Education

Wed
05
Jun

EACSD Board of Directors approves contracts and wage increases for staff among discussion of other matters

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, May 20. The meeting was called to order by Board President Heather Schulte. Board members present included Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss and Heather Schulte, with board members Bruce Palmborg and Kelli Mudderman absent. Also present at the meeting were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, New Albin Elementary Principal Chad Steckel and Board Secretary Marian Verdon.

After the agenda was unanimously adopted, the Board held a public hearing on the 2018-2019 budget amendment which increased the budget in the non-instruction program area. With no public comment on the proposed budget amendment for 2018-2019, the amendment passed unanimously during the regular session of the board meeting.

Wed
05
Jun

Entered into Iowa State Fair calendar contest ...

Waukon Middle School seventh grader Olivia Marti entered a drawing for the Iowa State Fair calendar contest hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The entry was to be an 8.5”x11”, horizontal, black and white drawing that represents agriculture in Iowa. There will be 12 winners selected this summer to be included on this year’s calendar. Submitted image.
 

Wed
05
Jun

Adult/Teen Class to be featured at Robey Memorial Library

Pinterest Projects Class is being held Thursday, June 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, featuring Paper Quilling for this session. This unique art form uses strips of paper that are rolled, curled, shaped and glued to create simple to intricate designs. This bi-monthly class features a project found on Pinterest and materials will be provided by the library.

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps discover and save creative ideas. Registration is recommended for this class; contact the library at www.waukon.lib.ia.us or 563-568-4424 to register.
 

Wed
29
May

Waukon Middle School 10th Hour Program Drama Club performs “All the Bases” ...

Monday, May 15 the Waukon Middle School 10th Hour Program’s Drama Club presented the play “All the Bases” by Alan Haehnel (Brooklyn Publishers) to their families and community members. The play was based on a survey that was conducted in an effort to create the perfect production. The cast begins by reading the “survey results” they got from the audience in response to the question, “What do you want from a play?” Based on these responses, the cast creates a checklist and presents a play meeting all 15 audience requirements. The hilarious result is that its a “short-cheap-educational-safe, non-schedule-interfering, colorfully-costumed-interesting-set, photogenic, Shakespearean, self-esteem-building, combative-musical-repartee-filled, stars-your-precious-child, contains-no-scratching-or-picking-of-the-embarrassing-variety...show!” Drama Club leaders say the students did a wonderful job and had a fun time creating their own costumes. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
29
May

Helgerson honored at Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony...

Nathan Helgerson (center), Waukon High School graduating senior and son of Erik and Janelle Helgerson of rural Lansing, was recognized by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (right) and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg (left) for outstanding academic achievement at the 17th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony held April 28 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 424 high school seniors from throughout Iowa at this year’s ceremony. “Iowa Farm Bureau members are proud that their organization showcases its commitment to youth and education in many ways, including the half million dollars in scholarships we provide each year. Our 17-year title sponsorship of the Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony is just one way we celebrate Iowa’s exceptional high school students,” said IFBF President Craig Hill.

Wed
29
May

Older art students interact with elementary students ...

The Waukon High School and Middle School art students under the direction of Carlyn Lechtenberg invited students from West and East Elementary Schools over to their art room again this semester, but this time to “fly” on over and see/take pictures with the students’ Kelsey Montague-inspired wings (pictured below). The wings are part of Montague’s “what lifts you” campaign and are designed to spread a kind, motivational, inspirational, uplifting message. Students have been coming over the last couple weeks of the school year to view the middle/high school artwork that is on display, interact with the large “wing” art display and play a game with the older students to create their own inspirational feathers (as pictured above). The wings were also on display in the Waukon High School gym for the Waukon High School graduation ceremonies held Sunday, May 19. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
22
May

Division I ratings and academic achievement ...

The Waukon High School Music Department traveled to Decorah for the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Festival Friday, May 3. Each ensemble performed for three judges during the event and those judges’ scores were averaged to reach a final rating for each group. The Mixed Concert Choir (pictured at center), JV Women’s Choir (pictured at right below) and the Concert Band (pictured above) each received a Division I rating, the highest rating that can be achieved at State contests.

Wed
22
May

ACSD Board of Directors hires Jennifer Garin as Waukon High School Principal among personnel and other matters

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Education met Thursday morning, May 9 for a special meeting. Board members approved hiring Jennifer Garin as the Waukon High School Principal, replacing retiring principal Dr. Mike Hardy. The board also accepted Garin’s resignation from her position as Waukon Middle School Principal and Activities Director.

The board also approved the transfer of teacher Angela Adney from kindergarten to second grade while also approving the realignment of the elementary section to four sections of kindergarten and five sections of first grade at West Elementary due to enrollment numbers. Via telephone, Jon Muller of Iowa School Finance Information Services (ISFIS) gave an overview of financing options for the proposed solar energy project.

Wed
15
May

Selected as KWWL’s 2019 “Best of the Class” WHS representative ...

Valedictorians or top graduating seniors were honored by KWWL Television and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in a ceremony held Saturday, April 27. The students took part in KWWL’s 35th annual “Best of the Class” celebration on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls. Madisen Ahlstrom from Waukon High School, daughter of Brian and Vicki Ahlstrom of Waukon, was honored as a member of the 2019 Best of the Class. Best of the Class students were videotaped on the UNI campus for a series of public service announcements, which are scheduled to air on KWWL’s Channel 7 and can also be found on KWWL.com. Quincy Media Regional Vice President Jim McKernan noted, “KWWL is proud to be associated with an event that shines a light on these outstanding students, their families and schools.” In its 35 years of recognizing academic excellence, KWWL’s Best of the Class has honored over 4,400 top graduating seniors.

Wed
15
May

More than 2,800 high school students earned NICC college credits in 2018

Whether high school students’ career goals include becoming a biologist, teacher, accountant, welder or a nurse, the opportunity to take college courses while in high school brings them even closer to their dream job, more quickly and affordably.

More than 2,800 high school students took advantage of these opportunities from 2017-2018 because of concurrent enrollment agreements between the schools and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Last year, 2,848 students out of 6,045 total NICC students, or 47 percent, were high school students. Students who work closely with advisors at their high school, and with the College’s success coaches, can earn credits that apply to an NICC career and technical program, or a transferable associate’s degree.

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