Posted in General

School Board Meetings Available for Viewing on LCATV

Colchester School Board meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Colchester High School library.

If you live in Colchester, Milton, or Georgia and subscribe to Comcast, you can watch Colchester School Board meetings on Lake Champlain Access Television (LCATV). Currently, our meetings air weekly on Channel 16 as follows:

6:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m.

To view our School Board meetings on the LCATV website, visit

Posted in General, Wellness

CSD’s Wellness Program Recognized by DHPE!

The Colchester School District has received recognition as a 2010–2011 BRONZE School Employee Wellness Program winner by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education, or DHPE. (For more information about DHPE, please visit

Among other things, the DHPE recognizes schools that have implemented wellness programs that promote employee health and workforce productivity and that reduce the costs of employee absenteeism and health care. Out of the forty-three schools and/or districts from around the country that submitted applications for DHPE’s 2010–2011 School Employee Wellness Awards program, only nine schools are being recognized—and CSD is among them.

The district’s wellness program provides information about healthy living, physical activity, and healthy eating habits, along with access to a variety of physical activity and healthy living opportunities for its 445 school employees by partnering with Colchester’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), local fitness centers, a community nutritionist, a community chiropractor, and Vermont Educators Health Initiative’s PATH to wellness (for more information about VEHI and the PATH program, please visit

Some of the rewards CSD will receive as a BRONZE winner include a $250 grant for its wellness program, recognition on DHPE’s wellness website, and invitations to national conferences to make presentations about its wellness program.

Posted in Colchester High School, General

Colchester High School to Host Blood Drive

Colchester High School will host a blood drive on Thursday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m in the CHS gymnasium.

The Red Cross Club ( and the American Red Cross ( have partnered for a number of years to hold the CHS Blood Drive, and this year, senior Emily Carver is helping in the coordination efforts as part of her Senior Seminar community project.

All students who are both seventeen years or older and who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate. Community members are also welcomed and encouraged to participate. The goal is to receive fifty pints of blood. The blood donation process, including registration, a health assessment, blood donation, and time to have a snack before resuming their day, is expected to take approximately one hour of donors’ time.

Pre-registration is encouraged to decrease waiting time, but drop-ins are also welcome. Interested donors can sign up at CHS during lunchtime in the cafeteria or call Deb Deschamps at 264-5724.

Posted in Colchester Middle School, General

CMS to Present “Into the Woods Junior” Musical April 28 & 29 at Colchester High School

The CMS Drama Club will present its spring musical “Into the Woods Junior” on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Colchester High School theater.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors. Advocates for All (a group of CMS students that raise money and volunteer to help in the community) will provide free child care in the high school cafeteria for children ages 3–9 during the first night of the show only.

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

Wednesday, April 27 Parent Information Night Scheduled

Malletts Bay School, Colchester Middle School, and Porters Point School will all host Parent Information Night on Wednesday, April 27.

Malletts Bay School will host an informal event for the parents of incoming third graders beginning at 5:15 p.m. The MBS orientation includes information about the third grade curriculum and some information about the school. The event will conclude with a tour of the building and a question-and-answer session.

Colchester Middle School will also host an information night for parents of incoming sixth graders beginning at 6:30 p.m. The orientation will begin in the cafeteria where an overview of the sixth grade curriculum will be given. A question-and-answer session will follow. Some current sixth grade students will give a tour to parents, as well. The evening will conclude at 8:00 p.m.

Porters Point School’s event for the parents of children entering PPS’s kindergarten will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the PPS cafeteria. Please note that child care will not be provided at the orientation, so please arrange for child care if you plan to attend this event.

Parents will learn what the process for the two-hour kindergarten screening on May 3 & 4 will entail and what it will be like for their children. There will be a tour of the school, and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as to meet Principal Marshall and the four kindergarten teachers.

Please note that this orientation will be very similar to those of past years, so it may not be necessary for parents who have attended a parent orientation at PPS within the last year or two.

Posted in General, Porters Point School

Porters Point School to Host Bingo Night on Friday, April 29

Porters Point School’s PTO will sponsor Bingo Night on Friday, April 29.

Join us for some family fun to help raise money to benefit our students. Pre-registration is not required. Refreshments will be available for a nominal cost, and a game room for board games will be set up for those who would prefer that instead of bingo.

See you there!

Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Wellness

CMS to Host College and Career Week

Colchester Middle School will celebrate College and Career Week from April 25–29, 2011, granting students the opportunity to engage in a number of college- and career-related conversations and activities.

On Tuesday, April 26, CMS will host Dialogue Night from 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Dialogue Night will be an opportunity for students and parents to informally discuss topics related to college and careers. Susie Moakley, a VSAC outreach counselor, and CMS counselor Kara Pawlusiak will co-facilitate the event.

Dialogue Night is open to all CMS students and parents, and it will conclude with an ice cream social. Please join us for a fun evening of conversation—and please RSVP to Kara Pawlusiak at to ensure that enough refreshments are provided.

All students and staff are encouraged to wear college-related apparel (e.g., T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and so on) on Wednesday, April 27.

College and Career Week will conclude with a career carnival on Friday, April 29 from 8:55 a.m.–12:25 p.m. for eighth grade students. They will participate in three different hands-on sessions with community presenters from a number of career fields, including public safety, health and wellness, culinary, eco-tourism, communications, business, government, information technology, and more. Presenters will provide students with either a hands-on experience or an activity that they do in their daily work. Presenters will inform students of what skills and values are needed to do their jobs, providing a connection between what students currently study and what they will learn in the future.

We are still looking for a few parent volunteers to help out with the carnival. Specifically, we are looking for room moderators—volunteers who will help with setup, timekeeping, and other simple tasks to ensure that the day runs smoothly. Please contact Kara Pawlusiak at if you are interested in volunteering.

Posted in Colchester Middle School, General, Student Spotlight

CMS Student Creates Weekly Storytelling Event

Eighth grader Chelsea Wimble has spiced up Friday mornings with her own variation of impromptu storytelling.

The Champlain House student began entertaining her fellow classmates a few weeks ago during Student Support Time from 7:45–8:00 on Friday mornings by randomly selecting words from a dictionary and spontaneously spinning a story from them. Word of Chelsea’s improvisations has spread, and her first audience of eight has already grown to nearly sixty.

Chelsea’s performances are not an assignment. She voluntarily presents her anecdotes, inventing her stories as she goes and choosing members from her audience on the fly to participate as characters.

Chelsea Wimble (far right) presents a tale to a group of CMS students
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Posted in Accountability, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, General

CSD Special Education Wins Praise in Department of Education Review

The Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE) recently conducted a “Focused Monitoring Review” of the Colchester School District.

The purpose of such monitoring is to improve educational and functional results for children with disabilities and to ensure that program requirements are met. This monitoring was not a result of any deficiencies.

The results of the monitoring were very positive. The VT DOE found CSD to have excellent staff and that the students in the special education program are served very well. The findings particularly noted the shared ownership and beneficial inclusionary practices between the general education and special education programs. A host of other commendations were also noted, including the district’s successful implementation of its Social Cognition Program, as well as its collaboration with a variety of local agencies and resources to benefit students.

The VT DOE’s complete report to the district is forthcoming. For more information, or for questions or concerns, please contact Director of Special Education Carrie Lutz at