December 11, 2020 Digital Backpack



  1. Superintendent’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Colchester: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information/Updates
  2. Inclement Weather Reminder: With possible inclement weather in the forecast for next week, here are two memos that address school closures/delays/early dismissals, communications of these events, and the impact of an inclement weather day on distance learning.  Please click here for more information: Parent Letter  Memo on Snow Days
  3. The 2021-2022 School Year Calendar was approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  Please click here for the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar: 2020-2021 School Year Calendar
  4. Recognition of Staff:
  • Library Media Specialist Team: Karen Groves, Barbara Gabriel, Kim Hebb, Barbara Johnson, Michele Lane, and Geri Dineen. Our extremely dedicated library media specialist team performed an incredibly heavy lift this fall to support our district transition to a one-to-one learning plan K-12. Working with the IT team, the LMSs helped organize and deploy over 1,000 devices district-wide. Many of the devices that were deployed were going to families whose children had never used an iPad or Chromebook as a daily learning tool. In addition to spending countless hours coordinating software and managing users, the LMSs served as our point of contact for families who were struggling to get their students online. Colchester Public Schools is indebted to this team who insured that, on September 8, all of our students could begin learning in a hybrid environment.
  • Live-Stream Pilot Group:  Dawn May, Jen D'Aiuto, Jen DelSesto, Jennifer Archambault, Jill Levasseur, Melissa Elliot, Marinne Cheney, Jennifer Welborn, and Jeanne Bussiere were members of our district live-streaming pilot group. These teachers tested-out technology to live-stream and also provided feedback to the District so that we could learn and implement live-streaming at a faster rate. This team was courageous enough to try something completely new during a time that was marked by uncertainty and disruption. These teachers went above and beyond to explore new technology and pedagogical practice to support the district transition to continuous learning 5 days a week. By January, the majority of our staff at WJJMS and Bacon Academy will be able to use the technology to provide instruction to all students whether those students are in-class or at home.
  1. Colchester Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students and to all children 18 years of age and younger. This will be in effect until the last day of school in June 2021. For those interested in GRAB-N-GO MEALS - pick up is at William J. Johnston Middle School:  In School Learning Days: 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Distance Learning Days: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please note that Grab-N-Go meals will not be available during the Winter Recess, from December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Also, Grab-N-Go meals will not be available on days when students do not come to school because of inclement weather.  Any questions can be directed to Leanne Ranheim, Nutrition Coordinator, at 860-537-9421 ext 381 or at   

Below are the links to the Digital Backpacks for each school:

Bacon Academy’s Digital Backpack link: Bacon Academy Digital Backpack

William J. Johnston Middle School’s Digital Backpack link: WJJMS Digital Backpack

Jack Jackter Intermediate School’s Digital Backpack link: JJIS Digital Backpack

Colchester Elementary School’s Digital Backpack link: CES Digital Backpack

Community News:

  1. Colchester Social Services:  For more information about Energy Assistance, please click here:  Energy Assistance flyer
  2. C3/Collaborative for Colchester's Children update: A new book is posted at the StoryWalk, at Ruby & Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands. Please come by to enjoy it with your children.  Winterdance flyer
  3. Is the pandemic getting you down? Want to build new habits for the new year? C3 is offering a free Build Your Bounce Workshop Series on Resilience. Click here for details: Build Your Bounce flyer

Colchester Youth & Social Services News:

  1. Please click here for Colchester Youth & Social Services’ December Calendar:  December 2020 Calendar     December Calendar, page 2  

Colchester Parks and Recreation News:

  1. Please click here for the latest Colchester Parks and Recreation information: Press release 11.17.2020
  2. To learn about Colchester Parks and Recreation Winter 2020 programs and events, click here: Programs 2020