James Morris School

Regional School District No.6, February 23, 2017

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UPCOMING EVENTS and ITEMS of NOTE

Middle School Mixer

On Friday, February 24th, Wamogo will proudly host the 1st annual Middle School Mixer: Dinner and a Movie. This event is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and features a full pasta dinner and a movie to follow directly after. The price is $15 per person with concessions for sale right before and during the movie. The proceeds will help support student activities. Come join your friends and peers for a night of food and fun! Dinner will be from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in the Wamogo cafeteria. The movie will start at 7:15pm in the auditorium. Pickup will be 9:15 in the BACK of the building. If you have any questions, please forward them to Steven Bagley at Sbagley@rsd6.org.

Thank you,

Steven Bagley



Attention Parents and Guardians of Current JMS 6th Graders

In preparation for next year, Wamogo would like to know if you are interested in participating in the school-issued Chromebook rental option for your student when (s)he enters Wamogo as a 7th grader. This information will help the district anticipate and plan for the necessary amount of devices needed for student rental.


Your 6th-grader was given a form to bring home today. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in the school-issued Chromebook option for Wamogo by filling out that form and returning it to school by February 28th.



Girl Scout Best Guy Dance

If you are planning on having your child attend the Girl Scouts' Best Guy Dance, please remember to send in the money by March 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Diana at 203-592-7682.



Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming Seventh Grade Students:

It is our pleasure to offer this first official welcome to you and your child to Wamogo Middle School. As we are sure you will agree, a smooth transition to the middle school is very important. This letter will explain the transition process.


To inform you of particular offerings, both academic and extracurricular, we invite you to an Open House Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Wamogo Regional High School. This program is solely for parents and guardians, as students will have many other transitional opportunities in which to participate. This evening will allow parents to hear about our educational programs, as well as an overview of course registration.


At the meeting, you will receive the Wamogo Middle School 2017-2018 Program of Studies. This booklet provides an overview of course descriptions, teaming structure and our mission statement. It is an excellent resource to assist you with the course selection decisions regarding your child’s academic and elective course choices. The course selection process is a great opportunity for you to discuss your child’s interests, specifically related to music, fine arts, and world languages.


During the month of March, members of the middle school team will be visiting each elementary school to speak with sixth graders. Additionally, each elementary school will bring their sixth grade students to visit Wamogo in the coming months. At that time, students will learn more about our middle school and the programs we offer.


We are also excited to offer our Seventh Grade Student Orientation during the summer shortly prior to the start of school. The Orientation date will be communicated to you later in the spring. During that orientation, we will provide many fun activities to help introduce and acclimate your child to Wamogo. More details will be provided in the coming months.


We are confident that our multi-faceted efforts will result in a smooth and beneficial transition for your child. We understand the importance of a strong beginning and will do whatever we can to make sure that you and your child feel comfortable and ready to begin the next chapter in their education within the Region 6 Public Schools. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (860-567-7410) or email Mrs. Spielman at aspielman@rsd6.org, Middle School Counselor and Department Chair.

Audrey Spielman

Middle School Counselor



Community Service Award

The Secretary of the State, Denise W. Merrill and the Connecticut Citizenship Fund, Inc. will be recognizing students throughout Connecticut who have made a difference within their community. In support of this wonderful effort, Region 6 elementary schools will each recognize one student from 5th or 6th grade for this award. Students will be given additional information about the application process by their school principal.



School Delay/Cancellation Alerts

Winter weather is underway, and with it comes inevitable delays and cancellations. Please be sure that your contact information is up to date, so that the alert system, School Messenger, can notify you of delays and cancellations in a timely manner. If you need to update your telephone number or email address, contact Mrs. Varanko at hvaranko@rsd6.org or call 860-567-7420.



JMS Sunflower Walking Sticks

JMS 4th grade students are creating walking sticks by repurposing sunflower stalks grown in the Giving Garden. These walking sticks will be sold to raise money for the White Memorial Foundation because we all use the trails and have learned so much about our environment through White Memorial. Please see the flyer below to order. Supplies are limited!



JMS Sunflower Seed Company

The mission of JMS Sunny Seeds Seed Co. is to provide organic, raw, nutritional Giving Garden sunflower seeds and to reach out to help others in need. Through the purchase of the seed packets, our customers will help continue our support of local soup kitchens and the Little Guild Animal Shelter and Rescue Center in West Cornwall, CT. This project was started and coordinated by 6th graders. All K-6 students are helping to weigh seeds and make packets. ​


​We hope you'll support this project by purchasing seeds using this order form:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HIjA85F3wo89vVkNkAv905Dx1u8C0ui53xk1bXSxfCw/edit



Cold Weather Clothing

As stated in our Student/Parent Handbook, we try to hold recess outdoors whenever possible. Students should wear appropriate clothing such as warm jackets or coats, hats, mittens/gloves and boots during cold and inclement weather. Students without boots must stay on the blacktop area as long as snow covers the playground.

The Region-6 Way: Our Goal

It is our goal that Region-6 staff and students will internalize and reflect the Region-6 Way in all aspects of their day, including


  • striving for one’s personal best;

  • developing and maintaining positive and productive relationships;

  • communicating effectively and professionally;

  • developing leadership in one’s self and others;

  • preparing for maximum academic growth


Details about the Region-6 Way can be found here.

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Check Out These Links

Common Sense Media - This resource is designed to help families make informed choices for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.


Khan Academy - This free website provides students with supplemental academic support through written explanations, videos and practice exercises.


Chess Academy - Would you like to learn or improve your skills at the game of chess?


Google SmartyPins - Test your geography and American trivia.


Our World in Data - For those of you who like to see the world from a mathematical perspective...


Mount Everest in 3D - Ever wondered what climbing Mt. Everest would look like?


Pixelspace - Just how far apart are the celestial bodies in our solar system?

Flyers (attached)

  • Parent/Teacher Basketball Game

  • Adult Open Gym - basketball

  • ASAP Celebration of Young Writers

  • Camp Moe

  • Celebration of Young Writers submission form

  • CPR Training

  • Day Trippers

  • Hip Hop Dance Party

  • JMS PTO Auction

  • Karate Flyer

  • Litchfield Jazz Camp Kids

  • Minds in Motion

  • Morris Public Library Museum Passes

  • Morris Public Library New Lego Challenge

  • Movie NIght

  • Pasta Dinner & Movie

  • Spring Soccer

  • TriTown Registration

  • White Memorial Spring into Nature

  • Women & Girls Fund

  • Yoga 4 Kids

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