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A Smith Valley Tradition

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With so many uncertainties for the students living in a pandemic, it was reassuring to see an annual tradition continue.  Smith Valley FFA holds a turkey processing event every year before the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Turkey Business is just one of the many student-run businesses out of Smith Valley School's (SVS) FFA program.  Audrina Banta, 7th grade student at Smith Valley Middle School, is the student in charge of the Turkey Business and the turkey processing event held on Friday, November 20th.  This year, Banta sold 36 turkeys, one of which was pardoned by SVS Principal Duane Mattice.   The largest turkey this year was a whopping 30lbs.   Banta's business is standing tradition with many repeat customers who count on Smith Valley FFA to provide the turkey at their Thanksgiving feast.  Banta and the FFA students handle every aspect of the processing from death to scalding, plucking, evisceration, cleaning and packaging.  These students are true caring professionals when i

Beyond the Classroom with Virtual Family Nights!

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Check out the awesome virtual AND hands-on activities that Dayton and Fernley Elementary Schools have brought to their students. Dayton Elementary School (DES) hosted a reading of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Facebook Live and Zoom.  Prior to the live event, the students were able to visit the DES Pumpkin Patch and pick a pumpkin to take home and decorate.  All students in cohorts A and B plus full-distance students had the opportunity to pick out a pumpkin to decorate at home and bring it back to DES for display in the office.  This event was one of DES's family engagement nights this year. Fernley Elementary School has partnered with Sierra Nevada Journeys to host virtual family STEM nights the second Tuesday of each month.  This month, the students used spaghetti and marshmallows to try and build the tallest tower.  The event was available via Zoom to the students. DES Virtual Family Night FES Virtual Family STEM Night

Saving Money, Reducing Pollution, Bettering the Environment

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LCSD, NV Energy and Envirolution shared the following with local media on Wednesday, October 7th - National Energy Efficiency Day!  Student-driven project will save school tens of thousands of dollars on energy costs and reduce pollution 8th graders on Dayton Intermediate School’s robotics team initiate lighting retrofit that’s a shining example to public and private sectors Where will Nevada and our nation find leaders who can help address the growing problems of economic pressure and climate change? The robotics team at ​Dayton Intermediate School​ in rural Lyon County, Nevada, is one place that should be tapped first. Eighth graders Zoee Wass and Evan Moyer led their robotics team in the conceptualization and implementation of a project that will save their school thousands of dollars a year while also reducing greenhouse gasses. “These young people were amazing to work with; they’re truly impressive,” said Vanessa Robertson, Co-Executive Director of ​Envirolution​, a Reno-based non

Lynn Jeka - Nevada Teacher of the Year Finalist

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Nevada Teacher of the Year Finalist in LCSD In September, 2020, Lyon County School District was proud to see one of its own as a 2021 Finalist for the Nevada State Teacher of the Year award – Mrs. Lynn Jeka from Yerington Elementary School (YES).  The recognition comes months after she was nominated to apply for the Teacher of the Year award.  Jeka’s incredible abilities as an educator are rooted in her educational philosophy.  She believes that “education should be equitable for all students, regardless of race, gender, language, abilities, previous experiences or geographic location,” that “education should serve a purpose in developing college or career ready, informed citizens and address every student’s needs and interests” and that “schools should be working towards development of the whole child, not just instilling academic content knowledge.”   Jeka came to Lyon County School District (LCSD) in 2004 after completing her second Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, the fir

Principal for a day!

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 Have you ever wondered what would it be like to be Principal for a Day?  For Saxon Madsen at Dayton Intermediate School this question became a reality this week.   Saxon was the top seller in a popcorn fundraiser where he raised over $1000 for the Parent Faculty Club and the top prize was switching places with the Dayton Intermediate School principal Mr. Kranjcec. While Saxon was busy running a school, Mr. Kranjcec was in Saxon's class taking his place and re-living his time in junior high school. Saxon said his favorite part of his day was delivering donuts to his staff!

Lyon County’s Wayne Workman Named 2021 Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS) State Superintendent of the Year

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  Lyon County, NV, September 14, 2020 – Lyon County School District’s (LCSD) Superintendent Wayne Workman has been named the 2021 Nevada Superintendent of the Year by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS).  NASS is a statewide nonprofit educational organization which strives to provide support to leaders of Nevada’s eighteen school districts and more than seven hundred and twenty public schools.   Workman was appointed as LCSD Superintendent during the November 2014 board meeting and began his tenure on July 1, 2015.  Workman launched his twenty-two year career in education after graduating from Utah State University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical/Health Education and Athletic Training.  He later earned his Master’s Degree in Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2006. As part of the LCSD, Workman has served two years as an Assistant Principal, three years as a Principal, one year as the Human Resources Director, three years as

LCSD Schools Honor 9/11

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The War Veteran's Memorial Association donates $1,000 to FIS.  Led by Mr. Richard Cook, FIS graciously accepts here.  Mr. Perry FIS leadership teacher, Julie Shoemaker long time friend of the Association along with Mr. Wilson's class, posed for a great moment at FIS. A Fernley High graduate, Bryan Peterson, gives Fernley students a fly-by while they lined US 95A in Fernley. More from the  FIS 9/11 Heroes and Patriot's Day Commemoration: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yerington Elementary School (YES) 1st Graders ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Baptist at YES prepares a lesson plan around Rick Rescorla: The "Fire-Drill" Hero of 9/11.  Rick Rescorla took fire-drills and other emergency drills very seriously. He insisted that those who he supervised treat every drill like it was the real thing, and made

LCSD 2020-21 First Days of School

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Lyon County, NV, September 8, 2020 – Tuesday, September 1st, marked the first day students were able to return to their schools for in-person instruction since the March 16th state-wide transition to distance learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Today, the second cohort of students returned to their beloved schools, classes, educators and peers.  This much anticipated return to in-person instruction comes after months of planning, preparing, adjusting, planning and preparing again. LCSD Student Information Systems (SIS) Administrator, Sam Felix, works in tandem with school counselors to create school calendars, among many other tasks.  He states, “One thing that is not common knowledge is that I [normally] start creating the following year [in the Infinite Campus portal] starting in January of the current year. Counselors start building schedules shortly after, sometimes not completing them until August. With the changes that happened this year, the schedules had to be remad

2019-20 School Year with LyOnline!

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In the spring of 2019 for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Lyon County School District (LCSD) and its Board of Trustees approved and welcomed an expanded online distance education program with Distance Education Coordinator, Stephanie Nice.  LCSD’s online distance education program, LyOnline (LYOL), was created with the anticipation of serving around 14 students in the 2019-20 school year - that number was quickly surpassed. Throughout the 2019-20 fall and spring, enrollment reached 212 students and finished out the year with 159 students. LyOnline serves students in grades 6 through 12 who seek an alternative to the traditional classroom education.  Some of the reasons students come to LyOnline is because they find themselves heavily involved in some activity that requires a great amount of time and would require a large amount of absences from school; they feel they work better at their own pace in online learning environments; their families choose to enroll in dista