Education

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10
Oct

Waukon High School will perform “The Addams Family” as this year’s fall musical production

The Waukon High School music department has selected “The Addams Family” as this year’s musical production under the direction of Louise Wild and musical director Sarah Palmer. Three performances are being planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 1, 2 and 3, all at 7:30 p.m. The  performances will be held at the Waukon High School auditorium.

The ghoulish Addams family is visiting the graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members (living, dead and undecided) to celebrate what it is to be an Addams. Uncle Fester (played by Sean Liddiard) stops the ancestors’ return to their graves to enlist their help. He explains that Wednesday (played by Oonagh Ahouse), under protest, has invited her new (normal) boyfriend, Lucas Beineke (played by Denzel Decker), and his parents, Mal (played by Robbie Drew) and Alice (played by Emily Kolsrud), to dinner.

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10
Oct

St. Patrick School sixth graders attend overnight retreat at Village Creek Bible Camp ...

At the end of August, the sixth grade students from St. Patrick School in Waukon participated in an overnight retreat at Village Creek Bible Camp in rural Lansing. The retreat consisted of many activities that focused on communication, problem-solving and working together as a team. The sixth graders were also able to focus on their faith and grow spiritually. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
10
Oct

Organizations to host mentored pheasant hunt October 20 ...

Allamakee County Pheasants Forever, Mississippi Valley Sportsman Club, Allamakee County Conservation Board, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Riverland Conservancy will again be sponsoring a mentored youth pheasant hunt Saturday, October 20. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Valley Sportsman Club located two miles south of Lansing. DNR officers will start the morning discussing the importance of habitat for pheasant survival and review some of the hunting regulations. Hunter safety instructors will then go over safe gun handling and hunting in the field, followed by a trap shoot at the clubhouse.

Wed
03
Oct

EACSD Board of Directors accepts resignation of baseball coaching pair, holds annual reorganizational meeting as new school year gets underway

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Wednesday, September 12 due to a scheduling conflict with its typical third Monday of the month meeting date of September 17. The meeting included both the board’s annual reorganizational meeting at the start of the new school year, as well as regular business.

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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).

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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.
 

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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:

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