School winding down, classes taking field trip opportunities

As the end of this school year nears, classes are taking final field trips for learning outside of the classroom, including trips to Shelburne Farms (first graders), Echo Leahy Center (kindergarten, third and fourth graders), Media Factory (some of seventh and eighth graders), Champlain Valley Union High (eighth graders), Jazz Fest (jazz band), trout release in Starksboro (sixth graders), Jay Peak (eighth graders), Oakledge Park (seventh graders) and Spare Time Entertainment (fifth and sixth graders).

The music department wound down with the final in-school concert on Monday, May 20, and the Champlain Valley School District Jazz Festival on Thursday, May 23. A special shoutout to University of Vermont student teacher, Hazel Dority, who showed up the day after her UVM graduation to be a guest conductor.

Don’t forget about Charlotte Central School students’ performances at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on June 5, 12:20-1 p.m. and at the Lake Monsters’ game on June 6, 6:30 p.m. 

Charlotte Central School coordinator Kate Rooney committed at the start of the year to grow the mentor program. It has now reached 21 matches between a student and a caring adult. On the night of Wednesday, May 22, caregivers joined mentor and mentee pairs for dinner and a magic show.

Omega seventh and eighth graders are embarking on a personal interest project that merges these three areas: something they are curious about; strong learning habits; and fitting into one of the categories of head, hands or heart. These projects spark engagement and develop problem-solving, reflection and self-direction skills.

Thespians from Charlotte Central School are performing “Dear Edwina Jr.” 

The play follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly “Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

Performances are Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door.

Summer camp information

We run this list of summer camps again as a convenience to Charlotte families. Charlotte Central School does not endorse any particular camp but provides the list as informational only:

  • Junior Redhawks running camp — For more information, contact Champlain Valley Union High cross-country coach Dave Baird at [email protected] or 802-578-8040.
  • CVU athletics — Families should start paying attention to the school athletics website regarding summer sports camp info, captains’ practices (not mandatory) and info for fall sports especially (tryouts usually start on Aug. 15). Any questions can be directed to the appropriate coach listed on our website or athletic director.
  • CVU girls lacrosse summer camp, June 18-20, Tuesday-Thursday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. — Registration is open. This is for players entering fifth-ninth grades at CVU’s A Field, Cost: $125. This is a fundraiser for the girls lacrosse program. CVU coaches as well as current and graduated lacrosse players will lead the camp. Questions.
  • CVU summer camp — CVU summer camp registration is live. Questions: camp director Joey O’Brien at [email protected].
  • Green Mountain Day Camp by the Girls Scouts of the Green & White Mountains at Branbury State Park, June 24-28. Campers do not need to be a Girl Scout.
  • Horse & theater camp — Sentinel Farms, Starksboro. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., weeks of June 24, July 8 and July 29. Ages 6-17.
  • Smugglers’ Notch Vermonter Camp Program — Ages 7-15. Contact
  • Summer Symphony Camp — Vermont Youth Orchestra summer camp with Berta Frank.
  • Vt. Jazz Camp — with Andy Smith and Tony Pietricola.