It is with great honor I welcome you to the Colchester Public Schools website. As you investigate the pages that describe our instructional programs, schools, Board of Education, and district opportunities, you will discover that we are a district committed to continuous improvement, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence.
The logo of the Colchester Public Schools, “Branch Out to Learn and Grow” reflects the Board of Education’s mission of “promoting student well-being and the highest level of academic excellence”. The ongoing improvement of teaching and learning is our unwavering focus, and our collective energies are directed at creating an effective and engaging environment that enables students and teachers to learn and grow to new heights. Like our logo’s tree, the Colchester Public Schools are alive with students’ active involvement in innovative research-based programs designed to meet their unique needs, talents and interests. This website was created to provide our families and community with a high-quality tool for obtaining information about these programs as well as the policies and practices that define our vibrant learning community.
Our goal is to keep our students, staff, parents and community informed of the outstanding services, resources and programs that are offered by the Colchester Board of Education.
We celebrate and honor the strong school-family-community partnerships that have been established among and between the Board of Education, administrators, and faculty as we work in collaboration with families to engage in continuous improvement efforts that challenge and support our students. These strong school-family-community partnerships form the roots of our school system, enabling us to be more effective by working together and sharing responsibility for student achievement. Parents, community members, and town agencies and officials work collaboratively with us to provide the support and sustenance necessary for ALL students to learn at high levels. Our website links to local community resources demonstrate the strong connections we have established to promote and extend student learning. Exciting programs offered by Cragin Library, Colchester Youth Services, Parks and Recreation, and School Readiness all provide our children and families outstanding opportunities that extend learning beyond the school day.
Ongoing, responsive communication between parents, community and school is imperative to our success with students and the growth and vitality of our learning tree. In addition to district and school news and information, our website promotes two-way communication and involvement through staff email addresses, current event calendars, and Board of Education meeting dates, agenda and minutes. On-line parent curriculum guides and links to educational resources provide tools to help families promote and support success in school.
On behalf of the Colchester Board of Education and the staff of the Colchester Public Schools, I encourage you to regularly visit this website to keep informed of our progress and programs. It is our hope that in addition to being a source of information, our website will serve as our invitation to you to become actively engaged as our partner, dedicated to the success of each and every student.
I am privileged to lead this high performing and caring school district which is committed to achievement and academic excellence.
Jeffry P. Mathieu