Lyons High School Art Teacher Leah Bowers was recognized with the El Potrillo Above & Beyond Award for March. According to one of her two nominations, she was the ringleader and planner for a fundraiser for a fellow employee who is undergoing difficult times with a health situation. According to her other nomination, she organized a silent auction and gathered over 40 items for a silent auction that generated almost $6000. Each month, the Above & Beyond honorees are given a $25 gift certificate to El Potrillo courtesy of the restaurant. Other nominations for the month of March include: Stephanie Geeves, Ardynn Hershberger, Dan Reazin, Julie Tommer, Trish Stover, Swain Williams, and Laura Rhodes.
24 days ago, Bill Day
Leah Bowers with certificate
El Potrillo logo
Central Elementary School 5th grade teacher Artravius Addison was the winner of today's Gerry Brooks swag drawing. He received a Teacher Strong coffee mug!
2 months ago, Bill Day
Artravius Addison w coffee cup
The winner of the fourth drawing for Gerry Brooks gear is Park Elementary reading teacher Shannon Hendricks. She received an autograph copy of "Go See the Principal".
2 months ago, Bill Day
Shannon Hendricks with book
Congratulations to Rice County Special Services Cooperative speech and language pathologist Crystal Zink who was the third drawing winner for Gerry Brooks items. She won a "Suriously Derdecated Erducator" coffee cup.
2 months ago, Bill Day
Crystal Zink with coffee cup
Congratulations to Park Elementary paraprofessional Tisha Williams. She is the winner of today's Gerry Brooks swag--a "SURIOUSLY" coffee cup! One winner will be drawn daily through the 16th. Gerry Brooks will speak at Lyons High School on February 19th.
3 months ago, Bill Day
Tisha Williams with coffee cup
USD 405 - Lyons Schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16.
3 months ago, Bill Day
No School Tomorrow sign
Lyons High School boys basketball head coach Sam Schmidt was selected for the El Potrillo Above & Beyond award for October. According to one of his three nominations, "He and his wife, Sheila, put in countless hours painting and updating the varsity boys locker room so that it looks awesome! He put in long hours on the weekends and evenings, cleaning, taping, and painting the locker room." Thank you to the following nominees for their "Above & Beyond" hard work and contributions over the past month as well. Gerard Paz Lostes, Alicia Carlton, Wanda Arriola, Megan Moor, Lynette Ferguson, Dan Reazin, Bridget Babcock, Tawanna Berry, Leah Bowers, Courtney Farmer, and Sam Lehman!
6 months ago, Bill Day
Sam Schmidt receiving Above and Beyond
Thank you, LMS Principal BJ Smith on this National Principals Month!
6 months ago, Bill Day
National Principals Month BJ Smith
Pipestone Helping Farmers recently made a $1,000 donation to the Kansas Food Bank Food 4 Kids backpack program on behalf of the Lyons elementary schools. Rod Evert, Zenith Site Manager for Pipestone and located in Geneseo made the donation in person to Park Elementary School Principal Kristin Borrowman. Pipestone proudly helps over 1,500 pig farmers by providing resources and expertise in health, management, nutrition, research, and business. https://www.pipestone.com/ The Food 4 Kids program through the Kansas Food Bank allows participating schools to receive food and backpacks from the Kansas Food Bank at no cost so that they can provide food to chronically hungry children. https://kansasfoodbank.org/programs/food-4-kids/
6 months ago, Bill Day
Kansas Board of Regents Apply Free Days Kansas's first Apply Free Days will be held on November 7-9th, 2023, for Kansas residents! During these three days, any Kansas resident, regardless of age or income can apply for free at any of our 7 public universities, 19 community colleges, 6 Technical colleges, and the 21 private member institutions of the Kansas Independent College Association. Eligible programs include general applications, certificate programs, associate degree programs and bachelor degree programs. (Graduate programs or other mid-degree applications will not qualify.) https://www.kansasregents.org/students/apply-free-days
6 months ago, Bill Day
Sunflower with Apply Free Days
Want $1000 per child to help with approved education related expenses? The Kansas Education Enrichment Program is nearly full. Act now before it is too late. https://www.keep.ks.gov/
6 months ago, Bill Day
KEEP front page
National Principal's Month Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least-recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. In October, we seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education. National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country. In Lyons, we are privileged to have some wonderful people serving in the position of building principal--Derek Carlson (LHS), BJ Smith (LMS), Terri Glass (Central), and Kristin Borrowman (Park) as well as LHS assistant principal and AD, Jeff Fuss. The next time you see them, tell them thanks for their dedication to our students, teams, organizations, staff, schools, and community!
6 months ago, Bill Day
National Principals Month Poster
Enjoy this quarterly edition of News from the Pride Lands! https://www.smore.com/pxtkc
6 months ago, Bill Day
Lion resting
There were many wonderful examples of people going above and beyond who were nominated by their peers for the September El Potrillo Above & Beyond recognition. This month, two power couple nominations stood out however -- 1) Steve and Patti Kreis and 2) Ron Herrick and LaNita Heath. Each couple received a $25 gift certificate to El Potrillo. Steve and Patti Kreis had three nominations for the work they did getting the high school campus cleaned up. One of the nominations said, "Their work in cleaning up the HS campus, football field and tree row on the south side of the football field went above and beyond. These two spent many hours, including Sundays, working on making the HS grounds something we can all be proud of." Ron Herrick and LaNita Heath had five nominations. One of their nominations said, "They have been working 12+ hour days to make sure everyone at Central is taken care of the last few weeks since we no longer have an evening custodian. They have been kind, persevering, and have done this all while maintaining a wonderful attitude; not one complaint. We are lucky to have them here in Lyons, and they more than deserve this award for all of their hard work in September." Congratulations also to the following nominees for their awesome contributions during the month of September: Lita Zimmerman, Trisha Stover, Gerard Paz Lostes, Colton Bennett, Kole Clarke, Gaye Callich, Annie Walters, Elsa Brooks, Deanna Granados, Becky Rombeck, Ana Perez, Nick Amezola, Amie Kreis, Shannon Hendricks, and Norma Jaime.
7 months ago, Bill Day
Steve & Patti
LaNita & Ron
El Potrillo logo
There were many wonderful examples of people going above and beyond who were nominated by their peers for the September El Potrillo Above & Beyond recognition. This month, two power couple nominations stood out however -- 1) Steve and Patti Kreis and 2) Ron Herrick and LaNita Heath. Each couple received a $25 gift certificate to El Potrillo. Steve and Patti Kreis had three nominations for the work they did getting the high school campus cleaned up. One of the nominations said, "Their work in cleaning up the HS campus, football field and tree row on the south side of the football field went above and beyond. These two spent many hours, including Sundays, working on making the HS grounds something we can all be proud of." Ron Herrick and LaNita Heath had five nominations. One of their nominations said, "They have been working 12+ hour days to make sure everyone at Central is taken care of the last few weeks since we no longer have an evening custodian. They have been kind, persevering, and have done this all while maintaining a wonderful attitude; not one complaint. We are lucky to have them here in Lyons, and they more than deserve this award for all of their hard work in September." Congratulations also to the following nominees for their awesome contributions during the month of September: Lita Zimmerman, Trisha Stover, Gerard Paz Lostes, Colton Bennett, Kole Clarke, Gaye Callich, Annie Walters, Elsa Brooks, Deanna Granados, Becky Rombeck, Ana Perez, Nick Amezola, Amie Kreis, Shannon Hendricks, and Norma Jaime.
7 months ago, Bill Day
Steve & Patti
LaNita & Ron
El Potrillo logo
The Central Plains Rodeo Association Finals will be held this weekend in Lyons at the Bar-K-Bar Arena. Park Elementary and Central Elementary were privileged to have the CPRA rodeo queens pay a visit this morning! Lyons students learned about rodeo events, queen competitions and got to play some rodeo-related games.
7 months ago, Bill Day
CPRA Rodeo Queens
Rice County Learning Center Students: There are only 3 more school days to complete your first long day of attendance. Enrolling and completing your two long days is what keeps the RCLC funded. After the two long days, one on or before September 20th, and one between the 20th and October 4th, you can work at your own pace . It is also important that students put in as many hours as possible this week at the RCLC as the total number of hours also impacts our funding. Let's do this! Change your future!
7 months ago, Bill Day
Do you know a teacher that goes above and beyond? Stop by any of our 17 locations to nominate your favorite teacher for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Drawing will be held August 31st.
9 months ago, Bill Day
nominate a teacher poster
SCHOOL STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK School Staff Appreciation Week is an annual event that celebrates the efforts and contributions of teachers and other school employees who inspire and guide students to achieve academic and personal success. It is a time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of educators who tirelessly prepare lessons, grade assignments, provide feedback, and nurture the minds of their students. During this week, schools and communities organize special activities to show gratitude and appreciation to teachers and staff members. From heartfelt thank-you notes and gifts to special events and shows of gratitude, Staff Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize the immense value that teachers, aides, paras, secretaries, custodians, cooks, bus drivers, coaches, nurses, itinerants, and administrators add to our communities. It is a time to say "thank you" and show our love and appreciation for all they do for us and our future.
12 months ago, Bill Day
Teacher Appreciation Week
School nurses are essential members of our education community, providing critical care for students' health and well-being during their school day. They offer a range of services, from administering medications and vaccinations, to assisting with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, to providing mental health resources and support. This week, we celebrate and honor the dedication, knowledge, and expertise of school nurses nationwide. They play an invaluable role in ensuring that our students are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Thank you to USD 405 school nurse Brandi Reazin and to Rice County Special Services Cooperative nurse Amy Pieplow for your tireless efforts and commitment to our students' health.
12 months ago, Bill Day
School Nurse Day Meme
Brandi Reazin
Amy Pieplow