Education

Wed
19
Dec

ACSD Board of Directors approves agreement with NICC for welding equipment

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District’s (ACSD) board of directors met Monday evening, December 17 for its regular monthly meeting. Under the consent agenda in personnel matters, staff for after school programming was approved, as was Gary Egan for a substitute/activity bus driver. The board also approved the Mediacom Contract Renewal and the annual eighth grade trip to Des Moines, where students will be able to visit the State Capitol, John Deere Des Moines Works and either the Iowa Hall of Pride or Terrace Hill.

Wed
19
Dec

EACSD Board of Directors hears updates on dropout prevention program funding, purchase of musical instruments and fitness center wall

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, December 17. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President. The following members were present: Bobbie Goetzinger, Kelli Mudderman, Bruce Palmborg, Melanie Mauss and Heather Schulte. Also present were Dr. Dale Crozier, Superintendent; Mary Hogan, Kee High and Middle School Principal; Chad Steckel, New Albin Elementary School Principal and Janet Heiderscheit, Board Secretary.

After the agenda was adopted, the board asked for audience comments but there were none. The board next approved the authorizations for the December consent items, the minutes of the November meeting, the bills for December, the secretary’s financial statement and the activity and food service report.

Wed
19
Dec

WHS Music Department conducting “Adopt a Uniform” fundraising campaign to replace band uniforms


New uniforms ... Waukon High School senior Micah Treptau models a sample of the new uniforms for the Waukon High School Marching Band. Submitted photo.

The Waukon High School Music Department is seeking donations for new high school marching band and concert band uniforms through an “Adopt a Uniform” campaign. The current marching band uniforms were purchased in 1997 and are in need of replacement following years of usage and alterations.

The Allamakee Community School District and the Allamakee Music Boosters will each be providing one-third of the funding for the uniform replacement project, leaving a final third of the total cost to be raised through the “Adopt-a-Uniform” donation drive. Donation levels for specific pieces of the uniforms being sought are listed below in the accompanying donation form below, but any donation amount would be welcome.

Wed
12
Dec

Building more than just a house


Learning by doing for far-reaching benefits ... Waukon High School students are responsible for the construction progress shown in the surrounding photos of the house currently being constructed on Twelfth Street NW in Waukon. The house is one of seven homes in Waukon that has been built by the construction class over the past 10 years, with the more recent homes built being a cooperative learning and development effort between the Allamakee Community School District, Waukon Economic Development Corporation and the City of Waukon. Submitted photos.

submitted through the
cooperative efforts of
Waukon Economic
Development Corporation and the Allamakee
Community School District

Driving west on old Highway 9 one cannot help but notice the housing development taking place on Twelfth Street NW just south of the Wellness Center. As one looks closer, it appears that high school students are the carpenters building a new house.
That observation would be correct as the students are part of the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Career and Technical Education program. The students are completing high school course work and at the same time are earning transferable credits from Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in their construction trades classes.

Wed
12
Dec

Having a ball, thanks to P.S.S.T. ...

Thanks to the help of parents and teachers, the recent P.S.S.T. Ball Fundraiser was a success. With funds from the equipment sales event and P.S.S.T. funds, 29 new, high quality balls were able to be purchased and then donated to East (pictured below) and West (pictured above) Elementary schools in Waukon for use by students during recess and in the schools’ Physical Education classes.

P.S.S.T., Parents Supporting Students and Teachers, is the parent organization that helps support the elementary schools in the Allamakee Community School District. The P.S.S.T. volunteers put on several family events each year and work to support the excellence of the schools’ students and staff. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
12
Dec

Eighth grade students participate in Global Student Blogging Challenge ...

Over the past nine weeks, Waukon Middle School students in Ms. Milewsky’s eighth grade Language Arts class have been participating in a global blogging challenge organized by Edublogs. Each week students are given a challenge to complete and share with challenge participants and commentators to receive feedback. The challenges (some of which are pictured in the photos above) have included discussing digital citizenship with proper commenting guidelines, writing stories using emojis, A-Z science poems, surveying others’ interests and creating “all about me” pages, all while being engaged in writing for an authentic audience.

Wed
05
Dec

All-State Chorus selections ...

This year, three students from the Waukon High School Vocal Music Department under the direction of Sarah J. Bieber Palmer were selected to participate in the Iowa All-State Music Festival, the highest individual honor attainable to Iowa high school vocal musicians. Thousands of students from across the state of Iowa auditioned for All-State Chorus Saturday, October 20. Selected for the 600-member All-State Chorus were (left to right in above photo) junior Oonagh Ahouse (Alto 1), daughter of Ed and Marlene Ahouse of Waukon; sophomore Aidan Jones (Bass 2), son of Gregg and Maura Jones of Waukon; and senior Micah Treptau (Tenor 2), son of Tom and Cami Treptau of Waukon. The 2018 All-State Music Festival was held Saturday, November 17 at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Wed
05
Dec

All-Conference musicians ...

Monday, November 19, 26 students from the Waukon High School Music Department participated in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Music Festival. The All-Conference musicians rehearsed throughout the day and performed a concert that evening to a packed audience in the Decorah High School Auditorium. The conductors for this year’s festival were Zachary Durlam - choir, Leyla Sanyer - orchestra, and Steven Stickney - band. The students are under the direction of choir director Sarah Palmer and band director Jo Ann Sherman. Those students participating are pictured in the surrounding photos and include the following:

Photo above at right: All-Conference Choir - Left to right - Front row: Maddie Ellingson, Emily Kolsrud, Ainsley Lydon. Middle row: Sean Liddiard, Ryan Vander Velden, Brigid Berns, Leslie Halverson. Back row: Denzel Decker, Rob Drew, Aiden Jones, James Rubendall.

Wed
05
Dec

EACSD Board of Directors hears presentation on Work Based Learning program; Jim Mauss hired to return as Kee baseball head coach

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, November 19. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President, with several staff members and student visitors in attendance.

After the adoption of the agenda, several FFA students from the high school chapter and their advisor, Ray Rankin, gave a presentation on their participation at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. For the first time in school history, four FFA students also participated in the national level Milk Quality and Products competition and ended with a final ranking of 33rd in the national competition.

Wed
28
Nov

Allamakee County 4-H’ers participate in FarmHer event ...

Five Allamakee County 4-H’ers traveled to the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny Thursday, November 15 for the Grow by FarmHer conference. Pictured above, left to right, are Soraya Reyes, Shelby Wyninger, Allie Bieber, Diana Davison and Maya Bossom. Grow is a series of events that will inspire and empower young women in agriculture to take an active role in the agriculture industry. A total of 350 young women ages 16-22 with an interest in agriculture had the opportunity to participate in inspirational and informational experiences as a group as well as meaningful one-on-one connections with women ag leaders. At Grow by FarmHer, young women received a real-life look at what they need to do to be successful ag leaders, while gaining the encouragement and making the connections that are pivotal to helping them GROW in agriculture. For more information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact the Allamakee County Extension Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

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