April 5, 2020

Car Parade During Shutdown Demonstrates Strength of Student, Teacher Bonds at Lyme School

The “Teacher Parade” comprising 35 vehicles winds its way through the streets of Lyme.

LYME — Describing it as “one of the most heart-lifting events that I’ve ever been a part of,” Lyme Consolidated School music teacher Melissa Rostkoski explained that the inspiration for the 35-strong car parade that wound through the streets of Lyme on Tuesday afternoon lay in social media.

She had seen a video-clip of a motivational car parade being held “nowhere round here” shortly after Lyme-Old Lyme Schools were closed March 13 due to the COVID-19 crisis and it started her thinking about trying to do the same thing in Lyme.

Rostkoski said she shared the video with her colleague and friend, Lyme School’s Physical Education teacher Bonnie Ambruso, and together they rapidly agreed, “We should do this.”

From there, the two teachers set out to enlist broad parental and faculty support for the idea and gain all the necessary approvals from the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, Police and Fire Departments. Rostkoski noted that after, “lots of back and forth,” a date was set and then the detailed planning really started.

Emily Reynolds, who has two girls at the school and also runs Lyme School’s Facebook page, was soon involved. She said, “I looked at all the Lyme School bus routes and developed a master route,” adding with a smile that it turned out to be an exercise that, “required a PhD in logistics!”

Another parent, Adam McEwen was soon on board and, in Reynolds’ words, “He tested the route,” and moreover, “… it worked!”

Stacey Leonardo, who is president of Lyme School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and also a Region 18 Board of Education member, joined the effort and Reynolds described how Leonardo, “Put her graphic designs skills to work and developed a flier which we posted to the Lyme PTO pages and shared to all room parents to disseminate to the families.”

Fourth grader Lillian Reynolds expressed one of her concerns regarding the current school closure situation!

Reynolds said that, at that point, the parade concept had “really created a movement within the town.”

A few days prior to the event, Reynolds said, “Old Lyme Fire Department member Jarrod Flagg, who has children at Lyme School, reached out and wanted to help coordinate fire department support.

The Lyme and Old Lyme Fire Departments then went to work, and got drivers and firetrucks ready for the event.” She noted, “Jarrod was really committed to making this a special event for the kids.”

 

Keeping things in the family, so as to speak, the Lyme firetruck driver was Lyme School alumnus Will Firgelewski, pictured above, who graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2005.

Finally, in the true spirit of community, the Old Lyme Resident Trooper contacted Rostkoski March 30 and said he too “wanted to be part of it” and would help take care of the safety aspects of the parade.

And so it came to pass that all the Lyme School teachers, Instructional Assistants and nurse, along with Principal Jim Cavalieri gathered in the Rogers Lake parking lot a little before 4 p.m. last Tuesday in preparation for the parade. The route had taken McEwen around a little over an hour when he tested it — this time it took more than twice that length of time.

The streets were filled — but always at a safe social distance — with children and parents holding wonderful, often amusing homemade signs, waving and cheering as the parade of cars filled with their teachers and support staff drove past.  In many cases, the cars were bedecked with balloons and the drivers regularly blew their horns.

Rostkoski said, “It made everyone incredibly happy.  There were definitely some tears.  It was very therapeutic for everyone. We wanted the kids to know that we miss them terribly and would much rather be in a building with them than driving by them.”

Reynolds added, “The turnout was extraordinary. The goal [of the parade] was really to remind all of these young people that even though we are all apart, the amazing teachers of Lyme School are here for them, care about them and will support them through this challenging time. It’s all about connection – we are wired to be connected and this parade achieved that; it made everyone feel part of this special community.”

Cavalieri commented, “My staff wanted to bring a little “normal” back into the students lives. Hopefully this was accomplished as we drove by the smiling faces of the students and parents. We wanted to give them hope during this time of uncertainty. All of the students want to be back in school with their teachers and friends. They just want life to be back to normal.”

Rostkoski was anxious to express her thanks to, “Everyone that made the parade flow so beautifully and kept it safe.”  Cavalieri similarly wanted to give, “A big thank you to the Lyme and Old Lyme Fire and Police for their support and guidance in making this parade so fabulous,” concluding, “We all want to be safe and remain healthy, but we all want to get back to what we do best … being in our classrooms and teaching the kids.”

Editor’s Note: We apologize that we do not know the names of all the students, teachers and parents in these photos. Please send us those details if you wish us to add them. And we received so many wonderful photos from the parade that, contrary to our normal policy of only publishing a limited number of photos with an article, we have published almost all of them!

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Girls Club Basketball Team Win Prestigious Neil Hoelck Basketball Tournament

Champions! These girls emerged victorious in the recent Neil Hoelck Basketball Tournament held at Waterford High School. From left to right are (back row) Coach Mike O’Brien, Kelly Sheehan, Grace Ferman, Olivia Kelly, Abby O’Brien, Kate Walsh, Samantha Fiske, Coach Sarah Walsh, and Coach Geoff Ferman, (front row) Bronwyn Kyle, Kanon O’Haru, and Natalie Barndt. Not pictured is Morgan Standish. (Photos submitted.)

LYME/OLD LYME — As we currently ride this choppy sea of challenging and frustrating news, here’s a little piece of thoroughly good news to brighten your day!

Over the weekend of March 7 and 8, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Girls Club Basketball team swept the 7th Grade Division in the 41st Annual Neil Hoelck Basketball Tournament at Waterford High School. The girls defeated Waterford, and New London (twice) in the opening rounds. and then faced Madison in the championship game.

The final was a real nail-biter, but the LOL girls ultimately defeated Madison by 30-28 to win the tournament.

The winning tean proudly display their medals.

Pictured celebrating their victory in the photo above are from left to right, (back row) Abby O’Brien, Kanon O’Haru, Kate Walsh, Olivia Kelly, Grace Ferman, Sam Fiske, Kelly Sheehan, Natalie Barndt, and (front row) Bronwyn Kyle.  Not pictured is Morgan Standish.

All of the girls attend Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Many congratulations to the team and their coaches!

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Closed Immediately for Minimum of Two Weeks

Lyme-Old Lyme High School will be closed effective immediately along with all other Region 18 Schools and offices.

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser announced the closure of all Lyme-Old Lyme Schools in an email that went out to all parents, faculty and staff at 12:30 p.m. today. The closure is effective immediately and will continue for a minimum of two weeks, but warns, “Please be aware that as guidance is updated, this may need to be extended.”

He explains the background to the decision to close the schools as follows, emphasizing how this is a collective decision made by all southeastern Connecticut school superintendents, “On the advice of our local health departments, the school superintendents in southeastern Connecticut have come together to make a decision to put the health of our community (both our school community and the community at large) at the center of our decision to close schools.  We have been advised by local health authorities that the implementation of social distancing measures is a proven science-based intervention that has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with communicable disease outbreaks. In the past, communities in which schools closed were able to positively impact and reduce the spread of disease. We felt compelled to make this decision to prevent the spread of illness among our students, staff, and our communities.” 

Neviaser then notes, “We have also been advised that we cannot confirm that this illness will run its course in two weeks, in fact, it is not likely that it will.  We made the determination to make this closure “indefinite” based on that information. This decision was made in consultation with and with the support of the health departments, elected officials, and emergency management professionals.”

Regarding the possibility of distance learning during the closure, the Superintendent states, “There has been much discussion about the concept of distance learning during prolonged absences.  At this time the Connecticut State Department of Education has discouraged school districts from utilizing this approach due to concerns over instructional consistency (especially in the early grades), equity of access both intra-district and inter-district, disruption of special education services, and multiple employee contractual issues.  We will continue, during this school closing, to seek ways to provide supplemental education to our students. Should we need to utilize a distance learning model in the future, we will notify parents, students, and staff members of how this will be implemented.”

He concludes, “While I have no other information to share at this time, I will continue to communicate as we receive updated guidance from our public health officials, the CDC, and state officials.  Please continue to monitor your email to ensure receipt of the most current information. It is my intention to send, at a minimum, a weekly communication as this situation evolves.”

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools to Remain Open in Immediate Future; if Closed Later, Will be for Two Weeks; Parents Should Start Preparing Now for Closure

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser sent out a detailed communication regarding the COVID-19 outbreak to all parents, staff and faculty this afternoon (March 11.)  Key points from the communication are as follows:

  • All school and district offices will remain open, in regular session, for students and staff.
  • Should there be a need to close schools (due to a confirmed case of COVID-19), (the affected school) or (all schools and district buildings) will be closed for a two-week duration. Parents/caregivers are urged to begin to prepare alternative accommodations for your child in the event that a closure is warranted.
  • All enrichment activities/events (evening school concerts, plays, family engagement events, etc.) that are planned for groups of more than 100 people are cancelled starting March 11 through April 30
  • All out-of-state field trips are cancelled between March 11 and April 30.
  • All winter sports championship tournaments are cancelled.
  • All state employee travel on state business outside Connecticut is frozen.
  • All state-organized gatherings anticipated to have more than 100 people in attendance will be evaluated as to whether they should be postponed or changed to teleconference events.

The full text of the communication is below.

“Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies, effective through September 9, 2020 which read in part, “local education officials are directed to follow previously issued guidance and apply relevant principles of risk management to decisions about whether to cancel, modify, or postpone large gatherings, public events, or travel.“  The guidance he references is below.

Districts, in consultation with the municipal or district health department, should consider the directives made to state agencies by the Governor (below) in considering district planning for large events where there would be 100 or more people in attendance such as:

·       Athletic events

·       School plays/Spring concerts

·       Field trips

Summary of Guidance from Governor to State Agencies:

·       An immediate freeze on state employee travel for state business outside of Connecticut until further notice.

·       Any State of Connecticut-organized large meetings, conferences, or gatherings anticipated to have more than 100 people in attendance will be evaluated as to whether these events should move to teleconference or be postponed.

·       For events or meetings with large numbers of people within arm’s length of each other, encourage those who are at higher risk due to age (70 or older), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems, not to attend or dial in.

If Connecticut experiences widespread sustained community transmission, public safety considerations including extended school closures as a public health prevention measure will be made at the direction of the Office of the Governor with input from Connecticut State Department of Education, Department of Public Health, and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

We are in regular communication with our district medical advisor, Vijay Sikand M.D., and the Ledge Light Health District (our local health department).  We also monitor the CDC website on a daily basis.  

Today, the Ledge Light Health District provided the following notification to school districts within its coverage area.

At this time, school closures in Connecticut have not been directed by Federal and/or State officials. Instead, the Governor and Commissioner have issued guidance https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus. The decision to close schools will be made by school district administration in coordination with and/or at the direction of local health officials. The following protocols are hereby implemented: 

Effective Immediately:

·       At this time, all school and district offices will remain open, in regular session, for students and staff.

·       All enrichment activities/events (evening school concerts, plays, family engagement events, etc.) that are planned for groups of more than 100 people are cancelled beginning today, March 11th through April 30th. 

·       All out-of-state field trips are cancelled between March 11th and April 30th.

·       All winter sports championship tournaments are cancelled. This announcement was made by the CIAC on March 10. 

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within a school district:

·       Should there be a need to close schools (due to a confirmed case of COVID-19), (the affected school) or (all schools and district buildings) will be closed for a two-week duration. Please begin to prepare alternative accommodations for your child in the event that a closure is warranted. The school community will be informed about the need for a school closing through our regular communication methods. In addition, the district will keep the school community apprised of updates through regular communications, as the situation may change.

·       Should the district need to close, the days missed will be made up between June 22-30, 2020 as well as April 15-17, 2020.

In an effort to limit the exposure to COVID-19 for high risk individuals, elderly or immunocompromised individuals are discouraged from coming to our campuses.  We also are imploring everyone to follow the procedures shared with you in our last two communications which are repeated below. It is expected that all of us ensure our students understand the necessity of proper hygiene to avoid illness.  Therefore, please share this information with your student(s). We will continue to reinforce these practices during the school day.

Use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is recommended if soap and water are not available. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Illness prevention is the first line of defense. The following are recommended measures that can lower the risk of any illness including COVID-19:

·       Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is recommended.

·       Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.

·       Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

·       Clean frequently-touched objects and surfaces with a disinfectant product.

·       Avoid sharing drinking cups, food, and other personal items.

·       Stay at home if you are ill to minimize the transmission of illness and disease.

·       It is important that parents communicate with their child’s teacher if they are out with illness.

Students and staff should not attend school with the following symptoms of common illness or disease:

·       Temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Individuals should be fever-free without use of a fever-reducing medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.

·       Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Individuals should remain at home until they have stopped vomiting for at least 24 hours and are able to tolerate fluids and solid foods.

·       Sore throat that is accompanied by fatigue, body aches, and fever.

·       A persistent/disruptive cough lasting for more than a few days or with fever.

·       Eye discomfort with itching, redness, pain, and drainage.

·       Skin rash suggestive of a communicable disease. We ask that any blisters or open sores be healed before returning to school

·       We request a note if a student has seen a physician and been absent due to a communicable disease.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please click on the following links.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Preparedness/Main-Page/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

2 – LLHD COVID-19 Reference.pdf 

3 – LLHD COVID-19 Reference 2.pdf 

4 – COVID-19_parent_handout_NASP_NASN_2-20_FINAL.pdf 

5 – COVID-19 Hotline.pdf 

We continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, our district medical advisor, and the Ledge Light Health District and will adjust our position if needed.  Any changes will be communicated to parents and staff via email. “

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS, MS Announce Second Quarter Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Honor Roll
2019-20 Quarter 2

High Honors

Grade 12: William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Rory Cavicke, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Nicholas Fava, Avery Grethel, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Jeremy Montazella, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Carter Popkin, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Andre Salkin, Jane Scheiber, Brady Sheffield, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Evan St. Louis, Haley Stevens, Olivia Tetreault, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Kiera Ulmer, Jackson Warren, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 11: Paige Alpha, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Emily DeRoehn, Leslie Farrell, Fiona Frederiks, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Regan Kaye, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Luke Macy, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Brianna Melillo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Gavin Porter, Julie Rudd, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St. Germain, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 10: Grace Arnold, Hannah Britt, Evan Clark, John Conley, Caroline Crolius, Henry Cutler-Stamm, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Jackson Harris, Fiona Hufford, Zoe Jensen, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Elle Myers, Adeline Riccio, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Lloret Sala, Olivia Schaedler, Calvin Scheiber, McLean Signora, Abby Speckhals, Drew St. Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Avery Wyman

Grade 9: William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Nicholas Cox, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Clarence Hinckley, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Karissa Huang, Aidan Kerrigan, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Calvin Monte, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Eli Ryan, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Joseph Steinmacher, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams, Lea Wilson

Honors

Grade 12: Charles Ames, Chloe Cahill, Lisbet Carcamo, Philip Cone, Sarah Conley, Ty Dean, Samuel Dushin, Theodore Enoch, Leah Fouquette, Jada Fuentes, Lucy Gilbert, Darin Hamou, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Daniel Kendall, Connor Maguire, Natalie Meyers, Kyle Myers, Jenny Pelaez, Chase Reneson, Samuel Roth, Colby Sides, Ryan Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Aedan Using, Megan VanSteenbergen

Grade 11: Colbe Andrews, Kaylee Armenia, Maxwell Bauchmann, Sadie Bowman, Hunter Collins, Jackson Cowell, Patrick Dagher, Bianca Dasilva, Paige Davis, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Paige Kolesnik, Gabriel Lavoie, Mackenzie Machnik, Emma Meekhoff, Marina Melluzzo, Timothy O’Brien, Olivia Papanier, Lauren Pitt, Aidan Powers, Jacob Quaratella, Jake Stewart, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch, Katelyn Zbierski

Grade 10: Nicholas Adeletti, John Almy, Dylan Avelange, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Ethan Carr, John Caulkins, Ryan Clark, Grace Coverdale, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Samantha Geshel, Ethan Goss, Lillian Herrera, Madison Hubbard, Cora Kern, Alex Lee, Stephanie Mauro, James Mazzalupo, Emily Mesham, Jacob Meyers, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Bella Orlando, Aidan Russell, Frank Sablone, Madison Thompson, Evan Visgilio, Mary Wholean, Paige Winchell, Ryan Zbierski, Jerry Zhang

Grade 9: Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Jordan Beebe, Marjorie Curtis, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Dylan Hovey, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Karleigh Landers, Monique Lavoie, Ford Macadam, Kennedy McCormick, Joseph Montazella, Allott Patterson, Jacob Rand, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Rhyleigh Russell, Dylan Sheehan, Ned Smith, Peter Tkaczuk

 

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Honor Roll
2019-20  Quarter 2 


High Honors

Grade 8: Peighton Andrews, Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Bianca Carrion, Nicholas Cheesman, Sarah Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eva D’Onofrio, Eric Dagher, Amelia Gage, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Katherine Gryk, Abby Hale, Mohamad Hamou, Leland Hine, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Dakota Kotzan, Grady Lacourciere, Brodie Lippincott, Anna McAdams, Griffin McGlinchey, Matthew Miller, Elaina Morosky, Katherine Mullaney, Delaney Nelson, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Hannah Thomas, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Summer Wollack

Grade 7: Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Quinn Arico, Ella Austin, Oliver Avelange, Natalie Barndt, Molly Boardman, Nathaniel Bradley, Mark Burnham, Chase Calderon, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Grace Ferman, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kaela Hoss, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, James Lahot, Elise Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Elizabeth Lopez, Colette Marchant, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Pennie, Drea Simler, Audrey Spiegel, Morgan Standish, Kathleen Walsh, Ava Wilcox

Grade 6: Charlotte Antonino, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Alexa Donovan, Gabrielle Field, Eric Fusscas, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Christopher Kachur, Katherine King, Jade Lawton, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Elise Marchant, Nayeli Marin, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Eiley Montanaro, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Jackson Pannier, Quenten Patz, Jacob Prokopets, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Charlotte Spiegel, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, Connor Vautrain, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Julius Wilson, Oliver Wyman, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang

Honors

Grade 8: Henry Boremski, Naomi Clark, Lucas DaSilva, Mulanga Drysile, Nathaniel Heon, Sedona Holland, Luke Legein, Kayla O’Leary, Grace Phaneuf, Cailin Ruhling, Kylie-Jean Sevigny, Owen Snurkowski, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt

Grade 7: Micah Bass, Justin Bonatti, Dominic Clark, Erin Durant, Davis Fallon, Abigail Griffith, Hannah Johnston, Aven Kellert, Evan LeQuire, Max Novak, Andrew Sicuranza, Nola Slubowski, Madeline Supersano, Charlotte Tinniswood

Grade 6: Trevor Buydos, Jack Conroy, Sophia D’Angelo, Braden Dawson, Synthia Diaz, Bodie Holland, Thomas Kelly, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Daniela Marin, Isabella Presti, Tanner Snurkowski, Eve Videll, Gabriel Waldo

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Board of Education Hosts Public Forum on Proposed Artificial Playing Surface, March 25

This playing field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School is the proposed site of the artificial athletic field. This project will be discussed at a Public Forum to be hosted March 25 by Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Board of Education.

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Board of Education is hosting a Public Forum in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss their proposal to install an artificial playing surface at the Lyme Street campus.

After a presentation on the background for this proposal, possible infill options, and the funding sources, attendees will have an opportunity to ask the Board questions and provide feedback on this concept.

All are welcome. Board members suggest readers should bring their thoughts, ideas, and questions.

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Old Lyme Boys End Regular Season at Top of Shoreline; Now Onto Conference, State Championships as #1 Seed

Pictured above is the top scorer in yesterday’s Shoreline Conference game against Morgan, Old Lyme Senior Aedan Using. File photo by C. Using.

OLD LYME — Old Lyme defeated Morgan 67-50 last night Old Lyme to nab the top place in the Shoreline Conference at the end of the regular season. They now enter both the Shoreline and the CIAC State Division V Championships as the top seed.

Wildcat Senior Ray Doll drained 20 points in yesterday’s game against Morgan HS. File photo by C. Using.

In yesterday evening’s game played away at Morgan, Senior Aedan Using had 22 points,12 rebounds and eight assists while fellow seniors Ray Doll and Jared Ritchie notched 20 and 12 points respectively. Senior Brady Sheffield grabbed nine steals and also had six assists.

Jason Cohen led Morgan with 17 points.
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Proposed 2020-21 Budget for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Shows First Ever Decrease Over Current Year

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

LYME-OLD LYME — In what Superintendent Ian Neviaser said is a first for the district, the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education approved a proposed 2020-21 budget that is less than the current budget but does not cut programming or staff.

The $35,066,107 million budget is $18,651, or 0.05 percent less than the current $35,084,758 spending plan.

Neviaser said the decrease in large part is due to ..

Read the full article by Mary Biekert and published Feb. 10 on TheDay.com at this link. 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Hire East Haddam Op’s Director as Facilities Director, Succeeding 20-Year Incumbent John Rhodes

Ronald Turner is the newly-appointed Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Facilities Director.

LYME-OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced that Ronald Turner has been hired to fill the position of Director of Facilities and Technology. Turner will replace John Rhodes, who is retiring after 20 years service to the district.

Turner is currently the Director of Operations for the Town of East Haddam, Conn., where he is responsible for 40 different properties including the entire school system. Prior to his work in East Haddam, Turner was employed by the Connecticut State Police for t22 years and brings a strong school safety background to the position.

He is a graduate of Skidmore College and stood out among a pool of over 50 candidates for the position.

He will begin his new position on March 2, 2020.

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UPDATED 2/6: Lyme-Old Lyme HS, MS Issue Revised Q1 Honor Rolls

Editor’s Note: We received updated versions of the Honor Rolls this morning from the Superintendent’s Office with their apologies. We have therefore re-published the Honor Rolls in their entirety.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Q1 Honor Roll 2019-20

High Honors

Grade 12:

William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Leah Fouquette, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Quinn Hickie, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Jacqueline Malizia, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Carter Popkin, Jared Ritchie, Samuel Roth, Andre Salkin, Jane Scheiber, Brady Sheffield, Colby Sides, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Alec Speirs, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Olivia Tetreault, Ryan Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Megan VanSteenbergen, Jackson Warren, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 11:

Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Sophia Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, Jackson Cowell, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Fiona Frederiks, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Luke Macy, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Lauren Pitt, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Julie Rudd, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward

Grade 10:

Grace Arnold, Hannah Britt, Evan Clark, John Conley, Caroline Crolius, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Samantha Geshel, Ethan Goss, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Madison Hubbard, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Kegley, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Emily Mesham, Jacob Meyers, Elle Myers, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Lloret Sala, Olivia Schaedler, Calvin Scheiber, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Paige Winchell, Avery Wyman

Grade 9:

William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Clarence Hinckley, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Karissa Huang, Aidan Kerrigan, Celia LaConti, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Monique Lavoie, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Cooper Munson, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams

Honors

Grade 12:

Anabella Arias, Jean-Luc Bolduc, Martinez Carcamo, Rory Cavicke, Philip Cone, Sarah Conley, Samuel Dushin, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Katherine Funaro, Lucy Gilbert, Samuel Guenther, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Kaitlyn Jacobson, Caroline King, Connor Maguire, Angelina Marinelli, Melissa Mauro, Natalie Meyers, Ryan Mitchell, Jeremy Montazella, Kyle Myers, Cajamarca Pelaez, Haley Stevens, Kiera Ulmer, Katelyn Wells, Clair Wholean

Grade 11:

Kaylee Armenia, Maxwell Bauchmann, Hunter Collins, John Cox, Patrick Dagher, Bianca Dasilva, Corah Engdall, Leslie Farrell, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Regan Kaye, Gabriel Lavoie, Madelyn Maskell, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Brendan McTigue, Brianna Melillo, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Hayden Saunders, Angus Tresnan, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch, Katelyn Zbierski, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 10:

Nicholas Adeletti, Nihad Bicic, Olivia Catalano, Ryan Clark, John Coffey, Anne Colangelo, Sean Cordock, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Henry Cutler-Stamm, Elise DeBernardo, Michael DeGaetano, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Jackson Harris, Lillian Herrera, Zoe Jensen, Cora Kern, Robyn King, Olivia Lecza, Alex Lee, James Mazzalupo, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Lauren Presti, Adeline Riccio, Aidan Russell, Frank Sablone, Abigail Sicuranza, McLean Signora, Meghan Speers, Olivia Turtoro, John Videll, Jerry Zhang

Grade 9:

Olivia Alpha, Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Barbour, Jillian Beebe, John Buckley, Sarah Burnham, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Nicholas Cox, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Richard Frascarelli, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Dylan Hovey, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Karleigh Landers, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Joseph Montazella, Calvin Monte, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Jacob Rand, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Joseph Steinmacher, Marco Supersano, Lea Wilson

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School

Q1 Honor Roll 2019-20

High Honors

Grade 8:

Peighton Andrews, Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Amelia Gage, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Nyla Goulis, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Nathaniel Heon, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Grady Lacourciere, Brodie Lippincott, Anna McAdams, Griffin McGlinchey, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Grace Phaneuf, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Ava Roth, Cailin Ruhling, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Hannah Thomas, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Summer Wollack

Grade 7:

Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Gavin Biega, Molly Boardman, Mark Burnham, Chase Calderon, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Autumn Dionne, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Ferman, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kaela Hoss, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Hannah Johnston, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Ada LaConti, James Lahot, Brenden Landry, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Nola Slubowski, Audrey Spiegel, Morgan Standish, Kathleen Walsh, Ava Wood-Muller

Grade 6:

Charlotte Antonino, Lucy Bartlett, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Jack Conroy, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Braden Dawson, Michael DeFiore, Synthia Diaz, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Alexa Donovan, Gabrielle Field, Arthur Fusscas, Eric Fusscas, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Bodie Holland, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, William Landon, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Ian Maeby, Elise Marchant, Yanza, Marin, Yanza, Marin, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Eiley Montanaro, Madeline Murphy, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Jackson Pannier, Quenten Patz, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Charlotte Spiegel, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, John Turick, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Oliver Wyman, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang

Honors

Grade 8:

Jedidiah Arico, Henry Boremski, Macklin Cushman, Mulanga Drysile, Alexis Frascarelli, Abby Hale, Leland Hine, Dakota Kotzan, Luke Legein, Matthew Mazzalupo, Lucas McMillan, Matthew Miller, Avra Montazella, Charles Sahadi, Sydney Siefken, Owen Snurkowski, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Tyler Wells

Grade 7:

Quinn Arico, Oliver Avelange, Justin Bonatti, Dylan Carnaroli, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Marcella Gencarella, Rowan Hovey, Elizabeth Lopez, Colette Marchant, Nathan Morgan, Max Novak, Ysabel Rodriguez, Andrew Sicuranza, Josephine Small, Madeline Supersano, Charlotte Tinniswood, Ava Wilcox

Grade 6:

Joshua Alix, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Madeline Power, Tanner Snurkowski, Gabriel Waldo, Julius Wilson

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools to be Closed Nov. 3 to Serve as OL Polling Station for Presidential Election

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education voted at their last (Jan. 8) meeting  to approve a 2020-2021 School Calendar, which includes all schools being closed on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in order for the schools to serve as the Old Lyme Polling Station for the 2020 Presidential Election.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained to LymeLine that in light of the very high turnout anticipated for the election in November, Old Lyme Registrars Cathy Carter (R) and Marylin Clark (D) have asked to “shift voting to the schools.” This is because there is significantly more space available at the schools than exists at the current polling station location of  the Cross Lane Firehouse.

The LOL Schools Board of Education has now agreed to that request for November 2020, but a permanent change is still under discussion.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for the fall of 2020 is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School.

Children who will be five-years-old on or before Jan. 1, 2021 are eligible to register for the 2020 Kindergarten class.

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

Please bring to registration your child’s

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

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

  • Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233
  • Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools look forward to welcoming your child.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Achieve Multiple Honors at 2020 Scholastic Art Awards

Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) senior Sarah Conley won three major honors at this year’s Scholastic Art Awards. The painting above, ‘Itchy,’ was included in her portfolio.  All of the images in this article show award-winning artwork by other LOLHS students at the same event. All images submitted.

HARTFORD /LYME-OLD LYME — In keeping with a long tradition of success at the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards, 10 Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) students are being recognized at the event this year. The Awards Celebration is scheduled for this afternoon, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Hartford Art School’s Lincoln Theater. Visit this link for a full listing of all award winners.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Sarah Conley not only received Gold Keys in both Painting and Printmaking, but also the Connecticut Art Administrators Association prestigious award for Best in Printmaking.

‘Voyeur’ by junior Connie Pan.

Juniors Connie Pan, Aidan Powers and Marina Melluzo received Gold Keys in Painting, Digital Art and Drawing respectively, while another junior, Jack Conley, received a Silver Key in Drawing.

Honorable Mentions included seniors Summer Siefken and Sam Dushin for Drawing, junior Olivia Bartlett in Mixed Media, junior Sonia Bair in Drawing, and sophomore Olivia Shaedler in both Drawing and Ceramics.

This triptych titled, ‘Pilot’ is by junior Aidan Powers.

All Scholastic Art Award accepted works are on display at the Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery through Jan. 31. Gold Key works will also go on to be juried at the national level.

Year after year, students from Lyme-Old Lyme High School bring home major awards from this contest so, one must ask, why is the art program at LOLHS so successful?

‘Self-portrait’ by junior Jack Conley.

Adam Raiti, who teaches digital and three-dimensional art at LOLHS, suggests there are a number of reasons. First and foremost, he believes that the fact, “Lyme-Old Lyme Schools hire teachers who are artists” represents a major difference over many other high school art programs. Apart from being a teacher, Raiti, who is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), is an extremely successful freelance illustrator and designer.

Similarly, LOLHS Art Department Head William Allik, a Wesleyan University graduate, is a highly respected artist, whose work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the country. Raiti explains, “We can both bring our real world experiences to the table,” noting that sometimes he sets tasks for his students drawn from work commissioned by his business clients.

‘Turning Out The Light’ by junior Sonia Bair.

Both teachers are classically-trained artists, but Allik, in keeping with the trends of those times, focused on abstract painting during his undergraduate years. After graduation, he continued his art career on the West coast of the US and, in his words, soon “figured out I didn’t want to be an abstract painter.” He returned to the East and was admitted to the élite New York Academy, where his studies included anatomy and cast-drawing.

Allik thus learned what were then perceived as the old-fashioned and outdated skills of the Renaissance Great Masters, which he describes as having been “flushed out in the 70s” with the meteoric rise of modern art. He developed a passion for realism and representational art, which were not then in vogue, but ultimately have stood the test of time, and enabled him to teach his students – in the simplest of terms –“to draw well.”

‘Containment’ by junior Maria Melluzo.

Allik points out that all the top art schools in the country are now looking again for the “traditional skills” and the fact that every year LOLHS graduates are being admitted to schools like RISD, Pratt Institute, Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and Parsons is testament to his focus on teaching students, in his words, “to learn to speak the language of drawing.”

Allik still insists his students take mechanical drawing working by hand with a T-square and triangle on a drafting board, rather than, as would happen in most high schools, using a computer. He emphasizes that, “being able to draw well is a very versatile talent,” citing the professions of architecture, interior and industrial design, and engineering as examples in which, “drawing is the language millions use in their daily lives.”

‘Reflecting the Light’ by junior Olivia Bartlett.

Apart from the tremendous length, depth and breadth of experience of the faculty, Raiti notes another reason the Art Department thrives at Lyme-Old Lyme is the “phenomenal support from the administration and the community.” He comments that the department is “treated with respect” in a community with a history rooted in the arts, asking rhetorically, “Where else can you be [at high school] within walking distance of a remarkable art college [Lyme Academy], the oldest art association in the country [Lyme Art Association] and a nationally-acclaimed art gallery {Florence Griswold Museum]?

‘Portait #3’ by senior Summer Siefken.

Rick Lacey, who graduated from LOLHS in 2007, went on to receive a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and is now an instructor at the college, has nothing but praise for both Allik (Lacey graduated before Raiti joined the high school) and the program at his high school. Now an acclaimed artist himself, Lacey says, “The program at the high school is truly unique in the state and perhaps even the country. Will [Allik] shows that the teaching of classical drawing methods is still extremely important … he finds ways for students to begin to understand the concepts of perspective, proportion, and composition … he really has had many years of great success at all levels.”

‘Coil Pot’ by sophomore Olivia Schaedler.

Lacey recalls that when Allik joined the high school, “There were only six of us in the whole program,” but now Allik has “Full classes all day long,” noting enthusiastically, “He is really on to something and the students pick up on that.” Lacey describes Allik as, “… an incredible teacher that can work with any student,” adding on a personal note, while simultaneously giving a resounding endorsement of the art program at LOLHS, “I’m so proud I went there.”

‘Driveway’ by senior Sam Dushin.

Editor’s Note: Parts of this article were previously published in the summer 2019 edition of ‘The Day Education Guide.’

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‘The Country School’ Hosts Open House Today, All Welcome

MADISON — The Country School jn Madison is holding an Open House Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to meet engaged students and passionate teachers. Also, attendees can learn about the rigorous academic program and commitment to honoring the creativity, sense of wonder, and exuberance of childhood.

MADISON — Learn about the school’s signature programs – STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking – and their rich offerings in the arts and athletics.

Tour the transformed 23-acre campus and hear how alumni are thriving at top high schools and colleges across the country.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. To learn more and register, visit this link.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Asked to Consider Purchase of Lyme Academy-Owned 26+ Acres on Lyme St.

Aerial photo of the 26.31 acres for sale by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts taken from the Lyman Real Estate property listing and published with their permission.

OLD LYME — As part of its reinvention efforts over the past several months, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts officials recently approached the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education inquiring whether the district would be interested in purchasing academy-owned land abutting the public school campus off Lyme Street.

The academy owns approximately 39 acres of land across the street from its main campus, which is also on Lyme Street. Approximately 26 acres of that land has been listed for $5 million through the Lyman Real Estate group

Read the full story by Mary Biekert and published Jan. 10 on TheDay.com at this link.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Seniors Cravinho, Wells Receive Prestigious Superintendent/Student Recognition Awards

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands with CAPPS Superintendent / Student Recognition Awardees Elizabeth Cravinho and Trevor Wells after the students had received their awards at a ceremony held Dec. 10, in Old Saybrok.

LYME/OLD LYME — (Press Release) Elizabeth Cravinho and Trevor Wells, students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, have been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community at a ceremony held Dec. 10, 2019 at Saybrook Point Inn.

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

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

Cravinho’s citation states:

Elizabeth Cravinho is not to be underestimated. She may present as a petite young woman but beware, for she is an energetic and determined dynamo. When you give her a task, consider it done. This energy level comes in handy when you consider all that she juggles: USAG Junior Olympic Gymnast, Concert Band President, Spanish Honor Society Vice President, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, Student Advisory Council and Student Leaders, all while taking a challenging academic schedule and exploring her career aspiration of Dentistry.

Even when she took a risk and decided to give up gymnastics, which she loved and had participated in her entire life, she was planning how to spend her new-found time by taking advantage of opportunities within Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the Lyme and Old Lyme communities. Her altruistic nature motivates her to volunteer at Christ the King Church, Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and Special Olympics.
 
This genuine young woman is as good as they come. She has an unprecedented work ethic, strong beliefs and the conviction to stand up for them and a sense of purpose to know it is her responsibility to make things happen in her own life while knowing when others need a helping hand.

Wells’s citation states:

Trevor Wells is a leader and role model at Lyme-Old Lyme High School known for his determined work ethic, leadership and his undying energy and involvement in so many worthy causes. A National Honor Society member and President of the Class of 2020, Trevor takes on the most rigorous courses and thrives in an academic environment. He is motivated by his strong curiosity and thirst for knowledge but he is just as committed to goodwill and kindness. Trevor has taken every opportunity here at Lyme-Old Lyme High School; for example, he loves to explore other points of view and takes three languages, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin – and performs excellently in all three. 

Trevor is an athlete and an outstanding member of this community who has been recognized repeatedly with leadership roles in many areas. He dedicates numerous hours to his role as Class President, captain of the cross-country team and the outdoor track team, co-founder of the Recycling Committee, and assistant coach for the youth lacrosse team. Trevor takes initiative and is dedicated in all his endeavors, Trevor is a natural leader, garnering immediate respect from his peers, as he steps into these positions with passion and grace. 

Trevor has been instrumental in the success of so many clubs and activities and has truly made a mark here within the Lyme-Old Lyme High School community. His impact has been broad and extensive, and his leadership and unstoppable energy have benefited so many. 

CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization, is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information and educational services to its membership.

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Country School’s Goodman of Old Lyme Earns All-America Status at National X-Country Championships

Third-graders Laila Goodman of Old Lyme and Tillie Killam of Madison (pictured above) display their All-American awards received Dec. 14 when they took 1st and 9th place respectively in the Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships held in Madison, Wis.

OLD LYME — This past Saturday (Dec. 14), in cold and windy conditions in Madison, Wis., Laila Goodman of Old Lyme and Tillie Killam of Madison earned All-America status by taking 1st and 9th place respectively among 157 runners in the Junior Olympics (JO) Cross-Country Championships. Both girls are in third grade at The Country School in Madison, Conn.

Having finished 8th in the same competition last year in Reno, Nev., Goodman led the 7-8 girls’ race this year from start to finish, fending off challenges from top runners from California, New York, and 42 states to finish the 2K course in 8:01, five seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher.

Going to the National JOs for the first time, Killam needed a top-25 finish to become Country School’s third-ever All-American, and she earned it with a well-paced race and a fast finishing kick to flash across the line in 8:29.

Fellow classmate Lillian Clare of Madison raced in the 9-10 year-old division and blitzed the 3K course in 13:10 to take 94th out of 242 runners. Clare, Goodman and Killam qualified for Nationals by finishing in the top 30 in Connecticut and then the top 30 in Region 1, which includes all of New England, Long Island and the Adirondacks.

In national competition, Clare, Goodman, Killam and all Country School students run for Litchfield Track Club, whose 8 and Under girls cross-country team, led by Goodman and Killam, captured 4th place in the team competition Saturday against all the club teams in the United States.

The competition was held at the Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison, Wis. Over 4,000 youth runners in ages 7 to 18 took part in the all-day competition.

In addition to Goodman and Killam, the Litchfield Track Club 8 & Under girls team included Gwen Krukar (Goshen) 65th, Alexa Johnston (Litchfield) 102, and Attie Bergin (Goshen) 115th. There were a total of 157 finishers in their race.

The team advanced to the finals by winning the Connecticut Association meet and placing 2nd in the Region 1 Championships on Long Island in November.

Due to a USATF rule that states to compete in a national event, a runner must turn age seven by December of that year, Country School 1st grader Liv Killam could not compete after qualifying for Nationals.

Also competing for Litchfield Track Club in Wisconsin were Annecy Vlieks of Madison (12:03 for 94th, 11-12 girls), Abbie Johnston (105th, 13-14 girls), and Branford’s Liam Watson (188th, 11-12 boys).

Founded in 1955, The Country School serves 200 students in PreSchool-Grade 8 on its 23-acre campus in Madison. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child. Signature programs such as Elmore Leadership, Public Speaking, STEAM, and Outdoor Education help prepare students for success in high school and beyond. See our community in action during our winter Open House on January 26 from 1-3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.thecountryschool.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Move Forward with Plans for $2.3 Million Artificial Turf Field

This playing field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School is the proposed site of the turf field.

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education is moving forward with a plan to build a more than $2 million artificial turf athletic field, a project school officials say will conserve groundwater without placing a burden on taxpayers.

Superintendent Ian Neviaser said last week that the board has almost amassed enough money in the district’s undesignated capital expense fund to build the field. For the past two decades, the district has typically funneled 1 percent of its annual budget into the fund to help finance larger projects and avoid budget increases or the need to bond, he said.

The fund balance is currently …

Read the full article by Mary Biekert and published on theday.com Dec. 9 at this link.

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Linderman Elected Chairman of the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education

Diane Linderman

OLD LYME — During Wednesday evening’s regular Region 18 Board of Education meeting, members held an election to determine who would hold the four officer positions. The results of the election were as follows:

Chairman: Diane Linderman

Vice-Chairman: Martha Shoemaker

Secretary: Steve Wilson

Treasurer: Jean Wilczynski

Linderman replaces Michelle ‘Mimi’ Roche, who did not run for re-election in the November 2019 election. Linderman was previously vice-chairman and Shoemaker served as Secretary.

Steve Wilson, who was elected to the board for the first time in November, takes on the position of secretary and Wilczynski continues in her role as treasurer.

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education Will Seat New Members, Elect Officers, at Meeting Tonight

An elction will be held at Wednesday’s BOE meeting to determine the successor to outgoing Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Michelle “Mimi” Roche, pictured above.

LYME-OLD LYME — Three new members representing Old Lyme will take their seats at the Region 18 Board of Education meeting this evening.

Jennifer Miller, Suzanne Thompson and Steven Wilson, all Republicans, will replace Michelle Roche, the current Chair and a Democrat, alomg with Stacey Winchell and Erick Cushman, both Republicans. None of the three retiring members opted to run for re-election in the Nov. 5 election.

Mary Powell-St. Louis, a Republican and one of the two Lyme board members, was re-elected unopposed in the November election.

One of the first items of business at the Dec. 4 meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Center School Board of Education Meeting Room, will be the election of officers for the coming year. Voting for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary will be the three new members along with incumbents Powell-St. Louis and Stacey Leonardo (D), who both represent Lyme, and Rick Goulding, Diane Linderman, Jean Wilczynski and Martha Shoemaker, who are all Democrats and represent Old Lyme.

Linderman is currently Vice-Chair, Wilczynski serves as Treasurer, and Shoemaker is Secretary.

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