Tiffany Zink is one of the fifth-grade teachers at Central Elementary. She was born in Colorado but grew up in Greensburg, KS. Tiffany graduated in 1993, attended Barton County Community College and received her degree in teaching from Newman University in 2001. 

Tiffany taught her first three years in the Hutchinson school district before coming to Lyons. She enjoys teaching at the fifth-grade level. The curriculum in Mrs. Zink’s room is taught through lots of reading, researching and project-based activities. When not grading papers or planning lessons, she likes to cook, garden and attend her children’s sports events. Tiffany currently resides on a farm at the far west end of Rice County with her husband and three children.


8:00-8:05 Flag Salute/Announcements in the Gym

8:05-8:15 Fill out planners, turn in homework, or Daily Math problem

8:15-9:00 Reading T/ Writing Lab

9:00-9:45 Reading z / Writing Lab

9:45-10:30 Social Studies

10:30-11:00 Whole Group with Mrs. Zink

11:00-11:30 Math Z/ Math T with Mr. Comley

11:30-12:00 Math T/Math Z with Mr. Comley

12:00-12:40 Lunch then Recess

12:40-1:10 PE

1:10-1:40 Spelling

1:40-2:10 Music

2:10-2:55 Science

2:55 - 3:20 Tier Reading

3:20-3:25 Sign planners, clean up room

3:25 Dismiss


  1. Use good manners.

  2. Be honest, no cheating.

  3. Be kind.


  • Colored Pencils pkg of 12

  • #2 Wooden Pencils – pkg. of 24 or 2 pkgs./12

  • Standard/metric wooden ruler

  • 4 glue sticks

  • 7 1/2 - 8 1/2" Scissors

  • 4 Dry Erase Markers (new, not leftover from last year please)

  • Highlighter

  • Large Eraser

  • 3 Large Boxes Kleenex

  • 1 Pkg. 4” x 6” index cards

  • 3 Pkg. lined notebook paper

  • 4 1 1/2" 3 ring binders

  • 1 container of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes


Listed are the students monthly reading goal requirements. All books need to be in the student's Lexile range or as close as we can get. 

Mrs. Zink will have final approval over the student's choices. After the book is read an A/R test is required with a passing score of 80% or higher. 

Special Education students will have an adjusted score.

September: 1 Fiction Chapter book (Book Project) & 1 nonfiction book about any topic from the solar system (A/R Test)

October: 1 Fiction Chapter book (A/R Test) & 1 nonfiction book about Native American Indians (Book Project)

November: 1 Fiction Chapter book (Book Project) & 1 nonfiction science book about rocks, water, air or matter (A/R Test)

December: 1 Fiction Chapter book (A/R Test) & 1 nonfiction book about a New World Explorer (Book Project)

January: 1 Fiction Chapter book (Book Project) & 1 nonfiction book about an important person in American History (No US Presidents) A/R Test

February: 1 Fiction Chapter Book (A/R Test) & 1 nonfiction book about plants or ecosystems (desert, tundra, forest, ocean, etc) (Book Project)

March: 1 Fiction Chapter Book (Book Project) & 1 nonfiction book on the topic of your choice (A/R Test)

April: 1 Fiction Chapter Book (A/R Test) & 1 Poetry Book (Book Project)

EXTRA: Since August is a short month students will earn an extra reward if they read a fiction chapter book and a Tall tale book and complete tests on both.