Litchfield News




JMS Public Speaking Contest
The James Morris School in Morris held its annual public speaking contest for sixth-graders recently. Students wrote speeches on a social issue that interested them and recited the speeches for classmates, teachers and parents.
Giving their speeches, top to bottom are, Danny Schneider, Josh Lovallo and Delilah Geremia  ~ BZ photos
A panel of teachers judged the contest and will be announcing the winners. Winners will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to participate in the National Ford’s Oratory Festival and will give their speeches in Ford’s Theater.
Litchfield Center School
“Ready, Set, Grow!” Program
Litchfield Public Schools would like to invite the families of children eligible for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 academic school year to this Spring’s “Ready, Set, Grow!” program. The program aims to inform parents and guardians about Kindergarten expectations in Language Arts, Math, and fine/gross motor skills as well as strategies to use at home to support this learning. This opportunity includes a parent information session followed by engaging family and student workshops. Children living in Litchfield, Northfield, and Bantam who will be five years old on or before January 1, 2018 are eligible for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year and are encouraged to attend.
The first “Ready, Set, Grow” informational meeting for parents and guardians will be held on Monday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Center School Gym.  Registration is not required to attend this informational meeting.  Additional workshops will be held on April 3rd and May 8th at 6:00 p.m. for children and their parents/guardians.  Registration will be required for these workshops.  Please visit our website at to register for the workshops.
Regional School District No. 6
Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment
Regional School District No. 6 is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten program for children living in Warren, Morris and Goshen.
Children must be 3 years of age on or before December 31, 2017 to be eligible for prekindergarten enrollment this coming fall.
For more information and to receive the 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten registration packet, please call:
Susan Cupo @ 860-868-2223 for Warren residents.
Heidi Varanko @ 860-567-7420 for Morris residents.
Sherri Contadini @ 860-491-6020 for Goshen residents.
All applications are due by April 1, 2016.
LHS Players present
“URINETOWN, the musical”
March 9, 10, 11 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Litchfield Intermediate School Auditorium
Litchfield High School Players will open this year’s season with “Urinetown”, the musical on March 9, 10 and 11, 2017.  "Winner of three Tony Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself!  Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
"Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter."
Urinetown is a first time production for LHS Players, but again, with a unique set design, student pit orchestra, amazing lighting and cast!   Urinetown will run for 3 nights, March 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in the LIS Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, please contact: Tammy Knox at Litchfield High School, (860) 567-7530.  
“Teacher Spelling Bee”
Sponsored by the LHS Interact Club
Thursday, March 16 ~ 6:30 p.m.
LIS Auditorium
The recipient of the fundraiser is Smile Train. Altice (the sponsor of Charity Champions) provided $250 seed money to produce the event and made a donation to Smile Train for $1,000.
Questions? Please contact Theresa Simaitis
1st Annual Retro Dodgeball Tournament
Litchfield Education Foundation
Saturday, April 1 ~ 1:00 p.m.
@ Litchfield High School Gym
The Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is pleased to announce the 1st Annual “Retro Dodgeball Tournament” on Saturday, April 1st in the gymnasium at Litchfield High School. This fundraising event will feature co-ed teams of six adults (18+ years) battling it out for pride and to benefit Litchfield area children.
Teams can register on the LEF website for $180/team with all proceeds going to LEF. On the day of the event, check-in begins at 1pm with the tourney from 2-5pm An after-party will be held at the Litchfield Saltwater Grille @ 5pm with light fare and cash bar with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting LEF.
“This dodgeball tournament is a wonderful way to bring our families and our community together for an afternoon of fun,” states LEF President, Michele Saunders. “All proceeds from this day will go towards educational grants for Litchfield Public Schools as well as for Litchfield-based enrichment programs.”
“We are so grateful to two Litchfield residents with school-aged children – Mr. Matthew Terzian and Mr. Jay Bolton - who approached LEF with the inspired idea to create Litchfield’s first dodgeball competition,” said Ms. Saunders.
Both Mr. Terzian and Mr. Bolton (affectionately branding themselves as “Two Old Dads”*) are devoted fathers with a keen interest in building enrichment opportunities for our town’s children.
“What better way to encourage families, friends and neighbors to come together in support of a great cause than bringing back the glory of a retro dodgeball tournament?” remarks Mr. Terzian. “We are overwhelmed by our town’s enthusiasm thus far for what we hope will be a Litchfield tradition year after year!”
Important to note: Teams will play double-elimination with prizes awarded to “Best Team Costume” and “Last (Wo)Man Standing.” Official rules to be posted on LEF’s website by March 1.
Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization with a mission: To raise funds in support of school-based and community initiatives that enrich, inspire and empower Litchfield’s children. Since 2004, LEF has awarded $150,000+ in support of a wide-range of experiences and resources that transcend the classroom and engage children in real-life experiences.
Dodgeball Team Captains must register online at LEF’s website:
Wamogo students win honors at
CT Scholastic Art Awards
Wamogo Regional High School sophomores Marina Vlasto, right, and Jackie Weik have won awards in the Connecticut Scholastic Art competition, the largest juried student art competition in the state. Vlasto of Goshen won a Gold Key award and Weik an honorable mention award. Vlasto received an award for a portrait photograph she took of her parents, Jan and Catherine, while Weik was honored for a photo she took at a concert. Vlasto and Weik, students of Wendy Costa, were among 3,000 entrants in the competition. A total of 575 entrants received awards.
Jacquelyn Weik, a sophomore from Morris won an Honorable Mention for her photograph, “Concert Closeup.”  Jackie shot this photo (below) at a recent rock concert after she acquired press access to get a more intimate look at the performance.
"Concert Closeup" by Jacquelyn Weik
Marina Vlasto of Goshen won a Gold Key for her photograph, “Love Lasts Through Everything.” She took this portrait (below) of her parents last spring when she was a freshman taking photography at Wamogo.
"Love Lasts Through Everything"
by Marino Vlasto
Works selected for Honorable Mention are deemed as works demonstrating artistic potential. Works selected for Gold Key awards have attained the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Students who enter the competition are already a select group, as they must be chosen by an art teacher at their school. Each art teacher may select up to five students to enter the competition.  At this year’s competition, nearly 3,000 entries were submitted statewide with only 575 works chosen for exhibit. From that accepted number, there were 184 Gold key awards, 173 Silver keys, and 218 Honorable Mention awards granted.
Following the close of the Connecticut Regional exhibit, the Gold Key award winners from each region will have their art works reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the National level in March. The National Jury will select "Gold Medal" National winners and call in their artwork to be exhibited in New York City during June. The National student awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in mid- June. Selected students will receive an invitation to this National event. Click here for more details.
More than $130,000 in Scholarships
Available for Northwest CT Students
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is awarding scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Scholarship applications are now available for the more than $130,000 available to area students. Scholarship guidelines, requirements and applications are available on the Community Foundation website.
Scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by April 1, 2017. The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves Litchfield County with a collection of more than 250 funds from local donors. These funds support nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships to area students throughout the Northwest Corner.
Most scholarships are awarded to residents of the Foundation’s 20-town service area. The Foundation serves the towns of Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan/Falls Village, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington and Winsted/Winchester.
New scholarships this year include the Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship for students who attended Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, and the Healthcare Auxiliary Scholarship for students residing in Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury or Sharon, and who plan to pursue a career in healthcare, with a preference given to those who volunteer and are involved in their community.
For a complete list of scholarships, visit
Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $87 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $4.2 million.
Hundreds of College Scholarships Available!
We are one of the largest college scholarship providers in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills, awarding scholarships to hundreds of students each year—thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our donors over many decades. And, most scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years!
Visit our website to view the list of scholarships and their criteria—and apply!

Application deadlines:
- February 15 for students wishing to renew their scholarships
- March 15 for first-time applicants
Students residing in one of the following towns are eligible:
Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, Woodbury
Foothills Regional Adult & Continuing Education
Spring 2017 Enrichment Courses
Horseback riding, computer software classes, and training for certifications in health care and other careers are among the enrichment courses now being offered through the Foothills Regional Adult & Continuing Education Program.
The program’s spring 2017 brochure, recently mailed to over 80,000 households in western CT, provides details for nearly 400 different courses for adults over 18. The state and locally-funded program operated by EdAdvance delivers affordable enrichment learning opportunities for adults throughout the region. Click here for more details.