After much discussion, our staff feels that it is in the best interest of our students not to hold mid-term exams for the 2020-21 school year. This also includes final exams for semester one half-year courses.
As of now, final exams and semester two half-year course final exams will take place as scheduled in June.
Exam half-days will be replaced with full regular school days.
AP / ECE COURSES:
Some AP/ECE courses still do have mid-term requirements. The teachers of those classes will communicate directly with the students in those classes.
Email me if you have any questions. I wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season.
As we continue to gather feedback from our stakeholders, perfect our live-streaming techniques, and see a growth in our remote-learning population, the high school will now live-stream all classes for remote learners.
We have found that students who attend their classes live, have more engagement in the lesson, and receive more timely feedback. Our teachers overwhelmingly are excited about this change.
Beginning on Monday December 14th, students who are learning remotely will follow their daily schedule and join all of their classes live. Our teachers will continue to record and post their lessons until December 23rd.
When we return to school on Monday January 4th, we will no longer record lessons. There will be no change in our attendance practices for remote learners but these students are expected to engage daily in all of their classes.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Have safe and happy holiday season.
AP European students added some levity while studying Absolutism and the European State Consolidation (1650-1750). Each group, representing France, Russia, England and Central/ Eastern Europe, were experts - in costume - presenting to their classmates and explaining how "their" monarch consolidated power and ruled absolutely. After the presentations, students took a "gallery walk" to each region in order to record pertinent information which enabled them to discuss how the absolute monarchies had similarities in consolidating their power... ultimately through military might, control of religion, and economically by raising taxes.
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The Sustainability Committee is excited to announce that over 300 pounds of plastic film has been collected by Region 18 in the Trex Challenge! Thank you to all that have participated! The challenge ends on April 15, so please continue to send in your film (see below for what kind of film is accepted).
As a reminder, the Trex Challenge is an opportunity to send in your plastic film with your students for a chance to win a Trex bench or other product for their school. Trex decking and railing is made from recycled plastic film and is a type of composite building material.
We have added Trex collection bins at both Lyme (just inside the entrance) and Old Lyme Town hall (lower level entrance at the back of the building). Trex collection bins will continue to be located near main entrances for each school.
Some examples of items that are NOT acceptable include: compostable film (usually labeled as “compostable”), film that has any amount of food residue, candy/ice cream wrappers, cellophane-type film (think floral arrangements or holiday gift bags that make a crinkly/crunchy sound), prewashed salad mix bags, and frozen food bags (frozen berry bags).
When sending in your film from home, please remember, it must be COMPLETELY clean, COMPLETELY dry, COMPLETELY empty and COMPLETELY free from food residue. Please remove air from pillow pack bubble wrap. The diagram below says it all! If you stick to sending in items from the diagram, it will be greatly appreciated. When in doubt, throw it out; or you can email
Thanks for your continued participation in the Region 18 Trex Challenge and helping keep our planet clean!
Student work Unit 3: Almodovar’s Spain
During the study of unit 3, students have learned about “Movida Madrileña'' a contra cultural movement that happened in the 1980s in Spain. Students watched a movie, “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios”, (Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown), to contextualize a few important topics that were happening in Spain while it was moving from a dictatorship regime mindset to a democratic mindset. Some topics that they discussed and analyzed were gender equality, police, religion, gender roles, music, clothes, drugs, homosexuality, woman emancipation, amongst others. Listen to some of the students’ presentations as they presented with the role of college professors on NPR en español.
Below are exemplars from Nevin Joshy, Eleanor Dushin, and Michael DeGaetano
Early summer Alexis started up her own Mobile Car Cleaning Business, bringing along her own supplies including a shop vac. Weather and time permitting, Alexis continues to clean cars, both inside and out spending over an hour on each car. Alexis donates 10% of proceeds to LYSB and has already donated $250. She is also a member of the LYSB's Youth Advisory Council.
Way to go Alexis!
The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2021
Safe Grad Committee is selling
CANDLES to raise funds for Safe Grad night, 2021.
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By: Juanjo Vazquez
Mr. Ordoñez, Technology Facilitator at LOLHS, was kind enough to share with the National Spanish Honor Society his journey from Ecuador to the USA. During his fantastic presentation, he showed us pictures about geography and cultural aspects such as food, the flag, sports, music, and the lives of indigenous people.
He also talked about adapting to a new culture, learning a new language, and maneuvering between the education in both countries. He answered many questions and shared tips on how to have a meaningful experience in another country.
The presentation was conducted in Spanish and the questions from LOLHS students were also in Spanish. On top of being a great professional at the school, he is also another resource for our students. We greatly thank Mr. Ordoñez for his time and the information that he shared with us.
Congratulations to Riley Nelson 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. Riley is a committed and engaged learner. She has consistently excelled in all her Social Studies courses from freshman year to present. Additionally she has challenged herself by taking all the Advanced Placement courses offered in the Social Studies department and is an active member of our Mock Trial Team.
Nice work Riley!
WARM the CHILDREN PROGRAM
For families of Lyme and Old Lyme who need help with winter clothes for their children ages 0-18.
59 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371 • 860-434-7208 • www.lysb.org
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On Saturday, Nov. 21 members of the Old Lyme Open Space Commission and 25 members of the LOLHS Environmental Club met at the Champlain North Open Space to help clear invasive species from the base of the Barbizon Oak. The Barbizon Oak is a 300-year-old white oak that is named after the Old Lyme art colony of the same name. Members of the Open Space Commission, including co-chair Amanda Blair and forester Evan Griswold, joined students to share information about the history of the property, the Barbizon Oak, and efforts to establish and reroute several trails. LOLHS EC members have agreed to become stewards of the property which is within walking distance of the high school campus and to participate in a number of upcoming community activities. If you are interested in coming out to get involved, please email Mrs. Fried at email@example.com and ask to be added to our mailing list.
The Chinese I classes are learning all about Chinese calligraphy - its cultural value and historical significance in the Chinese society. Students are also becoming experts in understanding and deciphering the five different styles of calligraphy; as well, they are practicing this ancient form of writing that's not only known for its artistic value, but more importantly, for its communicative functions in language learning and its real life applications, such as its wide use in commercial signs.
Due to everyone's generosity, this year's LOLHS' Food Drive was a huge success. NHS, the Community Service Club and Jon Goss’ Cub Scouts Troop would like to thank you all for your contributions! TWO truck loads of food was donated because of everyone's support. The food donated helps people in need more than imaginable, so thank you all!
The LOLHS’ National Honor Society members are sponsoring a toy drive to help benefit local families. There are a lot of berries on our tree this year due to COVID 19, so homerooms, clubs and individuals are encouraged to get involved. If you pick a berry off the tree, please deliver the unwrapped present back to the Library Media Center by December 10th. Please see the flyers located around school for more information and let’s help make the holiday season a little bit brighter for members of our communities!!
A very successful Zoom School-to-Career presentation was held on November 19. FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) enlisted the help of Mrs. Fuller of the LOLHS School-to-Career program to arrange for Ms. Shannon Ress from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). FBLA President, Victoria Stout, and DECA President, Sophia Arnold, introduced Ms. Ress to the students. FBLA and DECA look forward to working with Mrs. Fuller and doing more of these meetings in the coming months. For more information about FBLA and DECA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org; for more information about School-to-Career opportunities, contact email@example.com
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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