The FFA organized and sponsored a petting zoo today at school. Sheep, lambs, goats, ducks, kittens, chicks, a dog and a horse were some of the animals waiting to be petted by the elementary students. Many high school students enjoyed it, as well. Mr. Rockhill stated that the FFA will make this a yearly event during May term.
The eighth grade literature class concluded the year by reading a non-fiction book of their choice. Students read a variety of books including topics of history and personal memoirs. They were also in charge of creating a book unit and final presentation to go along with their reading. Student Michaela Robbins chose to read the non-fiction book, Etched in Sand, which is a memoir about the author Regina Calcaterra’s childhood growing up in an abusive environment.
At the completion of her book, Michaela asked me if it was okay to try to contact the author for her final presentation. Of course, I said, “Go for it!” Not only did Michaela get ahold of the author, but the author also offered to speak to our eighth grade class about her journey as a child struggling to get by to her current career of being an attorney at the Wolf Haldenstein Law Firm in New York, New York.
Regina Calcaterra shared with our class a positive message of resilience and perseverance, and I am so proud of Michaela for going out of her comfort zone to contact her. It was well worth it. View the video below to hear the author speak. I, personally, haven’t read this book yet, but it is the next item in my shopping cart. I encourage you all to read Etched in Sand, as well. Have a good summer everyone!
The 2018 tiny house on wheels was custom built with a purchase contract in place before the end of construction. Instructor Grant Engel supervises an advanced construction class, who build one tiny home each school year. The first was sold on auction on June 24, 2017, with the money reinvested in the materials for the next tiny house. The first tiny house was partly funded though a grant gifted from Grand Falls Casino.
Features on the FIRST tiny house included:
Engineered Plans from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company • Engineered Trailer from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company • 5”x2”x.188 framing fully welded • 18 gauge galvanized steel sheet for flashing • 5/8” Threaded Rods 60,000 PSI tensile strength • Certified Electrical- Meyer Electric (Passed Inspection) • Certified Plumbing- DRG Plumbing • Axles- 5,200 lbs load rating each (10,400 lbs total) • Safety- Dual Chains rated for 15,000 lbs each • Tires- ST225/75R15 6 Lug special trailer tire • Hitch- 2-5/16” standard ball hitch rated for 14,000 lbs • Wall Framing- 2x4 Stud Wall • Insulation- 3” Closed Cell Spray Insulation • Interior Walls- 8” Pine Shiplap • Flooring- Vinyl Plank Floating Floor • Cabinets- Custom Built Maple Cabinets with European hinges • Siding- 6” Lap Cedar Siding • Windows- Jeld-Wen Awning Windows • Roof- Central States Standing Seam Metal Roof • Shower- Standard 30” Fiberglass • Toilet- Standard RV toilet • Rockeler Library Ladder and hardware • Bathroom Door- Custom Built Barn Door with sliding hardware • Bedroom Loft • Storage Loft • Tankless Water Heater • Air Port Fresh Air Exchanger • Countertop- 1.5” Maple Countertop • 50 AMP Electrical Hookup • LG Smart Inverter Air Condenser • Water Inlet Hatch • LG Air Conditioner • Mini Fridge • Tuscany Sink
May term is a collection of high school classes that are offered during the last four weeks of the school year. High school students have a chance to explore new areas and give back to the community through service learning. Middle School students get to experience new exploratory classes and special field trips.
If you could ask one of our country's Founding Fathers anything you wanted, what would you ask them? The Central Lyon 5th graders had that opportunity on Wednesday, April 25th. Thomas Jefferson (who also goes by the name David Best) visited our classroom to teach our students more about Thomas Jefferson's life and give us a unique, one of a kind experience. Students listened as he told them about his life, how he wrote Declaration of Independence, and about his 2 terms as president. The 5th graders asked some great questions and even convinced Mr. Jefferson to take a selfie with our class.
The 2nd grade students have been learning about the importance of conservation and the role that trees and healthy soils play in it. In Art class, with Mrs. Hoppe, they have been working on creating their own watershed pictures to show this.
Through hands-on programs and advancements in technology, Central Lyon students are learning in unique ways. KDLT’s Simon Floss interviewed Science Instructor Rochelle Ebel, Industrial Technology Instructor Grant Engle, along with students Kolten Bus and Colton VanBeek. Click here to view the videos at the KDLT website.
KDLT News Today from Sioux Falls kicked off 'School Zone,' a new segment that features cutting-edge programs in area schools. Central Lyon has the distinction of the first school visited. Students and teachers were asked to be at school by 6:00AM Thursday so the news station could stream live video.
Chess club is a new high school extra-curricular activity for the 2017-2018 school year. It was started by some students who were looking for a way to improve their chess playing skills. We meet once or twice a week during the last 14 minutes of the day (DEAR time), often on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are all types of skill level chess players who have joined, from those that didn't know how to play to seasoned veterans.
Chess is fun to play and it involves strategy. The students have really enjoyed playing each other and many have improved their chess playing skills. Anyone in high school is welcome to join.