Warren School

Regional School District No. 6

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Principal's Message for February 18th, 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,


Last Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Frank Colangelo, a former principal of Warren School who retired in 1994. As I took him on a tour of Warren School, Mr. Colangelo shared his recollections from 22 years ago. The Kindergarten class used to be in what is now the 2nd grade classroom. Mrs. Woodington's reading room was the Science room back then. And the current library, with its inspirational MakerSpace and 3-D printer, was nonexistent.


As we reminisced, Mr. Colangelo told me that he'd heard about our quest to build a school-wide multiage program, and he wondered what all of the buzz was about. After all, multiage instruction is nothing new, and was commonplace during his tenure as principal. I have been thinking about this question a lot since Friday. Although it confirms that Warren School will return to its roots next year, providing multiage instruction for every student, it also makes me ponder. What is all of the buzz about?


Historically, multiage instruction is nothing new. I think that the buzz is occurring because our world is quite different than it was years ago. Like all of today's schools, we need to help our students master grade level standards that will prepare them for their future, when they may select jobs and careers that have not yet been invented. Like many schools, we teach the standards using best practices such as providing students with clear targets and goals for learning, sharing immediate and specific feedback, teaching students in small groups, encouraging collaborative group work, and allowing students plenty of time to think creatively and critically.


I think that the buzz is about how we will teach a standards based curriculum within multiage classrooms. Our focus will shift subtly from teaching the curriculum to teaching each individual child. With such a wide range of ages within one classroom, it becomes impossible to expect all students to master the same skills at the same time. Instead, children are grouped flexibly and taught the next set of skills that they are ready for. Students who need it are given more time to master the standards. Students who have mastered certain standards have their learning extended. All students are challenged at their level, alongside children who may be older or younger than they are. This is what excites the Warren School staff, and makes us look forward to next year when all of our students will have the opportunity to learn in multiage classrooms. We will be returning to our roots, while at the same time preparing our students for an exciting and unknown future.

Warren L.I.F.E. - Reading in PJs is fun!

L.I.F.E nights are a great opportunity for our Region 6 families to come together across the district to meet and enjoy a story with new friends. Last night, Region 6 parents, children and staff enjoyed reading together in the Warren School library. Future events will be held at James Morris School on April 14th, and at Goshen Center School on May 19th. Check out more photos and tweets on the new Warren School Facebook page here, or click here to view a photo album from Warren's L.I.F.E. event.

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Preschool/Kindergarten Registration

Regional School District No. 6 is accepting applications for the 2016 – 2017 Early Childhood Learning Center for children living in Warren, Morris and Goshen. Children must be 3 years of age on or before December 31st of this year to be eligible for preschool enrollment this fall.


For more information and to receive the 2016-17 Preschool Registration Packet for students that will be three years old by December 31st, 2016, please call Mrs. Wanda Wiig at 860-491-6020. The Early Childhood Learning Center Preschool Activity Day is scheduled for May 11th, 2016 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. More information to follow.


For Warren students that will be four years old by December 31st, 2016, please contact Michael Gabriel-Deveau at 860-868-2223. The Warren PK/Kindergarten Registration Activity Day is scheduled for May 12th, 2016 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. More information to follow.


All applications are due by April 1, 2016.

Minds in Motion

Region 12 will host their first Minds in Motion event on Saturday, February 27th. There will be fast-paced, hands-on workshops for students in grades K-8 and informative workshops for parents and educators. Adults can attend, free of charge. Click here for more information, and click here to register.

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Message from Wamogo

INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES IN WORLD LANGUAGE


In order to advance world language studies in high school and to give our students a more rigorous language experience, we will be changing our current 7th-grade exploratory format. Beginning in September 2016, seventh-grade students will begin world language class upon entering Wamogo and will attend world language classes every other day for the entire year. They will continue to follow this pattern through the eighth grade, completing a whole year of foreign language before entering high school. Students will gain knowledge and experience in developmental guidance, study skills and the Agricultural Science Technology Education program on the days they are not in world language. This new format will create advanced opportunities for our students in world languages and other subject areas. Students currently in sixth grade will be asked to select their language during spring registration.

Students wishing to pursue Latin studies may continue to do so through online learning with Middlebury Interactive. Middlebury Interactive comes with an instructor that students can access for support. Just as with French and Spanish, students will be able to complete Latin I by the time they enter high school.

Please note the following:

2/24 Parent Ed Talk with the Superintendent at 9:00 AM

2/25 Friends of Warren Meeting at 7:00 PM

2/27 Minds in Motion Program at Shepaug, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

3/1 Parent Ed Talk with the Superintendent at 6:00 PM

3/5 Sixth Grade Pasta Dinner (Help is Needed! See flyers below for more information.)

3/8 Friends of Warren meeting at 5:30 PM at Wamogo

3/9 Early Release - Teacher Work Day

3/10 Friends of Warren meeting at 7:00 PM

3/11 Marking Period ends


Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments or concerns.


Best wishes,

Angela Rossbach

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