Education

Wed
03
Oct

NICC Waukon Center celebrating 10th anniversary with Open House this Friday

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To celebrate, the center will hold an open house Friday, October 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., following the Waukon High School Homecoming parade.

At the open house, community members may tour the Waukon Center, meet with center staff, see the improved health lab and learn more about credit courses and programs available through NICC. Root beer floats will be served at the event for attendees. The Waukon Center is located at 1220 Third Avenue NW, Waukon.

Wed
03
Oct

Former St. Patrick School student presents robotics research in security at international conferences


Ruffin James White-Magner ...

Speaking on robotics research in security ... Waukon native and former St. Patrick School student Ruffin James White-Magner is pictured above making a presentation in Hamburg, Germany in 2015. He is speaking this week at two international conferences in Madrid, Spain on his robotics research in security. Submitted photo.

Ruffin James White-Magner, 27-year-old son of Mary Jane White and James W. Magner of Waukon who attended St. Patrick School in Waukon from Kindergarten through seventh grade, is speaking about his robotics research in security at two international conferences in Madrid, Spain held between September 29 and October 5.

His first presentation, “Leveraging Data Distribution Service Security in Robot Operating System 2,” was at the Robot Operating System Convention (ROSCon), an international annual gathering where he has presented earlier research in Vancouver, Canada (2017), in Seoul, Korea (2016) and in Hamburg, Germany (2015).

Wed
03
Oct

County Council educates St. Patrick fourth graders about 4-H ...

Morgan Bjerke, County Youth Coordinator at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office, brought five Allamakee 4-H County Council members, Taya Duehr, Allie Bieber, Faith Palmer, Diana Davison and Ashley Liddiard (left to right in back row) to visit the fourth graders at St. Patrick School in Waukon. The purpose of their visit was to educate the students about the benefits of being active in the 4-H program. Fourth grade is the first year that youth can fully participate in local 4-H programming as club members, so the County Council representatives shared which 4-H clubs they belonged to, and explained how students could join 4-H. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
26
Sep

Saturday Clover Kids learn about bubbles ...

Saturday Clover Kids met September 15 at the Waukon Wellness Center, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Clover Kids is a fun 4-H program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grades. The overall purpose of the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional and physical maturation of kindergarten through third graders by providing a unique, age-appropriate educational opportunity. A total of 25 youth (most of whom are pictured above) spent the morning investigating bubbles. They had the opportunity to make their own bubble blowers and learned that bubbles always take on a round shape after they break free of the wand. They also learned that bubbles would be perfect spheres only under ideal conditions of no gravity, no air movement and non-air resistance.

Wed
26
Sep

Financial Aid Workshop to be offered October 8

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center will be offering a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop Monday, October 8 from 4-7 p.m. The NICC Waukon Center is located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

This event is open to the public and is designed to help students complete their FAFSA and answer any questions. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.

To make a 30-minute appointment or for more information about the workshop, contact DeKote’ Curtin at 563-538-6575 (call or text) or curtind@nicc.edu.

To prepare for the FAFSA workshop, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to create a FSA ID for both parent and student; that will be needed to complete the application. Bring a copy of both the parents’ and student’s 2017 taxes, W-2s and FSA ID login information to any FAFSA appointment.
 

Wed
26
Sep

NAMI Family-To-Family Education Program offered through month of November

Northeast Iowa National Alliance on Mental Illness (NEIA NAMI) Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of a person’s loved one, but attendees will also find out that they are not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact - one can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand mental health situations. Attendees may also help others through sharing their own experience.
In the program, attendees will learn about:

Wed
19
Sep

ACSD Board discusses variety of matters as new school year is now fully underway

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, September 17. Under personnel matters, the board approved staff for the After School Program, Anne Wuebker was approved as the seventh grade girls basketball coach, Cortney Ryan was approved as a paraprofessional and Kirk Snitker was approved as a substitute bus driver.

Wed
19
Sep

Receives Architecture Award at ISU...

During the Iowa State University Department of Architecture’s annual kick-off celebration, Architecture Premiere, held Friday, September 7 in Ames, a total of $120,000 in awards and scholarships were presented to students. Among those awardees was Elizabeth Mahr, a 2014 graduate of Waukon High School who received the James H. and M. Suanne Stange Architecture Award, a scholarship given to fourth-year students. Mahr is pictured at left in the above photo with Deborah Hauptmann, Chairperson of Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture and Design Administration. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
19
Sep

Recognize signs of learning disorders in children

Learning disorders, also known as learning disabilities, affect a person’s ability to acquire and use academic skills, such as reading and calculating.

“Learning disorders aren’t the same as mental or physical disabilities and don’t reflect a child’s intelligence,” says Elizabeth Leschensky, family nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Waukon. “They can affect a child’s ability to complete a task, use certain skills and can also affect a child’s self-esteem and motivation.”

A number of factors can influence the development of learning disorders including medical conditions, genetics and environmental exposure. Although identification can be difficult, a child may have a learning disorder if he or she:

Wed
12
Sep

ACSD Board work session looks into options for issues at East Elementary

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) school board members met at East Elementary School in Waukon Monday evening, September 10 for a work session with representatives from Shive Hattery to discuss some of the issues the firm addressed in its recent study of the East Elementary building. The initial reason for the study of the building was to investigate the issues with the pipe system involved with the heating of the building.

The report was presented to the school board members and then explained by the representatives from Shive Hattery, who presented the board members with several options as well as other things noticed that could be added to the project if the board chooses to. The baseline fix is that all piping would have to be replaced, but it was pointed out that the overall system would still be outdated.

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