Education

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26
Sep

Saturday Clover Kids learn about bubbles ...

Saturday Clover Kids met September 15 at the Waukon Wellness Center, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Clover Kids is a fun 4-H program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grades. The overall purpose of the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional and physical maturation of kindergarten through third graders by providing a unique, age-appropriate educational opportunity. A total of 25 youth (most of whom are pictured above) spent the morning investigating bubbles. They had the opportunity to make their own bubble blowers and learned that bubbles always take on a round shape after they break free of the wand. They also learned that bubbles would be perfect spheres only under ideal conditions of no gravity, no air movement and non-air resistance.

Wed
26
Sep

Financial Aid Workshop to be offered October 8

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center will be offering a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop Monday, October 8 from 4-7 p.m. The NICC Waukon Center is located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

This event is open to the public and is designed to help students complete their FAFSA and answer any questions. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.

To make a 30-minute appointment or for more information about the workshop, contact DeKote’ Curtin at 563-538-6575 (call or text) or curtind@nicc.edu.

To prepare for the FAFSA workshop, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to create a FSA ID for both parent and student; that will be needed to complete the application. Bring a copy of both the parents’ and student’s 2017 taxes, W-2s and FSA ID login information to any FAFSA appointment.
 

Wed
26
Sep

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program offered through month of November

Northeast Iowa National Alliance on Mental Illness (NEIA NAMI) Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of a person’s loved one, but attendees will also find out that they are not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact - one can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand mental health situations. Attendees may also help others through sharing their own experience.
In the program, attendees will learn about:

Wed
19
Sep

ACSD Board discusses variety of matters as new school year is now fully underway

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, September 17. Under personnel matters, the board approved staff for the After School Program, Anne Wuebker was approved as the seventh grade girls basketball coach, Cortney Ryan was approved as a paraprofessional and Kirk Snitker was approved as a substitute bus driver.

Wed
19
Sep

Receives Architecture Award at ISU...

During the Iowa State University Department of Architecture’s annual kick-off celebration, Architecture Premiere, held Friday, September 7 in Ames, a total of $120,000 in awards and scholarships were presented to students. Among those awardees was Elizabeth Mahr, a 2014 graduate of Waukon High School who received the James H. and M. Suanne Stange Architecture Award, a scholarship given to fourth-year students. Mahr is pictured at left in the above photo with Deborah Hauptmann, Chairperson of Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture and Design Administration. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
19
Sep

Recognize signs of learning disorders in children

Learning disorders, also known as learning disabilities, affect a person’s ability to acquire and use academic skills, such as reading and calculating.

“Learning disorders aren’t the same as mental or physical disabilities and don’t reflect a child’s intelligence,” says Elizabeth Leschensky, family nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Waukon. “They can affect a child’s ability to complete a task, use certain skills and can also affect a child’s self-esteem and motivation.”

A number of factors can influence the development of learning disorders including medical conditions, genetics and environmental exposure. Although identification can be difficult, a child may have a learning disorder if he or she:

Wed
12
Sep

ACSD Board work session looks into options for issues at East Elementary

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) school board members met at East Elementary School in Waukon Monday evening, September 10 for a work session with representatives from Shive Hattery to discuss some of the issues the firm addressed in its recent study of the East Elementary building. The initial reason for the study of the building was to investigate the issues with the pipe system involved with the heating of the building.

The report was presented to the school board members and then explained by the representatives from Shive Hattery, who presented the board members with several options as well as other things noticed that could be added to the project if the board chooses to. The baseline fix is that all piping would have to be replaced, but it was pointed out that the overall system would still be outdated.

Wed
12
Sep

BackPack Program offers weekend meals to qualifying ACSD students

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) is once again partnering with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to offer the BackPack Program to students in order to provide meals for kids when school meals aren’t available. Any student, 18 years old and younger, who qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program in the school district may participate in the BackPack Program.

Parents and guardians of ACSD students may apply for the free and reduced lunch program at any time throughout the school year. The applications are available through the school secretaries. Families are encouraged to apply for assistance if they are in need.

Wed
12
Sep

NICC Waukon Center to host “Find Your Inner Artist” Painting Class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Find Your Inner Artist: A Guided Painting Experience” Tuesday, September 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Even if students have never painted before, they will find their inner artist as they follow the step-by-step instruction. By the end of the evening, class attendees will have created a 11”x14” canvas masterpiece and perhaps even made some new friends. There is a supply fee due to the instructor the night of class.

To register online for “Find Your Inner Artist: A Guided Painting Experience” (#65812) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at 800-728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar campus) or the NICC Waukon Center at 563-568-3060. Registration deadline is this Friday, September 14.
 

Wed
05
Sep

Carmen Wille participates in National Ag Media Summit ...

Carmen Wille (second from the right in the front row of the above photo), a 2017 graduate of Waukon High School now majoring in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education at Iowa State University in Ames, recently participated in the annual Ag Media Summit and Association of Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. This national event, held in August, allowed students to attend workshops tailored to communications, meet alumni and network with communication professionals from agriculture-related industries. At the summit, the Iowa State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Club received six awards from 26 submissions. There were a total of nearly 800 entries from 14 ACT chapters around the country. As a chapter, the group was recognized for a substantial increase in contest submissions.

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