Art Club / Open Studio (Ms. Cummings)

The Art Club / Open Studio meets every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 in Ms. C’s Art room (233) to provide an open welcoming atmosphere where any student or staff member can come to create art, receive help on class projects, and participate in an array of art-related activities. Activities may include field trips to artists’ studios, museums in art centers such as New York City or Montreal, or creating a new mural for CHS. Just want to play with art materials and see what you can make? Art Club / Open Studio is for YOU!

Backcountry Snowsports (Mr. Warren)

Backcountry Snowsports is an amazing opportunity for students to hike in and access off piste terrain while practicing wilderness skills and safety. Solid ski/board skills are necessary. Snowboarders need their own equipment, but there are some sets of loaner skis.

CHS Cares (Ms. Shearman)

A volunteer organization that meets regularly throughout the school year in support of various service projects. CHS Cares works within the school and community to create a caring environment. Projects they have been involved in are the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, gathering food items and delivering Thanksgiving baskets to needy Colchester families, as well as Valentines for Veterans and a spring event. This organization is an opportunity for students to make a difference in the community in which they live. We generally meet after school in the library but students can still participate if transportation after school is a problem. Contact: Kerry Shearman office 123

CHS Cheer Club (Ms. Japhet)

Students interested in CHS Cheer Club should contact Theresa Japhet at:

CHS Film Society (Ms. Hughes & Ms. Lenox)

The CHS Film Society is an opportunity for students to get more engaged in the art of filmmaking. We will meet bimonthly to watch, discuss, and critique both classic and modern films. Most of the format decisions will be based on the students’ ideas. Students will analyze film basics and debate interpretations of classic and modern films.

Colchester Theatre Company (Mr. Toman)

The award-winning Colchester High School Theater Company is a yearlong activity for students interested in theatre arts. Students can choose to perform in the Fall and Spring production and/or be a part of the Stage Crew. Students learn the rewards that come from hard work, ensemble participation and a strong sense of commitment.

Theatre Company Rehearsal Schedule

Debate & Forensics (Mr. Hall/Mr. Beaudoin)

While in the same league, Debate and Speech, also known as Forensics, are two separate teams. On the Debate Team, students investigate and argue the pros and cons of solutions to current issues against other teams and using the art of rhetoric, persuade impartial judges to support their side of the argument. Unlike the two-way discourse of debate, forensics offers students the opportunity to craft and/or perform speeches on a variety of topics. There are a number of categories in which students can compete, from Impromptu (making up a short speech on the spot), to Poetry (delivering and interpreting a poem written by an established poet), to Radio (creating and delivering a radio broadcast), to many more. Students compete against other schools and are judged on their content and delivery. Both Debate and Forensics teams have a successful history in state competition. The skills learned in Debate and Forensics will serve students well in school, college and life.

Green Team (Ms. Lavigne-Laquerre)

Green Team is a student-run organization that focuses on reducing our environmental footprint individually as well as within our school and local communities. We work hard to find creative and practical ways to reduce, reuse and recycle!

International Club (Ms. Pedrin)

This is a student-led club. It meets regularly after school. Students have opportunities to explore world cultures throughout various excursions, guest speakers (student and adults), food, music, etc.

Journalism (Mr. McCannell)

The Lakeside Voice, published four times a year is CHS’s award winning student newspaper. Being involved offers students an opportunity to experience all dimensions of high school journalism: reporting, writing, editing, photography, layout, graphic design, and artwork. The paper covers all aspects of CHS life. The Journalism class is directly responsible for its production; however, any student can contribute.

Math League (Ms. Dixon)

The Greater Burlington Math League consists of students from ten area high schools who get together five times during the school year to compete individually and as a team in solving a variety of math problems in various areas. Brainteasers, Geometry, Algebra, advanced math and team are just a few. Ninth graders enrolled in Geometry or Algebra II are eligible. Math Team provides an opportunity for students to represent their school in an academic setting, to meet other students with similar interests and abilities and to explore math topics beyond those normally studied in traditional courses.

Mentoring (Ms. Albright)

Blue-House Students who are in good academic standing volunteer time to support and assist Green-House Students with academics during and outside of AT.

Mountain Bike Club (Ms. Cohen)

From basic skills to singletrack thrills, the CHS Mountain Bike club is for you if you like (or think you might like) to hit the trails on your bicycle. We’ll be doing a mixture of rides around CHS and traveling to regional singletrack with a focus on furthering everyone’s bike skills. In the fall, there will be opportunities to participate in Vermont Youth Cycling races. Some scholarship money is available to help with race fees. We also aim to give back by participating in trail maintenance and building. It’s best if you have your own bike, but we’re working on ways to get access for those without. Participation will require release form signatures, so pay attention for information about student and family meetings. See you on the trails!

National Honor Society (Mr. Phillips)

Membership in the NHS is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Chapters across the nation strive to honor individuals who excel in the four areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students may become eligible during their Junior year provided they meet the criteria noted. Members work independently during their Junior and Senior years to provide service to both our school and community. At least one community service project is organized and completed by all members annually. NHS also supports recognition of teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, initiates fundraising to support community service projects, and hosts a Red Cross Blood Drive in the spring. Required monthly meetings during AT help to inform members and solicit help to support CHS NHS initiatives. For additional information, please contact Mr. Phillips (

Go to the CHS National Honor Society Website!

CHS National Honor Society Website
Log Hours Here

QSA (Ms. Eldred)

Gay, Bi-sexual and questioning youth, along with their straight allies, meet twice each month to socialize and provide support to each other. Each meeting begins with a brief check-in, followed by discussions or small group activities. The QSA is a place for students to find answers to questions, become involved in social action projects and receive support from peers and CHS Staff. Our overall goal is to help make Colchester High School a safe, fun environment for all students.

Ski and Board Club (Mr. Strobel)

The Ski and Board club provides students the opportunity to go night skiing at Bolton Valley with their CHS peers. Students board a charter bus immediately after school on Wednesday afternoons in February and March, and head to the mountain. Lessons and rentals are available. Skiers and riders of all abilities are welcome!

Student Committees (Ms. Baron)

There are several different faculty/student committees for students to join. These committees serve as a mechanism for student voice and form of student empowerment.

Student Government (Mr. MacArdle & Mr. Brady)

Student Government is a wonderful way for students to get involved in CHS. This group is comprised of all class officers and organizes various events throughout the year. School dances, community service events, school store, the blood drive and aid for the homeless are just a few of the activities.

Yearbook (Ms. deLaricheliere)

Yearbook Website

Participating in the creation of the yearbook is a great chance for you to be creative, meet new people, and help to remember your time here at CHS. It involves photography, writing, graphic design, and formatting. The Yearbook class is directly responsible for its production; however, any student can contribute.