Last week at the Annual Town Meeting, Old Lyme's First Selectwoman, Bonnie Reemsnyder, named Lyme-Old Lyme High School's own Life Skills and Transition Program as the 2016 Citizen of the Year. Under the direction and leadership of Leslie O'Connor, LOLHS's Life Skills Program grew over the past 10 years into a successful and thriving partnership between our students and community businesses and organizations. This award honors all the hard word, perseverance, and collaboration among the students, teachers, and instructional assistance. Way to go Wildcats!
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This past spring, we introduced Canvas, a Learning Management System to our teachers in grades 6 to 12. This web based program provides a single on-line location where students can ultimately access resources from all their courses. With the start of the second semester, teachers will begin using Canvas to communicate important dates as well as key course documents. While this system has the capability to enable students to complete assignments, take quizzes, collaborate and communicate with other students and their teachers, participate in on-line classroom discussions and manage all their activities and due dates, we will not be utilizing all aspects of this robust program school wide at this time. Some teachers may begin to experiment with some of these features, it is not the expectation that teachers will be fully utilizing the Canvas platform this year. Based on the initial response from teachers and students, we anticipate Canvas will become a very important communication and collaboration tool over the next few years and will prepare our students for this 21st Century learning model. We welcome your feedback as we launch this next phase of our student digital learning experience.
Lyme's Youth Service Bureau and REACH (Responsible Educated Adolescents Can Help) are sponsoring the Pro At Being Me Campaign this week. Each day this week, students will be posed a question related to this theme. During lunches they will have the opportunity to write their response and post it on the wall in the commons.
On Thursday evening, February 2, at 7:00 pm LYSB is hosting a parent night in the Library Media Center: "A Parenting Teachable Moment: Chris Herren, Addiction and Recovery". This program will feature: Chris Herren video clips as well as a LOLHS Youth Panel. Students will provide some teen advice to parents and openly respond to questions such as: what’s really going on with youth substance use? - why do teens choose to use, or not use substances? - how can parents follow up on the Chris Herren messages?
On Friday, February 3, Chris Herren will be at the high school for a 1.5 hour assembly after which students will participate in an advisory activity.
Check out the link to Chris Herren website .....
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Friday, February 3, the Class of 2020 have a Lock-In planned! All freshman are encouraged to join in on this great class bonding event. There will be food, snacks, open gym, a movie and lots of other activities. Students should bring an air mattress or sleeping bag (they will be sleeping on the gym floor) as well as whatever else they feel is needed for an overnight. All students planning to attend must complete a yellow permission form (available through homeroom teacher on on CANVAS-class 2020 course. Student drop-off and check-in is at 8:45 pm - right after the Boys Basketball game against Portland! Pick-up is at 8 am sharp Saturday morning, February 4. Come and enjoy the fun!
The Freshman class is sponsoring a Hypnotist Night in the high school auditorium on Wednesday February 8. Doors open at 6:15 and the show begins 7 pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person. It is a fun evening... come and join in on the fun!
Congratulations to Rachel Hayward for being selected as the Science Department's Rotary Student of the Month. Rachel was selected because she is an exceptional science student and takes great pride in doing outstanding work in all her science classes. Rachel is currently considering a career in molecular or developmental biology, with plans to pursue a degree in science that will allow her to help the public.
Students in AP Biology have been study the fields of cell and molecular biology for the last several units. Most recently they explored the concept of recombinant gene technology, genetic modification, plasmid transmission, and bacterial transformation in order to produce green fluorescent protein (GFP) in a bacterial colony. They have also been learning to digest and separate DNA fragments using restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis. They have then applied the technology to determine the molecular weight of unknown DNA fragments.
By Marci N. Kania, CAS
Great accomplishments and long-term goals are not achieved overnight. Success is usually the result of hard work, deliberate practice, persistence, and trial-and-error learning. This often takes time, with many small steps creating a positive direction along the way. The resulting path can be filled with obstacles that may hinder or delay progress but, with persistence, don’t halt it altogether. We can reinforce persistence by recognizing and celebrating children’s small steps towards achieving positive outcomes.
In particular, teens need praise for their hard work and persistence in daily activities. By recognizing hard work, effort, and process oriented-learning, rather than just a “natural” ability, we teach a growth-mindset. A growth-mindset is when students see that they can develop or grow their abilities or intelligence, rather than a fixed-mindset where students’ see their abilities and intelligence as fixed traits that they cannot change. We know from extensive research that children flourish when praised for effort and hard work rather than ability and when they perceive intelligence as a growth process. At Lyme-Old Lyme High School, the faculty have made Growth Mindset a focus for this year. We are working diligently to learn and apply the perceptual prism to our interactions and approach with our students. With a united partnership between school and home, together, we can help guide students to identify interests, make short- and long-term goals, and encourage them to take on challenges and persevere when things get tough.
(select the Read More link will to find out the many ways families can help children make positive changes in small increments...)
It is that time of year again! Semester 1 is coming to an end and with that we welcom our midterm exams. Take a look at exam information, tips and the schedules below including the regular exam schedule, the bus run and weather contigency schedule. Also, Student Leaders and National Honor Society have joined forces to offer our annual STUDY WITH A BUDDY sessions. All students are welcome to join us for some study fun! Students can come to the library solo or with a friend, access some peer tutoring and ask for some extra help from teachers - not to mention have some snacks! Please check out our extended library hours which will be supervised by teachers and encourage your son / daughter to join in on the study fun!
Lyme-Old Lyme High School finished off 2016 with a bang! Advisories worked on community projects. Students collected food for the local soup kitchen, purchased holiday gifts for children of all ages, read books to LOL pre-school children, collected books for a regional children's library, wrote holiday greetings to veterans and so much more!
Continuing on with the LOLHS tradition, advisories competed in the Annual Door Decorating Contest. Take a look at some of them...
Winners were announced at our annual Holiday Assembly where we all enjoyed some holiday cheer listening to our magnificent Band play and Chorus sing (take a listen at the snipit below). Student Leaders also organized a fun game of Family Feud where classes competed against eachother... the Seniors triumphed! ...
Welcoming in the New Year!
Happy 2017! January will be a little busy with the semester coming to an end and exams taking place in a couple of weeks ... two and a half to be exact. Exams will begin on January 19 and continue through January 24. I will be sending out the schedule via email to all families and posting it to the LOLHS: Student Canvas Course. We will be holding 'Study with a Buddy' sessions January 17 and 18 after school and evening providing students with some guidance and support for exam preparation. Second semester courses will begin January 25. ...And that is it in a nutshell!... Happy New Year!
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