Education

Wed
30
May

Allamakee Community School District participating in Free Summer Food Service Program again this year

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) is participating in the Free Summer Food Service Program again this year from now until late June and then again in the early half of August. Menus for the initial session of the program through its June dates accompany this article (printed below). Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children ages one through this year’s graduating seniors at no charge and are the same for all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the sites and times as follows:

• Waukon Middle School Cafeteria: Mondays-Fridays, May 29-June 25 and August 1-14. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Wed
30
May

Community/Family Night hosted by ACSD 21st Century Grant programs ...

The 21st Century Grant sites (Kids Club and 10th Hour) in the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) came together to host a Community/Family Night recently. Hardee’s furnished hot dogs and buns and the ACSD cooks served BBQs as part of the festivities. Many other people collaborated with program leaders and participants to make for a fun and an educational evening, including Robey Memorial Library, Waterville Public Library, Keystone AEA1, Kathy Hay, Green Iowa Americorps, Ross Geerdes of Allamakee County Conservation, Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative,The Magic and Balloons of Tristan Hauser and Kid Again Inflatables (pictured in surrounding submitted photos). The assistance of ACSD teachers Eileen Franks, Ciara Snitker, Sara Retallick and Traci Byrnes made the evening possible, along with the efforts of custodian Arnie Onsager and the Kids Club staff and student helpers.
 

Wed
30
May

Soaring Eagle Tae Kwon Do students participate in Pan American Tournament ...

Saturday, May 5, area students from Soaring Eagle Tae Kwon Do Academy participated in the Pan American Tae Kwon Do Tournament held in Rochester, MN. Pictured above, left to right, are the following participants listed with their awards won at the tournament: Front row - Sawyer Gramlich earned a bronze medal for board breaking, Brendan Croft earned a bronze medal for Board Breaking and a silver medal for Poomse (forms), Marley Gramlich earned a gold medal for Poomse, Mara Branum earned a bronze medal for board breaking, Caden Branum earned a gold medal for board breaking and a silver medal for  Poomse, Karter Einck earned a gold medal for board breaking and a silver medal for  Poomse, and Gareth Sweet earned a bronze medal for both board breaking and Poomse. Back row:  Nadia Johnson earned a bronze medal for board breaking and Master Elizabeth Fish of Soaring Eagle Tae Kwon Do Academy, who holds classes in both Decorah and Lansing. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
23
May

Grampovnik and Waters each named recipients of Hammel-Zoll Scholarship

Alexz Grampovnik ...
Alexz Grampovnik ...
Colin Waters ...
Colin Waters ...

Alexz Grampovnik and Colin Waters, 2018 graduates of Waukon High School, were both awarded the $1,000 Hammel-Zoll Scholarship Sunday, May 13 following the Baccalaureate Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon.

Grampovnik, the daughter of John and Anne Grampovnik of Waukon, plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar for two years to complete her RN degree and then transfer to Upper Iowa University in Fayette to complete her BSN degree.

Waters, the son of Tim and Sarah Waters of Waukon, plans to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo and then transfer to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls to major in Education.
 

Wed
23
May

ACSD Board of Directors hears variety of updates as school year draws to a close this week; Board member Tom Baxter announces his resignation

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) school board members met for two meetings Monday, May 21. Board members first met for a special meeting Monday morning for a public hearing on the sale of public school property in Waterville. No written or oral comment was given. The board then opened bids on the LP gas tank located at the Waterville Elementary School property. Three bids were submitted, including one from the City of Waterville for $5,000; one from Distant View Farms for $20,070 and one from Hovey LP Gas, Inc. for $27,500. The board chose to accept the bid from Hovey LP Gas, Inc.

The board then met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night. Prior to the meeting, a tour of the Waukon High School Construction class home was given.

Wed
23
May

EACSD Board of Directors discusses full-day preschool option; Julie Hawes hired as varsity volleyball coach

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, May 21 at Kee High School in Lansing. Board members Bruce Palmborg, Bobbie Goetzinger and Board President Heather Schulte were present, along with Board Secretary/Business Manager Marian Verdon, Kee High School and Middle School Principal Mary Hogan, New Albin Elementary School Principal Chad Steckel and EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier. Absent were board members Kelli Mudderman and Melanie Mauss.

President Schulte called the meeting to order. The initial item on the agenda included approval of the 2018 budget amendment which allows the budget to cover additional revenues and expenditures not covered in the original budget. Public comments were called for but none were given. The normal and customary authorizations were approved.

Wed
16
May

Waukon High School Music Department earns four Division I ratings at IHSMA Large Group Music Festival


Mixed Concert Choir and Women’s Concert Choir - Division I ratings ... Pictured above are members of the Waukon High School Concert Choir that received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival May 5 in Osage. The female members of the group pictured above also make up the Waukon High School Women’s Concert Choir that also received a Division I rating. Left to right - Front row: Allison Sletten, Madalyn Ellingson, Aislinn Goettel, Jasmyn Enyart, Alexz Grampovnik, Donald Mondy, Autumn Johnson, Emily Brown, Aleah Howes, Emily Kolsrud, Oonagh Ahouse, Katelyn Leiran. Middle row: Logan Kucera, Shelby Brand, Carley Sweeney, Sean Liddiard, Brittney Troester, Lane Grotegut, Ryan Vander Velden, Emma Roe, Noah Schellsmidt, Alaina Mikkelson, Miciah Dotzler. Back row: Emilio Rathbun, Dalton Brookins, Brigid Berns, Nathan Liddiard, Robert Drew, Nathan Smith, Aidan Jones, Denzel Decker, Michael Smith, Tristan Behn, Steven Shogren, Dalon Troendle. Not pictured: Leslie Halverson. Submitted photo.

Concert Band - Division I rating ... Pictured above are members of the Waukon High School Concert Band that received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival May 5 in Osage. Left to right - Front row: Alison Sherman, Bridget Duncklee, Morgan Van Ruler, Olivia Rathbone, Ashley Liddiard, Zaida Bockman. Second row: Alexis Hogan, Mary Vander Velden, Martina Bresnahan, Cassidy Byrnes, Denzel Decker, Taya Duehr, Carley Sweeney, Miann Barr, Sophie Halverson, Jenna Shogren, Diana Davison, Hayley Christensen, Harli Holzwarth. Third row: Allison Sletten, Madi Marti, Teddy Holthaus, Hannah Iseli, Nathan Smith, Emily Kolsrud, Brooke Wasson, Lance Egan, Hally Holzwarth, Liam Aldrich, Connor Berryman, Owen Halverson, Sean Liddiard, Hannah McCabe, Aislinn Goettel, Rob Drew, Samantha Berryman, Michael Smith. Back row: Waukon High School Band Instructor Jo Ann Sherman, Madi Palmer, Michaela Dehli, MaKenzi Marting, Logan Houg, Micah Treptau, Matt Rozzell, Nathan Liddiard. Not pictured: Donald Mondy, Leslie Halverson, Michael Benson. Photo courtesy of Studio M Photography.

JV Choir - Division I rating ... Pictured above are members of the Waukon High School JV Concert Choir that received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival May 5 in Osage. Left to right - Front row: Violet Holthaus, Oonagh Ahouse, Aislinn Goettel, Shelby Wyninger, Eve Hill, Hailey Bresnahan, Katelyn Leiran, Madelyn Moser. Back row: Chloe Johnson, Nevaeh Bushaw, Cassie Schellsmidt, Tessa Rubendall, Faith Palmer, Katelyn Monroe, MaKenzi Marting, Ainsly Lydon, Layke Byrnes. Submitted photo.

The Waukon High School Music Department returned from its Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival Saturday, May 5 in Osage with a quartet of the highest ratings that can be achieved at such an event. A combined total of five vocal and band ensembles represented Waukon High School with their performances in the Class 2A division of the event that featured a dozen other similar-sized schools, with four of those five Waukon groups bringing home a Division I rating for their efforts.

The Waukon High School Concert Band, under the direction of Jo Ann Sherman, was the lone instrumental ensemble representing Waukon High School and received one of just five Division I ratings awarded at the Festival among 13 performing band ensembles. Likewise, the Waukon High School Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Sarah Palmer, also received one of just six Division I ratings awarded among 15 performances in that competition.

Wed
16
May

After School Clover Kids were busy as bees at May meeting ...

After School Clover Kids became busy bees in May learning about beekeeping. Makayla Manning of Waukon led the May meeting with showing her own beekeeper suit (pictured in photo above right) and bee hive smoker (pictured in bottom photo). She explained how the suit protects her from stings and the smoker makes the bees sleepy. Once the bees become defenseless, the beekeeper can safely work with the bee hives. Clover Kids made their own bees with small batteries and tooth brush heads. They then tried to navigate their bee through the gardens and orchards pollinating the flowers (pictured in center photo). Afterward, everyone did the bee waggle dance, which is the choreographed dance bees use to communicate and instruct the rest of the hive where to find a food source.

Wed
16
May

ACSD Board of Directors approves heating system analysis at East Elementary School following discovery of pipe leak

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD Board of Directors held a special meeting Tuesday morning, May 8. One item was struck from the original agenda for the meeting, that being the recommendation to approve an offered but not taught exemption for the Health II course.

Under personnel matters, the board approved hiring Patrick Mahr as additional summer maintenance help at 28.75 hours per week, and approval was also given to the transfer of Josh Hager from his current night custodian position to the day custodian position at Waukon High School. The board also hired Sarah Ferguson as the PK-5 art/computer teacher and Joanne Ericson as the 7-12 business/technology teacher. Approval was also given by the board to the distribution of Teacher Salary Supplement (TSS) carry-over money to all eligible staff, based on full-time employment of staff members.

Wed
09
May

Smith is recipient of Beckwith Scholarship


Nathan Smith ... Photo by Elisha Marti.

Nathan Smith, a 2018 graduating senior of Waukon High School and the son of Rev. Duane and Cristina Smith of Waukon, has been awarded the F. William Beckwith Scholarship from the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation. The scholarship is a $2,000 award for the 2018-2019 school year and has been forwarded to Calvary University in Kansas City, MO, where Smith will be pursuing a degree in Computer Science. The scholarship is awarded to qualifying students who are employees of firms that are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, with Smith being an employee of the Fareway Food Store in Waukon.

 

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