To report a student absence from school, please call the attendance office (860) 868-6217 by 8:30 AM.

Shepaug Valley School now shares all information about academic policies, course offerings, and course syllabi under the Academics tab on this home page.  This option replaces the Shepaug Academic Guidebook, and allows viewers to navigate easily to specific information.  Families may request a hard copy of any and all documents published under this tab.

Important Notes for November
  • Quarter 1 completed on October 31st; final grades will be posted in Powerschool by 4pm on November 6th. Please be sure your Parent Portal account is set up so you will see end of term grading. If you need help with your account, contact Karen Fildes, Director of Technology & Communications.
  • The high school Band, Orchestra, and Chorus will host a coffee house style performance in the mall on Friday, November 3rd at 6:30pm.
  • There is no school on Tuesday, November 7th, for staff professional development. In addition, Friday, November 10th, schools will be closed in honor of Veterans Day.
  • The National Honor Society will hold its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 15th, from 8:00am-1:00pm. Visit and use Sponsor Code SVHS to schedule your time.
  • Still need to take your SAT or ACT? Find an upcoming testing date/location and register today!
  • There are many college visitations happening in the College and Career Center this month! Check out the School Counseling calendar to see all upcoming visits.
  • Remember that you can subscribe to any of our Google school calendars by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom of the calendar. Not a Google user? You can still subscribe to the Shepaug Public calendar using any iCal-supported calendar program by downloading this iCal link
News from Shepaug Valley School

SVS Alumni News
Alumni in the Spotlight:
Michael Gorra (Class of 1988)
 ​Michael Gorra

See all our Alumni in the Spotlight features here.
Are you or someone you know a graduate of Shepaug Valley School? Please contact the Alumni Coordinator at or (860) 868-7326 to update your contact information and to learn about upcoming alumni news and events.

Shepaug Alumni

Alumni - Update Your Contact Information Here!



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Class of 2017 College Acceptances
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Shepaug Valley School Week At A Glance
The Google Calendar below includes the counseling office calendar of college visits and general school calendar for the current week. The view can be changed by clicking on the Week, Month or Agenda (list) view tabs on the top right corner, and you can subscribe to the calendar by clicking the +Google icon on the bottom right. The Shepaug Rotational Calendar can be seen by clicking SVS Calendar in the menu above.

Shepaug Valley School Learner Outcomes

Core Values

The poster seen above is hung in every classroom reminding students and staff of our Shepaug Core Values and Guiding Beliefs as evidenced by our Learner Outcomes.

The Shepaug Learner Outcomes are the foundation of our educational program. Each outcome is based on a rigorous skill set deemed essential for 21st century learning and productivity, and all outcomes combined ensure that students are prepared to navigate college, career and life long learning. The complete skill set associated with each Shepaug Learner Outcome is clearly defined through an analytic rubric with a defined level of proficiency. This rubric is used to guide instruction, to encourage self-assessment, and to measure student progress in meeting each outcome. 

Click each Learner Outcome below to view the corresponding rubric.

The Shepaug Learner Outcomes are taught and modeled in all courses at Shepaug. Each department has responsibility for comprehensively teaching a specific learner outcome, and upper level courses within the department have responsibility for measuring achievement of that learner outcome. Shepaug reports student progress in meeting each learner outcome on the student report card and transcript.

Regional School District 12 is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. Regional School District 12 does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut State and/or Federal nondiscrimination laws. Regional School District 12 does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding Region 12 nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

Teresa DeBrito Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Phone: (860) 868-6206 Email:

Region 12 Studios
Shepaug Valley School hosts Region 12 Studios,a state of the art television and video production lab. You can follow us on Charter Communication's channel 194 and also on our YouTube Channel.

Currently Featured:

College Planning Night

Hartford National College Fair

Classrooms Without Borders

Senior Project Spotlight

Peter Sproviero has grown up in a family that celebrates its Italian heritage, particularly where food is concerned. For Peter, food is an important connector: it connects him to older generations of his family, and it connects them all to their Calabrian roots. Peter started the school year uncertain about a good fit for this year-long project. Ultimately, he decided that learning to make his family’s traditional recipes, including soppresata, capicola, ricotta, pitacella (fried zucchini), and others would teach him valuable lessons about cooking. “I grew up watching the family make the food. I saw how proud my grandma and grandpa were, making food for all of us. That’s what was most important, hanging with the family and eating. That was special to them,” he explains. “Family was number one, so whenever possible, they wanted the family over, just eating. We’d fill the kitchen and dining room with food and family. My dad’s side is huge. The Italian food brought our whole family together all the time.” Sadly, Peter lost his grandfather last year. This has intensified his desire to honor his grandparents and continue their traditions. Peter says his grandfather “loved food. It was a hobby for him. There was no such thing for a cereal night for him. He didn’t believe in fast food.” Peter says making sausage will be the biggest challenge, but he knows he can count on his father and uncle to teach him. We are all hoping Peter brings in his “project updates” for sampling!