May 4, 2016

Vote Today on Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education’s Proposed $33.5M Budget for 2016-17

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of "a painful day" for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of “a painful day” for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

The polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Lyme and Old Lyme for residents to vote in a referendum on Regional District 18 Board of Education’s budget proposal for the fiscal year July 1, 2016.  Residents can vote respectively in the Hamburg Fire House in Lyme and the Cross Lane Fire House in Old Lyme.

In April, the school board voted to present a $33,470,376 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a 1.83 percent increase over the current 2014-15 budget.

The referendum result will be reported on LymeLine.com immediately after it is announced.

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Safe Grad Committee Hosts ‘Dumpster Day’ Saturday

Dumpster-300x214The committee organizing this year’s Safe Grad Party for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2016 is hosting a Dumpster Day this Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. This is a great opportunity to dispose of your junk while supporting a safe and substance-free event to celebrate our new graduates achievements.

A $20 donation is suggested.

The dumpster is being generously donated by Jansky’s Rubbish Removal Co. of Lyme, Conn.

The following items will not be accepted: hazardous waste, propane tanks, computer monitors, liquid/paint solvents, car batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mattresses/box springs, couches/sofas, yard waste, motor oil, antifreeze, and gasoline/kerosene.

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D18 Superintendent Reacts to US News & World Report’s Stellar Rankings of Lyme-Old Lyme HS

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

After learning that  Lyme-Old Lyme High School was ranked 8th in the state of Connecticut and 429th in the nation in a listing of public high schools published this week by US News & World Report, a delighted District 18 Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser commented to LymeLine.com, “Congratulations to the students, staff and community for yet another honor for this incredible institution.  This is an honor for not only the high school, but the entire Pre-K through 12 program and the students, staff and community that make it so strong.”

Click to read our story published 4/20, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Ranked 8th in State, 429th Nationally by US News & World Report

Click to read a related story published on NBCConnecticut.com 4/20, 11 Connecticut High Schools Get Gold Medals in National Ranking

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Ranked 8th in State, 429th Nationally by US News & World Report

US News & World Report ranked Lyme-Old Lyme High School 8th in Connecticut in their just published listing of America's Best High Schools.

US News & World Report ranked Lyme-Old Lyme High School 8th in Connecticut in their just published listing of America’s Best High Schools.

LOLHSCementing its position as one of the top high schools in both the state and country, Lyme-Old Lyme High School  (LOLHS) has been named the eighth best public high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report in their listing of “Best High Schools” published this week.  Moreover, LOLHS was ranked nationally at #429 and consequently, as one of the top 500 schools in the country, was awarded US News & World Report’s highest honor of a gold medal.

In terms of its Connecticut ranking, Lyme-Old Lyme had the highest ranking of any school in New London County with the only other schools in the county placed being Waterford High School at #41 and Fitch at #43.  Although three schools in Fairfield County came ahead of Lyme-Old Lyme (Weston, Ridgefield and Wilton at 4th, 5th and 7th respectively),in a remarkable achievement, LOLHS came in ahead of Simsbury, Greenwich and Darien High Schools respectively at 9th, 10th and 11th places.

The top high school in Connecticut was the Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford , with second place going to the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at Hartford. Third place went to the Amistad Academy at New Haven and sixth position to Conard High School in West Hartford.

Other shoreline schools which received state rankings were Guilford at 22nd, Daniel Hand of Madison at 29th and Old Saybrook at 30th.  Along with Fitch and Waterford, these schools all were awarded silver medals.

U.S. News evaluated more than 28,000 schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the top public high schools nationally. Five hundred high schools received gold medals, 2,173 schools earned silver and 3,545 took home bronze in the national rankings. Schools were ranked based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.  Click here to read full details of the methodology used by US News & World Report.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Science Olympiad Team Wins First Place in State Tourney; Now Fundraising for Travel to Nationals in Wisconsin

Members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Science Olympiad team gather for a photo at the end of the contest.

Members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Science Olympiad team gather for a photo at the end of the contest.

Two teams from Lyme-Old Lyme recently competed at the Science Olympiad State Tournament held at Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Farmington, Conn. Lyme-Old Lyme teams came in 1st and 3rd place, which advances the team to the 32nd Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament where Lyme-Old Lyme will represent the state of Connecticut.

LogoThe National Tournament will be held at The University of Wisconsin–Stout (UWS).  UWS will host more than 5,000 students, educators and parents from all 50 states as well as a dignitary team from Japan during the weekend of  May 20-21.  During that weekend, a team of talented students from the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle and High Schools in Old Lyme, coached by Shannon Glorioso and Elizabeth Dushin, will represent both the Lyme-Old Lyme school district and the Lyme-Old Lyme community, as well as the state of Connecticut at the National Tournament.

At the state tournament held March 19, Lyme-Old Lyme was called to the podium for individual medals in 20 of the 23 events, and claimed a total of 12 gold medals, 10 silver medals and four bronze medals.

Science Olympiad team competitors include:

9th Grade: Gary Bocian, Brynn McGlinchey, Kylie Hall, Sarah Hayward, Emily O’Brien, Nic Roth, Colin Hallahan, Tessa Allan, Claire Britton, and Noah Crolius

8th Grade: Audrey Berry, Ethan Carrion, Rory Cavicke, Julia DiMella, Corrine Grayson, Mitra Kardestuncer, Rachael Larson, Lizzy McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Sami Olson, Nate Ramella, Evan St. Louis, Jeffy Joshy (building support) and Nick Fava (building support)

7th Grade: Benton Arafeh-Hudson, Dean Bruce, Kate Cheney, Sadie Frankel, Jackson Goulding, Bella Hine, Regan Kaye, Maddy Maskell, Brendan McTigue and Connie Pan

6th Grade: Olivia Catalano, Jack Conley, Eleanor Dushin, Ahmed Diagne, Elias D’Onofrio, Nicolette Hallahan, Kian Kardestuncer, Ali Kyle, Johnnie Moriarty, Sam Mullaney, Aksel Sather, Drew St. Louis, Nikolai Stevens-Zumbaum and Alexandra Tinniswood

The team is extremely grateful to the volunteer coaches who make their success possible:

Lyme-Old Lyme High School student coaches and former Science Olympiad competitors include: Cole Dushin, Ryan Harty, Kiran Nadkarni, Jacob Olson, Ryan Ramella, and Emma Sked

Community and Parent Coaches include: Liz Frankel, Don Gonci, Greg Hall, Jen Hall, Cheryl Hayward, Rick Kaye, Chris Kyle, Sean McTigue, Tony Ramella, Lucy Walter, John Walter, John Koptonak, Dick Shriver, and Michael Perks

The team wishes to extend special thanks to Ashley Glorioso, Tracy McGlinchey and Sherri Ramella;  sincere appreciation is also given to Regional School District 18, Superintendent Ian Neviaser, Middle School Principal Michelle Dean and Middle School Vice Principal Neil Sullivan for their support.

Benchmark Wealth Management generously sponsors the Lyme-Old Lyme Science Olympiad team.

Recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions, Science Olympiad brings together 120 winning middle school and high school teams advancing from state-level competitions this spring. Rigorous hands-on and lab events led by experts from government agencies, top universities and Science Olympiad state chapters cover topics in physics, epidemiology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology and engineering.

Science Olympiad is a Chicago-area-based national nonprofit organization founded in 1984. It is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 STEM education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. More than 220,000 students on 7,300 teams from all 50 states competed in 390 regional, state and national Science Olympiad tournaments last year.

The team is fundraising to help defray the cost of the trip to Wisconsin in May. Donations in any amount that will help the team achieve the goal of representing the schools and community of Lyme-Old Lyme and the state of Connecticut at the national contest. If you would like to donate, visit the team’s GoFundMe page, or send checks made out to RSD 18 to Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School 53 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06731, marked for the attention of Shannon Glorioso.

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Region 18 Board of Education Sends $33.4M Budget to May 3 Referendum

At their regular meeting on April 4, members of the Region 18 Board of Education voted to send their recommended budget of $33,470,376 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 to an Annual Budget Meeting to be held Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium,

This meeting will precede a vote on the budget to be held the following day, Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hamburg Fire Station for Lyme residents and the Cross Lane Fire House for Old Lyme residents.

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Online Auction Supports Lyme-Old Lyme Music Students’ Hawaii Trip

The USS Missouri on the deck of which the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus will perform in December of this year during the 75th anniversary commemoration of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus students will perform on the deck of the  USS Missouri in December of this year during the 75th anniversary commemoration of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

It’s finally here!

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 1.01.14 AMThe Friends of Music Online Auction, which begins Saturday, March 26 and continues through April 9, 2016, will raise funds for the Friends of Music–Lyme-Old Lyme scholarship program and support the Lyme–Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Music Department trip this December.  This auction will be very much like any auction event — except that you can bid on items from the comfort of your own home or office, at any time of day or night, and you don’t have to dress up or get a sitter!  The auction is open to anyone with an Internet connection; friends and family near and far are welcome and encouraged to take part.

A great number of wonderful auction items are up for bid — including theater tickets, sports tickets, camps, museum and park admissions, and gifts and specialty items.  The auction is hosted through eBay’s charity portal and can be found at http://charity.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/friends-of-music-lyme-old-lyme/146267/.

This online auction is one of several fundraisers that Friends of Music is conducting this year as it pursues its mission to support the music programs at all levels in the Region 18 (Lyme and Old Lyme) Public Schools.  Initial funds raised in this event will be earmarked for Friends of Music scholarships, which are awarded to deserving graduating seniors.

Additional funds raised will help defray the costs of the LOLHS Music Department trip to Hawaii in December, when student musicians from LOLHS will represent Connecticut at ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lyme–Old Lyme High School is the only school in Connecticut — and one of two from New England — to be participating in the event.

These student musicians will perform together with other schools from the United States and Japan on the pier of the Battleship Missouri, a World-War II–era ship that was engaged in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  It was on the Missouri, in Tokyo Bay in September 1945, that the papers of surrender were signed by representatives of the Allied and Axis powers — formally ending World War II.

The Missouri is now docked in Pearl Harbor as a permanent memorial and museum, providing a fitting bookend to the story of the bombing on Dec. 7, 1941, that launched US involvement in the war.Lyme–Old Lyme High School Chorus and Band members, along with Choral Director Kristine Pekar and Band Director Jacob Wilson, are busy preparing for this performance, which will demonstrate how cultures once opposed can come together to present a musical gift to the world.

There is a substantial cost for this trip, and Friends of Music is committed to raising funds to help cover these costs.  Other projects under way are the sale of gift cards, a huge tag sale (date TBA), and a 5K road race in July. Corporate and private donations will also be gratefully accepted.  Information on each of these projects can be found on the Friends of Music website, http://www.friendsofmusiclol.org.

For more information, e-mail friendsofmusiclol@gmail.com.  As a registered 501(c)3) nonprofit organization, Friends of Music can accept matching funds from employers.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Band, Chorus Students Plan Hawaii Trip; Purchase Stop & Shop Cards to Help Fund Them

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band performs a concert in the school auditorium.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band performs a concert in the school auditorium.

Do you shop at Stop & Shop?  Have a weekly delivery from Peapod?  Do you have friends and family in the mid-Atlantic area?

Cards_for_CausesFriends of Music – Lyme/Old Lyme, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the music programs at all levels in Region 18 (Lyme and Old Lyme) schools, is now selling Stop & Shop “Cash for Causes” gift cards.  These cards can be used at any Stop & Shop store, for Peapod delivery, and at affiliated stores (Giant, Martins) in other states.  They do not expire, and have no service fees … and Friends of Music receives 5 percent of each card’s face value.

This sale of Stop & Shop cards is one of several fundraisers that Friends of Music is conducting this year in its effort to help defray the cost of the Lyme – Old Lyme High School Music Department trip in December.  On Dec. 7, high school bands and choruses from the United States and Japan will gather in Hawaii to perform at ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of United States involvement in World War II.

Among those school groups will be 105 members of the Lyme–Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus, the only school in Connecticut — and one of only two from New England — to be participating in the event.

These student musicians will perform together on the pier of the Battleship Missouri, a World-War II–era ship that was engaged in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  It was on the Missouri, in Tokyo Bay in September 1945, that the papers of surrender were signed by representatives of the Allied and Axis powers — formally ending World War II.

The Missouri is now docked in Pearl Harbor as a permanent memorial and museum, providing a fitting bookend to the story of the bombing on Dec. 7, 1941, that launched US involvement in the war. Lyme – Old Lyme High School Chorus and Band members, along with Choral Director Kristine Pekar and Band Director Jacob Wilson, are busy preparing for this performance, which will demonstrate how cultures once opposed can come together to present a musical gift to the world.

There is a substantial cost for this trip, and Friends of Music is committed to raising funds to help cover these costs.  Other events and projects under way are an online auction March 26–April 9, a huge tag sale in May, and a 5K road race in July.

Information on each of these projects can be found on the Friends of Music facebook page (“Friends of Music – Lyme/Old Lyme Schools”) and on our website, www.friendsofmusiclol.org.

For more information, e-mail friendsofmusiclol@gmail.com.  As a registered 501(c)3) nonprofit organization, Friends of Music can accept matching funds from employers.

To purchase Stop & Shop “cash for causes” gift cards from Friends of Music, watch for our table at various school events, or contact the project coordinators:  Michelle Maskell (raymaskell@comcast.net) or Rachel Carrion (rachelcarrion4321@gmail.com); information is also available on www.friendsofmusiclol.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Prospective Student Day

The front entrance of the recently renovated Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

The imposing front entrance of the recently renovated Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 4, from 12 to 2 p.m., Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) welcomes prospective students who do not currently attend a Region 18 school and their parents/guardians to preview the high school if they are considering enrolling for the fall of 2016. The school counselors and administration will be available to provide an overview of the school, its curriculum, and student opportunities. The event begins at 12 p.m. and also includes tours of the high school.

Asked why Region 18 is hosting a Prospective Student Day, Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained, “This is something we have done for a number of years in order to provide information for students and their families who are considering attending Lyme-Old Lyme High School.”  He added, “With the current decline in Connecticut’s student population, this event has become even more important as we are actively recruiting students to attend what we believe is the best high school in this area.”

In terms of the type of students and/or families the District is aiming to attract, Neviaser said, “This event is offered for students in a variety of situations such as students whose families are looking to move to the area, students who reside here but attend private, parochial, or magnet schools, and tuition-paying students who live in other towns.”

In April 2015, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was awarded the 185th spot in Newsweek‘s annual list of America’s Top High Schools. Newsweek selected the top 500 schools in the country, “based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college.”  Out of the 15 schools named to the list in Connecticut, LOLHS came in fifth after three schools in Fairfield County and one in East Hartford. Lyme-Old Lyme High School was also the only school named to the list, which is located in New London County, and last year, in terms of SAT results, LOLHS took 6th place statewide with average scores significantly above the state average in all disciplines.

The interior of the state-of-the-art 'Commons' where students gather informally and some events are held.

The interior of the state-of-the-art ‘Commons’ where students gather informally and some events are held.

Facilities at the high school are exceptional with state-of-the-art technology implemented throughout the building thanks to a $49 million renovation project completed in 2014.  The math, science, language and multi-media laboratories along with the art, music, drama and athletic facilities are now of a quality and sophistication that resembles a college environment, rather than a high school.   

Current enrollment at LOLHS is 462 students across Grades 9 through 12 and the average class size is between 15 and 20. The school offers a full spectrum of core subjects taught in-house, including 15 AP subjects, and also an extensive range of classes taken online. Students also have the option to pursue the acclaimed Techno-Ticks robotics program along with more than 30 extracurricular clubs including High School Bowl, Mock Trial, and Key Club.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School enjoys exceptionally strong music, drama, and art programs, which have been recognized with numerous awards both at the state level and nationally. The school’s athletic program has similarly received innumerable honors over the years and is proud to have several past, present, and future Olympians among its alumni.

The colleges attended by LOLHS graduates include a wide range of Ivy League and top-tier schools each year. Complementing the academic success of the students, the vast majority of the high school’s faculty has obtained additional qualifications beyond their Bachelor’s degree and Connecticut teacher certification.

If you would like to attend this informative event, RSVP to 860-434-2255 or online at the Region 18 website (www.region18.org). For further information, contact Tracy Lenz, Director of Counselling, at 860-434-2255 or lenzt@region18.org or James Wygonik, Principal, at 860-434-1651 or wygonikj@region18.org.

For more information about Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, visit Region18.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Artists Win Big in ‘Future Choices’ Contest

'Future Choices' First Prize winning self-portrait by Ion Gordon.

‘Future Choices’ Art Show First Prize winning self-portrait by LOLHS junior Ion Gordon.

The Visual Arts Department of Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) has again achieved exceptional results in this year’s Future Choices Art Show, sponsored by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.

In the Drawing category, junior Ion Gordon and senior Samantha Lee took first and second place respectively, delivering those honors to LOLHS for a third consecutive year.  Also recognized in drawing were senior Meredith Kegley with the third place award, and both Caroline Cox and Natalie Rugg received Honorable Mentions.

This self-portrait by Silja Forstein won first place in the Painting category.

This self-portrait by Silja Forstein won first place in the Painting category.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School also took top two spots in the Painting category with senior Silja Forstein earning first place and sophomore Claudia Mergy taking second.  Other award winners were Maggy Biega with an Honorable Mention in ceramics, and Alexis Kolar with an Honorable Mention in pastels.

Additional students juried into the show include Sophia Romeo, Micheline Czlapinski, Keelin Hurtt and James Kolb.

Students who reside or attend school in the 24-town Shoreline region are eligible to submit up to three works to this juried competition. Cash prizes are given for first, second and third place awards, and other prizes and scholarship awards will be announced after the opening reception this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m., in the Sill House Gallery of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

The show will run until March 8, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All artworks will also be available for viewing during the upcoming Region 18 Youth Art Show, also at Sill House, opening Thursday, March 17.  

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Egyptologist Kent Weeks Inspires Students at The Country School

gyptologist Kent Weeks visited The Country School to speak with students about his work in Egypt. Fifth Graders are pictured here with their teacher, Kerri Kelly, and Dr. Weeks, along with a hieroglyphic message they created in his honor. Standing, left to right, are: Andrew Walter-Zona, North Branford; Ian Marshall, Killingworth; Philip Warren, Old Saybrook; Colin Higginson, Madison; Elke Zigmont, Madison; Wendol Williams, Madison; 5th Grade teacher Kerri Kelly, Essex; Liliana Boone, Middletown; Kameron Borden, Clinton; Madison Grady, Clinton, and Dr. Kent Weeks. Pictured front row, left to right, are: Jenson Taylor, Westbrook; Erik Howie, Madison; Jackson Chontos, Old Lyme; and Willa Wurzbach, Killingworth. Photo by Kate Cordsen

Egyptologist Kent Weeks visited The Country School to speak with students about his work in Egypt. Fifth graders are pictured here with their teacher, Kerri Kelly, and Dr. Weeks, along with a hieroglyphic message they created in his honor. Standing (L-R): Andrew Walter-Zona, Ian Marshall, Philip Warren, Colin Higginson, Elke Zigmont, Wendol Williams, teacher Kerri Kelly, Liliana Boone, Kameron Borden, Madison Grady, and Dr. Weeks. Front (L-R): Jenson Taylor, Erik Howie, Jackson Chontos and Willa Wurzbach. Photo by Kate Cordsen

MADISON – The Country School was delighted to welcome world-renowned Egyptologist Kent Weeks to campus recently to discuss his groundbreaking work in the Valley of the Kings. In addition to sharing stories about his efforts to excavate and catalog ancient Egyptian monuments, Dr. Weeks spoke about the library he founded in Luxor to support archeological research, educate local children about the importance of preserving Egypt’s monuments, and provide a community gathering place.

More than 200 people attended Dr. Weeks’ lecture. Along with all Country School students and teachers, visitors included students and teachers from Madison’s Brown Middle School and Country School alumni, parents, grandparents and friends.

Dr. Weeks’ visit was a particular thrill for Country School fifth graders, who are currently immersed in a multi-month study of ancient Egypt — an undertaking that will culminate this spring with a visit to the Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As a class, students have read, discussed and watched videos about Dr. Weeks and his work with the Theban Mapping Project, through which he is setting out to catalog the thousands of tombs and temples in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. They also know details of his major find – the discovery of KV5, the tomb of the sons of Ramses II.

During his talk, Dr. Weeks explained that resources for schools in Luxor are very scant, so the nonprofit Theban Mapping Project Library is filling a critical role in teaching local children about their heritage. Although researching, cataloguing and protecting Egypt’s monuments have been his life’s work, Dr. Weeks said the library may be the most important contribution of all.

“We’ve been at this for a number of years, but I think the library we are establishing is going to be one of the most important additions to protect the monuments of ancient Egypt,” he said. “They are important not just for the children in these slides here but for everyone all over the world. They’re all part of our own heritage.”

Country School students have been holding a series of fundraisers to support Dr. Weeks’ library, and after his visit they were able to donate $350 to benefit the Theban Mapping Project Library. They look forward to holding additional fundraising initiatives, including an ongoing student-run pop-up Farmers Market.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent PreSchool-Grade 8 school in Madison. The school regularly invites speakers to campus to talk with students and/or parents about topics of interest and importance.

The next event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, when the school hosts a screening of Most Likely to Succeed, the acclaimed documentary about the future of education. A panel discussion will take place following the screening, featuring Madison Superintendent of Schools Tom Scarice, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Douglas Lyons, and education writer Laura Pappano, author of Inside School Turnarounds: Urgent Hopes, Unfolding Stories and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Education Life, among other publications. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Country School will also have a series of speakers on campus this spring when, on April 23, the school hosts TEDxTheCountrySchool.

For more information about these and other events, visit www.thecountryschool.org.

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Country School Offers $10,000 Merit Scholarship

open_house_january_2016In celebration of The Country School’s 60th Anniversary, the school’s Board of Trustees is providing a $10,000 merit scholarship to a student applying for admission to Grades 4-8 for the fall of 2016. Additional scholarships will be offered to students entering those grades based on applicants’ qualifications and/or need. Founded in 1955, The Country School is celebrating its 60th anniversary during the 2015-2016 school year.

This will be the second 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship awarded in honor of The Country School’s founding six decades ago. Eloise de Landevoisin Campbell, currently an 8th Grader from Lyme, was awarded the 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, other students received partial scholarships after applying for the merit scholarship.

Head of School John Fixx will share information about the 60th Anniversary Scholarship program on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the school’s Winter Open House (taking place from 1-3:30 p.m.). While students sit for the Merit Scholarship test, parents will have the opportunity to tour campus and speak directly with faculty members, current parents, and administrators.

To learn more and register, go to http://www.thecountryschool.org/admission/60th-anniversary-merit-scholarship.

The recipient of the $10,000 Merit Scholarship will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal promise as demonstrated by the merit scholarship testing, school records, and an interview. Finalists will be asked to write an essay describing how a Country School education might benefit them and will be invited to spend a day on campus. The scholarship recipient will be notified in early March.

On Sunday, Jan. 31, visitors will learn about the academic program and the wide academic, artistic, athletic, and leadership opportunities on campus. They will also learn about The Country School’s six decades-long history of preparing graduates for the strongest independent secondary schools and high school honors programs in the area and throughout New England. Families will receive the impressive list of where Country School graduates attend college and hear how the Secondary School Placement Office assists families in attracting similar scholarship support for secondary school.

Students will sit for the Merit Scholarship test and experience hands-on learning and design challenges similar to those current students experience on a regular basis. They will also explore the campus and meet teachers and students.

The 60th Anniversary Scholarship is for a new student and is renewed each year that the student is enrolled at The Country School, provided the recipient stays in strong academic standing and consistently demonstrates good citizenship. It is The Country School’s expectation that merit scholarship recipients will contribute significantly to the life of the School, creating a stronger overall experience for all students.

The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving 200 students in PreSchool through Grade 8, ages 3-14, on its 23-acre campus in Madison. This year, also in honor of the school’s 60th anniversary, the campus is undergoing a major transformation, with new athletic fields, tennis courts, and playground areas being installed. Future enhancements will affect classroom buildings, campus infrastructure, and outdoor common spaces.

For more information, contact Pam Glasser, Director of Admission and Curriculum, at 203-421-3113, ext. 122, or pam.glasser@thecountryschool.org.

For further information, visit www.thecountryschool.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration

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Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools for the fall of 2016 is being held today, Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2017 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2016.

While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.

Please bring to registration your child’s

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

If you cannot register on these days or would like additional information, call either school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list and/or have your questions answered:

Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233

Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

 

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New Officers Elected at Region 18 Board of Education, Roche is Chair

The newly elected chair of the Region 18 Board of Education Michelle "Mimi" Roche.

The newly elected chair of the Region 18 Board of Education Michelle “Mimi” Roche.

At their December regular monthly meeting, the Region 18 Board of Education elected new officers.  This is a normal occurrence at the December meeting, but this year a new chairman had to be elected because the board’s former chairman, Jim Witkins of Lyme, had not sought re-election in November.

Three new members, Stacey Winchell and  Erick Cushman representing Old Lyme and Mary Powell St. Louis from Lyme, also took their seats for the first time at the December meeting, having been elected in November.

The results of the paper ballot election were unanimous on all counts.  Michelle ‘Mimi’ Roche of Old Lyme was elected Chairman and Dr. Beth Jones of Lyme became Vice Chairman.  Rick Goulding and Jean Wilczynski were elected Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The board meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Media Center.  Their next meeting is Jan. 20 and is a Special Meeting to accommodate preparations for the 2016-17 budget.

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Williams School Hosts Prospective Student Information Session, May 15

The Williams School in New London is offering a series of Prospective Student Information Sessions with the final one being held Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m.

These sessions will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy a campus tour by a Student Ambassador, hear from a panel of current students and faculty, and experience mini lessons taught by faculty in their classrooms. They are one of many ways to learn about Williams’ academic, athletic, arts, and community opportunities.

Register online for Sunday’s Information Session.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 860.443.5333 or 

The Williams School is a college preparatory day school serving middle and upper school students in grades 6 – 12 located on the campus of Connecticut College at 182 Mohegan Ave. New London, CT 06320

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Name Hilda Heck as New Athletic Director to Replace Buscetto

Hilda Heck

Hilda Heck

Region 18 Schools have announced the appointment of Hilda Heck (photo added 1/4/16) as the new Athletic Director for the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools. Heck currently serves as the Athletic Director at The Classical Magnet High School and Middle School in Hartford, Conn. 

A graduate of Springfield College, Heck has coached both indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country. In addition to serving as a physical education and health teacher in Hartford, Heck has also taught gymnastics and swimming at the Westbrook YMCA. She will begin her tenure in January, replacing outgoing Athletic Director Bill Buscetto.

Region 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented.“We have been fortunate in our district to have a number of very talented and dedicated Athletic Directors in Rob Roach and Bill Buscetto. Hilda Heck fits the mold of high quality people we have had in this position. We are excited for her to pick up right where Bill left off and continue providing top notch athletic opportunities for our students.”

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Mile Creek School Hosts Farm Animal Fundraiser, Benefits Those in Need Across the World

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This year Mile Creek School tried something new in place of the usual tradition of purchasing holiday gifts for teachers … and the result was a huge success!

Parents, faculty and administration donated money to Heifer International and this past Tuesday, the grand total of funds donated was announced — an incredible  $2740.23!

The contributions, in honor of the teachers of Mile Creek, will allow the purchase of:

1 Heifer
1 llama
1 alpaca
2 water buffalo
2 sheep
3 goats
3 beehives
4 pigs
5 flocks of chickens
5 flocks of geese
5 flocks of ducks

Heifer International will deliver the animals to the areas most in need and decide which animals will be best suited for the appropriate locations.  The organization also sends someone to the villages to train the families in animal maintenance and upkeep.

A delighted Patricia Downes, principal of Mile Creek School, commented, “The most beautiful thing about this program is, as families get on their feet, the offspring of the animals will be donated to other families.  This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.”

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Country School Selected as Finalist in United Arab Emirates STEAM Initiative

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Learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

The Country School is one of three finalists selected to advise the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education as it seeks to implement a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum for all Kindergarten-3rd Grade students.

Following a global search, the UAE identified the independent Pre-School through 8th Grade school as one of its top three choices to assist with the planning and implementation of the nationwide STEAM initiative. If selected, The Country School will partner with SmartStart Education, an academic solutions company based in New Haven, to plan and oversee implementation.

“We couldn’t be more honored that our signature STEAM program may serve as a global model for 21st century learning,” said Head of School John Fixx. “For the past five years, Country School teachers have immersed themselves in this effort to inspire meaningful, deep, and lasting learning through integrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. We know it works on our campus, and we look forward to sharing what we have learned with others across the globe.”

Fixx said The Country School was also delighted to be partnering on this venture with SmartStart Education, a team of administrators, teachers, and academics committed to helping people reach their full potential. He commented, “Like The Country School, SmartStart is all about promoting excellence in teaching and learning.”

Founded in 1955, The Country School serves 200 students, ages 3-14, on its 23-acre campus in Madison. STEAM is one of several signature programs at The Country School; others include Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking. Through STEAM, students are invited to tackle real-world problems that require them to ask challenging questions and work together to come to a solution.

By integrating all elements of the curriculum, STEAM engages all learners, and the hands-on, creative nature of a STEAM exploration means the learning will last. Perhaps most importantly, STEAM gives students the skills they need for success in the future—communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity—and the inspiration to be tomorrow’s innovators.

Since adopting the STEAM model five years ago, The Country School has shared its learning in a variety of ways: during a summer teacher institute, through periodic teacher workshops, and through a series of STEAM events for area students and families. In addition, Country School teachers have been invited to facilitate STEAM workshops at outside conferences.

The Country School also hosts regular forums on the topics of parenting and education through its Teacher Institute-Partnering with Parents program. The next Teacher Institute-Partnering with Parents event will have a STEAM focus when, at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2016, The Country School hosts a screening of Most Likely to Succeed, the acclaimed new film that invites us to reimagine education.  This has been brought forward from the previously announced 7 p.m. time to allow for a panel discussion and Q & A after the film.

Visit www.thecountryschool.org or contact communications@thecountryschool.org for more information.

For more about SmartStart Education, visit www.smartstarteducation.com.

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Wilczewski, Hartmann Named Region 18 Superintendent’s Leadership Award Winners

Region 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands between Hattie and Brett Hartmann

Region 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands between CAPPS Leadership Award winners Hattie Wilczewski and Brett Hartmann

Hattie Wilczewski and Brett Hartmann, students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, have been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community at a ceremony held Dec. 7, at Saybrook Point Inn.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Schools of Regional School District 18, made the presentation as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.

The Superintendent/Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts. Awards are generally given during American Education Week in November in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the certificate.

Hattie Wilczewski is a natural leader; she is a bright, curious, and well-rounded student who is committed to excellence on all levels.  She is self-directed and goal-oriented, combining rigorous academics with a great many extracurricular activities. A National Honor Society member and Saint Michael’s Book Award recipient, Wilczewski has consistently challenged herself with the strongest compilation of classes and has repeatedly been recognized with high honors and academic excellence awards.

She displays self- discipline and diligence when tackling difficult concepts in and out of the classroom.  Her approach to learning, as it is with everything, is to invest 110 percent. This energy and dedication have resulted in the achievement of an overall 99 weighted grade point average.

Wilczewski is a leader in her school and community holding positions like President of the Community Service Club and the Liaison Officer to the Kiwanis Club.  She is a contributing member of several other clubs, among them the Environment Club, the Spanish Club, and the Local History Club. 

As a responsible and articulate student, Hattie also helps produce the high school news on the WLYM morning news program. You may also catch her giving a spirited ukulele performance at the Nightingale Café in Old Lyme.

Wilczewski invests the same energy to her athletics, not only rising through the ranks with Kempo karate and mixed martial arts but as a dedicated member of the highly successful crew team. She has earned the Most Improved Player Award, the Scholastic Athlete Award, and been a contributor to both State and National Championship Regattas. Overall, Wilczewski displays integrity, character, and perseverance. 

Brett Hartmann is an accomplished student on every level and one of the strongest students who seeks the most rigorous challenges our school has to offer. A National Honor Society member, he has earned the prestigious Academic Letter and AP Scholar as well as numerous academic accolades.

Hartmann is one of the true student leaders in the school. He serves as a class officer and is an active member in many of our other student organizations. Without question, he is a “go-to” person who sees that things get done and done well. The entire Old Lyme community has benefitted from his drive and passion as he has served in many of the town’s events and programs. 

As a two-sport athlete, Hartmann shines on the baseball diamond in the spring and was elected co-captain of the boys’ soccer team this fall.

Above all, he is a true gentleman who cares about others and works hard to make the school and community a better place.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents is the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization and based in West Hartford. It provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information and educational services to its membership.

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Lyme School Students Achieve Success with Socktober

The students of Ms. Alger's class at Lyme Consolidated School show their pride in the socks they collected.

The students of Mrs. Alger’s and Mrs. Flanagan’s classes at Lyme Consolidated School show their pride at the number of pairs of socks they collected.

Did you ever think one small grade, one small school could change the lives of hundreds of people? If you said no, I am sorry, you are wrong.

The fourth grade teachers [at Lyme Consildated School], Mrs. Alger and Mrs. Flanagan, made it possible along with YouTube sensation ‘Kid President.’ He deeply inspired the fourth grade students of Lyme Consolidated to give socks to the homeless with a community service project called Sock-tober.

Instantly, we were challenging other classes and bringing in socks on our own. We blew our first goal of 275 pairs of socks out of the water in a mere two weeks, so we lifted it to 500 pairs.

We knew we could make a difference.

Pretty soon two other teachers, gym teacher Mrs. Ambruso and second grade teacher Mrs. Sestrom suggested Sock-tober to their children’s schools (Quaker Hill School and the Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich) and our hopes for Sock-tober soared.

By the end of October, we had collected 719 pairs of socks. They were donated to New London Homeless Shelter.

We knew it was possible to change lives, and we happily obliged.

Editor’s Note: This article was written by a student in Mrs. Alger’s class, Constance Sharp, who is 9-years-old.  We’d like to hire Constance as soon as she’s ready!

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