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 3rd, 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.
We had two students that participated in the Space Settlement Design Competition and Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Four students were going to participate but unfortunately two got sick the night before we left. So, Brady, Kaylee, and I traveled with 120 other people from Iowa to Texas for the competition.
Approximately 200 students from Iowa and Texas compete in the competition. They are split into four teams of approximately fifty students. This year, each team had to design a place to live on the planet Mercury. The settlement had to continually move so it could stay in an area of Mercury where the temperature is manageable. Outside of that area, it would get too cold or too hot for the people living on the planet. The requirements for the settlement are too numerous to mention and the teams only have about 24 hours to complete it.
Once the design is complete, the teams present their settlement to a panel of engineers from the Houston area. The panel will ask them questions which requires the students to think on their feet. Some of the questions are very difficult to answer. This panel then spends a few hours going over each design and then decides on a winner.
This is an amazing opportunity for our students. It is a competition that would be very difficult to simulate in the classroom. The goal is to simulate a real life project in engineering. The students did an excellent job and had a great time working on the project.
The Central Lyon Jazz I placed 4th at the 2016-2017 Jazz Championships. Here are recordings of that group:
Hobo Flats Click Here
Gentle Rain Click Here
Jelly Roll Click Here
Celtic Aire Click Here
Click Here to go to the Iowa Jazz Championships home page.
Gnimocemoh is a tradition at Central Lyon. It is homecoming spelled backwards, and it’s a time for Central Lyon students to have some fun towards the end of the school year.
This year, it will take place during the Week of April 24. The class with the most participation will win a free ice cream cone! We hope all Central Lyon students will participate in this year’s Gnimocemoh!
Monday is socks and sandals day
Tuesday is hat day
Wednesday is inside out day
Thursday is jersey day
Friday is pasta day.