Back to school

Back to school is right around the corner, and Charlotte Central School is ready to welcomeCCS Exploratory – 2 the 365 enrolled students this year. Those returning to CCS, “Where there’s no better place to learn,” might see a few changes around the building.

One district to rule them all

Whether voters in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston knew it or not when they voted on June 7 to consolidate under one unified district, they became part of the largest statewide education reorganization in the past 125 years. Act 46, which passed in all five towns of CSSU to create the Champlain Valley School District, is designed with an overarching goal to reduce the number of Vermont’s existing school districts by half.

Chasing Champ

No one ever expected a pre-historic lake beast to be fast off the mark, but Champ barely made it 20 feet before doubling over to catch his breath, shaking his head as participants in the Annual Champ Run on June 7 at CCS went streaming by, some as young as three years old.

Growing an edible schoolyard at Charlotte Central School

When we constructed six raised beds and planned their planting with the school food director, that was exactly our goal: expand students’ palates, give them personal experiences with their food, and support their health and well-being with outdoor education and ecologically grown fresh produce.

Act now!

Is uniting the five separate school districts of CSSU into a single entity in the best interests of our students and our communities? Voters in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, Williston, and St. George will decide that question at the polls on Tuesday, June 7.

Across the divide

When the Obama administration issued a directive on May 13 concerning transgender rights, Champlain Valley Union High School was ready. “We’ve been engaged in thinking about this a long time,” said Adam Bunting, principal at CVU. “So when we got the letter, we thought, ‘Well, of course. It just makes sense.’”

CVU Honor Roll 2015/16

Congratulations to all the Charlotte students at CVU who made the third quarter honor roll. For your efforts, The Charlotte News presents you with a lofty quote about education to keep you company on that long walk to graduation.

The Central Record, part three

Book Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford By Isabel Cohen | The Central Record  This is a powerful story about a Chinese-American boy in Seattle during World War II. Although he wears an “I am Chinese” button night and day, Henry Lee is constantly being mistaken for one of…

The Central Record, part two

CCS athletes moving on Charlotte sports teams have produced successful athletes throughout the years, many of whom have moved on to CVU to present the same skills that they showed during their years at CCS.

The Central Record, part one

Hello hopes, meet dreams – CCS on the horizon
On Thursday, April 14, the PTO met with parents and community members to discuss their hopes and dreams for the future of our school and its students.

Yay or neigh to Act 46?

The ballot for the school district consolidation vote is Tuesday, June 7. Absentee ballots are available at the clerk’s office and polls are open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at the CCS Multi-Purpose Room. More info below:

Under the big top

The stage at Charlotte Central School was lit up with smiling faces on Friday, May 13, as students from grades K – 4 treated the packed crowd to a rousing circus.

Grad Challenge panelists needed

Graduation Challenge gives seniors an opportunity to design their own learning experience in any topic area they choose. Students create a project, find someone in the community to guide them in their learning, and spend between 20-45 hours learning something.

Camp Hoopla! Let’s put on a Show!

Two playful people in Charlotte share the belief that music is the universal language, while laughter is the shortest distance between two people. When these two get together, anything can (and usually does) happen, and creative sparks fly!

Andy Smith, long-time music teacher at Charlotte Central School, and Woody Keppel, Charlotte resident of 21 years and internationally acclaimed physical comedian, are teaming up again from June 20 to June 24 for more fun at Camp Hoopla! with kids ages 8-14 looking to recharge their creative batteries.

Vote local

A “yes” vote on Act 46 by the Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU), Champlain Valley Union School District and school districts for five towns—Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston—will form a new consolidated supervisory district, fully operational by July 1, 2017.

From whence we came

As the director for the last 30 years of the Great Migration Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Robert Charles Anderson has been studying migration from old England to New England in the 1620s and 1630s, from the arrival of the Mayflower to the outbreak of the English Civil War. As the author of The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640, A Concise Compendium, the focus of his talk will be the motivations for migration, the migration process itself and the early development of New England towns and churches.

Does anyone smell smoke? 

Every other spring, CVU’s theater program director, Candi Padula, gives four student-directors a play and 30 minutes to work with it, then lets them loose with a group of actors. One-acts help to include everyone, shy or not, as they require less of a time commitment from actors and directors.

Acting up

Come to see four student directed one act plays this weekend at CVU. Lots of Charlotte residents are involved!

CCS hosts Jane Beck

Charting a course from the shores of West Africa to the hills of Grafton, Vermont, Jane Beck (pictured left), founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, followed the myriad family history of Daisy Turner for an enthralled group of 5th graders at CCS Library on March 4.

Building community one T-shirt at a time

Through the CY program, all students in Chittenden County have the opportunity to spend one hour a week with a mentor doing whatever they want. Kayla Fysh, a fifth grade mentee at CCS, says that she enjoys baking with her mentor, Susan Hyde. Ethan Karshagen, an eighth grade mentee, says that the best part of the program is the deep conversations he can have with his mentor, Mike Walker. “I have a strong connection,” Karshagen says.