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Snow Make-Up Day on Monday, February 19, 2018

posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:29 PM by Shane Ehresman

Due to inclement weather on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Lynnville-Sully was unable to have school.
We will make-up the school day on Monday, February 19, 2018.  

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

posted Jan 11, 2018, 5:53 PM by Shane Ehresman

To view LSCEF Fall 2017 Newsletter, click HERE

To view LSCEF Fall 2017 Newsletter insert, click HERE

Niche Website Ranks Lynnville-Sully #1 School District in Jasper County

posted Jan 4, 2018, 11:41 AM by Shane Ehresman   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 8:03 PM ]

2018 Best School Districts in Jasper County - Lynnville-Sully ranked #1
  • To view Jasper County School District results on the Niche website, click HERE

The 2018 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  • To view Niche home page, click HERE
    • Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.

L-S makes the grade on Iowa Report Card: Schools in top 3% statewide (Newton Daily News article)

posted Dec 29, 2017, 5:53 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated Dec 29, 2017, 5:54 PM ]


 

By David Dolmage Newton Daily News

December 29, 2017    10:16 am

URL: http://www.newtondailynews.com/2017/12/28/l-s-makes-the-grade-on-iowa-report-card/asvwh6p/


The state’s department of education has released its annual report, a tool used to grade Iowa’s schools, and the Lynnville-Sully school district has made the grade once again.

Both the high school as well as the middle school were rated exceptional by the report card, with both schools ranked in the top three percent of all Iowa schools. Lynnville-Sully Superintendent Shane Ehresman said he’s pleased to see the rankings and was quick to point out it’s a top to bottom effort that’s made the district stand out.

“We have an outstanding student body, a strong, committed staff, and a very supportive community,” Ehresman said.

Ehresman said the rankings weren’t much of a surprise, the scores are heavily influenced by state assessment scores, and when those came back this spring Ehresman said he was confident district would do well when the report card was released. The Iowa School Report Card, which was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates public schools on some measures of achievement. They include 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.

Statewide only 20 percent of schools surveyed showed improvement from previous scores, with slightly more than half showing no change, and the remaining schools showing a drop in scores. In a press release, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said education needs to remain a priority in the state.

“These results reinforce the need to continue moving forward with the bold education initiatives Iowa has put in place to strengthen instruction and prepare students for success in high school and beyond,” Wise said. “It’s encouraging that we’ve made significant progress statewide in improving the reading skills of children in kindergarten through third grade, as shown on early literacy screening assessments given three times a year

Each school building’s performance is based over a two-year period, the report card assigns one of six ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority. The middle school received an exceptional rating for the second year in a row, scoring the highest of all schools surveyed statewide, with 73.5 points. The high school was also ranked exceptional for the third year in a row, with a score of 75.1 points. Ehresman said the district uses an analytical method to track student progress, which allows the school to make sure students are on the right track. Teachers at the middle school have been using the method to track students for more than a decade, and for Ehresman, the proof is in the pudding.

“I’d liken it to the medical field, if you went to a doctor, they would run a battery of test on you instead of just making a gut-level decision,” Ehresman said. “We want to build data-driven assessments and tests and then make a decision. We actually have the data to drive our decisions.”

Ehresman said the district is planning to hold several assemblies to celebrate the accomplishment next year. Promising that staff at Lynnville-Sully wouldn’t rest on their laurels Ehresman said the district wants to continue to focus on making sure every student not only graduates but receives the best education possible.

“Parents in our district are elated to see our school achieve at a high level. I think people are really happy that we’re at that level, and people want to see us stay at that level,” Ehresman said. “We want to make sure we’re continually improving.”

Contact David Dolmage at 641-792-3121 ext. 6532 or ddolmage@newtondailynews.com

Employment Opportunities - Updated 12-27-17

posted Dec 27, 2017, 5:40 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

To view Lynnville-Sully Job Application, click HERE

 

High School Special Education Teacher: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a High School Special Education Teacher for 2018-2017. Start Date: August 15, 2018. Candidates must have or willing to obtain K-12 Instructional Strategist II: LD/BD certification.  Application deadline: January 17, 2018.  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: www.lshawks.org  Electronic materials may be directed to: ehresman@lshawks.com


Part-Time Evening Custodian: The Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a part-time evening custodian for 2017-2018 and beyond. Work will be 210 days (two weeks before school starts and two weeks after school ends); Monday – Friday from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm (25 hours per week).  Hourly Rate: $11.00.  Custodian will concentrate on cleaning bathrooms and locker rooms. Application deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Start Date: ASAP.  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


Head Varsity Baseball Coach: Lynnville-Sully Community School District seeks a Head Varsity Baseball Coach for the 2018 season and beyond. Candidates must have a valid coaching authorization or #101 Athletic Coach (K-12) endorsement. Coaching Stipend: $3,340. Season begins April 30, 2018 and ends July 28, 2018. Application Deadline: January 17, 2018. 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 achieves consecutive exceptional report card rankings (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 22, 2017, 4:18 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

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.

KGRN/KCOB Radio Story: Lynnville-Sully Earns Two “Exceptional” Ratings On New State School Report Card And One “Needs Improvement” Ranking

posted Dec 15, 2017, 9:18 AM by webmaster@lshawks.org

December 15, 2017

Lynnville-Sully was the only school district in Jasper County to receive an “Exceptional” rating in the 2017 School Report Card report from the Iowa Department of Education. In fact…the District received two of the highest ratings possible. Superintendent Shane Ehresman.

Superintendent Ehresman credits the staff and the entire Lynnville-Sully community for the achievement.

The State Department of Education believes the district has work to do at the elementary level. Lynnville-Sully elementary was rated “Commendable” last year. This year the school was identified as “Needs Improvement”. Superintendent Ehresman explains what’s behind part of the drop.

Ehresman notes the elementary staff has been working on this for several months now.

All three Lynnville-Sully schools had overall scores on the report card that were lower than last year. The High School score this year was 75.1, compared to 77.1 a year ago. The Middle School dropped from 76.5 last year, to 73.5 this year. This year’s elementary score is 57.2….down from 69.3.

High School Silver Cord Commendation Program Article (KGRN Radio)

posted Nov 10, 2017, 4:23 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

The Lynnville-Sully School District is for the first time offering the Silver Cord Commendation Program.

Lynnville-Sully Superintendent Shane Ehresman says volunteer work presents a great opportunity for students to prepare for their future, as well as to improve the Lynnville-Sully Community School District and surrounding areas.

To learn more, click on the following links:

KGRN Radio Article Link: http://www.myiowainfo.com/2017/11/08/lynnville-sully-school-offering-silver-cord-commendation-program/

Lynnville-Sully School District Silver Cord Link: http://www.lshawks.org/hs-silver-cord-service-commendation



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.


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