Congratulations to our March Kid's of Character! Students have been doing a great job all year of reaching our ROAR expectations!
Contest Schedule for Saturday, April 24th, 2021
If you would like to open as a PDF and print out a copy of the schedule for yourself, click here!
Be sure that your student is at school at least 30 minutes before their scheduled performance time - this will give them plenty of time to warm-up, practice, and prepare for their performance. Please use the lower elementary recess doors to enter the school! Also, be sure the accompanists know when the performance times are and which Center. Please make note which room your student performs in. It is noted on the schedule, and signs will be posted Saturday. Have fun listening to your student and other students - please applaud after their performance!
Remember, students should dress up for solo day and it is appropriate to thank your accompanist with a small gift, card, or money at the end of the day in appreciation for the time they put in to help your student succeed.
At the end of their performance, students will be able to collect their ribbon from Mr. Langholdt's table. Ratings for performances include I+, I, I-, II+, II, II-, III.
If questions arise on Saturday, your band student has a copy of our "REMINDERS" sheet that will help them remember what they need to do on Saturday. Please refer to this sheet frequently during this week. Click here for a pdf copy of this reminder sheet.
If you still have questions, please send me an e-mail; email@example.com
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!
The play, Don't Try to Wake Him, Hand Me the Shovel, will be performed on May 18, 2021, at 7:30 PM, and will be directed by Sherwin and Ann Langholdt.
Below is a short synopsis.
From the word “GO,” investigative reporters Livermore and Highwater are determined to get the (alleged) spooks at Billingsgate Mansion on the six o’clock news and get the break they need to save their jobs. The featured story: Seeing is Believing. Paranoid, they enter the dreaded Billingsgate mansion in ghost-catching wardrobe and full ghost gear (fatigues and a videocamera). One rat-a-tat-tat sends Livermore running for the exit, “This was a dumb idea, this was a stupid idea, this was a ridiculous idea!” and Highwater avowals, “And all three of them were yours!” Ever try to get a ghost on the six o’clock news? Here’s what you get: a ghostswept broadcast with a squad of lost cheerleaders, a double-dealing horror movie producer and her secretary, a couple of convicts trying to stash a body in the basement, and a bumbling policeman on the prowl. Nobody can tell the guests from the ghosts and shortly after the news, it’s every ghost for himself. Only Pat Cook gives you all the comforts of home in this fast-paced farcical ghosthunt with a ghostbuster named Pookee.
Please see the Public Health COVID Vaccine update from our partners at Health Services of Lyon County
Starting on Monday, April 5, 2021, the Governor has authorized the increase of vaccine availability to all Iowans. Public Health of Lyon County and our partners Avera Rock Rapids and Sanford Rock Rapids will be moving forward with the expansion of vaccine availability to all Iowans. In our county we will offer the vaccine to all persons 18 and older. Please note with this change, Lyon County is expecting to have low volume of vaccine with increased demand.
To be placed on a waiting list for the vaccine, call Health Services of Lyon County at 712-472-8200.
Avera Rock Rapids and Sanford Rock Rapids will be notifying their primary-care patients regarding their vaccine registration opportunities.
Health Services of Lyon County wants to encourage all residents to take advantage of getting the vaccine when it is available and offered. The vaccine offers another piece of mitigation in the goal to decrease the spread of illness and move forward to more normal lifestyles.
COVID illness rates over the past 14 days has creeped up slightly, and all of us need to keep up the fight of following mitigation measures. There are new variant strains that are circulating around the world, United States, and here in Iowa. Please stay vigilant and remember to do the following :
Thank You for your efforts in keeping Lyon County safe!
Melissa M. Stillson, RN
Public Health Administrator
Health Services of Lyon County
Individual Speech students have been working on their speech pieces since the beginning of January. They have to learn and sometimes memorize a speech that is several minutes long, and perform it with expression, passion and appropriate hand/body gestures. This is a great exercise in public speaking which is an essential life skill! It is a more time consuming and challenging event than people realize.
If students progress from Districts to State, they can be nominated for All-State which is the highest honor a speech student can achieve. This year we have TWO students who achieved this honor! Anna Van Aartsen achieved All-State for her musical theater performance of Shy from Once Upon a Mattress and Eliora Enriquez achieved All-State for her public speech of Somewhere in America. How does one earn this prestigious honor? Three judges critiqued performances at the state level. If the performer receives at least two “I” ratings from the judges, he/she will receive an overall “I” rating. Then, it is possible to be considered for the All-State Festival. Two “I” ratings, however, do not guarantee an All-State selection. Two of the judges must make this recommendation.
Because of the limitations due to Covid and venues across the state, the All-State festival not have in-person or virtual performances this year. The festival normally showcases the most outstanding performers in the state with one judge providing comments at the end of each category session - no individual ratings are given at All-State. Congratulations to Anna, Eliora, and speech advisor Mrs. Langholdt!
Central Lyon was recently awarded a grant from Delta to purchase a water dispenser. The grant application was completed by Mrs. Christensen's Health II students Morgan Robinson, Xander Ditsworth, and Sydney Wells, along with Nurse Brenda. The new delta water dispenser is located in the middle school hallway across the hall from Mrs. Ver Beek's room. We had applied for two grants, one for the middle school and one for the high school commons.
Mrs. Christensen hopes to replace more of the older water fountains with the bottle filling stations in the future. We asked Mrs. Christensen what the environmental advantages and health advantages the new dispensers have against the old water fountains; she responded "The emphasis for this grant was placed on oral hygiene and overall health benefits of water. We researched the oral health education programs offered in our school, availability of dentists and hygienists in the county as well as obesity rates for Lyon County. Drinking water has so many benefits that it is important educate and promote healthy habits that they will continue into adulthood. The water filling stations allow individuals to carry water with them and track how much water is consumed daily”. She also said the installation of the Delta Water Dispenser is scheduled to begin this summer. Central Lyon will continue to look for more grant opportunities in the future and if the opportunity presents itself, we will apply again.
The local FFA alumni group Friends of the Central Lyon FFA recently applied for and received a Lyon County Riverboat Foundation grant of $35,000 that will be used to give the FFA farm much needed improvements.
The Central Lyon FFA farm was created to be an integral part of the learning process for all students in the agricultural education program. Our farm is in need of a renovation in order for students to learn about modern day agriculture. The key to the farm continuing to be part of the process is updating the grounds and buildings in order for students to safely engage in hands-on real world learning experiences.
As of the 2020-2021 school year 48% of the agriculture education students at Central Lyon do not live on a farm. Our desire is to utilize grant and matching funds to update the farm to provide an environment that would not only provide an opportunity for students not raised on a farm, but also to improve the knowledge and hands-on experience for those that have grown up farming. Our community and county rely on agriculture for economic development. The farm would play a major role in continuing future interests in farming and agriculture as a career which is vital to our community.
We plan to utilize the funds to assist in completion of the existing building. In order to create a safe environment for students to learn and a healthy growing indoor environment for livestock, we need to install an interior exhaust fan and insulate the entire building. The funds will also help us acquire tools needed to assist in raising the current livestock on-site. This includes installation of a secure continuous fence on the exterior of the property line. This will give the livestock a place to graze safely without them escaping and in the way of traffic, creating less liability for the organization. We currently have an inoperable greenhouse structure and ground, we need to purchase crushed concert and fill dirt for a leveled driveway. To ensure all of these projects will withstand time we would like to purchase a security camera for the property. This will not only be an added layer of safety but will also monitor livestock indoors during calving season.
This project is going to be take two weeks if everything goes smoothly and the weather is agreeable. The fence will be set up during 2021 May term and the students will be setting it up in Mr. Rockhill's farm management course. They hope to get everything completed in the grant but there are factors like weather, time, and work force. Mr. Rockhill's main driving point for the grant is to complete projects they have going on with various entities that his program offers. The main goal with the grant is to continue to grow the FFA farm and tools so that the program offers better education for all students in the agriculture classes. We want to create an equitable opportunity for all agriculture students, including the 48% not living on a farm, and to have a space to work with their livestock for the county fair. Ultimately, we want to create a space for the community to learn about agriculture and how it impacts the economy of our country.
Glow 2021 prom will take place Friday, April 23. There is a $5 charge to those who wish to attend grand march, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Doors open at 6:00. As in the past, the proceeds of the grand march gate will be deposited into an account to assist with the costs for next year’s prom.
In addition to prom planning by the junior class, the after-prom committee is sponsoring the post-prom activities for our prom attendees on the morning of April 24. Prizes will be distributed at the end of the event. Students must be present to win prizes. If a student leaves the event, they cannot return.
If you would like to contribute, please drop off prizes or donations to the Central Lyon Superintendent’s Office. We look forward to another fun & safe prom for the students of the Central Lyon School District. Thank you in advance for your contribution and support.
Preschool sign-up began Monday, March 15. To sign up, please call the Elementary/Middle School Office at 472-2664 and choose Extension 1. Your child must be 4 on or before September 15, 2021 to attend preschool. This is sign-up only, you will still need to register your child in August.
To attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten, your child must be five on or before September 15, 2021. If your child currently attends Central Lyon Preschool, Central Lyon TK, Rock Rapids Head Start, Doon Preschool, or you are considering sending your child to kindergarten or transitional kindergarten, you will need to complete and return the form to the Elementary/Middle School Office. Forms will be sent home with each family and can also be printed by clicking here or stop in the office. The form will be the only way to sign-up. This is sign-up only, you will need to register your child in August. Please return form ASAP.
Visit Day for preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten will be Friday, April 30. More information will follow about Visit Day.