Education

Wed
09
May

Letter to the Editor: Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with a small but mighty gesture

Kindness, patience, encouragement, creative, dedicated, innovative, passionate, enthusiastic, determined and caring. These words are ones that come to mind when I think back on the teachers who have made an impact on my life.

Mrs. Pyle, Mrs. Willman, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Keith and Mrs. Dohlman. These people spent countless hours working to ensure I left high school prepared to tackle the challenges I would face and ensure I would be a positive contributor to society.

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-12, I reflect on those teachers who made an impact on my life. I wonder if the teachers I have had the pleasure to learn from know just how much they have contributed to my successes in life. I spent well over 15,000 hours with these people and yet, I am not sure I ever really expressed my appreciation for all they did.

Wed
02
May

Allamakee Community School District AALP students participate in Wind Energy Challenge ...

Students in the Allamakee Community School District’s (ACSD) Allamakee Accelerated Learning Program (AALP) recently took part in a Wind Energy Challenge hosted by Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) in Elkader Tuesday, April 17. The event gives students a chance to apply their knowledge of wind energy and engineering skills to design a wind turbine. Student teams designed and built a working wind turbine and developed a display to further explain their project, with the projects being tested for energy output.

Wed
02
May

Waukon High School and Allamakee Scholarship Fund to present 2018 Senior Awards Program May 8

Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Senior Awards Program for the Waukon High School Class of 2018 will be held in the Waukon High School Auditorium. All students, parents and families, and community members are invited to attend.

Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. and many community groups will present awards that evening. In addition, honors and achievements by Waukon High School Class of 2018 members will be recognized. Any organization presenting an award needs to contact Amy Wasson at Waukon High School to confirm program information and inclusion in the program by Tuesday, May 1.
 

Wed
02
May

NICC demonstrates importance of STEM education at April 12 festival for families


Youth and families experience STEM ... Area youth and their families were introduced to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in hands-on fashion during the April 12 Family STEM Festival hosted at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar. Nearly 450 youth and family members (some of whom are pictured above and below) attended the event, which emphasized the importance of STEM education and offered insight and hands-on working demonstrations regarding careers in STEM. Submitted photos.

If enthusiasm for science and technology is any indication, educators should not be too concerned about young students’ interest in STEM activities and career fields. Nearly 450 children and family members from across northeast Iowa attended the April 12 Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival held at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Calmar campus.

Twenty-five community organizations, colleges and businesses served as exhibitors and offered children hands-on, working demonstration STEM exhibits to introduce the next generation of thinkers to STEM and high-demand career fields. The NICC Calmar campus hosted the event through a partnership with the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Wed
25
Apr

Kee graduate Colin Brennan part of ISU engineering team that creates innovative disaster relief container for 3M challenge


Brennan part of ISU engineering team that competes in 3M challenge ... Members of the Iowa State University engineering team that competed in the inaugural 3M Disruptive Design Challenge in Minneapolis, MN April 13 stand with their completed container right before the team went outside to watch it drop from the crane during the testing phase of the Challenge. Kee High School 2014 graduate Colin Brennan, a senior chemical engineering student at Iowa State, was a member of the eight-student team and is pictured third from the left in the above photo. Photo by Rick Allen of rickallenphoto.com.

Technically speaking ... Colin Brennan, a 2014 graduate of Kee High School currently in his senior year as a chemical engineering major at Iowa State University, delivers a technical presentation for the judges and audience at the inaugural 3M Disruptive Design Challenge in Minneapolis, MN April 13. Brennan was a member of the Iowa State University engineering team that competed in the Challenge. Photo by Rick Allen of rickallenphoto.com.

Iowa State University (ISU) engineering students have developed a new, practical and cost-effective way to drop medical supplies into a disaster area. Among the eight members of that ISU team was Colin Brennan, 2014 Kee High School graduate and son of Marty and Karen Brennan of Lansing.

The team of ISU engineering students competed in the inaugural 3M Disruptive Design Challenge Friday, April 13 at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN. Iowa State’s team, which consists of members of the ISU chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, went up against students from North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Their mission was to create a disaster relief container that could withstand a 150-foot fall (that’s nearly the width of a football field, and 40 feet higher than Iowa State’s Campanile).

Wed
25
Apr

Supporters can donate to Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. during May 10 Great Give Day observance

Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. will be taking part in the observance of Great Give Day Thursday, May 10 in an effort to give supporters an opportunity to donate to its mission of encouraging students of the Allamakee Community School District to reach for and achieve their educational goals. Reorganized from its original Allamakee Dollars for Scholars in 2014, Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. has awarded more than $938,355 in scholarships to 1,531 students in an effort to carry out its mission.

Wed
25
Apr

NICC Waukon Center to offer Driver Education

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
18
Apr

EACSD Board of Directors hears presentation on workspace learning among variety of items addressed during regular session

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors held its regular meeting Monday, April 16. Audience comments included a presentation by instructor Tiffanie Peters about the Career Fair & Worked Based Learning Program. She has recently presented at several workshops, including the Iowa Workspace Learning Conference in Waukee, and will be presenting at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) next week.

She described a new program which will be implemented in the fall which she will head up for the school district. This program has been discussed for four years but new legislation which supports 21st century skills for students who do not go to a college will make it a reality. Students will complete core subjects and then participate in CTE (Career Technical Education) programs which get them out into the workforce.

Wed
18
Apr

Waukon High School and Allamakee Scholarship Fund to present 2018 Senior Awards Program May 8

Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Senior Awards Program for the Waukon High School Class of 2018 will be held in the Waukon High School Auditorium. All students, parents and families, and community members are invited to attend.

Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. and many community groups will present awards that evening. In addition, honors and achievements by Waukon High School Class of 2018 members will be recognized. Any organization presenting an award needs to contact Amy Wasson at Waukon High School to confirm program information and inclusion in the program by Tuesday, May 1.
 

Wed
18
Apr

ACSD Board of Directors addresses variety of matters at regular session

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD)board of directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, April 16. During the Superintendent’s report, ACSD Dave Herold updated those in attendance about several legislative items at the State level.

Herold said that ACSD would be updating its security plan in order to be compliant with SF 2364, and that this piece of legislation requires school districts to have a compliant emergency plan by June 2019. Herold noted that ACSD would just have to “tweak” its plan and add a few things.

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