Education

Wed
11
Jul

Master Gardeners offer three Growing Season webcasts

The Iowa Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a trio of Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses.

The two-hour webcasts will be shown at the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office in Waukon. The webcasts are open to the public for a fee and open to anyone who may be interested. Those Growing Season webcast topics include:

• Tuesday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.: Insect Update and Tree Care - Get the latest details about invasive garden pests, including Japanese beetle, Emerald ash borer and spotted wing drosophila from Donald Lewis, professor and Extension entomologist at Iowa State University. Then learn about how to maintain the health of trees from Jesse Randall, associate professor and Extension forester at Iowa State.

Thu
05
Jul

“STEAM” powered: 95 students challenge skills and intellect at NICC Waukon summer camp


Coding ... STEAM camp students learned how to code a robot (at far left in photo) to make it follow steps and maneuver around obstacles, as pictured above. The STEAM camp was held June 5-7 at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center. Submitted photo.

Strawbees ... STEAM camp students learned how to code a motor and adjust how fast it went. The STEAM camp was held June 5-7 at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center. Submitted photo.

The future is clearly here for 95 students that attended the 4th Annual STEAM summer camp at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) - Waukon Center in early June.

From June 5-7, the nearly 100 students going into Pre-K through seventh grades attended the day camps and participated in a variety of activities. The STEAM camp - STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math - included sessions on coding challenges, virtual and augmented reality experiences, robotics, engineering and circuit-building.

Students learned how to code a robot to make it follow steps and maneuver around obstacles, coloring a 2D image and making it come to life through augmented reality, and drawing, designing and building creatures and structures. Other activities tested the young learners’ skills in building straw towers to support a weight and making a marble run where the goal was to have the marble move as slow as possible.

Thu
05
Jul

ACEC awards seven scholarships to area students ...

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC), located near Postville, has awarded seven area high school graduates (all of whom are pictured above) with the Hauschild Scholarship. The Hauschild Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Robert “Bill” Hauschild by his wife and family. This annual scholarship is provided in recognition of Bill’s dedication and service as a director of the Cooperative from his election September 10, 1988 until his death March 17, 1993. This year, a total of $3,750 in scholarship funding was awarded to seven high school seniors who are all entering a course of study within the electric field.

Wed
27
Jun

Area students sponsored by Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative for Youth Tour


Youth Tour participants ... Left to right, Caleb Opfer of Waukon High School and Luke Tuecke of Central Community High School stand with the U.S. Capitol Building looming in the background during their recent Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Both Opfer and Tuecke were sponsored by Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative for the Tour. Submitted photo.

Thirty-seven high school students representing Iowa’s locally-owned electric cooperatives traveled to Washington, D.C. June 8-14 and joined more than 1,800 other students from across the nation for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Iowa’s electric cooperatives were the first ones to send students to Washington, D.C., back in 1958; this year marks the 60th anniversary of the journey.

“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students, and we’re proud to send 37 of Iowa’s best and brightest to our nation’s capital this year to participate,” said Chuck Soderberg, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. “These students gained a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and made connections with other student leaders from across the country that will last a lifetime. We look forward to continuing the Youth Tour tradition for years to come.”

Wed
27
Jun

Local students honored at Upper Iowa University Awards Banquet


Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy and Thea Meyer

Upper Iowa University Provost Dr. P. Joan Poor and Adam Hansen

Scholarship trio ...
Thea Meyer, daughter of Don and Mary Meyer of Waukon, was the recipient of three scholarships at the 2018 Upper Iowa University (UIU) Honors and Awards Banquet held in April on the school’s campus in Fayette. She is pictured at right with Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy. Meyer was awarded the Excellence in Education Scholarship, which is bestowed upon a deserving student who has junior or senior status in the Teacher Education program and has achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The intent of this scholarship is to assist a student who possesses the qualities of an effective teacher. The scholarship recipient is chosen by the faculty of the Andres School of Education.

Wed
27
Jun

Driver Education to be offered at NICC Waukon Center during month of July

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a High School Driver Education course from July 5-20. The course will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 Third Avenue NW.

To satisfy the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for a drivers license, students must attend 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of Behind the Wheel (BTW) driving experience. Attendance is required at all sessions. Students must have an Iowa driver’s permit before the first class.

To register online for class (#59604), 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 563-568-3060 (Waukon Center).
 

Wed
20
Jun

Waukon High School Music Department makes biennial trip to New York ...

The junior and senior members of the Waukon High School Band and Choir left Tuesday morning, May 29 with chaperons for their biennial trip to New York. While on the trip, the group took a double-decker bus tour at night through Manhattan and Brooklyn and toured NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center, Times Square (pictured above), Central Park, Little Italy, Manhattan Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. In addition to sightseeing, the students also took part in a theater workshop with a cast member from the musical “Wicked.” The group also attended Broadway performances of “Aladdin” and “Wicked”. The trip was under the direction of Waukon Music Department instructors JoAnn Sherman and Sarah Palmer. The group returned to Waukon June 2. Photo by GroupPhotos.com © 2018.
 

Wed
20
Jun

Kee High School student musicians to perform throughout Europe with Iowa Ambassadors of Music group

Neve Goetzinger...
Neve Goetzinger...
Michelle Walleser...
Michelle Walleser...

Kee High School musicians Neve Goetzinger and Michelle Walleser will tour Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music (IAM) July 3-18 of this year. Both students will be performing with the choir contingency of the group, as Goetzinger sings Soprano 1 and Walleser sings Alto. They were nominated by former Kee High School Choir Director Ethan Ivey.

These local students are part of a select group of 390 student musicians, advisors and parents from across Iowa making this year’s tour. The 2018 tour is a 21-day event that includes four days of rehearsal in Grinnell, with a farewell concert at Grinnell College (Darby Gymnasium) July 2 at 7 p.m. The Ambassadors then have a 16-day concert tour through England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein. The students will perform in each country, except Liechtenstein.

Wed
20
Jun

ACSD Board of Directors hears updates on the completion of the 2017-2018 school year and preparations for the 2018-2019 school year

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, June 18 short one member as board member Tom Baxter had resigned at the end of the board’s previous meeting in May. Later in the meeting, the board formally accepted Baxter’s resignation and appointed Erik Helgerson to finish out Baxter’s term.

The board heard a brief presentation from Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker regarding the County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Snitker explained that he hoped the district would adopt the Hazard Mitigation Plan with a resolution. The plan is a five-year plan and has been approved by FEMA. The board did approve the resolution later in the meeting.

Wed
13
Jun

Allamakee Community School District honors milestones at annual Employee Recognition


45 years of service ... Sandra Fish. Not pictured: John Egan. Submitted photo.

25-40 years of service ... Left to right: Kerry Wacker - 25 years, Janet Walleser - 35 years, Jane Miene - 40 years, Jenette Schulte - 40 years. Not pictured: Dani Bahr - 25 years. Submitted photo.

Retiring personnel ... Left to right in photo above: LaVonne Wagner, Jane Otting, Darla-Reed Tinderholt, Randy Nordheim, Deb Kubitz, Jim Needham, Julie Alden, Frank Knoll, Julie Askelson, Eileen Franks, Jenette Schulte. Photo below: Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Dave Herold. Submitted photos.

The Allamakee Community School District hosted its annual Employee Recognition event Tuesday, May 29 at the Waukon Middle School gymnasium for all employees of the school district. The event featured the honoring of school district employees who have achieved milestone tenures of 15, 20, 25, 35, 40 and 45 years of service to the school district, as well as 12 staff members who are retiring from the school district, including Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Dave Herold. Some of those employees are pictured in the surrounding photos. Additional photos are available in the print

Additional photos from this event are available in the June 13 edition of The Standard. Pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.
 

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