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District-Wide Art Show at CHS Next Week!

The annual Colchester School District Art Show will be running Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. In the CHS Gym.

The show includes artwork from ALL district schools. EVERY CHS Art student exhibits their work, as well as a written Artist Statement about their work. Reception for Artists, Families, and the Colchester community, with refreshments served, is Thursday night, May 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.



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Union Memorial School K-2 Students Performed the Musical “HATS!”

All kindergarten through second grade students at Union Memorial School (UMS) performed the musical, “Hats!” by John Jacobson and John Higgins on April 14 and 15, 2015 in the Colchester High School Theatre. The performance was a culmination of several weeks of learning for the students that included reading the script and learning songs, speaking parts and dances.

Musicals provide a great opportunity for the children to learn and explore on so many levels,” said Martie Mutz, CSD music teacher at UMS and Porters Point School. “For many of our children this is their first time on a real stage.”

“Hats!” offers this story synopsis:  “Hats of all shapes and sizes take over the stage when a group of milliners help Hatless Hank find the perfect hat. Clever rhyming script and song writing explore all kinds of hats, their uses and the people who wear them. A surprise awaits the audience when Ima Milliner appears in her own remarkable, stupendous, contagious hat of all hats! Discover that it’s not the hat that makes a person special, but what’s underneath!” 

For more information including pictures of the events, visit Ms. Mutz’s blog: Music at Union Memorial School at

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Come Meet The Candidates!

Colchester Middle School Principal Search

Candidate Public Forum

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Colchester High School

Library / Media Center 

The public is invited to attend a Community Open Forum to meet the candidates for the position of

Colchester Middle School Principal.

The following candidates have been forwarded to the board by the CMS Principal Search Committee:

Mr. Justin Brown

Colchester High School Assistant Principal

Ms. Michele Cote

Barre City Middle School Principal

The public will have access to the candidates for a question and answer period running from 5:15 to 6:00 P.M. This will be followed by the School Board candidate interviews to be held in open session from 6:15 to 7:00 P.M.

A regular School Board meeting will follow at 7:00 P.M. with an executive session anticipated at public session close.

The public is encouraged to attend.

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Mark Your Calendar for End of School Year 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 curriculum, and that number is growing every year.

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

May 5 - CHS Chorus Pops, 7 pm at CHS

May 13 - 5th grade Band and Chorus, 6:30 pm at CHS

May 14 - 3rd/4th grade Chorus Concert, 6:00 pm at MBS

May 19 - CMS Chorus Concert, 7 pm at CMS Gymnasium

May 21 - CMS Band Concert, 7 pm at CMS Gymnasium

May 27 - CHS Band Pops Concert, 7 pm at CHS

Friends of Colchester Music (FCM) will be selling DVDs at all the events (except for the May 14 event at MBS) and flowers (except for the May 13 and 14 events at MBS). DVDs are $5 each and must be ordered and paid for at the event. FCM will host receptions following the CHS Chorus and Band Pops Concerts on May 5 and May 27. And to tempt you one more time FCM will accept prepaid orders ($10 per 1 dozen) of the ever popular Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the May 5 CHS Chorus Pops Concert.

Money from the sale of flowers and DVDs raise much needed funds for CSD music students throughout the district. FCM helps support the CSD music programs with donations of instruments and concert attire, financial aid and class trips, festival fees, and scholarships. Purchases this school year have included a piano for CHS, a Bulgarian Choir master class at CHS, iPads for the UMS and PPS music programs, concert toms at CHS, and 10 Chromebook laptops for the CMS music program. 

For more information, visit

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CHS Students Perform In New England Music Festival Chorus and Band

CHS students Isabella Bertoni (junior) and Connor Zwonik (sophomore) performed in the 88th Annual New England Music Festival Concert, which was held at Keene High School in Keene, NH, March 19-21. Bertoni, a vocalist, performed in the Festival’s concert chorus and Zwonik, a percussionist, performed in the Festival’s band. Students from throughout New England must audition and compete for the opportunity to participate in the Festival. The New England Music Festival Association has enjoyed a long history of providing quality music performance opportunities for school-age singers, string and wind players and percussionists since 1928. The Festival attracts students wishing to perform in a challenging and professional-like environment. Conductors of national and international stature lead these students in rehearsal and in the two Festival performances.

Congratulations to Isabella and Connor!



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CMS Young Writers News

MORE Vermont Writes at Colchester Middle School! Recently we shared information about students at Colchester Middle School participating in the Vermont Writes opportunity offered by The Young Writer’s Project (YWP) . Last week, Dasha Serdyuk’s YWP submission was featured in the Colchester Sun. Congratulations to Dasha! If you missed it in last week’s edition, here is her story starter:

The Golden Staircase
by Dasha Serdyuk

     I rubbed my eyes, sitting up on my plush queen sized bed. Despite my best efforts, I was still awake. My alarm clock read 12:00, midnight. I’ve been trying to fall asleep for the past two hours. Through my window I see the moon, illuminating my room in a silvery glow. I stand up, maybe a glass of milk will help me fall asleep. But as I near my bedroom door, I see that there’s a light peeking out from the other side. My parents are in Toronto visiting family, so there’s no one in the house but me. Curiously I step out, I was sure that I had turned off all the lights. I proceeded to walk to the kitchen, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous. As I entered the kitchen, I noticed that I had left the lights on. I drank my glass of milk and shrugged away the previous five minutes, thinking very little of it. As I left the kitchen and turned the lights off, I was astounded to notice that the mysterious light, had not left. It was sprawled on the floor, illuminating the dirty wooden boards that I had yet to sweep. Looking for the source of the light, I saw that it was coming from the closet. I reached my pale hand out for the doorknob, the cold of the metal sending a shiver down my spine. I wait for a moment, hand on the doorknob, and then I fling the door open. Only to see the most shining and beautiful staircase, climbing into the sky, lighting the few clouds above in a golden glow. The staircase was a gorgeous gold, patterns etched into the delicate material. Carefully, I took one step, nothing happens, I take another, and start sprinting up the staircase, into the glowing sky above.


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Announcing Colchester CAN-sur-vive Cookbook Project

Team Colchester CANsur-vive is putting together a unique cookbook and touching keepsake, which will include wonderful recipes inspired by our loved ones who have or are now battling cancer, as well as funny and poignant stories about them. We believe each story, from profound to funny, helps to provide a wonderful mix of awareness, insight and relevance.Recipes_Blue_Background

We’d love to have your recipes! If you prefer not to submit a story, that’s okay. You can choose from a number of inspirational quotes or send us your own, or just simply indicate who your recipe is honoring. We’ll do the rest! LET’S GET COOKING!!!

If you would like to contribute a recipe please contact us at There is no charge for recipe and story submissions.

Cookbooks will be available for sale in August at a cost of $15.00 each. Quantities are limited so pre-ordering is strongly encouraged.

All proceeds from the cookbooks will go to American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides against Breast Cancer”.

Please enjoy the wonderful recipes and heartfelt stories. And don’t forget: Happiness rarely keeps company with an empty stomach. – Helen Keller

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Captain Phillips Visits CHS

Captain Richard Phillips, made famous as captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf Of Aden in 2013, spoke to CHS Social Studies classes at CHS on Thursday April 16th. Captain Phillips recounted for students the chronology of events he went through in the command of the 508 foot cargo ship that found itself under attack by Somali pirates approximately 250 miles off the African coast. Captain Phillips was introduced by Social Studies teacher Jim Price and after his talk was questioned by a panel of CHS students that clearly wanted to know more about how the experience has impacted his life since.

After his ordeal the captain spent some time on the USS Bainbridge with the crew and Navy Seals who performed his dramatic rescue and then returned home to a media storm with “six satellite trucks in my front yard”. The Captain was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie titled appropriately, “Captain Phillips”, released in October of that same year. Captain Phillips also authored a book on his experiences titled “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea”. Captain Phillips, his wife Andrea, and their children, Daniel and Mariah, are residents of Underhill, Vt., with strong New England roots. Richard Phillips was born in Winchester, Mass., graduating in 1979 from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Captain Phillips is pictured with the CHS Social Studies panel, L-R Peri Navarro, Meghan Myers, Nik Companion, Captain Phillips, Mark Gauthier, Jake Stebbins and Social Studies teacher, Mr. Price.

Captain Phillips with CHS Principal Amy Minor and Social Studies teacher Jim Price.

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Flags at Half Staff April 15th

If you have wondered why our Colchester school district U.S. flags, as well as those at the town offices are flying at half staff, this is in remembrance of the death of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago today. As most Americans may know, President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14th and passed away on April 15th.Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863

President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation yesterday calling upon all Americans to honor President Lincoln and his legacy with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. He also called upon the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on the Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.

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Take A Night Off From Cooking!!

Once again, Three Brothers Pizza is stepping up to support a Colchester school fund raiser. This Wednesday the brothers will be donating 10% of their profits toward the Colchester Middle School Odyssey Of The Mind team in their efforts to raise funding for their trip to the OOM World Championship competition.

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Enjoy lunch or dinner all day, take out or dine in and 10% of the day will go towards the team’s trip to Michigan.

When:      Wednesday April 15, 2015

Where:    Three Brothers Pizza

973 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester


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Phone:                 655-5075