Education

Wed
06
Feb

Waukon Head Start to host open house February 19

Waukon Head Start classrooms, located at West Elementary School at 953 Third Avenue NW, will be holding Registration and an Open House Tuesday, February 19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Head Start, operated by Northeast Iowa Community Action, is a free full day program that offers an inclusive environment while providing fun and active learning.

Teachers partner with families to provide the preschool experience for children who are three and four years old.  Head Start services are funded by federal and state grants and are free for families who qualify. Head Start is an inclusive environment for children with disabilities. Transportation is available in some areas.

Wed
06
Feb

Reading and riding at St. Patrick’s ...

The third grade class of Mrs. Martha Byrnes at St. Patrick School in Waukon is enjoying reading and riding on their new classroom stationary bikes. The bikes were purchased with grant money from the Arlin Falck Foundation. Pictured above is Mrs. Byrnes’ third grade class and pictured at right are third grade students (left to right) Molly Kurth and Savannah Burns demonstrating how they read and ride on the new bikes. Submitted photos.
 

Tue
29
Jan

April 1 is the deadline for the Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. Alumni Scholarship

This is the 14th year for the Alumni Scholarship instituted by the Allamakee Scholarship Fund (ASF), Inc. Board of Directors. The award is made to a Waukon High School graduate who participated in ASF, Inc. (or Allamakee Dollars for Scholars) while in high school and received an award as a graduating senior. The scholarship is available for college sophomores or higher level students who have been out of high school two years.

The ASF, Inc. Board feels it is important to continue the encouragement to Allamkaee Community School District graduates as they continue their education, not just as they start their post-high school program. The group wishes to encourage participation in community service and college activities that are part of their educational growth and preparation for career and community life.

Tue
29
Jan

PSST purchases farm toys for classrooms ...

The PSST (Parents Supporting Students and Teachers) group recently purchased some farm toys (pictured in the photos above and below) for West Elementary Pre-Kindergarten and Bright Beginnings classrooms. The toys will be rotated between the three classrooms for all of the kids to enjoy. PSST is a parent-led group that supports schools by providing funding and volunteering opportunities to help out teachers and students at West and East Elementary Schools in Waukon. Submitted photos.
 

Tue
29
Jan

University of Minnesota receives $5.4 million gift to address supply of critical medicines worldwide

Waukon native Michael Osterholm co-leads research team

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN has announced that it has received a $5.4 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation to address significant drug and medical supply shortages experienced globally. This work will focus on the supply chains and global disruptions for the most critical drugs for life-saving and life-sustaining treatment. Outcomes of this research will improve the health care supply system’s ability to maintain a steady and adequate supply of critical medicines and supplies worldwide.

The team is co-directed by Michael T. Osterholm, University of Minnesota Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health and Director of CIDRAP, and Amy Kircher, Co-Director of the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) at the University of Minnesota.

Wed
23
Jan

St. Patrick School annual Mardi Gras event is Saturday...

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be holding its annual Mardi Gras fundraising event this Saturday, January 26 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Doors are scheduled to be open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Among the events taking place will be live and silent auctions for items such as those pictured above. There will also be a raffle for a “Weekend Getaway Package” at Upper Iowa Resort, which includes a two-night cabin stay, a cooler full of goodies, beach towels and more. Local businesses and individuals have donated items and funds to help make the event a success for St. Patrick School. For tickets and additional information, contact Jennifer Kovarik at 563-568-5318, Amy McCormick at 563-419-9336, Tami Stilwell at 319-361-6077 or St. Patrick School at 563-568-2170. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
23
Jan

WHS graduate Michael Bechtel selected to be part of team for NASA/IPAC 2019 research project

Michael Bechtel ...
Michael Bechtel ...

More than 30 teachers, students and astronomy educators from the NASA/IPAC (Infrared Processing and Analysis Center) Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) attended the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), January 6-10 in Seattle, WA. Among those teachers attending the event was Michael Bechtel, a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School and the son of Dean and Sherry Bechtel of rural Monona who is currently an assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College in Waverly and was selected to be a member of a NITARP team that will conduct an original research project throughout this next year.

Wed
23
Jan

ACSD Board of Directors hears presentation on solar options for electrical system, holds work session regarding capital funding

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors first met Tuesday, January 15 for a work session with Travis Squires, Managing Director of Piper Jaffray & Co., regarding funding options for capital projects. Squires said that updated estimates for the East and West Elementary HVAC projects are available. He also noted that the taxable valuations for the upcoming budget year have been set and presented funding options to the board.

The board directed Squires to put together a financing package to be considered at a later date. The board also decided to move up its March meeting to March 11 and April meeting to April 8 in order to meet bidding deadlines and FY2020 budget deadlines.

Wed
16
Jan

St. Patrick School to host annual Mardi Gras event ...

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be holding its annual Mardi Gras fundraising event Saturday, January 26 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Doors are scheduled to be open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Among the events taking place will be live and silent auctions for items such as those pictured above. There will also be a raffle for a “Weekend Getaway Package” at Upper Iowa Resort, which includes a two-night cabin stay, a cooler full of goodies, beach towels and more. Local businesses and individuals have donated items and funds to help make the event a success for St. Patrick School. For tickets and additional information, contact Jennifer Kovarik at 563-568-5318, Amy McCormick at 563-419-9336, Tami Stilwell at 319-361-6077 or St. Patrick School at 563-568-2170. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
16
Jan

Kee Speech team gets competition season underway ...

The Kee High School Speech team was scheduled to begin its competition this past weekend with its Conference Meet hosted Saturday, January 12 by West Central High School in Maynard. The team will then compete at its District contest this Saturday, January 19 in Postville, with any teams receiving a one rating at the District contest advancing on to the State contest scheduled for February 2 at Waterloo West High School. Kee’s performances will include one Reader’s Theatre, two Mimes, one Radio News, one Film, three Improvisational Acting and two Ensembles.

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