Education

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31
Jul

Final days for Allamakee Community School District Free Summer Food Service Program for 2019 begin August 5

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) has been participating in the Free Summer Food Service Program again this year, and its final offering for this year of those free breakfast and lunch meals will begin Monday, August 5. Menus for those final August dates accompany this article (both printed at right). Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children ages one through this past spring’s graduating seniors at no charge and are the same for all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the sites and times as follows:

• Waukon Middle School Cafeteria: Mondays-Fridays, August 5-16. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Wed
31
Jul

NICC offering Intro to Welding class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering an “Intro to Welding” class series which will meet each Saturday in September, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Waukon High School.

With the skills learned in this 16-hour class, those attending will understand safe welding practices, become familiar with welding equipment, use basic measuring tools, and learn to weld from different positions. Once they have learned those basic skills, they’ll have dedicated time to do a welding project of their choice - anything from a farm or home project to an art piece - with steel that they, themselves, provide.

Project size is limited and must be approved by the instructor at the first class. The registration deadline is August 23.

Wed
24
Jul

Madi Palmer among Iowa 4-H Youth teaching about importance of pollination and native bees

Madi Palmer ...
Madi Palmer ...

Through the 2019 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE), local Iowa teens had the opportunity to teach and guide younger youth through the Native Bee Challenge to learn about how increasing habitat for native bees benefits the food supply and agriculture.

Madi Palmer, a 4-H teen from Waukon, was excited to participate in the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience because she is passionate about agriculture and understands that pollination is extremely important to the sustainability of the industry.

“I didn’t know a lot about native bees and realized that most of the public probably doesn’t either,” Palmer shared. “I wanted to be able to educate the public and let them know that bees aren’t just annoying little bugs. They actually are very important to the pollination of the plants that other farmers and I raise.”

Wed
24
Jul

Income eligibility guidelines released for free and reduced school lunches within the state of Iowa for the 2019-2020 school year

The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack Program. State and Local school officials have adopted the family size and income criteria viewable in the chart accompanying this article for determining eligibility, effective July 1, 2019.

Households may be eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits one of four ways listed below.

Wed
17
Jul

ACSD Board of Directors tours East Elementary renovation project, addresses variety of items as early preparations begin for school year

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) school board members toured the East Elementary School building Monday evening, July 15, prior to their regular meeting, to see the progress being made on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and window replacement project at the school. Some of the classrooms have the new style of window already installed, so board members were able to see the difference in comparison to the old windows still in place in some classrooms.

During the regular meeting, the board approved several consent agenda items. Under personnel, the board approved staff for the after school programming and fall sports volunteer coaches. The board also approved Sunday requests from the music department. The board voted to renew the BackPack Program for the 2019-2020 school year and also approved the Free and Reduced School meal policy.

Wed
17
Jul

EACSD Board of Directors approves bus leasing option, hears from Superintendent about district’s financial outlook

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, June 15. The meeting was called to order by Board President Heather Schulte and the following board members were present: Kelli Mudderman, Bruce Palmborg and Melanie Mauss, with board member Bobbie Goetzinger absent. Also present at the meeting were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee Middle School and High School Principal Mary Hogan and Board Secretary Marian Verdon.

After the board adopted the agenda, the meeting was opened up for audience comments, but there were none. After the approval of the agenda, the usual and customary authorizations were made including the July consent items, minutes of the June meeting, bills for July, Secretary’s Financial Report for June, and the Student Activity and Food Service Reports.

Wed
17
Jul

Increase in Watershed Guardian Grant awards for northeast Iowa teachers and youth organizations

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Board Chairperson Bill Bennet led the planting of the Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site (RUSD Site) community orchard in Postville. A variety of apple, plum, pear and cherry trees were planted creating a diverse mix of fruit trees that are beneficial to area pollinators. Fruit trees provide all the shade, water quality, air quality and evapotranspiration benefits of regular trees, plus some additional benefits. Fruit trees also provide community members with a healthy food option.

Wed
10
Jul

Growing in the Garden in Waukon ...

Gardening and pizza went together perfectly in Waukon recently when youth learned the different parts of a plant, and how each part is edible depending on the fruit or vegetable. It was discussed which parts help make a pizza, while everyone designed their perfect pizza. Ideas ranged from pepperoni to ice cream. Youth used English muffins to make personal pizzas for lunch.

They also discussed the four needs for plants to survive: air, soil, water and sun. To highlight soil, everyone was able to plant their own pizza garden to take home, using a variety of seeds of foods used to make pizza such as tomato, pepper, basil and thyme. To highlight sun, they made UV bracelets which turned colors in the sunshine. It was suggested to experiment with different sunscreens on their beads to see if the beads would still change colors or if the sunscreen would block the UV rays. Youth also learned how to make a rain gauge out of recycled pop bottles (pictured above).

Wed
10
Jul

NICC Waukon Center offering Business Summer Camp

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions and Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism is offering “Build Your Own Business” #70687 summer camp July 30-31 for students entering fourth-sixth grade in the fall.

For those who have a great idea they’d like to turn into a business, this two-day camp is their shot at a Shark Tank-style experience where they can learn basic business concepts and vocabulary, create a business plan, and pitch ideas in a presentation to young entrepreneurs from the area.  They will share their business stories and help those attending learn everything from a proper greeting handshake, to good customer service skills, to building a professional business card, all included within the registration fee.

To register online for “Build Your Own Business” #70687 or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions or call NICC Waukon Center 563-568-3060.
 

Wed
10
Jul

NICC offering Healthcare Summer Camp August 8

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Healthcare Faces of the Future” #70688 summer camp Thursday, August 8 for students entering third-seventh grade in the fall.

Calling all kids who want to be a nurse, paramedic, doctor or other health professional. Spend an action-packed day experiencing what these careers are like. Those attending will have a chance to work with manikins in a health lab setting and try lots of interactive, hands-on activities. They will also be visited by guest speakers from local healthcare facilities who can tell them what  it’s really like to work in their jobs. Lunch will also be included in the cost of the camp.

To register online for “Healthcare Faces of the Future” #70688 or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions or call NICC Waukon Center at 563-568-3060.
 

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