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New Location for Colchester’s 4th of July Parade

IMG_0089Due to the extensive construction on the intersections of Routes 2, 7, and 2A near Main Street, Colchester, the Colchester Parks & Recreation Department will be moving the 2017 4th of July Parade to Blakely Road.

This decision was reached with the help of local emergency response agencies, including Colchester Police, Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Co., Malletts Bay Fire Dept., and Colchester Rescue, and was determined to be the best course of action for the safety of parade participants, parade spectators, and travelers along those affected routes.

The parade will begin at Colchester High School at 11:00 AM, proceed east along Blakely Road and end at Lavigne Road. The parade will travel one mile (an equal distance as the Main Street route). Blakely Road has suitable sidewalks for pedestrian traffic, and also offers adequate parking for visitors at the Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Malletts Bay School, and Colchester Town Offices. Blakely Road will be closed to thru traffic between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Visitors are asked not to park on the Blakely Road shoulders during the morning hours of the parade. Traffic delays are expected to be minimal along Lakeshore Drive, Blakely Road, Williams Road, and Malletts Bay Avenue.

Parade participants will be given more information prior to the event with regard to parade staging at the High School and dismount zones on Lavigne Road. All other 4th of July events will remain the same as in prior years. The annual fireworks show will be displayed over the Bayside Softball Field at dusk. For more information, visit, email or call (802) 264-5640.


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Upcoming Events at CSD

April break is officially over and Colchester Schools haven’t wasted any time jumping back into the swing of things. There are a bunch of exciting events happening throughout May, here’s a snapshot.

If you can’t make it to some of the events, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch up on photos and videos!

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 5th
Colchester School District

We’re right in the middle of appreciation week for our phenomenal staff! Click here to read the April 26th letter from Superintendent Amy Minor.


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Green Up Day
Saturday, May 6th
Town of Colchester (Police Dept., Library, Niquette State Park)

Join over 22,000 Vermonters throughout the State to help to green up our communities! Grab some family members and friends and head over to the Colchester Police Department, Burnham Library, or Niquette State Park to pick up bags and sign-up for your location. Giving your location where you and your team are cleaning is important because it will help determine what areas are left to clean up and where to send other groups. The Conservation Commission will be at the Police Department from 8 am to 2 pm and be sure to also stop by from noon to 1 pm for a cook-out sponsored by the Colchester-Milton Rotary and the superb cooking team from the Colchester Lions club. The Town would like to thank Meyer’s Red Can Family for their contribution of a dumpster for Green Up Day trash. It will be located in front of the Colchester Town Offices.



Walk to School Day
Monday, May 8th
Porters Point School

Students at Porters Point School will be getting in some extra steps on Monday! Just like they did in the fall, PPS buses will drop students off at the top of Greenwood Drive so students can walk from there to the school. Great job kids!
Visitors enjoying one of Bristol Astronomical Society's stargazing evenings at Tyntesfield, North Somerset.

Astronomy Stargazing Night
Thursday, May 11th at 7:30
Colchester High School - Free and open to the whole community

Join the community for the third annual stargazing even at CHS, hosted by Dr. John O’Meara from St Michael’s College. The event will start at 7:30 pm in the CHS auditorium with a star talk and questions period and then conclude on the athletic fields with a stargazing event using telescopes. CHS Science Teacher, Mr. Scheuch says, “This is a really cool opportunity to hear an expert talk about space and astronomy and the new insights that we have learned from research, curiosity, and knowledge. Dr. O’Meara just so happens to live, teach, and conduct his research (using the biggest telescopes around the world) right here in our area.” Mark your calendar and bring the whole family to this exciting event!



“Unplugged Digital Detox”
Monday, May 8th - Friday, May 12th
Malletts Bay School

Malletts Bay School students will be challenged to put down their screens for the whole week! Although our connection with our phones, tablets, and computers often plays a big role in learning, it seems like everyone nowadays is hard to get away from it even when we’re home! MBS is challenging students to have an entertainment screen-free week.


District Art Show

District Wide Art Show
Tuesday, May 9th - Friday, May 12th
Colchester High School Gym

Don’t forget to mark the District Wide Art Show on your calendar. It will feature pieces from all five schools! Check out a wide variety of mediums including watercolors, ceramics, photography, pastels, and much more.  The artwork will be displayed in the CHS gym and will be open to visitors from 8 am - 4 pm daily. There will be a special Artist and Community Reception scheduled for Thursday, May 11th from 6 pm -8 pm where refreshments will be provided.



Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 10th
Malletts Bay School

Get those bikes out of the basement, it’s time to bike to school! Students at Malletts Bay School will have the opportunity to pedal their way in on Wednesday, May 10th.



McDonald’s PTO Fundraiser for Grades K-5
Wednesday, May 10th from 5 pm - 7 pm
McDonald’s on Prim Road, Colchester

Head over to McDonald’s on Prim Road for a night of food and fun. They’re celebrating their 30th year in the community by holding a fundraising event for the Colchester K-5 Schools and PTOs. 20% of all sales between 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm will go to Malletts Bay School, Porters Point School, and Union Memorial School.  Plus, all elementary students will receive a free ice cream cone!



National Honor Society Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 17th
Colchester High School Gym

The need for blood is always high, consider donating during the National Honor Society Blood Drive at CHS. It’s open from 9:00 am -2:00 pm, you can make an appointment by emailing or logging onto your Red Cross account at


Final Band & Chorus Concerts

District Wide

Mark your calendars for the final CSD music events of the year. All of the performances are free and open to the public.

May 10 – CMS Spring Choral Concert, 7 pm in the CHS Performing Arts Center.

  • The CMS Spring Choral Concert theme is “Musicals through the Years.” Each of the three choirs (6th, 7th/8th, and Select Choir) will be singing pieces from popular musicals of today and the past.

May 11 – MBS 3rd and 4th-grade Concert, 6 pm (3rd grade); 7 pm (4thgrade) at MBS
May 17 – MBS 5th grade Band and Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm in the CHS Performing Arts Center

  • The MBS concerts will demonstrate the growth of these young performers and ensembles over the school year.

May 17 – CMS Spring Band Concert, 7 pm at CMS

  • The CMS Spring Band Concert theme is “Up in the Air,” featuring songs about the wind, sky, stars and beyond. The Concert will include performances by the 6th and 7th/8th-grade bands as well as the Jazz band.

May 24 – CHS Choral Pops Concert, 7 pm in the CHS Performing Arts Center
May 30 – CHS Band Pops Concert, 7 pm in the CHS Performing Arts Center

  • The CHS Choral and Band Pops Concerts will feature performances by all the band and choral ensembles. As the school’s final public performances of the year, the seniors will also be recognized. Friends of Colchester Music (FCM) will host a reception for the CHS band and choral students and their families after each of the Pops Concerts.

Friends of Colchester Music (FCM) will be selling DVDs and flowers at all events (except for the MBS May 11 and May 17 concerts). DVDs are $5 each and must be ordered and paid for at the event. 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.For more information, visit



Author Visit
Thursday and Friday, June 1-2
Union Memorial School

If you have a child at UMS, they’ll be visiting with author and illustrator, Abbie Bowker. Along with her passion for art, she’s a local teacher! You can learn more about Abbie and her books on her website.