All students are kept informed directly by school staff through their weekly Newsletter and more. — This article is for those in town who wish to be informed as to what is happening in the school system — such as substitute teachers, grandparents, neighbors next to the school building, past students, etc. — this page contains a few brief “highlights” from multiple weekly school newsletter of information that might be of interest to residents; and news gathered from other news sources, like social media.
The CMAS standardized testing in spring 2021 in Colorado shows that students’ education has suffered… but low participation issues must be considered when drawing conclusions from the results.. Statewide assessment results show decreased participation, lower CMAS scores than previous years, across all tested grades and subject areas. Participation in metro area schools on CMAS tests was between 51% and 72%. In urban and suburban schools, participation was between 64% and 81%. In outlying cities and towns, the participation was between 77% and 88%. And in rural or remote schools, participation was between 60% and 73%. Participation rates also varied by student groups. (The comparison below shows 2019 vs 2021; CMAS assessments were not administered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
4th grade in 2019 is 33.6% vs. 2021 which is 28.5%
6th grade in 2019 is 29.5% vs. 2021 at 24.1%
8th grade is 2019 is 36.9% vs. 2021 29.5%
PST/SAT scores (9th, 10th grades):
In 2021 the PSAT 8/9 was administered to 9th grade students attending public schools in Colorado, the PSAT 10 was administered to 10th grade students attending public schools in Colorado, and the SAT was administered to 11th grade students attending public schools in Colorado. The SAT Analysis in Science cross-test score replaced administration of the High School CMAS Science assessment for 2021 only.
In the state, an average of approx. 50% met expectations, and 30% were below and 15% were above. The Math test (vs. the Reading & Writing) suffered the most. The state statistics are done, but not yet the districts/local ones. You can see the full results on this PDF file.
Lyons Schools, in-person 5 days, require Masks
In Person Learning 5-days a week
(See his Letter in Lyons Recorder.) The SVVSD plan is based on guidelines issued by Boulder County Public Health, who have mandated that all students, teachers, and staff wear masks indoors. (See his Letter in Lyons Recorder.) In addition to this, parents seeking a medical exemption for their child can fill out this form (mask exemption form) and turn it into the principal for approval. This form needs to be completed, processed, and approved before a student can be permitted to not wear their mask while at school.
Free School Lunch
Meals will be offered at “no charge” for any child age 1-18 through June 2022. Parents need to fill out the Application.
From Lyons Middle/High School: We have worked to make sure our dress code is equitable and thoughtful. We will be following our district’s board policy for dress code. Essentially, we’d like students and parents to know that our district’s dress code outlines that clothes should not display inappropriate content (alcohol, violence, or profanity), should cover traditionally private areas, and undergarments should not be visible. We believe in a productive and appropriate educational environment. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Contact the school to exchange or get your i-Pad. This year’s i-Pad has a keyboard. Also, pay for the insurance now.
Adults – Volunteering & Ways to Help our Schools
==SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE
If you are interested in serving on the School Accountability Committee please CLICK HERE to fill out a very brief form! We need one teacher, several parents from both the middle and high schools and Lyons community members to be a part of these very important committees. For more information please call the office. (303) 823-6631
==LYONS BOOSTER CLUB (Middle/Senior High School)
Message from Booster Club to all parents, staff, and volunteers:
Welcome back to school LMSHS parents and community supporters! Now is the time to join our Lyons Lions Booster Club! The Booster Club supports every aspect of our school including academic and classroom enhancement, sports equipment and uniforms, extracurricular clubs, fine arts, band instruments, field trip buses, building improvements, the Community BBQ, and many more! Your membership is FREE and it takes just a few minutes. Please go to the Booster page. For those of you who are already members, please renew your membership. The State requires all members to renew each year for our Bingo license. Thank you in advance! Look for our Lions Wear table at the home football games!
Our mission statement: “To promote, aid, encourage, and enhance the development of all Lyons Middle/Senior High School students through the support of classroom and extracurricular activities including: academics, arts, athletics, social development and leadership.”
The Booster Club also runs a popular BINGO on Sundays in Longmont. Volunteers are always welcome… and players!
==PTO (Parents/Teachers Organization – Elementary School)
All elementary school kids’ parents are automatically members of the PTO. The Lyons Elementary PTO invites parents, grandparents, and other locals who want to get involved to contact them to learn about volunteer opportunities and meeting schedules. The PTO can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/LyonsElementaryPTO/The PTO had their first General Meeting on August 25 at the Lyons library.
August 18-19, the PTO board had “a ton of fun” each morning, after student drop-off, serving up free coffee and pastries, talking to parents about what the PTO does and how to get involved, and selling spirit wear. The spirit wear items that are low inventory are selling at big discounts; and there are lots of new “spirit wear” items for sale. They are brought to every event and meeting.
Middle/High School Sports
HIGH SCHOOL: Football, Softball, Volleyball games have started. Come cheer them on. No Spectator limits this season.(must wear masks indoors). There is a gate cost for entering athletic events. General admission is $6 and Students/Seniors are $5. There is also a “athlete’s family” or student pass available. Games have begun this week. See LaVern Johnson’s About Town column, where she usually lists the upcoming games for the week. (Note, there is no Middle School football. That is conducted in the summer by the Town of Lyons Recreation Dept.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL Volleyball and Cross County. — No spectator limits. No masks required (except when indoors). Games began this week. See LaVern Johnson’s About Town column, where she usually lists the upcoming games for the week.
Please contact Colleen Ford, athletic director at email@example.com with any questions. The community can contact her to volunteer.
September 4, Friday, Community BBQ on High School Football field is back $6 (seniors and kids $5) for a plate of freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, sides & desserts. Support your team. Note, BBQ 5-7pm, stay for game 7pm. ** use South Parking Lot Gate. North Gate will be closed due to construction equipment.
For a full calendar of SPORTS, go to the school page.
If you would like to write the ”sports articles” for the School Year, contact the Lyons Recorder: LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com.
School Kids Welcome Program
==9th GRADE ORIENTATION HIKE
9th Graders hiked up the mountain behind the High School where the “L” is as part of their orientation day. They had the opportunity “to reflect on their goals for high school and wrote a letter to their future selves.”
==MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WELCOME PROGRAM
The Middle/High School was excited to have in-person outdoor Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 25th. It was called both ”a learning opportunity” (about other students, teachers and classes); as well as a social Meet and Greet. This year it was held outside on the track/football field to allow for a safe and fun experience. They had teacher tables and some fun activities and games with prizes.
==ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WELCOME PROGRAM
August 18-19, the PTO board had “a ton of fun” each morning, after student drop-off, serving up free coffee and pastries, talking to parents about what the PTO does and how to get involved, and selling “spirit wear.”
High School new Electronic Sign
They got it right — a new electronic sign has been installed in front of the Middle/High School that can be easily updated with school activities. Plus it turns off automatically each night at 8 p.m., so the light doesn’t interfere with neighboring houses.
You can expect to see announcements like:
==All HOME high school Varsity athletic events and times
==All HOME middle school intramural athletic events and times
==Upcoming school events and times (Back to School Night, Conferences, etc.)
Note, the Elementary School already has a sign in place.
Library invites student participation
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join the new Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Lyons Community Library. They will meet once a month on Thursdays, beginning September 9th at 6 p.m. TAG members will contribute to the development of the library’s Young Adult collection, help develop and assist with library programs and events, and offer ideas for creating a comfortable, welcoming, safe and fun atmosphere for teens at the library, all while earning volunteer hours for participation. If interested please read this FLYER and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Middle/High School Auditorium (construction)
It is anticipated that the new Middle/High School Auditorium will be open later this fall semester. The 14,500 s.f. addition to Lyons MSHS, includes a lobby, auditorium with stage and front and back of house spaces. It cost $14.5 million. Alan Ford architects designed the steel and structural masonry facility. There will be auditorium seating, and an additional direct entrance from the outside parking lot.
Principal Dr. Andrea Smith told the Lyons Recorder: The new auditorium is scheduled to open in October! The auditorium will be used for performances and large group presentations. Seating capacity will be around 400. The community will be able to rent the auditorium through the SVVSD rental department.”
“We are starting to plan for a community Grand Opening Celebration according to Boulder County Health Covid protocols. We are excited to have everyone see our new facility with a beautiful lobby. The audio and visual elements will be wonderful.
“The SVVSD 2016 Bond supported our new auditorium, and they were able to increase the operational budget for our project.
The Bond work also included an upgraded HVAC system, new water fountains throughout the building and Art Room cabinets and countertops. The final step will be a new parking lot with more parking spaces than our previous layout.”
Lyons Middle/High School auditorium under construction. Finally started to look like a real auditorium! The LMSHS parking lot has limited parking (beginning in March) due to material deliveries and ongoing construction. Middle/High School Auditorium 8/21 (by Kathleen Spring)
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