Congratulations also to all of the Central Lyon speechies who performed at state competition on Saturday. We had a total of eight ones and four two ratings. Such talented and hard working young people we have at Central Lyon. A big congratulations goes to Brady Wright on his third consecutive year of being selected to perform at the All-State Individual Speech Festival. He will perform his Literary Program Hats Off to Baseball at All-State in Cedar Falls on Monday, March 26, 2018.
How does one earn this prestigious honor? Three judges critiqued performances at the state level. If the performer receives at least two “I” ratings from the judges, he/she will receive an overall “I” rating. Then, it is possible to be considered for the All-State Festival. Two “I” ratings, however, do not guarantee an All-State selection. Two of the judges must make this recommendation. The All-State festival simply showcases the most outstanding performers in the state with one judge providing comments at the end of each category session - no individual ratings will be given at All-State.
The Raven Ambassador team exists to promote Raven and the Raven Way both internally to our team members and externally to members of the community. Each year, the team sets goals to carry out its purpose--- much like each department across the company. When the Ambassadors met to set goals for fiscal year 2018, we chose to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education a priority, promoting the various fields of engineering to youth in our communities.
"At Raven, we are proactively investing in STEM education because we believe the need is great," said Dan Rykhus, CEO. "We believe we have excellent opportunities for students who are interested in STEM employment fields. ... However, Raven's commitment to STEM goes beyond job opportunities. We support STEM education in our communities and schools."
With a STEM goal in mind, we formed a subcommittee to define and give life to the goal. The team chose to develop an engaging and informative presentation to give to students at the middle school level (grades 6-8). We wanted a meaningful presentation and hands-on activity --- not only highlighting all the great things Raven does, but also encouraging an interest in engineering career paths to kids who might be starting to think, "What's next?"
In January, this team had the pleasure of presenting the topic "What is Engineering?" to 65 eighth grade students at Central Lyon Middle school in Rock Rapids, IA. Not only were we were able to educate the students about who Raven is and what we do, but we were also able to break down the various fields of engineering, what types of jobs are out there, and what activities, clubs, and events they can take part in today to further spark their interest. We even had a few students join us up on stage to help us demonstrate buoyancy and explain its importance in our stratospheric balloons for NASA and Google.
Overall, we were thrilled with the level of interest and amount of interacting we received from the group. In fact, Mr. Pytleski was so happy that he has recommended this Raven program to other middle school STEM coordinators. Our goal is to continue holding events throughout the year to reach different schools in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Eventually, we hope to expand the program to the other communities in which Raven has a presence, including Texas, California, and beyond. We look forward to engaging with more team members for future events!
Want to get involved with a future event? Send us an email at RavenAmbassadors@ravenind.com
Special thanks to our Ambassador STEM committee for all their efforts: Jeff Walls (AERO), Pat Lokken (AERO), Emily Wegner (AERO), Darrin Eichacker (EFD), Andrew Leach (EFD), Lisa Koch (CSD) and Sara Lopez (ATD).
Article from Raven NEWS & NOTES March 2018 edition
Written by Raven Ambassadors Sara Lopez (ATD) and Lisa Koch (CSD)
Did you know that the Environmental Science class has collected 4666.7 pounds of recyclables to date this school year, and 1645 during just the third quarter? The Environmental Science class took over the school's recycling program during the 2015-2016 school year. Under the guidance of Mrs. Ebel, they picked up all the recycling from each classroom twice a week and we were able to recycle 7067 pounds during the initial year; that is over 3 1/2 tons!
Last year they expanded the program to include items that are not included in the town's recycling program. Along with picking up paper, cardboard, and plastic bottles Mrs. Ebel secured a Lion Grant so that they could recycle some different materials as well. With the grant, she was able to purchase 5 Terrecycle boxes to collect specific items. They filled one box very quickly, the plastic bottle box, but others are taking longer. They are also able to collect your single use alkaline batteries, coffee pods, candy wrappers, and incandescent light bulbs. The boxes are purchases with postage paid so we are able to ship them back when full. We are hoping to fill all the remaining boxes by the end of the school year.
Is Your Child Ready for Life After High School?
If you are a sophomore or junior planning for college (or the parent of one), you probably have questions about what you need to do and how to do it. Find out during a free presentation by the Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN).
Career and College Planning Presentation
High School Auditorium
Topics to be covered:
Career Exploration and Assessment
Academic Preparation and Requirements
Admission Process and Requirements
College Selection & Campus Visits
Understanding Costs – Cost of Attendance
If you have any question, please contact Jessica Harman at 712-472-2664.
*****Please visit the Central Lyon HS Guidance Office website for further
Information about scholarships, college visits, NCAA eligibility, NAIA eligibility
and other important events. You can access this website by going to
then clicking into the High School Section on the top of the page.
Want to get rid of your cans and bottles for a good cause? The Spanish trip is having an easy fundraiser for you! Drop your cans and bottles off to Denny’s Sanitation and the Spanish students attending the trip will count them for you. The students are planning to travel to London, Paris, and Rome during March 2019. All you have to do is mention the donation is for the Spanish trip students.
Donate now as the donation period is through April!
THE SPANISH STUDENTS GREATLY APPRECIATE THE DONATIONS!
The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is committed to reducing the number of lives lost on Iowa roadways as well as minimizing the number of serious injury crashes. The number one cause of teen death in Iowa and the U.S. is car crashes. There are many causes for these deadly incidents as well as several preventable solutions to consider. Sadly, teen drivers, from those who are just beginning to drive to those who have driven for a few years are vulnerable to this troubling statistic.
The attached brochure provides information for parents and adult influencers regarding current traffic crash trends, driver licensing laws and suggestions that they can use now to help reduce this problem. Thank you for helping us reduce unnecessary teen deaths in Iowa. Our children are our most valuable asset!
Mick Mulhern, M.P.A.
Program Administrator/Youth Coordinator
Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau
Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E. 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
March is our Music in Our Schools month, and this year, to celebrate, we are writing "Notes" to our Band students!
If you missed our Parade of Bands Concert on Tuesday night, or you didn't get a chance to fill out a "Noteworthy" sheet that night, please find the document attached below.
Feel free to fill out as many as you would like to any band student or instrumental group! Simply address the flag of the note to your student/students/band and leave a message in the head of the note. Return the sheet to Mrs. Deutsch ASAP and they will be cut out and displayed in our band hallways!
What a great way to show our Band students how much we appreciate their dedication to music and the Central Lyon Bands!
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION!
If you have never been through the financial aid process or it has been awhile, you NEED to attend this meeting!
What: Financial Aid Meeting for Juniors and their Parents
When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Where: Central Lyon Auditorium
A representative from the Iowa College Access
Network in Des Moines will be our speaker for the night.
If you have any question, please contact Jessica Harman at 712-472-2664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*****Please visit the Central Lyon HS Guidance Office website for further
Information about scholarships, college visits, NCAA eligibility, NAIA eligibility and other important events. You can access this website by going to http://www.centrallyon.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Guidance
then clicking into the High School Section on the left side.