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What's Happening at Lyseth

Apply for Lyseth Building Advisory Committee!

Apply for Lyseth Building Advisory Committee!
Posted on 10/16/2018
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The district is in the process of planning for the renovation of Lyseth Elementary School. City residents interested in becoming a member of the Lyseth School Building Level Advisory Committee to provide advice on this project should complete this online application form (link below) by 5 p.m. on October 26, 2018. Priority will be given to Lyseth staff, parents and elected officials who live in Lyseth's attendance area. To learn more and apply, go to this link: 


Looking ahead - some special dates to remember

Greening Day  
May 16, 2019


Greening Day

On May 17th, Lyseth School held its annual Greening Day in conjunction with the United Way "Day of Action."  Lyseth teachers, students & parents adopted areas in the green spaces on campus and worked with United Way volunteers to weed, mulch and plant.  Our school grounds are now beautiful and ready for spring.
Eco Maine and Maine Audubon also helped out, involving students in hands on activities like paper making.  It was a busy day, with lots of hard work and lots of fun!

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       Noah and his Grammie   weeding


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Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

You can register your child for Kindergarten now, online at:

2018 Geography Bee Winner!

Geo Bee 2018

Principal Lenore Williams presents the 2018 Lyseth Geography Bee winner,
Lucas M, with his medal and certificate.  Lucas will now take the qualifying
test for the State Geography Bee.

Congratulations Lucas! And good luck with the qualifying test.

Civil Rights Team at Lyseth School

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Lyseth Elementary School now has a Civil Rights Team.  The team has 28 members from the fourth and fifth grades.  The team’s goal is to ensure that all Lyseth students feel safe, welcome and respected.  Teacher advisors guiding the team in this important work include Ellen Handelman (art teacher), Merita McKenzie (physical education teacher), Kate Kessler (fifth grade teacher), and Kara St. Germain (fourth grade teacher).

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Grade Three Spanish Immersion Students Perform
The Wizard of Oz

During the first part of the school year, the 3rd grade students in the Spanish Immersion program at Lyseth Elementary worked very hard to prepare a play based on the original book The Wonderful WIzard of Oz,updated and translated to Spanish for the program. The students not only memorized lines but also explored ways in which to create new and exciting characters. All in Spanish!

The culmination of this hard work took place at Lyman Moore on December 18. The students were able to present their play in front of peers and family! It was a wonderful and very unique experience for the students. And it was amazing to see and hear them speak in Spanish!

A huge thank you to the parents, family and friends of the students who helped make this possible.  From costumes to stage managing to supervision during rehearsals - we couldn’t have done it without you!


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Starting Strong Literacy Program

Lyseth is pleased to be a part of the United Way Reading Strong Program where we partner community volunteers with our first graders to support them with the development of their literacy skills. All of our volunteers are trained by Karen Stockmann, our Literacy Specialist/Coach, on how to encourage, motivate, and support young readers. The volunteers meet twice a week for 25-30 minutes with first graders and the outcome has been truly amazing! We have 12 volunteers and they have so enjoyed reading with our 1st grade students that most have committed to staying an extra 30 minutes to support our 2nd graders with math! The volunteers are a unique mixture of retired professionals, including our very own Pat Ripley, a former Lyseth teacher! 
We are so fortunate to have these volunteers as part of our Lyseth family!
Lenore Williams

Welcome to Lyseth Elementary School

 Click Here For Principal's Notes

Lyseth Elementary School offers a full elementary program for kindergarten through fifth grade to our almost 500 students. Our dedicated staff of 75+ professionals create a nurturing, yet academically rigorous school experience for our students.

Our mission statement is "To Provide a Nurturing Environment Where All Learners Will Excel." Our students will make continuous progress with learning across the curriculum with a specific focus in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Our students will attend a school which is committed to a consistent understanding and implementation of child-centered programming. Our students will benefit from staff communications that promotes teamwork and common understanding, and this communication will transfer to strong connections with parents and the community at large.

School Address & Hours

175 Auburn Street
Portland, Maine 04103 - Map     
Phone: (207) 874-8215
Fax: (207) 874-8218 
The school office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. School is in session from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students should not arrive on the school grounds before 8:45 a.m. unless they are participating in our First Innings Program or accessing the Parks and Recreation before and after school program. There is no supervision prior to that time.  Students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. from their designated exit doors. Students should not reenter the building.

Learning Features

  • Looping
  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • Team-Teaching
  • Differentiated Learning
  • Student-involved conferences
  • Student "Show What You Know" Expos/Learning Shares
  • First Innings Extended Learning Opportunities
  • Study Buddies
  • Mentoring

Library/Media Center

The Lyseth Library Media Center offers a dynamic learning environment in which reading and research are promoted. The library boasts a collection of more than 12,000 books, magazines, audio books and videos. 

Lyseth PTA

The Lyseth PTA holds many events during the year. Their Fall Fundraiser directly benefit syour children by purchasing items such as playground equipment, classroom supplies, and instructional technologies.
This year the PTA supported efforts that led to the purchase of new Chromebooks and carts.  In past years, PTA funds have provided money to help create outdoor classroom learning and creative play spaces, musical instruments for the music program, classroom technology, a new school sign, cafeteria tables...and that's just to name a few of the items!

Lyseth's Business Partners

  • PROP Foster Grandparents
  • Berlin City Auto Group
  • John T. Gorman Foundation
  • Cumberland County Teachers Federal Credit Union
  • Bath Savings Institution
  • Shaw's
  • Hannaford Brothers

Program Support

  • Lyseth's "Credit Union"
  • Student Mentor Program
  • Service Learning
  • Physical Education
  • Art Education
  • Music: Choral, Classroom, Band, Strings