The Central Lyon Community School District will be paving a concrete trail from the existing ball field complex restrooms to the newly constructed softball field, and continuing to the gravel turnaround to the east of the softball field. Detailed plans and specifications are available for download below or may be picked up in the high school office at 1010 S. Greene Street, Rock Rapids, Iowa. Interested parties should direct questions to Brent Jorth, Superintendent.
The timeline for the project will proceed as follows:
You are invited to a Pizza Ranch Community Impact Fundraising Event to Benefit Central Lyon.
Pizza Ranch will donate 10% of delivery and carry out sales to Central Lyon.
The English II class started the year reading Lord of the Flies. The overall plot of the novel takes place during wartime and consists of a group of young boys who get stranded on a desert island after their plane crashes. As the boys struggle to come to an agreement on how they will survive on the island until rescue, they become more confrontational. What starts off as a rather civilized atmosphere soon turns into an environment of wild savagery.
Each character in the book depicted significant characteristics that portrayed how they behaved within a group. Some characters were more prone to a civilized society where organized meetings with a leader were important and agreement was essential. Other characters were eventually lost in ideas of savagery, where hunting and killing pigs in a brutal way was the #1 goal, and doing ‘fun’ things on the island was more important than getting rescued.
At the conclusion of the novel, students ‘drew’ a character that they would create a mask for. (In the book, the characters wore masks to camouflage themselves when they went hunting. The masks not only served as a visual camouflage device for hunting, but they also served as a symbol of ‘hiding one’s uncivilized actions’ per-se.)
Through researching the characters further, students found ways to artistically incorporate important symbols, scenes, and settings to their masks that their particular character exemplified. Students also incorporated elements from a Power and Control Wheel and Respect Wheel. These wheels showed ways in which ‘real-life’ and ‘fictional-life’ people/characters can either build their relationships around an abusive premise using power and control or, hopefully, through mutual respect. Unfortunately, for most of the characters in Lord of the Flies, power and control became the norm.
I have added a few pictures of some of the masks that were created.
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This week one of our reading stories was called, The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin. It is a biography about a deaf boy who changed how the game of baseball was played. We learned that he used sign language to communicate with his family, friends, coaches, and teammates.
This week we did a STEAM lesson on Mechanical Science called "Building a Paper Chain". The challenge was to work with their lucky duck partner to build the longest paper chain using only 1 piece of paper. The goal of the project was to work as a team to plan and build the longest paper chain. At the end of 20 minutes, we measured each chain to the nearest inch and then placed them in order from shortest to longest. As you can see there was great teamwork along with lots of math and science learned today! Way to go, 2nd graders!
Do you need help understanding financial aid? There will be 3 ICAN Regional Understanding Financial Aid Virtual Presentation/Webinar events for NW Iowa Schools in September:
Sept 9 @ 6:30 p.m.; Sept 14 @ 6:00 p.m.; and Sept 23 @ 6:00 p.m.
These webinars will include the following information:
A college education is a worthwhile investment in the future. Unfortunately, it can also be a costly one. In today's world, financial aid is often necessary to pay for postsecondary education, but the process can be confusing and overwhelming. To help you understand the financial aid process, the NW Iowa ICAN Advisor, Mary Joan Dougherty, is delivering free VIRTUAL presentations on financial aid for seniors and their parents. This is the ideal opportunity to get answers to your questions about the financial aid.
Topics will include:
You must pre-register for these webinars - each date has a different registration link, so please be sure to register for the one webinar you want to attend. The links are listed below. You will receive a confirmation email for the webinar/presentation. The email will also have the link to use to join the webinar that evening.
To register, choose the webinar you would like to attend:
September 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
September 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
September 23 @ 6:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, you may ask your HS counselor or feel free to contact Mary Joan at email@example.com or 515-402-4211.
This month our "big idea" in Science is Physical Science: Engineering and Design. This week my students learned about the power of wind and experimented with designing a structure that could stand up again kinetic energy (a box fan). For this project, they started planning, discussing, and drawing their design with their partner on Wednesday and were anticipating the arrival of Mr. Pytleski, our STEAM coach, today.
Check out our link below to see and hear their excitement with this super fun science project. Thanks for making science so awesome, Mr. P.!