From the High School Counselor’s Desk: February 2023

Financial Aid Meeting for Junior Parents & Students

On Thursday, March 2 there will be a financial aid meeting for juniors and their parents at 6:30pm in the school library.  FAFSA documents now become available to students and parents in October 2023 for students entering college fall of 2024.  You are encouraged to attend this financial aid meeting presented by ICAN (Iowa College Access Network) so that you will be informed of the process come October.  Seniors and senior parents are welcome to attend if you are still needing to complete FAFSA for this coming year.


Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

The state required testing for Junior High and High School students is planned at West Lyon for the week of March 21-23.  The following areas will be tested at various grade levels:  Math: Grades 3–11; English Language Arts, including reading and writing: Grades 3–11; Science: Grades 5, 8, and 10.

Lyon Rural Washington DC Trip Opportunity - Lyon Rural Electric Washington, D.C. Youth Trip - Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative provides an all expense paid trip to Washington DC for two high school juniors in Lyon REC’s service area. Parents do not need to be members of Lyon REC, just reside in the service area. The Youth Tour will be June 17-23. The contest consists of a written test based on information about the local REC and the history of Rural Electrics and other criteria. The test consists of approximately 45 questions. Contact Mis Mulder for more information and to take the test. Tests must be taken at West Lyon by March 10.

 Junior High Community Service Days

The West Lyon Junior High School students plan to have Community Service Days at the end of this school year.   We would love for any adults and community members to get on board with us in this effort.  We will need adult and/or parent supervision.  If you are willing and able to give ½ day, a day or 2 days to volunteer in this endeavor, please join us.  Give Kim Mulder a call at the junior high (753-4917). 


Throughout the course of the year I receive mailings from colleges, camps and scholarship programs that are available for our 7th through 11th grade students.  Each month you will find a short summary of these mailings on the West Lyon school website.  Students and parents are encouraged to check this website every month or so to see if any of these camp and scholarship opportunities may be of interest to you.  Our school’s website is: ; This information will be under the Counselor section of the webpage.  In addition, senior scholarship information that I receive in my office will also be summarized each month and posted on the school website.  These can also be found in the Counselor section of the school website.