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It is my hope that our students and their families are enjoying the summer break. It is a good time to recharge, possibly to travel and spend time with family and friends. The summer days do go by quickly, but our students always seem ready to return by the time the fall semester begins.
Things really don’t slow down for most of us during the summer break and this is certainly true for the Lyman School District. We have our custodial staff, six student workers, and our office staff at work throughout the summer addressing many issues that have to occur during those 12 short weeks.
On the academic side, the district will be updating its mathematics curriculum for the 2016-17 year. The curriculum team headed by Mrs. Arnoldy worked to analyze the standards and identify resource materials that would align with those standards. Those materials are arriving at the school where they are being sorted and inventoried so that they are in place for the teachers as we begin the new year.
The district is also busy upgrading technology again this summer. The technology committee met through this last spring to review the district’s technology plan with the mission of updating the short and long-term goals for preparing our students in this area. One of the key goals of that committee was that the district move toward having a 1:1 ratio of computer/laptops to students. A big step in that direction will be the addition of 30 laptops to the elementary/middle school at Kennebec. The district also replaces some of its outdated equipment each summer as well as taking care of required maintenance. On the curriculum side, the technology committee also recommended that the district do more in terms of providing training to our teachers to provide and take assignments on an electronic basis. This is common practice for our students that take dual credit courses and for those that will graduate and go on to post-secondary education.
Our office staff are working on getting handbooks revised and ready for publication. They also continue to take calls for former students that need transcripts or for new students enrolling in the district. The district will have a new process for the school lunch program in which students will enter a 4 digit code as they go through the lunch line. The program will help the district meet accountability requirements for tracking student participation, billing and accounting requirements, and the processing of applications for free and reduced lunches. Several staff have participated in training for the new program and its implementation.
As for teachers having their summers off, I commend the number of staff that we have participating in classes this summer for professional development. I know that at least half of our teachers have committed to workshops or college classes this summer to improve their skills.
Finally, our Board of Education continues to meet through the summer and the District recently had a Board election. I want to congratulate our two new board members, Adam Ehlers and Cody Volmer as they join the board and I want to thank Kenny Hamer and Jamie Griffith for all their work in serving as Board members over the last several years. Lyman is fortunate to have so many good people that are willing to serve and commit their time and energy to supporting the students of our communities.
Best wishes for a safe summer break and we will look forward to the start of school on Wednesday, August 24th.
Mr. Lynn Vlasman, Supt.