Education

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11
Apr

Donations and volunteers sought for Waukon High School Post Prom 2018


Waukon High School Prom/Post Prom set for April 21-22 ... 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 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, April 21. Parents of high school students are again hosting the annual substance-free Post Prom event at the Waukon High School gymnasium 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
11
Apr

Waterville native and author to visit West and East Elementary Schools in Waukon April 16-17

Mary Evanson Bleckwehl ...
Mary Evanson Bleckwehl ...

Waterville native and Minnesota author Mary Evanson Bleckwehl will be visiting East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon to begin next week, Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17, to read her new book “Claire’s Hair” and discuss the importance of reading. She will also talk about how a book is made and the process of becoming an author.

The phrase "laughter is the best medicine" is played out in a new picture book by the daughter of the late Melbourne and Helen Evanson of Waterville. Following the success of her first two award-winning children’s books, “Henry! You’re Late Again!” and “Henry, You’re Hungry Again?”, she has now written "Claire’s Hair," recently released by Beaver’s Pond Press.

Wed
11
Apr

UPDATE: Weather forces WHS presentation of “Beverly Hillbillies” to Friday and Monday

In the spirit of days gone by, Waukon High School drama students will be presenting “Beverly Hillbillies” on stage - now on each side of this weekend due to weekend winter weather. This play features the same famous family of hillbillies that many watched each week on television from the 1960s. Those attending will follow the Clampett family from their simple mountain cabin, where oil is discovered, out to the swank hills of Beverly Hills, CA. When Jed Clampett and his family arrive in their new home, their plain country ways result in considerable hilarity. For those who remember the television show, all the well-loved characters will be there. Due to anticipated winter weather for this weekend, performances are now scheduled for Friday, April 13 and Monday, April 16, both at 7 p.m. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door the evening of each performance.

Wed
11
Apr

Local P.E.O. Chapter hosts annual reception for Waukon High School senior girls ...

 The annual P.E.O. reception for girls from the graduating  class at Waukon High School was held Monday, April 2 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, marking the 55th anniversary of the event. The evening began with refreshments served. After a welcome by Chapter President Sue Torkelson, introductions by members and guests were made. Linda Johanningmeier then presented the program on “Life Lessons and Making Smart, Calculated Risks.” The graduating young ladies from Waukon High School’s Class of 2018, pictured above, then shared memories from their high school years. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
04
Apr

Kee High School to present “Surviving Reality” on stage this weekend ...

The Kee High School Drama Department will be presenting “Surviving Reality” as its annual spring play on stage this weekend. Show times are Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Admission will be payable at the door for each showing. The play is a two-act comedy written by Daniel O’Donnell and published by Eldridge Publishing. It involves the owner of a small local television station deciding to produce his own reality show, casting the haughty Tuttletons of Park Avenue, NY with the down-home Hatter family of Hog Holler, KY. The families think they only have to live together in the Hatter cabin for a month, but unbeknownst to them, they must also endure a series of challenges made increasingly impossible so the million-dollar prize cannot possibly be won. Come see if and how the Tuttletons and Hatters comically endure everything thrown at them, including exchanging clothes and accents, to the final, ultimate test of eating worms and cow eyes.

Wed
04
Apr

Local students place at District and State competitions in 2017-2018 VFW Auxiliary Essay Contest


Reegan Benzing... First-place winner at both the district and department levels for third grade. Submitted photo.

Reid Deeney ... First-place winner at the district level for fourth grade. Submitted photo.

Ethan Palmer ... First-place winner at the district level for fifth grade. Submitted photo.

The Lawrence D. Anderson VFW Auxiliary #4117 recently presented awards to local elementary school students who had advanced and won at the district and department level in Iowa in the annual student essay contest.  The annual “I Love America Because” VFW Auxiliary Elementary School Essay Contest for students in third, fourth and fifth grades was held last November and winning local entries advanced to the district level in January and then on to the department (state) level more recently.

Third grade students used the topic “I Love America Because…” and winning first place at the district level and also first place at the department level was Reegan Benzing, daughter of Ryland and Shannon Benzing of Waukon. She is a member of Mrs. Sara Retallick’s class at East Elementary School where Mr. Joe Griffith is principal.

Wed
04
Apr

Last Chance Private Pesticide Continuing Instruction Course offered April 12 in Waukon

Allamakee County will offer a “Last Chance” Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for private pesticide applicators Thursday, April 12 at the Allamakee County Extension Office in Waukon. This program is shown in cooperation with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the course runs for approximately two-and-a-half hours. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Allamakee County by phoning 563-568-6345.

The course will fulfill 2017 recertification requirements for private pesticide applicators. Topics to be covered include pesticide storage and handling, laws and regulations, personal protective equipment, pesticide stewardship, and pest management and pesticides.

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28
Mar

Waukon High School to host free Financial Aid presentation April 2

Ninety percent of the fastest growing careers require additional education and training beyond a high school diploma. To prepare students and families for life decisions and planning beyond high school, the Waukon High School counseling office has invited a representative from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to provide a free financial aid presentation Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Waukon High School library. The presentation is geared toward high school juniors and their parents.

Topics covered at the presentation will include:

• Financial Aid Process
• FAFSA Application Review
• Understanding FAFSA Results
• Understanding Costs - College Comparisons
• Financial Aid Options
• Scholarships Process
• Where to Go for Help.

Wed
28
Mar

Waukon Junior High and Sixth Grade Bands receive Superior ratings for 10th year in a row ...

The Junior High Band (pictured above) and the Sixth Grade Band (pictured below) from the Allamakee Community School District each earned Superior ratings at the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (NEIBA) Large Group Contest held Tuesday, March 13 at the Waukon High School gymnasium. This is the tenth consecutive year that both bands have earned the highest available rating at this contest. A total of nine middle school bands from throughout northeast Iowa participated in the annual event. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
28
Mar

Artwork featured on Artsonia.com ...

East Elementary School fifth grader Mercedes Wilkins of Waukon is currently being featured as Artsonia’s Artist of the Week for fourth-sixth grades. Some of her artwork, including the “Straw Weaving” project she is displaying in the above photo, will be featured on the Artsonia website, www.artsonia.com/museum/aotw/, during this week of March 25-31 after she received one of the top vote totals in the weekly contest. She will also receive a plaque and a $50 gift certificate from Blick art supplies, and the Allamakee Community School District elementary art program, under the direction of Carlyn Lechtenberg, receives a $100 art gift certificate as well. Submitted photo.

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