Although Erin is already a second year veteran at LOLHS, I never officially introduced you all to her. So, meet ....
Erin Geletkanycz: I grew up in Hamden CT and moved back to CT to be close to my family since I have 2 babies under 2 and I think being around family is so important. I was teaching in the Boston area at Everett High School for the past 17 years. This year I am teaching Algebra 1 and AP calculus. AP Calculus is my absolute favorite class to teach. I chose to come teach at LOLHS because the staff was so nice and welcoming during the interview process. I could tell right away that I would be very happy here. I love that LOLHS is such a small community where everyone knows everyone.
And for her first year at LOLHS, meet Lauren Rahr: I grew up in Waterford, Connecticut and attended Waterford High School. I graduated from Endicott College earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education. Growing up, I always listened to my mother talk about school, watched her grade papers and plan lessons, and heard stories of students who were so excited to come back and show her all they had accomplished. I teach for the little girl inside me who wanted to grow up and be just like her strong, successful mom. When I went off to college, I wrote in my senior scrapbook that I saw myself teaching high school math at a high school similar to mine and coaching the tennis team. When I witnessed the supportive and friendly community at LOLHS I felt an immediate level of comfort, happiness and sense of home. It is a pleasure to work in a place where everyone is passionate about what they teach and how they teach. I feel honored to be a member of the LOLHS family.
And another addition to our Math Department, meet Dayna Beal: I received my BA from the University of Central Florida. I taught a variety of subjects ranging from 8th grade math intervention to AP Calculus and 8th grade science to Honors Biology and Earth Science. I was a Physics adjunct professor at VCC, was the 1st female instructor at Project “O” and was a studio teacher school for the Mickey Mouse Club. I took 20 years off from teaching to raise children and received a MAT from Sacred Heart University. I love to travel and camp, especially with my family. I became a teacher to inspire students to embrace learning; I was a struggling student in elementary school but eventually became the class tutor. I am excited to be teaching math at LOLHS where there are so many opportunities for students with different talents and abilities to flourish.
And for our Science Department... Meet Christine Corah. This is Christine's second year at LOLHS. She recently graduated from Sacred Heart University's Graduate School. She states: Biology at LOLHS is my first full time public school teaching position. Prior to this experience, I taught (and still continue to when available) Science Classes at the Mystic Aquarium to grades k-12 and programs associated with Thames Academy, Mitchell College, and UCONN. LOLHS was a school that put a high emphasis and expectation on student learning and experience. I felt LOLHS would be a school that would support my style of teaching and allow me to take academic content beyond the four walls of a standard classroom. The staff and students are so inclusive! The level of integrity, respect, and desire for success at LOLHS make it a truly unique teaching environment. There is also a variety of extracurricular activities that I feel I can participate in to help contribute to the lives of the students. I currently coach Unified Sports - a first for me in my career but most certainly one of my favorite privileges here at LOLHS! This year Christine teaches Biology and Marine Science.
And... Richard Fisler: I was born at a young age, and have continued to age until the present day. I grew up in New Jersey, a place that gets a bad rap because it has a unique smell and the Jersey Shore / Snooki. But we also gave you Bruce, bubble wrap, cement dividers on the highway, Frank Sinatra and Thomas Edison. I started my career as a biomedical engineer and enjoyed developing software for CT and MRI scanners and instruments to study genes and proteins. I started teaching 10 years ago and try to have fun every day. I came to teach at LOLHS because it is close to home. I live in Lyme and am happy to be teaching Physics and Chemistry here. Come ask me to show you pictures of my grandson. He’s adorable; they say good looks skip a generation!
And last but certainly not least, the new addition to our PE department,
Phil Cohen ... who had an article written about him in The Valley Courier:
take a look... click on the link to read
Cohen Lives His Dream by Coaching for the Warriors
By Coach O'Leary:
The XC team ran their final race at Wickham park in the State Championships Saturday. The girls placed 8th in the State and the boys were 12th. Sorry to say goodbye to the seniors!
Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23rd from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM commemorating Avogadro's number (6.02 x 1023) which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. All chemistry students came to school baring fun and creative projects that connected to Avogadro and DespicaMOLE me! ... take a look!
Over 20 students took advantage of last week's FBI Career presentation. Integrity starts in high school! That was the main message! They also learned the physical, educational and time frame required to make it into the bureau.
The Spanish National Honor Society's bulletin board for this month is traditional Latino holiday cuisines. The group (Franki D, Emma G, Bianca D, Trevor W, Ted W, Nick F) thought the students could relate to this topic because everyone loves food. Food is an ancient part of every culture and a very interesting and unique topic; the group had never seen a bulletin board made about food and were eager to attack this topic.
Lyme-Old Lyme student, Tanner Griffin, with his Early Lights Women’s Grand Masters(60+) boat that finished 3rd on Saturday at the Head of the Charles.
A joint effort between members of the Environmental Club and the Community Service Club resulted in 220 lbs of trash being removed from the sides of Halls Road in Old Lyme on Saturday afternoon. If you are interested in future cleanups, consider joining the Community Service Club on Wednesday mornings in the LMC or Environmental Club on Friday mornings in Room 126 (Mrs. Fried’s room).
Cross country ran in the Shoreline Championships at Cromwell on Friday. Everyone had a Personal best time. - Mary . Wholean and Bella Hine medaled in the JV race. Top varsity finishers for Old Lyme in the 5k race were Faith Caulkins and John Almy.
WAY TO GO WILDCATS!
In case you were not able to attend the band concert this past week... take a listen!
Band Concert Link
Below find yearbook information including what you need to know as a senior, how to advertising, what parents need to know as well as how to purchase your yearbook. All the forms below are also found on Region18.org - High School - Student Life - Lymen link!
LOLHS XC ran in the Wickham Invitational in Manchester last weekend. There were over 70 teams and the Wildcats did a great job!
Each year Mrs. Traver administers the W!SE Personal Finance Literacy certification test. This year, she received a Gold Star Teacher Award from W!SE. According to W!SE, "To be considered for the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 93% pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test."
Way to go Mrs Traver!
Lyme-Old Lyme High School student Rhyleigh Russell is a finalist in Celebration of Music National competition. Attached is her voting page link. You can vote for her by selecting the link below. People are also encouraged to attend the show at the Bushnell for the finale November 3.
Way to go Rhyleigh!
4: ASVAB testing
5: Academic Letter Ceremony @ 8 am
5: Sophomore Parent Night @ 6:30
6: 1/2 day for students
9: NO SCHOOL!
11: Safe Grad Mtg @6:30
17: Band Concert @7
18: PSAT TEST DAY! NO SENIORS!!!
18: PAB Mtg @ 6:30
23: Financial Aid Night @ 6:30
24: Meet the Chorus Concert @ 7
27: End of Qtr. 1
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