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 newsletters that might be of interest to residents; and some news gathered from other news sources, like social media.
No School for Thanksgiving Week – November 21 to 25, 2022
Winter Break (Christmas week) – No School for students from Friday, December 23 to December 31, 2022.
OLIN FARMS – Big News! We just made our first delivery of produce to the St. Vrain Valley School district production kitchen. Look for our beautiful salad mix arriving at cafeterias across the district throughout this week. It features a mixture of baby lettuces as well as mild Asian greens like mizuna and baby pac choi to bring flavor and nutrition to all those active students. Big thanks to the Nutritional Services staff at SVVSD who have made sourcing directly from local farms a greater priority and developed the grants and infrastructure needed to get the program off the ground, we are honored to be partnering on this project!
Free, reduced-priced meal applications available for the 22-23 school year to low income students (NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS) == St. Vrain Valley Schools’ department of Nutrition Services provides quality, nutritious, and well-balanced meals for all students across the district. Due to the expiration of federal pandemic waivers, there will be a cost to school meals for the 2022-2023 school year. == The issue was on the November 8th ballot to give all kids free lunch, with the main goal being that the “low income” kids did not feel singled out or ostracized. It won overwhelming, and will be instigated in the 2023-24 School Year.
Lyons Elementary School
Report from organizations Chastidee Bolkovatz, who spearheaded the event, and Julie Adair, PTO president:
We raised over $81,000 with over 84% student participation and with a few donations still trickling in. AMAZING!!! INCREDIBLE!!! Just WOW!
We are so proud of our students, families, school, and countless volunteers that helped pull this essential fundraiser off. And, to our fabulous Jogathon committee. Everyone really stepped in this year to make this a success! Kids with Top selling ticket sales announced on October 28th at the “PIE IN THE FACE” games.
These funds will provide enriching programs, events, field trips, STEM Lab equipment and expenditures that truly make Lyons Elementary a magical school. We are so lucky to have this wonderful support.
PTO OFFICERS 2022/23
Julie Adair – president; Yelena Hughes, vice president; Chastidee Bolkovatz – volunteer coordinator; Josie Wratten – Secretary; Heidi Dunn – member at large; Amy Hartenstine – Communications coordinator; Reagan Bullers – treasurer.
MELODY XYLOPHONE ADDED TO PLAYGROUND:
The musical playground equipment is here. The Melody xylophone has been installed on the lower playground and the Swirl has been installed on the upper playground! Not only are they beautiful to look at and to listen to, but they also bring the joy of learning about and creating music to the great outdoors. These amazing installations at our school stem from your generous donations at the PTO fundraising events, so thank you for your support!
Lyons Elementary School
338 High Street/PO Box 559
Lyons, CO 80540
Phone number 303-823-6915
Lyons Middle-High School
New LMSHS Principal: Mr. Chris Frank
We have requested information from the new principal about his background, including education and other positions, but have not heard back from him on time to meet our publishing deadline. We will try again in a month.
Ann Cisar, Registrar, transferred to Erie Middle School as Registrar for the 2022-23 school year. The new Registrar for Lyons Middle Senior High School is Savannah Holmes: email@example.com 303-823-6631
RIFLES IN SCHOOLS
The SVVSD has now allowed long-range, high-accuracy rifles in schools, to be accessed only by School Resource Officers. This includes Lyons Middle/High School and Niwot. The St. Vrain Valley school board voted unanimously to allow the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to store the rifles in safes.
We have asked the school principal for comment, but have not received an answer as of the publishing date of this article. We will continue to pursue it.
Lyons Middle Senior High School
100 McConnell Drive
Lyons, CO 80540
303-823-6631 – Fax: 720-494-3855
General Middle/High news
==BAND FUNDRAISER== HOLIDAY FLOWERS
The annual Lyons Band Fundraiser is up and rolling! We are selling ALL LOCAL greenery, poinsettias, and hand-tied bouquets this year. Poinsettias, cacti, and succulents are grown in a family-owned greenhouse in Denver. And the greenery and bouquets are hand-tied by our own Jeralyn Edwards of Living Arts Floral here in Lyons!!! All proceeds benefit instrumental music at Lyons Middle Senior High School. Please consider us as you decorate your homes and businesses this year.
All plants & greenery will be available at the school for pickup on December 7th from 3-4:30pm. The fresh flowers (bouquets and table runners) will be available on December 22nd.
Online orders (and credit card payment!) due this Thursday at midnight. Thank you for supporting the Lyons Band Program!!!
==INNOVATION – ROBOTICS PROGRAM ==
Tournaments are on the Innovation Center website. You can contact Alexandra Downing
SVVSD Competitive Robotics Program Manager, Innovation Center, or Jacob Roberts if you have any questions regarding the VEX Robotics Tournaments in our district. The first game is December 3rd. Please join us in celebrating our 140+ robotics teams across grade levels during a 2022-2023 district robotics tournament for St. Vrain Valley School District.
The Innovation Center’s Robotics Program is expanding its current Robotics Leadership Team and is seeking 8-10 SVVSD students.
As a member of this team you will:
– Work with SVVSD staff to set up, run, and clean up Robotics Tournaments (Friday Evenings and Saturdays)
– Become experts in the robotics competitions we support
– Become consummate professionals for our Events
– Gain a deeper connection to the Robotics Programs that run throughout the District
For students 15 and older, this is a paid position. For students under 15, it will be an internship opportunity. Desired skills include:
– Basic knowledge of Robotics Competitions (VEX IQ, VRC, MATE)
– Basic problem solving skills
– Good communication skills
– Collegiality and professional demeanor
– Reliability and strong work ethic
– Desire to learn and grow
Please see LYMS Counseling Department email for forms
Questions? Alexandra Downing, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jacob Roberts, roberts_jacob@marcus-richardson
Middle/High School Sports
==Mark Roberts retired in June 2022 from SVVSD after 31 years at Lyons as Cross Country and Track Head Coach and Math and PE teacher.
==October 7 – homecoming parade on Friday, 10/7 starting at 3:30 on McConnell Dr. — travel to Bohn Park. After that, the Denver Broncos joined them (with retired players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot) to tailgate before the game as they highlighted our Lyons Lions as their Bronco’ Game of the Week. Lyons is among five selected host sites for the program this year. See ARTICLE and photos.
==LYONS MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL BOYS FOOTBALL
Your Lyons Lions before their ‘homecoming’ game were ranked in the top 10 of the state.
They finished their regular season 9 – 0!
The Team is Undefeated, both in regular games and playoff games
In late October, our Lyons Lions boys football team won big, and headed to the playoffs. Lyons beat Justice High 54 to 6! === Briton Fell said: It was the Biggest game of the regular season. Both teams were 3-0 in the league and needed this win to secure the league championship. It was away at Littleton at 1:00pm. Front Range Christian always plays us tough.
November 5, home game, Dayspring Christian Academy vs. Lyons — winning 56-6 — making us now 10-0. Here’s your highlight reel: https://youtu.be/InHUFx9jBYk Home games are available to view on the school u-tube pages.
This game is a part of the “2022 CHSAA State Football Playoffs – Class A 8-Man” tournament.
When Britton Fell was asked if that “56” was a “typo,” he replied: “Nope. We crushed them. Our playoff bracket started with 16 teams and now down to 8. Win Saturday and we’ll be in the final 4.”
Each game is on a Saturday; the next one November 12th is in Mancos (the SW corner of Colorado).
****The Lyons Recorder will have a separate ARTICLE about the Playoffs, with photos**** We are looking for an informed person to help write about the team.