Education

Wed
14
Oct

Waukon FFA Soils Team advances to State competition ...

The 2020 Northeast District Soils Evaluation Career Development Event was held at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo September 23. Eighteen teams competed at this year’s event and evaluated four soil pits and completed a written exam focusing on soils in Iowa. The scoring of each soil pit is divided into five parts: Surface Features, Soil Features - The Profile, Land Capability Classification and Productivity Potential, Evaluation of Management Practices, and Sustainability of Soils for Non-Agricultural Uses. This contest allowed students to display their knowledge of Soil Evaluation.

Wed
14
Oct

Waukon FFA Chapter offers safe way to conduct annual fruit sales

COVID-19 has certainly changed the way people conduct their daily lives, and Waukon High School’s Little Switzerland FFA Chapter Advisor Jessica O’Connor says her FFA chapter is no different, having also had to change the way it operates while continuing to challenge chapter members and make them more resilient. COVID-19 has made it so her chapter has to conduct fundraisers in a manner that is safe for both its members and its supporters.

Within that realm, this year’s FFA fruit sales format will be different than in the past. Little Switzerland FFA Chapter members will once again be selling fruit from October 5-28, but in a variety of different formats with health and safety in mind, with delivery still occurring during the first week in December.

“While I believe it is important to teach our youth appropriate selling skills, this year, safety is most important for everyone involved,” O’Connor explained.

Wed
14
Oct

Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Course offered for commercial pesticide applicators

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will offer the Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, October 28. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

Wed
07
Oct

Dr. Michael Osterholm to give Luther College Farwell Distinguished Lecture October 15, “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories of a Journey”

Dr. Michael Osterholm
Dr. Michael Osterholm

World-renowned epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, a 1971 graduate of Waukon High School and 1975 graduate of Luther College, has been in constant demand this year for his expertise regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. A frequent contributor to major television and cable news networks, radio broadcasts and podcast segments, Osterholm will deliver this year’s Luther College Farwell Distinguished Lecture, “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories of a Journey” at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 15, in a virtual format.

This special Farwell Distinguished Lecture is presented in celebration of Luther’s new global health major. Fall 2020 is the inaugural semester for the global health program, which will equip students with the knowledge and skills to improve the health and wellness of people worldwide. It’s a mission that could not be more relevant at this moment in history, and it speaks to Osterholm’s life’s work.

Wed
07
Oct

Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, October 21. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

The local attendance site is the Allamakee County Extension Office. Due to social distancing requirements preregistration is required. Walk-ins on the day of the program will only be admitted if room allows. The course runs from 9-11:30 a.m. with an additional showing from 1-3:30 p.m. The registration fee increases after October 14. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345.

Wed
07
Oct

NICC to offer Freezer Pleasers class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Freezer Pleasers” Tuesday, October 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Participants will learn how to prepare five meals (five servings each) to take home, and will also enjoy a meal in class while also learning what freezes and reheats well, with an emphasis on cooking with fresh, whole foods. The next time anyone in the house puzzles over what to eat, they can simply pull one of these dishes out of the freezer, defrost and reheat at their convenience.

To register online for “Freezer Pleasers” (#77401) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/77401, or call the NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline is October 9.
 

Wed
30
Sep

EACSD Board of Directors approves extension of virtual learning Wednesdays through December

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 Monday, September 21. After the agenda was adopted, the usual authorizations were approved for the September consent items, minutes of the regular August meeting, bills for September, Secretary’s Financial Report for August, Student Activity and Food Service August Reports.

The board  approved the FY20 Annual Transportation Report, the FY20 Special Education Supplement and the Resolution to Request from the State School Budget Review Committee for Modified Supplemental Amount and Supplemental Aid for the 2019-2020  Special Education program  money to cover the deficit for additional allowable growth. This money, as calculated by the Iowa Department of Management, totaled $52,226.81.

Wed
30
Sep

NICC offering Drivers Education for local high school students

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering High School Drivers Education for Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) and Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) students starting Monday, October 19 and continuing through November 19. The course will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

To satisfy the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements, students must attend 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of Behind the Wheel (BTW) driving experience. Attendance is required at all sessions. Students must have an Iowa driver’s permit before the first class. Free and reduced lunch students should contact their school office for the actual cost of the class.

Wed
30
Sep

NICC to offer “Connecting via Zoom” class October 15

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Connecting Virtually with Zoom” Thursday, October 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 Third Avenue NW.

In this new age of social distancing, Zoom has emerged as one of the easiest tools to help connect virtually with loved ones, friends and co-workers. Whether using a computer, tablet or smart phone, learn how communicating with this free video conferencing app can help connect with anyone, anywhere.

To register online for “Connecting Virtually with Zoom” (#77400) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/77400, or call NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline is October 9.
 

Tue
29
Sep

ACSD Board advised of possible bond refinancing, data breach that may impact several past students

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors met Monday evening, September 21 for its regular monthly board meeting. Under the consent agenda, the board approved the following personnel items: After School Programming staff, Kirby Jones as a middle school paraprofessional, Cinnamon Blood as a substitute bus driver, and Jaelyn Strong as a West Elementary paraprofessional.

The board approved a Haunted Park clean-up for the Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter Sunday, October 25, as well as Youth Sports Foundation (YSF) Sunday usage of the high school football field October 11 and 18. Two open enrollments for students enrolling out of the district were approved. An agreement with TASC Transition Service was approved, as was the Keystone Office Rental agreement.

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