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Shaw’s “Partners” With Colchester Schools

Our local Colchester Shaw’s has brought their “We Love Our Schools” program to Malletts Bay and Union Memorial Schools. Shaw’s employee Barbara Garrow and Colchester Store Director Mike Evans visited UMS September 26th to present students, staff and Principal Chris Antonicci with a $400 check destined to fund all manner of projects including student wellness.

Mr. Evans stressed that Shaw’s is committed to “partnering” with Colchester Schools and that this contribution is indicative of the value that his company places on local education. “Investing in the education and future of students throughout New England creates a foundation for a better future for all of us,” said Shaw’s President Jim Rice. “The Shaw’s and Star Market team is comprised of a lot of New Englanders who attended some of these schools, and they’ve built careers and families here. Making this contribution to our local schools is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the educators who prepared them to help lead our stores and offices, and is also a promise that we’ll continue to make investing in education a priority.”

Pictured are UMS students, staff, principal Antonicci,  Shaw’s Barbara Garrow (L rear) and Mike Evans (R rear) at the formal presentation of the $400 Shaw’s contribution.

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Signups For PSAT’s Start This Week

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a student’s first official step on the road to college.  It encourages students to start planning for life after high school by either jump-starting their college search process, or for some, introducing them to the concept of college. The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides detailed feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools, and excellent practice for the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college and beyond. The PSAT test is intended to expose juniors to the SAT process, although sophomores may apply at CHS for the experience, only juniors will qualify for NMS recognition.


 Sign-ups will be in the cafeteria during all lunches from Monday, Sept. 22nd through Friday, Sept. 26th. 

  • Bring cash or a check for $22.00 made out to Colchester School District and you’ll then get a PSAT guide bulletin which will have tips on how to do well on the test, a practice test to get you ready, and more helpful information. 
  • You must pay your test fee at the same time you register.
  • If you receive free or reduced lunch, there is funding available to help you pay for the test.  Please see your guidance counselor for information.

Students who attend CTE and are interested in taking the PSAT should contact their counselor directly to arrange a time to sign up before the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 26th.



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Save The Date For “Pink Out The Park”

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On Saturday October 11th, the Town Of Colchester Wellness Committee will be sponsoring the 2nd annual “Pink Out The Park” 5K Run / Walk benefit with all proceeds going to support Making Strides against Breast Cancer under the banner of “Colchester CANsur-vive!”.

With an overall theme of wellness, local and national businesses such as Jazzercise, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, SurvivorshipNow, Cross Fit, Fleet Feet, American Cancer Society and Asics will be represented. Also featured will be the pink race car of Jennifer Getty and new this year a Pink Hot Rod from Bob and Janet Landry of Essex.

Get registered today online through this link , the QR code or pick up your paper registration forms at the Town Offices. Last year’s turnout of 354 participants made this event a great success and the hope is to surpass that number this year. So mark your calendars now!


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Hometown Heros

We here in Colchester are so fortunate to have such generous individuals and businesses that regularly and continuously contribute to not only our school system, but to the community in general. These people who contribute, many anonymously, seek no accolades, no personal rewards other than the knowledge they have had a positive effect on their community. The CSD Spotlight will endeavor to celebrate the Hometown Heros of Colchester whenever we encounter them or hear of their stories. If you know of a Hometown Hero, let us know here at CSD Spotlight so we can share the positive energy they bring to our community.

This Hometown Hero message comes to us from the Colchester High School Librarian, Christine Eldred:

“A big thank you to Jiffy Mart Manager James Beckett for his donation to the Colchester High School Library! Every day, Jiffy Mart donates a copy of the Burlington Free Press and the New York Times to the CHS library for all students and staff to enjoy. Daily newspapers are a tremendous resource for CHS and this gift helps stretch the library budget considerably. Mr. Beckett’s generosity is greatly appreciated!”

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Burnham Memorial Library Author Visit At The Meeting House September 29th

Author ADAM GIDWITZ visits the Burnham Memorial Library!

Monday, September 29 at 6:00pm (at the Meeting House).

Gidwitz is the author of the bestselling children’s books: A Tale Dark and Grimm, In a Glass Grimmly, and The Grimm Conclusion.In this trilogy, Mr. Gidwitz puts his own spin on classic fairy tales.

Copies of the books are available for check-out at the library. Read one (or all 3) before the event and join us for his talk and discussion.

Think up some great questions to ask Mr. Gidwitz!

There will be also be copies of all 3 Grimm books for purchase (from Phoenix Books) on the night of the event. Hardcover ($13.60) & Paperback ($6.40).

Mr. Gidwitz will sign purchased copies.

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Colchester Football Fund Raiser at 3 Brothers Pizza

Once again, Three Brothers Pizza will be contributing a portion of their sales for the entire day Wednesday September 17th, to Colchester Football. The Three Brothers are long-standing supporters of the football program and are a fine example of Colchester Business supporting our students and athletes. Please visit them at 973 Roosevelt Pkwy. or call them at 655-5550.3 Brothers Logo

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CMS Wellness Ambassador Heads To Washington D.C.

Colchester Middle School student Shea Barber left today to participate in the “Fuel Up To Play 60” school wellness conference in Washington D.C. Shea will be our Vermont “ambassador” to a School Leadership wellness roundtable, designed to elicit student perspectives on nutrition and physical activities during the school day. A WCAX clip from this morning’s news can be seen here.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

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Science Center Opening Well Attended

The official inauguration of the upgraded Colchester High School Science Center took place last evening and was well attended by representatives from both state and local government, Colchester citizens and retired CHS science faculty.

Remarks were delivered by Governor Peter Shumlin, Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, Colchester School Board Chair Mike Rogers and Principal Amy Minor who thanked the citizens, taxpayers and voters of Colchester for their vital support of the project. All speakers seconded Ms. Minor’s focus on the development of the children of Colchester in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, alluding to the the necessity of scientific skills in a modern knowledge economy.

The official ribbon cutting was performed by the CHS science faculty accompanied by long-time CHS science faculty member Mr. Joe Desrosiers. Tours of the Science Center followed and many participants also attended the CHS Parent Open House.

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CHS Science Center Official Opening

The Colchester High School Science Center upgrade will be officially inaugurated at 5:30 pm tomorrow September 11th. While classes have been ongoing in the newly configured classrooms and labs for some time now, the time has come to cut the ribbon and celebrate project completion.

The Colchester High School Science faculty will perform the ribbon cutting to thank the taxpayers of Colchester for the support of this essential upgrade. Also honored will be the citizen members of the Science Center Taskforce who along with the faculty collaborated with the architects from Black River Design to come to a final design outcome. These business, scientific and medical experts from our community provided their unique and essential perspectives, all helping to assure the form of the classrooms would allow them to function as modern labs for scientific inquiry and discovery.

Governor Peter Shumlin is scheduled to attend as well as the Secretary of the Agency of Education, Rebecca Holcombe. Following the inaugration, the CHS Parent Open House will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The itinerary for the inauguration can be found at CHS Science Center Grand Opening

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New 3-Year Teacher Contract In Place

Last evening the Colchester Education Association (CEA) ratified the tenative contract agreement that had been approved on Tuesday evening September 2nd by the Colchester School Board (CSB).

With this last formality, the new Teacher Contract is binding from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

The Colchester School Board had drafted a letter dated September 3rd, giving details of the contract, the process used to come to an agreement and the rationale the Board was directed by during the process. This letter is attached.  Update On Teacher Contract Negotiations