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General Information

Principal's Message

Mile Creek School is a precious, early-primary school and cohesive community of citizens. Students, staff and parents are energized by the district’s mission of excellence and embrace learning with a passion, regardless of age or position. On a daily basis, the benefit of being bonded as a school family is demonstrated. Within the safety and security of such an environment, children and adults are free to develop to their potential. 

Mile Creek has a talented and dedicated faculty that is strongly rooted in the knowledge of how young children learn and grow. Ongoing professional development of research-based curriculum initiatives complements the innate ability of the staff to meet students’ needs.

There can be little doubt as to the powerful effect the home-school connection has in enhancing the learning experience for our little ones. We have a most talented and energetic group of parents who continue to dedicate themselves to the well-being of our students, supporting the staff in their mission.

And finally, and most importantly, Mile Creek School has an outstanding student body of children who care deeply about their families, their school and the world in which they live.

Patricia Downes, Ph.D.



Class Size Guidelines

Grade Level

Class Size









5 through 12



Classrooms / Special Subject Areas

Classroom Teachers

Kindergarten Teachers
Alexandra Borsari
Alyssa Karpuska

First Grade Teachers
Kristen Hatchel
Margaret Hotchkiss
Wendy Zito

Second Grade Teachers
Susan Oliver
Kimberly Velikaneye

Third Grade Teachers
Karen  Butler
Susan Oliver
Nancy Sparaco

Fourth Grade Teachers
Kelly Craddock
Kathleen Hancock

Fifth Grade Teachers
Francesca Fusaro
Julie Herel
Susan Whritner 

Special Subject Areas

Art - Joya Helander
Computer - Tisha Kirk
Library - Diana Marchese
Music - Steven Ernst; Melissa Rostkoski
Physical Education - Winnie Edmed; Paul Murphy
World Language - Michele Tackett

Other Areas

Reading/Language Arts Specialist - Candice LaConti
Math Implementation Coach - Karen Pasiuk
SRBI Specialist - Kelly Guyer 
Psychologist - Donna Patterson
Special Education - Marianne DeBruyn; Kelly Larson; Kristy Lesandrine; Cheryle Mullaney; Kathryn Tretter
Speech/Language - Morgan Bau; Pamela Hurley
Talented and Gifted - Mary Nodden (subbing for Nila Kaczor)
Instructional Technology Specialist - Jennifer Whelan


Enrolling Your Chiild

To enroll your child in Mile Creek School, you must reside in the Town of 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 Mindy Pollack-Pope, School Secretary, at 860-434-2209 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.

Student Drop Off Procedures

Parents who drop off children in important "valet" drop off procedures

Student Handbook / Safe School Climate Plan / Bullying Prevention Plan / Report Bullying Incident

Challenging * Achieving * Excelling

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