The 3rd grade classes have been busy in the classroom working with Mr. Pytleski studying rocks and minerals. I introduced the topic to the class and completed work in our interactive notebook to get us ready for their experiment. They were thrilled to be working hands on with many different materials. The objective was to be able to carve, with a nail, into a piece of material to create an artifact that would be able to last. Some materials they got to choose from were alabaster, wax, limestone, marble or pumice. They found out that some were more difficult than others to use for their artifact. Seeing the kiddos work hands on when Mr. Pytleski is in the classroom is an amazing experience. They ask many great questions and are learning so many new things. I, along with the students, appreciate all of the work Mr. Pytleski does for our classes.
The 3rd grade students participated in a 2-week unit dealing working the different aspects needed to replicate an artifact. During the first 5-6 days, the student collaborated with one another, researched different materials, and completed numerous tests dealing with hardness and durability of multiple materials. The replicas of the petroglyph took up the rest of the class periods. Replicas of the petroglyph completed by the students made their on solid materials such as… Limestone, Marble, Wax, Granite, Foam, Soapstone, Alabaster, and Pumice. Engineering Is Elementary kits increased my ability to increase children’s technological literacy. This unit provided a pathway for the students to engage in the field of material engineering. The students learn nearly everything in the human world has been ‘touched’ by technology. The students we able to apply the Engineering Design Process and work a lot with math and science at the same time. They were also able to use creativity to troubleshoot and learn from failure.
I picked the Engineering Is Elementary kits because kids are fascinated with building/constructing things. The EIE kits integrates many different fields of engineer with subject are K-6 students are learning about on a daily basis. At an early age, our students at Central Lyon are more aware to possible careers in engineering fields they may have an interested in. The instruction is mostly student lead with the instructor being more of a facilitator. It is also very convenient and important that each kit is well aligned with the New Iowa Science Standards.
Our class was featured in the N'West Iowa Review - we made the Front Page!!
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The After-Prom committee and the students of Central Lyon say “THANK YOU” to all those who supported the After-Prom activities this year. Several parents of junior and senior students volunteered and supervised the night of the event. Another big thank you to those who lent golf putters, helped set up, and cleaned after the event. We had a great turn out for the Dueling Piano fundraiser that was held at the country club and appreciate all that attended.
Your financial donations, donated prizes, and volunteering efforts made this year a huge success, with 97 students attending.
Again, thank you for your generosity and continued support of Central Lyon students!
Students in Single Survival Class are mastering homemade pie crust. The seniors have been practicing mixing, rolling out and baking pie crust all this week. Their skills will be put to the test next week for our traditional Pie Contest.
First grade students have been having fun learning coding throughout the year. Coding is sometimes known as computer programming or developing. Basically, it is a language which tells a computer, app, or phone what you want it to do. According to CBC, "Some educators and experts are calling it the 'new literacy' -a subject so important that every child needs to know the basics to excel in our rapidly changing world."
Technology is a part of almost every aspect of our lives and continuing to grow. Learning the language of coding will prepare our students for future opportunities. Coding assists in developing new ways of thinking. Coding builds math, literacy, reasoning, and problem solving skills. As well as fostering creativity. I've also seen the development of team work and leadership in my classroom. When students get 'stuck' they look to others to help them work through the problem.
Students have worked through some activities in Hour of Code such as MineCraft and Lightbot. We are currently building our understanding of loops and if/then statements by using Kodable. Next, we will expand our creativity through Tynker. The first graders are completely engaged in these activities. Our time goes by so fast.
This learning can be supported at home. Some students have reported how much they have accomplished by using the apps or sites at home. Thank you to those parents who have been able to give their child this opportunity.
In 3rd grade social studies, we are digging into our citizenship unit. Part of being a citizen of the United States is knowing what rights that you have. These rights, outlined in the Bill of Rights, give us the freedom to live our daily lives. Students have had fun by learning about this is multiple ways, including making a poster about our 1st Amendment rights. Students had to list, explain and draw a picture to represent what freedoms we have because of the 1st amendment.
These posters are currently hanging in the hallway by Mr. Jansma's room. Go and check them out!
Track and Field Day is Coming Up! Pretty soon, all of the 1st through 5th graders will be hitting the track getting ready for the Annual Elementary Track and Field Day. It will be held at Dick Null Field on Monday May 22, with the 3rd, 4th and 5th in the morning from 9 to 11 and the 1st and 2nd grade from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. It is always a fun day packed with exciting races and performances. So plan to attend and cheer the runners on! See you there.
At this time we have four school makeup days; one day is due to state volleyball and three due to bad weather. One day was made up Monday, April 17, with the remaining two to be made up on May 25 and 26. Senior students last day remains May 17.
The final student makeup day has been “forgiven” by the board (for students only) because it would be a 1pm dismissal on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. To summarize the last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year will be a full day Friday, May 26. Teachers will return after Memorial Day weekend, but students will be done prior to the holiday.
The Central Lyon School District will host a retirement open house for staff on Wednesday, May 3, from 3:30-430 pm to honor their combined years of service to the students of the district. Colleagues, current and former students, friends and family are welcome. There will be a short program at 3:45 and refreshments will be served.