John Lyman Elementary School

106 Way Road, Middlefield CT 06455 | 860.349.7240

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Calling All Kindergarteners!

It’s that time of year again when we are preparing our lists for next year’s incoming kindergarteners. Parents of children living in Durham and Middlefield who will be five (5) years old on or before January 1, 2017 must register their child to attend kindergarten in September 2016 or apply for a waiver of attendance. In Regional School District #13, children may attend kindergarten in either the Contemporary Program or the Integrated Day Program. Parents need to choose the appropriate program for their child prior to kindergarten registration. School visits and information available at the schools will assist parents in making their choice.

The Contemporary Program serves children in grades K-4 and is housed at Brewster School for grades K-3. Grade 4 students will attend Memorial Middle School next year.  The Integrated Day program serves students in grades K-4 at John Lyman School. While the two programs share many similarities, they also have some distinctive differences that must be considered when deciding which program is best for each child.

If you have a child that is eligible to begin kindergarten, please call either school to make sure you are on the list to receive the December mailing that explains the registration process.

Brewster Elementary School   860-349-7227                            

John Lyman School   860-349-7240

Welcome to John Lyman School!


Welcome to the John Lyman School website.  We hope you will find the site easy to use and informative.  There are so many wonderful things happening at John Lyman School, and our goal is to use the website to share them with you.  Our teachers also have individual classroom websites, and you can access them under the "Classroom Pages" button at the top of the screen.


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 Offices of Culture and Tourism.  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.

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.

PowerSchool Information

John Lyman School publishes its Wednesday Envelope through the Region 13 PowerSchool Portal.  You can access these announcements by clicking on the following link:

If you would prefer to have the bulletin e-mailed to you, you must first enroll in the PowerSchool Portal.  From there, select "Email Notification," check "School Announcements," and select how often you wish to receive the messages.

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