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Employment Opportunities - Updated 11-22-17

posted Oct 13, 2017, 9:13 AM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated ]

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Junior High School Assistant Girls Basketball Coach: Due to high student participation, the Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a Junior High School Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season. Candidates must have a valid coaching authorization or #101 Athletic Coach (K-12) endorsement. Coaching Stipend: $1,336. Season begins November 6, 2017 and ends January 23, 2018. Application Deadline: October 27, 2017. 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: www.lshawks.org  Electronic materials may be directed to: ehresman@lshawks.com 

Junior High School Assistant Boys Basketball Coach: Due to high student participation, the Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a Junior High School Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season. Candidates must have a valid coaching authorization or #101 Athletic Coach (K-12) endorsement. Coaching Stipend: $1,336. Season begins November 6, 2017 and ends January 23, 2018. Application Deadline: October 27, 2017. 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: www.lshawks.org  Electronic materials may be directed to: ehresman@lshawks.com 

Substitutes Needed: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks substitute custodians, classroom associates, and bus drivers for the upcoming school year. The school district is willing to pay for costs associated with obtaining a school bus license. For more information, call Shane Ehresman, Superintendent at 641-594-4445 extension 103. Send an application to Shane Ehresman, Superintendent, Lynnville-Sully Community School District, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251. Applications may be picked up in the high school office or downloaded from the school district web site: www.lshawks.org  Electronic materials may be directed to ehresman@lshawks.com 


Lynnville-Sully, Grinnell Mutual named Top Workplaces by The Des Moines Register (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 1, 2017, 1:27 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 1:52 PM ]


A caring, collaborative culture, family-friendly values, and opportunities to make a difference are a few defining points employees look for in a job. That kind of feedback and more is what Iowa employees reported to “The Des Moines Register” as part of the annual quest to discover Iowa’s Top Workplaces. Two area employers – Lynnville-Sully Community School District and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance – are again making the list in their respective categories as one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces, released in the Sept. 17 issue of “The Des Moines Sunday Register.” 
For the last four years, the Lynnville-Sully Community School District has been named a Top Workplace. The growing school district ranks 14th in the small company category, the best placement they have achieved, and is the second school listed in the top 75. Lynnville-Sully was one of six primary/secondary schools recognized as a Top Workplace in their respective category. The school district employs 80 staff members who are proud to be Hawks and committed to the school district’s mission of “fueling the passion for learning and educating all students to achieve their full potential.”

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was also named to “The Des Moines Register’s” Top Workplaces, one of 10 companies that have made the list for seven straight years.

“The Register,” in partnership with WorkplaceDynamics, ranked Grinnell Mutual the eighth-best large company (500 or more employees) to work for in the state. Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen won the Top Workplace Leadership Award in the large company category.

“On behalf of our nearly 800 employees, Grinnell Mutual is pleased to be recognized as one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces for a seventh consecutive year, and I am humbled by my leadership award,” said Jansen. “This reinforces my belief that our employees are our most valuable assets, and it is an honor to know they feel good about coming to work each day.”

Grinnell Mutual has been in business since 1909 and is the 109th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. The company provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies as well as property and casualty insurance.

“The Register’s” annual employer recognition program partners with WorkplaceDynamics to survey employees at participating workplaces employing 35 or more people. The results of those surveys are then ranked in small, mid-sized, and large-company categories.

Newton and L-S School Districts Pleased with Latest ACT Test Scores (KGRN News)

posted Sep 14, 2017, 2:29 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 2:29 PM ]

Newton And Lynnville-Sully School Districts Pleased With Latest ACT Test Scores

 September 14, 2017  Jasper County News

The Newton and Lynnville-Sully school districts are very happy with the latest ACT test scores from their just graduated Seniors. Newton’s class of 2017 achieved an average test score of 22.2, besting the overall statewide average of 21.9. The national average for the class of 2017 was 21.0. Newton School officials say this is the 8th consecutive year Newton Seniors have scored better than the state average. The NHS 2017 class did better than students statewide in three of the four subtests, and exceeded the national scores in all four testing areas…which are English, Math, Reading, and Science. 79 members of the Newton High Class of 2017 took the ACT Test while in High School. In Lynnville-Sully….77-percent of the recently graduated Seniors took the ACT Test, which is the most commonly-used college entrance exam in the nation. Their average composite score was 24.5, the highest average at Lynnville-Sully in over 15 years. Five members of Lynnville-Sully’s Class of 2017 achieved an ACT Test score of 30 or better.


L-S K-12 enrollment breaks 500 mark (Hometown Press article)

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:17 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org


L-S K-12 enrollment breaks 500 mark

The Lynnville-Sully Community School District is boasting school enrollment numbers that haven’t been seen in nearly a decade. This year’s K-12 enrollment numbers top the 500 mark, a tally L-S Superintendent Shane Ehresman reports hasn’t been seen since 2008 when 504 students were enrolled at Lynnville-Sully.

“The enrollment increase is good news for Lynnville-Sully because the Iowa school finance formula is based on the number of students in a district. As we gain more students, Lynnville-Sully generates more revenue to serve those students. A majority of school districts in Iowa suffer from declining enrollment, negatively impacting their budget,” said Ehresman.

Lynnville-Sully has 510 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2017-18 school year. A large kindergarten class of 47 students attributes to the rise of 20-plus students compared to last year, as well as a growing number of open-enrolled students. The future looks bright for L-S as this year’s four-year-old preschool classes also tout record numbers at 51 students enrolled. Lynnville-Sully’s largest class, seventh grade, has 49 students followed closely by the kindergarten class (47) and 11th-grade class (46).

Lynnville-Sully continues to draw students from outside the school district. Ehresman notes open enrollment numbers are on the rise, and in 2017-18, Lynnville-Sully will welcome 85 students from surrounding school districts, an increase of 13 compared to last year. Only 41 students residing in the L-S School District are open enrolling out. Oct. 2 is the official school enrollment certification date – the number of students enrolled at L-S on that day will determine state funding the school district will receive next school year. Each student enrolled brings in $6,664 of state aid.

Several factors contribute to Lynnville-Sully’s growing enrollment, including the school’s commitment to providing high-quality education, continual facility improvements, strong extra-curricular programs, community support, and more.


L-S welcomes 15 new staff members in K-12 (Hometown Press article)

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:04 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org


Lynnville-Sully has kicked off the 2017-18 school year in memorable fashion. Superintendent Shane Ehresman reports a whopping 510 students are enrolled in grades K-12, a number that hasn’t been seen in nearly a decade. In addition to great enrollment numbers, L-S welcomed 15 new teachers and associates who have joined the team of Hawk staff members committed to the education and positive experiences of all Lynnville-Sully students.

The high school has welcomed eight new teachers and associates. New associates this year are Brooke Neimuth and Amber Mathis. Filling long-time teacher Dwight Beyer’s position at the high school level is Shelby Johnson. Angie Richards, a familiar face whose children attend L-S, will be teaching high school science classes. Mike Moran is the new 6-12 at-risk coordinator and fills the position once held by Mike Parkinson. Parkinson is now the high school social studies teacher, returning to the subject he taught at the middle school level previously at L-S. Greeting students with a friendly “hola” in the Spanish classroom will be Carrie Campbell.

The band and music departments both had positions to fill this summer. and the school board is happy to announce Victoria Hillabolt is the new band and fifth-twelfth grade general music instructor, and Franchesca Richter is taking over duties as the K-8 and high school vocal music instructor.

Seven teachers and associates have been warmly welcomed at the elementary and middle school level, many of them having years of experience as teachers or in an educational setting. Carrie Lowry, a 1999 Lynnville-Sully grad, is returning to her roots as the new first-grade teacher. Lowry’s husband, Brian, teachers high school vocational agriculture and the couple’s three children are all

L-S students.

Brenda Newell is serving as the new Title I Reading teacher. Newell is another familiar face who has been a Hawk supporter for years as the parent of an L-S grad and eighth grader. Newell replaces Jill Philby, who is now teaching kindergarten following the retirement of veteran teacher Carol Hite.

Another teacher joining her children at L-S is Melanie Sharp, the new middle school language arts teacher. Sharp is filling the role previously held by Norene Paulson, who retired following the 2016-17 school year. Like several of the new teachers, Sharp has been a Hawk fan since her elementary-age children started school at L-S.

New associates at the elementary and middle school level are Brianna Schroder, Katy Ewing, Lorna Elscott, and Emily Jochems. Combined, the associates bring years of educational experience to the positions.

Learn more about each of the new staff members in future issues of the Hawk Talk.

Improvements abound for 2017-18 L-S school year (Hometown Press article)

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:02 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org


Improvements abound for 2017-18 L-S school year

Classes may not have been in session the months of June, July, and most of August, but that doesn’t mean the classrooms and hallways of Lynnville-Sully were not full of activity. Over the summer months, a wide variety of facility improvements took place, ranging from new flooring to electrical work.

According to L-S Superintendent Shane Ehresman, the school was a hub of activity as many areas were improved upon based on recommendations by the L-S District Building and Equipment Committee, a group composed of school board members, administrators, teachers, coaches, advisors, teachers, and community members. While some facility improvements are visible and immediately grab visitors’ attention, several completed projects cannot be seen but have made an immediate impact and will continue to do so in years to come.

Elementary students walk outside to recess on the new epoxy-coated floors that were finished over the summer.

Accents Concrete in Newton was on site for one week resurfacing flooring in the elementary and middle school hallways, front elementary office area, middle school locker area, and K-1 bathrooms. Worn and dated carpet was removed and replaced with a full-flake epoxy flooring, which will be easier to maintain and provide a cleaner school environment.

New directional signage as well as classroom identification signs now welcome visitors and returning students. Each K-12 classroom is clearly identified with the classroom name and teacher/staff member. Visitors, parents, and students not familiar with the building will find several directional signs located at various points in the elementary, middle school, and high school levels that will help them navigate to their destination within the school easily.

The district office received a facelift with new carpet and paint. Custodial staff also painted several elementary classrooms and bathrooms over the summer.

The small space in the elementary which once housed the technology server was freed up when associates from Sully Telephone Association moved all technological equipment to a new server room in the high school. The move to a larger space will improve internet efficiency and maintenance. The vacated elementary server room now houses Mrs. Taylor’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) classroom.

Lynnville-Sully has launched a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Gateway Program for middle school students this school year. PLTW is a program that illuminates the range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) paths and possibilities students can look forward to in high school and beyond. A room in the high school was repurposed over the summer months to house the PLTW lab. Learn more about this Gateway program in a future issue of the “Hometown Press.”

The high school concession stand received several improvements, including new electrical wiring and outlets, a tile floor, and stainless steel tables. Hawk fans supporting volleyball, basketball, and wrestling activities will be beneficiaries of the improved services.

More facility improvements were completed outside. A custom-built archway was designed, fabricated, and installed by Co-Line Welding, Inc. in early August for the ticket booth near the football field and all-weather track. The attractive piece, which spans the length of the booth, is one of the final touches to the Race to the Finish campaign that was instrumental in raising funds for the all-weather track.

Musco Lighting was a familiar contractor at the school over the summer months as they replaced several light bulbs on the baseball and softball fields, as well as all light bulbs on the football field. Light covers on the football field were also cleaned and fixtures re-aimed, just in time for the start of football season.

Prior to the start of classes on Aug. 23, school employees Ken Van Soelen and Kelvin Vander Weerdt removed fencing from the school’s south parking lot. Ehresman notes the old fence didn’t serve a purpose since middle school recess is no longer held there. The district community relations committee recommended the fence removal.

Homes for Sale/Rent in the L-S School District - Updated 09-07-17

posted Sep 7, 2017, 8:33 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 6:35 AM ]

To view a listing of homes, click Here

Lynnville-Sully Preliminary School Enrollment Shows An Increase Of 20-Plus Students (KGRN News)

posted Aug 30, 2017, 11:46 AM by webmaster@lshawks.org

There’s some positive preliminary enrollment numbers in the Lynnville-Sully School District. Superintendent Shane Ehresman says the current count shows 510 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. That preliminary number represents an increase of 23 students from last year. A year ago…Lynnville-Sully gained over a dozen students. The District relies heavily on open enrollment. Superintendent Ehresman says they typically gain about 80 students each year from neighboring districts, while only losing about 35 children to other schools.

October 2nd is the official enrollment certification date. The number of students on that day determines how much state funding a school district receives next school year. Each student brings in 6-thousand 664-dollars of state aid.

LSCEF awards nearly $5,000 in teacher grants (Hometown Press article)

posted May 14, 2017, 7:45 PM by Shane Ehresman


LSCEF awards nearly $5,000 in teacher grants

For the fourth consecutive year, the Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF) awarded thousands of dollars to deserving teachers. The nearly $5,000 awarded in 2017 will fund a variety of special items and projects ranging from a 3D printer to physical education supplies.

LSCEF Director Kyra Smith notes a subcommittee of five people from the LSCEF Board of Directors read and scored all grant applications. Seven projects will be fully funded by the 2017 grants, and two will be partially funded.

“We are very thankful for the donations of businesses and individuals who see this program as valuable and have helped us to continue awarding $5,000 in grants the last four years,” said Smith.

Mrs. Lisa Martin, second-grade teacher, expressed her appreciation for the grants, “I am thrilled to receive a teacher grant to be used for purchasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) materials for our second-grade classrooms. It is exciting to be able to purchase the materials needed to help create the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators."

2017 Teacher Grant Uses

  • Enhance family and consumer science learning opportunities
  • Engage at-risk readers
  • Welding gloves and helmets
  • P.E. supplies
  • 3D printer
  • Photography project
  • STEM supplies
  • Summer reading book fair

Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation (LSCEF) Spring 2017 Newsletter

posted May 4, 2017, 7:24 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

To view the LSCEF Spring 2017 newsletter, click HERE

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