Litchfield News



Destruction of Cumulative Health Records @ LHS
School officials at the Litchfield Public Schools are planning to destroy Cumulative Health Records of students belonging to the graduating classes 2010 – 2011 in June of 2018. Additionally, the health records of those students who attended Litchfield schools with those classes, but did not graduate, will also be destroyed. Confidential records are destroyed six years or after they become irrelevant to the provision of educational services or after graduation. Anyone interested in receiving his or her records or the record of their children should make their request in writing to Theresa Simaitis, 14 Plumb Hill Road, P.O. Box 110, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Forman School Open House
Saturday, April 21 ~ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Forman School
12 Norfolk Rd., Litchfield
Please join us for an exciting and informative Spring Open House at Forman School. Visit our beautiful campus in scenic Litchfield, Connecticut and get to know administrators, students, parents, and teachers to find out more about the Forman Difference and our Summer Program. Forman School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for boarding and day students with identified learning differences. Click here to register.
LMS/LHS Spring Music Concert
 celebrating "Life in Litchfield"
featuring "Dreams of Citizens"
with Grammy Award Winner Paul Winter
Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ LHS Gym
The idea for commissioning an original composition for the LMS/LHS Music Department has been under consideration for several years. Being able to experience a piece of music as it evolves from a seed idea into a fully realized composition is a truly unique and invaluable experience for young musicians. Through a generous anonymous donation, additional funding and enthusiastic support from the Litchfield Education Foundation, and in collaboration with ASAP! and the Litchfield Historical Society, this idea has finally become a reality for all LMS/LHS music students in the 2017-18 school year.  Click here for more details.
~ photos courtesy of Visko Hatfield
Mark Moura, left, a 1997 graduate of Litchfield High School, returned to the school on April 13 to speak to students about his career as an architect. Moura’s visit was part of the career conversation program developed by high school teacher Lynn Scozzafava, who throughout the school year invites LHS grads to come back to discuss their careers. Moura is a senior associate and director of design with Amenta/Emma Architects in Hartford. ~ BZ photo
Vernal Pools
Litchfield Hills Junior Audubon
Sunday, April 22 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
 (Rain Date: April 29)
Vernal pools are wetland wonderlands full of amazing species of frogs, toads, salamanders, egg masses, beetles, bugs, assorted birds, and possibly even a snake or turtle. Put on your water boots and get ready to get a bit wet and dirty while we discover the wonders of vernal pools with naturalist Donna Rose Smith. Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield. contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474 or
KIDS Community Crafts
Wednesday, April 25 ~ 3:30-5:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
After School Arts and Crafts for ALL Students! Come to pick your kids up at 5:30 but STAY for dinner! Stick around for a family dinner at 5:30pm immediately following Crafternoons.
Crafternoons presented in part by Artist and Illustrator Rose Petruzzi! She enjoys teaching art and the creative process to adults and children of all levels and abilities. She has illustrated numerous children's books and readers, and has been a contributing illustrator to Herb Quarterly for 22 years.
* Pre-registration appeciated
Cost: FREE!
Note: $3.00pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order.
For more info call 860-567-8302

Film: Screenagers
Litchfield Prevention Council
Monday, April 30 ~ 7:00 pm
LIS Auditorium
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age has been screened more than 6,000 times to two million people in more than 50 countries around the world.. With multiple screenings happening daily in communities across the globe, SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into a national movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens.
Ice Cream Social
LHS Acts of Kindness Club
Friday May 4 ~ 6:30 pm
355 Goshen Road, Litchfield
Please come in your favorite character costume. Performances start @ 7:15 pm with Special Performances by your Favorite Characters! Admission is FREE!
Any questions contact: Kathy, or call 860-567-7530. NOTE: Persons with disabilities who require accommodation to attend and/or participate at this program should contact Kathy Johnson. 
“Ready, Set, Grow” program
Litchfield Center School Gym
Litchfield Public Schools would like to invite the families of children eligible for Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 academic school year to this Spring’s “Ready, Set, Grow” program. The program aims to inform parents and guardians about Kindergarten expectations in Language Arts, Math, and fine/gross motor skills as well as strategies to use at home to support this learning. This opportunity includes a parent information session followed by engaging family and student workshops. Children living in Litchfield, Northfield, and Bantam who will be five years old on or before January 1, 2019 are eligible for Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year and are encouraged to attend.
A “Ready, Set, Grow” informational meeting for parents and guardians will be held on Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Center School Gym. Registration is required.  Please visit our website at to register.
Litchfield Hills Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, May 19 ~9:00 am
Litchfield High School
The Litchfield High School Class of 2019 will be sponsoring the Litchfield Hills Cornhole Tournament at the high school on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and tournament play will begin at 10:00 a.m. All proceeds from the event will offset the cost of the class’ senior year activities.
Earlybird registration for adult teams is $50 and can be completed online at Eventbrite. High school students are encouraged to play and can register on tournament day for $20 per team. Spectators attend free; food will be available for purchase and there will be face-painting, lawn games, and music for the whole family.
Every team will be guaranteed to play at least three games; teams should bring their own regulation cornhole boards and bags. A few extra sets of boards will be available. In case of rain, the tournament will be held in the LHS gym. A first place cash prize of $200 will be offered.
Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS)
Superintendent/Student Recognition Awards
Jessica Deacon and Zachary Perbeck, students at Litchfield High School, Middle School student Gabriella Butler, and Claire Olmstead, a student at the Litchfield Intermediate School have been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community, at a ceremony held on Wednesday, March 15th, at the Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, in Torrington.
Sherri Turner, Superintendent of Schools in Litchfield made the presentations as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.
The Superintendent/Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts. Awards are generally given during American Education Week in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the Certificate.
Jessica Deacon a senior at Litchfield High School is a hard-working student and a dedicated volunteer. Jessica enjoys working with children as a babysitter, camp counselor and teacher of religious education at her local church. A member of the National Honors Society, she also participates in a variety of clubs at school as well as being part of the school swim team for the past 3 years. Her kindness and compassion working with children will be valuable asset in her future career in education. 
Zachary Perbeck a hard-working senior at Litchfield High School, participates in a variety of activities in and out of school. Topping the list of Zac’s favorite activities are music and sports. He is a talented musician; 1st chair trumpet in the concert and Jazz Band, and captain of the varsity baseball team. His quiet nature surprises those who learn Zac holds a black-belt in mixed martial arts, and where he teaches the younger students. Zac balances sports, schoolwork, a part-time job with unassuming self-confidence.
Gabriella (Belle) Butler is an 8th grade student at Litchfield Middle School in Litchfield, CT. She is a friendly, conscientious student. Belle works well with all peers in class, making everyone feel welcome and allowing all voices to be heard. In addition to consistently putting full effort into her schoolwork, she also leads on the basketball court and is an integral part of the school’s Student Council. Overall, Belle cares about our school culture both academically and socially.
Claire Olmstead is a sixth grade student at Litchfield Intermediate School.  Claire demonstrates optimism, empathy, and responsibility daily. She possesses a versatile skill-set as a three sport athlete (soccer, basketball, cross-country) and is a member of the school’s Student Council. Claire also plays two instruments, all while maintaining a high level of academic achievement as a straight A student. Most importantly, Claire is viewed as a role-model by her peers as she exhibits kindness and respect in everything she does.  
CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization, is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, legislative information, and educational services to its membership. 

Litchfield High School of Distinction
On Friday, February 9, 2018 the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) released the 2016-2017 results from the Next Generation Accountability System. Based on the results of the Next Generation Accountability System, Litchfield High School has been named a 2016-2017 School of Distinction
This system takes a broad view of school and district performance based on a set of 12 indicators, two of which focus on college and career readiness. The CSDE identified 124 Schools of Distinction for overall high performance, substantial improvement in overall performance, or high matched student cohort academic growth for all students or high need students. Litchfield High School has been honored as a Highest Performing High School and also as a High School with Greatest Improvers.
Congratulations to students, staff and administrators for their hard work and dedication. They join Litchfield Intermediate School which was honored as a School of Distinction in 2015-2016, and Center School which was honored in 2014-2015. ~ Sherri Turner, Superintendent, Litchfield Public Schools
The photo, above, taken by Wamogo junior Jackie Weik of Morris won a gold medal in the recent 2018 national Scholastic Art Awards competition.
Weik took the photo of her sister, Lexi, a Wamogo sophomore, at Lake George, N.Y., last summer. She is the first Wamogo student to win a gold medal in the competition. The photo also earned Weik recognition at the state Scholastic Arts Awards competition.
Nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted for the national competition by students from across the country. Less than 1 percent of the entries were selected as winners by the judges.
Weik is a student of Wamogo art teacher Wendy Costa. She has been invited to attend the Scholastic Arts Awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 7, as has Costa.
LHS Jazz Band Impresses at Major Competition
The Litchfield Jazz Band and Jazz Combo rated among the top public school jazz programs in the northeast at the 50th Annual Berklee Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 10th. The Berklee Jazz Festival is a national high school jazz band competition that draws the cream of the crop from Connecticut, Massachusetts, all of the other New England states, New York, New Jersey, and beyond. There were also schools from as far as California and Puerto Rico, as well! This was Litchfield's first time entering this prestigious festival.
The competition is divided into six jazz big band divisions, determined by school size (very much like CIAC sports classes). There are four divisions by school size for the jazz combo category. Litchfield was placed in the smallest division, competing against all of the private creative arts high schools that draw musical talent from far and wide...much like prep schools that draw basketball players looking to get noticed by college scouts.
Despite this disadvantage, the LHS Jazz Band placed 6th out of 15 bands in their division (L6). Even more impressive, they placed as the 2nd highest public school, only being beaten out by a small margin by four of the aforementioned private arts prep schools and one public school (that happens to rehearse 5 days a week). The LHS Jazz Combo also placed 6th out of 16 jazz combos in division S4, finishing behind only five private arts prep schools and beating out several others. Based on the scores of the next level up (L5 and S3), which were made up of mostly public high schools, the LHS bands may well have placed in the top 2 for both jazz band and jazz combo. Further, Litchfield's own Devlin Tenney received one of only three Outstanding Musician awards that are given within each division in both the jazz band and jazz combo categories.
At the end of the day, the Litchfield High student musicians stood toe to toe with the top jazz band programs around and not only showed that they belonged, but that they are in fact one of the top public school jazz bands for their school size! To check out the recordings and rankings from the festival, go to the Berklee website:  ~ contributed by Dan Porri, LHS Instrumental Music Teacher
Hundreds of College Scholarships Available
from Connecticut Community Foundation
Applications are now open for students currently residing in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills to apply for college scholarships from Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2018-19 academic year.  Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years. New, current, or returning college students of any age are encouraged to apply. 
The Foundation also provides college scholarship funds directly to Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), which the school then distributes to its eligible students. The NVCC scholarship application is due by September 1.  As one of the largest college scholarship providers in the region, the Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships since 1989 thanks to the generosity of donors who have established over 130 scholarship funds to benefit area students. In 2017, the Foundation awarded nearly $940,000 in scholarships to more than 420 students.