Week of September 26, 2016
Wamogo Regional High School News 

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September 26, 2016

Dear Wamogo Families and Friends,

Thank you for attending Wamogo's Open House last Thursday evening.  It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet and converse with many of you during the event.  Your support of Wamogo and the students was clearly evident though your attendance and questions. If you have any concerns regarding your students, please feel free to contact your students' teachers, guidance counselors, and/ or department chairs.    

Just a reminder that interim grade reports will be available for your students on September 29. 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.  

Behavioral Expectation Highlight of the Week:
Students are permitted to carry cell phones for personal use.  Students may only use cell phones in the classroom as deemed necessary and appropriate by the classroom teacher. Texting or using a cell phone in the classroom without teacher permission may result in disciplinary action.  In an emergency, parents should call the main office at 860-567-7410 and a message will be delivered to the student.  Non-emergency messages will be given to the student at the end of the day right before dismissal.  

Safety and Security Highlight of the Week:
Valuables should be kept locked in students' assigned lockers during the school day.  Lockers with combination padlocks are also provided for protection of personal belongings during physical education.  The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.  Lockers are school owned and are not considered private property.  

Jaime Rivera, Principal
Charles Rowland, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events:
9/28/2016 - Freshmen Parents' Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Library Media Center
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, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Library Media Center 
10/6/2016 - Grades 7-11, 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 - 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 September 26, 2016

Upcoming Agri-Science Events:
September 26:  Poultry Evaluation 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  CANCELLED  
September 26:  Livestock Evaluation 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CANCELLED
September 26:  Horse Evaluation 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
September 27:  Timber Team 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
September 27:  Tractor Driving 2:30 p.m. 
September 28:  Parli Pro Novice 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
September 28:  Forestry 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
September 29:  Floriculture 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
September 30:  Timber Team at Harwinton Fair 

Congratulations to the Wamogo F.F.A. Veterinary Science team for placing FIRST at the Eastern States Exposition competition! The team consists of Lynsey Marcella, Olivia Rieley, Isabel Tobin, and Kyle Brenner. Lynsey, Olivia, and Isabel placed second, fifth, and seventh individually. 

Congratulations to the Wamogo F.F.A.  Food Science team for placing SECOND at the Big E competition!  The teams consists of Samantha Bird, Megan Bourn, Mikayla Elwell and Alexandra Leclerc.  All four students placed in the top ten individually.

Congratulations to Mikaela Schneider for placing SEVENTH in the Dairy Handling Competition at the Big E.

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 will be posted in the Agri-Science hallway.

Spectators and contestants are welcome to come to Tractor Driving on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. Meet in Mr. Zielinski's room (614).  

F.F.A. Dues Reminder:  
Leadership development is a required part of the total agriculture program experience. F.F.A. dues are paid once per year and are  $30 ($25 if you are choosing not to purchase a t-shirt).  An agriculture student MUST pay his/her F.F.A. dues to participate in any F.F.A. activity, including field trips, meetings, conferences and other events. Paying $30 also provides students with an F.F.A. t-shirt, which is required to be worn at certain events.  Deadline for payment is October 1, 2016. F.F.A. Membership Dues can be paid with cash or check. Checks can be made payable to Wamogo F.F.A. Payments can be given to your child's Agri-Science teacher, or brought directly to Mrs. Rubbo in the Agri-Science office. Please contact one of the Agri-Science teachers if financial assistance is needed.

Guidance Department News 
Week of Septembe r 26, 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

Freshman Parent Orientation will be held this Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center.  Come learn about graduation requirements, Naviance, PowerSchool and the School Counseling Curriculum.  Please bring a device such as a laptop or iPad. There will be some devices available for use if you are unable to bring your own. Please RSVP to bhart@rsd6.org or the School Counseling Office, 860-567-6646.

Workshop Wednesdays began last Wednesday, September 21 to support the college planning process. School Counselors are available to all Seniors during their WIT period on Wednesdays. Students 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.

College admissions representatives have started visiting Wamogo and will continue to do so through the Fall season in addition to those coming to our College Fair in October.  Interested Juniors and Seniors should report to the School Counseling Office during WIT. This and next week's colleges include:

9/26/16 - Roger Williams University
9/27/16 - Lyndon State College
9/28/16 - Lesley University
9/29/16 - Merrimack College
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.
10/6/16 - Albertus Magnus College

Our annual College Fair will be held next Wednesday, October 5 in the Large 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.

Litchfield Bancorp is sponsoring a workshop " How to Survive the Crippling Cost of College Debt" on Tuesday, October 11 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!**

Middle School News
The last day to make schedule changes is Friday, September 30th. If you have any questions, please email Audrey Spielman at aspielman@rsd6.org or by phone at 860-567-6466.

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.  All students received a flyer and permission slip last week.  Permission slips are due by September 26.  
Humanities Department News 
Week of September 26, 2016

Language Arts:
All students in English Creative Writing classes have officially begun working on their college essays. This unit asks students to explore their own belief-sets in order to formalize a narrative fit for college acceptance. We are using the nationally run "This I Believe" unit to focus our learning. This program asks students to first brainstorm several elements of their lives that relate to the questions on the common application, and then use that information to create a story that is both inviting and informative.

During this unit, students are also beginning their endeavor into the world of creative writing. All students in this class read On Writing by Stephen King over the summer and are currently in the process of analyzing the different ways in which they can become better writers. This will culminate in an interactive quote wall that's displayed throughout the year. While students have completed a few creative writing prompts since the beginning of the year, their first real experience with writing creatively will begin in about a week. Students will be going both outside, and to the Agriculture department, in order to complete a unit on sensory writing. The purpose of this unit is to help all writers become observers of the world around them, in order to better connect with their readers. We may only be in the beginning of our learning, but we certainly have an exciting year ahead of us!  -By Carly Tutolo

World Languages:
Spanish I students have been working on an introductory unit on cognates. Cognates are words in two languages that share a similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. Cognate awareness is a great bridge for students to use between languages and has been proven to accelerate students' second language vocabulary development. Students will also be able to use the strategies taught during this unit to greatly improve their reading comprehension throughout the year.  -By Kelley Cmara

Fine Arts and Music:
High school art students are needed to volunteer at the Warren Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8 or Sunday October 9. Each year, The Friends of Warren School sponsor a face-painting booth and Wamogo artists work at it. It is a fun opportunity to give back to the community but, there are a limited number of slots to fill. Any students interested in earning some community service hours should contact Ms. Christopher, Mrs. Costa, or Kyra Beyer to schedule a shift.    -By Robin Christopher

Social Studies:
What effect does color have on memory?  Is the Barnum Effect always true?  Does suggestion affect taste?  These are just a few of the questions Mrs.Pepler's psychology students are busy trying to figure out.  The junior/senior class is designing and carrying out various experiments throughout the school all as a part of their investigations in their unit on Research Methods and Experimental Design.  Faculty have been allowing psychology students to set up 'psychology labs' in their classes to use willing students as their subjects.  Students will be required to compile and analyze their findings, as well as present to their class.  -By Lori Pepler
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 

Alison De Lello

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

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