Region In Review

May 7, 2021

Celebrating Our Elementary Teachers

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National Teacher Appreciation Week is held the first week in May and National Teacher Day is celebrated on May 4th. Teachers and staff members play a critical role in educating and shaping our children.

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Recognizing educators especially this year, more than ever, we thank them for their unwavering commitment to their students and families. We share our gratitude for their flexibility, innovation, creativity, caring, and kindness. Lastly, we honor their fantastic contributions and joyful energy!

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Boys Tennis

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The renovated tennis courts at Shepaug were filled with singles and doubles matches as the boy's tennis team squeezed out a win against Wamogo.

The Shepaug Class of 2021

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The Class of 21’ stepped into the light rain to capture a rare opportunity of the seniors together, and to commemorate their future college and university plans.

Elementary Students Celebrate the Environment

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April celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day. It is a perfect time for elementary students to focus on caring for the environment. Through a variety of activities, students learned important environmental issues and science concepts.

At Booth Free School, students planted seeds and explored many Earth-themed books. They learned the importance to composting and were inspired by engaging videos. As a result, several classes developed persuasive writing pieces to convince others to start composting.

Burnham School focused on recycling and the process of how a bottle goes from the recycling bin to the recycling plant and then turned into a toy. Students created posters reminding their friends about the importance of recycling. Students read about the dangers of throwing away plastic bags. They learned that sometimes plastic bags end up in the ocean and sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish. Students learned that baby sea turtles can get caught in a plastic bag and drown from the weight of the bag.

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At Washington Primary School, students participated in a variety of workshop activities focused on plant life cycle, pollination, and community gardening. Outdoor visits from Flanders Nature Center, White Memorial Conservation Center, and Judea Garden helped students explore different types of seeds, pollinators, and the importance of having a community garden. Students participated in read alouds supporting conservation efforts. Students planted squash, cucumbers, basil and other plants to contribute to the Judea Garden. They created moth decoys to serve as natural deterrents for garden pests. To culminate the week's activities, students created signs with environmental pledges and important learnings that were posted along the Shepaug Riverwalk for families and community members to enjoy.

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Providing a range of activities to help students learn about our environment and environmental issues is a first step in developing citizens who value sustainability and the protection of natural resources.

Senior Project Spotlight

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Tyler White - My Performer’s Journey

Tyler White continued his passion for acting and performing by taking on difficult challenges, made harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tyler appeared in two films, Utgard Loki and Stalker’s Prey 3, as well as community and school theater performances. He said it was hard for actors to adjust, because wearing masks and socially distancing requires changes in how performers speak and show emotion.

Tyler and his acting colleagues adapted ways to perform within health safety guidelines by changing the fall play to a monologue style and holding the event outside. He took a class at Fineline Theater Arts to improve on long paragraph monologues. Tyler also learned how to conduct interviews. He applied those skills in conversations with professional and student actors, and directors. Tyler expressed surprise at how much he enjoyed the interview component of his project. He hopes to continue working in theater and film in his life after Shepaug.

Agriscience Adult Education Opportunity

The Agriscience Academy is hosting an adult education opportunity for the community. Dr. Anne Hermans is a licensed veterinarian and will conduct a demonstration on tips and tricks and various techniques and challenges of animal nail trimming. This will be a remote opportunity via ZOOM (see details below).

Dr. Anne Hermans is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Anne Hermans' Zoom Meeting Nail Trim Demo

Time: May 19, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 724 9297 5784

Passcode: animals

Substitute Teaching Positions

Does your schedule allow time to join our team?

Region 12 is hiring teacher and para substitutes for all schools. We welcome and encourage parents and community members to apply. Click here to begin your application.

Fliers & Upcoming Events

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Region 12 Calendar

May 11 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, WPS

May 12 - Early Dismissal For All Students

May 13 - The Agriscience Academy Open House, SVS, 6-8pm

May 17 - Fifth Grade Open House, SVS, 7-7:40pm

May 21 - The Agriscience Academy FFA Chapter Movie Night, SVS, 6-8pm

May 22 - Senior Prom

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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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