Litchfield News






Region 6 Board of Education
Seeks Input on Superintendent Search
The online survey for our Superintendent Search is now available at for your input.
There will also be a Focus Group conducted for Region 6 district parents, citizens without children in the system, and our governmental officials on October 27 at 7pm in the Eisenhaure Auditorium at Wamogo High School. Consultants from Cooperative Educational Services will facilitate the 45-minute meeting.
The Board hopes that you will take advantage of one of these two opportunities to provide input on the challenges our next Superintendent will face, as well as the experience, expertise, and qualities that they should seek in candidates.
James Morris School
JMS Sixth-Grade Parent Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 26 ~ 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Next Wednesday, Oct. 26 night from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Mrs. Connery will host interested parents/guardians of our sixth-graders for an informational meeting about our Leadership Awareness Workshop (L.A.W.) program.
JMS Halloween Parade
Friday, Oct. 28 ~ 2:50 p.m.
JMS will host our annual Halloween parade for K-6 students at 2:50PM on Friday, October 28th. Weather permitting, the parade will take place on the blacktop and garden area of the school playground. In the event of poor weather, students will parade in the gymnasium. Parents are welcome to attend. Information on the pre-K Halloween parade will come directly from Mrs. Hodgkinson to pre-K families. All students are welcome to bring a costume to change into for the parade. Costumes should be appropriate for viewing by young children, free of simulated weaponry or graphic images.
JMS Wrapping Paper Fundraiser 
October 24th through October 30th
On Monday of next week, students will receive an order form for holiday wrapping paper. This fundraiser will help support our graduating sixth-grade class's activities, and a contribution of the proceeds will be made to the PTO to benefit all JMS students. Completed order forms are due back to JMS by the following Monday, 10/31.
JMS Trunk-or-Treat
Monday, Oct. 31 ~ 5:30-7:30 p.m.
From the Morris Beach and Recreation Department: Decorate your car’s trunk in full Halloween glory and join us in the JMS parking lot for our annual Trunk or Treat event - a safe alternative for your children to trick-or-treat with friends!
Costume Parade 6:00PM
Costume Parade ~ Costume Contest
~ Trunk Decorating Contest
~ Music ~ Hay Rides
Sponsored by Morris Beach & Recreation
Questions? 860-567-7437
Election Day
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
JMS Veteran's Day Luncheon
Thursday, Nov. 10 ~ 11:45 a.m.
JMS will host our annual Veteran's Day Luncheon at 11:45AM.
Please RSVP at 860-567-7420
or by email Heidi Varanko at
JMS Red, White & Blue Day
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
To honor the veterans attending our luncheon, in the community, and around the globe, students are asked to wear red, white and blue on this day.
Warren School
On Monday, Oct. 24 the CAS selection committee will visit Warren School as part of the review process for the Elementary School of the Year Award. As you know, Warren School is one of two schools in the state that is being considered for this honor. The committee will interview a representative sample of students, parents and staff. They will also take a student-led tour of our school. We can't wait to show them what a wonderful school we have!
Substitutes needed
Are you interested in becoming a substitute at Warren School? We are in need of people who can sub in the office, the cafeteria, and in the classroom. If you are interested, please contact Debbie DeLisle at for further information.
Litchfield Montessori School
Overnight Camping Trip
Litchfield Montessori School Upper Elementary (grades 4 - 6) recently went on an overnight camping trip designed to help connect them more deeply with nature, build teamwork and learn outdoor skills. On the first day students travelled to Falls Village and spent the day learning to steer their canoes and then paddling several miles on the Housatonic River. 
After spending the night under the stars, students took on a challenging hike, climbing the highest peak in CT on Bear Mountain, 2354 feet! Quite an accomplishment for some young adventurers. ~ contributed
Fall Open House
Sunday, November 13 ~ 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Litchfield Montessori School
5 Knife Shop Road
Northfield, CT  06778
Litchfield Montessori School announces it Fall Open House to be held on November 13, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m..  Located just minutes off of Route 8 in a pristine setting in Northfield, we accept ages 15 months to 12 years old. Visitors will tour our facility, visit our beautiful outdoor classrooms and learn more about how a Montessori education supports the whole child, families and lifelong learning.
The Region-6 Way: Principal/District Leadership
Adopted by the Board of Education at the beginning of this school year, the Region-6 Way is a summary of our beliefs about who we are and want to be as a unique, high-performing school district. Over the next few weeks, I will share each of the elements within, including this week's topic: Principal/District Leadership:
Principal/District Leadership
- Beliefs: To ensure effectiveness and efficiency in all of our schools, Region 6 believes in principal and district leadership that ensures (a) high performance from every employee, (b) high expectations for every student, (c) a positive school climate, and (d) strong school-community relations.
- Rationale: Education research shows that most school variables, considered separately, have, at most, small effects on learning. The real payoff comes when individual variables combine to reach critical mass. Creating the conditions under which that can occur is the job of the principal.
Vision of the RSD6 Principal: Effective principals
-     - Shape a vision of academic success for all students.
-     - Create a climate hospitable to education
-     - Cultivate leadership in others
-     -  Improve instruction
-     - Manage people, data and processes to foster school improvement.
Region 6 Tech Times
Please click below to read the first Elementary Tech Times
from our Technology Specialist, Sarah Miller.
Region 6 Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 8 ~ 7:00 p.m.
@ Goshen Center School
After School Activities for Children
After-School Adventures
(Grades 4-6)
Tuesdays in October ~ 3:45-5:00 p.m.
(October 4, 11, 18, 25)
White Memorial Conservation Center
After-School Adventures
(Grades 1-3)
Wednesdays in October ~3:45-5:00 p.m.
(October 5, 12, 19, 26)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Lego Club
(For children in Grades K-4)
Fridays, October 14 - November 4, 2016
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Ghost Hunt Party
(Ages 3-8)
Sunday, October 30 ~ 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Region 6 Grades 4-6
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.
Online Safety
By Miss Miller, K-6 Education Technology Specialist
Our students are learning about online safety and citizenship. We recommend continuing this conversation at home with all ages. Be sure your children know your family rules for using home computers and devices, and what to do if something unexpected pops up when they are online. Assure them that they are not in trouble when they ask for help with unexpected ads and pop-ups, praise them for asking for help, then show them how to find a safer site. With even our youngest students, Common Sense Education recommends three rules: 1. Ask a parent first before going online; 2. Only talk to people you know online; and 3. Stick to sites that you know are just right for you. For more information, check out this family tip sheet.
Dean's List 
Endicott College is pleased to announce the Dean’s List students for spring, 2016. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no grade below a “C”, have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.
The following students have met those requirements: Shelby Elwell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Elwell of Litchfield, CT. Shelby is a junior majoring in Hospitality Management.
Press Releases: Northwestern CT Community College (NCCC)
Click here to see NCCC Press Releases.
NCCC Educational Series
FOR HEALTH CARE Professionals
October 24 through November 28
New this fall at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, is a series of five continuing education workshops designed specifically for nurses, paramedics, medical assistants, and others working in health care.  This is an opportunity to refresh and update your skills. These workshops will meet one evening per week from October 24 through November 28, on campus in Winsted.

Participants can register for one or all five of these workshops:  Cardio-Pulmonary and Abdominal Assessment; EKG Interpretation; Interpretation of Common Laboratory Values; Diabetes; and Intravenous Refresher. These courses are taught by Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s experienced nursing educators.

For information and registration, contact Heather Cappabianca, Allied Health Coordinator, at: 860-738-6484, or by email:
Book Circle Author Steve Rushin to Talk at NCCC
Tuesday, October 25 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
Are you a fan of Steve Rushin? Well, you should be excited! This local author is coming to Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. Steve Rushin will be talking about his book The Pint Man, at NCCC, on Tuesday, October 25, at 6:30 pm in Founders Hall Auditorium. At the conclusion of his talk there will be a reception and book signing.  This is quite an opportunity and we encourage everyone to come.

Mr. Rushin has written for Sports Illustrated, Time, and The New York Times; he is also a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award and has had his writing published in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Magazine Writing collections. He continues to write a weekly column for

Steve Rushin has often been celebrated for his fiction and non-fiction. His first book, The Caddie Was a Reindeer was published by Grove Atlantic in 2005 and named a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His novel The Pint Man was published by Doubleday in 2010 and was noted as “Engaging, clever and often wipe-your-eyes-funny,” by the Los Angeles Times. His book Road Swing was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the “Best Books of the Year” and one of the “Top 100 Sports Books of All Time” by Sports Illustrated. Then, in 2013, his nonfiction book The Baseball Grenade was published by Little, Brown. He currently resides with his wife Rebecca Lobo and their four children in Granby, Connecticut.

The Pint Man, is an incoming student read at NCCC this semester. Books will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own to have it signed. This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the Cultural Planning Committee, the Humanities Department, and the Northwestern Community College Foundation (NCCF).
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.