From the High School Counselor’s Desk: MAY 2021

Schedules for School Year 2021-22

The hope is for the junior high and high school schedules for next year to be available to view in JMC by May 3. Once the schedules are available, if any questions or concerns arise with these schedules, students will be asked to see Miss Mulder by Tuesday, May 18 so that next school year can begin with a minimum amount of schedule changes.

Junior High Community Service Days

The Junior High is planning on having community service days the last 2 days of the school year. If you have any ideas for tasks the junior high can help with on those days, please contact Kim Mulder. In addition, with 160 students in our Junior High, we have a HUGE need for parent supervision, as well as multiple vehicles for transportation. If you are willing and able to give ½ day, a day, or a couple days to volunteer in this endeavor, please give Kim Mulder a call at the junior high (753-4917) or email at .

Conditions for Learning Survey – Parent Survey

The week of April 12-16, our junior high and high school students completed the state required Conditions for Learning Survey. In addition to the required student survey, the state is also asking survey input from both parents/guardians and our staff. An email was sent to all Grade 7-12 parents/guardians on April 9 with instructions and a link for completing the parent Conditions for Learning Survey. If you have not already completed this survey, we ask that you please take a few minutes now to log in to this website and complete the survey. The state is also asking our staff and you as parents/guardians to complete a survey.

English Survey website & instructions:

Spanish Survey website & instructions:

If at all possible, please complete this survey by the end of April. Thank you for your help and your participation in your child's education

College Level Classes for School Year 2021-22

Registration forms are now available for NCC college classes for next fall. Students are asked to see Miss Mulder to get a registration form. These classes are available to upcoming Juniors and Seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. These courses do count towards extra curricular and sports eligibility. Students receiving a failing grade at semester will be ineligible to participate in extra curricular activities for 30 days. Also - students must receive a grade of a C or higher for colleges to accept the class for credit. As set up by the state, West Lyon pays for the tuition for these college classes if they are taken during the actual school year. However, the student/parents themselves are responsible for the purchase of (and finding of) the books used for these classes college level classes. Likewise, for college classes that students take that use an “electronic” or “embedded” book, those costs will also be passed on to the student/family. Please note that if a student has or ends up WITHDRAWING from a NCC college level class (after the initial 2 week drop date) due to low grades in the class, that student will not be allowed to take future NCC college level classes while at West Lyon. (Just an FYI that college level classes that students withdraw from past the drop date are still required to be paid for by West Lyon).

For the 2021-22 school year, West Lyon will be offering 2 NCC dual enrollment classes taught during the school day at West Lyon. These two classes are first semester College Composition (ENG105) and a second semester College Literature class. As with all the other NCC college level classes, students who take either of these two classes at West Lyon will be required to find and purchase their own college level textbook. In addition, for students to get accepted to take College Composition, they are required by NCC to have an English placement test. West Lyon students either need to have an English ACT score of a 17 taken no later than the April 17 ACT test date, or they need to complete the hour long Ed Ready placement test from NCC and receive a score above 80. We are asking that this placement test be completed by May 1. Finally – even though our West Lyon students have completed our West Lyon course registration sheets, if they are signed up to take College Composition and/or College Literature, they need to still complete an NCC registration sheet with Miss Mulder signing up for those classes.

Miss Mulder's preference is that right now students only sign up for 1st semester NCC classes. The exemption would be College Literature for 2nd semester - you may sign up for that. (The reason is that in the past number of years there has been a large number of students who drop the 2nd semester classes before 2nd semester even starts that creates more paper work and communication with NCC). Students will be able to register for 2nd semester college classes in November/December.


NCC College Level Classes for Summer 2021

A State of Iowa initiative in the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa plan allows grant funding for high school students (current grades 9-11) to take a few career ready courses in the summer. This means that students who want to take a course from NCC in CNA, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Developmental Physiology, Foundations of Info Technology, Windows Workstation Operating System, Math for Liberal Arts, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding & Manufacturing Processes. NCC says GMAW welding tends to be the most useful/relevant for students (who may do work on the farm, etc.). This is the type of welding they have probably seen before. SMAW welding is also called stick welding and happens more in a factory setting. Both are great to learn, depending on the student’s goals.

NCC will be providing the books for the courses in this Summer College Credit program. Ideally, they would like to bring the books to West Lyon before your last day. In order to do that students need to register for summer courses sooner rather than later. (Deadline to register is May 25). If a student does not register for the course before NCC drops books off at West Lyon, they will need to go to NCC to pick up their book(s).

If students are interested in any of these summer courses they should see Miss Mulder for a registration form. You must register by May 25 to take any of these courses. (Note - these career related college classes are the only summer classes that high school students can take for free. The state of Iowa does not allow high schools to pay for any college classes for students in the summer).