Education

Wed
16
Jan

Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. Phone-A-Thon scheduled for February 12, 19 and 21

Scholarship funding should pass the $1 million mark this year

The 2018-2019 Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. (formerly Allamakee Dollars for Scholars) phone-a-thon to be held in February is the major fundraiser for the organization and is conducted by the student applicants in conjunction with the Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. Board of Directors. Students use phone banks at Waukon High School and at Waukon State Bank and Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank in Waukon to contact area residents in an effort to collect pledges of funding for scholarships. Phone-a-thon dates this year have been scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, Tuesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 21.

Wed
09
Jan

ISU Extension and Outreach hosts Fizz, Bubble, Goo at St. Patrick School ...

Fizz? Bubble? Goo? That’s the perfect recipe for some hands-on learning! Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently joined the St. Patrick School Kindergarten class to offer Fizz, Bubble and Goo, a science-based program which requires students to get messy and sparks their natural curiosity for learning. A few of the activities (some of which are pictured in the two photos at right) included making homemade bubbles with bubble blowers and cola with ingredients right out of the cupboard. The kindergarten students learned what makes Alka-Seltzer fizz and what gas blew up their balloon when they mixed baking soda and vinegar.

Wed
09
Jan

Older and younger students collaborate on art projects and fun for the holiday season ...

Prior to the recent holiday break, Waukon High School and Middle School Art students under the instruction of Carlyn Lechtenberg invited classrooms at West Elementary School in Waukon over to view their art room, artwork and a life-size gingerbread house (pictured above) that students in sixth-12th grades collaboratively built in the last weeks of the first semester in their free time as they finished projects early. The students were also invited to create a small, festive art project with high school students as their helpers (pictured in the photos at center and below).

Wed
09
Jan

Annual Tour of Churches raises over $1,700 for local relief programs …

Sunday, December 2 the Waukon High School Vocal Music Department participated in its annual Tour of Churches. Over $1,700 in donations were collected at St. John’s Lutheran, Old West Lutheran, First Presbyterian, St. Patrick Catholic, First Baptist and Zalmona Presbyterian churches in the Waukon area and distributed to the Allamakee County Relief Office, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, the Allamakee Community School District Backpack Program, the Allamakee Giving Tree and the Waukon Community Meal program. Several Waukon businesses donated items for the students to enjoy on their tour as well; Fareway donated granola bars, Quillin’s supplied cookies and Culligan offered bottled water for each performer.

Wed
02
Jan

St. Patrick students learn coding and other computer science skills ...

Students at St. Patrick School in Waukon participated in Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science, during computer class to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9. Following that initial Hour of Code introduction, students continued learning about programming and completed different programs and challenges all dealing with coding throughout the month of December. Students learned that computer science opens more doors than any other discipline, discovering that learning the basics will help them in any career - from architecture to zoology. Students had the opportunity to practice coding programs on the computer, along with hands-on coding of robots (some of which is pictured in the surrounding photos). Students in Junior Kindergarten through sixth grade programmed robots to complete different challenges, along with designing their own challenges for their peers to complete.

Wed
02
Jan

Field trip to skating rink wraps up roller skating P.E. unit for East Elementary School students ...

In December, P.S.S.T. partnered with East Elementary School in Waukon to send third, fourth and fifth grade students (some of which are pictured in the photo below) on a field trip to Jewels roller skating rink in Decorah. The field trip was an entertaining way to end the students’ annual roller skating unit in their Physical Education classes. P.S.S.T., Parents Supporting Students and Teachers, is the parent organization that helps support the elementary schools in the Allamakee Community School District. The P.S.S.T. volunteers put on several family events each year and work to support the excellence of the schools’ students and staff. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
02
Jan

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention classes to be offered in Lansing by Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention classes starting January 8. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise program that promotes strength, flexibility and balance. This is a low-impact, relaxing form of exercise that is ideal for older individuals.

Tai Chi focuses on the mental and spiritual aspects of Chinese martial arts integrated into movement. Individuals will learn warm-up, cool down and 12 introductory forms. Modifications can be made for those who need to remain seated for all or most of the class.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention will be held at Meehan Memorial Lansing Library, located at 515 Main Street, Lansing, starting January 8. Classes will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3 p.m.

Wed
26
Dec

Allamakee County 4-H’ers participate in hands-on calving experience ...

Five Allamakee County 4-H’ers traveled to Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar December 6 to visit with “Frosty,” a life-size calving simulator from the Iowa State University (ISU) Veterinary School clinical skills lab with a fully articulated 70-pound calf and working udder. This hands-on opportunity taught youth about the process of calving and how to manage cows during the calving season. ISU Veterinarians were available to teach about the process of calving, calving challenges and provided the opportunity to practice delivering calves from “Frosty” (examples of all of those learning activities pictured in the surrounding photos). For more information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact the Allamakee County Extension Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
26
Dec

Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees selects Straka Johnson Architects to lead design and construction

The Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees has selected Dubuque firm Straka Johnson Architects, P.C. to lead design, construction and renovations for projects funded by the passage of a $39 million bond levy in September. The Board of Trustees selected the architectural firm at its meeting December 17 based on the recommendations of the College, a nine-member search committee and the Request for Proposals (RFPs) formally submitted to NICC for consideration.

Straka Johnson Architects serves clients in the Dubuque tri-state area, and the firm has worked on a wide range of project types including religious institutions, educational facilities, health care facilities, industrial facilities, recreational facilities, commercial institutions, transportation terminals and facilities, restaurants, multi-family residential and single family residential projects.

Wed
26
Dec

WHS Music Department conducting “Adopt a Uniform” fundraising campaign to replace band uniforms


New uniforms ... Waukon High School senior Micah Treptau models a sample of the new uniforms for the Waukon High School Marching Band. Submitted photo.

The Waukon High School Music Department is seeking donations for new high school marching band and concert band uniforms through an “Adopt a Uniform” campaign. The current marching band uniforms were purchased in 1997 and are in need of replacement following years of usage and alterations.

The Allamakee Community School District and the Allamakee Music Boosters will each be providing one-third of the funding for the uniform replacement project, leaving a final third of the total cost to be raised through the “Adopt-a-Uniform” donation drive. Donation levels for specific pieces of the uniforms being sought are listed below in the accompanying donation form below, but any donation amount would be welcome.

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