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On Saturday March 3rd, 2018 a Litchfield High School senior will be hosting a pet adoption event at the Litchfield Community Center as apart of her capstone project. The event will take place during the weekly Farmer’s Market from 10am-1pm. The animals will come from The Little Guild in West Cornwall, CT and all donations will benefit the shelter.
 
 
LHS Players Present
"Into the Woods"
Thursday, March 8 ~ 6:30 pm
Friday March 9 & Saturday, March 10 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Intermediate School Auditorium
Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is the result a curse, a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a special wish. 
 
The music is very challenging and the cast and crew are working very hard to bring you a wonderful performance.  Tickets:  $10 Call 860-567-7530 for more info.
 
 
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
 
 
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: http://festival.berkleejazz.org/  ~ contributed by Dan Porri, LHS Instrumental Music Teacher
 
 
LHS AOK Club brings Cast of Characters
to Family Literacy Program at EdAdvance
Litchfield High School's Acts of Kindness Club were invited to participate in the Family Literacy program at held at Ed Advance in Goshen on Jan. 26. LHS students dressed in a variety of characters, helped out with face painting, and making crafts, with the children.
 
LHS Students performed several dances, sang songs, signed autograph books, and enjoyed dancing with the children and their families.
 
The Literacy Program was a great success for Ed Advance faculty, and families. ~ from LitchfieldSchools.org.
 
~ photo courtesy of EdAdvance
The first family literacy event was held on Friday January 26, 2018 at the EdAdvance campus in Litchfield.  Over 40 volunteers from the Litchfield High School Acts of Kindness Club performed for or served the EdAdvance Head Start: Prenatal to Five families by performing musical skits from children's favorite books. 30 of the volunteers were costumed characters who were available throughout the evening for photos, autographs and as part of the performances.  Each performance involved audience participation.  Other volunteers assisted with craft projects which included decorating a book bag to carry their new book home. Volunteers also offered face painting, signing guests in, and distributing the books donated through the Reading is Fundamental Books for Ownership program.  Families also received literacy activities to enjoy home with links to Literacy Central, a website sponsored by RIF filled with fun reading activities and resources for families and professionals. Click here to learn more about the EdAdvance Head Start program.
 
 
Regional School District No. 6
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment
Regional School District No. 6 is accepting student registration for the 2018-2019 Prekindergarten and Kindergarten for children living in Warren, Morris and Goshen.  Students must be three years of age on or before December 31, 2018 to be eligible for Prekindergarten enrollment this coming fall.  Students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2018 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment this coming fall. All applications are due by April 1, 2018
 
For more information and to receive the 2018-2019 Prekindergarten and Kindergarten registration packet, please call:
Susan Cupo @ 860-868-2223 for Warren residents.
Maria Palheiredo @ 860-567-7420 for Morris residents.
Sherri Contadini @ 860-491-6020 for Goshen residents.
 
 
Kindergarten Registration
@ Litchfield Center School
Children living in Litchfield, Bantam and Northfield who will be five years old on or before January 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. 
     
In order to register, the following must be presented:
1.       A birth certificate verifying your child’s date of birth
2.       A record of immunizations
3.       Proof of residency
 
Homeowner – copy of deed to your Bantam/Litchfield/Northfield home or a fully executed (signed) contract for your home. 
 
Leasing/Renting with a signed lease – copy of your signed lease.
Leasing/Renting without a signed lease – notarized affidavit of landlord-lessee of home. 
- A copy of a valid CT driver’s license for the parent/guardian indicating the address where the child resides.
- Two current utility bills (land line telephone, water, electric, gas, oil or cable television NOT cellphone. 
 
If you have a child already enrolled in Center School, you do not need to provide proof of residency.  All others must provide proof of residency at the time of registration.  Registrations will not be accepted unless you have these forms with you.  You may register at Center School any time between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
 
Litchfield Public Schools Preschool Enrollment
Litchfield Public Schools is excited to begin the enrollment/registration period for preschool for the 2018-19 school year.  There will be two sessions, four days per week for three year olds; two sessions, five days per week for four year olds; and one extended day session five days per week for four year olds.  The cost for the preschool program will be $1,650, $2200, and $3000 per year respectively. Inquire about our multiple child discount.  All preschool children living in Litchfield, Bantam and Northfield are invited to apply. Initial application forms (found on our website or in the school office) will be accepted from February 12 through 16, 2018.  Seats will be determined through a blind lottery held on February 22, 2018 at 12 p.m.  Initial application forms must be received by this date and time.  Acceptance into the program will be need-blind with free or reduced scholarships available for qualified families. 
 
 
“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.
 
The first “Ready, Set, Grow” informational meeting for parents and guardians will be held on Monday, February 5 (snow date February 12) at 6:30 p.m. in the Center School Gym.  Registration is not required to attend this informational meeting. Additional workshops will be held on March 5, April 2, and May 7 at 6:00 p.m. for children and their parents/guardians.  Registration will be required for these workshops.  Please visit our website at www.litchfieldschools.org to register for the workshops.
 
NCCC Urges its Students to Apply for Available Scholarships
Northwestern Connecticut Community College students, be they new, continuing or graduating, are encouraged to apply for an array of scholarships that are currently available for them.

These awards are funded through private donations, bequests, grants to the college and the Northwestern Community College Foundation/ Regional Advisory Council (NCCF/RAC) and they range in size from $500 up to full tuition/fees (approximately $4,000).

In 2017, 50 scholarships valued at over $55,000 were awarded. Most scholarships are based on students’ demonstrated financial need and scholastic standing in their pursuit of higher education at NCCC.  Additionally, there are scholarships available to students based on other criteria.

Caitlin Boger-Hawkins, Chair of the NCCC Scholarship Committee observed, “We recognize that college costs can be daunting; however, thanks to the generosity of many individual donors and the NCCF/RAF, we’re able to help our students overcome some of the financial obstacles to success.  If you are currently a Northwestern student, or plan to attend next year, please consider applying for a scholarship.” The deadline for submitting Scholarship applications is April 2, 2018, for continuing and graduating students and new students.
 
To learn about complete details of eligibility, requirement guidelines and to apply for all scholarships, students should go to www.nwcc.edu/financial-aid/ to complete the online NCCC scholarship application. Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.
 
 
More than $150,000 in Scholarships
Available for Northwest CT Students
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is awarding scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship applications are now available for the more than $150,000 available to area students. Scholarship guidelines, requirements and applications are available on the Community Foundation website.  (northwestcf.org/scholarships)

Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year must be submitted by April 1, 2018. The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves Litchfield County with a collection of more than 270 funds from local donors. These funds support nonprofit organizations and provide scholarships to area students throughout the Northwest Corner. For a complete list of scholarships, visit northwestcf.org/scholarships.
 
 
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.
 
 
CHH Auxiliary Offers Healthcare Scholarships For 2018
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Auxiliary is offering ten $1,000 scholarships to local students pursuing an education in the healthcare field. Two additional scholarships, the Doctor Alfred Fabro Award and the Doctor Joseph Curi award will also be presented in the amount of $1,000 each.   
Applicants must be planning to matriculate at a college or institution of higher education for a healthcare degree prior to applying and accepted before the scholarship is awarded; or be currently working toward a degree or certificate in healthcare and planning a healthcare career. Applicants must reside in a community served by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and are not available to CHH employees due to their access to the hospital's Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program.
 
Applications and instructions for completing the application may be obtained by e-mailing CHHscholarship@gmail.com. Area colleges and high schools also have applications available on line through their Guidance Departments.  
 
All completed applications must be printed out and sent by mail, postmarked no later than March 14, 2018. Send finalized applications to the attention of Judith Hogan, 15 Minerva Lane, Litchfield, CT, 06759. A letter will be sent to all applicants the first week of May notifying them of their status. Recipients of the scholarships are expected to be present at the award ceremony scheduled for May 8th, 2017 at 7 P.M. For more information call (860) 567-4381.
 
 
Passport Program
(Ages 3-10)
January 8 - February 28, 2018
Oliver Wolcott Library
Pickup at Circulation Desk
Do you have cabin fever? Don’t fret. Travel the world through OWL’s book stacks - for free! Are you aching for a new adventure filled with action and suspense? Are you dying (pun intended) to solve a mystery? Do you wish you could feel the sand between your toes as you relax with a beach read? Well, this challenge is for you.
 
Pickup your travel documents at the circulation desk and choose from a variety of themes including Full Steam Ahead, Dinosaurs and Things That Go. Check out materials based on the varying challenges. Try out different kinds of fiction, non-fiction, and even audio books. Keep track of your adventures by placing a sticker on the children’s wall each time you complete a task.

Spelling Club
For Grades 4-8
Mondays, February 26
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity to gather with classmates at OWL after school to learn the word bank for the Litchfield Bee in a fun and collaborative setting. The students will be grouped by age and led in their preparation by Mrs. Shaia and a team of Litchfield Education Foundation members.  
 
Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell, and Vocab Toss. Listen to excerpts from novels that are filled with juicy words to prepare for the Spelling Bee. Study materials created by the Scripps National Bee and a healthy power snack will be provided. Participation in the Spelling Bee is not mandatory. 
 
Please register online and notify Litchfield Intermediate or Middle School in writing before winter break if your child needs bus transportation from school to the library.
 
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
 
 
Milk & Cookies Club
(Grades K-6)
 Fridays, January 19 - February 23
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Meet Paddington Bear: a teddy bear that was found at a train station in London. He is adopted by the Browns and learns the way of humans. This accident-prone bear has silly adventures including taking a driving test, going to the theater, finding a job, going to a mansion, all while trying to stay out of trouble and marmalade-free! Each week we will enjoy a peanut-free snack while Mrs. Shaia reads a chapter from Paddington Takes the Test aloud. Each child will be given a complimentary copy of the book. Please register online and notify Litchfield Center or Intermediate School in writing by January 5 if your child needs bus transportation from school to the library.
 
 Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
 
 
2018 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards
From: Wendy Costa and Robin Christopher,
Art Teachers, Wamogo High School
Three students from Wamogo Regional High School have won awards at the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Competition. Destiny Fuller, a sophomore from Burlington, earned an Honorable Mention for her portrait in pointillism entitled 'No Rain No Flowers.' Sage Reeves, a junior from Goshen, earned an Honorable Mention for her mixed media surrealist portrait entitled 'I Was Alive All Along.' Jacquelyn Weik, a junior from Morris, won a Gold Key for her photographic portrait.  Gold Key winning work will go on to National judging in New York in March. Work selected as Gold Medal winners at the National level will have their work exhibited in New York and the students will be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in mid-June. Click here for more details.
 
 
Litchfield Center School earns
its ENERGY STAR certification;
Outperforms similar U.S. buildings
on measure of energy efficiency
The Litchfield Board of Education has announced that Center School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.
 
“Litchfield Public Schools continues to demonstrate true environmental leadership by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are proven to contribute to climate change,” stated Jean Lupinacci, ENERGY STAR Director for Commercial & Industrial Buildings. “Today, 45 percent of U.S. emissions are attributable to commercial and industrial buildings, which is why improving energy efficiency is so critical for our future.”
 
ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.
 
“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance at Center School and appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved in its efficient operation,” said David Fiorillo, Director of Business Operations, “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we are committed to reducing school operating costs, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health,both today and for future generations.”
 
Fiorillo credits this success to the Energy Management Taskforce also referred to as the Litchfield Green Team, which includes members from various Town Departments and Boards; as well as outside community members.
 
On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.
 
To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.