District Newsletter

Lynnville-Sully Schools - May 20, 2020

Message from Shane Ehresman, Superintendent

Lynnville-Sully Families,

Last Day of Curbside “Grab and Go” Students Meals on Wednesday, May 27 (3 lunches and 2 breakfasts). No meals on Monday, May 25th due to Memorial Day.

We strongly encourage all families to complete the district's Google form each week as accurate numbers help us plan and prepare meals.

Curbside “Grab and Go” Free Student Meal Drop Off Locations on Wednesday:

  • 10:30 am – 10:50 am: Searsboro Fire Department
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am: Lynnville Ballpark Parking Lot
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Lynnville-Sully Elementary/MS Parent Drive Up Lane

2019-2020 End of Year Student Checkout Information


Middle School

High School

Lynnville-Sully Hawks - Flashback in Time

Even though Lynnville-Sully does not have sports due to COVID-19, we are highlighting some of the best games in Lynnville-Sully history. One game from multiple sports will be shown each week in a segment we call: Flashback in Time. NOTE: The games highlighted on Flashback in Time are not ranked by order of importance.

This week, the 1986 state championship football game in UNI-Dome against Britt will be shown on the following link below. The Hawks defeated Britt 12-7 to win Lynnville-Sully’s first team state championship. Click on the following link to watch the game: https://youtu.be/P4K1_tfTxTE

Season Record: 12-0

Head Coach: Emory Stewart Assistant Coaches: Kevin Dane & David Walkup

Players: Brad De Jong, Jamie Snodgrass, Jamie Dunsbergen, Mark James, Kirk Maasdam, Will James, David Foerster, Adam Sharp, Steve Scull, Jay Phipps, Scott Vande Krol, Curtis James, Troy Vander Leest, Tim Jansen, Joel Jansen, Darin De Goey, Kirby Scull, Scott Dunsbergen, Jon Rozendaal, Jason Maasdam, Ken Van Der Pol, Chris Hoffstetter, Dustin Hendricks, Kirk Van Der Kamp, Larry Maasdam, Tim Gray, Brent Van Ee, Corey Jansen, Brad Van Ee, Mike Vanderpol, Scott Van Waardhuizen, Curtis Dieleman

Prom & Graduation Options

Junior/Senior Prom

  • June Date: June 20 (Final decision to hold June Prom will be June 6)
  • July Date: July 17 (Final decision to hold July Prom will be July 3)

*If social distancing guidelines have not been lifted by July 3rd, the school will not host a prom.

Graduation Ceremony

  • June Date: June 27 (Final decision to hold June Graduation will be June 13)
  • July Date: July 18 (Final decision to hold July Graduation will be July 4)

*If social distancing guidelines have not been lifted by July 4th, a drive in/parade style ceremony will be held and more information will be distributed to Senior students and families.

Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities until the Last Day of School (May 29)

Lynnville-Sully students will continue to operate under a Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities model. Students will receive guidance and feedback from teachers. Lynnville-Sully weekly online resources may be found on the front page of the school district website or at the following link: http://www.lshawks.org/at-home-resources

Summer Sports Return to Iowa High Schools

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday (May 20) that summer athletic seasons may be conducted for high school baseball and softball following a two-month activities suspension due to COVID-19.

The school district plans to read Iowa Department of Education guidance and provide more direction regarding summer learning, baseball/softball, and use of school facilities for summer camps/strength training.

The announcement approved the reopening of school facilities and the start of practices for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association sanctioned summer sports starting on Monday, June 1. Per the Iowa Department of Education, first contests may occur as early as Monday, June 15 and fans will be permitted at games.

The IGHSAU Board of Directors and the IHSAA Board of Control met after the announcement and both groups voted to approve resuming the 2020 summer seasons under Iowa Department of Education guidelines.

Member schools are to follow reopening guidance entitled “Summer Sports” and “Use of School Facilities” as supplied by the Iowa Department of Education, with recommendations based on conversations with the IGHSAU, IHSAA, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the governor’s office. Dr. Ann Lebo, executive director of the Iowa Department of Education and member of the IHSAA Board of Control, is expected to join Gov. Reynolds at the daily briefing on Thursday.

The IGHSAU and IHSAA plan to issue further sport-specific guidance and FAQ lists early next week. Both organizations currently plan to conduct their state tournaments at their previously announced venues, with IGHSAU softball at Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge and IHSAA baseball at Principal Park in Des Moines.

Per guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, coach-athlete contact for all in-person, out-of-season sports is suspended until July 1.

If you have questions or comments about the Lynnville-Sully Community School District, please contact me at 641-594-4445 extension 103, send an email to: ehresman@lshawks.com or drop a note to: Shane Ehresman, Lynnville-Sully Schools, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251.

Shane Ehresman, Superintendent

Health Message from Justine Wyma, School Nurse

Dear Lynnville-Sully Families,

There are three aspects to my weekly letter this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Iowa’s reopening, health safety recommendations, & facemasks:

Iowa is opening, and hopefully this is a solid sign for normalcy in the near future. As we experience more businesses and organizations reopening, there remains a serious health risk to many children and adults because COVID-19 spreads from person to person. Staying home and physical distancing is still the best way to protect your family from COVID-19. It is hard for some children to understand and remember the reasoning to avoid touching other people or shared items. Children and adults who are sick (fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, or vomiting) should not leave home.

As people venture outside of their homes, the IDPH and CDC have some recommendations. For essential outings with larger gatherings, they recommend wearing a mask or cloth covering your face and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Data has shown that many people have tested positive for COVID-19 without any symptoms. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the virus through the spray of spit or respiratory droplets.

There is a proper way to wear a mask. It should cover the face securely over the nose and mouth and stretch from ear to ear. Remember to wash your hands before and after you wear it. Avoid touching it once it is on your face. The safest way to remove a mask is to avoid touching the front of it and remove it from behind the covering to avoid potential harmful germs. Masks should never be worn when eating or drinking.

Facemask reminders:

  • Children under the age of 2 years should NOT wear any cloth face coverings.
  • Places where children should wear masks include places where they may not be able to avoid 6 feet distance from others, doctor’s office, pharmacy, or grocery store.
  • Children should not wear a mask at home, assuming no one is quarantined for COVID.
  • Children should avoid a mask outside playing if they can avoid touching surfaces such as toys (football, baseball), water fountains, trampoline, or playground equipment.
  • Masks are a possible choking or strangulation hazard for any child.
  • Wearing a facemask can cause your child to touch their face more frequently than not wearing it. Experts advise frequent reminders and good hand washing techniques.
  • Facemasks should be washed after each time they are worn.

One of the biggest challenges with children wearing a mask relates to them ‘feeling different’ or stereotyping them as being sick. As more people wear face coverings, children will get used to them and not feel singled out or strange about wearing them.

Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and physicians were heartened to hear that this disease was sparing children. The majority of pediatric cases had mild, moderate or even asymptomatic symptoms. On May 14, the CDC issued a health advisory outlining a case definition and recommending that health care providers report cases to local and state health departments. Infectious disease experts want to inform parents about the new link between MIS-C and the coronavirus (COVID-19).

I want to share some information about the ‘new’ illness. With the new connection, it is unsure who is most at risk for this illness. Scientists around the world are working hard to understand this syndrome and how best to treat it.

MIS-C has been compared to another rare childhood condition, Kawasaki Disease, because it shares some of the same symptoms but experts identify a clear difference between the two. Symptoms to report are: any fever last more than 24 hours, abdominal pain/diarrhea/vomiting, rashes/changes in skin color, pealing skin, difficulty with breathing, any excessive sleepiness/confusion. IF you have concerns, inform your pediatrician if your child tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus. The physician will instruct you to take your child to their office or go to the ED.

The best way to protect your child is to call your pediatrician if you have any concerns. Everyone at the IDPH and CDC is watching this very carefully and trying to learn all they can. Experts want parents to be vigilant but reassured that most children are not affected by the coronavirus. While MIS-C is frightening, the physicians at the American Academy of Pediatrics want to reassure parents that this condition is still very rare.

Hand washing

How many times have you and your child washed your hands today? You may have not thought about it. It is either part of your routine and done frequently without thinking, or maybe not much at all. Please remember hand washing may be the single most important act you and your child have for disease prevention year round.

Dental Care – iSmile resources

The great people at iSmiles provided some activities for our students in promoting healthy mouth and teeth.


What Causes Cavities?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGoBFU1q4g0

Cavities - The Dr. Binocs Show- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZHYQ6f1BhU


Sugar Bugs Clothespin Game: https://therapyfunzone.net/blog/sugar-bugs-clothespin-game/


Healthy Bug recipes - https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/bug-theme-healthy-snacks-kids.html

DANCE A LONG – Sugar Bug Songs






Have a blessed Memorial Weekend! Stay well!

GO Hawks!

Justine Wyma, MSN, RN, CLNC