Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace
Srodmiescie 31
16-300 Augustov

Tel.: 087-643-2402

Web site:


NMR Presentation:
6 May 2000 (7 hours):
  • Special tutorial with seniors preparing for their final exam in English
  • School presentation with approximately 80 upperclassmen and 10 teachers
  • Meeting with English teachers
  • Meeting with students and teachers in the computer lab



    School Information:

  • Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace was founded in 1926
  • 600 students (aged 15-19) 
  • 80% of the graduates go on to college
  • 44 teachers
  • Rising stars:

  •    Basketball, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking
    School Contacts:
    Ms Joanna Lisek

    English Teachers (6):
    Irena Nowicka

    Tomasz Skowronski
    Elabieta Suchocka
    Dorota Kotodziejska
    Maria Koziot
    Barbara Sadowska (English & Russian)

    Computer Studies:
    Boguslaw Ratkiewicz


    Ogolnoksztalcace High School seems well on track to realizing the (Polish)  national reformation goals for instruction in computer sciences and English.

    The teachers and students are very proud of their record of involvement in miscellaneous regional and national competitions.  Students from Ogolnoksztalcace High have proved themselves superior at singing and poetry contests.

    Situated in Poland´s northeastern region, an area of forests and lakes, Ogolnoksztalcace High encourages students to take part in projects and programs that heighten their awareness and appreciation of environmental issues.  On the day of the NMR visit, several classes were out on a  ”clean up the town” environmental field trip.
    Since it´s founding, the school has maintained a wonderful log (shelves of scrap books with photos, news clippings, class rosters, visitors´entries, etc.) of all the significant events, activities, and developments that have marked the passage of the years.  I was honored by a request to add my two cents to the last page of the current book.

    English Language Teachers with EBB
    I rose early on 6 May.  My campsite was in a pine wood behind a farm.  I had a quick snack – a banana and an orange and some water – to fire up my engines and set off for the Lithuanian border.  It was a crisp morning and I found myself holding my speed down to reduce the wind chill.  I followed a horse draw wagon up the highway for a few kilometers; I seldom ride so slowly, but I was enjoying the sound of the clip-clop and the sight of the spirited nod of the nag´s head.  Two men were working together.  The driver watched the road and guided his cart along the shoulder so that the occassional truck or car could pass easily.  The second man stood on the flat bed and was loading cans of milk from platforms set along the side of the road.  The morning milking was complete and this float was collecting the cans to take to the processing plant.  The platforms, errected at the mouths of tracks, dirtroads, paths leading to little houses surrounded by gardens and blossoming trees, held one, two… never more than five cans.

    Computer Jockeys know the best Web sites!
    Keeping my speed down to the momentum of the break of day, I wondered why I needed to push as hard today.  I passed the float with a good morning nod as it turned off at the edge of town.  Moments later a boy on a bicycle zipped by on his bike.  (That hardly ever happens!)  He turned and I said, ”good morning.”  He did a double take and said, ”hi.”  He put he head down, the wind was freshening, and pushed on.  As he drew away, I thought, ”he looks spry – he´ll make a good windbreak.”  I shifted into a higher, harder gear and chased him down.  Riding quietly in his wake, I was able to relax and drifted along behind him for more than a kilometer before a twist in the road threw my shadow before him and he realized I was tagging along.

    I pulled out next to him and for the next 6 kilomenters we chatted about our circumstances, why we were on the road at that time of day and where we were going. 

    He was off to school.  A fact I found curious since it was Saturday.  He said he and some of his school mates wanted to make up the day lost to a holiday earlier in the week.  Final exams were just around the corner. (When I got to Ogolnoksztalcace High, I found that some 400 of the 600 students enrolled in the school were in attendence that day!)  One thing led to another – we rode into town, directly to his school and within minutes I was being introduced to his English teacher.  An hour later I was addressing a general assembly of students and teachers!

    Seven hours later I said my final farewells to Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace and Augustov.  I headed northeast and rode with gusto through a vast forest toward the frontier. 

    Addressing the assembled students and teachers
    I crossed into Lithuania under an orange sky and found a secluded tent site on a hill sheltered by a thick immature pine forest.  My last thoughts before falling into a deep sleep were of the 100 kilometer walk around Augustov that the students had invited me to join.  ”Maybe next year, ” I told them.  The lake district of northeastern Poland is a fabulous biking region.  Don´t be surprised if I do return sometime soon!

    I want to thank the English teachers of Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace for their very enthusiastic welcome. 

    A special thanks to Boguslaw Ratkiewicz for making the computer lab available to me and for your tenacity where trying to maintain a connection to your server was concerned.

    Finally, thank you Boguslaw Ratkiewicz (again) and Tomasz Skowronski for treating me to a very delicious power lunch. 

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