December 11, 2013

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October 12, 2013

Interesting Article and Video on Malala

The New York Times published an interesting article and video on Malala. Her history prior to her shooting is most thought provoking. Take a look...

October 11, 2013

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Mr. Jannke set up an account with, so he can text students updates on our projects. If you text (860)381-4085 the message @ledyardai, then you will receive updates. This system will keep your phone number private so no one, including Mr. Jannke will know it. See instructions for more details.

September 24, 2013

Human Rights Conference at UCONN

Brenna, Rachel Y, Tess and Mr. Jannke attended this human rights conference at UCONN on Friday. It was simply amazing. We sat in on a session about the photograph in activism. We were treated to lunch and listened to the keynote speaker, Aryeh Neier (Open Society Foundation). He is the father of the modern human rights movement, which started in the 1970s. We'll tell you all about our incredible experience on Thursday!

First Meeting

Our first meeting is during Activity Period on Thursday. See you there!

July 9, 2013

Malala Day!!

Friday, June 12th is Malala Yousafzai's 16th birthday and she's celebrating with a youth takeover of the UN to demand that all children be given access to an education. You can stand with Malala by signing this petition and by joining the conversation about education on social media through this week and especially on Friday!

Check out @YUGAPlanUSA all week for updates about Malala day and especially on Friday for tweets directly from Plan Youth at the UN!

June 12, 2013

One Book One Region

Amnesty members help with the One Book One Region kickoff event at the Mystic Arts Center. Born and raised in Connecticut, Connor Grennan began traveling the world. His stop in Nepal led him to his future, which included writing this year's OBOR selection, Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. Amnesty members helped set up the kickoff event on May 28 and had Mr. Grennan sign their books. Look to our Library Media Center for more information on how to get a copy of the book. Amnesty and the LMC plan to invite Mr. Grennan to visit LHS in the fall, so stay tuned. More info at

May 28, 2013

Walk 4 Wells

YUGA club is hosting a Walk 4 Wells event Saturday, June 1st at Preston Parks starting at 2:30. Main events will be a 5k, Kids Fun Run and Relays. There will be food, live music and t-shirts! Register at the lunch table, online at, or the day of the event. All funds will be supporting water and sanitation in developing countries.

May 26, 2013

One Book One Region Meeting Tuesday May 28

Reminder, as many of us as possible need to attend the One Book One Region kickoff. Meet at the Mystic Arts Center at 6pm on Tuesday! Remember, at strong showing from LHS students will help make it possible to have the author himself visit us in September.

ALSO, Mrs. Lantelme wants some Amnesty kids to come early to set up chairs from 4:30-5:00.

May 20, 2013

Cupcakes (and Causes)

Cupcakes (and Causes) will be meeting tonight in the library at 7:00 pm for a screening and discussion of the documentary "Opium Brides". This is a human trafficking issue so it's right up our alley!! Plus, along with the assembly this week about girls and education in Afghanistan, you can learn about this issue Afghan girls face as well...And if you need more of an incentive to go, there will of course be cupcakes!

May 17, 2013

Assembly Wednesday May 22

During AIM 60 on Wednesday there will be an assembly in the auditorium for most of the school. (Several advisories are participating in a survey instead.)

LHS class of 1987 alumna Beth Brundage Murphy and her work will be the focus. Beth is a very successful documentary filmmaker and she will show us clips from her latest project, What Tomorrow Brings.

What Tomorrow Brings is about the extremely complicated issue of educating girls in Afghanistan. Beth returned from filming earlier this month and LHS will be the first to see her footage.

Beth was a girl from Ledyard...

May 1, 2013

2 days until Jamnesty!

Friday, June 3


Another Attempt at Fame
Park & Wreck
The Dunk-T R and B Review featuring Taylor Alexander
Going Nowhere
Some Young Guys
The Ukulele Orchestra
The Mighty Quails
Brown's Crossing

Kali Money & Co.
Avery Davies Band

...With MC's Josh Throop and Alec Chattin!

It's sure to be a tight competition! We'll end at 9:30 so you'll be well rested for the SATs!! Tickets will be $4 at the door.

April 20, 2013

Next Meeting

We meet on Wednesday, April 24, during Activity Period.

April 4, 2013

New Human Trafficking Tab

The Human Trafficking tab has been updated--check it out!!

March 21, 2013

Committee meetings 3-20-13

We're going to be teaming up with the YUGA club to host an assembly during AIM by Beth Murphy about gender inequality for YUGA's Because I am a Girl Campaign. Beth Murphy, an LHS alum, founded Principle Pictures, where she makes documentaries mainly about human rights and international issues. Her current project is about girl's education in Afghanistan so she will be speaking about that issue and sharing a trailer for the documentary. Fran will work with two members of the YUGA club to promote the assembly and the Because I am a Girl campaign.

Jamnesty is coming up on May 3 at 7:00! All committees met at the meeting and made plans for what they needed to work on.

Promotion: Poster party date will be put on Facebook soon
Bands: Band meeting will be on April 11 after school. Encourage bands you know to sign up in rm 211.
House: They're finding judges.
Stage: Looking into MC's.

March 20, 2013

Jamnesty Committees

Promotion: Mikey, Tess, Katy, Fran, Becca, Michela
Bands: Ellie, Melissa, Jess
House: Rachelle, Mandy, Alex, Paige, Lauren
Stage: Asia, Rachel Moniz, Sara, Mikayla Nixie

February 18, 2013

Meeting Notes 2-13-13

$50 Fugitive was great! People who volunteered at the lunch table did a great job passing out lollipops, which turned out to be a very effective way to get out the human trafficking facts! To keep the competition from ending too early next time, we talked about again having a second fugitive or limiting the amount of guesses students can make, possibly by having them submit paper slips.

The "Taken" movie screening is coming up on February 28th from 6:00-8:30. Asia will be posting information for those people who volunteered to make posters about what to do with them.

We started planning Jamnesty, which will be on May 3rd! We chose committees which will be posted soon. Talk to Brenna if you would like to be on a committee but were not able to attend the meeting.

February 6, 2013

Second fugitive on the loose!

Even though Rachel Davies discovered the first fugitive, the search is not over yet! There is a second fugitive on the loose! Correctly identify this fugitive to receive a $30 runner up Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card. There will be two new facts and two new clues coming out tomorrow and Friday about the new fugitive, only these facts will allow you to identify the second fugitive. See the announcements for facts and clues. Good luck!

Meeting 1-30-13

Ellie and Kenneth are making steady progress on the Colonel article--they are waiting for it to be approved for an AIM activity.

Poster makers are needed to help promote the Taken screening. See Asia if you can help.

The $50 Fugitive competition will take place Feb. 4th-8th. Talk about it with your friends, in your classes, and on Twitter to spread the word!!

January 19, 2013

New LHS YUGA (Youth United for Global Action and Awareness) Chapter

Interested in doing more about global issues? A new club is starting at LHS called YUGA (Youth United for Global Action and Awareness) which will take action on global issues through raising awareness and supporting solutions to these problems. We will meet twice a month on Tuesdays after school in room 211. Check out our blog and come to our next Meeting on February 5 after school in room 211.

Trafficking in CT

Here are two articles about instances of human trafficking that occurred fairly recently in Connecticut:

Meeting Notes 12-19-12

Lots of progress is being made on all three of our projects!

Colonel Article: Ellie and Kenneth
Abby agreed to do an article about human trafficking for the March edition of the Colonel. Ellie and Kenneth will be working on collecting data about the slavery footprints of LHS students to use in the Colonel article. Hopefully, they will have students fill out paper surveys during AIM, then enter the information into the online quiz.

$50 Fugitive: Tess
You can find details discussed during the meeting in the $50 Fugitive posts. Katy, Becca, Fran, and Paige volunteered to make posters. Someone will try to get us permission to hang a big poster in the lobby. We decided one of the clues should be the definition of human trafficking.

"Taken" Movie Night: Asia
Asia has started planning for the movie night, but won't be doing much until after break, as movie night will be at the end of February. Anyone interested in making posters should contact her, though.

At the meeting we signed letters for Amnesty's Write for Rights campaign, to demand the release of two members of a Russian band, Pussy Riot, who sang a song which offended the government, and are now in labor camps. Find more info about the case and sign an online version of the letter here!