General Information

Principal's Message

Lyme Consolidated School is a small, rural kindergarten through fifth grade school situated in the Jim Cavalieripicturesque town of Lyme. It provides a nurturing and safe environment for students and a friendly, interactive atmosphere for parents. 

The scope of Lyme Consolidated incorporates all district goals, objectives and materials. The implementation of these is seen in each classroom with student achievement as the primary goal. 

Standards are met using a variety of methods, but are achieved for the most part by individualizing learning experiences for each student. This individualization is demonstrated by teaching through the Multiple Intelligence Theory, incorporating democratic processes throughout the school and integrating visual and performing arts into the daily work of the students.

Research has shown that these techniques are highly effective with all learners and their learning styles. Providing students with successful experiences in these first years of schooling lays the foundation for a pattern of self-initiated learning, strong values and an enriched sense of community.

James Cavalieri

Class Size Guidelines

Grade Level

Class Size









5 through 12


Classrooms / Special Subject Areas

Classroom Teachers

Kindergarten Teachers
Tiffany Sestrom
Nicole Tartisel 

First Grade Teachers
Mary-Elizabeth Massey
Lisa McDermott

Second Grade Teachers
Kathryn Mulligan
Connie Price

Third Grade Teachers
Brenda McNamara
Tara Sullivan

Fourth Grade Teachers
Mercedes Alger
Betsy Flanagan

Fifth Grade Teachers
Bruce Hrozenchik
Rebecca Pote

Special Subject Areas

Art - Jennifer Pitman
Computer - Patricia Aldrich
Library - Susan Parodi
Music - Melissa Rostkoski
Physical Education - Bonnie Ambruso
World Language - Michele Tackett

Other Areas

Reading/Language Arts Specialist - Candice LaConti
Math Implementation Coach - Karen Pasiuk
SRBI Specialist - Mary Dargie
Psychologist - Deborah Spera
Special Education - Christina Fink; Gosia Holszanska; Janice Ricketts
Speech/Language - Morgan Bau, Kathleen Zingg
Talented and Gifted - Mary Nodden (subbing for Nila Kaczor)
Instructional Technology Specialist - Jennifer Whelan

Clubs and Activities

Town Meetings
Our entire school assembles to share academics presented through the arts. Town Meetings typically occur on a bi-weekly basis on Friday afternoons.

Fifth grade students have the opportunity to select an instrument and participate in weekly lessons with our instrumental teachers. Students also meet during recess time to work in a large group to prepare for upcoming concerts.

All third, fourth and fifth grade students participate bi-weekly and hold performances during the year.

Student Senate
Classroom senators are elected in each classroom in grades 2-5. Officers are elected by the entire student body, and their leadership provides all of our students opportunities to help others. Some of these activities include facilitating a coat drive, facilitating a food drive and assisting communities in need, such as raising money to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Idea Committee (TIC)
This group is made up of fourth and fifth grade students who read, edit and select writing pieces that are submitted to our “Magic Mailbox.” Writers are recognized at our Town Meetings.

The Emcees
Selected fourth and fifth grade students facilitate our Town Meetings and introduce visiting artists at our school assemblies.

The Dance Group
This is a multi-age group of students who learn and rehearse different dances weekly and perform at our Town Meetings.

Enrolling Your Child

To enroll your child in Lyme School, you must reside in the Town of Lyme or Old Lyme, Connecticut. Tuition Students are also accepted if space allows, but approval must first be granted through the Office of the Superintendent of Schools (860-434-7238).

Please contact Kim Sullivan, School Secretary, at 860-434-1233 to obtain registration forms. Forms are also available on our website. The forms needed to enroll your child are as follows:

* Pupil Registration form
* Residency Affidavit
* Potassium Iodide (KI) Administration Authorization
* State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record
* Certificate of Medical Exemption (for those students who are exempt from vaccinations due to medical reasons)
* Certificate of Religious Exemption (for those students who are exempt from vaccinations due to religious beliefs)

The following additional form is also requested of new kindergarten students:
* Parents as Partners form

The following additional form is also needed for students who transfer from other schools:
* Permission for Release of Academic Records form

An original birth certificate (with raised seal) must also be presented at the time of registration.

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