December 2021 Newsletter


Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, December 16 - K-2 Concert @ 6:00PM, 5-6 Band @ 6:45PM

  • Monday, December 20 @ 6:30 PM: School Board Meeting at HS Library

  • Wednesday, December 22 - 1PM Dismissal for winter break

  • Monday, January 3 - No School (Teacher Professional Development)

  • Monday, January 4 - Classes Resume

  • Thursday, January 13 - End of 2nd Quarter (1st Semester)

  • Friday, January 14 - No School (Teacher Work Day)

Winter Weather:

High School (9-12)

Winter Formal

The Lynnville-Sully HS student council is excited to announce that a winter formal will be held on Jan. 8th at 8:00pm-10:30pm. The event will take place in the middle school gym. Students should look for more information about this in their email. Entry fee is $5.00 per person, and any outside dates need to be reported to Mr. Vos in advance.

2nd Semester Schedules

If changes need to be made to 2nd semester schedules, please stop by Mrs. O'Halloran's office as soon as possible. You can check your 2nd semester schedule by logging in to JMC. Please keep in mind that students will have the first three days of the 2nd semester to make schedule changes, after that time, all schedules will be considered finalized. The first day of the 2nd semester is Monday, Jan. 17th.

Reminder: Any students that took online DMACC courses 1st semester should return their books to Mrs. O'Halloran as soon as possible.


Winter activities are in full swing here at Lynnville-Sully! This is an exciting time of year that is full of spirited contests both here on our own campus and at away events. Our goal is for our students, coaches, athletes and officials to have a great experience at these events.

We have all turned on the TV, or opened a social media app to see examples of sporting events where someone has crossed a line and their behavior has led to a very negative experience for those involved. At the beginning the the school year, I have a meeting with each of our classes to discuss the importance of good sportsmanship, and how to show respect for opposing players, coaches and visiting officials. I often tell the students that it IS possible to create a lot of energy and fun, while still maintaining good sportsmanship.

I firmly believe that Lynnville-Sully can be the exception to what seems like a social norm of displaying unruly behavior. Our student athletes put in many hours practicing and preparing for their events and deserve a positive environment in which to compete. As a school community, we all have a role to play in the creating a positive atmosphere at our events.


-Aaron Shipley, HS Principal

Middle School (6-8)


Our middle school students have the opportunity to qualify to participate in a quarterly party at the end of each nine weeks. Students who meet specific academic and behavioral criteria are invited to attend. The first quarter celebration took place at SkyZone in Des Moines. Each grade level took a turn to travel there for an afternoon of jumping on the trampolines, playing dodge ball, and spending time with their classmates. Way to go, students! Thanks for your hard work!

Canned Food Drive

The Middle School Student Council is holding a canned food drive for all students in grades K-8. Students are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable items by December 17th to participate. All donations will be sorted and boxed up to be distributed to local families early next week as part of the Sharing Tree program which provides food, gifts, quilts, and books to participating Lynnville-Sully families. Thank you for your support and encouraging your child to participate!

Elementary School (K-5)

Holiday Dress-Up Days

All K-12 students are invited to participate in holiday dress-up days!

Tuesday, December 14 - Wear red

Wednesday, December 15 - Wear green

Thursday, December 16 - Holiday headwear

Friday, December 17 - Holiday shirt, sweater, or outfit

Monday, December 20 - Holiday socks

Tuesday - Decorate yourself (bells and bows)

Wednesday - Holiday PJ's

Jasper County Conservation

Each year, we are lucky enough to have representatives from the Jasper County Conservation Board come to visit our students to educate them about conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Recently, Katie Cantu, conservationist, came to visit our 4th grade classrooms to speak with them about Bison on the Plains. This program is used in conjunction with both Language Arts and Social Studies topics currently being studied in 4th grade. The program helped students travel back in time to when Lewis and Clark explored Iowa and imagine what they felt when they saw the great herds of bison on the plains. Students learned how Native Americans utilized bison and how the bison population was changed forever in America as people moved west. During the presentation, students were shown a bison skull and other products made from bison. Fourth graders Hudson Arkema and Max Smead both said how amazed they were to learn that the Native Americans used every part of the buffalo when hunting, including the use of the bladder to store water!