On January 10, Lyme-Old Lyme's 'Amped Up' Show Choir put on an amazing performance of Darin Hamou's life experiences as a refugee. The gala began with a delicious catered dinner by Sal's Pizza accompanied by a wonderful display of talent by the seniors (and some juniors) of some specially selected music and song. The main event was a powerful and moving representation of Darin and her family's travels that brought them from Aleppo to Turkey and finally to the United States. It was a very exciting evening.
Lyme-Old Lyme High School would like to congratulate Emma Danes for being selected for this year's Rotary's Science Student of the Month. Emma is being recognized for her talents in Science and her ability to probe, question and think critically at all times in all of her classes. She is not only a science scholar but a leader both in and out of the classroom. She brings community minded spirit to Lyme-Old Lyme and and infectious enthusiasm to learn.
WELL DONE EMMA!
Midterms are around the corner! Here is some helpful information:
STUDY WITH A BUDDY
Next week Student Leaders will be hosting the annual STUDY WITH A BUDDY! National Honor Society students and Student Leaders will be on hand for tutoring in all subjects. Additionally, several wellness activities will be run during all study sessions including smoothies during the night sessions and yoga/meditation during the after exams session. There will be a “relaxation station” with puzzles, coloring, playdough and other activities as well. Encourage your students to come...it is a great opportunity!
Mon. 1/14 5:00-7:00
Tues. 1/15 11:30-2:00 & 5:00-7:00
Wed. 1/16 11:30-2:00
January 22 - Last day of Semester 1
We will be running a different schedule on Tuesday January 22 as it is the last day of semester 1. All 8 periods will be meeting. Additionally, if a student and an excused absence for an exam, we will be holding 2 make-up sessions. Please review the schedule below.
Last December, about twenty students watched a documentary called “The Other Kids.” There were different goals behind this cultural experience. The NSHS was hoping to collect enough money to pay for one scholarship. Additionally, the idea was to spread empathy while realizing how fortunate we are. The movie is available on Amazon Prime. It is a documentary that will make you a better person and athlete. The NSHS hopes that you make time in your busy schedule to watch it!
Storyline: Featuring Fernando Torres, Sergio Ramos, Yaya Touré and Vincente Del Bosque, this inspiring story reveals the power of football to change people's lives. Hundreds of millions of kids play football every day. For many of them, football grants are the only way to access education or the ticket to a better future. In some cases, it is their only way to survive. The life of Mubiru Rigan depends on one of these sport grants. Mubiru Rigan, dreams of being the next Fernando Torres and scoring the goal that brings Uganda their first African Cup. But he never had an easy life. When he was 3 years old, his mother abandoned him in the toxic waste dump that surrounds Nelson Mandela's National Football Stadium in Uganda. For a while, Rigan survived by selling scrap metal and stealing, around waste and football, always on the run from local mafias. There, he was discovered by a trainer, who got him a sports grant that allowed him to go back to school, eat every day and play football.
Take a look at the 2019-2020 school calendar approved by the Board of Education at the meeting on January 2.
Lyme-Old Lyme Academic Trivia Bowl team celebrate a convincing victory of 165 to 35 against Morgan High School.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
On Friday, December 21st, LOLHS closed out the year with a bang! We welcomed the preschoolers as the official judges for this years' amazing door decoration contest. It was probably the best year ever for the decorations - from gingerbread houses, sharks, snowflakes, ... the works! After the judges finished their tour of the doors, we adjourned to the auditorium for our annual holiday assembly where we all competed in fun activities like the Jingle Bell Hop, Musical Chairs, the Limbo, and the Advisor Wrap. And what holiday assembly would be complete without a mini-concert from the incredible LOLHS Band and Chorus? We had lots of fun. Take a look at some of the photos and video clips below.
RISE: A REFUGEE STORY
January 10, 2019
Thursday @ 6 - 8 pm
with a Catered Dinner
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Come see the Premier of Amped Up 2019 show: RISE - A Refugee Story based on the story of Darin Hamou and her journey from Aleppo, Syria to Old Lyme, Connecticut. Proceeds will go to benefit the LOLHS Show Choir and Show Band. Additional performances by seniors Kendall Antoniac, Madison Babcock, Liam Clark, Elyza Learned, Hannah Morrison, Jacob Olsen, Katie Reid, and Justin Shaw.
The Mock Trial team has won both their trials securing a win at the regional level. They advance to the State Quarter Finals which will be held on Friday, February 1st. This team has worked diligently since August, coming into school on Sundays for four hours to prepare At both trials our students were recognized for their excellence and good character.
CONGRATULATIONS! WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
As part of our advisory program, students decide to contribute to our community by participating in 'The Gift of Giving'. Many homeroom's selected to purchase gifts for the annual NHS Toy Drive. Ms Schrein’s homeroom took part in the NHS Toy Drive by collecting arts & crafts for a 7yr old boy. Neil Smith asked his homeroom to help in donating gifts to the 7yr old boy to make his Christmas a memorable one. Students were eager to help out and filled the bag with all kinds of fun craft projects and arts & craft supplies. Mrs. Burke's Homeroom selected to donate coats to a new business in Chester, Cait Shea Designs, and the owner's mission is to raise awareness about the negative effects of fast fashion (pollution, poor working conditions, exploitation of women and children, etc.) She is collecting the coats to bring to a homeless shelter in Windham, CT. The collection seemed like a natural extension of her mission. Another homeroom selected to collect hygiene products for a non-profit called "Hope and Comfort" based out of Boston. They are collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and deodorant.
Whatever was decided by the various homerooms, students collaborated and make a significant contribution to our community.
The annual P.E. Flag Football Super Bowl was a nail bitter this year! Twelve teams competed for the coveted award of “Super Bowl Champion”. Period 6 was in the lead by one touchdown with 30 seconds left to play. Max Morrissey, from period 3 throws a “Hail Mary”, the football is tipped by an opposing player and lands in the hands of a period 3 teammate to tie the score. The period 3 & period 6 team decided to end the tournament with a 2018 Co-Championship!
The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Mock Trial team competed on Wednesday, December 12th against a team from Valley Regional High School at the Middletown Courthouse. The team competing was the Defense half of the team comprised by lawyers Connor Wyman, Sarah Hayward, and Kellie Sablone. The witnesses for the defense team were Ava Berry, Jack Manthous, and Kate Cheney. The students are required to prepare a defense and prosecution of a case in preparation for the competition which involves months of long hours and hard work, all overseen by their coach, LOLHS Social Studies teacher, Sarah Hylas. The competition is a practicum of law but also part theater. The students demonstrated their expertise of courtroom procedures and developed their roles into believable characters which can make one feel as if they are, in fact watching a real courtroom trial. The students not only walk in with a rehearsed plan but must also be able to improvise and respond to the other team’s actions, all while remaining in character. The entire “trial” is overseen by a real-world judge or lawyer who then uses a rubric to score each students’ performance, leading to a team’s overall score. Unfortunately the scores are not immediately released but as a person watching this particular competition, it is my opinion as a former Mock Trial coach that the team from LOLHS is a hand’s down favorite. The students did an outstanding job and were commended by the judge, a real-world lawyer at the state level as well as the President of the High School Mock Trial competition. He specifically highlighted the performance of Kate Cheney as the best performance of her particular role that he has seen. Congratulations to the students who competed and their coach, Mrs. Hylas. The other half of the team, the Prosecution, will be competing Wednesday, December 19th, again in the Middletown Courthouse.
Way to go Mock Trial Team!
Congratulations to Lauren Birk for being selected as Rotary Student of the Month for her excellence in Social Studies. Mrs. Todd commented on Lauren's talents. She states: "I have had the honor of teaching Lauren for two years at LOLHS and it has been incredible to watch Lauren grow from a quiet, but always academically strong, freshman into an active participant in my Global Issues course. She is definitely my "go-to" student who is never afraid of answering the tough questions about the world issues we cover in class. She has developed her history skills throughout her high school career and it is evident in Global Issues this year that she is going to do her part as a contributing member of not only our country but also our world community."
Well Done Lauren!
15 -18 Midterm Exams
22- Last day of Sem 1
24 - SAT Prep for all juniors
24 - FOM Benefit dinner
25 - Senior Ball!
27 - Mattress Sale!
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