What's Happening

Salisbury Security Access Control RFP
03/29/2017
The mandatory pre-proposal walk-through and the RFP submission date for the Salisbury Security Access Control RFP has been changed. The walk-through is scheduled for 3 PM, Monday, April 17th and the RFP submission date is 3 PM, Monday, May 8th. The bid can be found under "About Region 1", "Business Office", "Bid/RFP Opportunities".
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HVRHS Scheduling Communication
03/10/2017
We will be sending out regular messages to students and parents about meetings and communications related to the high school instructional programs and potential changes.
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We Know How To Prepare Students for Life - Now, Let's Do It
03/02/2017
An interesting and relevant article which came out today from the Nellie Mae Foundation: Are our schools preparing our children for life?
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 Superintendent's MessageSuperintendent Chamberlain

 

Superintendent Report

March 6, 2017 

  1. March is Board Member Appreciation month.  We extend our gratitude for your dedicated service to the students.  On behalf of the administration, faculties, staff and students, I thank you for the generous time commitment toward the improvement of education for all students.  Thank you.

  2. As of March 6, 2017, we have had four snow days, six delays and two early dismissals.  The tentative last student day of school is scheduled for June 15th.  Generally, for planning of our calendar, we expect between five to seven snow days in any given year.  As you can see, this winter has been challenging.  Many thanks to all of our town crews and bus drivers for their tireless efforts in getting us safely to and from school.

  3. The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society will be performing The Drowsy Chaperone on Thursday, March 16th, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 17th, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 18th, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920’s.  From www.hmts.org,

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.”

  1. Under Governor Malloy’s budget proposal, the State has reduced ECS (Education Cost Sharing) funding not only for next year. ECS funding is the primary source of funding to the municipalities in the CT for Education.  It is a formula based on different demographics and socio- economic factors. 

    The State is also proposing to eliminate the Special Education Excess Cost Grant which is paid to either the Regional School District (if the student is in grades 9-12) or to the local town (if the student is PK-8).  In the past, if the grant was paid to one of our member towns, the local town would send the funds to us a RSD1 because we incur all the costs of special education at the regional level, not the local level. 

The State is proposing a new Special Education Grant combined with the ECS grant.  

Town

2016-2017 (Current) ECS

2016-2017 Special Education Cost Sharing Grant

2017-2018 Proposed ECS + Old Excess Cost Grant

Difference

Canaan

177,216

0

69,900

(107,316)

Cornwall

6,976

0

54,165

47,189

Kent

25,634

0

140,349

114,715

North Canaan

2,044,243

0

518,290

(1,525,953)

Salisbury

10,871

0

84,849

73,978

Sharon

9,960

0

77,594

67,634

Region One

0

261,826

0

(261,826)

TOTALS

2,274,900

261,826

945,147

(1,698,895)

**Note:  The Government proposal for 1/3 of TRB to be paid by municipalities is not included in this chart.

  1. Fourth Grade Arts Day, celebrating its twenty-third year, will be held on March 15, 2017. Fourth Grade Arts Day which is sponsored by The Arts Fund for Region One will be hosted at The Hotchkiss School.  Over 3,000 fourth grade children form the elementary schools of our region have participated in this special day since its inception.  Arts Day provides a full school day of total immersions in the visual, musical, and dramatic arts that is organized by a dedicated and unique committee.  

  2. Litchfield County Superintendents are pleased to honor selected Litchfield students at the 32nd Annual LCSA dinner at Chatterley’s Banquet Hall in Torrington, CT.  The celebration will be held on March 15, 2017. Twenty school districts with approximately 262 people plan to attend this event.  Students are honored for their overall academic and civic contributions to their schools.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:45 p.m.  Below are listed the students selected by each school.

Patricia Chamberlain
 

Region One School District Student Biographies - 2017

 

CANAAN (Lee H. Kellogg):  Elaine Dekker

Elaine Dekker is a highly motivated, enthusiastic contributor, who demonstrates leadership in her classes.  She is an engaged learner, willing to share her ideas, encourage peers, and model exemplary work.  In the school community, an active member of the Student Council, Elaine helps generate new ideas and supports all students at Kellogg School.  Elaine displays her leadership qualities in the athletics that she participates in:  soccer, basketball, softball, and several travel teams.  Elaine is a well-rounded, contributing member of the Lee H. Kellogg community. 

 

CORNWALL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL:  Abigail Larson

Abigail Larson has been an excellent student, leader, and citizen at Cornwall Consolidated School for years.  In school she is an active member of clubs that serve those in need; has participated in band, chorus, and school sports; volunteers her time with students with special needs; and regularly contributes to community events and activities above and beyond what is typical.  Abby also participates in several activities and organizations outside of school.  As a student, Abby earns exceptional ratings for her work habits and her achievement. 

 

KENT CENTER SCHOOL:  Astrid von Seufert

Astrid von Seufert radiates a quality of character that is one of the utmost excellence.  She is an active member in and out of the Kent Center School community where she has led as student council president for the past two years.  She has performed numerous community service projects, and is an active member of Sacred Heart church.  She is well respected by her peers and by adults.  A high honor student, Astrid also enjoys playing the trumpet in the school band where she is a natural leader.  She also participates in our school chorus.  She is an especially positive role model who displays a kind and pleasant demeanor at all times and always puts forth maximum effort in all of her endeavors.

 

NORTH CANAAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  Alexis Galgano

Alexis Galgano, grade eight at NCES, is an exceptionally motivated, high honors student who enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and being part of many school activities such as drama club.  Alexis is a model citizen and volunteers at Noble Horizons where she visits with residents and helps recreation staff with activities.  Active and athletic, she plays soccer, loves to ski, snowboard, and run with the Kid’s Marathon school club; she also holds a purple belt in taekwondo.

 

SALISBURY CENTRAL SCHOOL:  Daisy Shook

Daisy Shook, an eighth grader at Salisbury Central School, is independent, mature, industrious and inherently kind.  She excels in academics through hard work.  Daisy is a leader on Student Council and she plays the clarinet in the school concert and jazz band.  She is a member of our soccer and softball teams and she dances at Dance & Beyond.  Committed to community service, Daisy visits Noble Horizons, a retirement community, on a regular basis.  She also volunteers to peer mentor an elementary student weekly.

 

SHARON CENTER SCHOOL:  John Purdy

John Purdy is an exceptional eighth grader at Sharon Center School.  John is a quiet leader who is quick to lend a hand in his school and community.  He is a well-rounded athlete who plays golf, soccer, basketball and baseball when he’s not playing ice hockey.  He is a member of student council and serves as a mentor to younger students.  John is a Den Chief for the Boy Scouts and is an active volunteer at St. Bernard’s Church.

 

HOUSATONIC VALLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL:  Molly Dowd

Molly Dowd is a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  Her strong inner drive helps her succeed in school and in sports.  Her excellent grades are a result of her hard work.  She is the goalie for both the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams at Housy.  Molly also races on the school ski racing team, but her favorite place to be is on the ice.  She has played ice hockey since Kindergarten.  Currently she volunteers on weekends to help our local youth learn to skate.

 

HOUSATONIC VALLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL:  Calvin O’Connor

Calvin O’Connor, a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is described by his soccer coach as “a calm, quiet, leader.”  These traits apply to the classroom as well where Calvin, a perceptive and focused student, and a respectful and cooperative classmate, enjoys working with his teachers and peers.  He is a member of the varsity soccer, ski and baseball teams.  A fan of rap music and Xbox in his down time, Calvin looks forward to senior year and to finding the right college.