February 2022


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 21: No School (President's Day)

  • Thursday, February 24: 1PM Early Dismissal (Teacher Professional Development)

  • Monday, February 28: Preschool Open House

  • March 1: Open Enrollment Deadline (1st-12th Grade)

  • March 7/10: Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Friday, March 11: No School

  • March 14-16: Spring Break

  • March 24: End of the 3rd Quarter

We are so fortunate at Lynnville-Sully to work with two outstanding counselors. Jennifer O'Halloran and Michaela Gunsaulus work hard to support our students on a daily basis. Did you know that we celebrate National School Counselors in the month of February? We also participate in celebrating Random Acts of Kindness. "The work to create a kinder world never ends. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world, but we need your help! We invite you to join the annual Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK DAY) celebration on Thursday, February 17, 2022 and help #MakeKindnesstheNorm"


Girls Wrestling Update


We are excited to announce that the Iowa Girls Athletic Union will add Girls Wrestling as a sanctioned sport in Iowa starting next year. This means that there will be a separate division for girls in wrestling and will likely include a lot of new opportunities for our female athletes. L-S is proud of our wrestling program's history and would like to invite any girls interested in participating in wrestling to speak with Mr. Parkinson, L-S AD, or Coach Walston, L-S Head Wrestling coach. Many of the details are yet to be released by the state, but now we would like to gather information about the interest level amongst our girls.

For more information regarding the sanctioning of this new addition, visit: https://ighsau.org/news/ighsau-sanctions-girls-wrestling/. This is a very exciting time for girls sports - thank you and GO HAWKS!

Mr. Mike Parkinson

L-S Activities Director

Grading periods at Lynnville-Sully

Did you know...

That Lynnville-Sully High School breaks up our academic calendar into grading periods?

Midterms: The midterm is typically (as its name implies) in the middle of the grading period. In our calendar, the midterm typically falls at the four week mark of each quarter. If a student is failing at the midterm, they are ineligible for at least 24 hours, and then until they get their grade(s) back to a passing level. In order to become eligible, students must turn in a signed slip to the office.

Quarter: There are four quarters in the academic calendar at L-S. Each quarter is roughly 9 weeks long. If a student fails a quarter, they are ineligible for a period of two weeks.

Semester: There are two semesters in the academic calendar at L-S, each one is roughly 18 weeks long. If a student fails a semester long course, they are ineligible for a period of 30 days.

While this system of academic ineligibility is unique to Lynnville-Sully, it promotes a culture of high expectations for our students, and takes a much more proactive approach to grades. Rather than waiting until the end of the semester to address concerns, this system of accountability puts processes in place to problem solve smaller issues before they become bigger issues. If you would like to learn more about this system, please feel free to reach out to:

Aaron Shipley

HS Principal

641-594-4445 or shipley@lshawks.com

Counseling Department updates

Seniors: Scholarships

College can be expensive, but a great way to make it more affordable is to fill out scholarships. I have provided the link for a google doc that has scholarships listed in five different categories; career specific, college specific, other scholarships, scholarship engines, and other resources. Be sure to click on the link, read the eligibility requirements, and submit the scholarship by the deadline specified. March and April are BIG months for scholarship due dates. Continue to check the scholarship document and your email to not miss out on these scholarship opportunities.

2022-2023 Class Registration

Wednesday, March 2nd all 8th-11th grade students will be participating in a Class Registration Assembly for the 2022-2023 school year. Talk with your student about what classes they plan on taking next year. All registration forms are due to the high school office by Thursday, March 10th.

Elementary and Middle School

Kindness Rocks

We are celebrating National Kindness Week by focusing on the theme "Kindness Rocks!" All students will have the opportunity to paint a rock with a kind or uplifting message. When finished, the rocks will be put in display by the recess doors so all students can enjoy them and be reminded of the importance of showing kindness.

Students will be taking part in classroom lessons focusing on being kind to others and themselves. We are also working on social-emotional vocabulary such as compassion, empathy, sympathy, and being an upstander.

MS Cell Models

Over the past couple of months, 7th and 8th grade students have been learning about cells and their components. Typically, this is a focus for 7th grade science, but with curriculum adjustments due to COVID, the 8th graders have also been taking part in this learning. The culminating project for students was to make a model of a cell by relating the cell and all of its components to something else in their lives they can connect it to. Students chose a variety of themes ranging from sports to items such as tool boxes to hobbies like ice fishing.

In addition to the creation of the actual model, students were asked to create a reflection naming the parts of their model and explaining how each one represents one of the organelles in the cell.

Important Reminder:

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from 4:00-8:00PM on Monday, March 7th and Thursday, March 10th. K-5 conferences will follow the same schedule as the fall. Middle school students will not have scheduled conference times, but parents are strongly encouraged to attend and visit with any middle school teacher during either conference night. More information will be coming home soon.

Our 2nd-5th grade students are participating in the Kids Heart Challenge to learn important information about how to keep their hearts healthy and raise money to support the American Heart Association. During PE, Mr. Nicholas DePenning, has been teaching students how exercising, eating well, and staying hydrated positively impact your cardiovascular health. Lynnville-Sully Elementary has a goal to raise $3,000 by February 24th. If students raise $2,000 they will be encouraged to dress like Mr. DePenning. If we reach our goal of $3,000 we will celebrate by asking students to dress like their future occupations. If you have questions or are interested in making a donation, please contact Mr. DePenning at depenning@lshawks.com. Thanks for your support!