District Facility Planning Workshop
Tomorrow! January 24 at 6:30 pm in the CMS Cafeteria
Colchester School District is launching a comprehensive facilities planning process to assess how best to provide safe, secure, and relevant learning spaces for all students. To kick off this work, we're hosting two workshops open for anyone in the community to attend. Participants will actively engage in individual, small group, and large discussions focused on creating a unified vision for the district's future. If you missed tonight's workshop, there's another tomorrow, Wednesday, January 24, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Colchester Middle School Cafeteria. We hope you'll join us!
D1 Girls Soccer Championship Banner Unveiling
Monday, January 29 at 6:45 pm in the CHS Gym
The Colchester High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team won their first Divisional I Title in 30 years this past fall. CHS is celebrating their accomplishment with a ceremony to unveil the championship banner before the Boys Varsity Basketball game against Vergennes on Monday, January 29, at 6:45 pm. All are welcome to attend!
Community Night Event: Group Documentary Viewing
Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm in the CHS Performing Arts Center
Many of us and our youth were raised on hip hop, but how much do we know about the history of the music and the people who created it? Join DEI Coordinator Jamilah Vogel for an episode viewing from the PBS series "Fight the Power, How Hip Hop Changed the World." Participants will engage in conversation, deepen their historical knowledge, and share strategies for engaging students in conversations about race, racism, culture, and hip hop.
The Black Experience - Free Shuttle from Colchester High School
Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. Free shuttle to from Colchester High School - times TBD
The Black Experience Celebration is back in Burlington! This free holistic celebration of Vermont's Black lived experience (cultural, communal, educational) will be headlined by Talib Kweli, a Brooklyn-based MC who earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically gifted, socially aware, and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. The event offers a free shuttle from Colchester High School to the Flynn Theater, sponsored by Green Mountain Power. Bus times and additional information about the event will be available soon at www.blackexperiencevt.com .
CSD Community, Colchester School District is launching a comprehensive facilities planning process to assess how best to provide safe, secure and relevant learning spaces for all students. As we begin to plan for our future, all members of the Colchester School District community – students, parents, families, teachers, staff, residents, and community members – are invited to attend one of our upcoming community workshops. Participants will actively engage in individual, small group and large group discussions and collaborative dialogues focused on creating a unified vision for the district’s future. The first workshop will be on Tuesday, January 23 and the second is Wednesday, January 24 . Both are being held in the cafeteria at Colchester Middle School from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. If you cannot attend one of the workshops, you will still have the opportunity to share your thoughts about the current state of district facilities and focus areas that should be considered through an online survey that will be widely distributed soon. We value your input and hope to see you there! Colchester School District
Good Morning CSD Community, Here are three upcoming community events happening in the district. We hope to see you there! Colchester School District SUICIDE PREVENTION IN YOUTH: CSD COMMUNITY NIGHT PRESENTATION
Tuesday, January 9 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm - CHS Performing Arts Center
Suicide Prevention in Youth
Join expert Annalisa MacDonald, LCMHC as she focuses on suicide prevention in youth. She’ll provide information that includes emotional and behavioral warning signs, risk factor identification and protective factors, best practice language, and current VT statistics. She’ll share how to approach suicidal youth, safety planning, and ways to access support. There will be opportunities for participants to share their experiences and discuss ways to cope with acute stress as a caregiver and potential burnout associated with supporting a suicidal youth.
DIDO AND AENEAS OPERA PERFORMANCE
Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 pm - CHS Performing Arts Center
Dido and Aeneas Opera Performance
The CHS Choral Department has been working with guest artist Sarah Cullins of the Opera Company of Middlebury. Made possible by a generous grant from the Vermont Arts Council Artists in Schools program, Sarah's work with CHS students has provided the opportunity to learn about opera by actually doing it. While centuries-old, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas opera is both timeless in its themes of personal conflict and duty.
All 85 members of the choral program have been involved in every facet of the performance, crafting a totally unique production reflecting their distinctive understanding and perspectives of the piece. They are excited to share their collaboration with the community! Admission is free, donations are appreciated
STOP THE BLEED: CSD COMMUNITY NIGHT TRAINING
Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm - CHS Classroom
Stop the Bleed Training: Please RSVP using this link.
A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. The number one cause of preventable death after injury is uncontrolled bleeding. Colchester School District Nurses will be hosting a free Stop the Bleed training for any interested CSD community members. The training is open to adults and interested students, and participants will earn a certificate of completion. Please note that there will be some graphic information and images shared during the training. To ensure we have adequate space and equipment available for everyone, please RSVP using this form if you plan to attend.
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT UPCOMING EVENTS
Winter Break begins Monday, December 25, 2023, and ends Monday, January 1, 2024. Classes resume at all schools on Tuesday, January 2. The school calendar that lists important dates like half days, family conferences, school breaks, and the forecasted last day of school can be accessed anytime at csdvt.org/calendar
Suicide Prevention in Youth, a CSD Community Night Presentation
January 9, 2024, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Colchester High School Performing Arts Center Join expert Annalisa MacDonald, LCMHC as she focuses on suicide prevention in youth. She’ll provide information that includes emotional and behavioral warning signs, risk factor identification and protective factors, best practice language, and current VT statistics. She’ll share how to approach suicidal youth, safety planning, and ways to access support. There will be opportunities for participants to share their experiences and discuss ways to cope with acute stress as a caregiver and potential burnout associated with supporting a suicidal youth.
Stop the Bleed Training, a CSD Community Night Presentation
January 17, 2024, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Colchester High School A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. The number one cause of preventable death after injury is uncontrolled bleeding. Colchester School District Nurses will be hosting a free Stop the Bleed training for any interested CSD community members. The training is open to adults and interested students, and participants will earn a certificate of completion. Please note that there will be some graphic information and images shared during the training. To ensure we have adequate space and equipment available for everyone, please RSVP using this form if you plan to attend.
SAILING AROUND THE DISTRICT
COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
The CHS Variety Night tradition reflects the notion that it is a student production in its true sense. The grade-level skits are written by students, directed by students, cast by students, acted by students, and the sets are designed and built by students with supervision from class sponsors and support from the show’s Producer, Ms. Post! This authentic learning experience allows students to collaborate to solve problems, work together to develop creative and appropriate material, and develop time management skills. It’s also a lot of fun and a long-time favorite tradition!
COLCHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
This year at each of our four school-wide assemblies, CMS is recognizing one student and one adult for the Dude. Be Nice. Award. This award is given to individuals who exemplify the following qualities and characteristics: shows kindness to others, expresses gratitude, includes others in activities and academics, and is an overall positive person! Congratulations to our recipients so far!
MALLETTS BAY SCHOOL
MBS teachers have been working with literacy consultant Gayle Moscowitz to implement responsive group instruction into readers workshop time. As part of this work, MBS has implemented book group routines, where students learn to lead conversations about literacy and have voice and choice in selecting the text. Pictured here are students from Mrs. Cioffi's third-grade class engaged in a book group conversation.
PORTERS POINT SCHOOL
All students engaged in a week-long martial arts residency with Master Lenny Yordan of Yordan’s Black Belt Academy in November. Students were taught basic movements and commands of Taekwondo, including the Five Tenets - Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. Students made many connections between the Five Tenets, our school expectations, and what they were learning about growth mindset and goal-setting in their Second Step lessons. We wrapped up the residency with an amazing whole school performance for PPS families in the CHS gymnasium. Thank you to the Unified Arts teachers for organizing the residency and to our PTA members for funding this meaningful experience for all of our students.
UNION MEMORIAL SCHOOL
Union Memorial School wrapped up a hugely successful start to the school/end of 2023 with its annual sing-a-long. This year's theme was peace and it culminated with a moving rendition of "These Green Hills." Take a listen to this short video of the students singing the chorus under the direction of music teacher Martie Mutz.
Preschool Program at Malletts Bay School
Preschool wrapped up their month-long author’s study with an Author’s Celebration. Families were invited in for a reading of the class’s favorite book by the author they studied. The children were excited to showcase their book knowledge, homemade books, and book-related artwork in their classrooms.