Wamogo Regional High School

August 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Wamogo Families and Friends,


I hope this letter finds you doing well and enjoying the summer. With the first day of school fast approaching, I am thrilled to return for my second year at Wamogo given the tremendous success Wamogo experienced last year. I have listed some of the many successes from 2017-18 below:


  • First School Improvement Plan in Wamogo history developed and implemented

  • Record high scores in reading and math on Smarter Balanced Assessment for both 7th and 8th grade

  • PSAT and SAT administration to students in grades 9 through 11 in both the fall and spring

    • More than 95% participation among all students in these grades across all high stakes testing

    • Impressive growth observed from fall to spring in PSAT

    • Enormous increases in the percentage of students that have College Board accounts linked to Khan Academy

  • CIAC Boys Basketball Class S Runner Up

  • CIAC Girls Basketball Quarterfinalist

  • CIAC Girls Softball Semifinalist

  • National Gold Medal Scholastic Art Award for Photography

  • NAAE National Outstanding Agricultural Education Program Award


While this is only a fraction of the successes and recognitions we experienced last year, they are truly amazing and illustrative of the excellence we have at Wamogo.


As we look ahead to the 2018-19 school year, there are a few important updates I would like to communicate to ensure another successful school year.


Attendance will be an important focus. Each year the Connecticut State Department of Education collects data on schools across our state relative to attendance. The average percentage of students chronically absent over the last 5 years is 10.5%. Our chronic absenteeism rate was 14% last year. A student is considered chronically absent if absent for 18 or more times within the school year. This includes all absences with the exception of field trips. To address this issue, we will be implementing some changes to our policies and practices. Students will no longer be allowed to arrive to school late due to senior privilege. Additionally, students will receive administrative consequences, including but not limited to detention and suspension, for accumulating excessive unexcused absences. It is critical that each parent/guardian understands the attendance procedure to avoid accumulation of unexcused absences. Information has been included in the summer mailer to articulate this important information.


There will also be a change to our cell phone policy. The policy represents new Board of Education policy which has an anticipated adoption date of August 27, 2018. Cell phones have their benefit relative to increasing communication between parents/guardians and students. For this reason, students are still permitted to bring them to school for usage outside of the school day. While cell phones can be very helpful, they are also at times used inappropriately by students throughout the school day, which can lead to distractions to the learning environment. Students are not permitted to use cell phones during school unless given specific permission by a teacher or administrator. Parents/guardians are asked to contact the main office if it is an emergency to speak with their student. The new cell phone policy will be included in the summer mailer. Please review the policy with your student(s).


Lastly, seniors that choose to apply for a parking permit will find the application included in the mailer. Please review the application and all updates related to student parking. The most important change is the parking fee of $60. The Board of Education approved this parking fee in July 2018. The parking fee is being implemented to offset the costs of student parking such as painting the lines, permit stickers, etc. Please ensure that you thoroughly review all policies and procedures included within the parking permit application.


Last, please review the new daily bell schedule for Wamogo Regional High School. Note that there is a new dismissal time of 2:02 p.m.


I am confident that this will be another successful school year and am looking forward to our first day on August 29. All families are invited to Wamogo on August 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for “Move-In” night. This is a new initiative we are implementing to allow families a chance to come visit Wamogo prior to the start of the school year and become acquainted with their schedule, as well as their new teachers. I hope to see you all there.


Enjoy the remainder of the summer!


Sincerely,

Sabin Loveland

Principal

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Summer Mailing

A packet containing important forms and information will be mailed to parents/guardians the week of August 13th. Please be sure to check your mailbox and sign and return forms to the main office as soon as possible.

Wamogo Move - In Night

Wamogo will host a Move - In Night on August 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students and parents are invited to Wamogo to meet their teachers and see their classrooms. We look forward to seeing you there!

Summer Reading and Math Challenges

Click here for the Summer Reading Challenge

Click here for the Summer Math Challenge

Upcoming Events

August 21 - Froshfest, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 22 - Froshfest, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 23 - Froshfest, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 24 - Froshfest, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 27 - Wamogo Move-Night, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

August 27 - Policy Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

August 27 - Finance Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

August 27 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 28 - Region 6 Players Auditions, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

August 29 - First Day of School

August 29 - Region 6 Players Auditions, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

August 30 - Regions 6 Players Call-backs, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

September 11 - Senior Portrait Sessions

September 13 - Wamogo Open House, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Regional School District No. 6 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:


Title IX - Contact

Debbie DeLisle

35 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

860-361-9022


Section 504 - Contact

Debra Foley

98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

860-567-6642