John Lyman Elementary School

106 Way Road, Middlefield CT 06455 | 860.349.7240

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Community Round-Up on December 3rd

On Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9:00-12:00 teams made up of students, teachers, parents and community members will be roving the town in a scavenger like fashion. Students will travel in teams of three or four following assigned routes to collect non-perishable items, canned goods, donations, and gift cards that will be distributed to the needy. This community project has been an annual Durham and Middlefield event for the last 9 years and has filled both towns’ food pantries each year. Additional food items are also delivered to the Amazing Grace food pantry in Middletown. Last year, 14,602 food items and over $2,785.00 in cash and gift cards were collected!

Students register in teams with their schools. Those who prefer to remain at the high school can assist by sorting, counting, & packing. We also need volunteers to help load the trucks and then unload them at Amazing Grace. Students must fill out a permission slip from their school to participate as a volunteer. A sizable number of volunteers are needed to make this day a success. In keeping with the spirit of the day, items will be counted for a grand total only. All volunteers will be eligible for raffle prizes and breakfast will be served at 8:30, sponsored by the Durham Women’s Club. Registration will be from 8:30 to 8:45. All participants and volunteers are welcome.

This cross-age project, co-sponsored by the Local Wellness Coalition, provides an opportunity for students and adults to work together and experience the true spirit of the holiday season. For further information, please contact Kathy Bottini, Melissa Cook, or Rebecca Sinusas Co-chairs, Strong Guidance Department at 860-349-7255.

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.


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.

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