Four Lyme-Old Lyme High School students were recognized at this year’s Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards. Senior Connie Pan deserves special recognition for receiving the Best in Portfolio Award as well as Gold Keys in both Drawing and Portfolio. Connie also earned one of two cash scholarships from Connecticut Woman Artists as well as a Scholarship offer from the University of Harford Art School. Senior Olivia Bartlett also earned Gold Keys in both Portfolio and Mixed Media, a Silver Key in Mixed Media and a University of Hartford Scholarship offer. Senior Aidan Powers earned both Gold Key and Honorable Mention in Digital Media, while Senior Marina Melluzzo took a Silver Key in Ceramics and Glass.
Congratulations to all who participated! And a special
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD RECIPIENTS!
Jurying was very competitive, with only 8 portfolios earning Gold Key statewide. All Gold Key works, including portfolios, go on to be juried at the national level. This year’s show is virtual, and can be viewed at available on-line - select the image below to go to the virtual exhibit.
Congratulations to Hayden Saunders who, for the second year in a row, was selected as a Connecticut Honorable Mention recipient of the 2021 National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Hayden is recognized for her computing-related aspirations and for demonstrating outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing.
Well done Hayden!
Environmental Issues in Spain
by Abby Sicuranza, Hannah Britt, Ellie Wells, Fiona Hufford, Abby Speckhals, Melanie Warren, and Elise DeBernardo
For our Spanish Honor Society bulletin board, we chose to spread awareness about Spain's environmental issues. These issues make for unhealthy lifestyles in many regions of Spain and other parts of the world. We highlighted pollution, climate change, deforestation, and solutions that people of all ages can participate in. For example, adults can join support groups that focus on improving the environment in Spain, while students and children can make better day-to-day decisions such as choosing to recycle and trying not to be wasteful with food and water. We think that it's very important to have global awareness and realize that your choices do matter. Go check out our bulletin board for more information!
Theme: Spanish culture outside of Latin America
by: Will Larson
For our Spanish Honors Society bulletin board, we chose the subject of Spanish culture outside of Latin America. We included a variety of countries such as the Philippines, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Guam, and Belgium, all former Spanish imperial holdings. In each country, the Spanish cultural influences can be seen in aspects such as food, music, religion, and traditions. We were also able to explore how the Spanish language intermixed with native tongues to create Spanish creole languages we know today. We had a lot of fun making the bulletin board and hope you can take a look at it right outside of Mr. Vazquez's room!
On Wednesday morning, the Parent Advisory Board surprised us all with a wonderful treat! Every single person who works in our building was presented with a bag full of goodies including a beautiful, artful cookie from josephine's bakery (each item individually wrapped, of course, to comply with our Covid restrictions.) Each bag included a heartfelt Thank You with a number on the back and while students were enjoying some game-fun in Advisory, five numbers were drawn and winners of the additional raffle prizes were announced. What a wonderful way to brighten up our day and celebrate 100 days of in-person learning.
Thank You for your continued support and for making us feel so special!
During the half day PD on Friday, teachers had an opportunity to WIN! (What I Need). Along with individual work time, there were opportunities to participate in the Zen and Now Mindfulness and Movement workshop, and/or the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a team-building activity. With this activity, teachers were put into teams to conquer, as a team, four different activities like - building a birdhouse, drawing a 3-D image, or playing and singing a song, to name a few. Not only did this bring us together with our colleagues, something that is much needed in this time of disconnectedness, as well as provide some great laughs, community spirit, a mental break, build our social emotional learning competencies and createssome fantastic WINners! Take a look:
The National Merit Scholarship Program was founded to identify and honor scholastically talented American youth and to encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest. Their mission is to promote scholastic excellence and recognize students who exemplify this goal. This is a very rigorous competition. Scholarship winners are chosen based on their abilities, skills, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in college and beyond.
Lyme Old Lyme High School is proud and honored to recognize and congratulate Connie Pan for her achievement of reaching the finalist level of this scholarship program. She is among the top 1% (roughly 15000 students ) in our nation who have achieved this goal.
WELL DONE CONNIE!
Beginning with second semester, we have had the pleasure of welcoming our Pet Partners from Project Paws. On Friday, Ezra and Penny joined us and visited the Life Skills class along with some other students. Take a look!
Amnesty International spent two days researching various aspects of Police Violence around the world. We wrote passages, found case studies and shared images to spread awareness of this topic. Please stop by the bulletin board in the commons to inform yourself about what Police Violence is, as well as solutions for this topic.
AP Biology took 15 minutes of class for a little “dragon” genetics SEL (Social Emotional Learning). Students used dragon traits to create a composite drawing of their mythical creatures. Take a look at them in action!
On February 8, Phoebe Lampos testified via Zoom before the Public Health Committee at the Capitol in support of Senate Bill # 326, (An Act Prohibiting the Sale of Flavored Cigarettes, Tobacco Products, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vapor Products).
To view Phoebe's testimony (which she wrote independently) along with her 'on the spot' responses, see video below.
WELL DONE PHEOBE!
Mr. Wang spoke to Mrs. Traver's Investment classes about the Asian Stock Markets emphasizing the Chinese markets. His presentation included the differences between the markets, a discussion about the Chinese economy, and culture. One difference between the markets is that red means the stock is going up on the Chinese stock market and green means the stock is going down. Just the opposite of the US stock markets. Mr. Wang will be back in March to complete his very interesting presentation.
The Sustainability Committee is excited to announce that over 2000 pounds of plastic film has been collected by Region 18 in the Trex Challenge! Thank you to all that have participated! The challenge doesn’t officially end until April 15, so please continue to send in film with your students. We hope you have grown more aware of just how much plastic is out there in the world and part of our everyday lives.
If it stretches, even a little, it’s good for trex. If it doesn’t stretch, or makes a crinkly sound or can be torn like paper, please leave it out of the trex collection. #2 and #4 plastic films are always accepted. Some examples of items that are NOT acceptable include:
When sending in your film from home, please remember, it must be COMPLETELY clean, COMPLETELY dry, COMPLETELY empty and COMPLETELY free from food residue. Please remove air from pillow pack bubble wrap. When in doubt, throw it out; or you can email Taylor.email@example.com.
Thanks for your continued participation in the Region 18 Trex Challenge and helping keep our planet clean!
This week's advisory lesson plan across all classes was to build community, relationships and have some much needed fun! Each homeroom selected some sort of fun activity or played a game like Jenga, Apples to Apples, Scattegories, or Catch Phrase to help connect us and take a moment for some much needed comic relief. Take a look at Mr. D ’Aquila's freshman homeroom take a break and enjoy some fun and bonding. Pictured is headspace, and “pair up”. A fun Wednesday morning!
Congratulations to Quinn Kegley for being selected by the World Language Department as the February Rotary Student of the Month. Quinn was selected because they embody all the qualities of a fully engaged language learner. Quinn is passionate about languages and excels in advanced courses in both Latin and French. They consistently search for a deeper understanding of language and look for ways to apply that understanding. They independently study languages not offered in school and have volunteered to share their knowledge by teaching peers.
Nice work Quinn!
The Community Service Club's project to support the New London Hospitality Center has been extended through the first week of March. The bags in the commons will remain hoping to collect more items upon return from our break. This drive began on Monday February 1 but with our snow days and delays, donations have been slim. The slides below explain what items the New London Hospitality Center is looking for and maybe over vacation you will be able to pick some up!
This past month, Mrs. Tamariz, a friend of the Welsh’s, presented to the Spanish National Honor Society last month. Mrs. Tamariz informed the students about how and where she traveled, as well as how she used Spanish. Mrs Tamariz was born in Mexico and grew up speaking Spanish and English. Mrs Tamariz started working in the coast guard, but now she works in global health and travels around the world helping developing countries with their health infrastructures/public health outbreaks. Currently she is based working out of Africa.
24: Last day of Semester 1
25: First day of Sem 2
25: Naviance For Junior Parents Night @6:30
29: Winter Ball
2: Academic Review
2: BOE mtg @ 7
4: SAT Prep Session #1
8: Career Presentation with EB @9
10-12: Winter Musical: The Adams Family
SAT Prep Session #2
16: Band Festival
17: 8th Grade Parent Night @6:30
18: ½ day PD
21-25: Winter Break!!!
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