John Lyman Elementary School

106 Way Road, Middlefield CT 06455 | 860.349.7240

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Welcome to John Lyman School!


Welcome to John Lyman School, an Integrated Day and Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Spotlight School.  At John Lyman, our goal is to provide a high quality education for all students that is true to our district and school mission statements.  Learning through the arts and ensuring that every child has a voice are essential components of the student experience at John Lyman School, and the district’s Core Ethical Values of respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness, and courage provide the foundation for teaching and learning.  We have an outstanding faculty and staff that are committed to helping students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about John Lyman School and our community of learners.  Enjoy!


Thomas Ford, Principal


Our Program

John Lyman School takes great pride in being a child-centered community of learners.  Our Integrated Day (ID) approach, one of two equally viable educational choices in Region 13, includes multi-age classrooms in grades 1/2 and 3/4.  Teachers and staff at John Lyman work hard to deliver Region 13's rigorous curriculum, and the Integrated Day philosophy encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning.  Individual project work is an important part of the ID approach.  Lyman students at all grade levels apply reading, writing, and research skills through the completion of projects on topics of personal interest.  Developing the whole child is also a critical component of the Integrated Day program, and equal emphasis is given to our students' social and emotional well-being in accordance with Region 13's Core Ethical Values.

In addition to the Integrated Day program, John Lyman is also a Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School through the State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts.  As a HOT School, we believe in strong arts programs, arts integration throughout the curriculum, and student democratic voice.  An important component of the HOT School approach is having a resident artist each year.  The resident artist works with select classroom teachers on a rotational basis to develop an integrated unit of study that supports an area of the curriculum.  Through the generosity of the John Lyman Parent Association, we are able to extend this study to reach more children each year.

Please refer to the "About Us" button at the top of the homepage to learn more detailed information about the Integrated Day program and HOT Schools.

Flyer Distribution Information

Regional School District 13 prides itself on being a strong community partner. We are happy to help publicize events and activities of interest to our staff and students. Flyers will be placed in a publicly-accessible Google Drive folder linked on our website and also posted prominently on the district Facebook page.

Community groups wishing to submit a flyer for review and posting should prepare an electronic version (PDF format is preferable) and send it to Flyers or announcements submitted via other means may not be distributed.

Flyers will be reviewed and posted twice a month. Unfortunately, we cannot honor requests to re-distribute flyers or send out reminder notices.


Region 13 Mission Statement

The mission of Regional School District 13, a community that embraces learning, honors tradition, and embraces change, is to ensure that all students will be engaged and ethical lifelong learners and citizens who will thrive, excel, and contribute in an ever-changing, interdependent world by providing challenging, diverse, and nurturing experiences that empower each student to succeed through meaningful partnership with family and community.

John Lyman School Mission Statement

To provide a holistic and integrated view of learning which actively involves each child in the pursuit of academic excellence through decision-making and problem solving.

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