May 20, 2018

District 18 Budget Passes Easily in Both Towns

Voters approved the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools proposed $33.3 million budget by a substantial margin in both Lyme and Old Lyme.  In Lyme, there were 141 Yes votes and 21 No votes while in Old Lyme, 267 residents voted Yes and 90 voted NO.

The total number of votes across both towns supporting the budget was 408 while a total of 111 rejected it, which represents a 78.6 percent majority in favor of the budget and 21.4 percent voting against it.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, stated via e-mail, “We appreciate the continued support of both towns and will continue to work to provide a top notch educational experience for all the students in our district.”

Turnout was exceptionally low in both towns.  In Old Lyme, where there are 5,639 registered voters according to the Democrat Deputy Registrar of Voters Sylvia Peterson, a total of 6.33 percent of registered voters turned out to vote.

The now approved budget for the 2018-19 school year is $34,298,528 representing a 1.97 percent increase over the current year.

Neviaser and LOL Schools Board of Education Chair Mimi Roche stated in the March Focus on Education newsletter to the community that this budget allows for a significant increase in the cost of employee health insurance, “… yet continues to maintain all of our award-winning academic and extracurricular offerings, which are commensurate, and oftentimes superior, to both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Neviaser and Roche said, “This budget supports our commitment to:

  • Continued adherence to class size guidelines. •
  • Reduction of staff to account for an enrollment decline at the elementary and middle school levels. •
  • Continuance of existing academic and extracurricular activities. •
  • Adjustments for anticipated changes in the special education population. •
  • Adequate funding for maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds. •
  • Scheduled replacement of technology and equipment. •
  • Program improvements that are consistent with high academic and operational standards.

Three facilities projects are included in the budget:

  • gaining commission approvals for an artificial turf field
  • replacing the Center School gymnasium floor
  • replacing the Mile Creek fuel oil tank.

Similarly, two program improvements are included:

  • Next Generation Science Standards curricular support/training
  • technology infrastructure advancements.

For further information on the proposed budget, visit this link for a copy of the 2018-19 budget.

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Last Day to Order Bulbs for Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2021 Fundraiser

Order this beautiful freesia mix and support thr LOLHS Class of 2021.

The Freshman Class of Lyme-Old Lyme High School is fundraising with Dutch Mill Bulbs this spring. All items are guaranteed to grow and bloom, and the Class earns 50 percent profit on every sale.

Readers can order from one of the members of the freshmen class or make their selections online.

To order online, visit https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=lolhs2021springbulbs 

Include your payment billing and shipping information, and enter Class of 2021 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School in the Group Name.

Items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide. All orders are shipped after April 1, and can only be shipped to the contiguous United States.

Share this link with friends and family, and on social media.

Place your order by April 13 for check or in person orders, and April 30 for online orders.

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Last Chance to See ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Reharsing a number from the show are, from left to right, Hannah Morrison, Lauren Mitchell, Katie Reid, Haley Stevens, Emma Bass, Heather McGrath, and Grace Edwards.

Hear ye, hear ye! The dates for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) spring musical are rapidly approaching and the whole community is invited!

This year, the Old Lyme Players are tackling the classic comedy Once Upon a Mattress. The musical reveals the untold stories of The Princess and the Pea as the audience discovers that the “lost princess” was actually royalty in the swamp lands, not a girl wandering through a storm, who stumbled upon the castle.

Princess Winnifred, nicknamed “Fred,” falls in love with the dapper Prince Dauntless and must pass the Queen’s virtually impossible royalty test before she and Dauntless can get married, but Queen Aggravain plots to sabotage Fred so that she and Dauntless cannot be together. Meanwhile, Lady Larken and Sir Harry, an unmarried couple living in the kingdom, are expecting a child, and they wait anxiously for the royal wedding since no one in the kingdom is allowed to get married before Prince Dauntless.

The musical is directed by Jim Motes with musical direction by Kristine Pekar, choreographed by Bethany Haslam, and conducted by Jacob Wilson. The show also features sets by William Allik along with costumes created and organized by Denise Golden.

Once Upon a Mattress stars Natalie Golden as Princess Winnifred, Caroline LeCour as Queen Aggravain, Jacob Olsen as Prince Dauntless, and Lauren Mitchell as the Minstrel. Additionally, the show features Sean Spina as the king, Elyza Learned and Liam Clark as Lady Larken and Sir Harry, Haley Stevens as the Jester and Sophia Griswold as the Wizard

The cast auditioned for the show in December and has been rehearsing weekdays from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. with additional Sunday choreography rehearsals from 4 to 6 p.m. The company has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the production and is eagerly anticipating sharing the production with the audience.

Old Lyme Players encourage audience members to arrive ready to sit back, relax and enjoy this lighthearted musical comedy set in a fairy-tale world, which the cast and crew magically create onstage.

Once Upon a Mattress opens at LOLHS on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m.  There are also 7 p.m. performances on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.  In addition, there is a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on the Saturday.

Tickets, sold online at this link  and at the door, are $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults. For more information, call the high school at 860-434-1651.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Walk Out in Sympathy with Parkland Victims, in Support of Tougher Gun Laws

All photos by Matthew Crisp.

Despite bone-chilling temperatures, almost every student that was able walked out of Lyme-Old Lyme High School on Wednesday, March 14 — precisely one month after a lone gunman shot and killed 17 students and faculty with an assault gun at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The students gathered on the field outside the high school and stood in silence with signs in their hands, often with arms linked.

Junior Shannon Nosal thanked the assembled students “for participating in this historic event … the guest speakers, Liz Richards for directing the choir, and Emily Rivera and Maddie Zrenda for planning this event.”

Nosal said, “I hope that by coming to together today we can find some peace through this tragedy and leave feeling unified as a school, community, and generation.”

She explained that each student would be given an orange wrist band as they left the ceremony — the wristbands bore the words either ‘Choose compassion’ or ‘Never again.’

Nosal concluded by saying, “By wearing these wrist bands you are not only continuing to remember the Parkland victims, but reminding yourself and everyone to continue to make Lyme-Old Lyme High School a more inclusive, comforting, and protective place.”

LymeLine Opinion: Our thanks to Matthew Crisp for the evocative photos and kudos to all the students who organized and/or participated in this event.  One only has to look at the faces in these photos to know that this was a somber, meaningful ceremony.  Kudos also to the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ administration for permitting the students to express themselves in this way.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Alumnus Arrested After Making “Disturbing” Snapchat Post

A recent graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School was arrested early Wednesday evening after posting a comment of Snapchat saying, “no survivors.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser issued a statement to all parents later the same evening in which he described the comment as “disturbing.”  He went on to explain in the statement, “While there was no direct threat, we did feel it necessary to contact the police who immediately responded to our concern.  Through their investigation, the police have determined that there is no reason to believe that this statement presents a threat to our schools.  That being said, the individual who posted this comment was arrested as a result of their behavior and is no longer allowed on school grounds.

Neviaser continued in his statement, “This incident is a perfect example of how important it is for all of us to remain vigilant.  I commend the students who came forward and immediately reported this to adults who were able to alert the authorities.”

He concluded, “We hope that this information will dispel any rumors that may arise from this situation.  Our number one priority is keeping our students and staff safe and we will continue to work closely with the local and state police to ensure this.”

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And the Winner is … Trivia Bee Creates a Big Buzz in Town!

2018 Trivia Bee champions RTC Elephants, (from left to right, Atty. Mike Miller, LOLHS Class of 2013 alumnus Sam Stadnick, State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) and Cliff Johnson) proudly pose with their coveted Bee Trophy.

UPDATED 11:34am: It was a hotly-contested event with brainpower being tested to the extreme.

The 2018 Trivia Bee organized by the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation (LOLEF) was held Friday evening in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium and saw more than a dozen teams doing battle over challenging questions posed by WFSB News Anchor Eric Parker.

The 3-PEAT team played hard to the bitter end taking the RTC Elephants to three rounds of play-off questions in the ‘Sting Off’ before finally succumbing to the runner-up position.

There were three ‘swarms,’ which involved all the competing teams in a 10-question play-off situation to identify the three finalists, who ultimately were the All-Pro, 3-Peat and RTC Elephant teams.

Concentration was intense among this team’s members whilst working on their answers.

With tension rising in the final round, All-Pro fell out of contention fairly rapidly but 3-Peat and the RTC Elephants kept going neck-and-neck question after question. When finally the last available question was posed, the RTC Elephants secured the win with the correct answer while 3-Peat had to settle for second place after a valiant effort.

Question master and Channel 3 news anchor Eric Parker (standing) and timekeeper Rob Roach kept things under control at all stages.

All funds raised at the event benefit programs and equipment selected by LOLEF for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

After the winners were declared, the judges, (second from left to right, Martha Shoemaker, and LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser) posed with LOL Education Foundation Board member Liz Rubitski (extreme left.)

The Old Lyme Historical Society’s (OLHS) team, some members of which are pictured below, came dressed in wonderful costumes (but surprisingly did not win the Best Costume award) and also put up a valiant fight in the quiz section to no avail.

And we just had to include a full-length photo of this dashing gentleman …

So to the OLHS team, better luck next year … and to all the competitors, sponsors and the LOLEF, thanks for making an otherwise cold and dull Friday evening into a fun-filled night at which everyone learned something and funds were raised for a worthy cause.

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It’s LOL Education Foundation’s Annual Trivia Bee Tonight

full_5738The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 6th Annual Trivia Bee will be held Friday, March 16, starting at 7 p.m. prompt at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Local businesses, community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to enter teams of four into this adult trivia contest, arguably the most “bee-dazzling fun-draiser” in The Lymes!

Full details of the contest and rules are at this link.

Teams are encouraged (but not required) to choose a fun team name and dress in costume. The evening will be hosted by LOLEF and there will be entertainment with prizes galore for the audience between rounds.

Fighting off stiff competition, the Lyme firemen were the ultimate winners of the coveted Trivia Bee trophy in 2016.

The winning team from each round will participate in a championship round. Teams will compete for the Honey Cup, a perpetual trophy, as well as the honor of being crowned Lyme-Old Lyme’s Trivia Bee Champion. Prizes will also be awarded for the Best Team Costume and Best Team Name.

Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite teams in person. Audience admission to the Bee is free.

Refreshments, local honey and tech-raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

The LOLEF supports innovative educational initiatives throughout our schools and community. Thanks to community support, the LOLEF has donated over $160,000 since its inception in 2006. The LOLEF works closely with, but is independent of, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

The LOLEF counts on the success of fundraisers such as the Trivia Bee to keep the Foundations’ grants program vibrant.

Businesses and organizations are invited to enter a team of their own or, if they prefer, to sponsor a team made up of teachers and or students from our local schools. Admission is $200 for each team.

If you would like to participate in the Bee or become a corporate sponsor, visit this link for all the information relating to the event or call Roger Nosal at 860-434-0814 with questions.

Visit the Facebook page for the event at this link.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Open House Today for Prospective Students

Students hard at work in a Chinese class at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, where it is a popular elective subject.

Next Thursday, March 15, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) welcomes prospective students who do not currently attend a Lyme-Old Lyme School and/or their parents to visit the high school during Spring Open House.

In order to offer a customized experience for each prospective student and/or their parents, interviews are being offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules. Each meeting with a school counselor will be preceded by a student-led tour of the high school. This format is intended to allow all attendees an opportunity to gain a general overview of the school and interact with current students, as well as to obtain answers to individual questions and information on curriculum, student opportunities and more.

In December 2017, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was named to the 8th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll by the College Board. Only 447 schools were named to this prestigious list in the United States and Canada. Superintendent Ian Neviaser noted, “This continues to support our strong reputation as a premier school district in Connecticut and the nation as a whole” adding, “The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”

Lyme-Old Lyme High School hosts an Open House for prospective Students, March 15

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools were also named #18 in Niche.com’s ranking of 2018 Best School District in Connecticut, which gave them the top spot in New London County, and in Niche.com’s ranking of 2018 High Schools with Best Teachers in Connecticut, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools came in 10th.

In 2016, LOLHS took 6th place statewide in terms of SAT results, with average scores significantly above the state average in all disciplines, while in April 2015, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was awarded the 185th spot nationally and the 5th place statewide in Newsweek‘s annual list of Americas Top High Schools.

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 technology and engineering areas, 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.

View from inside the Commons atrium at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Current enrollment at LOLHS is 475 students from 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 17 Advanced Placement 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 35 other extra-curricular clubs including High School Bowl, Mock Trial, and Key Club.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School enjoys widely acclaimed 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 high school faculty is renowned for their commitment and dedication to the students with most having obtained a sixth year teaching qualification.

If you would like to attend this informative event, please call Glynis Houde at 860-434-2255 to schedule your appointment.

For further information, contact Tracy Lenz, Director of Guidance, at 860-434-2255 or lenzt@region18.org or James Wygonik, Principal, at 860-434-1651 or wygonikj@region18.org.

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Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards to 26 Lyme-Old Lyme Students

The Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation (RAHMF) has recently awarded scholarships to 26 Lyme-Old Lyme students.

As one of many supporting organizations in our towns, the RAHMF awards scholarships to instrumental students participating in Lyme-Old Middle and High Schools band programs. The 501(c)3 non-profit foundation was formed in 1999 after the retirement of Ruth Ann (King) Heller, who had a long-lasting impact on the district’s band program that continues to thrive today under the dedicated and talented efforts of Jay Wilson at the high school and Carrie Wind at the middle school.

Scholarships are exclusively for private lessons and paid directly to student-selected teachers. One-on-one instruction time provides a valuable opportunity for the students to develop their musical skills and subsequently enhance the quality of the band performances.

The RAHMF is celebrating 15 years as a non-profit organization. Over $50,000 has been granted to 310 students since its inception. These awards are merit-based.

The Foundation welcomes reader’s interest and, if possible, donations in any amount.

For more information, visit www.rahmf.org or email info@rahmf.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Names Looney December’s ‘Business Student of the Month’

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Assistant Principal Jeanne Manfredi presents Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Patrick Looney with his award as the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce December 2017 Business Student of the Month. Leslie Traver, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Department Chair, joined the celebrations.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Patrick Looney has been named the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Student of the Month’ for December 2017.

The Chamber’s ‘Business Student of the Month’ program continues the Chamber tradition of recognizing members of the junior class for demonstrating outstanding initiative in and out of the classroom.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce established the N. Rutherford Sheffield Memorial Award for Entrepreneurial Promise & Achievement for Lyme-Old Lyme High School juniors in 1999 as a way to honor Mr. Sheffield, a member of the Chamber for over 50 years who was highly regarded in our Lyme-Old Lyme community.

Since its inception, nearly 35 juniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School have been recognized through this program.

(photo, l-r: Jeanne Manfredi, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Assistant Principal;
Leslie Traver, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Department Chair;
Patrick Looney, Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior and Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce December 2017 Business Student of the Month)

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Repair Work on Lyme St. Burst Water Pipe Continues, Hoped to be Completed Over Weekend to Allow All Affected Buildings to Open Tuesday

Work continues to try and repair the burst pipe, which has caused Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, Center School, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau,  the Lyme Street Firehouse, and the Old Lyme Historical Society to be closed for the past two days, since none of the buildings had a water supply due to the pipe failure.

It is hoped that the repair will be effected in time for all those institutions to open at the normal time on Tuesday, Jan. 16, after the holiday on Monday.

We will post any updates on the situation as they become available during the weekend.

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Named to College Board’s AP Honor Roll; One of Only 447 Districts in US, Canada to Earn Accolade

Access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and AP exam results at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, pictured above, have earned Lyme-Old Lyme Schools a place on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP Honor Roll.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are one of only 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada placed on the 8th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll by the College Board.

To be included on the Honor Roll, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was required to increase the number of students participating in AP courses between 2015 and 2017, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals demonstrates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students, who are ready for the AP regimen.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work of our students, staff, and community in making this recognition a reality. This continues to support our strong reputation as a premier school district in Connecticut and the nation as a whole” said Superintendent Ian Neviaser. “The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at this link. 

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools provide a private school experience in a public school setting and accept resident students from both Lyme and Old Lyme as well as non-resident students on a tuition basis.  For more information, call 860-434-7238 or visit www.region18.org

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces Quarter 1 Honor Roll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Honor Roll
Quarter 1   2017-18

High Honors

Grade 12: Samantha Barretta, Cassandra Burrows, Erin Cornelius, Jacob Coverdale, Matthew Crisp, Anna Donato, Adam Drummond, Kayla Elliott, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Keelin Hurtt, Liam Johnston, Lauren King, Maeve Kolb, Cora Koproski, Sarah Kwon, Jordan Lewis, Bilal Malik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Katherine Pettersen, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Felicia Sutton, Bianca Tinnerello, Ryan Wallace, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Hannah Wisner, Erik Zawodniak, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 11: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Gary Bocian, Claire Britton, Ann Cote, Emma Danes, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Grace Edwards, Olin Frederiks, Zachary Gidius, Grace Gilbert, Emily Grenier, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Ada Harjunpaa, Sarah Hayward, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Joshua Liefeld, John Manthous, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Jacob Olsen, Katherine Reid, James Rollins, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Peter Sherman, Carson Swope, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh, Alexander Williams

Grade 10: Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emily Balocca, William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Rory Cavicke, Daisy Colvin, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Julia DiMella, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Leah Fouquette, Jada Fuentes, Katherine Funaro, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Caroline King, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Connor Maguire, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Kyle Myers, Samantha Olson, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Taylor Sedlatschek, Brady Sheffield, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Julia Stout, Philip Sweeney, Lydia Tinnerello, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Anna Williams, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 9: Paige Alpha, Kaylee Armenia, Sophie Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Olivia Bartlett, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Michael Guillet, Catharine Harrison, Alayna Hettick-Harlow, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda

Honors

Grade 12: Maggy Biega, Cara Cahill, Charlotte Carmody, Anna Catlett, Samantha Caulkins, Rose Cheney, Brendan Cowee, Matthew Cushman, Samuel Frankel, Audrey Gavin, Michaela Giannotti, Natalie Golden, Morgan Greenho, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Heather McGrath, Christopher Munger, Amanda Murphy, Madeline Ouellette, Olivia Scott, Collin Stalls, Mason Swaney, Alexander Swanski, Marieke Warlitz, Abigail Zelmanow

Grade 11: Teresa Allan, Kendall Antoniac, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Thomas Creagan, Miles Cutler-Stamm, Andy Espinal, Kate Hickie, Mya Johnson, Andrea Kathe, Jillian Kus, Elyza Learned, Peter Macadam, Alexander Montville, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Thomas Pennie, Julia Reynolds, Jenny Ritchie, Quinn Romeo, Nicholas Roth, Eli St.Germain, Griffin Standish, Adam Syed

Grade 10: Faith Brackley, Chloe Cahill, Madison Cann, Ethan Carrion, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Brandon Cheng, Ty Dean, Samuel Dushin, Brian Funk, Lucy Gilbert, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Elizabeth McCarthy, Jonathan Nichele, Samantha Owen, Colby Sides, Summer Siefken, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Sydney Trowbridge, Aedan Using, Katelyn Wells

Grade 9: Colbe Andrews, Emily Ashton, Sonia Bair, Michael Battalino, Hunter Collins, Jackson Cowell, Axel Cruz, Patrick Dagher, Trube Dean, Jackson Goulding, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Aryn Jones, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Timothy O’Brien, Lauren Pitt, Aidan Powers, Ethan Rivera, Kassidy Standish, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch

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Last Night to See Disturbing Story of ‘Radium Girls’ at LOL High School

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play this year is Radium Girls by DW Gregory, a play based on the true story of women, who were factory workers and contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Performances will be for two nights only, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov.18.   Showtimes are at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 for students, $12 for adults.

For more information, call 860.434.1651.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Host Rousing Veteran’s Day Assembly, Filled With Emotion

Last Friday, when many public schools gave students a vacation day in honor of Veterans Day, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools took a different approach. With students attending school for a full day, LOL Schools chose to honor veterans in their community in a highly respectful and meaningful morning of ceremonies that begin in Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School with a hearty breakfast.  After a ceremony there, the veterans moved to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) where, after a short reception, they were ushered into the school’s auditorium.

After a welcome by Assistant Principal Jeanne Manfredi, colors were presented and then Emma Sked led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence in honor of all the nation’s veterans.

Senior Emily Rivera (pictured above) gave opening remarks in which she spoke fondly of her life as the child of military parents and how her dream now is to pursue a career in the US Air Force.

Lyme-Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1467 Commander Larry Olsen (right in photo above) was the first guest speaker. He described the origin of Veterans Day and spoke of his deep pride in the strength and integrity of the American military.  Olsen went on to present LOLHS student Alex Williams (left in photo above) with the Voice of Democracy Essay Award and Williams then read an excerpt from his essay.

The screening of a poignant video titled, “A Soldier’s Story,” featuring Old Lyme resident James Keenan followed. A deep hush fell over the auditorium as Keenan described his experience in World War II’s European area of operations in which he initially fought and was then captured, held under horrific conditions in a prison camp, transported in a truck packed with other prisoners almost to the point of suffocation for three long days and nights, before ultimately being liberated by the Allies.

After Brynn McGlinchey and Bella Hine had read the names of the fallen from Lyme and Old Lyme in all wars from World War I onwards, the band changed the somber tone of the proceedings when they struck up the Armed Forces Salute.  Members of each branch of the military stood when their respective part of the Salute was played.

At the end of the music, Caroline LeCour proudly stepped forward to introduce her grandfather, Morris LeCour (pictured below), who offered his own remembrances of his military service.

Following  a spirited rendition of ‘America The Beautiful’ by the combined LOLHS chorus and band, all the individual veterans present were acknowledged one by one.

The colors were retrieved and as the color guard climbed the auditorium stairs, physics teacher and US Navy veteran Glenn Elliott (pictured above) proudly saluted.

After the ceremony, Manfredi (left in photo above) took the opportunity to chat with Emily Rivera (right) and her parents, while each veteran filed out and was presented with a gift bag as a remembrance of the day.

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Storm Into State Semis, Face St.Paul Tonight

Saving a goal! File photo of Wildcat Emily Rivera.

After the major disappointment of their loss in the Shoreline Conference final, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats are bouncing back in a big way.  Yesterday they advanced to the semi-final of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class S state tournament by crushing Coventry 2-1.  Significantly, the “crushing” was not in the scoreline but rather in the fact that Old Lyme had scored both of its two goals within the first four minutes.

Goal! File photo by Jennifer Alexander.

Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an assist from Danielle McCarthy. The team’s leading scorer Mya Johnson was the second to score unassisted. Coventry’s lone goal was scored by Alexa Stinson after 15 minutes.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with three saves while Grace Galey made 10 saves for Coventry.

Old Lyme advances to the semi finals on Tuesday against St. Paul with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off at Falcon Field in Meriden.

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Country School Runners Enjoy Record-Breaking Season

From left to right are Kayla Uzwiak, 8th Grader from Killingworth; Ryan Wei, 8th Grader from East Lyme; and Conor Selfor, 8th Grader from Old Saybrook.

MADISON — While local public high school cross country teams have been building toward their championship races, The Country School’s cross country team has been quietly compiling a season record for the girls of 33 wins and only one loss and 35 wins and four losses for the boys. This is the best record for cross country at the PreSchool-8th Grade Madison independent school since it began offering the sport 20 years ago.

The team competes this Saturday in the Connecticut Middle School State Championships at Wickham Park in East Hartford. Many student-athletes are also looking forward to the Junior Olympics cross country state championship, set to take place on November 12. In years past, dozens of Country School athletes have gone on to qualify for Regional Junior Olympics Championships, with several going on to Nationals, including one, Robbie Cozean of Madison, now a sophomore at Xavier High School, who earned All America status three times and finished 2nd in the United States.

The Country School serves 214 students between the ages of 3 and 14, and with only eight boys and seven girls running cross country, its Middle School teams are typically the smallest teams competing in any race. Head of School John Fixx attributes the success of their athletes to many factors, among them, dedication. The team holds optional practices two or more times a week throughout the year during the off-season, including the summer, while practicing five and even six days a week during the fall cross country season. Inevitably, the entire team shows up, with younger running enthusiasts, and even some parents, opting to join in.

Seen here in action are, from left to right, Christopher Yuh, Madison; Gabriel Goodwin, Old Lyme; Liam Boone, Clinton, and Sam Duffy, Madison.

Another factor is school culture. At The Country School, running is regarded as an activity that is fun, inclusive, and open to all ages. The program begins as early as Kindergarten, when interested runners join a group known as the Flying Owlets, a nod to the school’s mascot, an owl. More than 35 students participate in Flying Owlets, with practices taking place a few times a week. They also have opportunities to compete in road races, Junior Olympics, and other venues. As older students and younger students train alongside each other, more seasoned runners are able to model teamwork and persistence for younger runners. It is not unusual to have a 6-year-old 1st Grader running alongside and listening to a 13-year-old 8th Grader talk about the effort it takes to run repeat 200s or a “ladder” workout on the track.

With a history of strong cross country and excellent academics, the school also has the advantage of attracting strong students who are also strong runners. This year, for example, Conor and Margaux Selfors joined the school, entering 8th and 7th Grades respectively. The siblings, from Old Saybrook, have placed at or near the top in multiple races this fall, adding depth and leadership to the team.

The talent on the team is also homegrown. Eighth Grade co-captain Ryan Wei from East Lyme, a top place finisher in several races this year, has attended The Country School for several years, rising up through the running ladder, and Robbie Cozean, the school’s most successful runner ever, began in PreKindergarten. In addition to his successes at The Country School and at Junior Olympics National, Robbie was named All-Courant Cross Country Runner of the Year as a freshman at Xavier.

In addition to Robbie at Xavier, several Country School runners have gone on to compete at the high school level, making their mark at Choate Rosemary Hall, Pomfret, Westminster, Guilford High School, Daniel Hand, Hamden Hall, St. Paul’s, Cheshire Academy, and Avon Old Farms.

Training so many runners, and working with such a wide age span of athletes, requires many coaches, and The Country School is fortunate to have a team of experienced runners and educators leading the effort. In addition to Head of School Fixx, a former cross country and track captain of Greenwich High School and Wesleyan University who founded the Country School cross country team with Jordan Katz, a former student, 20 years ago, the team benefits from the likes of Laura Morrison. A recent and very fast graduate of SUNY Fredonia who now runs for Southern Connecticut State University, where she is attending graduate school during the evenings, Laura oversees The Country School’s after-school program and also coordinating TEDxTheCountrySchool. Spanish teacher Blair Balchunas, a frequent road racer and half marathoner, is another inspiring member of the coaching staff. Organizational genius and great rapport with runners all ages comes from Beth Coyne, Country School Dean of Student Life and Secondary School Counselor.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is an independent, coeducational day school serving students from across the Shoreline. In addition to a rigorous academic program that seeks to educate the whole child through active, hands-on learning, The Country School is committed to vital offerings in the arts and athletics. Athletic contests are played on the school’s new, state-of-the-art outdoor complex, featuring two full-sized athletic fields, four tennis courts, a basketball court, and the cross country course through the woods that flank the 23-acre campus. The campus is a frequent host for athletic events, including a recent nine-school cross country meet. Although the student body is small in number, The Country School has a long tradition of athletic and academic excellence. This year alone, more than 20 Country School alumni are competing on teams at colleges across the country, including Amherst, Bates, Bryant, College of Charleston, Columbia, Dickinson, Fairfield, Hamilton, Harvard, Kenyon, Middlebury, Northeastern, Northwestern, Princeton, St. Lawrence, Union, the University of Rhode Island, and Villanova. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org.

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See ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,’ Tonight; All Welcome to This Free Event

The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting a free screening of the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Auditorium.

Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work.  This is the parenting issue of our time, and LYSB hopes this film will begin to foster community-wide and family conversations.

Teens and kids are spending more time on their phones than ever before.  Kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time. Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week.  Some recent studies show us that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  In this 60-minute documentary, she probes into teens and their digital lives, exploring her own family as well. The film reveals how tech time impacts the development of kids, and offers solutions on how they can better navigate their cyber world.

Interwoven into compelling stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain. Screenagers goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

The screening is sponsored by the LYSB, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, and made possible by a grant from the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation.  The 60-minute documentary and subsequent discussion will explore social media, video gaming, use of screens in academics, and Internet addiction. The film will also explore ways parents can intervene and educate in a way that empowers their teens. The film is not available for streaming, renting, or purchasing, and can only be seen at a community screening.

The screening on Nov. 6 in Old Lyme is free and open to the public, and is suitable for all audiences ages 10 and up.  The film will be shown to all Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School students during the school day.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org  or www.screenagersmovie.com

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Wildcats Soccer Girls End Regular Season With Perfect Record, First in School History

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason has much celebrate with one of his assistant coaches (and daughter) Allyson Gleason after his team ended the regular season with a perfect record

The Old Lyme soccer girls wrapped up the first perfect season in the school’s history yesterday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Valley Regional at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Zrenda was first to score with an assist from Mya Johnson, who scored the second goal with an assist from Danielle McCarthy.

The third goal was scored by Danielle McCarthy with assist from Britney DeRoehn and the final goal was put in the net by Kaylee Armenia with assist from Bianca Tinnerello.

Emily Rivera with in the Old Lyme goal and made two saves whileLexi Dellarocco defended Valley’s net making 12 saves.

Paul Gleason’s girls finished their regular season with a 16-0-0 record and 10-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme will host the Shoreline semi finals Tuesday against the winner of the Cromwell/East Hampton game.

GO WILDCATS!

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The Country School Hosts Open House Today

The Country School is holding an Open House Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This event offers the opportunity to meet engaged students and teachers, and hear about the rigorous academic program at the school with its commitment to honoring the creativity and exuberance of childhood.

Learn about the school’s signature programs – STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking – and its extensive offerings in the arts and athletics. Tour the recently renovated 23-acre campus, with its new outdoor athletic complex. Hear where alumni have continued their education at top high schools and colleges across the country and how they have thrived at these institutions.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8.

To learn more and register for Sunday’s Open House, visit this link.

For information about the $10,000 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship opportunity for students entering Grades 4-8, visit http://www.thecountryschool.org/scholarship.

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