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Yes, Dreams Can Come True

Regular followers of the CSD Spotlight will recall our October 17th posting featuring CHS senior Patrick Bushey’s contract signing as Director of Hockey Operations at Saint Michael’s College.

In that article by CHS alum Josh Kessler, Patrick revealed that, to no surprise of those who know him, he was a big hockey fan and had dreamt of attending a Bruins game someday. Well, that caught the eye of Kristin LaVigne, an AVP at TD Bank, major sponsor of the Bruins home ice, TD Garden, and she set the corporate wheels in motion.


Two days later, in a gesture of good will, TD Bank offered a package of seats at TD Garden to Patrick and his family, allowing him to select from a series of games and as a true Bruins fan, he selected the Montreal Canadiens game. Yesterday, Patrick and his mom Lisa Maynes, met Kristin at the CSD offices and accepted the four TD Bank tickets to the November 22nd game they will attend with two friends. Yes, dreams can come true.

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Second District Education Spending Open House

Many thanks to the townspeople that braved the inclement weather last Thursday and attended the first Education Spending Open House at the Bayside Activity Center. The District’s efforts were focused on providing formation about state wide education funding issues and how they impact the district and taxpayers. We hope that what we have presented is of value to everyone and leads to a greater understanding of what is admittedly a terribly complex system.

On this Thursday the 30th at 6pm, the district will hold a follow-up to the first session at the Bayside Center, starting with a synopsis of the just completed Teacher Contract and the negotiation process. Following that we will touch on Per Pupil Spending, how our district measures up with local peers in terms of curriculum depth and then what types of cost containment mechanisms could we consider going forward.

The District is committed to engagement with townspeople. We are willing to go wherever people would like to meet, but we need your help in that regard. If you feel these discussions at the Bayside Activity Center are of value, would you please consider sharing this message with friends in town that share your concerns? Would you encourage your neighbors to attend these sessions and lend their voices to the discussions? We believe that these open and forthright conversations will lead the District and the School Board into the FY2016 budget season better prepared to have a successful vote on the first attempt in March.

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Let There Be Light ~ Today In History

As we look out our windows this morning, Colchester appears bleak and cloudy, a foreboding of our winter to come. But inside, we are warm and our rooms are brightly lit, among all the benefits that a modern energy delivery service can bring. If we take a moment today we can trace the evolution of an industry that we take for granted back to this day in 1879 when Thomas Edison and his scientists at Menlo Park successfully tested the first incandescent light bulb. Although the bulb’s filament lasted only 13 hours, it was the forerunner of today’s modern illumination technologies. We celebrate today, not just the invention, but the tenacity, drive and persistence in the face of continuous failure that leads to success.


While Edison’s personality and focus did not make him universally loved, he was possessed of a mind that was continuously at work, knowing that trying and failing was an integral part of success. Among quotes attributed to him are:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil”

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless”

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” 

So when you flip a light switch today or use your coffee brewer, have a little celebration not just of Edison, his genius and tenacity, but of a system that we live and thrive in that allows us to succeed in the face of adversity, failure and criticism. As Edison would say “There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

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Colchester High School Music Sampler Concert

Colchester High School Music Sampler Concert: First Concert of the School Year

The Colchester High School is hosting its Music Sampler Concert on Thursday, October 23 at 7 pm in the CHS auditorium. This first concert of the year, also the shortest musical event of the year, features each high school band (concert band and jazz band) performing one piece each. Each of the CHS chorus groups (freshman chorus, chamber choir, concert choir, chorale, and men’s ensemble) will also perform.

The high school music programs continue to experience growth in their numbers each year thanks to successful band and chorus programs at Malletts Bay School and the Colchester Middle School. This year, the CHS band program has 87 students participating (66 in concert band and 21 in jazz band). This year’s choral program has more than 100 students participating, including 40 students in the freshman chorus!

This free event provides a great opportunity for the community to get a sneak preview of our high school’s music program and its many talented students.

For more information, visit

About Friends of Colchester Music:

Friends of Colchester Music was formed in 2005 by a CSD music teacher and parent volunteer who recognized the need for a music booster organization in the school district. Their objective was to support the student musicians of Colchester and bring together those who felt that supporting strong music education programs was as critical to the schools as supporting academic and sports curriculums. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Marie Bouffard, FCM Chair


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Sports Lead ~ Bushey Signs With SMC and Team IMPACT

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team made its latest roster addition on Thursday through its partnership with Team IMPACT, as 17-year-old Colchester High School senior Patrick Bushey signed a contract to join the program as its director of hockey operations during his Draft Day press conference in the Tarrant Recreation Center’s Hall of Fame Room. Team IMPACT is a non‐profit organization that improves the quality of life for children facing chronic or life-threatening illness through the power of team.

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“Every so often there comes along a person that can change a program for the better,” said third-year head coach Damian DiGiulian, whose program joins the baseball, men’s basketball and field hockey teams as being involved with Team IMPACT. “We feel Patrick is that person. We are excited and honored to have Patrick in our family, and we know we will all be better having him around us on a day-to-day, game-to-game basis. I would like to thank Team IMPACT, Patrick’s mom and dad, and most importantly Patrick for allowing us to have such a great person join us this season and beyond.”

Bushey, who is also a team manager for the varsity baseball and football programs at Colchester High School, counts ice hockey as his favorite sport, and he will be at games and team functions through his role with the program. A fan of former Boston Bruin and University of Vermont Catamount Tim Thomas, Bushey’s dream is to attend a Bruins game.

During the ceremony, DiGiulian and senior AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario/Ridley College) welcomed Bushey to the program before a packed Hall of Fame Room, which counted coaches, administrators and student-athletes in attendance, before Bushey signed a contract and was presented with a throwback No. 27 Purple Knight jersey and hat. Following the conference, Bushey was greeted in the lobby by members of the College’s men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, Nordic skiing, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams.

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Team IMPACT is a New England-based non‐profit organization serving children who are facing life‐threatening or chronic illnesses by creating unparalleled team-based support systems. Core to its model is leveraging the power of teamwork by matching up these courageous kids with college athletic teams. Saint Michael’s joins many of their Northeast-10 Conference counterparts in being involved with Team IMPACT, such as Merrimack College, Saint Anselm College and Stonehill College, and fellow Vermont schools like Middlebury College and Norwich University.

For more information about Team IMPACT, visit

Article courtesy of Josh Kessler, Director of Athletic Communications at SMC and a CHS Graduate.

Congratulations Patrick!

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CSD / Community Upcoming Events

It is a very busy fall here in Colchester and many events are taking place in a very short time frame. In order not to blast all our readers with individual postings, we think it best to list the events, dates and times here:

  • The 2nd Annual 5K Run / Walk to benefit the Colchester Community Foodshelf

Sunday October 26th, Registration starts 8:45 am , Race start 9:30am at CHS Baseball Field

A suggested $10 entry fee will go to help the foodshelf meet needs this winter. Come experience the new stroller-friendly course.

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  • Colchester Football Boosters 3rd Annual Super Bingo

Sunday October 19th at 12:30 at the Burlington Elks lodge on North Avenue

Last year’s prizes totaled $5,000, don’t miss out!

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Your local schools CMS/CHS have teamed up again for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event

Sunday Oct. 19th at 12PM Walk starts at 1PM (1 mile and 4.5 mile loops) at Dorset Park So. Burlington!

The Colchester CMS/CHS Crusaders and are participating for the third year as a team.  As individuals we make a difference and as a team and many teams gathered together, we can impact lives and make a difference in our community.

Day of event our team will be located near the stage with a “Colchester” sign 🙂

Please join us in the walk!  To learn more or to donate, please see our Team page at:


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CSD Education Spending Open Houses

The Colchester School District invites Colchester citizens to two Education Spending Open House sessions at the Bayside Activity Center, 2 West Lakeshore Drive at 6pm on October 23rd and 30th, 2014. 

The intent of these sessions is not to debate budget dollars, but first to come to an understanding of how dollars are spent in your school district and how those monies are raised and allocated statewide. Second, how will the district meet the emerging and future needs of students and families preparing for life in a global economy and workplace? Our intent is to keep the sessions to no longer than 1.5 hours but we will endeavor to satisfy the understanding and needs of participants each evening. Our hope is that a wide cross-section of participants and viewpoints will meet to discuss the essential questions of Colchester and Vermont education today. We believe that many voices make for a strong and responsive system and working together we can chart a course forward for our children, families and community.

Session #1 on Thursday October 23rd 6 to 7:30pm

Seeks to address the following questions:

Where does the Colchester School District Budget money go?

Where do statewide education dollars come from?

Who pays education taxes and how are they computed?

Why do local budget cuts not have the tax rate impact we expect?

Session #2 on Thursday October 30th 6 to 7:30pm

Seeks to address the following questions:

What does the community want the CSD system to do?

What does the current CSD curriculum offer?

Where does the CSD stand in comparison with neighbor districts?

What is the way forward for the Colchester School District?


The District is encouraging all citizens, current Colchester legislative officeholders and candidates for legislative office to attend.



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Viruses In The News ~ How Do We Stop Them?

Although we are quite removed geographically here in Vermont from sources of the terrible viral outbreaks we see in the news, we are still a very “portable” people. Many Vermonters commute to large cities regularly and certainly must keep in mind that they not only must protect themselves, but also the families and communities they commute from.

In light of the fact that the first case of enterovirus-D68 (EV-68) has been confirmed in the State, the Colchester School District considers it prudent to re-release the Vermont Department Of Health letter of September 15, 2014 that describes best practices for the prevention of transmission of this or any other virus in our schools.

This Vermont DOH letter is made available with the hope that our readers take a couple of minutes to read and absorb some very practical methods of avoiding contact with and / or transmission of viruses.


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Colchester Wellness Fair and Harvest Dinner

The Colchester Community Wellness Committee will be hosting a Wellness Fair and Harvest Dinner at Colchester High School on Friday October 17th, 2014. The fair will run from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm and will bring together local health experts, businesses and community members to provide information and answer questions in areas of nutrition, fitness, health and personal well-being for people of all ages.

Among the experts attending will include:

Rehab GYM – Zumba class / PT- Free Injury Screenings and Advice.

Colchester Family Practice – Healthy Snacks

Colchester Rescue – CPR Refresher Training Sessions

Counseling Connections - Mindfulness

Colchester Lions – Glucose Screening

Shaw’s Osco – Flu Shots

Albany College of Pharmacy – Blood Pressure Screenings

Safe Routes to School – Bike Safety

Champlain Valley Agency on Aging – Programs for Seniors

LIFE – Learning Is For Everyone – Continuing Education

Colchester School District – Healthy Harvest Dinner

And Many More!!!

This event will include a free harvest-themed dinner from 5-6pm in the CHS cafeteria accompanied by live music. Dinner will be followed by a marionette show performed by the No Strings Marionette Company from 6-7pm. 


To learn more about this event, please contact

(802) 264-5990


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It’s Time To “Pink Out The Park”

This Saturday October 11th we hope to see Bayside Park filled with participants in the 2nd annual “Pink Out The Park” 5K Run / Walk to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The local Colchester organization “Colchester CANsurvive!” was formed by town employees last year to support friends struggling with this disease. Come celebrate wellness with friends, families and workplace teams to make this year’s benefit a memorable one.

Time is running short for registration. Online registration through will be shutting down on Wednesday October 8th. That will close off the ability to register via credit card. There will be registration and waiver forms available at the town offices on Blakely Road all this week and at Fleet Feet on Pearl Street in Essex Junction on Friday October 10th from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. On race day October 11th registration will be open at Bayside Park from 7:15 am until 8:30 am. All in-person registrations require CASH OR CHECKS ONLY, NO CREDIT CARDS PLEASE!

Hope to see you there!

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