Litchfield News




1st Annual Retro Dodgeball Tournament
Litchfield Education Foundation
Saturday, April 1 ~ 2:00-5:00 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. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted!
Teams will play double-elimination with prizes awarded to “Best Team Costume” and “Last (Wo)Man Standing.”  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!”
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. editor's note ~ The Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) is a 501c3 non-profit, it is not the same as the Litchfield Education Asociation (LEA) which represents the teachers.
Wamogo Advanced Chorus to Perform
@ CT Music Education Association Conference
Six Wamogo High School Advanced Chorus students under the direction of Matthew Valenti, Director of Choral Activities at Wamogo, will be performing at the Connecticut Music Education Association Conference on March 31st in Hartford. ~ photos contributed
"Advanced Chorus is the newest addition to the Wamogo High School music department," Valenti states, “From day one, I realized the potential of this class. I entered them in November in the Honors Ensemble Performance competition run by the Connecticut Music Education Association and they qualified! Only nine groups were selected from the entire state, with only two of them vocal groups, the rest are instrumental. For a group that just formed this year, that was a major feat! They will be performing for administrators and educators from all over the state.”
Matthew Valenti, Director of Choral Activities at Wamogo High School
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, 2017.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Spring 2017 Open House
Monday, April 3 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
Are you beginning your college search? Look no further than Northwestern Connecticut Community College to find high quality education at a reasonable cost. Northwestern will be holding its Spring Open House on Monday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Founders Hall auditorium.
The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome from the President of Northwestern, Dr. Michael Rooke and Dr. Patricia Bouffard, Dean of Academic and Student Services. Professor Tom Hodgkin will speak about the importance of setting goals and self-advocacy. Current students and alumni will speak about the opportunities that their Northwestern education has provided them.
At 6:30 p.m., an academic and student service resource fair will be held in the adjacent Draper Conference Center. Students will be able to meet faculty and staff to discuss courses, programs of study, the admissions process and career and transfer opportunities. Students will learn why they should make Northwestern their college of first choice.
Also at 6:30 p.m., students interested in Veterinary Technology, Nursing, and NCCC’s Fine Arts programs will be able to attend presentations and tours. In addition, financial aid information sessions will be held at 6:30 and 7:15.
The spring Open House is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Green Woods Hall and the Art and Science Building parking lots. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at (860) 738-6330 or email  Registration is not required.
Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’
Superintendent/Student Recognition Awards
Emily Dragan and Jacob Allen, students at Litchfield High School, Middle School student Erik Tieman, and Emily Migliorisi, a student at the Litchfield Intermediate School have been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community, at a ceremony held on Wednesday, March 15th, at the Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, in Torrington.
Sherri Turner, Superintendent of Schools in Litchfield made the presentations as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.
The Superintendent/Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts.  Awards are generally given during American Education Week in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the Certificate.
Emily Dragan, a senior at Litchfield High School enjoys playing soccer, volunteering in the community and working with children. Her quiet nature surprises those who learn that she holds a black-belt in Karate and teaches Karate to children in the lower ranked belts. Being a part of groups that support substance prevention, random acts of kindness, creating life-lesson activities for younger children and raising awareness for Breast Cancer are just some of Emily’s areas of interest.  Her humble character is appreciated by her peers and faculty. 
Jacob Allen, a well-rounded senior at Litchfield High School, is a conscientious student and strong athlete. He enjoys being part of Outdoor Track and Cross Country teams, where he received a medal as a Berkshire League Champion in Cross Country.  As a member of student council, Environthon and Sailing Club, Jacob also finds time to volunteer with the Change Club as a mentor to younger students, and helping with the Random Acts of Kindness Club.  He balances playing sports, schoolwork, a part-time job successfully. 
Erik Tieman, an 8th grader at Litchfield Middle School, is a hard-working, conscientious student who always puts forth his best efforts.  He reaches across all peer groups to willingly work with others.  He is a leader in Student Council and a “go-to” student when planning events like Middle School Fun Nights.  Outside of the classroom, Erik is very involved in sports, performing well in soccer, basketball, and track.  His kindness, cooperativeness, empathy, and overall positive attitude shine through all aspects of his middle school career.
Emily Migliorisi is a dedicated and conscientious student who continually demonstrates exemplary citizenship at Litchfield Intermediate School.  Emily loves learning, tries her very best every day, and helps others because it is the right thing to do.  She is an avid member of jazz band and chorus.  Outside of school, she is a scholar athlete and a long standing member of the town soccer and basketball teams.  Through her kindness and hard work, Emily is an exceptional role model for us all.
CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization, is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, legislative information, and educational services to its membership. 
 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.
“Ready, Set, Grow” workshops will be held on April 3rd and May 8th at 6:00 p.m. for children and their parents/guardians.  Registration is required for these workshops. Click here to register. Please visit our website at for more information.
New school superintendent appointed in Region 6 (03-22-17)
A former superintendent of schools in Torrington has been named the next superintendent in Region 6.
Christopher Leone of Harwinton, Torrington’s superintendent in 2010-11, was appointed by the Region 6 Board of Education on Monday. Leone will succeed Edward Drapp, who will step down on June 30 after seven years as Region 6 superintendent.
Leone is the superintendent of schools for Unified School District 2 in Hartford. He was one of 12 candidates interviewed by a Region 6 search committee and quickly rose to the top of the field.
“The Region 6 community is a very special place and we wanted a superintendent who could work well with our community to build on the excellent progress that has been made during (Drapp’s) long tenure with us,” Region 6 school board Chairman Christopher Sanders of Goshen said in a statement released by Region 6 on Tuesday.
Sanders said Leone’s experience as a superintendent, chief operating officer, chief academic officer, principal, assistant principal and teacher made him a clear-cut favorite for the Region 6 position.
“We were impressed with the wide range of educational and operational experience that Chris brings with him,” Sanders said. “His knowledge of the current issues and pressures faced by the school districts in Connecticut will serve us well.”
Leone will be introduced in Region 6 later in the spring, Sanders said.


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.