Region In Review

April 8, 2022

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Watch out Thomas Edison! Our Region 12 inventors are taking over! Students from all three elementary schools recently participated in our Annual Invention Conventions. After weeks of problem-solving, experimenting, and designing, our inventors were able to showcase their original creations.

This year proved to be one the most difficult for judges as the inventions were full of ingenuity and innovation. We are proud to announce the following winners are heading to State Finals:


  • From Booth Free School: Ashton May in third grade with his “No FreeZy Feet,” Dayanna Daly in fifth grade with her “Bee Cozie” Invention, and Tyler Palumbo in fifth grade with “The Awesomatic Feeder!”

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  • From Washington Primary School: Finn Madden in fourth grade with his “Food Fingers” and Lexie Werkhoven in fifth grade with “Merry Berries”


  • From The Burnham School: Liam Hill in fifth grade with his “Ski Pole Carrier” and Maddie Toczylowski in fourth grade with “Neat and Complete, Version 2.0”

Litchfield County Math League

On March 31, 2022, Shepaug students competed with students from Frederick Gunn, Nonnewaug, and Explorations, all high schools that are a part of Litchfield County. The math competition was coordinated by Caroline Kibbe, a Shepaug senior, and her advisor, Mrs. Maher.

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The purpose of this competition, as described by Caroline, is to “detach students from a competitive mathematical vision -- the kind projected by high schools, colleges, and the media -- and prove that mathematics is so much more than a test. Mathematics can and should be explored through an infinite number of mediums.”

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As such, students from each school were mixed into groups and given the opportunity to meet new mathematical minds. The students’ time was split into four sections. The first was an introductory section, where students ate pizza provided through the Mathletes budget and participated in icebreaker activities. Next, students were given the opportunity to play a card game fostered by the individual groups. Then, students collaborated with more difficult mathematical problems, put together by Caroline.

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Finally, the students were presented with a logic puzzle. The Mathletes math team at Shepaug hope to see a similar turnout during the next two competitions!

Senior Project Spotlight

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Giacomo Colangelo - Obtaining My Pilot Certificate

Giacomo Colangelo’s senior project is focused on aviation as an industry, a culture, and a prospect. Having grown up around aviators, Giacomo has adopted a love for flying and has decided to explore this topic further. This project focuses on flying to become a better pilot, researching careers, studying aircraft, and observing the culture. After spending the majority of the year familiarizing himself with the various components that go into flying an airplane, Giacomo received his student pilot certificate and is able to continue on his path toward a private pilot’s license.

To Fly!

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Private pilot, flight instructor, and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University's aerospace program, Mr. Elliott Fisher presented and answered questions about careers in aviation during advisory on Thursday, March 31. Students who attended the presentation were able to sign up and use Mr. Fisher's flight simulator later in the day.

Triple Take

Fifth graders David Kersten, Finn Nettleton, and Beau Thomas posed to recreate a photo from their early days at Washington Primary School

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Fliers & Upcoming Events

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Region 12 Calendar

April 11-15 Spring Recess, Schools Closed

April 21 - Burnham Kindergarten Meet and Greet, 9:30-10:30am

April 21 - BFS Kindergarten Meet & Greet, 1:30-2:30pm

April 22 - Earth Day

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