We had some fun these last two days preparing to close out 2021! On Wednesday during our Advisory, Student Leaders sponsored some friendly homeroom competition with some holiday games like pin the nose on the snow man, holiday Pictionary, Bingo and Kahoot. Homerooms paired up listened to some music and just had some wholesome fun! On Thursday we enjoyed having Kona hang out with us and then at the end of the day, we returned to our homerooms at the end of the day to enjoy a live -streamed mini holiday concert that was performed by the LOLHS Select Singers and Wind Ensemble. Take a look below!
Holiday Choral / Band Concert & Mr. Wygonik's Story
Wishing you a very happy holiday, a relaxing break and a healthy New Year!
LOLHS' Winter Band Concert:
On December 14th, once again the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and WInd Ensemble performed a WONDERFUL winter concert. If you missed it, take a look at a peak at the video summary above ... thanks to Mrs. Joshy. To listen to the full holiday concert, you can access the links found at our website under the Music link:
Holiday Band Concert 2021
LOLHS Winter Choral Concert:
On December 21st, the LOLHS' Choruses performed a marvelous holiday concert culminating with a community effort of Handel's "Hallelujah" that was absolutely breathtaking! To listen to the entire concert, you can access the links at our Region 18 Music website (see below)
Holiday Chorus Concert 2021
Why do we want to help our kids become resilient?
So they can better deal with stress, respond to challenges, and handle their emotions. Resiliency builds confidence, empathy, and optimism.
*This series is appropriate for parents of children of all ages.*
"Raising Children with Grit and Resilience During the Pandemic and Beyond"
Wednesday, January 19th
7:00-8:00 p.m. on zoom
with guest speaker
Alicia Farrell, PhD
Our primary and overriding responsibility as a parent is to raise children so they can thrive without us. Ever feel like you don’t know what you’re doing? Join the crowd! These are difficult and unprecedented times that require a boots-on-the-ground mentality. Come ground yourself in the basics of parenting and learn practical tools you can apply immediately to positively change the course of your children’s lives.
This talk will cover:
This talk is relevant for parents, grandparents, school administrators, counselors, teachers, community leaders and more. Come be inspired to take charge! This program is free and open to the public.
Save the date for our next workshop in this series
February 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
How to Parent Your Children Around Substance Misuse While Feeding Grit and Resilience
THE SPIRIT OF GIVING...
Volunteerism and giving are the backbone of many small communities and ours is no different- it is a very special part of Lyme-Old Lyme. In this episode co-hosts Gavin, Phoebe, and Alli are joined by Mary Seidner (Executive Director at LYSB) and Bob Cope (Community Member and Volunteer Leader) to celebrate the holidays sharing our thoughts and ideas on how to stay involved and connected. Please tune in!
Congratulations to Olivia Schaedler for being selected by the Social Studies Department as the December Rotary Student of the Month for her excellence in her studies is History and Social Studies
Olivia Schaedler is an exceptional student of history, whether studying European History or Psychology. She has a tremendous work ethic and a combination of a keen mind and a talent for creativity. A favorite example is a project she presented in which she decoded an 18th century primary resource on Peter the Great and also built a 3-d pop-up St. Basil’s Cathedral out of cereal boxes. It seems that Olivia succeeds in everything she sets her mind to. Because she’s humble, she will tell you that it’s all hard work, but she truly is gifted. Her genius extends to her peer relations in the history classroom as well. She is a champion of group collaboration in that she partners and communicates with peers showing a true interest in their process and opinions. Olivia is a thoughtful and passionate debater. She has a flexibility of mind that allows her to see the big picture and reflect on history from all angles. For these reasons, she’s also a valuable member of Lyme-Old Lyme’s mock trial team. She has impressed attorneys and judges across the state with her ability to learn the rules of law and simulate trial advocacy. The history department wishes Olivia would pursue a career in the social sciences because the world needs more minds and hearts like hers doing the impactful work. But whatever she may pursue, she is sure to be a success.
Nice work Oliva!
AP Spanish end of the unit 3 work
During unit 3, Influences of Beauty and Art, students studied and analyzed different sources and different points of view on whether graffiti is a form of art or vandalism. Students were asked for homework to think about their favorite Spanish word and to create graffiti. Students had to present in Spanish to the class in a circle the meaning of the graffiti and why they chose that word. It was interesting to find how the words were connected with past sensory experiences; for example, students described smells, sounds, feelings, etc
Span NHS Bulletin Board Updates
A COUNTRY'S CULTURE: FOOD
By: Hannah Britt, Stephanie Mauro, Abby Manthous , and Victoria Gage
An important aspect of any country's culture is the food. When exploring the three biggest meal categories (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), we learn about Spain's traditional dishes.
For breakfast, many start their day off with freshly squeezed orange juice that can be found at many cafes. Coffee with milk, usually containing espresso, is very popular also. Many will either grab a churro or muffin to finish off their meal.
After that is lunch, which varies in dishes. Four popular dishes are croquettes eaten with tapas, paella (rice, vegetables, and different types of fish or chicken), meatballs, and pisto manchego, which is fairly healthy.
Lastly is dinner. There is gazpacho, a cold vegetable soup, fideuá which is similar to paella but made with cakes/pasta, iberian ham, and garlic prawns.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS:
by: Theodore Lampos
This week the Spanish Honor Society created their bulletin board about Día de los Muertos, (the Hispanic/Latinx celebration of those who have passed) throughout different Spanish speaking countries. Día de los Muertos is a holiday to honor those who have passed and remember their lives. It is a festival as an alternative way of remembering loved ones they have lost. Instead of mourning their death, citizens of these countries celebrate the life of those who have passed with food, music and candlelit vigils to honor their loved ones. They focused on Spain, Mexico, Ecuador and Honduras and the similarities and differences in how they celebrate the holiday.
Each country celebrates the holiday in their own unique way, yet some traditions remain consistent. For example, all of these countries celebrate somewhere in the frame of October 31st to November 2nd. They all also celebrate with vigils to honor those who have passed on and to remember their life and have food and music to celebrate their lives. There are differences in each country's celebrations however. For example, in Spain they honor their loved ones with wine and pan de animas (spirit bread) at their graves. In Mexico and Ecuador however, they celebrate with colada moradas (a traditional fruit drink) and guaguas (bread babies). Overall, the celebrations across the different Spanish speaking countries vary greatly, yet there are some traditions that endure no matter the location of celebration.
CONGRATULATIONS to Felse Kyle and Nevin Joshy who were recognized at Wednesday night's BOE meeting for being awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Award for leadership, service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community. Below are the remarks and reasons why these two exceptional students were selected for this award.
Nevin Joshy is a true scholar, a talented musician, and an excellent athlete who embodies our core values of accountability, respect, integrity and perseverance. As a scholar he consistently challenges himself with AP and ECE courses across all disciplines – math science, English, history as well as Spanish. In the classroom he is known to be inquisitive yet humble wanting to learn for the sake of learning – holding himself accountable by setting high expectations for himself and peers alike and excelling in all areas of his academics. This is equally true when considering Nevin’s achievements outside of the classroom. He is a gifted musician who shines in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and the Pit Orchestra. Nevin is a three-season athlete, a captain of the soccer team, and the recipient of the “Eye of the Wildcat” award. He is an active member and participant of the Athletic Leadership Council, the Student Advisory Council the National Honor Society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, High School Bowl, Math Team, Robotics Team, and a Science Olympian and Coach– wherever the situation and whatever the material, Nevin is a hardworking, quiet leader and incredible role model working for the betterment of the team (sports or otherwise) and consistently leads by example. In his extra time, he is committed to various community services activities and can be found working on Eagle Scout Projects, at his church as a lector or Bible camp or leading kids in team building activities for the OL Parks and Recs program. He believes in being a strong advocate and role model for his peers - showing respect to his teammates and others at all times."
"Felse Kyle is one of the most energetic, passionate, caring and hardest working members of our LOL community. She is an outstanding student, a natural leader and role model both in the halls of LOLHS and equally so in the athletic arena. She consistently strives to make important and valuable contributions in virtually every aspect of her community at large. She has been an active member of the CT Association of Schools State Student Advisory Council on Education as well as the CIAC Student Athletic Advisory Board for the past two years and was appointed CEO of the Girls Scouts of Connecticut Property Task Force. Even with these significant responsibilities, Felse manages to thrive in her academics. She is a true scholar who consistently challenges herself evidenced by her many AP and ECE classes that span all disciplines. To a group of 8th graders when discussing course loads and the need for study halls, she announced that she likes to have a full schedule rather than study halls because she wants to get as much out of her high school experience as she possibly can. Felse is a three-season athlete who always leads by example on the field or in the skull. She currently holds a leadership role in our Student Advisory Council, and is an active member of the National Honor Society, La Société Honoraire de Français, the Athletic Leadership Council, the Science Olympiad, Robotics team, Math Team, Jazz Band, WLYM broadcast team, Environmental club, Ping Pong Club, and in case that wasn’t sufficient, this year she joined our Online School Newspaper, The Osprey. So… it is no surprise that Felse is known by many as the LOLHS energizer bunny. "
CONGRATULATIONS TO FELSE KYLE AND NEVIN JOSHY FOR BEING SELECTED AS THIS YEARS'
CAPSS AWARD RECIPIENTS
By Maddie McCulloch, Izzy Reynolds, and Alexis Fenton
The Spanish Honors Society had the honor of hosting Emory Holland during one of their meetings. Emory is from the Dominican Republic and was kind enough to share her experience with the new culture and language that came with moving to America. Emory talked about her life in the Dominican Republic. She mentioned how she lived in the pueblo la Noriega Santiago with her family. It wasn’t until her grandfather passed that her grandmother decided to immigrate to America and bring her family with her. Emory lived in Washington Heights and described life there as very fast paced compared to her life in the Dominican Republic. However, when she wanted to start a family with her husband, she knew that New York was not the best place for that. The two decided to move to Old Lyme, where her husband is from, for a more tranquil setting for their future kids. Emory now has a son and stresses how important it is to her, for him, to be immersed in the culture. She does this by cooking traditional food, playing music, and speaking the language to him on a regular basis. The Spanish Honors Society is very grateful that Emory took the time to share her story and give us insight into what life is like for someone new to America.
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