Region In Review

April 9, 2020

Kick the Corona

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Lily Schur and Henry James' social distancing project, The Kick Corona Challenge, is an example of what can be achieved while staying at home and confronting adversity head-on. Since it's conception, the challenge has been featured on MTV News, shouted out by Senator Chris Murphy, and gained hundreds of followers at a record-setting pace (at the time of this article they are up to 472 followers).

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Congratulations to Henry and Lily. The Shepaug community is extremely proud and impressed with your commitment to the local and national community.

Join the @kickcoronachallenge movement here.

Shepaug Athletics

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submitted by Matt Perachi, SVS Athletic Director

Heroes & Thank-You's

In this unusual time, the third-grade students of Booth Free School in Roxbury, Connecticut wanted to thank all of the heroes. Through notes, artwork, and window signs, they are reaching out to thank the amazing people who help save us every day.

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Senior Project Spotlight

A Spanish Children's Book

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Senior Erin Bailey, a Roxbury resident, has been so influenced by where she has grown up that she's dedicated her senior project to those who are wonderful role models, and have surrounded her with a love of life, and love of the Spanish language.

Erin's senior project has a unique twist - she has a wonderful relationship with Howie and Cathy Bronson, owners of Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury. Birthing lambs, walking the fields and working at the farm stand is an interesting job in itself but when Erin found that her art skills and love of the Spanish language were vying for attention as a senior project, she decided to combined both loves - hence, a children's book of animated animals at Maple Bank Farm written in Spanish!

Alicia Hynes, Michael Nolan, Howie and Cathy Bronson, Patricia Bailey, and Billy Steers have all influenced this wonderful project. The Shepaug community is waiting patiently for the arrival of her published work.

To purchase one of Erin's books she can be contacted at

Masks by Design

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Gwen Noto has adapted her senior project - The Red Wave - in response to the pandemic crisis. She has shifted from making reusable period pads to making masks for her co-workers at the Sherman IGA grocery store. Because it is an essential business, the IGA remains open. Gwen decided to use her research, design, and sewing skills to make masks that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Necessary materials are currently back-ordered, but she's determined to keep going and contribute to the health and safety of her community.

From the Shepaug Support & Services Team:

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How to Make a Cheese Omelette - Shepaug Valley Partnership

The SVP's Betsy O'Neill created an easy to follow, step-by-step virtual cooking lesson on creating a delicious cheese omelette.

Cheese Omellete - Shepaug Valley Partnership

Fliers and Upcoming Events

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Region 12 Calendar

All events are currently postponed and TBD.

April 13 - Building Committee E-Meeting at 10 a.m.

April 13 - BOE / Range Planning Committee E-Meeting at 6 p.m.

April 13 - Board of Education E-Meeting at 7 p.m.

Follow Region 12 on our social media channels for updates and information!

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The Region 12 community educates, challenges, and inspires all learners to become compassionate, creative, and courageous individuals who are empowered by the knowledge, character, and perseverance to achieve their greatest potential within the global society.

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