Litchfield News



The Litchfield High School Random Acts of Kindness Club made a recent visit to Center School. Club members performed original skits that demonstrated acts of kindness, with a focus on the Center School Super Hero 3 R Program in which students demonstrate that they are RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and READY TO LEARN.  
The AOK Club distributed super hero masks to every student, through a generous donation by the Martin Richardson Foundation.  The AOK Club decided to spend some of the foundation funding to support our mission at Center School, and it has been a successful program here.
The Martin Richard Foundation provides opportunities for young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. The foundation envisions a place where people recognize the humanity in others and model the decency needed for a united, compassionate, and inclusive community.
On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon Finish Line. Martin Richard was one of three people killed while the Richard family and hundreds of others were injured. When a photo of Martin holding a handmade sign that read 'No More Hurting People, Peace' was shared over the Internet, his message created a feeling of unity, kindness and peace. These values have become the pillars of the Martin Richard Foundation, which was founded in January 2014.
Wamogo agriculture students hosting events
The agriculture science and technology department at Wamogo Regional High School has a busy spring planned. Below, national 2019 Honey Bee Queen Hannah Sjostrom, from Wisconsin, visited the department recently to discuss the honey business. BZ photos
Students in the agriculture science and technology department at Wamogo Regional High School are planning many activities for the spring season, beginning with the annual Woof Wash for dogs on Saturday (April 6).
In the works, too, is a showing of the movie 'Charlotte's Web' for children on April 27. The goal of hosting the moving is to get children interested in the agriculture science and technology program.
On June 8, the department will host its annual tractor pull at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Students are also planning a fundraiser in which the money raised will go toward buying a protective best for a police dog.
For more information on the department's events, call 860-567-6649.
Wamogo FBLA team outstanding at state conference
The Wamogo Regional High School FBLA team. Contributed photo
The new Future Business Leaders of America team at Wamogo Regional High School excelled at the recent FBLA state conference.
Ten of the 18 Wamogo students participating finished in the top five of the categories they competed in, and one, senior Olivia Norris, took first place in the job interview category.
Other top five finishers were Tommas Sessions in advertising, Thomas Boger-Hawkins in advertising, Frank Anctil in accounting, Marina Vlasto in impromptu speaking, Brendan Smith in advertising, Devin Rhoads in digital video production, Reid Turtoro in digital video production, Aidan Weik in digital video production and Keeret Bharara in cyber security.
Norris, Sessions, Boger-Hawkins, Anctil and Vlasto all qualified to participate in the national FBLA conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 28–July 2.
Students and staff perform with Grumbling Gryphons
Goshen Center School teacher Phil Pane, above and below, and students and staff from the three elementary schools in Region 6 performed with the Grumbling Gryphons Children's Theater Repertoire at Wamogo Regional High School's James M. Eisenhaure Auditorium on Thursday. The  group perfomed the 'Myth of Persephone.' BZ photos
Warren library to display student art
The Warren Public Library will host a Warren School student art exhibit April 1-25. A reception will be held April 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library.
Wamogo PTO to hold comedy night on May 4
The Wamogo PTO will be hosting a comedy night with headliner Dave Reilly on Saturday, May 4, at the Litchfield firehouse.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8. This is a BYOB event and complementary coffee and desserts will be served. Tickets are $30 and are available through  For more information about tickets or the event, contact or
Litchfield students honored by superintendents
Ailyn Tiul a student at Litchfield Intermediate School; Elise Krone from Litchfield Middle School and Litchfield High School seniors Alexander “Alex” Allen and Sarah McCarthy 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.
They were honored during a ceremony held March 14 at 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.
Ailyn Tiul is a sixth-grade student demonstrating kindness, empathy and responsibility each day. Academically, Ailyn is intrinsically motivated, hardworking, and fully dedicated to her studies.  In addition, Ailyn’s determination and success in extra-curricular areas make her an extremely well rounded member of the community.  She plays soccer in the fall and spring, is a long time member of the local girl scouts, an outstanding dancer, participates in the Jazz band in school, and was a leader in the school’s coding club initiative.
Elise Krone, an eighth-grader at Litchfield Middle School, is a conscientious, respectful student whose teachers are particularly impressed with her excellent questioning ability and critical thinking skills. A leader and active participant in her classes, she pleasantly and patiently works with any student. Her friends think highly of her and consider her a good role model. Most impressive, Elise’s unique style and poise show that she is not afraid to be herself. She is active in chorus, field hockey, and the knitting club.
Alexander “Alex” Allen, a senior at Litchfield High School, is a two-time recipient of the Superintendent’s award. Alex is a solid student, curious learner, steady athlete and a quiet leader. He has been recognized for his academic accomplishments with induction into the National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, and National Junior Classical League Honor Society. With interests in business, psychology and political science, Alex is looking forward to the many course options that will be available at the collegiate level. 
Sarah McCarthy, a senior at Litchfield High School, is a hard-working, caring student dedicated to her school and community. A four-year member of Student Council, and leader in the Acts of Kindness Club, Sarah plays a vital role in many of our schools’ organizations. She’s a member of both the National Honor and National Foreign Language Honor Societies while earning athletic achievements as a talented and competitive swimmer, breaking multiple school and Berkshire League records. Her contributions are widely recognized by faculty and her peers.  
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. 
HONOR ROLL   QUARTER 2   2018–2019
Outstanding Honors: Grade 12: Riley Majeske, Marcello Orsini, Charles Shanks, Claire Vailionis   Grade 11: Samantha Barnes, Antonio Butler, Harley Harris, Francesca Luzzi   Grade 10: Zajans Crapo, Robert MacDonald, Aidan Parilla, Annabelle Shanks   Grade 9: Anna Devaux, Daniel Dieck, Cameron Sivilla
High Honors:   Grade 12: Alexander Allen, Coleby Bunnell, Sydney Donohue, Ryan Garden, Matthew Gostkowski, Sophia Graveline,Jordan Guilmart, Harrison Kraut, Katherine Kuegler, Rachel Leigh, Alyssa Malloy, Sarah McCarthy, Rudolph Melk, Caleb Parilla, John Ray, Amanda Small, Megan Smith, Duncan Sobek Grade 11:  Abigail Abbenante, William Allee, Michael D’Aversa, Allison Davenport, Faye Devaux, Kyla Farrell, Sarah Fox, Charlotte Gillman, Zeke Hatfield, Abigail Laure, Aileen Lennon, David O'Hara, Christina Orsini, Jilliene Seymour, Brook Small, Casey Small, Roxanne Snowden, Elizabeth Southard, Carson Styers, Alexa Yanavich Grade 10: Colin Acerbi, Olivia Bryant, Ori Busel, Isabella Campanelli, Madison Carr, Aidan Donohue, Timothy Donovan, Kyleigh Dyer, Michael Kelleher, Olivia Kennedy, Amanda King, Olivia Laprise, Adam Larrabee, Natalie McDermott, Caitlin Orsino, Noah Parilla, Sam Richardson, Audrey Ryan, Sage Sobek, Hayden Southard, Hailey White Grade 9: Ava Atwood, Harrison Barnes, Ethan Cowles, Kadija Crapo, Jake Ferrucci, Amber Festa, Allison Gollenberg, Thomas Gostkowski, John Honigmann, Molly Lennon, Ellen McCarthy, John Morgan, Katharine Orr, Jeremina Prenoveau, Sophie Rodriguez, Gabriel Stradtman, Audrey Terhune, Isabelle Terhune, Ashlyn Tranquillo, Margaret Vinisko
Honors:    Grade 12: Stefan Cheetham, Jonathan Dieck, Elizabeth Elmendorf, August Hurtado, Alex Lanthier   Grade 11: Talia Alicea, Evan Fischthal, Hayleigh Greenwood, Lucy Kraut, Natalie Lapointe, Daniel O’Leary, Kylie Pesce   Grade 10:  Ethan Dyer, Madelyn Kerins, Brody Stevenson, Sophia Williams   Grade 9: Sara Castonguay, Kameron Cheetham, Julia Dunn, Cheyenne Mazzochi, Carter Orr, Ethan Pang, Effie Saltourides, MacKenzie Schweter
Outstanding Honors
Grade 8:  Evan Bryant, John Gostkowski, Olivia Kracht, Elise Krone, Timothy Lapointe, Leo Laure, Max Laure, Emily Migliorisi, Benjamin Nordland, Nathan Reiter, Owen Ryan, Avery Southard   Grade 7: Catherine Acerbi, Matthew Aldrich, Abigail Curtiss, Alyssa DiLeone, Amber Dingwell, Aidan Erickson, Kaleigh Hotchkiss, Cooper Laure, Cameron Murphy, Claire Olmstead, Sophie Perkel, Alizah Sanford, Lynzie Sanford, James Sansing, Jenna Sobek, Riley Southard, Cecelia Stowe
High Honors:
Grade 8: Erik Cheetham, Avery Dyer, Diana Ferrari, Rachel Glander, Kyle Gordon, Jasmina Guaman, Troy Kaiser, Pierce Lougheed, Ethan Murphy, Michael Pellegrino, Leah Sepples, Bryce Stone, Emma Vinisko, Ava Wortman, Rachel Zhang   Grade 7: Ella Anderson, Kyana Blasi, Landon Cahill, Piper Carr, Madelyn Curtiss, Nicholas Dest, Sophia Gabriele, Ian Hahn, Korrin Jewett, Abigail Munday, Baylie Pesce, Gunnar Round, Jillian Saunders, Rowan Schulde, Aaron Tiong, Peyton Weik, Elsie White
Grade 8: Caleb Finn, Erin Kinahan, Haydn Marriott, Brendan Nguyen, Livia Perusse, Collin Sturges   Grade 7:  Nicholas Caselas, Ulisses Do Carmo, Ian Fischthal, Matthew Fox, Aiden Freimuth, Jonathan Hotchkiss, Brodie LaMere, Colleen Malo, Kaylee McCombs, Xavier McDermott, Alec Quesnel, Jacob Roman, Anna Saltourides, Brayden Tranquillo
Sap collection underway at Wamogo
Students in the agriculture science and technology program at Wamogo Regional High School have begun collecting say they'll use to make maple syrup. Students working on the sap collection system on the grounds of the school recently included, from left, Danielle Maliszewski, Aleigh Mason and Dylan Boucher. Mason is drilling a hole into a tree where a spout would be placed. Contributed photo
Regional School District No. 6 is accepting student registration for the 2019-2020 school year for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten children living in Warren, Morris and Goshen.  Students must be three years of age on or before December 31, 2019 to be eligible for Prekindergarten enrollment this coming fall. Students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2019 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment this coming fall.
For more information and to receive the 2019-2020 Prekindergarten or Kindergarten registration packet, please call:
Warren School - Susan Cupo @ 860-868-2223
James Morris School - Maria Palheiredo @ 860-567-7420
Goshen Center School - Sherri Contadini @ 860-491-6020
All applications are due by April 1, 2019

Wamogo art students earn Gold Keys 
@ 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards
Two Wamogo Regional High School art students have earned Gold Keys for their work at the 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.
Olivia Norris has won a Gold Key for her ink and colored pencil drawing of insects titled "Crawling." Olivia earned a 5 on her AP Drawing portfolio last year and is applying to several art schools. So far she has been accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Olivia is pursuing an AP 2D Design portfolio this year.
Jackie Weik has won yet another accolade for her photograph "Resistance" at the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, winning a Gold Key with this photograph. This photograph was also chosen as the top winner in the grades 9-12 age group in the ASAP Celebration of Young Photographers, and it was recently chosen as one of 80 out of 350 entrants to be featured in an exhibit of Emerging Young Artists at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Jackie is pursuing an AP 2D Design portfolio this year.
Winning a Gold Key at the Regional level means that these works will go on to New York City in March to be considered for a National level award. Last year, Jackie Weik won a Gold Key on the Regional level with her photography and went on to win a National Gold Medal. She received her award at Carnegie Hall in June.
All of the work chosen for Regional level awards will be exhibited in the Silpe Gallery at Hartford Art School from Sunday Jan. 13 through Friday, February 1. There will be a Connecticut Regional Celebration at the Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford on Sunday, January 27, at which students will receive their Gold Key awards.
Forman Student Receives Photography Award
The arts are a very important part of an education at Forman School. So it is always gratifying for the entire community when a student is singled out for recognition.
Brian Blum ‘20 won a Gold Key award in photography at the 2019 Scholastic Arts Awards Exhibition at the Hartford Art School. “The entire Art Department is very proud of Brian’s achievement,” says photography teacher Carter Walker.
Brian’s photograph will be on view till February 1st at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School of Hartford University. Forman is a coeducational college preparatory school empowering bright students who learn differently.
More than $150,000 in Scholarships
Available for Northwest CT Students
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is awarding scholarships for the 2019-2020 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.
Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year must be submitted by April 1, 2019. The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves Litchfield County with a collection of more than 30 scholarship funds from local donors. These funds provide scholarships to area students throughout the Northwest Corner. For a complete list of scholarships, visit
Connecticut Community Foundation
College Scholarships
Students residing in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills are invited to apply for college scholarships through Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2019-20 academic year.
New, current or returning college students of any age can apply.
  • Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
  • First-time applications to the Foundation are due by March 15.
  • Applications for renewals of previously-awarded scholarships are due by February 15. We have a new online application system; all applicants will need to register as new users.
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 more than 130 scholarship funds to benefit area students. 
Each year, our volunteer scholarship reviewers carefully consider applications from many students; we then award hundreds of scholarships to students in our region from all walks of life. 
Last year, by awarding scholarships totaling more than $900,000, the Foundation made college more affordable for 420 students attending two-year and four-year schools across the country!
LEF Dodgeball Captains 
**Please register now!  Spaces are limited!
Please visit this link for info and to register.
Litchfield High School’s National Honor Society
Invites Litchfield Community to Support Relay for Life
The National Honor Society (NHS) of Litchfield High School is hosting a Relay for Life at the school on Saturday, 27 April, from 5 to 9 p.m. The NHS is reaching out to the Litchfield community to be a part of this event to raise funds for cancer awareness and in support of cancer survivors. 
Students have been planning fundraising events before the relay, and they are planning an exciting evening of fun activities, live music, food, and relay ceremonies.
Students will be forming teams with their teachers and families to raise awareness and funds for this cause. The NHS invites individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to support this event by forming teams, making donations to the event, or becoming a sponsor.
More information about the event is available at the school’s relay page here. Supporters can contact NHS adviser Sandy Carlson at for more information. Click here for LHS’s relay blog.
OWL Children’s Programs:
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting and clicking on Events/Children’s Events.
OWL Teen Programs – For Grades 7 - 12:
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting and clicking on Events/Children’s Events.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Region 6 and the Public Libraries of Warren, Morris and Goshen are joining forces in an Early Literacy Initiative called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” Starting October 1, 2018, we ask all parents and guardians of pre-school aged children to go and sign up at your public library. There you will find a reading log and receive a small token to encourage you on your path to literacy (varies per library).
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten (repeating the same book counts!). Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think. It all starts with one book! So go to the public libraries of Warren, Morris and Goshen to learn more