District Newsletter

Lynnville-Sully Schools - April 7, 2021

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Message from Shane Ehresman, Superintendent

Lynnville-Sully Families,

Upcoming Dates

Friday, April 23 - 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development

Thursday, May 6 - 1:00 pm Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development

Last Day of School for Students

At the Monday, April 19 regular school board meeting, the school board will modify this year's school district calendar to reflect snow make-up days and last day of school for students. District communication will be distributed to families and staff on Tuesday, April 20.

Financially Healthy School District

A school district’s solvency ratio is one strong indicator of school district financial health. Solvency ratio is a snapshot point-in-time measure of the percentage of revenue remaining, assuming the district closed its doors on June 30 of the fiscal year, after gathering all the year’s revenue and paying all the year’s obligations. 15% - 20% is the targeted solvency ratio for a small school district and between 5% - 15% for larger districts. At the end of the last fiscal year (June 30), Lynnville-Sully had a 16.6% solvency ratio or $1,145,003 in the general fund.

Lynnville-Sully Students Earned Dual High School & Community College Credit for Courses

Iowa high school students earn community college credit at no cost because of supplemental weighting provided by the state’s school funding formula. Governor Reynolds: “In Iowa we have put a strong emphasis on dual enrollment because it helps students get a head start on college coursework while lowering the overall cost of higher education. There’s more work to do, but we continue to see the benefits of the strong partnerships that exist between business, industry, and educators as they help students attain the necessary education for a successful career and exciting future.”

  • Fall 2020 - 23 Lynnville-Sully 11th & 12th grade students took vocational classes at the DMACC Career Academy in Newton. Subject areas: Building Trades, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Occupations, Teacher Academy, and Welding.
  • 2020-2021 School Year - 28 Lynnville-Sully 11th and 12th grade students took DMACC online college classes. Listed are only a few of the over 30 different DMACC course titles our students enrolled in this year: U.S. History since 1877, Nutrition, Small Business Management, Astronomy, Environmental Science, Personal Finance, College Algebra, Principles of Microeconomics, Art Appreciation, Criminal Justice Report Writing.

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) begins April 13

Lynnville-Sully will be administering the ISASP April 13 - 16. Students in grades 3-11 will take one subject test each morning. All students will take tests in reading, math, language and writing. In addition, students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will take a science assessment on April 19. See guidance letter for parents below from building principals.

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April 7, 2021 Lynnville-Sully Data Analysis

At this time, our data indicates we will continue with face-to-face instruction.

On a daily basis, we monitor the county positivity rate, district student/staff attendance, and positive cases of COVID-19 (L-S instructional model considerations at bottom of newsletter).

  • K-12 Absence Rate: 2.2%
  • K-5 Absence Rate: 1.8% ------- Number of Positive COVID K-5 Student Cases: 0
  • 6-8 Absence Rate: 1.9% -------- Number of Positive COVID 6-8 Student Cases: 0
  • 9-12 Absence Rate: 3.0% ------ Number of Positive COVID 9-12 Student Cases: 0
  • Number of Positive COVID K-12 Staff Cases: 0
  • K-12 Students Quarantined: *Less than 6
  • K-12 Staff Quarantined: 0

* Due to confidentiality guidance, any level with less than six cases can not be identified to protect the identity of individual students or staff. Zeros may be shared with the public.

High School Winter Activities Academic Team Recognition

Team awards are based on 3rd quarter grades

Girls Basketball:

  • Grades 9-12 Team Grade Point Average: 3.704 - Distinguished Award

Wrestling Cheerleaders:

  • Grades 9-12 Team Grade Point Average: 3.569 - Distinguished Award

Basketball Cheerleaders:

  • Grades 9-12 Team Grade Point Average: 3.504 - Distinguished Award


  • Grades 9-12 Team Grade Point Average: 3.079 - Excellence Award

Boys Basketball:

  • Grades 9-12 Team Grade Point Average: 3.051 - Excellence Award

Spring Activity Guidelines

In response to the Governor’s Proclamation on March 5, 2021 and the recommendations made by the IGHSAU/IHSAA and the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Lynnville-Sully Community School District has adopted the following protocols for our Spring Activities hosted at Lynnville-Sully.

  • Masks: Masks are not required unless spectators are unable to social distance from other household units. Please have a mask with you to protect others. Coaches and athletes will be expected to wear masks at team camps and/or while around others until the time of the event.
  • Spectator Limits and Seating: There are no spectator limits. All spectators will be expected to follow state health guidelines regarding social distancing. According to the Governor’s proclamation, social distancing is defined as 6 feet of physical distance between each group of spectators. Spectators may bring lawn chairs to effectively social distance. *If you are sick or have been around someone who has been sick, please stay home.
  • Activities Fee: The cost to enter a Lynnville-Sully high school track meet is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The cost for junior high track meets is $3 and $2 respectively. There is no entry fee for HS Golf.
  • Food and Drink: The Concession Stand will be open at all Lynnville-Sully home track meets. No outside food or drink will be permitted for spectators.
  • Live Streaming: Lynnville-Sully offers streaming of all home activities. To access the livestream, please visit: https://team1sports.com/lshawks/

Please support our efforts to follow the state guidelines to the best of our ability.

Free Meal Pick-Up Available for Absent L-S Students

All Lynnville-Sully enrolled students who are absent from school may pick-up a free meal between 11:30 am - 11:40 am at the front entrance of the elementary/middle school. Meals will be brought out to your vehicle. Meals must be ordered by 8:00 am the day of meal pick-up. If your child is absent due to sickness, COVID-19 quarantine, COVID-19 isolation, or any other reason, you may email or call Shelley Vander Molen before the 8:00 am the day of meal pick-up. Email Shelley: vandermolen@lshawks.com or call and leave a message: 641-594-4445 extension 133. The free meal pick-up will be offered through the end of the school year or until federal funding is no longer available.

L-S Return to Learn Website:

Link: https://sites.google.com/lshawks.com/lsreturntolearn/home

If you have any questions or suggestions, please give me a call 641-594-4445 extension 103 or send an email: ehresman@lshawks.com

Shane Ehresman, Ed.S.


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