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Snow Make-Up Days (UPDATED on 02-13-19)

posted Feb 5, 2019, 7:26 PM by   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 6:24 PM by Shane Ehresman ]

Snow make-up dates (as of February 13, 2019):

· Monday, February 18 - Full day of school (originally a day off for Presidents' Day)

· Tuesday, May 28 - Full day of school

· Wednesday, May 29 - Full day of school

· Thursday, May 30 - Full day of school

· Friday, May 31 - Full day of school

- Monday, June 3 - Full day of school

- Tuesday, June 4 - 1:00 pm early dismissal (last day of school for students)

This school year, we have missed seven full days of school due to inclement weather: January 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, February 7 & 12.

Iowa Department of Education releases new school performance results, website

posted Dec 20, 2018, 7:12 PM by

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education today released new online reports showing how public schools performed in a new accountability system that meets the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal education law that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

“I’m thankful that the Every Student Succeeds Act puts ownership of school accountability back where it belongs: with states and local school districts,” Director Ryan Wise said. “We’ve gone from a federal accountability system that was prescriptive and punitive under No Child Left Behind to a homegrown system that focuses on helping schools find solutions that work for them."

The new reports, called the Iowa School Performance Profiles, include each school’s scores on a set of accountability measures. The reports display scores based on a school’s overall performance, as well as the performance of subgroups of students, such as children from low-income backgrounds.

The accountability measures include a unique indicator of school climate based on student surveys of engagement, safety and overall learning environment called Conditions for Learning. The other measures are: Student participation on state assessments, academic achievement, student academic growth, graduation rate, and progress in achieving English language proficiency. A postsecondary readiness measure will be added in 2019.

“We have a great opportunity through ESSA to take Iowa’s accountability focus beyond test scores and proficiency to look at school performance more holistically,” Wise said.

The new accountability system emphasizes student growth as measured by results on state assessments from year to year. This approach was based on feedback from Iowans who wanted a change from a previous federal accountability system that emphasized proficiency.

“While proficiency matters, schools also deserve credit for making significant progress with students,” Wise said.

The new reports specify schools that have been identified for additional support and improvement based on their performance. ESSA requires these identifications to ensure students have the same opportunities for success that exist for students in other schools. Of Iowa’s 1,302 public schools:

  • Thirty-four are identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement. Schools receive this designation either because their overall scores fall within the lowest 5 percent of Iowa schools receiving federal Title I funding, or because they are high schools with a graduation rate below 67.1 percent.
  • 307 are identified for Targeted Support and Improvement. Schools receive this designation if one or more student subgroup score is as low as the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state.

Identified schools receive support from the state and area education agencies and will develop improvement plans with input from local stakeholders. Schools also will have an opportunity to put resources toward a cohesive improvement effort.

Schools that are no longer performing within the lowest 5 percent of Iowa schools after three years will shed the Comprehensive or Targeted designations.

Sioux City Superintendent Paul Gausman said Iowa’s new system for school accountability and support is a welcome change from the federal system under No Child Left Behind.

“I appreciate the changes to the previous systems and the leadership from the Iowa Department of Education in the development of this data and report,” Gausman said. “This new system gives local leaders useful information about where and with what groups improvements are needed, and a support system so that we better understand our strengths, areas for improvement, and focus for our future.”

To access the Iowa School Performance Profiles, visit

For more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act in Iowa, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

NOTE: The Iowa School Performance Profiles are different from the Iowa School Report Card, developed in 2015 to meet a state legislative requirement. In 2019, the Iowa Department of Education will work to update data in the Iowa School Report Card and then merge the site with the Iowa School Performance Profiles. The goal is to ensure the state has one report card that meets both state and federal requirements.

New Silver Cord Volunteer Opportunities for HS Students - Updated 12-11-18

posted Dec 13, 2018, 8:22 AM by Shane Ehresman

To view Silver Cord Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE

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Employment Opportunities - Updated 01-31-19

posted Jul 31, 2018, 12:40 PM by   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 9:48 AM ]

Full-Time High School Business Teacher The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a Full-Time Business Teacher for the 2019-2020 and beyond. Start Date: First Day of School (August 23, 2019). Candidates must be able or willing to obtain certification to teach high school business classes. Application deadline: February 21, 2019. Send a letter of interest and completed application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Application may be found on the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to:

Part-Time Cafeteria Cook: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a part-time cafeteria cook. Monday–Friday, Hours: 8:00 am –1:30 pm. Start Date: Immediately. Hourly wage: $11.00 per hour. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.


Send a letter of interest, resume, and completed application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Application may be found on the school district web site:  Electronic materials may be directed to:

Lynnville-Sully achieves consecutive exceptional report card rankings (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 22, 2017, 4:18 PM by

The Iowa Department of Education released the latest results of the Iowa School Report Card, a web-based school ratings system, on Dec. 13 and again Lynnville-Sully Middle School and High School have received exceptional ratings.

L-S Middle School ranked number one for exceptional middle schools in Iowa for the second straight year. L-S Middle School tallied 73.5 points, ranking them ahead of the likes of Ankeny’s Southview Middle School, Pleasant Valley Middle School, Gilbert Middle School, and more placing in the top three percent of all Iowa middle schools.

“The middle school rating of exceptional is very encouraging for our students and school community. The students are asked to demonstrate their learning many different ways throughout the school year. Iowa Assessments is one of those opportunities, and I appreciate the way the students take pride in their academic performance,” said L-S PreK-8 Principal Teri Bowlin.

At the high school level, L-S tallied 75.1 points, earning an exceptional rating for the third consecutive year and placing in the top one percent of all Iowa high schools.

“The high school is very excited to be rated as exceptional for the third straight year. It is always great to be recognized as one of the top four high schools in the state,” said L-S High School Principal and Technology Director Shane Wheeler. “When the high school receives a rating like this, it is a reflection of how hard our students, parents, and district staff have worked to prepare our students to be successful. Even though we have an exceptional rating, our scores in certain areas show we still have room for improvement, and I know the staff will continue to work on how we can make a better educational experience for our students.”

Lynnville-Sully elementary found their previous rating of “commendable” downgraded to “needs improvement.” L-S elementary was among 28.6 percent of Iowa public schools who received a lower rating than last year. L-S PreK-8 Principal Teri Bowlin notes she and staff members began constructive dialogue last spring when Iowa Assessment scores came back lower than expected. Since then, L-S elementary classroom teachers, interventionists, and special education teachers have attended training, analyzed data, and selected class-wide intervention that meets the needs of students, and have focused professional development sessions on reading and math instruction.

“We have evaluated how we are using our curriculum materials to instruct students. Most recently, we are engaging in work to ensure teachers have assessment tools and strategies to continuously know how to adjust the pacing of their instruction and provide reteaching or additional support when necessary,” said Bowlin.

A partnership with Heartland AEA has been deemed valuable to students receiving special education services and intervention. Special education teachers and interventionists have evaluated the instruction provided to all special education students to make sure the instruction provided is a clear match for each individual student. Staff members also consult with Heartland AEA personnel each month to evaluate the progress and make instruction adjustments as necessary.

Bowlin shared with elementary staff members at a recent meeting, the Iowa Department of Education’s quote when interpreting overall ranking scores that in part states, “An overall school rating does not provide contextual information about a school nor does it make a conclusion about the quality of the staff or provide important information about ongoing work to raise student achievement. The report card should create a constructive dialog between educators, administrators, and parents about the work that is currently under way in the school to support all students in achieving their full potential.”

“I am very proud of all of our teachers, preK-12, and their devotion to our students,” said Bowlin. “We have a continuous improvement mindset and whether a building's ranking is exemplary or needs improvement, we are all looking for ways to better ourselves as educators to provide a high quality experience for our students and their families.”

The Iowa School Report Card was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement and rates public schools on measures of achievement including student proficiency rates in math and reading, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps among students, college and career readiness, student attendance, graduation rates, and staff retention. Based on each school’s performance over a two-year period, the report card assigns one of six ratings: Exceptional, high-performing, commendable, acceptable, needs improvement, and priority. The Iowa School Report Card is updated annually to reflect the most recent statewide student assessment results.

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