|September 20, 2016
Dear Wamogo Families and Friends,
Last week was our first full week of school and it was a very successful one. Students' schedules have been finalized and senior privileges have begun. The senior lounge has officially opened and has been customized by members of the Class of 2017. Athletic events are in full swing and all of the other extra-curricular activities are as well.
Thank you to all of you who have updated your information on Family I.D. If you haven't completed your updates, we ask that you complete them soon to avoid any problems for your students. To access Family I.D., visit Wamogo's homepage or click here. Please call Family I.D. directly at 1-888-800-5583 with any questions.
Students who campaigned last week for class office are to be commended. All of them did a great job delivering their speeches during their class meetings. Unfortunately, everyone can't win, but interested students should see their class advisors to express their desire to remain involved with their class business.
Behavioral Expectation Highlight of the Week
We recognize that the start of school has been a warm one; however, students at Wamogo are expected to dress in a manner that will not interfere with instruction or endanger the safety of others or themselves. Hats are not to be worn in the building. You can help us by promoting the importance of the dress code with your students..
The first of ten emergency drills, which was a fire drill, was successfully completed on Friday, September 9. Students took the drill seriously and exited the building in an orderly manner. Throughout the school year, we will be holding nine more drills as required by the law and we will continue to review standard procedures with all staff and students.
Interim grade reports will be available for your students on September 29. Please check PowerSchool regularly to check 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.
We look forward to seeing you at Thursday night's open house. At the start of the evening, an overview of the information we recently reviewed with your students will be shared. To view the open house schedule, please click here.
Jaime Rivera, Principal
Charles Rowland, Assistant Principal
9/21/2016 - Communications Meeting 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., District Office Conference Room
9/22/2016 - Wamogo Open House 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
9/22/2016 - Policy Committee Meeting 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., District Office Conference Room
9/23/2016 - Senior College Admissions Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Library Media Center
9/28/2016 - Freshmen Parents' Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Library Media Center
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/ FFA Events
Week of September 19, 2016
September 19: Poultry Evaluation 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 19: Livestock Evaluation 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 19: Horse Evaluation 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
September 20: Timber Team 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 21: FFA Committee Meetings - during Agri-Science classes
September 21: Parli Pro 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
September 21: Forestry 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
September 21: Food Science 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
September 21: Meat Science 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
September 21: Teleflora Design Show 4:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
September 23: FFA Family, Friends, & Alumni Pot Luck Dinner 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For those that signed up to participate in the tractor driving CDE, be on the look out for an e-mail from Mr. Zielinski.
Please join the Wamogo Family, Friends & Alumni on Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in
the FFA Exhibition Building at Goshen Fairgrounds. Enjoy a pot luck dinner, music and dancing, as well as chili and baking contests too! This is a great opportunity for all families in the Agri -Science program to get together for a fun night! Click here to let us know how many will be attending this free event, as well as what you would like to contribute to the potluck dinner. Please use the same link to sign up for the chili cook off and bake off. The Family, Friends & Alumni Pot Luck Dinner counts as an FFA Event for students!
The beginning of the year packet for Agri-Science can now be filled out online. If you have not done so already,
please click here to register your child.
FFA Dues Reminder:
Leadership development is a required part of the total agriculture program experience. FFA dues are paid once per year and are
$30 ($25 if you are choosing not to get a t-shirt). An agriculture student MUST pay his/her FFAdues to participate in any FFA activity, including field trips, meetings, conferences and other events. Paying $30 also provides students with an FFA t-shirt, which is required to be worn at certain events. Deadline for payment is October 1, 2016. FFA Membership Dues can be paid with cash or check. Checks can be made payable to Wamogo FFA. 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.
SAE opportunity in the Wamogo Agri-Science Barn:
A rotation of days shared with 2 other feeders to include weekends, schools breaks and summers. This is a great opportunity for a person with a passion for large animals. Responsibilities include: feeding, turnout, stall cleaning, egg collecting, halter breaking, care of newborn animals, care of small animals and feeding fish in the aquaculture lab.
A real comfort with large animal handling experience is required. Please see or email Mrs. Bennett if interested - email@example.com
Guidance Department News
Week of September 19, 2016
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
Senior parents are invited to attend the
Senior College Admissions Breakfast
presentation on Friday, September 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Library Media Center. Please RSVP to
or the School Counseling office at 860-567-6646.
School Counselors visited all Senior English classes last week and reviewed the fall college planning process, including information about writing the resume, Common Application, ACT/ SAT test registration, and requesting letters of recommendation. School counselors will be scheduling an individual meeting with all Seniors to review their individual plans for the future.
are back and will begin this 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.
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:
Bay Path University
State Univ. of New York- Albany
Roger Williams University
Lyndon State College
** Students are reminded to check their school email regularly for important updates and information from the School Counseling Office.
Freshman Parent Orientation
will be held on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the School Counseling Office, 860-567-6646.
Middle School News
We welcome all parents with students in grades 6-8 to join us for an informal presentation on our journey towards the Six-Eighth Middle School Model on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5:30 in the LMC at Wamogo Regional High School. This meeting will take place before the start of the Wamogo Open House night which begins at 6 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, the information will be made available to all middle school parents at a later time.
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 8th grade girls from Northwest Connecticut navigate their high school years with success. Other eighth grade girls from middle schools around Northwest Connecticut will also be attending. All students will receive a flyer and a permission slip this week. Permission slips are due by September 26.
Humanities Department News
Week of September 19, 2016
Students in Advanced Placement Language and Composition are in the process of writing their first formal argument essay of the year. Students completed a close reading and analysis of Scott Russell Sanders' essay "The Common Life" in which he concludes that citizens have a responsibility to society which means "dwelling in a web of relationships, the many threads tugging at you while also holding you upright" (Sanders). Students will be using evidence from their summer reading texts: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, Into the Wild, by John Krakauer, and
The Catcher in the Rye, By J.D. Salinger to defend, challenge, or qualify Sanders' ideas about the relationship between the individual and society.
- By Stephanie Pixley
ASAP Celebration of Young Photographers
The After School Arts Program (ASAP) is hosting its 6th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers, open to all students in Connecticut in Grades 6-8 and 9-12. The photographs must be taken on a smartphone (in the HDR setting) and any editing must be done only on a smartphone app.
Entries must be uploaded on or before Friday, October 7.
Selected photos will be exhibited and grade category winners will be announced at a special reception on Sunday, November 13 at the White Barn at South Farms, Morris from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information , visit:
For complete guidelines and uploading details, click:
After School Arts Program is offering a Smartphone Photography Workshop on Saturday September 24, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Silver Sun studios in New Milford. Limited openings remained at press time. For more information, visit:
You can also call ASAP at 860-868-0740 or email email@example.com.
Art Program Technology Update
Students in Mrs. Costa's classes will have access to new MacBook Pro laptops with the most recent version of Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop 2015.5 and Adobe Illustrator 2015.3. Each student will have 1:1 use of a MacBook. Use of Photoshop is incorporated into all of Mrs. Costa's art classes, including Middle School Design and Drawing. In addition, students in Computer Graphics, Drawing, 2D Design, and 3D Design learn how to work in Illustrator.
-By Wendy Costa
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! Unfortunately, the parents 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 to find out how you can help, stop by the booth at Wamogo's Open House. The booth will be located outside the cafeteria and Wamogo wear merchandise will be sold.
Please contact with any questions:
Alison De Lello
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
On behalf of the Jepson family, we would like to thank Wamogo Regional High School and staff for hosting the recent pasta dinner fundraiser. Thank you to all those who attended and donated. It was wonderful to see a whole community come together!
-Deb Sowerby, Alison De Lello and Clare Andrulis
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.
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
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Wamogo Library
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:
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