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Spotlight School Award

Wamogo Middle School
Litchfield, CT
Principal: William Egan


Wamogo Middle School website


Exemplary Practices:

  •  Edtech - Digital learning
  •  1:1 program
  •  Connections Program
  •  Whatever it Takes Program (WIT)
  •  Core Values Integration
  •  Town Hall Meetings
  •  Mental Health Team

Wamogo Middle School houses approximately 160 seventh and eighth grade students. The middle school is part of Regional School District #6 and shares a campus with Wamogo Regional High School. The district serves the towns of Warren, Morris, and Goshen. In the 2012-2013 school year, Wamogo Middle School was recognized as a Connecticut School of Distinction for its accomplishments on the Connecticut Mastery Test. It was specifically identified in the 'Highest Overall Performance' group, indicating that it was performing within the top ten percent of schools in the state.

Students spend time with a caring staff of middle school educators who acknowledge the importance of a rigorous educational program tempered by a recognition of the unique qualities and needs of middle level students. Due to the proximity of the middle school within the high school, students benefit from participation in some upper-level educational and extracurricular activities in which the district's four core values: 'love of learning', 'integrity', 'friendship and respect', and 'educational excellence' are upheld.

The teaching staff at Wamogo Middle School collaborate in grade-level and vertical Professional Learning Communities to create lessons and units of study that provide rigorous learning experiences. Teachers consistently request to work with individual students needing academic support, or in small groups, during the daily W.I.T. - "Whatever It Takes" period. These sessions are flexible enough to allow students to seek help where needed. Students know that teachers are always available to assist them. Another example of collaboration is a common Google calendar utilized by the grade level teams to record and coordinate homework assignments and upcoming assessments. Students and parents find this web-based tool to be useful and easily accessible.

Region 6 is at the forefront of technology integration. A SmartBoard is located in every classroom. In the middle school, there are four wireless netbook carts containing over 120 devices that are utilized daily in the classrooms. Students are also encouraged to use personal devices on a daily basis to access online programs and apps that enhance lessons within the curriculum.

One opportunity available exclusively to Region 6 middle school students is an exploration of our chapter award-winning Agriculture program, which has earned the highest possible national ranking of three stars. For one marking period, all middle school students participate in an Agriculture Science and Technology class, giving them exposure to a variety of topics including mechanics, food, plant, and animal sciences. This gives students a taste of the high school program available to them through a competitive application process.

One way in which the middle school spotlights its students is through a bi-weekly Town Hall meeting. Students are recognized by peers and teachers at this assembly where emphasis is placed on the recognition of service projects completed and achievements attained both within and out of school. Weekly 'Connections' meetings are also held where students meet in small groups to make personal connections with peers and staff. These groups address issues surrounding the social and emotional needs of students, including bullying, community service projects, and personal goal setting.

Exemplary Practices

1:1 Computer Initiative, Connections Program, WIT, Ed Tech Digital Logs, Core Values Integration, Town Hall Meetings, Mental Health Team

NOTE OF INTEREST: On Wednesday November 19, 2014, Wamogo Regional HS hosted a Celebration of Excellence award ceremony to recognize the recent awards the school has earned. These awards include being named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School, a NELMS (New England League of Middle Schools) Spotlight School and a four time national award winning FFA Chapter. Congratulations Wamago! Click here to watch.