Litchfield News





The LHS Class of 1981 is planning a class reunion for 
Saturday, October 8 ~ 6:00-11:00 p.m.
@ Bunnell Farm
JMS Harvest Luncheon
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, James Morris School will hold its annual Harvest Luncheon. A wonderful bounty of delicious, organic produce filled our garden thanks to JMS families and staff who maintained the Giving Garden over the summer. Many pounds of produce were donated to area soup kitchens and food banks. Now it's time for us to celebrate as a community! Every student will help harvest and prepare the vegetables picked fresh from our school garden. Sixth grade students will be serving the prepared vegetables and hosting the luncheon. We are hoping you will be able to join us at this very special celebration! Please fill out this form by September 23 to allow us to properly prepare for our luncheon. Thank you!
Saturday, 9/24 - JMS PTO Carnival, 1:00-4:00PM
Wednesday, 9/28 - Harvest Luncheon
Region 6 Fall Olympics
Thursday, October 6, 2016
@ Warren School
On October 6th (rain date October 14th), students from Goshen and Morris will join students at Warren School for a Fall Olympics event. Students from all three schools will gather together for an Opening Ceremony highlighted with flags from countries around the world. Then, our students will become athletes as they compete in the Region 6 version of the Olympic Games. Students and staff will take a break for lunch while they establish and/or renew friendships made at the previous district assemblies at James Morris School and Goshen Center School last year. The event will end with a Closing Ceremony before students depart for their home schools at 12:45 PM.
Talented and Gifted Program
Region 6 FAQ Coffee Hour
Wednesday, October 12 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wamogo HS Library
You are invited to join Dr. Angela Rossbach and Dr. Nancy Eastlake for a question and answer session about the newly implemented RSD6 Talented and Gifted Program for students in grades 5-8. Click here to view the Region 6 School-wide Enrichment website for more information.
Annual Winter Vocal Concert
Wednesday, December 7 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Wamogo HS Auditorium
The Annual Winter Vocal Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wamogo Auditorium. This concert with feature the upper-blended, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from Warren, Morris, and Goshen. This concert will also include performances from the Inter-Elementary Select Choir. For more information, please visit Mrs. Bills' Website.
Northwestern is Highest Ranked
Community College in Connecticut
In a just released report by the website WalletHub, Northwestern Connecticut Community College (62nd) is the highest ranked Connecticut Community College of the 821 institutions included in the results of the analysis, “2016 Best & Worst Community Colleges.”  Additionally, Connecticut State Community Colleges were ranked ninth best among state systems.
Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, declared, “This is good news that speaks to the dedication of the NCCC faculty and staff.”  
In order to determine the best community colleges in the US, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 821 colleges across 3 key measurements, including educational outcomes, cost and financing and career outcomes.  The researchers stated that they were unable to include all member schools of the American Association of Community Colleges due to data limitations.  The data used to create the rankings were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research and College Measures.
Besides NCCC, the other Connecticut State Community Colleges that were included in the survey were Gateway Community College, ranked 92nd, Manchester Community College, ranked 168th, Norwalk Community College, ranked 205th, and Housatonic Community College, which was ranked 642nd. For more information about NCCC click here.
 Representative Esty and Skills21 at EdAdvance
Announce NSF Grant Funding in STEM,
Advanced Manufacturing Technologies,
and Entrepreneurship Programs
This week (Sept. 21, 2016), Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) joined Matt Mervis, Director of Skills21 at EdAdvance, Dr. Richard W. Kisiel, Senior Staff Associate of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), and a cadre of Connecticut high school presenters to announce the award of two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants that support leading-edge digital learning programs in STEM, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, and Entrepreneurship across the state.
In her remarks, Congresswoman Esty highlighted the vital role these programs and funding sources play in delivering critical learning opportunities to K-12 students across the state as well as the exemplary achievement of Skills21 and project partners in obtaining two of these highly competitive NSF grants. “I have tremendous confidence in the potential to build up the American people, but we're not going to get there unless we support these innovative educational programs. We have the opportunity and the obligation to be an incubator for the country with these groundbreaking programs.”
The two NSF awards, CT Pathways to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies & Entrepreneurship (CPI-AMTE) and Skills21 STEM-Starter: An Incubator and Launch Pad to STEM Entrepreneurship and Careers, provide a combined $2.1 million in funding over three years to help address critical secondary education and workforce development needs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. In the next decade, the local and national economies will rely heavily on building workforce capacity in these fields by preparing individuals with the requisite training and skills to accelerate the innovation cycle for products, services, and solutions to emerging challenges.
CPI-AMTE features a partnership with the state’s Career and Technical High School System (CTHSS) to develop and implement new cutting edge coursework in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies with integrated challenge project development. The STEMStarter project focuses on the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills through STEM-focused senior Capstone projects. Upon project completion, educational resources developed under these two grants will be available high schools in CT and beyond.
Project collaborators include: the CT State Department of Education, the CT Community Colleges’ College of Technology, NSF-funded ATE Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, Southern CT State University, the CT Pre-Engineering Program, the CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the CT Office of Workforce Competitiveness (OWC), CT Innovations, and a dedicated consortium of school districts and industry partners, including IBM. Over 35 schools representing a range of urban, suburban and rural demographics will participate in the two projects over the next three years.
CPI-AMTE and STEMStarter will leverage Skills21’s Launchpad Platform. This web-based tool is designed to help students, teachers and mentors engage in authentic hands-on challenges and demonstrate the best of student learning and innovation. Jonathan Costa, the Assistant Executive Director for EdAdvance and the Principal Investigator for both projects, indicated “to be awarded two simultaneous grants from the National Science Foundation is a validation of the inventive work of the Skills21 team and a well-deserved recognition of their and our collaborators’ efforts to prepare students for the real world in 21st century high schools.” For more information on the projects, contact Jonathan Costa or the Skills21 Team at 860.567.0863.
About Skills21 at EdAdvance
For 15 years, Skills21 has worked with schools and organizations to promote inspired learning, creative designs and student solutions. Skills21 delivers flexible, affordable, and field-tested teaching and learning models for enhancing student success. Specializing in leveraging digital tools to scale innovative instructional models, current Skills21 programs include:
- School Fuel - building learning dialogs for young children and their families with mobile tools
- Skills21 STEM Quest - delivering powerful experiential learning that connects the real world with augmented and virtual reality
- Skills21 Trackpad - providing real-time software to support academic events and competitions
- Skills21 Launchpad - ensuring success for challenge-based learning in and outside of the classroom  
- Skills21 Expo Fest - the ultimate showcase of inspired learning, creative design, & student solutions
About the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.