Week of October 3, 2016
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October 3, 2016

Dear Wamogo Families and Friends,

Thank you to the parents of Freshmen students who attended the Freshmen Orientation Meeting.  It is our hope that you found the information presented at the meeting helpful in ensuring academic success for your student at Wamogo. 

The first Parent Coffee Hour of the year is on October 5, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Library Media Center.  Parent Coffee Hour will occur monthly and is an excellent opportunity for administration to share Wamogo initiatives and goals with parents.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

Interim grade reports are now available. Please check PowerSchool regularly to view your students' academic progress.  You should expect to see changes in PowerSchool for each of your students' classes at minimum bi-weekly. Keeping communications open with your students' teachers is key to their academic success. Please contact your students' teachers with any academic concerns you may have for your student.  

The Wamogo Homecoming Dance is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016.  The dance will be held in the Wamogo Lobby from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tickets are being sold during high school lunch waves.  Cost for admittance is: $12.00 per individual, $20.00 per couple, and $15.00 per individual at the door. Please take a moment to review the Dance Regulations below prior to attending the event.  We look forward to a safe and fun evening celebrating Homecoming with your students.   

Dance Regulations:   
Students must enter the dance within sixty minutes of the starting time.  Once students have exited the activity, they will not be permitted to return to the dance.  Wamogo high school students are permitted to bring guests from other schools to Wamogo dances (not to exceed one guest per student) provided that all attending conform to school policies and the Wamogo student registers the guest by noon the day of the dance.  It is the responsibility of all students attending dances to properly safeguard their belongings from loss or theft.  Handbags and other valuables should not be left in an unlocked location.  Dances are school-sponsored activites to which the student discipline policy applies.  

Behavioral Expectation Highlight of the Week:
Board of Education policy number 5131.911 states that bullying behavior by any student in the Regional School District No. 6 Public Schools is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school.  "Bullying"  means the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student  attending school in the same school district or a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district that: 
A.  Causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student's property, 
B.  Places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property,
C.  Creates a hostile environment at school for such student,
D.  Infringes on the rights of such student at school, or 
E.  Substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. 
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites or fake profiles.

Safety and Security Highlight of the Week:
We would like to inform you that Wamogo students and staff participate in monthly drills (Fire, HAZMAT, Evacuation, etc.)  that the Wamogo administration and Director of Security schedule as required per the State of Connecticut.  Please know that the school administration, staff, and students review district guidelines to ensure consistency in implementing standard operating procedures.  Should you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact our Director of Security, John Threlfall at jthrelfall@rsd6.org.  

Sincerely,
Jaime Rivera, Principal
Charles Rowland, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events:
10/3/2016 - WPO Booster Meeting, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Library Media Center
10/4/2016 - Curriculum Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., District Office
10/5/2016 - Parent Coffee Hour, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Library Media Center 
10/5/2016 - College Fair, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wamogo Small Gym
10/6/2016 - Grades 7 through 11, School Portrait Day 
10/6/2016 - Homecoming Dance, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wamogo Lobby
10/7/2016 - No school for students, Professional Development Day  
10/10/2016 - No school, Columbus Day 
10/11/2016 - Communications Committee Meeting, 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., District Office
10/11/2016 - Finance Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., District Office 
10/11/2016 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Warren School


Please see below for other upcoming events and school related activities. More information can be found on the Wamogo website and athletic calendars.
Agri-Science News   
Week of October 3, 2016 

Agri-Science/ FFA Events:
October 3:  Poultry Evaluation, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 3:  Livestock Evaluation, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
October 3:  Horse Evaluation, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
October 3:  National Convention Parent Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
October 3:  TCI Expo Parent Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
October 3:  FFA Family, Friends & Alumni Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
October 4:  Timber Team, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
October 5:  Agri-Science Presentation at Torrington, 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 
October 5:  Parli Pro, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
October 5:  Forestry, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
October 6:  Floriculture, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
October 6:  Agri-Science Presentation at Thomaston, 6:40 p.m. 
October 8 & 9:  Warren Fall Festival 

FFA Members of the Month
We are looking for October FFA Members of the Month.  A student from each grade can be nominated.  The nominees should exhibit exemplar FFA participation, serve as  role models to other members, go above and beyond, etc.   Nominations can come from fellow FFA members, community members, teachers, parents and alumni.  Click here to nominate someone for October.

Warren Fall Festival
:

There are still openings to work at the Warren Fall Festival Petting Zoo this weekend.   Click here to sign up.

Excused Absence Request:

If you are requesting an excused absence for your child, a note from a parent/guardian must be written to Mr. Rowland  10 days before the date of the absence.  The note must include the date, reason for the absence, and must be for an SAE related, sponsored event.

FFA Dues Reminder: 
FFA dues should have been paid by October 1st. If your child has not paid their dues yet, please send in a payment as soon as possible ($30 with a t-shirt, $25 without a t-shirt).  Students will not be able to participate in FFA events until their dues are paid.  Please contact one of the Agri-Science teachers if financial assistance is needed.
 
Suny Cobleskill Open House:
A trip to SUNY Cobleskill is planned for October 29, 2016. Interested students and parents are welcome to join us on this college tour.  A sign up sheet is posted in the Agri-Science hallway.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:
The FFA Wamogo Family, Friends & Alumni group is holding  a Yankee Candle fundraiser.  All profits go to scholarships,  grants and financial assistance for Wamogo Agri-Science students.   Packets can be picked up in Agri-Science classrooms or the Agri-Science office.  The sale runs from September 28 through October 13.   Selling 10 items counts as an FFA event!

Guidance Department News 
Week of October 3, 2016

Counseling Assignments
Mrs. Audrey Spielman, Middle School - Director of Guidance
Ms. Jessica Brousseau - Last Names A-L, Grades 9-12
Mrs. Sandra Miguez-Fernandes - Last Names M-Z, Grades 9-12

Workshop Wednesdays
Workshop Wednesdays support the college planning process. School Counselors are available to all Seniors during their WIT period on Wednesdays and all are encouraged to attend. Each week will focus on one aspect of the college admissions process.  Students are always welcome to see their counselor whenever they are free in addition to Workshop Wednesdays with any questions and/or concerns.

Financial Aid Night
We are pleased to announce that on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wamogo Media Center , Juan Arguello, the Office of Financial Aid Associate Director and Systems Coordinator for Fairfield University, will be presenting detailed information regarding how to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile Financial Aid Application.  He will also discuss scholarship funds as they pertain to financial aid awards. This event is open to parents of all students grades 9-12. If you are able to join us, please rsvp Barbara Hart, Guidance Administrative Assistant, at bhart@rsd6.org.  

Juniors PSAT
All juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19 starting at 7:30 a.m. The PSAT will be offered free this year to all juniors. A PSAT booklet will be distributed in all Connections classes this week for students to review and practice.

College Admissions Representatives  
College Admissions representatives continue to visit Wamogo and will do so through the Fall season, in addition to those coming to our College Fair on  October 5.  Interested Juniors and Seniors should report to the School Counseling Office during WIT.  October's visits include:
10/3/16 - Curry College
10/4/16 - Sage College of Albany
10/5/16 - Wamogo College Fair!!!!   10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wamogo Small Gym
10/6/16 - Albertus Magnus College
10/11/16- University of Maine/Farmington
10/12/16- Suffolk University
10/13/16- Elmira College
10-14/16- Pace University
10/17/16- Dean College
10/18/16- University of New Haven
10/19/16- Marist College
10/20/16- Bentley University
10/21/16- LaSalle University

College Fair
Our annual College Fair will be held next Wednesday, October 5 in the Wamogo Small Gym from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Over forty colleges, universities, tech schools, and military representatives will be available to our students. Grades 10, 11 and 12 will attend the fair; parents are also invited to attend.

How to Survive the Crippling Cost of College Debt Workshop
Litchfield Bancorp is sponsoring a workshop: " How to Survive the Crippling Cost of College Debt" on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Litchfield Fire House, Litchfield, CT from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today by calling Laura Murphy at 860-393-9173 .

** Students are reminded to check their school email regularly for important updates and information from the School Counseling Office!**
Humanities Department News 
Week of October 3, 2016

Social Studies:
Military History students have made and demonstrated the use of Torsion Catapults this week. Engaging in this endeavor has provoked them to internalize how in the time before the industrial revolution, work was done using animal power.  Torsion Catapults use tension on ropes that is applied by the crew who crank the catapult into position using human strength.  Until the advent of gunpowder, all weapons relied on the strength of the individuals wielding them. The most effective of the students' catapults was able to send a Jolly Rancher candy in an arc 15' tall out to a distance of 40'. (See picture below).
The students composed an essay comparing Bronze Age to Iron Age Greece, as well.  They commented on how this may have influenced the development of democracy.  The essay focused on how the change in the availability of the material for arms and armor affected the distribution of power in Greek society. - By Mark Yanaway

World Languages:
Spanish IV has started the year off strong with "English Free" days: when students and myself, are only allowed to use Spanish throughout the class.  Throughout this process, students have developed techniques to explain words or situations using the Spanish vocabulary they have previously learned.  Spanish IV has also started reading their first book called Marianela , and will learn about Spanish literature and culture.  Spanish II and Spanish III classes are also working on their speaking skills through the use of frequently asked questions.  Students practice asking and answering questions in Spanish each week and have already improved their pronunciation a great deal!  - By Kaitlyn Schneider

Language Arts:
Ninth grade English students are taking advantage of multiple digital platforms.  In addition to Schoology and Google.docs, they are also getting used to reading and responding to texts online with Actively Lear n.  This interactive program is helpful for students as they can have text read to them, words defined, and note questions they have right on the document.   Teachers can create their own comments, links, questions, track mastery, and comment on student responses in real time.  In addition to Actively Learn, they are practicing vocabulary through Vocabulary.com , similar to Duolingo used in Foreign Language. Of course students still do plenty of paper and pen work, too, but they must be adept at switching between media in today's world. - By Jane Smith-Vaniz
Middle School News 
Week of October 3, 2016

All eighth grade girls are invited to attend the 2016 Girls Summit on Friday, October 21.  The event is sponsored by The United Way of Northwest Connecticut and is held at the Torrington Lodge of Elks.  The Girls Summit is a day full of fun programs focused on self-esteem, leadership, healthy relationships, good nutrition and fitness, and tools to help eighth grade girls navigate their high school years with success.  Other eighth grade girls from middle schools around Northwest Connecticut will also be attending. IF your student has not turned in the permission slip, please have them do so ASAP.

Susan B. Anthony will visit all seventh grade Developmental Guidance classes on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6 to present a lesson on conflict resolution. This is one of two programs that will be offered to seventh graders this year by Susan B. Anthony. If you have any questions about the presentations, feel free to contact Mrs. Spielman at aspielman@rsd6.org or at 860-567-7410, ext 171.
W.P.O. News 

Wamogo's Parent Organization and Booster Club (W.P.O. Booster) will be holding its first meeting on Monday October 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wamogo Media Center.  Please join us for refreshments and to learn more about the organization.  

The W.P.O. supports the students and school community in activities and also sells Wamogo wear merchandise.  Traditional activities sponsored and organized by the W.P.O. include the pre-prom event, graduation reception, and teacher appreciation luncheon.  

New parents are needed to join!  The parent volunteers currently running the organization have graduating students.  Please consider offering your assistance, so that these important events can keep running.  

For more information regarding W.P.O. and if you have any questions, please contact: 

Hilary Rebot 
860-485-2040

Alison De Lello
860-384-0331 
HVCASA

Click here for the latest edition of The Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse (HVCASA), also known as the Wamogo Task Force on Prevention, newsletter.  
Nutrition Services 

Please click here for information regarding the Region 6 food service program.  
Talented and Gifted Program Coffee Hour

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 through 8. 

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Wamogo Library

Click here to view the Region 6 Schoolwide Enrichment website for more information. 

Regional School District No. 6 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX - Contact
Debbie DeLisle
98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-6656

Section 504 - Contact
Debra Foley
98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-6642