This past week, LOLHS' Student Leaders sponsored our Spring Spirit Week full of Wildcat Pride culminating with Field Day on Thursday. We followed the half day schedule and at 11:20, the entire school enjoyed a wonderful BBQ lunch prepared by our amazing kitchen staff. No matter where you were, students and faculty were having fun whether it was listening to our live band perform, eating unlimited ice cream, playing volleyball, whiffle ball, ping pong, or basketball, or singing Karaoke, relaxing on the field, playing yard games, frisbee, or participating in one of the 6 different wellness booths sponsored by LYSB. The choices were seemingly endless. LYSB also sponsored our Alum, Emma Boardman, serving up Del's Lemonade all afternoon! The weather was perfect and with all the activities, it made for a wonderful, fun packed afternoon! It was a really great way to welcome in summer, enjoy each other's company outside of the classroom, and relax just a bit before we begin to wrap up the end of the year and prepare for exams.
Special thanks goes to LOLHS Student Leaders and the Advisors: Mrs. Todd, Ms Macione and Mr. Kaczor for planning this event with such detail. Well Done Wildcats!
On Wednesday evening we celebrated the senior award recipients.
Congratulations to all the award winners!
On Wednesday we had two college signings:
Congratulations to Joe Montazella who signed his letter of intent to US Merchant Marine Academy. Joe will be playing Lacrosse for the USMMA.
Congratulations to George Williams who signed his letter of intent to Franklin & Marshall College. George will be running track for the Franklin and Marshall.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
On Tuesday, Jim Wygonik and I sat down with our three exchange students to get some insight on their stay with us as they prepare to close out this year. Yosr Manai from Tunisia, Steven Zhao from China, and Konrad Kissling from Germany took a glance back at how they were able to find comfort in our school community, engaging in various activities such as sports, music or other community activities to make connections with peers and build long lasting relationships.
Yosr, Steven and Konrad:
We will miss and wish you
luck with all your future
On Tuesday, May 23, twelve regional schools convened at Valley Regional High School to celebrate and honor the Shoreline Social Studies Award recipients. Sean Scanlon, CT State Comptroller, US Senator Chris Murphey's video message as well as Devin Carney, our State Representative, all encouraged our students to follow their interests in the field and explained how this is how they found their own paths into the political arena as well as serving the public.
LOLHS is proud to present the Shoreline Excellence in Social Studies Award to Delaney Nelson. This award is presented to "a junior who demonstrates a high degree of interest and enthusiasm for social studies and who possesses a high level of ability, critical thinking, and conceptual understanding of the subject." Delaney has achieved outstanding excellence in social studies for the past three years.
Additionally, LOLHS' Mock Trial Team was recognized for their state win and representing our state in the National Mock Trial Competition. All received special citations for their efforts.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
Next week is SPIRIT WEEK. Each day is a DIFFERENT themed day. Be sure to view the slide show below for explanation.
On Thursday, we will be enjoying a half day of classes after which we will put down the books and have some fun beginning with an all school BBQ followed by a bunch of different activities - something for everyone - all free and fun!
Thanks to the great work of The Morning Grind Crew, they are excited to announce that they will continue next year and be able to provide this service on a monthly basis.
Nice Work Wildcats!
On Thursday evening we celebrated all the underclass
Congratulations to all the award winners!
On Tuesday afternoon, we sent the LOLHS Mock Trial to Arkansas for the National Mock Trial Competition. The image above is link to the website. It gives a little insight into their schedule and general programing. Below are some photos of the team at Little Rock Central High School and a tour exploring desegregation and civil rights. No matter the outcome of the national competition, we are so proud to of our MOCK TRIAL TEAM!!!
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
By Sr. Vazquez
Students in Spanish III, IV and AP classes had the opportunity to enjoy a full presentation in Spanish from a special guest with a long and successful career.
We are very fortunate to have a substitute for Ms. Brown’s classes who was a Spanish teacher: Mr. Belluzzi. We invited Mr. Belluzzi to talk about his life as an educator, administrator and global citizen. He started by sharing some family history such as how his grandmother came from Italy and she didn’t speak English. It was hard for her to navigate in this new country. When Mr. Belluzzi was fifteen, he received a scholarship and he lived with a Mexican family. His hosts were doctors who lived with a lot of luxuries that he didn’t have back in the USA. While in Mexico, he climbed the Pyramid of the Sun and at the top he had the epiphany that the world was huge and there was a whole world for him to explore. He was accepted to study at Georgetown University, but his family couldn’t afford it. Instead, he studied in Fordham with a scholarship and he lived with his grandmother. He started working as a high school Spanish teacher. Later he became a guidance counselor in middle/high school for a few years, and then he worked as a principal and college professor teaching Spanish, education, and English as a second language. Finally, he accepted the position of superintendent for Montvale Public Schools for many years.
Mr. Belluzzi shared his experiences of traveling in many countries in Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. He reinforced the importance of learning Spanish not just for job opportunities, but also for cultural awareness.
We are very fortunate to have strong leaders in this community, and Mr. Belluzzi is among them. He is helping/working at the high school and has also been a member of the Affordable House Commission in Old Lyme. Thank you Mr. Belluzzi!
By Anna Davis
The robotics team celebrated twenty-five years of building robots last Friday with a special banquet. Team members, mentors, and family from founding years to current students gathered and connected over their common love of robotics. Mr. Derry gave a speech with the help of chat GPT followed by a recorded message from Dean Kamen, the founder of the FIRST Robotics program, congratulating the team. The night finally came to a conclusion with awards for this year's team members and mentors with a special award for Quinn Williams to thank her for her time and dedication this past year, which earned the Team Spirit Award at the Hartford Regional Competition.
The LOLHS production of Mamma Mia has received four nominations from the Sondheim Musical Theater Awards:
Lighting Design - Konrad Kissling
Choreography- Bethany Haslam
Direction - Kristine Pekar
The cast will perform at the 6th Annual Stephen Sondheim Musical Theater Awards Gala at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven on Monday, June 5 when the final winners will be announced.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
All Library materials must be returned by May 25th. If your student has outstanding materials, these will be put into PowerSchool as a fee in Mid-June. If you have any questions please email Lucy Trost, High School Library Media Specialist.
We are expecting 3 exchange students next year from China . Please consider this opportunity. See below for more information.
Another outstanding event - Prom 23 at St. Clements Castle was a hit! It was a beautiful venue with delicious food and a great DJ. Take a look!
On Thursday and Friday I had the special opportunity to visit the ECE Spanish Cultural Topics Classes. It is a course that investigates the past and present of various Spanish speaking countries through film. After developing and teaching the course for many years, I was inspired to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to study and learn more about the last dictatorship of Argentina. It was a true privilege and lots of fun to spend some time discussing this topic again in the classroom.
By: Sr. Vazquez
Students ECE Spanish have just finished a unit about Argentina and the Dirty War. We studied the unfortunate events that Argentinians had to live before, during and after a dictatorship. We decided to invite Ms. Manfredi (formerly a Spanish teacher at LOLHS and expert on this topic). She went to Argentina to learn and research about that period with the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Research Program.
Students asked a lot of questions about the experience of living in a different country, the challenges she faced there, and the complexity of the whole process and research.
It was a very important experience to validate all information learned in class and also to encourage students to do similar experiences in the future.
Gracias Sra. Manfredi.
On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Lefevre, Mr. Motes and Mr. Wang shared a joint Honor Society Induction ceremony. Each Honor Society presented their service work that they accomplished during the year before presenting their new members.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NEWLY INDUCTED FRENCH, CHINESE, AND LATIN NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
Jamie Bucior is LOLHS' Rotary Student of the Month in Business. Jamie has excelled in numerous classes offered by the business department and she is W!SE Certified Financially Literate. She is an enthusiastic leader in and out of the classroom involved in many activities and organizations. Jamie will be attending Bentley in the fall where she will be studying either the finance, management, or a combination of both.
Andy Zelek has been an important part of our Technology and Engineering classes at LOLHS.
Andy was a hard-working student in Woodworking Technology class and continues this effort this year in Electrical Technology class and a Senior level independent study. In the classroom, he accepts the responsibility of being a role model for underclassmen. He helps set a standard for other students in the areas of self-discipline, and quality of work. He is an Eagle Scout and proud member of the Lyme Fire Department. He plans on continuing his education in the field of Forestry.
Congratulations to Jamie and Andy for
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