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CMS BAND CARWASH: Saturday, May 30th

Car Wash

Event flyer will promote local businesses who donate $25 for biz cards ads

The Colchester Middle School Band will be holding their annual car wash on Saturday, May 30th from 9 am to noon in the CMS courtyard. There is no set price for a carwash, but patrons are asked to make whatever donation they can to help support the CMS band program.

To help further the fundraising effort, CMS band students are running a business card campaign and seeking $25 donations (and a business card) from local businesses in exchange for having their business card included in a flyer handed out to each person who comes through the carwash. Business owners who would like to have their business card included in the flyer should contact CMS Band Director Emily Desautels by email

Funds from this event will go into the Band student activity account for next year. According to Desautels, the program is in need of more updated percussion instruments, a new tuba, repairs to larger school-owned instruments, and more technology for the classroom.

This has been an incredibly successful fundraiser in the past, and we hope to see many clean cars and smiling faces after this year’s event!

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CHS Students at All-State Music Festival


This year, 430 Vermont students were selected to participate in the All State Music Festival held in Middlebury in May. The event attracts young musicians from all over Vermont. Students must audition to participate in the highly selective honor ensembles, which rehearse intensely during the four-day festival and put on performances on the final two days.

This year, 27 students from Colchester High School were selected to participate in the ensembles. The following CHS choral students—24 of them in all—participated in the Festival’s chorus: Jonny Barden; Isabella Bertoni; Lauren Brooks; Renee Brouillette; Claire Cameron; Ethan Cameron-Vaupel; Erin Casab; Corinne Colgrove; Jimmy Collins; Meghan Collins; Morgan Eaton; Ethan Goedken; Mario Houle; Kristian Labrie; Matthew LaChance; Tim Lewis; Bella Lopez; Meghan Meyers; Victoria Mier; Katie Pierson; Laura Shaw; Megan Wallace; Elysia Way; and, Jessica Zwolen.

CHS students Josh Kalfus and Beth Moore participated in the Festival’s concert band. CHS student Justin Ricker participated in the Festival’s orchestra. Vermont’s All State Music Festival was first held in 1928. Steffen Parker has been its director for 31 years.

In the photo, CHS Band Director Evan Peltier (front left) and CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle (front right) flank a group of the CHS students who participated in this year’s All State Music Festival.

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CSD Band Programs Accepting Used Instrument Donations

CSD Band Programs Accepting Used Instrument Donations


Has it been a while since you played that old clarinet or French horn? Is your old instrument taking up valuable space or gathering dust in the closet? Friends of Colchester Music hopes you will consider giving your old instrument new life and enriching the life of a young Colchester music student by donating your old guitar, brass or woodwind instrument to the Colchester School District (CSD) band programs.


“Extra instruments are tough to come by and they are expensive…we have a small pool of extra instruments that we are able to share among the three school district band programs,” said CMS Band Director Emily Desautels. “Having a few more instruments would be very helpful not only for instructing students, but also in case an instrument is left at home on practice day, gets damaged or, most importantly, if a student wants to play an instrument but lacks the means to rent one.”

The CSD music booster group Friends of Colchester Music is now accepting donations of any brass or woodwind instruments. To donate an instrument to the CSD band programs, please contact Friends of Colchester Music at All donations are tax deductible.


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Baseball Night At 3 Brothers Pizza! Tonight!

Once again, Three Brothers Pizza will be contributing a portion of their sales today Wednesday May 13th, to Colchester Baseball. The Three Brothers are long-standing supporters of the baseball 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. Either eat in or take out earns $$ for the baseball program. You can see their extensive menu here.


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10th Annual Colchester High School Golf Classic

Colchester Athletic Booster Association, Inc. (CABA) is proud to announce the 10th Annual Colchester High School Golf Classic, to be held on Monday, August 3, 2015, at Rocky Ridge Golf course.  All proceeds going to the benefit CABA, a non-profit organization which financially supports the athletic programs within Colchester High School through year round fundraising events run by parents and other volunteers.

This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the 10th annual event.  Money raised by CABA funds team uniforms and equipment.  In addition, CABA is looking to fund safety improvements to the Softball and Baseball fields backstops.

There are contests, prizes and lunch provided after a great day of golf.  If you would like to participate or have a business that would like to be a hole sponsor, please contact;

Diane Bacon at 881-1214 or email;

Dayle Losier at 999-9289 or email;

Lisa Bell at 734-4269 or email;

Melanie Meunier at 802-310-4866 or

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Visioning A Village On The Bay

In the past decades Colchester has envisioned transforming West Lakeshore Drive into a recreation and tourism  center on Mallets Bay, but the lack of infrastructure has stymied those plans . Now with efforts to address infrastructure moving forward, the town will begin updating the zoning and development standards for “Malletts Bay Village”.

The Colchester Planning Commisssion is inviting everyone who lives, works and recreates on the Bay to join in a series of events intended to refine the vision for Malletts Bay Village and consider how to make that future happen.

The sessions consist of:

Tuesday May 19th, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Lunch at the Bayside Activity Center - An update on development initiatives and an open discussion of the big issues confronting West Lakeshore development. That session will be followed by a Walk-And-Talk, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Bayside Pavillion and a Visioning Session 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria.

Tuesday June 2nd, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Events in the Kirker Community Room at Colchester PD -Open Houses to discuss alternatives to West Lakeshore scenarios resulting from the May 19th sessions. 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Small group workshops to identify priorities and preferred approaches to West Lakeshore development.

For more information on the sessions go to “A VISION FOR MALLETTS BAY VILLAGE“.

Come add your voice to the process!


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2015 Colchester High School Honors Banquet


The 2015 Colchester High School Honors Banquet will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 2 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center on Williston Road in South Burlington.  This long-standing Colchester High School tradition honors students who have maintained academic excellence throughout their high school careers; this year we honor 30 students who will be graduating magna and summa cum laude:

Alex Barrett, Connor Breen, Michael Chambers, Corrine Colgrove, Libby Connors,

Alison Davis, Kevin Desmond, Hannah Echo, Ellis Igneri, Kacey LaBonte,

Erik Lagerquist, Tim Lewis, Patrick McHugh, Maggie McNeil, Andrew Pike,

Allison Pilcher, Maddy Powell, Gabriel Rancoud-Guillon, Ellen Rathe

Sam Rancoud-Guillon, Hannah Rogers, Nigel Sarrazin, Rachel Scibek

Ben Seaman, Sophia Simkins, Hannah Spence, Anthony Tabet, Destyni Travers,

Rexy Vachereau, Kiera Zehnacker.

The public is invited to join us in congratulating these seniors on their outstanding achievements at this very special event.  If you cannot attend, please consider showing your support by sponsoring a student. The cost of the meal including tax, tip and beverage is $22 per person. If you are interested please contact the Honors Banquet Committee:

Jim Price at or

Aimee DeLaricheliere at

Phone Contact Through CHS at 802-264-5700




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Announcing The New CMS Principal










The Colchester School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Michele Coté as the principal of Colchester Middle School.

Ms. Coté has served as the middle school principal at the Barre City Elementary and Middle school for more than seven years, Special Services Director there for one year and special educator in the Barre district for several years.

Ms. Coté describes her vision for a middle school as “one in which students feel safe, welcomed, and challenged as well as encouraged to explore their interests, find their voice, and contribute to the school and greater community.”

Colchester School District Superintendent Larry Waters said, “The board was presented with two fine candidates for the CMS role and the selection of Ms. Coté came down to simply one of broad experience with the dynamic and changing nature of the middle school environment.”

The Colchester School District welcomes Ms. Michele Coté.

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District - Wide Art Show at CHS This Week!

Just a quick Spotlight reminder that the annual Colchester School District Art Show will be running this week Tuesday May 5th through Friday May 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 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. A 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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8th Annual Colchester Touch-A-Truck

Saturday May 2nd 2015 In the Colchester High School Parking Lot at 131 Laker Lane.

From 9:00 to 10:30 will be quiet time with no sirens used.

From 10:30 to 11:00 sirens will be allowed.

This is a free event Rain Or Shine!!

Come out and see what it’s like to be in the big trucks! Children (and parents) can climb, sit and play on tractors, police cars, dump trucks, fire trucks and a variety of other vehicles.

Don’t forget your cameras to capture the smile on your child’s face as they sit on the large trucks!