Education

Wed
18
Jul

ACSD Board of Directors hears update on NICC Levy vote, approves hirings, discusses projects prior to school year

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for a special meeting Friday, June 22 to discuss and approve additional scope on the electrical service project done by Alliant. The board approved changes that would not exceed $43,125. Board President Al Rissman also administered the oath of office to new board member Erik Helgerson.

The board then met Wednesday, July 11 to hold a work session and have discussion with and provide training materials to new board member Erik Helgerson. New ACSD Superintendent Jay Mathis shared a video with the board members regarding school finance and handed out materials from the Iowa School Board Association.

Wed
18
Jul

EACSD Board of Directors hears update in regard to upcoming NICC Levy vote

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, June 16. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President. The following Board members were present: Bobbie Goetzinger, Bruce Palmborg, Melanie Mauss and Heather Schulte. Kelli Mudderman was absent. Also present at the meeting were Dr. Dale Crozier, Superintendent; Mary Hogan, Kee Middle and High School Principal and Marian Verdon, Board Secretary. Chad Steckel, New Albin Elementary Principal, was absent.

Wed
18
Jul

ServSafe® Training to be offered locally to food service professionals

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe® food safety certification classes. ServSafe® meets the criteria for an individual to become a “Certified Food Protection Manager” (CFPM).

Iowa’s Food Code (as of January 1, 2014) requires that: “at least one food establishment employee with management and supervisory responsibility be a CFPM.” The ServSafe® program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts.

Wed
11
Jul

Community Connections 10th hour students visit Spook Cave ...

It was a ghostly but educational day June 1 as the students from East, West and Waterville Elementary Schools and Waukon Middle School explored Spook Cave in McGregor. For 60 years the cave, estimated to be more than 750,000 years olds, has drawn people to see the stalactites and stalagmites. Some were spooked by the story of “Old Joe Smiley”, an old man who went into the cave to change a light bulb and never came back out. As each guide drew deeper into the cave they explained the discovery, development and history of the natural limestone cave and beautiful area. Submitted by the Community Connections 10th hour summer students.
 

Wed
11
Jul

Thursday Night Book Club at Robey Memorial Library

Those who may be interested in discussing the books they read with other readers, in meeting new people, in looking for a new author or genre to read but who may not be quite ready to jump all in just yet, or who are simply at a loss for what to read next are invited to join the Thursday Night Book Club held at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon the third Thursday of every month.

Upcoming discussions by the Book Club include the following:

July 19: Native American-themed

August 16: Non-Fiction

September 20: Iowa-themed or Iowa author.

All are welcome to attend. For more information on the Thursday Night Book Club that meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the library, contact Robey Memorial Library by telephone at 563-568-4424, by email at robeymemorial@waukon.lib.ia.us or through the library website at www.waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Wed
11
Jul

Master Gardeners offer three Growing Season webcasts

The Iowa Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a trio of Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses.

The two-hour webcasts will be shown at the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office in Waukon. The webcasts are open to the public for a fee and open to anyone who may be interested. Those Growing Season webcast topics include:

• Tuesday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.: Insect Update and Tree Care - Get the latest details about invasive garden pests, including Japanese beetle, Emerald ash borer and spotted wing drosophila from Donald Lewis, professor and Extension entomologist at Iowa State University. Then learn about how to maintain the health of trees from Jesse Randall, associate professor and Extension forester at Iowa State.

Thu
05
Jul

“STEAM” powered: 95 students challenge skills and intellect at NICC Waukon summer camp


Coding ... STEAM camp students learned how to code a robot (at far left in photo) to make it follow steps and maneuver around obstacles, as pictured above. The STEAM camp was held June 5-7 at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center. Submitted photo.

Strawbees ... STEAM camp students learned how to code a motor and adjust how fast it went. The STEAM camp was held June 5-7 at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center. Submitted photo.

The future is clearly here for 95 students that attended the 4th Annual STEAM summer camp at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) - Waukon Center in early June.

From June 5-7, the nearly 100 students going into Pre-K through seventh grades attended the day camps and participated in a variety of activities. The STEAM camp - STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math - included sessions on coding challenges, virtual and augmented reality experiences, robotics, engineering and circuit-building.

Students learned how to code a robot to make it follow steps and maneuver around obstacles, coloring a 2D image and making it come to life through augmented reality, and drawing, designing and building creatures and structures. Other activities tested the young learners’ skills in building straw towers to support a weight and making a marble run where the goal was to have the marble move as slow as possible.

Thu
05
Jul

ACEC awards seven scholarships to area students ...

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC), located near Postville, has awarded seven area high school graduates (all of whom are pictured above) with the Hauschild Scholarship. The Hauschild Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Robert “Bill” Hauschild by his wife and family. This annual scholarship is provided in recognition of Bill’s dedication and service as a director of the Cooperative from his election September 10, 1988 until his death March 17, 1993. This year, a total of $3,750 in scholarship funding was awarded to seven high school seniors who are all entering a course of study within the electric field.

Wed
27
Jun

Area students sponsored by Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative for Youth Tour


Youth Tour participants ... Left to right, Caleb Opfer of Waukon High School and Luke Tuecke of Central Community High School stand with the U.S. Capitol Building looming in the background during their recent Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Both Opfer and Tuecke were sponsored by Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative for the Tour. Submitted photo.

Thirty-seven high school students representing Iowa’s locally-owned electric cooperatives traveled to Washington, D.C. June 8-14 and joined more than 1,800 other students from across the nation for the 2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Iowa’s electric cooperatives were the first ones to send students to Washington, D.C., back in 1958; this year marks the 60th anniversary of the journey.

“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students, and we’re proud to send 37 of Iowa’s best and brightest to our nation’s capital this year to participate,” said Chuck Soderberg, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. “These students gained a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and made connections with other student leaders from across the country that will last a lifetime. We look forward to continuing the Youth Tour tradition for years to come.”

Wed
27
Jun

Local students honored at Upper Iowa University Awards Banquet


Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy and Thea Meyer

Upper Iowa University Provost Dr. P. Joan Poor and Adam Hansen

Scholarship trio ...
Thea Meyer, daughter of Don and Mary Meyer of Waukon, was the recipient of three scholarships at the 2018 Upper Iowa University (UIU) Honors and Awards Banquet held in April on the school’s campus in Fayette. She is pictured at right with Upper Iowa University President Dr. William R. Duffy. Meyer was awarded the Excellence in Education Scholarship, which is bestowed upon a deserving student who has junior or senior status in the Teacher Education program and has achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The intent of this scholarship is to assist a student who possesses the qualities of an effective teacher. The scholarship recipient is chosen by the faculty of the Andres School of Education.

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