Lion Tracks: Back-to-School Edition

Issue 37 • Summer 2021 • Published Annually

Editor's Note: In an effort to get the most important information to you in a timely manner, Lion Tracks has been split into two editions: registration and back-to-school.

Students Report Back on Tuesday, August 24

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Please remember students may not enter the building before 7:45 a.m.

Students in grades K-4 will report to their teacher's classroom, while students in grades 5-8 will report to their homeroom. Students in grades 9-12 will report to the high school auditorium.

Our TK program runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Their first day of school is Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

School Start & Dismissal Times

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, school starts at 8:10 a.m. and is dismissed at 3:15 p.m. On Wednesdays, school starts at 8:10 a.m. and is dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

4-Year-Old Preschool

The first day of classes for 4-year-old preschool is Tuesday, September 7. The morning session runs from 8:15 to 11 a.m., and the afternoon session is from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Click Here for TK-8 School Supply Lists

When you click this button, you will be redirected to the Central Lyon website and the 2021-22 School Supply Lists. The information can be found at > Parent Info > School Supplies.

Greetings Central Lyon Students, Families from the Superintendent

Teachers and staff members are busy preparing to welcome students back to school on Tuesday, August 24. If you haven’t reserved the evening of Monday, August 23 from 5:00-7:00 on your family’s calendar, please do so, as Central Lyon's teachers will host an open house for students in grades TK-12.

Student Achievement

While analyzing student achievement this summer, I’m proud to report our students performed very well on last spring’s Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). While I was concerned about potential “learning loss” due to the impacts of COVID-19, I was pleased to learn Central Lyon students scored at higher rates of proficiency in 2021 than when they last took the tests in 2019. When compared to other students in other Iowa schools, Central Lyon students performed at a significantly higher rate in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics than their peers. I tip my cap to our students, teachers, and families for prioritizing learning while we were forced to distance learn in the spring of 2020 and for overcoming the unprecedented challenges throughout the 2020-21 school year.

COVID-19 Update

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a reality for our community, state, and country – the Iowa Department of Education along with the Iowa Department of Public Health have not made any changes to the health and safety protocols since last school year concluded. This means students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home from school until it is safe for their return. However, students and staff who may have been in close contact will NOT need to quarantine or isolate. Rather, families will be informed if their student has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive and will be allowed to make their own decision whether their student will attend school in-person or learn from home. Additionally, students will NOT be required to wear a face mask while at school. However, I would strongly encourage students who have not been vaccinated to give strong consideration to wearing a face mask while at school and school sponsored activities.

Building Updates

If you have driven past the school in the last week you have noticed that we’ve removed multiple ash trees due to infestation by the emerald ash borer. While we’re sad to see these trees removed, we plan to re-plant mature trees later this fall once the summer heat has subsided. Inside the building, the buildings and grounds staff members have been busy preparing classrooms for students. New LED lights now brighten high school classrooms, hallways, and the competition gym; and thanks to our technology department, PS-6th grade classrooms have new SMARTBoards that will allow teachers to develop interactive lessons for students.

See you August 24!

With the start of fall activities this past week, my excitement for the first day of school grows daily. If you should have any questions about the start of the school year, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

Onward Lions,

Brent Jorth, Superintendent

Open House

Monday, Aug. 23rd, 5-7pm

1010 South Greene Street

Rock Rapids, IA

Students and parents in TK through 12 grade may meet their teachers, find their locker, and bring their school supplies to their classrooms.

A separate preschool open house is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 2.

A Note from Elementary Principal Steve Harman

What an awesome summer break it has been! Not only was it a time to reset mentally and gear up for the upcoming school year, but also start the feeling of normalcy as Lyon County starts to regain momentum against the COVID-19 Pandemic. I truly enjoyed watching students return to a summer of exploration and time to just be a kid.

First Day of School

The first day of school for students in K-6 is Tuesday, August 24. TK will start on Wednesday, August 25. Preschool students will start on Tuesday, September 7. Please remember our doors do not open to students until 7:45 a.m. Student's are not allowed in classrooms until after 8:00 a.m. On the first day of school, students in grades K-4 should report to their classroom and students in 5-6 should report to their homeroom by the start of the school day.

New for 2021-22

A new science curriculum has been purchased and implementation will occur during the school year. This rigorous curriculum will allow students to reflect and grow in new ways. Teachers also have new Smartboards in their classrooms. These updated technology pieces will allow classroom instruction to reach new heights of student engagement and participation. Both highlights will bring on a school year with greater student learning opportunities.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Students and staff will continue to utilize PBIS to maintain their focus on learning. This behavioral model ensures each student is taught age-appropriate expectations for behavior while at school. Teachers and staff members model and reinforce the expectations throughout the school year, and provide individualized interventions based-upon the needs of each student. Each staff member, including myself, is dedicated to taking the necessary steps both in and outside the classroom, so learning is achievable for every student who attends Central Lyon. More on this program can be found in the Student Handbook.

I am truly excited for the new school year. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help out your student with learning.

Mr. Harman, PS-6 Principal

Welcome To Our New Teachers!

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L to R: McKayla Kramer, kindergarten, Brittany Kuiper, transitional kindergarten. Jared DeBey, 6th grade technology, Travis Schipper, 7-8 Social Studies, and Karlee Kuyvenhoven, 9-12 Spanish.

Not pictured: kindergarten teacher Paige Metzger has moved to 4th grade; 4th grade teacher Jill Pytleski has moved back to 2nd grade; 3rd grade teacher Linnie Ditsworth has moved to 7-8 English; and Sam Kruse, 6th grade technology, will now teach 7-8 technology as well as K-12 ELL.

Secondary Principal Jason Engleman Highlights the Coming Year

Welcome Back

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I begin the process of welcoming you, the students and families, back to Central Lyon for the 2021-2022 school year. I hope your summer has been nothing short of amazing, spending time doing the many things that bring you joy and finding time to relax and reflect on the many great experiences and opportunities we have with our family and friends. With that said, the following information will serve as reminders and highlights to what we have planned for the beginning of our school year.

Dates/Events to Remember

Monday, August 23 TK-12 Open House 5:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Please stop in and feel free to drop off school supplies in lockers, talk with teachers, say “hello” to your principal, drop off medication, etc. -- anything to alleviate potential anxiety that comes with the first day of school.
  • “Highly” Recommended – All 7th Grade students and at least 1 parent representative per student attend our open house meeting in the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m. *Those that attend will be presented with technology information that will expedite your child’s use of a school-issued computer.
  • Recommended – All 9th Grade students will have the opportunity from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to take a tour of the high school and meet staff with a student guide. *Student tour guides will be in the high school commons.

First Day of School

Doors will open at 7:45 a.m., with the school day officially starting at 8:13 a.m.

  • Students in grades 9-12 will meet in the high school auditorium to start their day
  • Students in grades 7-8 will begin their day in their homeroom (1st scheduled class)

First Practices for 7th & 8th Grade Fall Sports

  • Football -Monday, August 23 @ 3:15 p.m.: Team Meeting & Equipment Handout
  • Volleyball -Tuesday, August 24 @ 3:15 p.m.: Team Meeting
  • Cross Country – Tuesday, August 24 @ 3:15 p.m.: Optional Practice / Wednesday, August 25th @ 3:15 p.m.: First Practice

The Upcoming School Year

The Central Lyon administration and staff are proud to once again be offering a top-notch education and holistic learning experiences and opportunities to our students. With a tradition of academic and extra-curricular success, our staff is positioned to continue to promote life-long learning and help our students achieve at high levels. With local community partnerships and support from our families and district stakeholders, the 2021-2022 school year should be an exciting journey!

High School – At the high school level our students will be exposed to engaging material and applicable learning experiences that will set the tone for not only success in high school but long-term success following graduation. From building a house, solving complex math equations, discussing and examining famous literary pieces, learning a foreign language, performing on-stage, working alongside professionals in the community, and a host of other learning ventures all while using high-quality technology equipment and programs; student talents will be cultivated and supported by our devoted and hard-working staff. As a building, we will continue to utilize CANVAS as our Learning Management System (LMS), I encourage students and families to check that resource often for grade updates, announcements, and a host of other relevant classroom information. We will continue to promote and emphasize student attendance, student responsibility, and involvement. We will once again prioritize student safety and find ways to build student confidence and achievement.

7th & 8th Grade – Along with several staffing changes in our junior high wing, the 7th & 8th-grade student schedules will be altered this year as they will reflect more of a junior high model as opposed to our traditional middle school scheduling. What does this mean? Students will no longer be in the same section, with the same students throughout the year. For several reasons our staff believes that students will benefit from an individual schedule that will allow our students to move more freely throughout the day, experiencing different classmates as the day and year progresses. Our 7th & 8th grade students will be in year two of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) implementation as we continue to teach and model the appropriate behavior expectations and procedures. This program helps our staff identify shortfalls in our behavior management practices and keeps our focus on identifying positive behaviors students exhibit while providing support to students on a personalized level. Once again, CANVAS will be our one-stop shop for students and parents to obtain grade updates and classroom information. Student safety, both physical and emotional, will remain of great importance to us at this level while students are developing new friendships and refining old ones as their interests and talents become more apparent.

Let’s Have a Great Year

I am excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year with all of you, it will be a great year. Enjoy the rest of your summer break and as always, GO LIONS!!!!

Mr. Engleman, 7-12 Principal

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On the Central Lyon Website

The Central Lyon website,, contains a lot of information and resources.

The Health & Wellness section houses information related to health policies and requirements, along with required forms and requirements, such as:

  • Health Registration Form
  • Medication Authorization Form
  • Athletic Physical and Concussion forms

The Parent Info section holds information related to:

  • Annual Notices
  • Handbooks
  • Inclement Weather procedures
  • School meals and their related programs
  • Transportation routes

Welcome Back from Central Lyon's School Board President

Although summer is coming to an end, late August is my favorite time of year to be on campus. Our staff and students return, our buildings fill with energy, and Central Lyon once again becomes the epicenter of our community. This time of year can be one of mixed emotions for everyone. Little ones will be leaving mom and dad for the first time to begin their academic journey, while our seniors will experience their last “first day of school” as students at Central Lyon.

The beginning of the school year is a great opportunity to remind some and introduce others to our district’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals. These statements define who we are as a district and help guide the School Board as we make decisions around the Board table:

Mission: To provide an education and the opportunity for all students to become productive, life-long learners.

Vision: Excellence. Integrity. Empowered.

Core Values & Collective Commitments:

  • Exhibit servant leadership & character.
  • Make & honor collaborative decisions.
  • Communicate openly, honestly, & frequently.
  • Be transparent but respectful of privacy.
  • Model respect & advocate equity for all.

District Goals:

  1. Safeguard the health, safety, & wellbeing of our students, staff, & community.
  2. Empower students.
  3. Empower staff.
  4. Empower families & the community (in development).
  5. Ensure financial health.
  6. Develop world-class facilities & infrastructure.

At the beginning of the last school year, the School Board committed to continuously review our district goals via work-sessions that are scheduled throughout the year. In general, these work sessions are held every-other month and occur right after the regular monthly Board meeting. These work sessions provide the Board an opportunity to work together to ensure Central Lyon continues to move forward in the desired direction, while at the same time allowing us to identify and make course corrections when needed. For example, the Board recently held a work session to refine our Mission Statement and District Goal No 4 – Empower Families & the Community. You can expect the Board to formally adopt those improvements soon.

Wishing all of our families a 2021-2022 school year full of good health and exceptional learning. Let’s make it happen together!

Andy Koob, School Board President

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Central Lyon Community School District

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It is the policy of the Central Lyon Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the Superintendent, Central Lyon CSD, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246, (712) 472 2664,