This afternoon my students were treated to a SWEET Valentine's Day party. Before the party started we took some silly photos using our Valentine props.
We would like to send a HEARTfelt thank you out to Shawna L., Lindsay H., Ethanie P., Lacie F., and Kelly W. for all of their time spent organizing such a LOVEly party!
The Central Lyon FFA is planning a week to celebrate agriculture, which includes members grilling burgers for the high school students on Friday. The members also will cook an early breakfast Wednesday for all staff! The Ag Olymipics, a fun-filled relay of farm-related races, will end FFA week. See what is planned for each day below.
Theme- Pajama Day
Theme- Farmer/Hick Day
-FFA members grill burgers
-drive a tractor to school
FFA OLYMPICS 2:00
Five wrestlers are headed for the state tournament February 13-16 in Des Moines. They begin state competition in the 2A session at 6:00PM Thursday, February 14. GOOD LUCK to seniors Jarrett & Kolten, juniors Bryce & Jarrett, sophomore Kalen, and Coach Eben + crew. Thanks to the cheerleaders and fans for their season-long support. Click here for state tournament information. Update: KOLTEN WINS BY FALL 1:20 in first round. Jarrett M and Jarrett F win wrestle back by fall. Three move on.
The wrestling team is nearing the end of very successful 2018-2019 season, having four wrestlers crowned Sectional Champs, and another four Sectional Runner-Ups! In addition, Central Lyon-GLR was named Sectional Team Runner-Up with 235.5 points, a close second to Heelan with 253 points. Coach Eben tweeted, "As I reflect on the season, I am proud of how far this team has come! We lost a good group of seniors from last year. This team found its own identity and became a great team! Thank you seniors!"
The eight wrestlers listed below qualified for Districts and and five of these athletes (*) earned a ticket to state.
*Jarrett Meyer 220 lbs, *Kolten Bus 195 lbs, *Kalen Meyer 152 lbs, Dax Degroot 126 lbs
*Jarrett Fastert 285 lbs, *Bryce VandeWeerd 170 lbs, Cody Kramer 120 lbs, Jacob Pytleski 106 lbs
Hoping for Spring weather? Well so are we! The Friends of the Central Lyon FFA are doing a clothing fundraiser to raise money for scholarships. Please help support the Friends of the FFA, and their efforts to give back to the kids! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Rockhill.
Spring LION wear online store is open for orders until March 1 at 11:59 pm. Click on the links below to order.
GLR-CL Softball Wear
A "Booster Clothing Online" quick link button can be found on the right side of the Central Lyon web page, which links directly to the Spirit Store. We will continue to send order forms home for the quick turnaround items, which would include state qualifier shirts.
Central Lyon kindergarten students took the role of Structural Engineers and constructed bridges using gum drops and tooth picks. Mr. Pytleski led the students through pictures and activities on how to best build a bridge to support weight. As structural engineers, the students designed and build a 30-centimeter bridge. After designing and creating their bridges, the student groups were asked to test their structures. A pleasant surprise that some of the bridges could indeed support a small amount of weight.
The kindergarteners first started a "brainstorm" session where design ideas were shared. The next step allowed the students to build a first draft of prototype. The prototype was then tweaked, and small changes were made. It was very interesting to see how the students reacted to the task. They shared stories about bridges they have seen and rode on during family trips. Mr. Pytleski commented, "I love the expression and curiosity of these little tykes. STEAM at the kindergarten and first grade levels bring awareness to the ways Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math can all work together to complete tasks by people all over the world." Click below for a slideshow of pictures.
The Foundations of Education class worked with the elementary guidance counselor, Ms. Van Oort, to teach grades TK-5 that we all have similarities and differences. The Foundations students developed three different lesson plans for the different grade levels on how we need to embrace each other's differences. They did an outstanding job planning and presenting the lessons. Thank you to Ms. Van Oort and the elementary for allowing the students to have a real classroom experience to practice what they have learned this semester!
Rock Rapids, Iowa
Central Lyon Community Schools Offers Contract to New Superintendent
The Central Lyon Board of Education has offered a contract for the position of Superintendent of School to Mr. Brent Jorth. Mr. Jorth is currently the high school principal at Webster City Community Schools in Webster City, Iowa. Mr. Jorth received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in 2002, a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Drake University in 2009 and his Superintendent’s Endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018.
Mr. Jorth began his teaching career in Baxter, Iowa as a social studies teacher and football and boys’ basketball coach. Mr. Jorth then went to Van Meter and Indianola schools as a teacher and coach, followed by administrative experiences at Coon Rapids-Bayard and his current position in Webster City.
Mr. Jorth replaces Mr. David Ackerman who will be retiring at the end of the current school year. Mr. Jorth will begin his employment with the Central Lyon Community Schools on July 1, 2019.
On Saturday, February 2, the Central Lyon FFA Chapter was a part of our District Proficiency and Iowa Degree judging and District Officer Interviews at Dordt College in Sioux Center. Of the sixteen Central Lyon FFA members competing, nine students advanced to state proficiency judging, which will take place in Ames on February 16. Detailed results are posted below.
We also will have 5 Iowa Degree Recipients: Haley Borman, Reese Borman, Devin Miller, Lance Weber, and Kade Griesse. Three individuals had the opportunity to apply for district office, members Trey Vande Kop, Dana Kruse, and Keanna Postma. We are excited to see our chapter be successful, not only at the local level, but also at the district and state levels. This is a huge step for our program to be represented at these levels and in those areas of competition. Central Lyon FFA Advisor, Josh Rockhill, said, “The Central Lyon FFA has been extremely active in promoting Supervised Agricultural Experiences for kids within the program. Not only are the kids recognized at the local and district levels, but many have been seen at the state level as well! The last two years we have been extremely successful with advancing kids from one level to the next. I truly owe a lot of the success to the people who assist me with our Chapter Judging night in December each year. I appreciate everyone who volunteers their time to help improve the kids’ projects. The overall point to these projects is to assist kids with developing specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. There are many areas kids can compete in whether it is raising livestock, grain production, communities, food sciences, or working as an employee in an Ag-related field, there is something for anyone. I am thrilled to have nine students advancing to the state level of the competition, and I hope to see them walk across stage at the State Leadership Conference in April to being one of the top two in the state in their designated areas.”
Trey Vande Kop-Vegetable Production 3rd Silver
Dana Kruse – Agricultural Sales 3rd Silver
Kiah Thiessen- Grain Production Entrepreneurship-1st Gold Adv to State
Carter Krull -Diversified Livestock 1st Gold Adv to State
Elizabeth Huyser- Goat Production 1st Gold Adv to State
Reese Borman- Food Science and Technology- 1st Gold Adv to State
Kiley Metzger-Poultry Production 2nd Gold Adv to State
Gabe Kooiker- Swine Production Placement 2nd Gold Adv to State
Karsyn Altman- Equine Science Placement 2nd Gold Adv to State
Devin Miller- Agriculture Communications 1st Gold Adv to State
Jayma Popkes -Small Animal Production and Care 3rd Silver
Dylan Van Berkum- Agriculture Repair and Maintenance 2nd Silver Adv to State
Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Head Start is currently accepting applications for the FREE 3 & 4 year old preschool program. Head Start offers education activities, health resources, nutritious meals and family support.
Mid-Sioux Head Start centers are located in Akron, Cherokee, Ida Grove, LeMars, Orange City, Rock Valley, Rock Rapids and Sioux Center. A Child Development Program (CDC) is also located in Hawarden. Transportation is provided in most areas.
Your child will leave Head Start more prepared for Kindergarten, excited about learning, and ready to succeed!
A FREE preschool program for 3 & 4 year olds - Head Start and the Child Development Center/CDC provides (Spanish Version):
A FREE family resource program for pregnant moms and children up to the age of three - Early Head Start provides:
If you are interested in learning more about the Early Head Start program, please call 1-800-859-2025 for more information.
Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative is again sponsoring a Washington Youth Tour Contest. The Youth Tour will be June 14-20, 2019. REC will provide an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC for two high school juniors in Lyon REC's service area. Parents DO NOT need to be members of Lyon REC, they just need to reside in our service area.
This contest will consist of a written test based on information about the local REC and the history of Rural Electrics and other criteria contained in the two study manuals provided by Lyon REC.
If you are interested please stop in the guidance office and sign up by March 1, 2019!
You can find more information by going HERE.