LOLHS Environmental Club spent some time trail clearing on Saturday with the Old Lyme Open Space committee at the Ames Property.
Nice work Wildcats!
Congratulations to Felsi Kyle and Billy Berry for being elected to the State Student Advisory Council on Education.
In 1998, the CT State Legislature created the State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE) to give Connecticut students a voice in education planning and enable the state board of education, the commissioner of education, state department of education personnel, the governor, and state legislators to become familiar with high school students’ perspectives on key issues. SSACE meets regularly with the education commissioner, and on occasion with the Governor, to reflect student opinion on matters of concern to the state’s high schools. The Council meets seven times per year. Members write position papers on important topics in education; conduct the statewide Challenge to Educational Citizenship Awards Program; and, through their discussions and activities, learn from each other about citizenship, leadership, and responsibility. For the past twenty years, SSACE has dedicated monthly meetings to influencing legislation and adapting it to the changing needs of Connecticut students. It has conducted action research recommendations on critical topics such as reducing the achievement gap, reforming standardized testing, and instituting programs promoting health and wellness.
Felsi and Billy are both active members of the LOLHS' Student Advisory Council and will attend state meetings (currently virtual) and provide regular updates to our local council.
Well done Felsi and Billy!
Clubs and Co-curricular activities have begun in full force. New clubs have been added and meeting times have been adjusted.
You can check out the revised schedule (link) of all clubs currently running. Also access the Get Involved website link with all club/ organization updated information and schedule.
On Wednesday, September 16th, the class of 2021 gathered for their senior photo. All followed the direction of their advisors, Mrs. Fried and Mrs Trost, to create their physically distanced class photo... A big event considering our current state of affairs. Take a look at the footage!
Well done WILDCATS!!!
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Students joined in on the fun to play kickball on Thursday afternoon. Unified Sports welcomes anyone to join in ... Some fun things to look forward to with Unified in October
Welcome all to the 2020-2021 school year. Since the hiatus in March due to COVID-19 we have come back with some changes to the school environment and in the way students and staff interact. Our hope is that you will find the information in this communication helpful as a guidance tool regarding some of the changes in policies and procedures.
It has been scientifically proven that facemasks, handwashing, and physical distancing are the most important mitigating strategies known to combat COVID-19. As previously communicated, all students and staff (with rare exception) are expected to wear a facemask during the school day. There will be mask breaks scheduled for students. The structure of the breaks may look different from class to class, depending on the scheduling nature of classes. We want to remind parents and students that cloth masks should be washed regularly. Consider sending in a backup mask with your student to have if needed. The nurses have disposable masks in the health offices that can be used if needed, but your student may prefer one that they are more comfortable with.
Remember to schedule a flu vaccine this year for your child. Once the vaccine has been given, it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective. With many flu symptoms being similar to symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to have as much protection as possible to fight these viruses. A suggestion is to call your child’s primary care physician to see how they are handling giving flu vaccine this year and make an appointment. It is not too early.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are asking that no food be sent in to school this year to be shared for parties and celebrations. Teachers and staff have resources for alternative activities to create some special time that can be enjoyed by all.
The CT State Department of Education, the CT Department of Public Health (DPH), and our local Ledge Light Health District are working continuously to keep our school district aware of the latest health information regarding COVID-19. We also work closely with our school medical advisor Dr. Vijay Sikand on all health matters as they pertain to students and staff.
The following guidance is information we would like parents to review and follow. Please understand that this guidance may be subject to change.
Guidelines and Procedures Regarding COVID-19
Be sure to contact the main office at your child’s school to report any absence.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.
Melissa Seckla RN
Phone: 860-434-1651 x1004
Take a look at how, although we could not have the dog teams available for first day, we had a great stand in!
Clubs and Co-curricular activities will commence Monday Sept. 14. Please access the link found above or on the Region 18 website for schedule and organization information
Get Involved website link with all club/ organization updated information and schedule.
Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools has updated our daily self-screen tool to align with the most recent guidance from our health department.
It can be found here:
The USDA recently approved the extension of free meals (lunch and applicable breakfast) through December 31, 2020. The district will begin participation in this program beginning Monday September 14, 2020. This is for all students currently enrolled in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.
Our traditional music history curriculum is being re-vamped this fall and revolves completely around the ground-breaking Hip-Hop musical that has taken the world by storm. We will get to know the musical and explore Rap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, and other music styles that influenced the creation of this quintessentially American show!
If you are looking for an elective during period 2 this fall, ask you School Counselor about Music History today! This course is available to both remote and in-person learners.
I'm not sure if you remember a blog post about a certain senior project... Will Bartlett's. He had decided to convert a Model T gas engine to an electric one. Will had been working on this project through our COVID closure and just last week, I received an email from Will sharing the completion of this project! Take a look.
Week One was a great success! We began each day with an Advisory period beginning with a Welcome Address from Mr. Wygonik with a comprehensive review of what our New Normal looks like followed by days with virtual class meetings and a Welcome Advisory. You could feel the energy in the building and excitement of being back in school. Students have been really wonderful and understanding the need to stay vigilant in order to stay in school. Keeping masks on, following the one-way hallways, sitting forward during lunches, and distancing themselves are all part of this new normal. While we did really well during our first week, we must keep this up and not let our guard down.
A few important reminders:
Student Attire: These first few days of school, I have had several conversations with some students regarding proper attire. LOLHS dress code guidelines, which can be referred to in the Parent/ Student Handbook under 'Student Attire', seem to have been forgotten - understandably as we have been out of school for the past 7 months. I know that after having the freedom of summer and our Covid closure come to a screeching halt, it can sometimes be confusing as to what is considered appropriate dress for the classrooms and the halls of LOLHS.
We take great pride in the appearance of our students and believe that student dress reflects upon the quality of our school. In order to help create a positive and professional learning environment we ask the following:
Clubs & Activities will commence the week of September 14. The Advisors and I are meeting this week to coordinate and adjust meeting times and locations in order to accommodate our new normal. A new schedule and important information will be updated on the Get Involved Website found here , the link at the top of this blog labeled "GET INVOLVED" , as well as on our Region 18 - LOLHS - Student Life - Club and Activities Tab. Meeting times and locations will be posted on the Canvas Events Calendar as well. Please be sure to check out website for updated meeting information and/or Advisor contact informtion.
Student Release Privilege: If your student has period 1, 5, 4 and/or 8, they are able to arrive late or get dismissed early. If this is something you would like to register for, please be sure to access the Family ID link HERE to complete the registration. This begins Tuesday September 8.
Just a reminder... Chartwells continues to support our school in creating ways to keep lunch safe and yummy! You are welcome to Pre-Order your sandwich and have it ready for you at the beginning of your lunch! Select the image below to take you to the link. This link is also found on the Region 18 website - HighSchool - Student Life - scroll down to the Lunch Menus and Sandwich Order tab. This link can also be found right here on the LOLHS Wildcat News page in the right margin at the top... just look for the sandwich!
The Science department had some fun putting together some slides to review with all classes the new safety protocols both in the class and in labs. Take a look!
18: No school MLK
19: HIPS presentation
21: Last day of Qtr2 / Sem1
22:Semester 2 begins
26: Community Viewing: LIKE
27: HS viewing - LIKE
3: BOE mtg @7
12: 1/2 Day- students
15-19: February Break
22: 8th Gr. Parent Night
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