Education

Wed
27
Mar

Donations and volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom 2019


Waukon High School Prom/Post Prom set for April 27-28 ... Pictured above is a previous Waukon High School Post Prom. Donations and volunteers are being sought to help make the annual event a success again for Waukon High School students and their Prom guests. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Prom 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Parents of high school students are again hosting the annual substance-free Post Prom event at the Waukon High School gym immediately following Prom, from 11 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. the next morning.

Very strong past support from parents of Waukon High School students, as well as from local businesses and civic organizations, has resulted in the continued success of providing Prom-goers a safe alternative for celebrating the annual event. That support has provided these young adults with games, food, entertainment and prizes at the Post Prom event each year.

Assistance is needed for the event in two main areas:

Wed
27
Mar

Area high school seniors get a dose of real life at “Reality 101” event


Area high school seniors participate in Reality 101 ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon sponsored Reality 101, which was held at the Waukon High School for all area schools March 20. Nearly 170 Kee High School, Postville High School, MFL/MarMac High School and Waukon High School graduating seniors were able to attend. Over 80 individuals and businesses volunteered their time to create a real life financial scenario for all of these students preparing for graduation. The students were required to visit each of the 30 stations (some of which are pictured in the photos above and farther below) to open a bank account, pay their taxes, purchase an automobile and insurance, pay for daycare, groceries, a home, household supplies, vet expenses, health and life insurance, and still have a balance of $0 to $200 in their checking account when finished. Submitted photos.

Nearly 170 graduating seniors from Postville, Kee, MFL/MarMac and Waukon High Schools attended “Reality 101” at the Waukon High School Wednesday, March 20. Over 80 individuals and businesses volunteered their time to create a real life financial scenario for all of these students preparing for graduation.

Each student chose a career and researched monthly income based on average northeast Iowa wages in the classroom setting prior to the activity. The day of Reality 101, the students were provided with a life scenario which may include a spouse, children and possibly even child support situations, including the information they provided on their chosen career and college plans. The students were then required to visit each of the 30 stations to open a bank account, pay their taxes, purchase an automobile and insurance, pay for daycare, groceries, household supplies, vet expenses, health and life insurance, etc.

Wed
20
Mar

Donations and volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom 2019


Waukon High School Prom/Post Prom set for April 27-28 ... Pictured above is a previous Waukon High School Post Prom. Donations and volunteers are being sought to help make the annual event a success again for Waukon High School students and their Prom guests. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Prom 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Parents of high school students are again hosting the annual substance-free Post Prom event at the Waukon High School gym immediately following Prom, from 11 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. the next morning.

Very strong past support from parents of Waukon High School students, as well as from local businesses and civic organizations, has resulted in the continued success of providing Prom-goers a safe alternative for celebrating the annual event. That support has provided these young adults with games, food, entertainment and prizes at the Post Prom event each year.

Assistance is needed for the event in two main areas:

Wed
20
Mar

WHS Speech students perform at IHSSA State Speech event, three nominated All-State...

Students from Waukon High School participated in the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) State Speech competition held at Waldorf University in Forest City Wednesday, March 13. The students earned 17 Division I ratings and four Division II ratings. Michaela Dehli, Abby Wiemerslage and Vivian Kahn were each nominated for the All-State Festival taking place Monday, March 25 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Pictured above are this year’s State Speech participants from Waukon High School. Left to right - Front row: Abby Wiemerslage, Oonagh Ahouse, Madelyn Helgerson, Vivian Khan. Middle row: Michaela Dehli, Bailey Shafer, Aislinn Goettel, Diana Davison. Back row: Teddy Holthaus, Miann Barr, Brooke Wasson, Cassidy Byrnes, Leslie Halverson, Denzel Decker. Not pictured: Alyssa Delaney. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
20
Mar

EACSD Board of Directors approves adding 10 minutes to each school day to make up snow days

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, March 19 at Kee High School in Lansing. Board President Heather Schulte was absent, so Vice President Bobbie Goetzinger called the meeting to order.

The meeting opened with a public hearing on next year’s budget with a call for public comments. The State has approved a 2.06% allowable growth with a tax rate of $11.87 per $1000 valuation. Officially, the district had an increase of two students for a total of  327.1 students. Valuation increased $4.02 million, therefore some funding had to be shifted from state aid to property tax. Continuing concerns are declining enrollment and declining unspent budget authority. The spending authority for the district is the sum of property tax, state aid, miscellaneous income and unspent balance. There were no public comments and the hearing was closed.

Wed
13
Mar

Allamakee Music Boosters to host “The Cat’s Pajamas” a capella vocal band this Friday


The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band ...

The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band, a national touring professional a cappella group, will be performing at the Waukon High School Auditorium Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. as part of the group’s 12th annual Music in Our Schools Tour.

“The Cat’s Pajamas” has received national acclaim on NBC’s hit show “The Sing-Off” and on the PBS special “Doo-Wop Generations”. The group also performed as a headlining act on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, at the Andy Williams Theater in Branson, MO, and as guest entertainers with Norwegian, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines.

“They are so energetic and fun!” stated Brenda Dougherty of the Allamakee Music Boosters. “They relate to all ages, young and old. You will be singing their music and humming the tunes for week’s afterwards!”

Wed
13
Mar

Read Across America celebrated in the ACSD ...

Hundreds of students from Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) celebrated the National Read Across America event Friday, March 1. District Teacher Librarian Lisa Snitker organized the annual paired reading event in the Waukon High School/Middle School Library. Students from East and West Elementary Schools partner-read with Waukon Middle School students during the event, reading print books and eBooks on the Middle School student laptops, the large touch table and interactive big screen (such as what is pictured in the surrounding photos). Promoting reading through peer modeling encourages teaching and learning. Through the event students gain reading skills, socially interact and build new relationships. Teachers and staff from Waukon Middle School and East and West Elementary Schools remarked that the Read Across America event was an amazing opportunity for older and younger students to connect in a positive and rewarding experience. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
13
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors holds pair of public hearings, hears updates on projects and activities

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Monday evening, March 11 for its regular monthly board meeting. That regular meeting was held a weekly earlier than the usual third Monday of the month due to wanting to meet some deadline requirements for upcoming projects.

The meeting began with two public hearings. The first was on the 2019-2020 school calendar, and there were no comments. The second was on proposed public improvement, and again there were no comments. Board President Al Rissman closed the public hearings and the board proceeded to approve the consent agenda.

Wed
06
Mar

Donations and volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom 2019


Waukon High School Prom/Post Prom set for April 27-28 ... Pictured above is a previous Waukon High School Post Prom. Donations and volunteers are being sought to help make the annual event a success again for Waukon High School students and their Prom guests. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Prom 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Parents of high school students are again hosting the annual substance-free Post Prom event at the Waukon High School gym immediately following Prom, from 11 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. the next morning.

Very strong past support from parents of Waukon High School students, as well as from local businesses and civic organizations, has resulted in the continued success of providing Prom-goers a safe alternative for celebrating the annual event. That support has provided these young adults with games, food, entertainment and prizes at the Post Prom event each year.

Assistance is needed for the event in two main areas:

Wed
06
Mar

Kee Speech has 15 of 20 performances advance to State Individual Speech ...

Fifteen students from Kee High School in Lansing competed in 20 different events at the individual District Speech Contest held Saturday, February 23 at Decorah High School. Fifteen of those events received “one” ratings and five others received “two” ratings. Those who received a “one” rating will advance to the State competition this Saturday, March 9 at Waldorf University in Forest City. Pictured above are participating Kee High School Speech students listed with their performances and the ratings they received: Left to right - Front row: Anthony Martin (Solo Music Theatre - 1 and Improvisational Acting - 1), Amanda Fahey (Prose - 1 and Acting - 2), Sahreya Dodd (Acting - 1), Neve Goetzinger (Solo Music Theatre - 1 and Literary - 1), Michelle Walleser (Storytelling - 1), Logan West (Storytelling - 1). Middle row: Jaiden Berns (Poetry - 2), Maggy Weymiller (Prose - 1), Jazmyne Pace (Poetry - 1), Ella Strong (Literary - 1), Jada Mitchell (Solo Music Theatre - 2).

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