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Congratulations to our boys GLR-CL cross country team for winning the state title Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. In addition to the team title, Gable Sieperda is the 2A state champ and ran the fastest time in all classes. This is the first time for the combined GLR-CL to win a state team title. CONGRATS to the athletes for their hard work and to the coaches for their dedication.
Boys Results: 1st Place Boys 2A State Team Champions
1st Gable Sieperda STATE CHAMPION 15:18
3rd Joe Anderson ALL STATE 16:21
6th Blake Johnson ALL STATE 16:40
30th Josh Haken 17:20
67th Taeron Olson 17:55
70th Zach Springer 17:55
73rd Brayden Stoecker 17:59
Girls 2A Results:
53rd MaKayla Witt 21:13
The boys also won the District Meet; qualifying times are below.
1st Gable Sieperda 15:26 DISTRICT CHAMP
2nd Joe Anderson 16:44 DISTRICT RUNNER-UP
5th Blake Johnson 17:07 ALL DISTRICT
11th Josh Haken 17:32 ALL DISTRICT
22nd Taeron Olson 18:08
30th Brayden Stoecker 18:41
31st Zach Springer 18:42
13th MaKayla Witt 21:23 ALL DISTRICT
To add to the success, the boys' GLR-CL cross country team repeated as 2017 Siouxland Conference Champions on Tuesday, October 10! The girls' team placed second, and eight individual runners earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top fifteen. Congrats to the athletes and coaches.
Boys All-Conference Runners:
1st - Gable Sieperda 15:59
2nd - Joe Anderson 17:02
4th - Blake Johnson 17:20
10th - Josh Haken 17:44
15th - Taeron Olson 17:58
Girls All-Conference Runners:
7th - MaKayla Witt 21:49
13th - Lauren Jurrens 22:25
14th - Sami Ebel 22:28
What has been going on in our class? The answer is a LOT of things. Of course we are learning. We do spelling, reading, vocabulary, we compare and contrast, we discuss current events, and every once in a while...we have some fun. Here are some pictures from some of the fun things!
**The Sixth graders read some stories about saving endangered animals. Each group had a different animal. When they finished reading, we used hula hoops and our smartboard to compare and contrast each animal. They had fun with it.
**If you find the picture of the kids that looks like they are reading with flashlights...you're right! On October 13th, which happened to be my birthday, I let the kids have flashlight Friday. We turned off the lights and they read with little finger flashlights. This was a big hit!
**The last group of pictures is from our trip to Pahoja. It was their annual Outdoor Classroom. We learned about bees, animal furs, soil (erosion), the kids got to get dirty as they dig specimens from the lake, they saw the old school house and even dug for worms. Have them tell you more about their experiences.
Again, we are doing a lot of learning, with breaks for some fun as well!
Stay tuned for more events from room 114!!
I was able to add Breakout boxes to my classroom this year due to a Lion Grant provided by the Central Lyon Foundation. Breakout boxes are similar to a panic room experience. There are multiple locks that are attached to the breakout box and the students must solve problems to figure out the codes for the locks. The goal is to get all of the locks unlocked in a certain amount of time.
I have used the boxes in my classes and the students really enjoy the tasks. In order to get through the tasks, the students must work together as a team and must communicate with each other. It is a great way to get students to talk about different topics in mathematics. As I observed the students in their groups, I noticed that some new leaders emerged. Students that typically do not say much in class were all of a sudden taking charge and leading. It was a great experience for the students.
These boxes can be used for all subject areas. Mr. Engleman and I put one together for the middle school and high school staff so we could introduce them to the teachers. Hopefully, teachers in other subject areas will make use to the boxes as well. They really are a valuable tool for learning.
We have been very busy in our kindergarten class! We have had lots to celebrate! Here are a few pictures from our special events.
We celebrated Fire Safety Week in October. Throughout the week we completed activities that helped to teach us about being safe with fire and what to do when there is a fire. On Friday we made a special snack that looked like a firetruck using graham crackers, frosting, cookies, fruit slice, and pretzels! After the delicious snack, the Rock Rapids Fire Department brought two fire trucks for us to look at and explore. We also got to see firefighters dressed in their protective gear. We were able to ask questions and see lots of equipment! A special thanks to the RRFD for helping us learn more about fire safety!
In October we also celebrated Halloween by having a classroom party where we were able to wear our costumes! We started our party by listening to two Halloween books. We then split up into groups and rotated around the room. We had spooky cupcakes and juice for a snack. Monster masks and scratch art was at the craft table! We were wrapped up like mummies at one station and bowled for prizes and had a ring toss at the games station. This was fun afternoon! Thank you to the parents who helped with the party and sent treats/drinks in!
One last big celebration was 50's Day! Students dressed in 50's attire and they were lookin' sharp! In the morning, we rotated classrooms so the students could enjoy different aspects of the 1950's! Ms. Whitsell had a hula hoop contest and students played a math game where they had to cruise to 50. Mrs. Gerber set up a photo booth for students, with props, and took silly pictures. Students also made a '50 Days Smarter Hat' in her room. In our classroom, we listened to records, danced, and had a bubble gum blowing contest! The pictures only show a small part of the fun we had. In the afternoon, we had root beer floats and then graphed who liked them and who didn't. Only three students did not like root beer floats!
Overall, we have had lots of fun and it is only beginning! Students have lots to look forward to in the upcoming months! We get to go to Pizza Ranch and make our own pizzas! We will go to the Lyon County Courthouse to hang ornaments made by the students. We will rotate classrooms in December for Christmas Around the World with an exciting culminating event We will watch the Polar Express in our pajamas drinking hot cocoa and eating popcorn! Ending the year will also be our Holiday Party! So much to be thankful for!
The eighth-graders are starting to brainstorm for their autobiographies they will be writing over the span of the next few weeks. The autobiography, not to be confused with the biography they will write on ANOTHER person with Mr. Eckenrod and Mrs. Van Wyhe, is the story of their OWN LIVES.
Students are encouraged to go home and talk to their parents about the early years of their lives. If there are any stories of your child that may include memories they don't remember personally, please share those stories. (Some things they won't remember, but you will.) These stories/anecdotes may end up being great memories to add to an autobiography. I have also encouraged students to look through baby books, scrapbooks, etc. to help remember some of those childhood memories.
The students will cover their lives from birth to present. Please encourage your child to have fun with this writing project. It will end up being a great piece for students to save and share with current and future family members.
Central Lyon Community School and Rock Rapids recently raised over $4700 dollars for hurricane relief.
We are helping the schools in Florida by doing the following:
We are helping the schools in Texas by doing the following:
The video below briefly recaps the incredible efforts of our giving kids.
Fourth grade students used M&M's to begin learning how to divide with remainders. Students learned when a number cannot be divided evenly, the amount left over is called the remainder. So by using M&M's, they found out that when the dividend cannot be divided evenly by the divisor, there will be a remainder. Students also discussed what a quotient is. The best part of the lesson, everyone could eat their M&M's!
Again, this year students did a great job of creating their own totem poles portraying their own spirit animals. Some of our favorites appear here.
Dear Friends of the Foundation,
You are invited to participate in the Sixteenth Annual Fund Raising Campaign of the Central Lyon School Foundation, Inc. The Foundation, established in 2001, is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the enhancement of quality education through educational opportunities, school facilities, technology, and service, on behalf of the Central Lyon Community School District.
Last year’s Fund Raising Campaign raised over $37,000. Just under $8,000 was expended for grants to teachers for special projects (Lion Grants), $2,500 was used for CLSF scholarships to graduating seniors, and another $10,000 was contributed to Central Lyon as part of the four-year commitment for the new technology in the distance learning center. The balance of the funds was set aside in the Foundation’s Permanent Endowment Fund.
Since the first Fund Raising Campaign in 2002, supporters of the Foundation have contributed over $511,000. Approximately $230,500 of these funds has been awarded as scholarships to graduating Central Lyon students or to the Central Lyon school district to assist with current needs, including the afore-mentioned CLSF Lion Grants.
Thank you for your support!
Central Lyon School Foundation, Inc.
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