Congratulations to Nicholas Fava for being selected as February's Rotary Student of the Month in World Languages. Nick was selected for his excellence, enthusiasm and perseverance in his studies of Spanish. His leadership skills are prevalent both in and out of the classroom and recognized by his teachers who praise his for his humility and persistence.
WELL DONE NICK!
On February 12, many enjoyed the LOLHS' production of the Festival of the Bands 2020. It was a wonderful night not only to experience the amazing talents of our students but it was particularly special as it was the world premiere of The Three Miniatures.
Many thanks to Friends of Music for their support which has provided LOLHS the opportunity to be members of a wonderful project called ASPIRE : The Institute for Advancement of Secondary and Primary Instrumental Repertoire Excellence.
The purpose of ASPIRE is to commission well-known composers who have not significantly contributed to the high school and middle school repertoire. Among the first composers to write for the ASPIRE project is William Bolcom.
William Bolcom is an American composer has earned the following awards, National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and is a Grammy Award-winner. He has written in many genre chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Music in 1973, and retired in 2008 after 35 years of teaching. In 2018, nine of Bolcom’s works were premiered around the world to commemorate his 80th birthday.
And now, please enjoy tonight’s WORLD PREMIERE of “Three Miniatures,” by William Bolcom.
LOLHS' Unified Sports Team competed in a basketball tournament against Westbrook on Thursday, February 13.
The Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS) created another informative bulletin board explaining environmental issues in Latin American countries and how they have affected and are impacting latino culture and life. We explored different areas of environmental problems such as deforestation, palm oil production, mass domestic animal production, and illegal mining. Furthermore, we also found someways to help lessen our use of palm oil, which is mostly produced in South America and devastates latin American people and ecological systems. We are very interested in how we can help prevent further destruction and create awareness in our local community.
The LOLHS Mock Trial team competed in the Civics First Quarter Finals on Friday Feb. 7th. The plaintiff team took on St. Bernards, winning and advancing to the semi-finals. Perfect scores were awarded to Rachael Larson, Sarah Conley, Billy Barry, and Ryan McTigue. Next up, the defense team will compete against Kindswood Oxford to move on to the top 4 spots.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
GOOD LUCK ON FEB. 28
The Environmental Club was out at the Belton Copp Preserve on Sunday, Feb. 9 to continue their efforts as stewards of the property for the Old Lyme Land Trust. Fred and Andrea Fenton, members of the OLLT, came out to assist the group and provide snack after our work party. We hope you have a chance to stop by and see this wonderful property on Smithneck Road. The club will be returning one more time this year in the early spring to continue working on removing invasives around the entrance to the preserve and identifying areas that may need additional targeting during the summer. If you are interested in getting some fresh air and making a difference, please join the club and come out to make a difference. Members are not required to attend weekly meetings but are asked to donate an hour of time once a month at our club activities. Email Mrs. Fried at email@example.com to be added to our email distribution list.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST, CREW AND MUSICIANS OF THIS YEARS' MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF 'HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING'.
This past weekend, I hope you were able to enjoy the fabulous talents of our students. Under the direction of Brian Cheney, these students performed a "fresh, new take on a classic musical comedy." Between the props, singing, dancing, comedic delivery and the music... it was a professional, hilarious, entertaining performance. To top it of, listening to our own Mr. Rayder's voice reading the text made it extra special. It was a wonderful performance by all.
EXCELLENT WORK WILDCATS!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH CRAVINHO AND TREVOR WELLS FOR BEING SELECTED AS THIS YEARS' CAPSS AWARD RECIPIENTS.
Elizabeth and Trevor were recognized at this week's Board of Education Meeting. Mr. Wygonik presented them with their awards after explaining what makes these two students exceptional candidates for these awards.
"Elizabeth is energetic and determined. When you give her a task, consider it done. This energy level comes in handy when you consider all that she juggles: Concert Band President, Spanish Honor Society Vice President, the National Honor Society, Student Advisory Council and Student Leaders, all while taking a challenging academic schedule. 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 a sense of purpose to make things happen. She is highly respected by her classmates and teachers. Elizabeth embodies the values and character of our school and is most deserving of this honor."
"Trevor Wells is a leader and role model at Lyme-Old Lyme High School known for his determined work ethic, leadership, and boundless energy. A National Honor Society member and President of the senior class, Trevor takes on the most rigorous courses. He is motivated by a strong curiosity and thirst for knowledge, which is evidenced by his enrollment in three different language courses, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin. He is also a two-sport athlete who serves as the captain of both the cross-country and track teams. Trevor has been instrumental in the success of so many clubs and activities and has truly made a mark 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. "
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
Congratulations to Hayden Saunders who was selected as a recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2020 National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Hayden is recognized for her computing-related ambitions and for demonstrating outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing.
Well done Hayden!
Just a reminder, on Monday February 3, our 'new and improved' way a parent/guardian will communicate attendance to our office
Here are the various ways that parents can report absences and receive confirmations.
Option #1: use this toll-free phone number, which is unique to LOLHS
Option #2: use the web app (which is the easiest and quickest way). It is accessible from this url:
Option #3: download and use the SchoolMessenger Mobile, available for either Apple iPhone or Google Android.
(Apple and Google Play Stores)
If you have questions, please contact the following people:
Additionally, we have posted Attendance Reporting Information on our District 18 website in three (3) locations:
LOLHS Our School Page (clicking on Attendance Matters)
National Honor Society
Guest Speaker: Conner Wyman
Conner Wyman presented to the Spanish Honor Society about his trip over the summer to Cali, Colombia. While in Colombia, Conner participated in a weeklong conference analyzing the successes/failures of the recent peace agreement between the The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the Colombian Government that ended a decades long civil war. The presentation focused on the lasting effects of this war, the outcomes of the conference, and what life is like in Colombia.
National Honor Society
Guest Speaker: Anna Williams
I presented about my study abroad in Alicante, Spain with the CIEE program. I stayed with a host family who lived close to the beach for four weeks in the city. I learned about the Spanish culture through activities – such as museums, dancing lessons, and cooking classes – which helped me become more aware of the Spanish language. We did weekend trips to the mountains and Madrid, which helped cultivate our understanding of the Spanish way of life and how it differed from typical American culture. Overall, I had an amazing experience and highly recommend CIEE - which has programs in France, China, Germany, Mexico, the Netherland, and dozens of more locations.
OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Students at Old Lyme Middle School compete in an after school program designed to increase their passion with STEM.
STEM is the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
For about 13 years, Mrs. Glorioso, a science teacher at Old Lyme Middle School, has led the school’s science Olympiad program. The program focuses on all sorts of STEM activities.
“Chaos and learning, that’s what we do everyday,” Glorioso says of her program.
Over the years, the after-school program has expanded and includes students from 6-12th grade.
Each year, the students in the program compete in 23 events separated into different categories, often helped by previous students who returned to the program as mentors.
In an engineering event, for example, the students build their own rockets to launch a ping pong parachute.
“I love seeing them work hard enough to prove [to] themselves how amazing they are. That’s why I do it,” explained Glorioso.
Continuing the effort to support member schools in facing sportsmanship challenges, CIAC has produced a second PSA directed towards inappropriate behavior by adult fans. As with the fall PSA, the message comes directly from student-athletes, in this case 17 different athletes representing eight teams (one from each CIAC-sponsored winter sport). Take a look... you will see LOLHS' athlete, Maria Denya!
Way to go Maria!
Congratulations to Bella Flagge and Katie Zbierski! They are the recipients of the Michael's Cup Award for the 2020 season! This award is given to two individuals who embody the mission of Unified Sports and demonstrate positive sportsmanship, encouragement, and participation in all events. Bella and Katie will attend a dinner with nearly 200 athletes, partners, and their families at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT on April 27th.
Well done Bella and Katie!
LOLHS and Saint Thomas Moore joined this past week for a Ping Pong Tournament. Seven students from STMHS, their coach, and a photographer joined LOLHS for 1.5 hours.
Congratulations to the winner:
The Lyme-Old Lyme-East Lyme robotics team, the Technoticks, have started their build season strong in 2020. This year’s game is called Infinite Recharge and is a collaboration with Disney based on the Star Wars series. In this game, alliances struggle to defend FIRSTCity from an asteroid storm. Alliances, with their robots (droids) collect and score Power Cells to charge their shield generator in order to protect themselves from the oncoming danger. After scoring specific amounts of Power Cells, the droids are able to move on to spinning the Control Panel, an important step in getting the Shield Generator to be functional. Droids then attempt to go to their Rendezvous Point, with the goal of balancing the switch to restore peace to the city. The first competition is in Waterbury on March 7th.
The Technoticks are currently working on designing prototypes in various subcommittees based on different tasks which need to be accomplished. Soon, the team will gather together to create the final robot with all of the components working cohesively to create the best robot for the mission.
Stay updated by checking the team website at http://236technoticks.com/, or follow us on Instagram! The game video can be found on FIRST website on the homepage of the Technoticks website.
Good luck Team 236!
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