August 24, 2016

Local Student Named College Scholar at Middlebury College

Caius Mergy

Caius Mergy

Caius Mergy, son of Lee and Michele Mergy of Old Lyme, was named a College Scholar during the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring terms at Middlebury College. To be named a College Scholar is the highest recognition for academic achievement at the liberal arts institution in Vermont.

A College Scholar at Middlebury must carry a full course load of four or more classes during the semester, achieve a grade point average of 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, with no grade lower than a B–.

For more information on Middlebury College, visit www.middlebury.edu.

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MacCurdy Salisbury Awards Educational Grants for Coming School Year

The 17 recipients of 2016 McCurdy-Salisbury awards gather for a photo.

The recipients of 2016 McCurdy-Salisbury awards gather for a photo at the presentation event held in the Lyme Art Association.

MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation held its Annual Reception for this year’s High School Seniors receiving Foundation awards in June at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Conn.

At the event, the Foundation distributed $61,400 in grants to 15 graduating seniors from Regional School District 18 (Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.) In addition, four students already in college received an additional $10,900 for a total of $73,300 in grants. 

Foundation awards are based on the degree of financial assistance a student requires to meet their college expenses. If a student keeps a satisfactory grade point level they will continue to receive the same award for another three years of their undergraduate studies. For the upcoming 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation will give out $270,000 to 79 students from Lyme and Old Lyme who are attending colleges throughout the United States.

Valedictorian Marissa Boyle  of Madison, Conn., received the William Griswold award from McCurdy Salisbury Foundation President Ned Perkins.

Valedictorian Maria Boyle of Madison, Conn., received the W.E.S. Griswold award from MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation Secretary Ned Perkins.

The Foundation also presented two $500.00 awards at the reception; the W.E.S. Griswold Valedictorian Award to Maria Boyle of Madison, Conn., who will attend Harvard University, and the Willis Umberger Salutatorian Award to Ryan Harty of Old Lyme, who will attend Carnegie Mellon University.  Bill Griswold was President of the foundation from 1965 to 1992 and Willis Umberger was Secretary/Treasurer of the Foundation from 1966 to 1986.

At the reception, Foundation President Rowland Ballek said we are fortunate that our communities support education not only with their votes but with their checkbooks. He said “thanks to community contributions and the good work of our Investment Committee, the Foundation has been able to distribute $2,000,000 to students from Lyme and Old Lyme over the past eight years.”

The MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation, founded in 1893, has a long standing tradition of providing financial support to local students going on to further their education at colleges and universities after their high school years.

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Chamber of Commerce Presents Scholarships to Local Students at Annual Meeting

 

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From left to right, back row: State Rep. Devin Carney, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber President Mark Griswold, Brett Hartmann, Gabriel Barclay, Austin Pilgrim, State Senator Paul Formica, State Senator Art Linares, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Scholarship Chairman Russ Gomes; front row: Meredith Kegley, Allison Marsh and Sloane Sweitzer.

Gabriel Barclay, Brett Hartmann, Austin Pilgrim, Sophia Romeo and Sloane Sweitzer, all of Old Lyme, are the 2016 recipients of the Business Leadership Senior Scholarships awarded by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Meredith Kegley of Lyme and Allison Marsh of Old Lyme are the 2016 recipients of the inaugural Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts also awarded by the Chamber.

All the students, except Sophia Romeo who was unable to attend due to a college orientation commitment, were presented with their awards at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting held June 15 at the Old Lyme Country Club.

The students were also acknowledged with proclamations from the state legislature presented by State Senators Paul Formica (R-20th) and Art Linares (R-33rd) and State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd), all of whom graciously attended the meeting.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program has awarded over $33,000 in scholarships and grants to local students since its inception. The Chamber Scholarship Fund is supported through donations to CMRK clothing donation bins located in Lyme and Old Lyme: at the Lyme Firehouse, behind The Bowerbird, at 151 Boston Post Rd., and on Rte. 156 at Shoreline Mowers.

For more information about the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber, visit www.visitoldlyme.com.

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In 33rd CT Senate District, Incumbent Linares, Challenger Needleman State Their Respective Cases

State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd)

State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd)

In a recent fund raising e-mail message, State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd) stated his case for re-election  for a third term in this November’s general election. The 33rd Senate District includes the town of Lyme.

He said, “Over the past two years, we have taken on the big spenders, as well as those who believe that temporary cuts are the way to deal with the budget up in Hartford. I stood up and voted against a budget that called for quick one time solutions, which would continue to be a burden on the citizens of our state.”

Linares continued, “I will not stop making the argument that in order to solve our fiscal problems, we need a real structural change to how we spend our tax payer dollars. We also need to put forth policies that promote a business friendly environment, so that those who create jobs have an opportunity to do so.”

Democratic candidate for the 33rd State Senate District, Norman Needleman

Democratic candidate for the 33rd State Senate District, Norman Needleman

When asked to comment on his qualifications as a State Senator, Norman Needleman, the Democratic candidate opposing Senator Linares, wrote, “As a local business owner for over 30 years and a first selectman for almost five years, I know how we can get Hartford to work better for our businesses and towns. I’m running for state Senate to change how state government budgets and operates. I will be a Senator who finds real solutions to Connecticut’s fiscal problems.”

Apart from Lyme, the extensive 33rd State Senate district for which Linares and Needleman are competing, includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook and portions of Old Saybrook.

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Students Celebrate Smallness of Their Town but Greatness of Their Class in Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commencement Ceremony

Celebrating receipt of their High School Diplomas in traditional fashion, the Class of 2016 tosses their hats high. Photo by K. StGermain.

Celebrating receipt of their High School Diplomas in traditional fashion, the Class of 2016 tosses their hats high. Photo by K. St.Germain.

UPDATED 06/12: In a ceremony held under a warm sun and clear, blue skies, 99 students received their Lyme-Old Lyme High School diplomas Friday evening.

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

Honor Essayist Alex Bellas reminded the class that everything they had done over the past four years “has been leading you right here, to this very moment.”

Class members patiently wait for their names to be called to receive their diplomas.

Class members patiently wait for their names to be called to receive their diplomas.

He went on to mention the extraordinary bond the class had formed, “as we all shared a common experience within these walls.” Noting that, “small schools like ours often receive mixed reviews from students,” because “everyone knows everything about everyone else,” Bellas turned that negative into a positive pointing out, ” When I walk through the halls of this school, I don’t see a sea of strangers,”  but rather, “complete and unique” individuals to whom he can say ‘Hi.’

He encouraged the Class of 2016 always to remember “all the positive memories” they’ve made with their peers and to “know that this bond we’ve formed as a class will not fade away.”

Amber Bowker receives her diploma from Principal James Wygonik.

Amber Bowker receives her diploma from Principal James Wygonik. Photo by K. Bowker.

Salutatorian Ryan Harty told his classmates, whom he described as, “all brilliant,” that, “We’re not perfect, and we’re going to need to keep improving ourselves if we want to keep up in the real world.” He stressed, however, “We share the virtues of honesty, compassion, and self-awareness,” but stated emphatically, “It is critical that we go one step further and translate those qualities into a quantity of action for the greater good.”

Charlie Dahlke shows his delight after receiving his diploma.

Charlie Dahlke shows his delight after receiving his diploma. Photo by Pam Parker.

He elaborated on that comment saying, “Each and every one of you possesses some talent or predilection that cannot be purchased or acquired through other means,” adding firmly, ” I charge you henceforth to express it to the best of your ability.” Ultimately, his clear and simple advice to the class was, “The world needs originality, not assimilation.”

A proud degree recipient.

A proud degree recipient.

Valedictorian Maria Boyle said that although she was, “excited for college, of course …  I also don’t want to forget all of the memories I have made here in high school.” Most of all, she anticipated she would fondly recall, “the everyday life of this school” filled with “school spirit … throughout the school year.”

Using a quote from Ernest Hemngway, she compared her days at Lyme-Old Lyme High School to a journey, saying, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end,” noting that for her “what I have loved most [about high school] is the journey.”

Commencement speaker Emily Macione stands between graduates Sophia Romeo (left) and Samantha Lee.

Commencement speaker Emily Macione stands between graduates Sophia Romeo (left) and Samantha Lee. Photo by L. Romeo.

Commencement speaker Emily Macione, who had been adviser to the Class of 2016 for all four of their high school years, focused on the success of the class, commenting, “What has impressed me the most is your ability to redefine the typical way we see success, and it has revealed itself in many forms over the past four years.”

Lyme-Old Lyme High School baseball coach Randy St. Germain stands with graduating seniors from this year's varsity team.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School baseball coach Randy St. Germain stands with graduating seniors from this year’s varsity team. Photo by W. Visgilio.

She counseled them that, ” the secret to success is pretty simple … Work hard.  Be kind.”  Macione continued, “Showing that you are willing to work hard, and consistently being kind to others are aspects of your character with an importance that cannot be overstated.” She clarified, ” these qualities are not truly communicable through a resume or a cover letter,” urging the graduates to, “Incorporate hard work and kindness into everything you do, every interaction you have, and that is how you will come to be known.”

Hugs were happening everywhere after the ceremony was over. This one was between Sophia Romeo and

Hugs were happening everywhere after the ceremony was over. This one was between Sophia Romeo and Aliza Hackling.  Photo by L. Romeo.

Macione concluded that if the Class of 2016 followed her advice, “Good things will follow. Success, however you choose to define it, will most certainly follow.”

Members of the Region 18 Board of Education gather for a photo with Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser (back row, right).

Members of the Region 18 Board of Education gather for a photo with Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser (back row, right).

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Manfredi Appointed Assistant Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Dean Takes Top Job at LOL Middle School

Jeanne Manfredi is the new Assistant Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Jeanne Manfredi has been appointed the new Assistant Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Photo from LinkedIn.com

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced the appointment of Jeanne Manfredi to the position of Assistant Principal at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Manfredi, who currently serves as the World Language Department Chairperson at the school, was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at their June 2 meeting.

Manfredi holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut and earned her sixth year certificate from Sacred Heart University. She replaces Michelle Dean, who left the position to serve as Interim Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) and has now been appointed LOLMS Principal.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “Ms. Manfredi brings a wealth of experience and many years of outstanding service to the position,” adding, “As a highly decorated teacher, she has earned the respect of the students, staff, and the community. We look forward to her joining the administrative team.”

Manfredi begins her position on July 1.

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Old Lyme Middle School Student Wins National Award in C-SPAN Video Contest

Standing with LOLMS eighth grader Daisy Colvin (center) after she was presented her award are C-SPAN RCommunity Relations Representatives Josgh (left( and Doug Bedig (second from right), LOLMS Principal Michelle Dean (right) and Comcast VP of Public Relations & Community Investment Kristen Roberts (Second from left).

Standing with LOLMS eighth grader Daisy Colvin (center) after she was presented her award are C-SPAN Community Relations Representatives Josh Koning (left) and Doug Hemmig (second from right), LOLMS Principal Michelle Dean (right) and Comcast VP, Public Relations & Community Investment, Kristen Roberts (second from left).

C‑SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized bus rolled into Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s (LOLMS) parking lot on Friday, May 20, with two C-SPAN Community Relations Representatives on board. They had arrived to participate in a ceremony honoring eighth grader Daisy Colvin for her award-winning entry in C‑SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam.

The C-SPAN bus at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

The C-SPAN bus at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

The contest, now in its 11th year, requires entrants “to think critically about issues that affect our communities and nation.”  This year, students were asked to create a five to seven minute video documentary on the topic “Road to the White House: What’s the issue YOU most want candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?” Colvin’s winning entry was a video titled ‘Gun Control Debate,’ which looked objectively at both sides of the issue.

The whole LOLMS eighth grade gathered in the school’s auditorium and watched attentively while the video was played. Colvin’s video featured Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, who advocated for increased gun control, and East Lyme gun shop owner Ron Rando, who presented the opposing argument.

Interspersed with video clips from C-Span.org (which was a requirement for any video submitted to the contest) showing images of mass-shooting locations and lawmakers speaking on both sides of the argument, Colvin created a powerful, objective video.  At the end of the video, she presented her own opinion on the topic, which was that gun laws needed to be enforced and some revisions made to gun laws so that “Together we can make a change.”

C-SPAN Representative Doug Hemmig told the audience that Colvin had done “a wonderful job … and her passion for the subject came through clearly in the video.”

Daisy Colvin displays her certificate of Merit while sitting with Comcast VP Kristen Roberts inside the C-SPAN bus.

Daisy Colvin displays her Certificate of Merit while sitting with Comcast VP Kristen Roberts inside the C-SPAN bus.

C‑SPAN had received 2,887 video submissions from almost 6,000 students in 45 states and Washington.  This represented a record number of entries and Colvin received one of only 150 Honorable Mention awards, something that Hemmig described as “an incredible accomplishment.” Kristen Roberts, Vice President, Public Relations & Community Investment, presented Colvin with a StudentCam certificate of merit and check for $250, and commented that she was “so proud of Daisy.”  Roberts noted that in Old Lyme, C-SPAN, which is available locally through Comcast, is “a great partner” for Comcast.

In a press release, Mike Parker, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut, said, “Comcast is proud to congratulate Daisy on her StudentCam documentary. It’s a rare opportunity to honor students for thinking critically about issues important in our community and across the nation and we are pleased to recognize her locally for her creative achievement.”

Standing outside the C-SPAN bus are (from left to right) Kristen Roberts, Michelle Dean, Daisy Colvin, Bill Eydman (recuperating after knee surgery) and Josh Koning.

Standing outside the C-SPAN bus are (from left to right) Comcast’s Kristen Roberts, LOLMS Principal Michelle Dean, award winner Daisy Colvin, LOLMS Talented & Gifted teacher Bill Eydman (recuperating after knee surgery) and C-SPAN’s Josh Koning.

Josh Koning, the second C-SPAN Representative, particularly commended the teachers who had assisted Colvin to make her video, saying, “We want to thank the teachers,” adding, “This wouldn’t happen without the teachers.”  Colvin explained that her project had been conceived in her Social Studies class and then she had made the video working with the LOLMS Talented and Gifted teacher, William Eydman. Responding to a question from the C-SPAN team as to what she had learned from making the film, she said, “I realized how many gun crimes there are … and learned the other side of the debate.”

The C‑SPAN Bus, now in its 23rd year on the road, partners with local cable providers to visit schools and community events across the country to promote C‑SPAN’s educational and political resources and programming for students, teachers, and the public. Aboard the Bus, teachers and students experience on-board multimedia technology that showcases C‑SPAN’s programming and resources dedicated to showing the American political process.

As part of her award, Daisy Colvin was given the opportunity to tour the C-SPAN bus.

As part of her award, Daisy Colvin was given the opportunity to tour the technology-filled C-SPAN bus.

Through interactive exhibits, visitors learn about the public affairs network’s in-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts, and its signature political program, “Road to the White House,” which provides access to all of the Campaign 2016 presidential candidates and their events from the campaign trail, all without editing, commentary, or analysis.

Visit http://www.viddler.com/v/3613162?secret=95288074 to view Colvin’s ‘Gun Control Debate’ video.

Visit www.studentcam.org to watch all the winning videos for 2016.

Editor’s Note: C‑SPAN.org is a searchable, video-rich site that has every C‑SPAN program aired since 1987. The public can access this extensive online collection — over 218,000 hours of political and governmental footage — for free, and share user-generated video clips by email and social media.

Tune in to C‑SPAN’s public affairs programming on the C‑SPAN Networks, C‑SPAN Radio, and c‑span.org. In Old Lyme, C-SPAN can be seen on Comcast channel 15, C-SPAN2 on channel 86 and C-SPAN3 on channel 190. All funding for C‑SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by local TV providers.

Created by the cable TV industry and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‑SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, DC, at 90.1 FM and available as an App (Android, iPhone, Blackberry); and a video- rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‑SPAN programming.

Visit http://www.c-span.org for coverage and schedules; follow C-SPAN on Facebook/cspan and @cspan on Twitter.

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School Budget Passes Easily in Both Towns, Turnout Extremely Low

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 been counted at the Cross Lane Fire House.

Voters in both Lyme and Old Lyme today overwhelmingly approved the Lyme-Old Lyme school board’s proposed $33,470,376 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which represents a 2.84 percent increase over the current 2015-16 budget.  The total vote numbers across both towns were 368 supporting the budget and 184 against, representing almost exactly a 2 to 1 majority in favor of the budget.

Looking at the results by town, in Old Lyme there were 267 Yes votes to 150 No votes while in Lyme, 101 Yes and 34 No votes were recorded.

A delighted Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented to reporters gathered at the Cross Lane Fire House to hear the result, “We appreciate the continued support of both communities for the budget.”

Tired poll workers at Cross Lane Fire House were glad to clear away their tables at the end of the evening, with one describing it as “a painful day,” because voting had been so slow.  Turnout was likely one of the lowest on record with the total number of voters in Old Lyme today representing a mere 8 percent of the 5,211 registered voters in town.

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Vote 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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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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