Litchfield News




3rd marking period is now posted.
2016 Northwestern Connecticut Community College Graduates
Lauren Elizabeth Aleksandrowicz, AS Nursing - CT – CCNP, Bantam
Matthew J Benet, AS LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCE, Litchfield
Alec Gregory Green, AS CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Litchfield
Allison Marie Hall, AS BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT ADMIN, Litchfield
Kathryn Nicole Higgins, CERT HUMAN SERVICES, Bantam
Kathryn Nicole Higgins, AS HUMAN SERVICES, Bantam
Katrina Hope Jenkins, AS LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCE, Northfield
Linda C. Leigh, CERT Hlth Info & Reimbrsemnt Spclst, Northfield
Gina Marie Mastrianna, AS Nursing - CT – CCNP, Northfield
Mary E. Pang, AS GENERAL STUDIES, Litchfield
Blaise Ian Pope, AS GENERAL STUDIES, Litchfield
Brianna Katelyn Rodgers, AS CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Bantam
Zachary James Shemms, AS LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCE, Goshen
Alyssa Sarah Yoelson, AS GENERAL STUDIES, Morris
Groundbreaking Ceremony for
Visual and Performing Arts Center
Friday, May 27, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
at The Forman School
The Forman School will hold a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony for a new Visual and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on campus.
The Visual and Performing Arts Center will include a host of spacious and state of the art classrooms for dance, photography, videography, theater, ceramics and pottery, jewelry making, drawing and painting, and more. The theater boasts 300 seats, as well as a scene shop, dressing rooms, and costuming area. In addition to a modern, comfortable space, the photography and videography programs will benefit from a dark room and green screen room. The ceramics studio will have an indoor and outdoor throwing area including a Raku kiln and dance students will enjoy the classic wall to wall mirrors in their studio.
The new facility will blend nicely with the architecture and scenery of the timeless beauty of the campus, but will highlight beautiful, unique features such as cedar siding, stone veneer, a galvalume standing seam roof, exterior benches, stone hardscape, river rock, exterior columns, large windows, and wood louvers. The location will be central for students, close to Olson Outdoor Education Center and Henderson Administrative Building as well as the Science Center and Williams Academic Building.
Construction will take approximately one year and will be completed for the 2017’-18 academic year. For any questions on Visual and Performing Arts Center, please contact Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement Justin Solomon at or 860.567.1896.
Region 6 Spelling Bee
The annual Region 6 Spelling Bee was held at Goshen Center School on Tuesday, May 17th. The first and second place winners from all three elementary schools participated. Finalists included Diana Squires and Ella Desmond from Warren School, Chandler Coe and Emma Zontok from JMS, and Mackenzie Robillard and Madison L’Heureux from GCS. This year’s bee was extremely exciting with the two finalists going many rounds before a winner was established. The first runner up was Chandler Coe of Morris, with Diana Squires of Warren winning the bee for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all of our participants.
Arts Alive @ James Morris School
Students at the James Morris School in Morris learned about various arts during an Arts Alive program sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization on Friday. In the photos, sixth-graders Emma Wheeler and Eric Edwards visit the mobile bakery truck of Amanda Glover of Litchfield,
Violet Ebner plays a game with Sean Brady, one of the Wamogo students who came to the school to help out,
and sixth-grader Robbie Leite greets classmate Annie Silver at the bake sale table.
Robbie organized the bake sale, which featured the work of teachers. Proceeds from the sale will go to the family of a Plymouth, Mass., girl battling brain cancer. ~ BZ photos
LHS AOK (Acts of Kindness) Club
Saturday, June 4 ~ 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Litchfield High School
ASAP Celebration of Young Writers
The After School Arts Program (ASAP!®) received over 200 submissions from over 37 schools across the state. Ten students have been selected to be featured at the 11th annual Celebration of Young Writers, which will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Gunnery, 22 Kirby Rd., Washington, CT.
Ranging in ages from 6-17, each will read their very own piece in front of the more than 400 guests.
The selected young writers are: Francesca Vattuone of Goshen Center School in Goshen, Josephina Drage of Gainfield Elementary School in Southbury, Charlotte Brodhead of Warren Elementary School in Warren, Madison Stampp of Woodbury Middle School in Woodbury, Dylan Toll of Mill Hill Elementary School in Fairfield, Daniel Saed of Cornwall Consolidated School in Cornwall, Halena Weymouth of Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, Evan Woerner, Rebecca Racz and Emily Prezioso of Shepaug Valley School in Washington.
A Celebration of Young Writers was established with the help of Ellen and Frank McCourt, Ann and Denis Leary and Susanna Salk. The event began as a way to encourage children to share their love of writing.
The event, a major fundraiser for ASAP!® will begin with a cocktail party and silent auction. Auction items include tickets for the critically acclaimed new musical, Hamilton, Yankee tickets, backstage tour of the American Ballet Theatre, and a Zac Posen handbag.
This year’s honoree Ellen McCourt will present the 6th annual Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching to this year’s recipient, Rena Winton from Nonnewaug High School.
Tickets range from $75 general admission, $125 Reserved Seating, $500-$1000 for Patron Seating and $2500and up for Sponsorships. Tickets are available at or by calling 860-868-0740.
James Morris School Oratory Festival
The James Morris School in Morris held its annual Oratory Festival on May 10. Fifth and sixth-graders participated in the event by reciting famous speeches from history.
Judges were students from the Wamogo Regional High School parliamentary procedure team under the direction of teacher Chris Brittain.
Five students were chosen by the judges to recite their speeches during the Morris Memorial Day observance on May 30. The students are fifth-graders Sierra Cortes and James Hunter and sixth-graders Elliot Johnson, Eric Edwards and Charlie Coffey.
Shown reciting their speeches, below, are Sierra Cortes and Elliot Johnson. BZ photos
Mitchell Samal, son of Donna and David Samal of Litchfield, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in pre-law from Eastern Connecticut State University during their May 17, 2016 Commencement exercises. Mitchell graduated with honors distinction with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.53. Mitchell will continue his education at the University of Connecticut where he will pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Mitchell is a 2012 graduate of Litchfield High School.
Tom & Rene Fisher are proud to announce their daughter Caitlyn McGovern (LHS Class of 2012) graduated Sunday, May 15, 2016 from Hofstra University receiving her Bachelors in Business Administration with a dual major in Accounting and Management.
Allison Meeker of Warren, CT was recognized at the Honors Tea of Green Mountain College, in Poultney, VT on May 1, 2016.  Allison received the Distinguished Achievement in Biology Award. This award is given to a student that demonstrates academic excellence in the Biological Sciences and who has shown leadership in serving the community.  Allison studied at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage during the fall 2015 semester.  Upon returning to GMC in the spring of 2016 Allison became a tutor, and Undergraduate Teachers Assistant for Calculus 2 as well as being named to the President’s List for the fall and spring semesters.  Allison is a 2014 graduate of Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, CT and is pursuing a degree in Biology at Green Mountain College.
Wamogo Students' Photographs Displayed
in Hartford Legislative Office Building
~ contributed by Wendy Costa, Wamogo Art Teacher
Rachel Piontkewicz of Goshen and Alycia Petrauskas, also of Goshen, have had their photography selected to be framed and hung in the offices of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford for a year. This competitive opportunity was sponsored by the Connecticut Art Education Association to promote awareness of the importance of art in our schools.
Loneliness by Rachel Piontkewicz
Rachel Piontkewicz, a senior who will be studying at Lesley University in the fall, had her photograph, “Loneliness” chosen for exhibit in the Appropriations Room of the Legislative Office Building. Her photograph is of a bench on the Wamogo fields that she shot against a cloudy sky, and she printed the final proof in black and white. Rachel also earned honors for this photograph in December when it won the grades 912 category in the After School Arts Program’s Celebration of Young Photographers. The Photographer’s Forum, a national publisher, also recognized Rachel for her photograph “Growth.” It was selected as a finalist in its fall competition and Rachel’s photograph will be published in the next volume of Photographer’s Forum, recognizing the best of College and High School Photography.
Horse Grinning by Alycia Petrauskas

Alycia Petrauskas, also of Goshen, had two photographs chosen. Alycia is a national award winning horseback rider, and she has created numerous photographic studies of horses. Her photograph, “Horse Grinning,” will hang in the Education Committee Room, and her other photograph, “Horse with Tongue Out,” will hang in the Appropriations Room of the Legislative Office Building. As with Rachel’s photograph, both of Alycia’s photographs will hang in the offices for a year. Alycia has also won honors for photographic work this year. She earned an Honorable Mention at Connecticut Scholastic Awards in January for “Horse with Tongue Out.”

Horse with Tongue Hanging Out by Alycia Petrauskas

Litchfield School Records to be Destroyed
The Litchfield Board of Education will destroy the confidential special education records of former students who have either graduated or were dismissed from special education services with birthdates of 1991 or earlier.  Written notification will be mailed to the students’ last known address.
This destruction is permitted by Connecticut State Law (34 CFR §300.573).  Confidential records include referral to special education, PPT/IEP records, psychoeducational evaluations, speech/language evaluations, psychological testing and reports, and correspondence with other agencies related to special education or special services.  These records may be needed in the future for Social Security benefits or other purposes.  Anyone wishing to obtain his/her confidential records must call the Litchfield Board of Education, Special Services Department at 860-567-7505, before May 15, 2016. Records will be destroyed after June 1, 2016.