The Central Lyon FFA started a new beekeeping project this past May. Our chapter received the bees from the Northwest Iowa Bee Keepers Association, and we have had a lot of help along the way from Tim Olsen with them. Our two main beekeepers are Dana Kruse and Trey VandeKop. Both will be attending school at Central Lyon this fall. Dana is going to be a senior and Trey is going to be a junior. Both the beekeepers were a little nervous at first about beekeeping. However, both were intrigued by how the entire beekeeping process worked from starting off with nothing to being able to collect honey. They started off in May meeting with Tim Olsen and learning about all of the different products and tools needed to start the beekeeping project. With his help they were able to learn about the life cycle of a bee, predators, and the special equipment they would need from brood boxes to bee suits. Afterwards, they ordered their bee suits, brood boxes with frames, a hive tool, smoker, bee brush, queen catcher, hive covers, and gloves. Once all of the equipment arrived, they were able to reach out to Tim who brought the nucs to get the beekeeping process started. The nukes were given to our chapter from the Northwest Iowa Beekeeping Associate. The beekeepers learned about transforming the bees from the nucs to the hive. They then took the frames with bees from the nucs and carefully transferred the frames into the brood boxes. They also learned they had to provide a food source for them that was close to the hive to start, since there wasn't much of a food source for them with the summer season just starting. Thus, they filled mason jars with sugar water, put a lid with holes in it on top, and flipped it over by the hive so sugar water dripped out of it for them. The chapter has 2 hives and both are currently thriving. However, the west hive had a rocky start, as there was a major problem concerning the queen. When the beekeepers opened the box to check on the bees after a couple of weeks, they saw multiple supersedure cells. Thus meaning that, the bees in that colony were trying to replace the queen because she had either died or they rejected her. After a few weeks they had planned to give that hive a new queen, but when they opened the hive up they were surprised. The colony of bees and the hive had sorted itself out, meaning they officially had a queen. Over these past few weeks the beekeepers have seen a lot of capped brood, nectar, pollen, honey, and capped honey! Overall this entire experience has been a learning process for our beekeepers, but they have thoroughly enjoyed the process and can't wait to see what the future holds for our bees and chapter. With over 60 kids in our chapter, our current beekeepers are excited to teach the other chapter members about our bees. Our FFA Chapter has a lot to offer for our members with beekeeping being the newest opportunity. Other opportunities our members have are different planned events, meetings, outings, Career Development Events, Supervised Agriculture Experience Projects, and Fair Projects.
This week was CL Homecoming Week! We enjoyed walking down to the high school for some silly fun with all of the photo booth props and showed everyone our school spirit in the second annual TK-4 Homecoming Walk!
The elementary students have learned the school song in general music. Do you know all of the words? It's never too late to learn! :)
School Song Sheet Music <<<Click here to learn the words!
Here is this year's video of ALL the elementary students singing the school song:
ROARING WITH PRIDE!!!
A safari is an adventure for exploring and hunting in eastern Africa so come to school dressed accordingly.
Come to school dressed up like a VSCO girl.
Winners: Luke R., Kalleigh W.
Come to school wearing the opposite gender's clothes!
Winners: Shantell E, Logan B
Pajama Day is back. Now you can go to school in your pajamas and have an excuse.
Winners: Jay W., Korryn C.
Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 7:30-11:00am |12:30-3:30pm
Place: Central Lyon High School
Central Lyon is partnering with SUNSHINE FOODS, Rock Rapids in the Apples for the Students program. The program enables our school to earn educational supplies with hundreds of items to choose from, and they’re all FREE!
To earn FREE rewards, staff, students and community collect as many register receipts as possible from September 1st, 2019, through March 2nd, 2020. The receipts can be turned in to collection boxes located in each building office.