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Ag Day educates and entertains (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:43 PM by

Ag Day educates and entertains

Ag day kicked off on a warm Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4, with the L-S FFA Chapter giving fifth graders an opportunity to experience a taste of the farm in the high school parking lot.

Approximately 40 FFA members led stations that were set up with farm-related topics to educate the students. The fifth graders were split into groups of three with one FFA member who led them from station to station. Stations provided education and stressed the importance of safety and operation among horses (Taylor Maasdam, Mariah and Meleisha Vos, Mary Kate Shaver); cattle (McKinley Conover, Ty Breeden); small animals (Tessa Van Maanen, Emily Van Gorp); sheep/goats (Haley Breeden, Kiley Essen, Corbin James, Rylan James); hogs (Mason Dunsbergen); dogs (Christine Nikkel, Payton Van Wyk, Kodie Waggoner); grain (Dane Fuchs, Clay Roorda, Blaize Kuhlmann); ATVs (Brett Maasdam, Garrett Cordes, Malachi Foster); chainsaws; Power Take-Off shaft (PTO: Garret Cross, Kole Kinion, Holden Jansen); and semis (Daphne and Dalton Hackert and their father, Steve).

Fifth-grader Summer Hackert said, “I liked that we got to take the reins and steer the horses side to side, and I learned how to stop them. Also, seeing my dad there with his semi was really cool, and my classmates got to see what my dad does for his job.”

A final highlight of the day was the ag olympics competition that featured agriculture-based obstacles and games that challenged the children. The winning team with the best score won a trophy.

What is the purpose of Ag Day? L-S Ag teacher and FFA advisor Mr. Brent Lowry responded, “Ag Day is a chance for FFA members to explain what they have learned about an area of agriculture in which they are interested. We present to the entire fifth grade every year as a way to try to catch every elementary student at some point in their education and give our high school members a target audience. The short presentations can be aimed at a variety of topics including safety issues, skills learned, experiences with an area of agriculture or agricultural careers.”

Boys Basketball Clinic - Grade 1 - 6 on Oct. 28, Nov. 4, & Nov. 11

posted Oct 10, 2017, 6:18 PM by

The L-S High School boys coaching staff and volunteer coaches plan to put on a basketball clinic for boys in grades 1st through 6th. The clinic is going to consist of 3 Saturday mornings (October 28November 4, & November 11). This is a free clinic. No registration is required. We hope to see your son on October 28. Send me an email or give me a call at 515-238-1819 if you have any questions.  

To view basketball clinic handout, click HERE

Nick Harthoorn
Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

Sixth graders explore waterless Mariposa (Hometown Press article)

posted Oct 10, 2017, 6:17 PM by

Lynnville Heart of Worship held last Fifth Quarter Friday (Hometown Press)

posted Oct 10, 2017, 6:16 PM by

Parent/Teacher Conference Preference Form

posted Oct 5, 2017, 11:43 AM by Judy Nikkel

Lynnville-Sully Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 30th and Thursday, November 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  Please follow the link below and answer the questions to help us create a schedule that best meets your needs.  Your timely feedback is appreciated.  Please fill out the form by Monday, October 9th.  Thank you!

Lynnville-Sully Youth Sports Volunteering Opportunity

posted Sep 22, 2017, 7:44 AM by

Lynnville-Sully Youth Sports Committee is looking for men and women interested in joining our board this fall.  Lynnville-Sully Youth Sports is a non-profit organization established to help promote teamwork and dedication while creating a learning environment that is fun and rewarding to our youth in the local community.  We are a committee based organization administrating sports sign-ups, schedules and fundraising as well as working with players and parents to help ensure an enjoyable experience for all. We strive to exemplify good sportsmanship, positive teamwork, confidence building and FUN!

If this mission resonates with you, and you have a hear of local youth, a passion for sports and are interested in joining our committee please contact Ryan McFarland via email at

Thank you for considering!

Ryan McFarland
L-S Youth Sports

L-S staff attends reading development training (Hometown Press article)

posted Jul 7, 2017, 10:30 PM by Shane Ehresman

The elementary staff at Lynnville-Sully School participated in two days of reading professional development June 26-27 in Denise Brillhart's room. The focus of the training was on Path to Reading Excellence in School Site (PRESS).

“It’s pretty amazing to get almost the entire staff here for two days to get a jumpstart on the 2017-18 year,” said Teri Bowlin, L-S PreK-8 Principal. “Talk about a committed group of educators!”

The teachers reviewed their students' data for the students they will be teaching in the 2017-18 school year. Lynnville-Sully’s reading specialist from Heartland AEA, Janelle Thompson, and professional learning and leadership consultant, Kelly Schloss, led the training.

Path to Reading Excellence in School Site (PRESS) is a framework that structures literacy achievement in grades K-5 within a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RtI) context. The primary goal of PRESS is to work with teachers and administrators to establish school-based systems and practices for all K-5 students to become capable readers.

Pack the Stands recognizes L-S Athletic Boosters, Little League players (Hometown Press article)

posted Jun 30, 2017, 1:12 PM by Shane Ehresman

Pack the Stands at Lynnville-Sully was more than just a night of free admittance to the JV/varsity softball and baseball games. It was a night to recognize the L-S Athletic Boosters members and those who continually support the Hawk student-athletes. The Boosters play a vital role in L-S athletics by contributing money toward facilities, equipment, uniforms, weight room support, and team camps.

Front to back, Jett Kramer, Jaxson Merten, and Gavin Fisk run through the tunnel of high school players giving them high-fives at Pack the Stands night.

Pack the Stands was also a night of recognizing the area baseball and softball players in L-S Youth Sports’ rookie, minor, and major divisions. Between the varsity and JV games on their respective fields, the youth players were able to soak up their time in the spotlight on the “big fields.” The up-and-coming athletes were all smiles as they were greeted with a tunnel of high-fives from the varsity players.

The evening drew quite a crowd and was the first of its kind hosted by the L-S Athletic Boosters.

Middle schoolers experience the Nation’s Capital (Hometown Press article)

posted Jun 25, 2017, 8:27 PM by

Middle schoolers experience the Nation’s Capital

After over a year of fundraising efforts, including selling the World’s Finest Chocolate, spreading mulch for the Garden Thyme Club, holding a bake sale, and bussing tables at Pizza Ranch, a group of 20 seventh- and eighth-grade Lynnville-Sully students embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C.

The students, along with teachers Mike Parkinson and Brad Bowlin and seven parents, met at the school very early on Tuesday morning, June 6. They were taken by charter bus to Des Moines, where they flew to Detroit, and then on to the nation’s capital city, arriving around 1 p.m. Eastern time. This was Parkinson’s fourth trip he’s organized and went on with students. Along with the fundraisers, the trip was also made possible by local generous people who made this possible.

Part of the radio tower on the World Trade Center that came down on 9/11, on display at the Newseum.

Students Jaden Brand and Owen Norrish look for names at the Vietnam Memorial.

L-S Middle School students visited with Sen. Charles Grassley on the steps of the Capitol on June 8. This year’s group included from left: First row, Grace Fuchs, Laci Keen, Jaden Brand, Bryar Hill, Caitlin Alberts, Gage Elscott, Jack Conn, Braden Alberts; second row, Brandon Graham, Elana Newell, Ellie Dunsbergen, Dakotah Bokhoven, Luke Kramer, Logan Allbee, Cameron Van Wyk, Matthew Winters; third row, Kynlee James, Owen Norrish, Brady Sassman, Hunter McCoy; fourth row, Sen. Grassley, Mike Parkinson, Brad Bowlin, Patricia Riemenschneider, Brenda Newell, Heather James, John Kramer, Lynn Dunsbergen, Jennifer Kramer, and Jamie Keen.

Eighth-grader Brandon Graham wore his Boy Scout uniform out of respect for those buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

“We hold our trip every two years, and I took my first group back in 2011 when I was teaching at Woodward-Granger. We started here in 2013 and have had trips in 2015 and now in 2017. I plan to continue to offer a trip as long as we have enough interest,” said Parkinson, who will move into the high school social studies position this coming school year.

Parkinson said their tour company, World Strides, is “without a doubt, the leading tour company for this trip.”

“In 2010, I received a phone call from World Strides from a referring teacher,” explained Parkinson. “I researched the company, talked to other teachers, and gave them a shot. We had 11 people go the first year, and at L-S we've had 30, 32, and 29 go in the years following. It's been a great trip! When you go to D.C., you see a lot of students traveling with World Strides. They arrange everything – the flights, bus, tours, tour guide, hotel, accommodations, and so much more. They are great to work with.”

The group of 29 stayed at the Hilton in Gaithersburg, MD, and were blessed with fantastic weather.

“We usually stay a little outside of D.C., since it helps with the cost of the trip, and it gives us a little time to chat and relax after a long, fun day,” Parkinson said. “While in D.C., the weather was gorgeous. It was upper 60s and lower 70s mostly. Friday was the warmest, around 80, but it was the best weather I've ever experienced in D.C.”

Upon their arrival in D.C., the group first visited the Air and Space Smithsonian Museum. Then they headed to the National Archives to see the three major documents in U.S. History: The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. To end their first night in the nation’s capital, the group visited a few monuments, including the WWII Memorial, which was especially moving as it happened to be D-Day.

On Wednesday, day two, the group started the day with breakfast at the Hard Rock Café, followed by a tour of Ford’s Theater, and then a visit to the Vietnam/Korean Memorial.

“My favorite part of the trip was seeing the Vietnam Memorial,” said seventh-grader Jack Conn. “It really made me think about the ultimate sacrifice these soldiers made for our country.”

After seeing this memorial, the group headed to the highly-anticipated Holocaust Museum, where they were privileged to meet two Holocaust survivors.

“The kids really liked going to the Holocaust Museum,” said Parkinson. “Many of them have learned a lot about the Holocaust in middle school, and this was a chance to bring some of that learning to life. It's a very real learning experience and is obviously a serious one. I think our kids handled it really well.”

“The Holocaust Museum was my favorite thing to see,” added seventh-grader Owen Norrish.

“It was really fascinating, and I’m looking forward to learning more about it, as we’ll study it in-depth in eighth grade. This was my first time visiting Washington, D.C., but it won’t be my last!”

On Wednesday night, the group attended the U.S. Army’s “Twilight Tattoo,” a pageantry show covering the history of the country through music and military demonstrations. While there, they met and got acquainted with Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

“The ‘Twilight Tattoo’ show was my favorite part of the trip,” shared eighth-grader Caitlin Alberts, who enjoyed her first trip to Washington, D.C.“The modern-day call is known as ‘Tattoo’ and during basic training, the call signals the time to quiet down and hit the bunks. The people were dressed up in uniforms representative of that time.” She was also surprised at how close they were able to get to the White House.

The following day, the group met with two more big names in our government.

“On Thursday, we went to the U.S. Capitol where we met both Congress-man Dave Loebsack, District 2 Represen-tative (D-Iowa), and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa),” said Parkinson. “Both talked with us for about 10 minutes and then returned to working back in the Capitol. We then took a tour and visited the Senate Chambers and the Library of Congress.”

Grassley greeted the students on the steps of the Capitol and answered questions about his work for Iowans. Students were interested in Grassley’s duties as a senator and his role as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I enjoyed meeting with the Lynnville-Sully students,” Grassley said. “I appreciate the opportunity to speak with students and answer their questions.”

Other stops on Thursday included a trip to the Newseum, which portrays a unique take on U.S. history, from the perspective of the media.

“That afternoon we went to Arlington National Cemetery to pay our respects and watch the Changing of the Guard,” said Parkinson.

"I have gained so much more respect for the people that served our country as we visited the memorials and exhibits,” shared seventh-grader Kynlee James. “My favorite place to visit was Arlington National Cemetery because of Changing of the Guard."

Friday was the group’s final day in D.C.

“We started our day on Friday by touring Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington,” Parkinson said. “We spent several hours there, and when we returned to D.C. from Alexandria, we went to the American History and Natural History Smithsonian Museums. We flew home that night, with a stop in St. Louis, getting back pretty late, around 12:30 a.m., but the early mornings and late night were well worth the trip!”

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