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John Lyman School is a child-centered community of learners in Middlefield, Connecticut, that is dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of learning through active exploration of all curricular areas. Serving the communities of Durham and Middlefield as part of Regional School District 13, John Lyman is home to the district’s K-4 Integrated Day Program. The ID program provides a supportive, stimulating environment in which students learn to take responsibility for decision-making as well as for their own learning and behavior. As a Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Spotlight School, John Lyman fosters an arts-integrated approach to learning in a democratic setting that celebrates the voice of every child. We strongly believe that the arts can support and enhance all subject areas and help to create more meaningful learning opportunities for our students.
A visitor to John Lyman School can expect to see the core components of the HOT Schools approach - strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice - in action throughout the day. Our teachers work to integrate strong arts into the core curriculum on a regular basis, and we have multiple teaching artist residencies in all grade levels throughout the school year. We have a variety of student boards that meet regularly: Literary Board, Art Board, Student Senate, Tech Crew, and the Nature Trail Committee, just to name a few. Special visitors are often greeted by our Hello Chorus, a group of students who sing a welcome song that was written by a student songwriting board. Every Friday, we either have a school-wide Town Meeting that is student-led or a meeting of ECHOs courses (Enhanced Curricular HOT Opportunities). You can learn more about Town Meetings and ECHOs on the HOT Schools website. Most importantly, visitors will see students who are empowered to make choices and have a voice in their learning. We are proud to be a HOT Spotlight School and look forward to sharing our practice with you.
Our detailed itinerary:
12:30 - 12:45 Arrival/Sign-In in Main Office
12:45 - 1:15 Student Senate Meeting
1:15 - 1:30 Hello Chorus/Third and Fourth Grade Senate Tours
1:30 - 2:00 Classroom Visitations
2:00 - 2:15 Informal Conversations with Available Staff
2:15 - 3:00 Town Meeting (Assembly)