Education

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May

Scholarship established by family through Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. in honor of Walter “Red” Rixen and Dr. James Rixen


Rixen Scholarship established ... Debbie Rixen, left, and Allamakee County Community Foundation Coordinator Betty Steege, right, complete the paperwork to establish a scholarship endowment with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to benefit Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. The “Red” Rixen and Dr. Jim Rixen Scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a graduating Waukon High School senior at this year’s Senior Awards Program scheduled for May 14 at Waukon High School. Submitted photo.

The family of Walter “Red” Rixen and Dr. James Rixen, father and son, will continue to honor their memory and legacy of community support with a new endowed scholarship being made available to Waukon High School graduating seniors. The “Red” Rixen and Dr. Jim Rixen Scholarship will be first distributed at this year’s Waukon High School Senior Awards Program through the Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Walter “Red” Rixen was born in Harlan and served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He began his teaching and coaching career at Waukon High School, where his 1953 and 1957 Waukon Indian football teams played to undefeated seasons. After completing a Master’s degree in Administration at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Red went on to be a school principal at St. Ansgar, for many years at Grinnell High School, and also at Davis Elementary. He and his wife, Helen, retired back to Waukon.

Wed
01
May

Local artist shares talents with New Albin Elementary sixth graders ...

Sixth grade students from New Albin Elementary recently enjoyed their afternoon learning all about clay, as well as creating their own pottery masterpiece. George Blair, a renowned potter from New Albin, had the students and teachers awed at his talents. The students had a great experience thanks to the generosity of this local artist. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
01
May

Waukon High School and Allamakee Scholarship Fund to present 2019 Senior Awards Program May 14

Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m., the Senior Awards Program for the Waukon High School Class of 2019 will be held in the 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 2019 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 10.
 

Wed
24
Apr

Donations, volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom


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
24
Apr

WHS graduate chosen to present research at national conference


Presents at National Conference on Undergraduate Research ... Waukon High School 2017 graduate Erika Johnson stands with a display of her research she presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. A junior Animal Science major, Johnson was one of 62 Iowa State University students selected to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, sharing her research on “The Effects of Dietary Protein Oxidation on Growing Pigs”. Submitted photo.

Undergraduate students from Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames headed south the second week of April to share their research and scholarship with their peers from across the nation at the 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. About 4,000 undergraduate students from across the U.S. present their research at this annual conference, the largest such conference in the country.

This is the third year ISU students have attended NCUR. Iowa State’s 62 students representing 30 different majors marks the university’s highest level of participation yet. In addition to presenting their research and scholarship, these students were also provided with networking and professional development opportunities.

Wed
24
Apr

Waukon Middle School eighth graders take annual trip to Des Moines …

The eighth grade students of Waukon Middle School once again were up bright and early Thursday, April 4 for their annual trip to Des Moines. Students and chaperons boarded two charter buses for the annual trip. The trip included one new venue this year, a visit to the John Deere factory in Ankeny. That visit started with a video introduction followed by a 60-minute motorized tour of production of cotton harvesters. Students also visited the State Capitol (some of those students are pictured outside above and some inside below) in Des Moines, getting a chance to visit with area Representatives Anne Osmundson and Michael Bergan. Students also got to visit either Terrace Hill or the Iowa Hall of Pride. Students were commended at each stop for being courteous and attentive. They represented their school and community in a very positive way. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
17
Apr

St. Patrick School to host 5K Walk/Run Saturday; Benefit breakfast event to also be held this year

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be hosting its annual 5K walk/run this Saturday, April 20. The event is open to all ages and the 5K walk/run event will begin at 8 a.m.

Registration for the event can now be accomplished by calling 563-568-2415 or emailing kfahey@st-pats.pvt.k12.ia.us. Registration will also be held from 7-7:45 a.m. the day of the race at the St. Patrick School Upper Building gymnasium, but registration after April 15 will not guarantee receipt of a long-sleeved t-shirt and will be charged the late registration fee, $25 for adults and $20 for youth.

For more information about the event, call 563-568-2415 or email kfahey@st-pats.pvt.k12.ia.us. Rain date has been set for Saturday, May 4.

Wed
17
Apr

EACSD Board of Directors addresses some personnel matters, sets May 20 as budget amendment public hearing date

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors held its regular meeting Monday, April 15 at Kee High School in Lansing. Board President Heather Schulte called the meeting to order. Additional board members in attendance were Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Kelli Mudderman and Bruce Palmborg. In addition, school personnel included Superintendent Dale Crozier and Board Secretary Janet Heiderscheit.

After the agenda adoption, the board authorized the usual and customary reports of the April consent items, minutes of the March meetings, bills for April, Secretary’s Financial Statement, and the Activity and Food Service Reports.

Wed
17
Apr

Waukon Walking School Bus to start from the courthouse in May ...

The Waukon Walking School Bus (WSB), now in its sixth year, is a safe, fun and active way for students to get to school during the fall and spring months. The WSB is scheduled to walk each Thursday morning in May, including May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Due to the street improvement project currently underway in Waukon, this spring’s meeting location and route has had to be adjusted slightly from its original location in years past. Interested families should drop students off by 7:35 a.m. at the Allamakee County Courthouse lower parking lot located on First Avenue NW in Waukon. Routes lead to East Elementary and West Elementary Schools. Students will be walking 10-20 minutes and arrive to school by 8:10 a.m. or earlier. Spring mornings can be pretty chilly so students should come dressed for the weather. The WSB will not walk if it is heavily raining/storming/snowing at 7:30 a.m.

Wed
10
Apr

Donations, volunteers sought for WHS Post Prom


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:

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