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The 2018-2019 school year will be my 9th year as Superintendent in the Lynnville-Sully Community School District.


Superintendent's Message - December 2018

L-S Students Preparing for Postsecondary & Career Readiness 

Each year, the Lynnville-Sully Community School District School Board develops school improvement goals.  2018-2019 Lynnville-Sully School Board Improvement Goals: Goal #1 – SCHOOL CULTURE: Develop a common understanding of school culture and implement strategies to improve the school’s culture. Goal #2 – SCHOOL SAFETY: Seek the involvement and participation from students, staff, parents, and the community to determine an appropriate level of school safety. Goal #3 - VOLUNTEERISM: Implement research-based student volunteer activities at all levels in the school district. Goal #4 – WORKPLACE READINESS SKILLS: Incorporate instructional strategies supporting common workplace practices/soft skills as well as Character Counts into the classroom. Lynnville-Sully’s Workplace Readiness Skills goal aligns closely with Governor Kim Reynolds Future Ready Iowa initiative. 

According to an article by the Iowa Department of Education, “Future Ready Iowa” calls for 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025. One of the recommendations released by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance last year called for reducing the need for remediation for college students. Students identified through placement tests for non-credit developmental or remedial courses typically must complete them before moving on to college-credit courses, which can be a financial burden. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Governor Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg announced that fewer Iowa high school graduates are taking remedial coursework during their first year at Iowa’s community colleges and state universities, a signal that more students are on track to earn a degree or other postsecondary credential.  “This is great news for our state and specifically for the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which focuses on helping more Iowans pursue rewarding careers and employers hire the skilled workers they need,” Governor Reynolds said. “It is encouraging that high schools and higher education institutions are making big strides to better support students academically, but we must do more to ensure that all of our high school graduates are genuinely ready for college or career training and that they enroll” (Iowa Department of Education website. (2018). https://educateiowa.gov/article/2018/12/12/gov-reynolds-announces-more-iowans-track-success-postsecondary-education-training).

Lynnville-Sully High School highlights from the Iowa’s Postsecondary Readiness Report: 67.2% of graduates from Lynnville-Sully High School enrolled in a college or university within one year of high school graduation (Average of 2014, 2015, 2016 HS graduates). 7.0% of graduates from Lynnville-Sully High School who enrolled in an Iowa public college/university took at least one remedial English or math course within one year of high school graduation (Average of 2014, 2015, 2016 HS graduates). In Lynnville-Sully High School’s Class of 2011, 13% enrolled in a four-year public university, 27% enrolled in a four-year private college, and 31% enrolled in a two-year public community college/trade school after high school graduation. In Lynnville-Sully High School’s Class of 2011, 47% of students earned either a two or four-year postsecondary degree. In Lynnville-Sully High School’s Class of 2012, 20% enrolled in a four-year public university, 12% enrolled in a four-year private college, and 53% enrolled in a two-year public community college/trade school after high school graduation. In Lynnville-Sully High School Class of 2012, 58% of those students earned either a two or four-year postsecondary degree. To learn additional Lynnville-Sully postsecondary data or information from other Iowa public high schools, visit https://reports.educateiowa.gov/postsecondaryreadiness or go to the Lynnville-Sully Community School District website home page (Go to the District dropdown icon, and then click on District Reports and Forms).

Launched in 2017, Iowa’s Postsecondary Readiness Report website serves as an indicator of how well-prepared students are for success in postsecondary education and training upon graduation from public high schools in Iowa. The site provides data on student postsecondary enrollment patterns, remedial course-taking rates, and postsecondary retention and completion rates that can be connected to every public high school in Iowa. The site is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, and the Board of Regents.

If you have questions or comments to share about the Lynnville-Sully Community School District, please contact me at 641-594-4445 extension 103, send an email to: ehresman@lshawks.com or drop a note to: Shane Ehresman, Lynnville-Sully Schools, PO Box 210, Sully, Iowa 50251.   




Shane Ehresman, Ed.S.
Superintendent
Lynnville-Sully Community School District


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