Parents Night Out benefits PTO's work
Litchfield.bz (10-2-10)

The Litchfield Parent-Teacher Organization held its inaugural Parents Night Out fundraiser at the Litchfield Community Center on Friday. Proceeds will help the PTO fund programs at Center School and the intermediate school. More than 100 parents, teachers, school officials and guests attended the event, which featured a silent auction and raffle of items donated for the cause. Center School teachers Matt McDevitt and Brian Mongeau, looking dapper in crisp white dress shirts and ties, served as the masters of ceremonies.



Fire Safety Month - Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, 2010

The Litchfield Fire Safety Committee and local Fire Departments have developed a program for children. Fire Prevention Day is on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Center School. The firefighters and equipment will be located on the playground with four to five stations. Volunteers from the four local fire companies will be there to discuss topics, and supervise “hands on” programs.

Our local volunteer fire departments are always looking for new members and there are several ways to help besides fighting fires. Please stop by your fire department during a monthly meeting (which are generally held on Monday evenings) and learn how you can volunteer.

The Fire Safety Committee
Thomas O’Hare - Litchfield Fire Marshal
Jim Koser - Chief, Litchfield Fire Co.
Naomi Boccio - Litchfield Fire Police
Rick Duffy - Chief, Bantam Fire Co.
Tim Sparks - Chief, East Litchfield Fire Co.
Mike Berry - Chief, Northfield Fire Co.



Region 6 super makes good on his promise
Litchfield.bz (9-27-10)

Region 6 Superintendent of Schools Craig Drezek has a bit less hair on his head this week. Drezek had "WMG" shaved into the back of his head on Friday as a tribute to Warren, Morris and Goshen elementary school students for reading 10,441 books during the summer. In the spring Drezek told students he'd get the shaving done if they read 5,000 books. They more than doubled his goal. The shaving was done by Anna Carfield, a stylist in Bantam, during a barbecue for elementary school students and their parents at Wamogo Regional High School. In the photos, Drezek gets shaved, the Just Friends bluegrass band of, from left, Zoe Greenwood, Jeff Greenwood and Bruce White entertain the crowd, and Region 6 food services director Lynn Mudry grills hamburgers.



Students building new walkway at Wamogo
Litchfield.bz (9-23-10)

A new walkway across the grass circle in front of Wamogo Regional High School is taking shape. Students in the school's agricultural science and technology program began the work this week, excavating a path in the grass that will be filled with a base and then concrete. Agricultural science and technology teacher Chris Brittain is overseeing the project.



Wamogo Grads designated as AP Scholars by the College Board

Eleven (11) 2010 graduates of Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program®.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP Exams. At Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, Eleven members of the Class of 2010 are being recognized as AP Scholars.

Two (2) students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These individuals are Jordan Albano and Emma Burke.

Three (3) students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are: Morgan Grambo, Kelly Jeanfavre, and Joshua Squires.

Six (6) students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Katherine Koley, Lena Marecki, Mathew Mohlenhoff, Meagan Murray, Naomi Valentine, and Kirsten Wyatt.



James Morris PTO holds annual carnival
Litchfield,bz (9-20-10)

The Parent-Teacher Organization at the James Morris School in Morris held its annual welcome back to school carnival on Saturday. There was a pie-eating contest, a dunking tank, a bouncy house and assorted games run by parents, teachers and other volunteers. Here's a look at some of the faces of the day.



Former LHS students seeking silent auction items for charity
Taylor Ivey (LHS '06) is collecting silent auction items for “Engaging Achievement” a not-for-profit organization co-founded by Ben Herbst (LHS '04). The auction will take place in October in New York City. Ivey is collecting sports tickets, art, gift certificates and other items that are available for donation.

Engaging Achievement (www.engagingachievement.org) seeks to provide middle school students in under-served neighborhoods with a college experience in order to inspire academic achievement. By partnering with teachers and schools in these neighborhoods to create an engaging overnight experience, EA introduces the concept in a meaningful and memorable way, at a crucial time when students are making academic decisions that critically impact their future.

Last year EA brought 100 students from two Brooklyn schools to Colby College for an overnight visit led by two recent alums and facilitated by current students (including natives of NYC) and staff. Next year we'll bring 200 students to college campuses and build our program to meet the expanding needs of our scholars as they enter high school and begin the multi-year college application process.

Thanks so much!
Taylor S. Ivey
New York City
Tulane University '10



Litchfield High School Annual College Fair- 2010

There were over 300 students and parents who walked through to discuss their post-secondary plans with over 90 colleges and University representatives at Litchfield High School’s College Fair on Wednesday night, September 15th.



Senior Katherine Bogen has been named as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This is an outstanding achievement. Out of over 1.5 million high school students who were initial entrants in this program, Katherine was one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected on a state allocation basis, qualifying by placing in the top percent of the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These academically talented students in each of the states represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. She will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for a National Merit Scholarship, offered next spring.


OWL Collaborates with Local Preschools
for Kindergarten Readiness
Studies have shown that students who enter kindergarten unprepared struggle to catch up to their classmates. If these students don’t catch up by the third grade, it’s likely that they never will. Now more than ever children need encouragement to enjoy reading. “Reading and understanding language is the most important factor for success in school and in life. If a child enters kindergarten and has never heard the words in a story before, they will be unable to comprehend and quickly left behind. Everyone needs to read to have success in life,” said Ann Marie White, Library Director for the Oliver Wolcott Library. See complete article on Press Release page.



Playground action at Litchfield’s Center School

Children at Litchfield’s Center School are enjoying new playground equipment made possible by a grant from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation. The playground was constructed shortly before the beginning of the school year. The children started school on Wednesday and were excited to try it out all the new equipment.



Opening day at Center School in Litchfield
Litchfield.bz (9-2-10)

Wednesday was the first day of school for students in the Litchfield Public Schools. Most were happy, but there were a few who looked very apprehensive. It was also the first day for several new teachers and Tina Cordani, the new school nurse at LIS.

Adam Piechowski – new 2nd grade teacher at LCS

Rebecca Duquette – new 5th grade teacher at LIS

Heidi Lechich – new 6th grade teacher at LIS

Tina Cordani – new school nurse at LIS


Nine new staffers join Region 6 schools

Region 6 filled nine staff positions over the summer. New staff are: Kristin Lutz, district school psychologist; Mary Lawhorn, reading specialist, Goshen Center School; Susan Larson, sixth grade teacher, Goshen Center School; Rosanne Field, kindergarten teacher, Goshen Center School; Sarah Powell, elementary school music teacher; Julia Harnett, Latin teacher, Wamogo Regional High School; Jill Marano, business education teacher, Wamogo; Kevin Hollis, social worker, Wamogo; and James Fischer, special education life skills and culinary arts teacher, Wamogo. School opens today.



Orientation Day at LPS

Thursday was orientation day for the new teachers and staff members in the Litchfield Public Schools. The orientation was led by Superintendent Dr. Deb Wheeler with additional information provided by the building principals and central office staff. Linda Loveday, education director at the Litchfield Historical Society directed a bus tour of Litchfield to help the new staff learn more about the town’s rich history.

New teachers and staff
at Litchfield Middle/High School



Social helps prepare kindergarteners to-be
Litchfield.bz (8-25-10)

The Oliver Wolcott Library hosted a social on Tuesday for children entering kindergarten at Center School, which opens Sept. 1. Children's librarian Lisa Shaia and Center School media specialist Joanne Moore entertained the participants and led them through a series of games. In the photos, top to bottom, are Moore, Shaia and Ava Kelly, 5, left, and her sister, Mia, 4.



Montessori students take action after lesson
Litchfield.bz (8-19-10)

Litchfield Montessori School students Samantha and Theresa Brady, top photo, have spent time in the school's new garden this summer. Middle, students get an up-close look at the garden. In the bottom photo, students gather around the picnic tables they painted.

Students at Litchfield Montessori School in Northfield have brightened the grounds around the school after being inspired by a course taught by Victoria Christgau of Litchfield.
Christgau, executive director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, taught a class on conflict resolution and contributing to the community.
Students responded by planting a community garden in the spring and tending it through the summer. The garden has yielded flowers and vegetables, and in the fall will produce pumpkins. Debby DeGuire, who directs the lower elementary classes at the school, supervised the creation of the garden.
Students also washed and painted picnic tables at the Northfield pavilion and cleared paths in the woods next to the school.


Bus Routes – Litchfield Public Schools

The Litchfield Public Schools have reorganized the district’s school bus routes and consolidated several bus stops. The bus routes published in the August 16, 2010 edition of the Waterbury Republican American does not list bus stop changes.



Edible School Garden at James Morris School

Guy Weik, Principal at James Morris School, on the new "Edible School Garden" at the James Morris Elementary School:

The garden is doing great! I had enough JMS families sign up to fill the summer schedule, so the Morris Seniors who are able just come to pick vegetables. They take them home to use themselves and share with other seniors. Wamogo Agricultural students and their teacher, Chris Brittain, helped us by cutting the sod and tilling the space for the garden. A dedicated gardening JMS parent, Salli Szczesiul, also assisted throughout that rainy Friday in April. My wife, Laura, and my son, Brandon and grandson, Cade, helped build the 5 raised beds and spread the compost and top soil. White Flower Farm donated the compost and some plants, and John Scheepers in Bantam donated seeds. Parents, teaching paraprofessionals and master gardeners Carol Terrell and Brandon Fravel supervised students in May as they planted their raised beds.

A $1,250 grant award from Litchfield Hills Food Systems was the result of broad community participation in the Edible School Garden Raffle in 2009. Grant money was used to purchase lumber, raised bed corners, stones for the walkway between the beds, tools, gloves, landscape fabric, and a garden hose and reel.
Wamogo Agricultural students also constructed a greenhouse for JMS and the donation of John Sheepers garden seeds was a personal contribution of Paul Jagger of Van Engelen, Inc.

There are now Edible School Garden programs at six schools including Litchfield, Norfolk, Warren, Goshen, Morris and Washington.




Degrasse Scholarship

Once again the Borough of Bantam is offering scholarships to Borough residents, that qualify, through the generosity and forethought of Mrs. M.K DeGrasse. This scholarship is in memory of Mr. and Mrs. DeGrasse’s only child, Robert, killed at the age of 20 in an automobile accident in September 1953.

Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and students 24 years of age or younger who will attend college or other accredited schools in pursuit of higher education or a career. The deadline for applications is July 14, 2010. Applications are available through John Langer at 860-567-0484 or Kim Griffen at 860-309-1816.

In the past years, Bantam put on Roast Pork Dinners as a fundraiser which took a lot of planning and hard work, all done by volunteers. This year donations are being sought to increase the amount given to applicants of the “Margaret Kerr DeGrasse Scholarship”. Due to the recent economy, interest on trust funds has been greatly reduced. This scholarship has already helped nearly 100 students since being established in the mid 1990’s. Every college-bound youth applying gets a share of the scholarship.

John Langer, of Bantam, is asking local businesses and the community for donations to add to the fund. Any size donation is welcome and can be sent to: DeGrasse Scholarship Fund, c/o John Langer, 55 Cathole Road, Bantam, CT 06750. All donations are tax deductible. We and the students sincerely thank you for your consideration and support.



LIS creates new edible garden

Students at the Litchfield Intermediate School began planting seeds and plants in a new garden last Friday. The garden is a series of raised beds in front of the cafeteria. The plan is to serve the vegetables raised in the school garden in the cafeteria, as part of a healthy foods initiative. This project has been made possible by a generous grant from the Litchfield Hills Food Systems.

Deborah S. Wheeler, Ed.D.
Litchfield Public Schools



LHS Class of 1960 Reunion

The Litchfield High School Class of 1960 is planning a 50th class reunion for Saturday, September 25th at Crystal Peak (164 Torrington Rd, Winchester, CT). Please contact either Jack Comporesi @ 860-485-9021 or Marcey Hladik @ 860-567-4116 for more information.



Family Connection Website Launch

Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your child can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your child about up-coming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information.


You need a personal registration code to access. If you do not know your registration code, please contact the counseling office for assistance - 860-567-7534.



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