilkins


Ella Pellegrino

Environmental Science & Tech

Christopher Adkins

Information Technology & Digital Media

Grayson Ducharme

Information Technology & Digital Media

Michael Prevost

Information Technology & Digital Media

Charles Davidson

Mathematical Sciences

Connor Zwonik

Mathematical Sciences

They are to be commended for their acceptance into this program. The Colchester School District is proud of these students and the contributions they will be able to make, not only at the GIV, but to the Colchester community they represent.