On Thursday evening, via a ZOOM, this year's Spanish Scholars were inducted into Lyme-Old Lyme High School's chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society "Los caminantes de Machado." It was a wonderful virtual ceremony including the presentation from the officers of all their accomplishments for the year. These students are recognized for their excellence in language learning and exploration of Hispanic culture. They have worked tirelessly this year impacting our local, national and international communities.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
On Saturday, April 24, members of the LOLHS Environmental Club and Community Service Club cleared more than 200 pounds of trash from the northbound I-95 onramp at the corner of Lyme Street. Recent clearing of the brush had left a large amount of trash that had been caught under the brush exposed. Members worked for over an hour to clear the trash. This year they have focused on taking responsibility for cleaning up their community and acting as local land stewards. This was the third road side cleanup organized by these two groups this year and in all they have picked up close to 1000 lbs of trash along Halls Road and Lyme Street.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our TREX Plastic Film Recycling Challenge! Lyme-Old Lyme High School recycled a whopping 2,230 lbs of plastic earning 2nd place in our division and 10th overall (out of 270 schools)!!! For our achievements, Lyme-Old Lyme High School will receive a TREX bench. A special thank you to Ezra Pyle, Katie Zbierski, Paige Winchell, Robyn King, Evan Visgilio, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Cailin Ruhling, and Parker Holland for their efforts in collecting and weighing all of the plastic that submitted.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
Do you have confidential documents that need to be safely and securely destroyed?
On Saturday, May 1st, from 9am to 12pm, the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 will be hosting a Shredding Event fundraiser. Come by the Lyme-Old Lyme High School parking lot (near the tennis courts) to drop off any unwanted documents you want to be destroyed.
Cash donations accepted, which will be used for activities put on by the Classes. Come support LOLHS and the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024!
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO COMPLETE OUR
SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
Link is above and found on region18.org
This year, in lieu of a trip, the Ski Club hosted a coat drive from February 1 to April 1. The drive was a huge success, collecting over 200 items of clothing including 53 coats! All the coats were donated to Button-Up Connecticut, a local non-profit organization, in hopes to give back to our community during the pandemic.
Special thanks to members of the club who assisted with collecting coats and hanging signs for the drive around the school and the new club officers, Adeline Riccio and Kian Kardestuncer for assisting with the final donation! Thank you to everyone who donated! Hopefully, we can continue this drive every year along with the ski trip!
See more about Button-Up CT here: http://www.buttonupconnecticut.org/
by Phoebe Lampos
The Robotics season has been very different this year for FIRST Team 236-TechnoTicks. The team met via Zoom, and programmed using remote collaboration software. Even the challenge was different this year. Instead of building and programming a robot for the FIRST Robotics Challenge, this year there was the FIRST Innovation Challenge. Teams were asked to “identify a problem or opportunity and design a solution to help people keep, regain, or achieve optimum physical and/or mental health and fitness through active play or movement.”
The TechnoTicks realized that Old Lyme, Lyme, and East Lyme provide many opportunities to engage with nature through hiking trails and open space, but many of the trails are underused. The team designed a system called “Lymelyte”, which consists of a mobile application called “Trailyte” and a Cube Satellite called “Satlyte” to encourage people to experience our local trails.
The Trailyte app provides a hyper-local, personalized experience of the trails in Lyme, Old Lyme, and East Lyme. Although there are some commercial trail apps available, Trailyte is uniquely focused on trails in our immediate area, providing a detailed level of focus that is not offered by other apps. Trailyte will ultimately be augmented by Satlyte, a compact cube satellite that will provide real-time information to the Trailyte app about weather, trail conditions, and more. The team plans to test our prototype Satlyte via tethered weather balloon at the end of April.
To communicate our ideas, representatives from the TechnoTicks wrote and delivered a live presentation to a panel of judges in a remote interview. The judges asked questions about the project components and goals. If the TechnoTicks advance to the Semifinals, the team will create a more detailed presentation and advanced satellite prototype.
Check out the TechnoTicks' Business Pitch and Technical Presentation on youtube:
By: Sr. Vázquez
Colleen Walsh (Kelly’s older sister), a former LOLHS student, shared her experience with studying Spanish in college.
Colleen is studying at the University of Alabama. She is currently minoring in Spanish and majoring in Public Health. She said that she was going to change to a major in Spanish.
She emphasized the importance of studying Spanish in order to be connected with friends and family, but most importantly, for having more professional opportunities. She said that she left LOLHS well prepared for the challenge of continuing to study Spanish in college. She told us that one remarkable experience was to volunteer in a clinic and to use Spanish often with patients. She did this as part of her course called Spanish Healthcare for Professionals.
After answering questions, she said goodbye and encouraged students to keep studying Spanish.
Link to watch & listen the presentation: https://region18.zoom.us/rec/share/aVI3UCWHLBdwuG6zCz_QS22j1okXDmIAdUkYSGL0hpJP4eaNevFtKcnTmNUw17A.SekXOJnIHuwCEYFX
In the Modern US History classes students worked in groups to create a panel of a mural that both represent the art and the history of the Great Depression. The mural topics included: The First New Deal, Protests and Political Change, The Second New Deal, and Social and Political Impacts. Once completed, students participated in a Gallery Walk where students spend time at each panel analyzing the images and collecting critical information from each topic.
Take a look at some of their work!
CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGAN CRAVINHO AND CONNIE PAN FOR BEING SELECTED AS THIS YEARS' CAPSS AWARD RECIPIENTS.
Megan Cravinho and Connie Pan 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.
"I am convinced there is more than Megan Cravinho in our school. She makes valuable contributions in virtually every aspect of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School community. Not only is she involved in the Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Advisory Council, and the Community Service Club but she is also the Treasurer for the Class of 2021 as well as the Manager for the Girls’ Tennis Team. Academically, she has challenged herself by pursuing a rigorous academic curriculum consisting exclusively of AP, UConn ECE and Honors courses. In her spare time, she is pursuing her EMT certification. Megan enjoys a love of music. She plays both the flute and piccolo in our Wind Ensemble as well as the Thames Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her maturity, integrity, altruistic nature and leadership abilities are highlighted in her extracurricular pursuits. In short, Megan is our “go-to” person. Luckily for her, she shoulders this responsibility with dignity, unflappable competencies and poise. She is highly respected and admired by our faculty and students. It is for these reasons and many more that I am proud to present her with the Connecticut Association of Public-School Superintendents Award"
"Connie Pan is an outstanding student, athlete and citizen who holds herself to the highest academic and personal standards. She is a passionate and energetic young person who has consistently challenged herself with the most rigorous courses. As a junior she was one of thirty students statewide to have earned the title of Governor’s Scholar. She was recently named a Nation Merit Finalist and received a Gold Key for the best art portfolio in the state art show. Connie has made a significant impact on our community as well. She is very active in our district’s environmental efforts. From her work as a school leader to mentor to athlete, Connie’s leadership has been impactful and extensive. This year she has led the way in community awareness on many far-reaching levels including speaking at a school-wide professional development program to bring awareness about diversity and sensitivity to human differences. She has earned the respect of both faculty and peers as much for her positive impact, as for her humility and kindness to others. Her abilities are far reaching and her delightful, genuine and funny personality endearing. Which is why I am truly honored to present her with the Connecticut Association of Public-School Superintendents Award."
The Chinese III Class had a chance to zoom with their penpals again after several months of periodic emails between each other. The kids used both Chinese and English to discuss their own schools and hobbies and other activities of interest. It's always exciting for all to share their favorite celebrities, movies, and sports, and to find out about each other's academic courses and schedules. They also shared a lot of laughs and a few dance moves. However, it's pretty clear that the Chinese students seem to know a lot more about the American pop culture than their counterparts.
We had a wonderful time at the Designing Graphics to Share Career Presentation! In collaboration with the Phoebe-Griffin Noyes Library, over 20 students heard how two culture creators (Juanita Austin, college graduate and a creator and owner of a collaborative in New London, & Andre Salkin, Boston University student and a 2020 graduate of LOLHS) got started and how they have used design to accomplish their goals. Students learned about free design software, using and citing credible sources, and establishing an audience and a “look”.
This is an opportunity to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district as well as an outstanding employee whose work supports the programs and operations that service the children of our district.
If you would like to nominate, complete the form by accessing the links below:
Deadline for nominations:
May 17, 2021
The Visual Arts Department of Lyme-Old Lyme High School is proud to announce outstanding results from this year’s Future Choices Art Show, sponsored by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.
Senior Olivia Bartlett won First Place in Drawing/Printmaking and Best in Show for her dry point etching, “the Puppeteer,” also earning the Earl Grenville Killeen Founders Award for Mr. Allik as teacher of the Best in Show recipient. Other first place winners included Senior Marina Melluzzo in Sculpture/Ceramics and Senior Aidan Powers in Digital/Mixed Media. Oliva Bartlett also took second place in Digital/ Mixed Media while Senior Francette Donato earned second place in Sculpture/Ceramics. Third place awards went to Marina Melluzzo in Drawing/Printmaking and Connie Pan in Painting.
Other LOLHS students with works juried into the show included Brianna Melillo, Bella Hine, Samantha Geshel, Grace Coverdale, Elle Myers and Lea Wilson. The exhibit is virtual this year, and can be viewed at https://www.shorelinearts.org/future-choices-2021.
Students who reside or attend school in the 24-town Shoreline region are eligible to submit up to seven works each for this juried competition. Award-winners earn cash prizes that were announced at the virtual Awards Ceremony held Monday, April 5, and still viewable on the organization’s Facebook page:
Small Efforts Big Impact. For more than a year, Maddie McCullough and Izzy Reynolds have been quietly helping neighbors with roadside clean up and shoveling paths for seniors, among other things.
NICE JOB IZZY AND MADDIE!
Kona, our new school based therapy dog,
made a visit this week to some students.
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