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Last Saturday evening the Lyons Elementary PTO hosted their annual Silent Auction fundraiser at Oskar Blues. Parents and community members bid on over one hundred sixty-five donated items ranging from gift certificates to vacation getaways, and they also raised their paddles for straight up contributions with the end result totaling over $24,500!
LES PTO holds only two major fundraisers each year, the Jog-a-thon in the Fall and the Silent Auction in the Spring. These critical fundraisers support teachers and students with ongoing educational activities, field trips, technology, student

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Lyons Elementary Has Talent!

By Kari Basey
Skits, singing, playing the piano, guitar, ukulele, and violin, stand-up comedy, gymnastics, dance, martial arts, magic and even a robot demonstration; this year’s LES Talent Show had it all!  Participation was high with over one hundred participants and more than fifty acts separated into two shows by grade level. 

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April: Making The Decision

By Joanne Barnard

It’s decision time for seniors. The school year is winding down and schools want confirmation of your choice. Making any decision is tricky and deciding what you are going to do after high school may seem overwhelming. However, with a clear target, reflection, and a deep breath, any decision can be made with confidence and courage.

Making Decisions Based On Goals

Whether you are working on a post secondary education choice, finances, or personal achievements, making decisions is easy if you have a basic framework. Choosing to make your own lunch instead of

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Two National Merit Scholars Finalist

Congratulations to two students, Emily Schneider and Matthew Dillon, at Lyons High School who recently were named as National Merit Scholar Finalists for this school year.
The two seniors are well-rounded students, who in addition to their academic excellence (each has maintained a GPA above 4.0) also are contributing members of the school’s music and athletic programs.

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March: Awards Letters

March: Awards Letters

By Joanne Barnard

You have come a long way Class of 2015, with only a few more months of high school left. Financial aid letters will start showing up between now and mid-April. Use this month to reflect on what you can do best, what fuels your passion, and while reviewing theses award

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"A Celebration of Writers and Artists" - Spring 2015

Join us for another year of a Celebration of Writers and Artists. Creative Communication is pleased to announce our Spring 2015 Essay, Poetry and Art Contests. Thousands in prizes and awards will be awarded to students and schools in your area. The Essay Contest divisions are: Grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12, with 10

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Follow-up, the Future and Financial Aid

February is the lull month between the frenzy of applying for school and financial aid and the anticipation of award letters and the decision. Take this opportunity to follow up on all you have accomplished, catch up on all that you haven’t, and prepare yourself for what is to come.

Follow up:
If you have already applied for post secondary education, scholarships and completed the FAFSA, follow up with schools to ensure they have transcripts and all application material. Some schools require your mid-year transcript. You may have requested ACT/SAT scores be

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January: FAFSA

Most individuals pursuing post-secondary education receive some sort of financial aid. Financial aid is comprised of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Last month, high school seniors were advised to focus on applying for scholarships. Use January to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Saving for Education 2014

By Joanne Barnard
Paying education costs can be stressful for parents and graduates; estimates are staggering. Yet post secondary education is becoming a necessity to ensure a productive life. Planning for post-secondary education now will

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