Education

Wed
13
Dec

Allamakee Business and Community Board collaborates with businesses and local teachers


Two area high school instructors are utilizing the experience they gained through local externships this past summer to enhance their teaching in the classroom this school year. Waukon High School Industrial Technology teacher Caleb Ferring (pictured above) gained knowledge and experience to enhance his classroom teaching through an externship at Benjegerdes Machine in Waukon, and Kee High School Agriculture and Industrial Technology Instructor Ray Rankin (pictured below) did likewise with an externship through Gruber Ridge Ag in rural Lansing. Submitted photos.

The Allamakee Business and Community Board convened November 17 to collaborate with businesses and local career and technical education teachers. Ray Rankin, Kee High School Agriculture/Industrial Technology teacher, and Caleb Ferring, Waukon High School Industrial Technology teacher, discussed externships they participated in this past summer.

During an externship, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher externships provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers they may have in the future and improve educational experiences.

Wed
13
Dec

Robey Memorial Library to host "Afterschool with Ross"

 “Afterschool with Ross” is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, which is a date change to the third Tuesday for the month of December only, due to the upcoming holiday. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Anne Lauerman Story Corner. Ross Geerdes, Conservation Naturalist with Allamakee County Conservation, will share information on the Winter Solstice.

“Afterschool with Ross” is a regular feature of library programming on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Families and children of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information contact the library at 563-568-4424 or robeymemorial@waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Wed
13
Dec

4-H'ers participate in Youth Leadership Training ...

Ten 4-H’ers from Allamakee County recently participated in a Youth Leadership Training where they explored what it takes to be a leader through various group activities. In addition, youth learned skills that can be applied to their leadership role within their 4-H club. More specifically, they learned about officer positions and practiced parliamentary procedure. This training is hosted and facilitated by the University of Iowa Collegiate 4-H Club. To find out more about the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H program in Allamakee County, contact Morgan Bjerke, Allamakee County Youth Coordinator at mlheim@iastate.edu or 563-568-6345.

Wed
06
Dec

Three Waukon High School vocalists selected for 2017 All-State Chorus ...


Leslie Halverson and Madalyn Ellingson

Jasmyn Enyart

The three young ladies pictured above from the Waukon High School Vocal Music Department were selected to participate in the Iowa All-State Music Festival, the highest individual honor attainable to Iowa high school musicians. Thousands of students from across the state of Iowa auditioned for All-State Chorus Saturday, October 21 for selection to the 600-member All-State Chorus. The 2017 All-State Music Festival was held Saturday, November 18 at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Pictured above are the three All-State selections from Waukon High School under the vocal direction of Sarah J. Bieber Palmer. Left to right: Leslie Halverson is the daughter of Brent and Jill Halverson of Waukon. Madalyn Ellingson is the daughter of John and Bethany Ellingson of Waukon. Jasmyn Enyart is the daughter of Dustin and Amanda Enyart of Waukon, and she was unable to attend the November 18 All-State Music Festival. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
06
Dec

Jasmyn Enyart selected to sing at State Cheerleading Championship event


Jasymn Enyart ...

Jasmyn Enyart, a senior from the Waukon High School Vocal Department and a member of the Waukon cheerleading squad, was selected to sing the National Anthem at Iowa's State Cheerleading Championships held November 4 in Des Moines. This is the highest individual honor attainable to students who prepare versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Enyart is under the vocal instruction of Mrs. Sarah J. Bieber Palmer and coached in cheerleading by Mrs. Amy Bieber. Following her singing performance to open the event, Enyart then helped the Waukon cheerleading squad to a State Championship finish in the Class 2A Stunt Group competition and a State Runner-Up finish in the Class 2A Time Out competition at the Cheerleading Championships.

Wed
06
Dec

Waukon Middle School and High School students take part in "Real Men Sing" ...

Mrs. Sarah J. Bieber Palmer and Waukon Middle School parent Gregg Jones took a group of students from Waukon Middle School and Waukon High School to the "Real Men Sing" festival hosted in October by Wartburg College in Waverly and directed by Dr. Lee Nelson. Real Men Sing is an event designed to jump start male students in a school's choral program early in the year. More than 500 male singers from around the Midwest joined in a day of singing and voice master classes. Two choirs make up the festival: one for changing voices focusing on students in grades seventh through freshmen/sophomores conducted by Luke Johnson, and one for changed voices focusing on grades freshmen/sophomores on up through adults conducted by Dr. Lee Nelson.

Wed
29
Nov

Kee High School Post Prom Committee to host Bingo December 3

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, December 3 in the Kee High School cafeteria in Lansing. Games will start at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can bring a food item to be donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and play an extra Bingo card free. All players will be eligible for door prizes.  Proceeds will be used to fund Post Prom prizes and entertainment in the spring.
 

Wed
29
Nov

Pest Control Operators Course offered December 6

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will host a Pest Control Operators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, December 6. The program is offered at office locations across Iowa through the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

The local attendance site for the December 6 CIC is the Allamakee County Extension Office located at 218 Seventh Avenue SE, Suite #102. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is discounted before November 29. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345.

Wed
29
Nov

East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon host Veterans Day Program


East and West Elementary Schools host Veterans Day Program ... Students and staff of East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon hosted a Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10 in observance of the November 11 Veterans Day. Featured speaker for the event was Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Beth Shafer of Waukon, who is pictured above demonstrating to students and all in attendance how to properly salute the American flag and Veterans. Pictured below, East Elementary students stand to sing "God Bless America" while students from West Elementary wave flags in rhythm with the song. Submitted photo.

East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon held a Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10 in the Waukon Middle School auditorium in observance of the November 11 Veterans Day. Staff and students paid tribute to the courage and skills of Veterans of the U.S. Military, as well as the sacrifices they were willing to make to protect America and its people.

Fifth grade students involved in the local Boys Scouts or Girl Scouts programs performed a presentation of the American flag while a reading, “I Am the Flag,” was recited. The Pledge of Allegiance was also recited and the National Anthem was sung, and members of the Sixth Grade Band played “Procession of Heroes”.

Wed
22
Nov

FBLA food drive gathers 1,334 pounds of food for Allamakee County Food Shelf ...

The Waukon High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conducted a canned food drive for the Allamakee County Food Shelf Tuesday, November 7. The chapter members canvassed the Waukon community and collected 1,334 pounds of food and $166 in monetary donations.

Pictured above with the donated food items are the Waukon High School FBLA officers, including, left to right: Joe Schwartz, Aubree Cota, Abe Schwartz, Laurel Keenan, Alyx Ede, Mary VanderVelden, Gabrielle Marti and Katelyn Benzing. Submitted photo.
 

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