September 19, 2019

Old Lyme Boy’s Soccer Notches Convincing Win Over N. Branford in Season Opener

Old Lyme Boys Soccer opened their 2019-20 season at North Branford High School with a crushing defeat of the Thunderbirds by 10-0

Angus Tresnan scored two goals for the Wildcats, joining teammates Mike Milazzo, Sam Roth, Garrett Smith, Jesper Silberberg, Anders Silberberg, Aidan Kerrigan, Nevin Joshy and Paul Nelson in the scoring bonanza.
In goal for Old Lyme was senior Ryan Tetreault and freshman Jonah Lathrop, the latter of whom had one save for the Wildcats.
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Lyme Academy Relaunches Itself with Fall Program of 33 Classes

There will be opportunities to paint ‘en plein air’ for all ages in Lyme Academy’s Fall Program.

OLD LYME – Whether with brushstrokes or keystrokes as their instrument of choice, artists can learn and hone their craft at the renamed Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, which is reinventing itself with the launch of a full slate of courses for the upcoming fall semester. The first classes start Sept. 23.

In an effort to define itself anew while staying true to its core values, the academy will offer 33 courses covering traditional arts curriculum and new digital offerings – the best of art traditions and the newest innovations.

File photo of the Chandler Academic Center, which comprises part of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts announced in July that its campus will remain open and a rebuilding initiative is underway in the wake of the school’s disaffiliation from the University of New Haven (UNH). The UNH decision to end its relationship with the academy was made public in August of 2018.

The incorporation of new intensive courses in digital art with a focus on the Adobe Creative Suite is part of efforts to modernize offerings in a world where many use digital programs in their careers and artistic endeavors.

Innovation classes will train students on Adobe programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, InDesign and Premiere to offer those of all generations career advancement training in the Internet age.

These offerings will also include a Social Media for Creatives course taught by Maria Miranda, the Creative Director and Founder of marketing agency Miranda Creative, Inc., who is excited to join the staff as it works to train artists in all mediums including emerging digital ones.

“As principal and creative director of a brand management firm with a degree in fine arts, I have long understood that there is a relationship between the traditional arts and innovative arts,” Miranda said. “As a result, I could not be more excited or honored to be immersed in the best of both worlds in teaching at the Lyme Academy.”

Though art is always evolving and changing, particularly in a computer-driven world, the foundation of art and its teaching remains a guiding force for the academy, which is staying true to its roots by offering comprehensive courses in figurative and representational art.

Fall offerings include core curriculum courses such as Foundations in Drawing, Anatomical Drawing, Figure Drawing to Painting, Figure Sculpture, Printmaking, and weekly classes open to the public including Open Figure Drawing and Watercolor.

In addition, the fall will bring portfolio prep weekends with instructional focus on building skills to develop a body of work. These will be:

  • Drawing: Art of the Cast Sept. 28 & 29 and Oct. 5 & 6
  • Sculpture: The Skull Oct. 19 & 20 and Oct. 26 & 27
  • Value Painting: Shades of Grey Nov. 2 & 3 and Nov. 9 & 10.

Stephen Shaheen, a former faculty member at Lyme Academy College, and Kellie Pereira, a BFA graduate of Lyme Academy College, will teach the stone carving class., which runs from Nov. 7-10.

Masterclass workshops with nationally known artists will be open to both novice and skilled artists and offered in:

  • Animal Sculpture
  • Encaustic
  • Stone Carving
  • Painting the Human Image
  • Large Scale Figure Painting
  • Painting En Plein Air & In-Studio: 4 Steps to Successful Painting
  • Digital Photography for Beginners
  • Photography: Insightful Portraiture
  • The Expressive Photograph and the Landscape.

Registration is open for all fall courses.

For more information or to enroll in a course, visit lymeacademy.org.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located at 84 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Conn.

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Former Lyme-Old Lyme Superintendent Klein, Now Head of NFA, Appointed President of St. Joseph’s in Trumbull

David Klein

OLD LYME — The former Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools, David Klein, will leave his current position as Head of School at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) at the end of the 2019-20 academic year in order to serve as president of the newly independent St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Conn., a college preparatory Catholic high school.

Klein sent an email to NFA faculty and staff this past Wednesday afternoon announcing his decision to take on ” a new professional opportunity,” and stressing, “This unique professional opportunity found me in July, and I pursued it because it aligns so perfectly with my deep Catholic faith. I was not seeking a new job, and this position is the only one I have sought since I began my NFA tenure in October 2011.”

In his email, Klein also noted, “There is much to accomplish this year, and I will pursue this work with the passion and focus I have demonstrated each day for the past eight years.”

Klein served as superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools from 2000-2008 and then moved to the same position at Madison Public Schools  through 2011 when he joined NFA. He and his wife Patricia still reside in Old Lyme.

Christopher Wilson, Board of Directors Chairperson for St. Joseph High School, announced the news of Klein’s appointment to both the internal and external St. Joseph’s community in a letter, which described Klein as having, “extraordinary experience in community engagement, student services, college preparatory education, institutional advancement, financial management, and administration will serve St. Joseph High School well.”

Wilson added that Klein’s, “career exemplifies a commitment to creating a vibrant educational community that encourages initiative, creativity, and well-being. He values a supportive school culture that fosters caring relationships between adults and young people. David is a leader of exceptional integrity, respect and accomplishment.”

In the same letter, Wilson quoted Klein as saying, “I am deeply grateful for this extraordinary opportunity, and for the trust and confidence of St. Joseph High School’s Board of Directors … Patricia and I are honored and excited to join this exceptional community.”

Klein’s last day at NFA will be June 30, 2020 and he will take up his new position at St. Joseph’s the following day.

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Jeanne Delaura is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools ‘Employee of the Year’

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Employee of the Year Jeanne Delaura stands with LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser after her award was announced.

LYME-OLD LYME — Noting that he, “Couldn’t think of anyone more deserving for this recognition,” Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser announced at the Convocation gathering of all administrators, faculty and staff held Aug. 26, that his Administrative Assistant Jeanne Delaura had been selected as the LOL Schools Employee of the Year.

He described Delaura’s long and stellar career with Regional District 18 mentioning that she started work for the district back in 1991, thanks to information received from her brother-in-law, former LOL Schools Athletic Director Rob Roach, who had told Delaura about the job opening. Neviaser further noted that thanks to her longevity with LOL Schools, Delaura possesses a unrivaled wealth of knowledge about the district.

Despite this vast wisdom, he said she never stops learning new skills, having taken on matters including the development and management of the acclaimed Region18.org website, handling numerous complex legal issues, managing the AESOP software (which tracks teacher absences), and controlling the administration of all legal and personnel contracts.

Neviaser commented that one of Delaura’s well-known sayings in Central Office is, “You don’t have to be smart, you just have to be organized,” but said, although he agrees unequivocally that Delaura is exceptionally organized, “She just happens to be very smart too.” He also noted that Delaura has a sixth sense when it comes to people — she knows almost immediately who will stay the course and who will fall by the wayside. 

Adding that she is an, “Amazing mother to two lovely young ladies,” Neviaser commented on Delaura’s unflappable and pleasant personality, remarking that she is, “always smiling, even when dealing with people who are clearly not feeling like smiling.”

A slightly nervous and very humble Delaura accepted the award with a short but powerful speech. She explained that 28 years ago, “a very, very kind man,” then LOL Schools Superintendent Julius “(Jules) d’Agostino took a chance on me knowing full well that I did not have any experience of working for a school district.” Despite that surprising start, Delaura said firmly, “Accepting that offer was one of the best decisions I have made.”

Delaura continued, “I love my job here — it is because of the wonderful people that surround me here. Lyme-Old Lyme is a very special place where kindness and generosity are commonplace. The bar is set very high and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.”

Delaura then turned to her current boss and said, “I would be remiss for not recognizing my now fifth superintendent. Ian, I’m so proud to be a part of your Central Office team. You are the “Super” of my superintendents!” (After d’Agostino, Delaura’s superintendents were, in order, Jefferson Prestridge, David Klein, Elizabeth Osga and then Neviaser — she also worked under Dr. John Whritner when he was interim superintendent on two separate occasions.)

Still addressing Neviaser, she added to roars of laughter, “Also, I thank you for getting the heck out of my way every day and letting me do my job,” but then added in a serious tone, “I will always have your back.”

Delaura was extremely appreciative of her award thanking the audience, “for recognizing me today so warmly,” and expressing her hope that “… this school year is a wonderful one for all of you.”

 

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Mercy Alger is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools ‘Teacher of the Year’

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Teacher of the Year Mercy Alger stands with Superintendent Ian Neviaser(left) and Lyme School Principal Jim Cavalieri after her award was announced.

LYME-OLD LYME — Keeping with tradition, the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools ‘Teacher of the Year’ was announced at Convocation on Aug. 27, the day before students were welcomed back to school for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Lyme Consolidated Principal Jim Cavalieri named fourth grade teacher Mercy Alger as the recipient of the award reminding the audience of administrators, faculty and staff that it is given to “acknowledge excellence in teaching in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.” Noting that, “As a high achieving district, we have many qualified professionals that meet the criteria for this honor,” Cavalieri went on to point out that nevertheless, “This year’s recipient truly rises above our district’s standard of excellence,” adding that she is, “… on the cutting edge with her instruction.”

Alger joined Lyme-Old Lyme Schools in 2007 and has been spent the last eight years teaching fourth grade in Lyme School. In terms of her classroom abilities, Cavalieri mentioned the sign outside Alger’s door, which reads,”Amazing things happen here.”  He stressed, however, that doesn’t tell the whole story, saying, “Truth be told, that message can’t begin to describe the extraordinary experience that happens in her room,” explaining that Alger has created a “non-traditional classroom space” where “a true community of learners” flourishes.

Cavalieri mentioned that coincidentally Alger’s maiden name was Teachworth, but notes that such a name didn’t necessarily foretell she would be an exceptional teacher. Declaring that Alger was, in fact, “born to teach, with or without her birth name,” he described her as “a creative, energetic, and compassionate teacher, who makes a tremendous, positive impact on all of her students.”

Listing numerous activities that Alger has either initiated or continued, including running the “Look for the Good” project, promoting an after-school writing club, co-directing the fifth grade musical, and serving as adviser to Student Leaders, Cavalieri observed that, “what she does beyond the classroom is as important as what she does within the classroom.”

Describing her as a team player, who supports her fellow faculty members in as many ways as possible, Cavalieri added that she does all this “with such great passion.” Cavalieri summed up Alger as someone who allows each and every student — regardless of ability — to reach their potential, and quoting from a parent concluded, “[Alger] sparks something in everyone: finding their passion, listening for their voice, showing them their strengths, and motivating them to act.”

In her acceptance speech, Alger, who attended Lyme-Old Lyme Schools herself, initially looked back on her own school days saying, “I was raised on this stage, within these walls, on this campus,” and prompted laughter when she added, “I was taught by some of you in these very seats.” With a brief burst of music to accompany her, she then gave her own rendition of the opening lines of John Mellencamp’s famous number, “I was born in a small town, and I live in a small town …”

Throughout her speech, Alger used the theme of small towns and the importance of their communities, recalling, ” I was raised here, on the shoulders of giants and … when I looked back at why all of these giants made such an impact on me, it became so clear; they knew the secret of how to have the best school year yet all along.”  This secret she explained was that, “They all told us stories,” adding, “The act of telling a story does more than just tell a story. It builds trust. Community. … Realness.”

Citing examples of memorable and often amusing moments with several of the teachers present in the auditorium from when she was a Lyme-Old Lyme student, Alger urged her colleagues to “remember the power of sharing our stories,”saying, “As the craziness of assessment schedules hits your desk … I hope you remind yourself daily of the person you are outside of your classroom walls and how much power and value that has within your daily interactions with your students. I hope you soak in weekends, inspiring books, hours spent around a table … so that you may come back on any given Monday with yet another story to tell.”

She concluded by stressing that in the moments when teachers share their own personal stories with students, they will be teaching, “… community, vulnerability, and trust … and in those moments I know we will all rise as giants in this small town and have the best year yet.”

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Enjoy Successful First Day of New Academic Year

James Dahlke boards the bus Tuesday on his way to attending his first day of sixth grade  at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School yesterday.

School buses were out on the streets of Lyme and Old Lyme yesterday once again picking up their precious cargo of students traveling to Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools. Emotions ran the gamut from quiet tears shed by parents through the gentle trepidation of students starting at LOL Schools for the first time all the way to leaps of joy by students as they reconnected with friends and teachers who they hadn’t seen since June.

Looking back on a successful start to the 2019-20 school year, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “We had a great first day.  Our students and staff arrived smiling and happy to return on what was a beautiful day of weather and a great day to start to the school year.”

 

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Kick Off a New Year Today

Veteran Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School math teacher Marc Vendetti welcomes students to his classroom during Monday’s Open House. All photos by Suzanne Thompson.

LYME-OLD LYME — Today is opening day for Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools!

An enthusiastic LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser told LymeLine.com, “We are excited about the opening of the 2019-2020 school year.  We look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to all of our buildings.”

There were so many questions to ask during Open House at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

All the schools were open yesterday for the students to meet their teachers and explore their new classrooms and, in some cases, new schools.

Thirty new hires start working with students at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools today. There are three new staff at Mile Creek School where principal Kelly Enoch takes up her tenure and seven at Lyme Consolidated. Meanwhile at the middle school, five new employees start work and six join the high school.

Monday was an opportunity to check out everything in the foyer at the middle school before the rigors of classroom learning begin.

Positions which stretch across grades include a Behavior Analyst, Pre-K – 8 Math Coach, School Nurse and a Campus Security official.

Smiling Mile Creek School students and alumni join the school’s Library Media Specialist Diana Marchese (third from right) for a group photo.

The all-new, universal Pre-K class for four-year-olds, which opens today at Center School, has taken on six new employees in a variety of capacities. Neviaser commented, “We are particularly excited to begin the new year with our expanded pre-K program and look forward to the joy that will bring to the many families who previously could not benefit from this excellent opportunity.”

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools SAT Scores Are in Top 12 Statewide in Both Subjects

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

LYME-OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) achieved exceptional results in the statewide SAT results published earlier this week by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

The school placed 10th in the Math and 11th in the English Language Arts (ELA) statewide rankings. Moreover, LOLHS was the only school in New London County to feature in Top 12 with almost all the remaining schools in the Top 12 coming from Fairfield County.

A delighted Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented exclusively to LymeLine, ““I am so proud of the hard work our students and staff have put in to make us the only school in our region in the top 12 in SAT scores in the entire state.”

He added, “To consistently remain as the highest scoring school in our region shows that our dedication to the success of students through our in-school SAT preparation program is paying dividends.”

The top tier of Math and ELA statewide rankings were as follows:

Math SAT

  1. Darien School District
  2. New Canaan School District
  3. Westport School District
  4. Ridgefield School District
  5. Wilton School District
  6. Avon School District
  7. Weston School District
  8. Regional School District 09
  9. Glastonbury School District
  10. Regional School District 18

English Language Arts SAT

  1. New Canaan School District
  2. Wilton School District
  3. Westport School District
  4. Darien School District
  5. Ridgefield School District
  6. Weston School District
  7. Regional School District 09
  8. Simsbury School District
  9. Avon School District
  10. Greenwich School District
  11. Regional School District 18

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Q4 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School 4th Quarter Honor Roll 2018-19

HIGH HONORS

Grade 12:

Kathryn Atkinson, Lewis Avery, Madison Babcock, Jacqueline Barry, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Jocelyn Campbell, Ann Cote, Emma Danes, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Grace Edwards, Olin Frederiks, Zachary Gidius, Grace Gilbert, Emily Grenier, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Sarah Hayward, Haley Heath, Kate Hickie, Aoife Hufford, John Manthous, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Leah Neithamer, Emily O’Brien, Jacob Olsen, Katherine Reid, Sadie Rubitski, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Justin Shaw, Penelope Small, Emily Tan, Alexander Williams

Grade 11:

Emily Balocca, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Faith Caulkins, Rory Cavicke, Sarah Conley, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Samuel Dushin, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Jada Fuentes, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Kamber Hamou, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Samantha Olson, Jane Scheiber, Colby Sides, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Olivia Tetreault, Ryan Tetreault, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Megan VanSteenbergen, Jackson Warren, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 10:

Kaylee Armenia, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Martinez Carcamo, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Paige Davis, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Lillian Grethel, Isabella Hine, Grace Lathrop, Gabriel Lavoie, Owen Macadam, Emma Meekhoff, Brianna Melillo, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Lauren Pitt, Ezra Pyle, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Kelly Walsh, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 9:

Grace Arnold, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Evan Clark, Anne Colangelo, John Conley, Lauren Creagan, Caroline Crolius, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Victoria Gage, Samantha Geshel, Nicolette Hallahan, Andrew Hedberg, Madison Hubbard, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Cora Kern, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Grace McAdams, Evan Morgan, Elle Myers, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Katie Roberts, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Olivia Schaedler, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Matthew Snyder, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells

HONORS

Grade 12:

Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Claire Britton, Paige Britton, John Coughlin, Thomas Creagan, Liam Holloway, Riley Jacobson, Mya Johnson, Sophie Kyle, Henry Lahm, Danielle McCarthy, Nicholas Myers, Sydney Ogden, Thomas Pennie, Eaven Rivera, Nicholas Roth, Olivia Rugg, Robert Sedlatschek, Ethan Tracano, Caroline Wallace, Colleen Walsh

Grade 11:

Anabella Arias, Jean-Luc Bolduc, Chloe Cahill, Madison Cann, Martinez Carcamo, Emilia Cheesman, Ty Dean, Lucy Gilbert, Grace Hanrahan, Benjamin Kelly, Jacqueline Malizia, Biuma Mariame, Melissa Mauro, Ryan Mitchell, Mason Morrissey, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Cajamarca Pelaez, Carter Popkin, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Andre Salkin, Summer Siefken, Philip Sweeney, Kiera Ulmer, Anna Williams

Grade 10:

Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Maxwell Bauchmann, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, John Cox, Patrick Dagher, Emily DeRoehn, Leslie Farrell, Eveliz Fuentes, Samantha Gray, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Timothy O’Brien, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Ethan Rivera, Anthony Rosario, Jesper Silberberg, Isabella Smith, Tessa St.Germain, Jake Stewart, Katrina Wallace, Lauren Wallace, Alison Ward, Katelyn Zbierski

Grade 9:

John Almy, Ryan Clark, James Creagan, Elise DeBernardo, Liam Fallon, Iona Fitzgerald, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Jackson Harris, Zoe Jensen, Owen Kegley, Robyn King, Alex Lee, Mikayla Masilotti, Emily Mesham, Jacob Meyers, Samuel Mullaney, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Adeline Riccio, Frank Sablone, McLean Signora, Meghan Speers, Olivia Turtoro, John Videll, Evan Visgilio, Mary Wholean, Avery Wyman, Ryan Zbierski

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Q4 Honor Roll 2018-19

HIGH HONORS

Grade 8:

Whitney Barbour, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, Zachary Eichholz, Willa Hoerauf, Dylan Hovey, Karissa Huang, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Aidan Kerrigan, Phoebe Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Monique Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Cooper Munson, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Izzadora Reynolds, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams, Quinn Williams

Grade 7:

Peighton Andrews, Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Henry Boremski, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Nicholas Cheesman, Sarah Colangelo, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Mulanga Drysile, Amelia Gage, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Nyla Goulis, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Abby Hale, Nathaniel Heon, Leland Hine, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Dakota Kotzan, Audrey LeCour, Luke Legein, Brodie Lippincott, Matthew Mazzalupo, Anna McAdams, Griffin McGlinchey, Matthew Miller, Elaina Morosky, Katherine Mullaney, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Kayla O’Leary, Grace Phaneuf, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Ava Roth, Owen Snurkowski, Gabriel Tooker, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Summer Wollack

Grade 6:

Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Oliver Avelange, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Justin Bonatti, Nathaniel Bradley, Mark Burnham, Chase Calderon, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Autumn Dionne, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Grace Ferman, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Aven Kellert, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, James Lahot, Brenden Landry, Elise Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Colette Marchant, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Kelly Sheehan, Andrew Sicuranza, Drea Simler, Timothy Sousa, Audrey Spiegel, Morgan Standish, Madeline Supersano, Charlotte Tinniswood, Leah Volponi, Kathleen Walsh, Ava Wilcox

HONORS

Grade 8:

Olivia Alpha, Gillian Bradley, Evelynn Carr, Alexander Chrysoulakis, John Eichholz, Clarence Hinckley, Arber Hoxha, Karleigh Landers, Calvin Monte, Kelsey Pryor, Jacob Rand, Benjamin Roth, Marco Supersano, Samantha Tan

Grade 7:

Elizabeth Cone, Macklin Cushman, Mohamad Hamou, Beky Pallaroso, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Kalea VanPel

Grade 6:

Ella Austin, Molly Boardman, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Trinity Empie-Jones, Ella Evans, Marcella Gencarella, Salvatore Gencarella, Abigail Griffith, Rowan Hovey, Elizabeth Lopez, Max Novak, Nathan Parker, Shannon Pryor, Ysabel Rodriguez, Josephine Small

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS, MS Students Receive Prestigious CABE Leadership Awards

Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Principal James Wygonik congratulates Theodore Wayland and Maggie Wisner, who are both 11th grade students at LOLHS, on receiving CABE Student Leadership Awards. The presentation took place at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

Maggie Wisner and Theodore Wayland, 11th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Izzadora Reynolds and Cooper Munson, 8th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, were recently recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) with a Student Leadership Award.

Students are nominated to receive this award by their school principal. Students nominated exhibit the following leadership skills:

  • Willingness to take on challenges
  • Capability to make difficult decisions
  • Concern for others
  • Ability to work with others
  • Willingness to commit to a project
  • Diplomacy
  • Ability to understand issues clearly
  • Ability to honor a commitment

Superintendent Ian Neviaser and the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education recognized these students at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Graduates from the Class of 2019 celebrate receiving their Lyme-Old Lyme High School diplomas! All photos by Rosemary Comerford Reid.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their graduation from Lyme-Old Lyme High School. The commencement ceremony was held outside yesterday evening under cloudy skies and included speeches from the Class President, Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Honor Essayist.  Chosen by the Class, English teacher Jennifer Burke was named the Mildred Sanford Outstanding Educator of 2019.

The Class of 2019 celebrates its graduation with the traditional hat toss.

 

These students patiently await their turn to go forward onto the stage and receive their High School Diploma.

 

Superintendent Ian Neviaser reaches out his hand to shake that of a just conferred graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

 

One happy Wildcat graduate!

 

And on a personal note, we are so proud of our outstanding intern Katie Reid (center), who graduated yesterday with the Class of 2019, and is now off to Bowdoin College.

For a more detailed report of the evening, read Mary Biekert’s article on TheDay.com at this link.

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New Principal Announced for Mile Creek School

Kelly Enoch is the new principal of Mile Creek Elementary School.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced the appointment of Kelly Enoch to the position of Principal of Mile Creek Elementary School. Enoch will replace Dr. Patricia Downes who is retiring after 30 years of service to the district as both a teacher and an administrator.

Enoch currently serves as the Director of Pupil Services for the Clinton Public Schools, a position she has held since 2014. She has also worked as a Supervisor of Special Services in Clinton and was a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades at West Vine and West Broad Street Schools in Stonington, Connecticut. In addition, Enoch worked as a special education teacher and program manager for students with autism spectrum disorders. From 1993 to 1997, she served as a preschool special needs teacher. Enoch resides in Old Lyme with her husband and her son who is a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Lyme-Old Lyme Superintendent Ian Neviaser states, “After a long and extremely thorough process that began back in February, we are very excited to welcome Kelly Enoch as the new Principal of Mile Creek School. Kelly comes to us with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Her intelligence, work ethic, and genuine care for students impressed the search committee which consisted of stakeholders from our entire school community.”

Enoch will assume her new duties beginning July 1, 2019. 

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Q3 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
2018-19 Quarter 3 Honor Roll   

High Honors

Grade 12: Kendall Michelle Antoniac, Kathryn Sean Atkinson, Madison Olivia Babcock, Jacqueline Patricia Barry, Casey Madison Blue, Mackenzie May Blue, Ann Marie Cote, Emma Carolyn Danes, Britney Jean DeRoehn, Corey Paxton Drummond, Grace Anne Edwards, Olin Burns Frederiks, Zachary Thomas Gidius, Grace Ann Gilbert, Emily Nicole Grenier, Kylie Erva Hall, Colin Emanuel Hallahan, Sarah Katherine Hayward, Haley Rose Heath, Kate Niamh Hickie, Liam Francis Holloway, Riley May Jacobson, Mya Lynn Johnson, Sophie Anne Elizabeth Kyle, Henry Alexander Lahm, John Thomas Manthous, Danielle Marie McCarthy, Brynn Elizabeth McGlinchey, Hannah Nichole Morrison, Leah Marie Neithamer, Emily Anne O’Brien, Jacob Thomas Olsen, Thomas William Pennie, Katherine Duyen Reid, Noah William Rumm, Kellie Marie Sablone, Caroline Anne Sagristano, Anna Ruth Sather, Robert Louis Sedlatschek, Justin Colby Shaw, Penelope Jeanne Small, Emily Xinping Tan, Caroline Anna Wallace, Colleen Elizabeth Walsh, Alexander Clay Williams

Grade 11: Emily Eileen Balocca, Emma Elizabeth Bass, Audrey Campbell Berry, Faith Laurel Caulkins, Rory Nelligan Cavicke, Isabel Priscilla Dean-Frazier, Arianna Teresa DelMastro, Maria Ashley Denya, Raymond Michael Doll, Nicholas Bernardo Fava, Jada Anaelsa Fuentes, Tanner James Griffin, Sophia Rose Griswold, Kamber Hani Hamou, Lauren Elizabeth Huck, Jeffy Mathew Joshy, Rachael Anne Larson, Brenna Paige Lewis, Connor Patrick Maguire, Jacqueline Rose Malizia, Thomas Peter McCarthy, Ryan Patrick McTigue, Samantha Heather Olson, Jenna Tracy Porter, Andre Jeffrey Salkin, Garrett Michael Smith, Emily Marie Speckhals, Evan Thomas St.Louis, Olivia Mae Stack, Olivia Lucy Tetreault, Kiera McKeon Ulmer, Megan Lynn VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wilson Wayland, Trevor Dennis Wells, Anna Elliott Williams, Maggie Vaughan Wisner, Conner David Wyman, Katherine Ruby Zelmanow

Grade 10: Juliette Frances Atkinson, Rachel Katherine Barretta, Emma Ann Boardman, Keenan Lawrence Burr, Martinez Erika Yanira Carcamo, Kate Margaret Cheney, Emerson Mylon Colwell, John Berry Cox, Megan Dorothy Cravinho, Bianca Serapilia Dasilva, Emily Jane DeRoehn, Fiona Mary Frederiks, Schuyler Bates Greenho, Lillian Ellette Grethel, Emma Rose Griffith, Catharine Judith Harrison, Isabella Faith Hine, Grace Ann Lathrop, Owen Russell Macadam, Elle Addison McAraw, Emma Meekhoff, Marina May Melluzzo, Riley Elizabeth Nelson, Sophia Grace Ortoleva, Connie Wendy Pan, Lauren Adam Pitt, Jacob Leary Quaratella, Hayden Brooks-McCall Saunders, Tait Alexander Sawden, Jesper Fredrik Silberberg, Jake Talin Stewart, Lian Elise Thompson, Angus James Graeme Tresnan, Lauren Elizabeth Wallace, Kelly Marie Walsh, Ellery Hope Zrenda

Grade 9: Grace Avery Arnold, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Faith Britt, Evan Davis Clark, Anne Josephine Colangelo, John Glynn Conley, Lauren Elizabeth Creagan, Caroline Grace Crolius, Elias Orion D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Mackenzie Duddy, Eleanor Eliza Dushin, Samantha Brie Geshel, Aiden John Goiangos, Madison Grace Hubbard, Fiona Dorothy Hufford, Nevin Varkey Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Talbot Kegley, Cora Catalina Kern, Michael Richard Klier, Felse Alexandra Catherine Mary Kyle, William Christopher Larson, Reese Jameson Maguire, Abigail Eve Manthous, Stephanie Marie Mauro, Grace Corbett McAdams, Evan David Morgan, Elle Jolie Myers, Bella Kai Orlando, Adeline Michelle Riccio, Katie Ann Roberts, Margaret Jeanne Rommel, Alexander Joseph Roth, Frank Louis Sablone, Olivia Fu Xin Schaedler, Calvin Nicklas Scheiber, Abigail Jane Sicuranza, Abby Katherine Speckhals, Drew Michael St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Grace Stout, Madison Grace Thompson, Olivia Elizabeth Turtoro, Aidan Matthew Ward, Melanie Emma Warren, Ellie Donna Wells, Mary Katherine Wholean, Ryan Everett Zbierski

Honors

Grade 12: Teresa Elisabeth Rosie Allan, Catherine Marie Battalino, Lauren Ann Birk, Claire Constance Britton, Paige Catherine Britton, Jocelyn Miracle Campbell, Tyler Wilson Clark, John Joseph Coughlin, Lily Marilyn Cox, Thomas Martin Creagan, Marlena Julianne Elmoznino, Aoife Marie Hufford, Andrea Rose Kathe, Joshua William Liefeld, Nicholas Noah Myers, Jenny Yana Ritchie, Eaven Rivera, James Patrick Rollins, Quintin Robert Romeo, Nicholas Francis Roth, Olivia Leigh Rugg, Griffin Rex Standish, Carson Selden Swope, Ethan Gabriel Tracano

Grade 11: Anabella Nicola Arias, Martinez Lisbet Yosery Carcamo, Emilia Annmarie Cheesman, Sarah Belle Conley, Elizabeth Anne Cravinho, Ty Kenton Dean, Theodore Edward Enoch, Emily Grace Evers, Araselys Rose Farrell, Lucy Marie Gilbert, Parker Phillip Hubbard, Renate Jane Kuhn, Biuma Kazadi Mariame, Melissa Nicole Mauro, Natalie Grace Meyers, Ryan Christopher Mitchell, Maxwell Derek Morrissey, Chandler Mary Munson, Samantha Elizabeth Owen, Cajamarca Jenny Gabriela Pelaez, Jared Scott Ritchie, Jane Stacey Scheiber, Taylor Ann Sedlatschek, Colby Patrick Sides, Summer Abigail Siefken, Haley Ryan Stevens, Ryan Jules Tetreault, Lydia Grace Tinnerello, Sydney Kathleen Trowbridge, Jackson Calvert Warren, Clair Margaret Wholean

Grade 10: Colbe Kent Andrews, Kaylee Ann Armenia, Olivia Louise Bartlett, Maxwell Otto Bauchmann, Jason Richard Beebe, Ava Campbell Berry, Truman Arthur Boller, Kyuss Buono, Patrick Nuhad Dagher, Francette Mae Donato, Corah Serene Engdall, Leslie Dorothy Farrell, Sadie Caffry Frankel, Eveliz Adelaide Fuentes, Regan Joshua Kaye, Corey Aidan Klimaszewski, Paige Elizabeth Kolesnik, Destiny Marita Kus, Gabriel Ilunga Lavoie, Mackenzie Rose Machnik, Emma Kay McCulloch, Brianna Frances Melillo, Michael Joseph Milazzo, Timothy Shane O’Brien, Anwyn Mae Paynter, Gavin Lawrence Porter, Ezra Nathaniel Pyle, Tessa Leighann St.Germain, Katrina Marie Wallace, Alison Grace Ward

Grade 9: Nicholas Mark Adeletti, John Cochrane Almy, Andrew James Bennett, Ethan Jeremiah Carr, Ryan Joseph Clark, James William Creagan, Elise Marie DeBernardo, Mischa Jo Elmoznino, Nicholas Michael Fiore, Iona Dominique Fitzgerald, Victoria Noel Gage, Nicolette Cote Hallahan, Andrew Edward Hedberg, Julia Lee Johnston, Olivia Frances Lecza, Alex Almeida Lee, Mikayla Grace Masilotti, Jacob Douglas Meyers, Samuel Alias Mullaney, Brendan Patrick O’Brien, Michael St.John O’Donnell, Jacob Paul Ritchie, Aidan Lee Russell, McLean Ivana Signora, Matthew William Snyder, Maverick Anthony Swaney, John Russell Videll, Evan Joseph Visgilio, Aden River Wilson, Paige Alyssa Winchell, Avery Richard Wyman

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
2018-19 Q3 Honor Roll   

High Honors

Grade 8: Bridget Allan, William R Barry, Callie Grace Bass, Livie Abigail Bass, Jillian Hope Beebe, Jordan Faith Beebe, Gillian Anna Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Lyn Bucior, Gretchen Wood Burgess, Sarah Frost Burnham, Hayley Marie Cann, Liam Foley Celic, Luke Harty Celic, Alexander John Chrysoulakis, Grace Victoria Colwell, William Christopher Danes, Anna Rebecca Davis, Kylie Praylyn Dishaw, Cole Raymond Dobratz, John Pierson Eichholz, Clarence Charles Hinckley, Willa Kate Hoerauf, Dylan Scott Hovey, Karissa Kanghan Huang, Owen Alexander Ingersoll-Bonsack, Aidan Shea Kerrigan, Phoebe Athena Lampos, Jonah Michael Lathrop, Monique Makwes Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Harris Macadam, Marielle Grace Mather, Madalyn Josephine McCulloch, Caden Charles Monte, Cooper Kenneth Munson, Kelsey MacKinstry Pryor, Izzadora Georgia Reynolds, Benjamin Joseph Roth, Eli Winston Ryan, Alyssa Nicole Spooner, Tova Maeve Toriello, Kaitlyn Emily Ward, Harry William Whitten, George Henry Williams, Quinn Madison Williams

Grade 7: Peighton Andrews, Emma Catherine Bayor, Oliver Campbell Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Henry Edison Boller, Henry Ronald Boremski, Drew Arthur Brackley, Natalie Faith Buckley, Jackson Charles Bullock, Sarah Jane Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Macklin David Cushman, Eric Jacques Dagher, Eva Rose D’Onofrio, Ryder James-Edward Goss, Sydney Grace Goulding, Nyla Susan Goulis, Alexis Lee Grasdock, Justin James Green, Katherine Lynette Gryk, Abby Janet Hale, Nathaniel Flynn Heon, Leland Gerber Hine, Sedona Holland, Agatha Fay Hunt, Beatrice Stelfox Hunt, Sabina June Jungkeit, Emmerson Norcia Kaye, Dakota Wills Kotzan, Luke Samuel Legein, Matthew William Mazzalupo, Anna Gerety McAdams, Griffin Sam McGlinchey, Matthew Braden Burns Miller, Katherine Elizabeth Mullaney, Delaney Grace Nelson, Isabelle McEntire O’Connor, Kayla Ann O’Leary, Grace Olivia Phaneuf, Jack David Porter, Luisa Lambert Raby, Haley Rae Shaw, Owen Thomas Snurkowski, Keara Megan Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Scott Wells, Tyler Joseph Wells, Summer Paige Wollack

Grade 6: Emma Rose Arelt, Ella Aley Austin, Natalie Amelia Barndt, Micah Everett Bass, Molly Grace Boardman, Samuel David Bocian, Chase Miles Calderon, Tabitha Rose Colwell, Gloria Luz Conley, Chloe Irene Datum, Zoe Siena Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Anne Edmed, Anna Sophia Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Elisabeth Ferman, Hoshena Sora Gemme, Marcella Margaret Gencarella, Salvatore Anthony Gencarella, Ava Clare Gilbert, Henry Martin Griswold, Kyle Nathaniel Ingersoll-Bonsack, Shyla Chantelle Jones, Simon Maxwell Karpinski, Aven Irene Kellert, Olivia Grace Kelly, Ella Frances Kiem, Ada Marie LaConti, James Emmanuel Lahot, Elise Grace Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Colette Elena Marchant, Nathan James Morgan, Abigail Nancy O’Brien, Kanon Amy Oharu, Filip Jaromir Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Catriona Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Lyn Simler, Morgan Kelly Standish, Charlotte Rebekah Tinniswood, Leah Fay Volponi, Kathleen Noel Walsh, Ava Gray Wilcox, Ava Rose Wood-Muller

Honors

Grade 8: Olivia Grace Alpha, Elsie Beatrice Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Tyler Barbour, Cooper Russell Bowman, Arber Hoxha, Madison Madonna Krol, Karleigh Paige Landers, Joseph Nicholas Montazella, Calvin Andrew Monte, Alain Jaromir Pecher-Kohout, Santiago Israel Rodriguez, Rhyleigh Berit Russell, Anders Erik Silberberg

Grade 7: Nicholas Paul Cheesman, Lucas Milo DaSilva, Amelia Lynn Gage, Brodie Cole Lippincott, Elaina Marie Morosky, Ronald Peter Olin, Ava Sophia Roth, Kylie-Jean Patricia Sevigny, Sydney Morgan Siefken, Madeleine Sydney Soriano, Gabriel Charles Tooker, Kalea VanPelt

Grade 6: Christopher Patrick Anderson, Oliver Pierre Avelange, Austin Ruben Buckingham, Mark Kasper Burnham, Autumn Reign Dionne, Shane Hudson Eastman-Grossel, Samantha Rose Fiske, Abigail Ann Griffith, Jonathan Cole Harms, Brenden Thomas Landry, Elizabeth Blackwell Lopez, Ysabel Mariflor Rodriguez, Kelly Fei Sheehan, Andrew John Sicuranza

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Region 18 Budget Approved by Almost 2:1 Margin in Referendum

The proposed 2019-20 Region 18 budget was approved convincingly in both Lyme and Old Lyme by an almost 2:1 margin in yesterday’s referendum.  The “Yes’ votes totaled 558 (63.4 percent) while the No’s notched 322 (36.6 percent.)

Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “We are pleased with the outcome of this referendum vote and appreciate the continued support of our schools from the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme. This budget will allow us to continue to provide the premier education experience in Connecticut.”

The breakdown of the vote from each town was as follows:

Lyme
Yes: 162
No: 34

Old Lyme
Yes: 396
No: 288

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Commentaries on the Proposed 2019-20 Region 18 Budget

We received a request from Old Lyme resident Mona Colwell to publish the statement she read at the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, May 1.  Her statement (printed below) relates to the proposed 2019-20 Lyme-Old Lyme Schools budget on which the citizens of Lyme and Old Lyme will vote in a referendum on Tuesday.

Since the referendum is so close, we invited Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser to respond to the statement. He explained that he did not wish to do so as he is bound under election rules not to give an opinion on a matter being voted on by the public within seven days of that election.

In the interests of equity and independence to which we always attempt to ascribe, we are therefore publishing a statement on the budget given to us by Superintendent Neviaser back in February, which reads as follows:

“I am pleased that the Board of Education has voted to support the fiscally responsible budget that we proposed.  The 2.29 percent increase is one of the lower budget increases our communities have seen and is far lower than all of our surrounding districts.  This budget will continue to provide a top notch educational program to our students and communities with enhancements to what is already one of the strongest districts in the state.”

Colwell’s statement made May 1 to the Region 18 Board of Education reads:

“Four months ago, you, the Board, accepted an idea of pre-k expansion in the upcoming budget on a premise that it could work in the budget. However, you have been given misinformation about this proposed pre-k expansion.
You were told that the student population and the numbers of sections at Mile Creek were decreasing – they are not.
You were told that this was a way to avoid letting teachers go – however we now know this expansion requires increasing the number of teachers and Instructional assistants for Region 18
The data you were presented in support of pre-k expansion is not comparable to our area – there is no data to support the benefits of a 5 day, all day pre-k program for the socio-economic population in our towns.
The curriculum we have now was developed as a one on one peer based academic special needs program, so yes, we have a curriculum, but it’s not one that is created for a universal pre-k program.
You were told that the local businesses are ok with the expansion, but they are not and offering free pre-k for all will put local businesses out of business, further reducing the options available to our local families so they will have to go to Old Saybrook and East Lyme for other preschool options. Where are they going to buy a house then? According to Ian Neviaser, they’ll buy a house where their kids are going to preschool and that will not be in our towns.
You were told that everyone in our towns wants free pre-k for all kids – we have over 300 signatures on two petitions from people who don’t want the pre-k expansion in it’s (sic) current form, who are asking you as a Board to hold off on this proposal so that the program can be fully developed.Diane Linderman and Ian Neviaser told us at the Middle School PTO meeting in March that you, as a Board, still have time to rework the Region 18 2019/2020 budget, you can remove the proposed pre-k expansion costs of $400,000, you can adjust for the $150,000 in insurance savings that we already know about and you can decrease the heating expenses to Region 18 by $300,000 by taking steps to prevent heat loss in all of our buildings and offer a flat budget for the 2019/2020 school year without taking any programing away from our k-12 students.
By creating a flat budget, the current $1.2 million increase to the taxpayers of Old Lyme will be decreased by over $640,000.
Ian Neviaser has said that he’ll keep the pre-k expansion even if the budget gets voted down – the truth is that no one in our towns wants the budget to get voted down.
But we do want fiscal responsibility and we want you, the Board of Education, to represent us, the taxpayers. That’s why you were elected. As a Board, you can take the pre-k expansion out of the budget since it was put in under false pretenses. Then you’ll have time to explore how to add universal pre-k in a cost effective manner, with realistic logistics, minimal impact on the taxpayers and no negative effect on local businesses.
As a Board of Education concerned with children who may not be receiving pre-k exposure prior to kindergarten, you can change the lottery system, that we all know is not a blind lottery, to give preference to those families who have financial hardship and may not be able to afford sending their children to pre-school. We already as a community have accepted that the peer program is paid for by the taxes. So, make an adjustment to your acceptance of peers to ensure that those children most in need are taken over those who can afford to send their children to preschool.
Give us a budget that we can support on May 7th.
Thank you.”

 

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Receives ‘College Success Award,’ Only 1,722 Schools Recognized Nationally

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received the College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received the College Success Award, which honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college and succeed once they get there.

Launched by GreatSchools.org, the 2019 College Success Award recognizes only 1,722 schools in 25 states. Award-winning schools have a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 65 percent of jobs will require a post-secondary degree by 2020. Lyme-Old Lyme High School is one of the approximately 20 percent of eligible schools that won the College Success Award.

In response to this recognition, Superintendent Ian Neviaser stated, “This honor is a testament to the commitment of our students and their families, our dedicated staff, and the communities that continue to support our mission. We are honored to be recognized as a part of such an elite group.”

“Lyme-Old Lyme High School is providing their students with a high-quality education that equips and empowers them with the skills to forge a path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools.org. “We applaud students, parents, teachers and the entire community for their dedication to pursuing college success.”

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Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Offers Pre-College Summer Arts Program

File photo of the Chandler Academic Center which comprises part of the newly-renamed Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is currently accepting high school students for enrollment in a series of pre-college summer art courses. Students with beginning to advanced level art training are welcome to enroll in college-level courses taught by master artists to further explore and expand their technical skills and abilities.

Course offerings include sculpture, drawing, oil painting, animation and more. Each course runs for one week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Founded in 1976 by esteemed sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located in historic Old Lyme, which has been a vibrant center for the arts and artists in Southeastern, CT for more than 100 years. The Academy offers a variety of programs in art education under the guidance of master artists who share a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching that provide students with the necessary foundation and skills to develop their own unique visual expression.

Interested students can find out more information and enroll by visiting the new Lyme Academy website at www.lymeacademy.org or email info@lymeacademy.org.

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Brady Sheffield Named Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Business Student of the Month

Brady Sheffield (second from right) receives his Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce April 2019 Business Student of the Month award from (left to right) Rich Shriver,, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce President; Jeanne Manfredi, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Assistant Principal, and Leslie Traver, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Department Chair.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Brady Sheffield has been named the Chamber of Commerce Business Student of the Month for April 2019. Brady plans on working for his uncle’s social media company to learn about running a business — a nice tie in to the business classes he has taken.

The Chamber 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 50+ year member of the Chamber who was highly regarded in our Lyme-Old Lyme community. Thirty-five juniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School were recognized through this program.

 

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Legislators, Superintendents, Residents Express Universal Opposition to Forced School Regionalization

Special to LymeLine.com

Sitting in the front row of the audience at Monday night’s forum on school regionalization were local school superintendents (from right to left) Ian Neviaser (Lyme-Old Lyme), Pat Ciccone (Westbrook) and Jan Perruccio (Old Saybrook.)

Over 100 people turned out for an Education and Regionalization Forum at Old Saybrook Middle School on Thursday, April 11. The event was hosted by Rep. Devin Carney, (R-23rd), with Senators Paul Formica, (R-20th), and Norm Needleman, (D-33rd).

While the two parties differ on Connecticut road tolls, all three local officials said they are against forced regionalization of school district bills proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Senators Bob Duff and Cathy Osten, Deputy President Pro Tempore, and by Governor Ned Lamont.

Rep. Carney said there was an enormous public outcry by small towns and school districts, thousands of pieces of testimony received and hundreds of people, including students from Region 18 schools, who testified in March hearings.  While this probably means that the idea of aligning school districts with recently consolidated probate districts is not advancing, the matter of reducing and reallocating education costs is very much still alive, and pieces of proposed legislation could still become law.

“Nothing is truly ever dead until we gavel out at midnight on June 5,” Rep. Carney said, explaining the state legislative process and timelines of the ongoing session in Hartford. 

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) addresses the audience Monday night while (left) State Sen. Paul Formica (R-20th) awaits his turn to speak. Almost hidden from view, State Sen. Norm Needleman (D-33rd) stands to Rep. Carney’s right.

Of the six bills introduced that address regionalization of schools or services, three have been passed by the Education Committee and further action could be taken on them:

  • Governors Bill 874 establishes an appointed Commission on Shared School Services that is charged with developing shared school services recommendations, requires boards of education (BOEs) to report on currently shared school services and requires regional BOEs to post online monthly current and projected expenditures and to submit information to their town’s legislative body. The commission would issue a report in December 2020, recommendations could be binding on towns and districts. Because of costs of setting up a commission, the bill has been referred to Appropriations Committee;
  • HB 7350 requires regional education service centers (RESCs) to distribute an inventory of goods and services to member BOEs, and the Department of Education (DOE) shall develop a report of best practices by RESCs for regional cooperation. (LEARN, at 44 Hatchetts Hill Road in Old Lyme, is a RESC);
  • SB 1069, proposed by Sen. Needleman, which allows the DOE to study the effects of towns working together as Local Education Agencies, is intended to encourage voluntary regional cooperation and maximize efficiencies and cost savings without being mandated to become regional school districts.

Superintendents Ian Neviaser (Lyme-Old Lyme), Jan Perruccio (Old Saybrook), and Pat Ciccone (Westbrook) addressed how their districts have been sharing services and resources to reduce costs while maintaining the quality of curriculum along with educational, extracurricular and sports activities and programs.  Standard practices include health and dental insurance, energy, financial software, food service and supplies, plus student transportation for specialized programs.

Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Region 4 (Chester, Deep River and Essex plus the three elementary schools for each of those towns, which are not part of Region 4) school districts already share staff, Perruccio said, in an arrangement that has the flexibility to change yearly based on each districts’ demographic needs.

Perruccio said she was alarmed that the forced regionalization bills showed a lack of regard and understanding of how school districts are already sharing resources with a focus on quality of education.

Ciccone cited how the districts are coordinating to provide professional development for their teachers, and how Westbrook’s school facilities, sports programs and fields are utilized by the Town Parks and Recreation Department and local YMCA. The schools and town share legal and financial services support, as well. 

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands at the podium during Monday evening’s forum.

“There is a money issue here, we need to be frank about it,” said Neviaser, pointing out that significant redistribution of wealth from school districts with higher property values and tax base already occurs. 

Fifty-one percent of New London’s school budget is paid by the state, he said., as is over 60 percent of Norwich’s, 33 percent of Montville’s and 14 percent of East Lyme’s school budgets. Meanwhile, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools receive less than one percent of operating expenses from the state.

“There was no mention of improving educational outcomes in these regionalization proposals,” commented Tina Gilbert of Lyme. “It is because of our school district’s focus on that, we are in the top four in the country in education.  There is no discussion of parent involvement in schools; we are not wealthy or privileged people, we chose to live in this school district for our children.  What it takes to build [highly performing schools] is parent involvement, working with parents.”

When asked if they moved to their town because of the quality of the schools, a high number of people in the audience raised their hands.

While the majority of questions and comments addressed specifics of proposed legislation, the overarching issue of state fiscal problems and how to address government spending arose. Lyme and Old Lyme residents were some of the most vocal about the impact of proposed legislation on property values, taxes and the quality of local school districts.

“The majority of the state doesn’t have a problem, town government works in Connecticut, but Hartford is not responsible,” said Curt Deane of Lyme, pointing out a seven-page summary of education service-sharing produced by LEARN in February.  “The initial [regionalization] proposals would have raised my property taxes by 50 percent overnight. Taxes go up, property values go down. People have to understand, this is going to hit our property taxes and hit hard. This isn’t going to go away.” 

“We can’t be a state with only great little towns and not great cities,” Sen. Needleman said, citing imbalances of health care outcomes and school performance between wealthier communities and the state’s large cities. He continued, “While we don’t want to mess up what we have, we can’t turn our backs on the disparities.”

The legislators encouraged voters to speak up, write letters, follow grassroots organizations such as Hands Off Our Schools or form their own group to express concerns to elected officials.

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Rep. Carney, Local School Superintendents Host Forum Tonight on School Regionalization, Education

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) in conjunction with the School Superintendents from Lyme-Old Lyme (Ian Neviaser), Old Saybrook (Jan Perruccio) and Westbrook (Pat Ciccone) invite the public to attend an informational forum regarding education and school regionalization Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Saybrook Middle School Auditorium, 60 Sheffield St., Old Saybrook.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will provide an update on the status of state legislation affecting local public education, including forced regionalization. School regionalization has been a major topic of discussion during the 2019 legislative session, and this event will allow area residents to share their concerns, get their questions answered, and discuss potential alternatives.

For further information and any other concerns regarding state government, email State Rep. Carney at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov or call 800-842-1423.

For further information on Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, contact Superintendent Ian Neviaser at neviaseri@region18.org or 860-434-7238.

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