Education

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22
Mar

Honors English 11 class presents 20% time projects ...

The Honors English 11 class at Waukon High School has been working on a 20% time project this semester. The project is designed after the concept used by the 3M company that had its employees take 20% of their work time to work on something other than their regular duties. Sticky Notes are a result of 3M’s 20% time. The Honors English students were given 20% of their class time to work on an individual project not assigned in their course work. Monday and Tuesday, March 13 and 14, the students presented their project ideas, goals and completion timeline to classmates, faculty and community members (some of which are pictured in the photos above and below). The projects will be finalized at the end of the semester with a finished product which will be presented in TED talks in the high school auditorium. Photos and information courtesy of the Allamakee Education Association.
 

Wed
15
Mar

Sixth grade students culminate career unit with annual career fair …

The sixth grade students at Waukon Middle School have been busy working on a career unit in English. They have completed research to write a report, created dioramas to display work environments and made posters to display the facts and information they found throughout their research of a career they would be interested in pursuing. The sixth grade students presented their projects at the annual career fair Friday, March 3, some of which are pictured in the above photos. The goal of the unit is to get students excited about education and thinking about their futures. Photos and information courtesy of the Allamakee Education Association.
 

Wed
15
Mar

Welch honored as member of All-Iowa Academic Team ...

Four students at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) were honored at the 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team Recognition Banquet held in Des Moines March 1. The annual ceremony recognizes exceptional community college student scholars who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students. Students from each of the state’s 15 community colleges were invited to attend.

Among those honored students was Jacqueline Welch of Waukon, who is a Business Specialist and Pre-Nursing student at the Calmar campus. Welch is a Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Scholarship Nominee and was named to the Dean’s List at NICC. After graduation, she plans to transfer to Upper Iowa University. She is a 2015 graduate of Waukon High School and the daughter of Kim and Amy Welch of Waukon.

Wed
15
Mar

ISU Extension hosts Kids Club program ...

Youth got their hands a little sticky when investigating how to make a better play dough recently. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partnered with the Community Connections 21st Century Learning Center (CCLC) Kids Club at West Elementary and Waterville Elementary schools to bring to life the "Engineering is Elementary: Improving a Play Dough Process" curriculum. Youth in both settings started with exploring “good” and “bad” play dough. They were able to feel and explain the differences and what made each one good or bad. Next, they moved to learning about the ingredients, which include salt, flour and water. The youth experimented with each ingredient and how it affected the play dough, such as too much water made it very sticky but to compensate they could add more flour.  They also discussed the order of their recipe and how much of each ingredient to add.

Wed
08
Mar

NICC, ACED and education partners hold Career Workshop at Waukon High School for area high school students

Finding a rewarding and well-paying career in life starts with a plan and having opportunities to learn about different occupations firsthand from individuals who work in the field. This was the motivation for the third annual Career Workshop event at Waukon High School February 10, which was developed in partnership between Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) and Waukon High School.

Wed
08
Mar

Kee Individual Speech advances 10 events to State …

The Kee High School Individual Speech season is underway with competition at the District Contest Saturday, February 25 at MFL/MarMac High School in Monona. Kee had eight students involved who performed in 13 events and will be advancing 10 of those events to the State competition scheduled for this Saturday, March 11 at Waldorf College in Forest City. Kee Individual Speech students earned the following District ratings - MaKayla Manning: Expository Address (I) and Prose (I); Emily Benzing: Storytelling (I) and Literary Program (I); Annika Stahl: Prose (I); Tony Martin: After Dinner (I) and Improvisational Acting (I); Tom Martin: Radio News (II) and Improvisational Acting (II); Ian Sickles: Poetry (II); Theron Maddox: Review (I); and Logan West: Storytelling (I) and Improvisational Acting (I). Pictured above, left to right, are this year's District competitors for Kee: Front row - MaKayla Manning, Emily Benzing, Annika Stahl.

Wed
08
Mar

Clover Kids learn about natural cleaning products and migration flyways ...

Saturday Clover Kids are cleaning the earth one penny at a time. At their February 18 Clover Kids session, youth experimented with salt and vinegar as a cleaning solution. When they mixed the two ingredients together, not much happened, but after adding a dirty penny they watched it begin to shine before their eyes. Clover Kids learned that because water is recycled through the water cycle, humans can help keep it clean by using natural cleaning products at home. Next, the youth learned that flyways are like highways for migrating birds. Flyways provide food, shelter, water and resting places but during their journey birds can also face many obstacles. Youth became migrating birds and tried to fly south without running into one of those obstacles, such as a storm, hunter or fog (pictured above).  Eventually, the birds ran into more developing cities and therefore had habitat destruction and lack of food which caused many of them to not make it to their destination.

Wed
01
Mar

Kee Speech to host Dinner Theatre March 4

The Kee High School Speech Department will be hosting its annual fundraising Speech Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 4 at TJ Hunter’s Ballroom in Lansing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A full buffet will be served and entertainment from Kee's Large Group Speech contestants will begin at 6 p.m. The event will also offer a sneak peek at Kee High School's spring musical. Tickets for the event can be purchased from a Kee Speech student or at the Kee High School office in Lansing.
 

Wed
01
Mar

ACSD Band members to perform world premiere of piece based on life in Allamakee County, "Iowa River Scenes," at All-School Band Concert March 6 …

The Band Department of the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) is excited to announce that its band students will be performing the world premiere of the piece "Iowa River Scenes" at the annual All-School Band Concert scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Waukon High School gym. The piece was commissioned by the band department in honor of Cloy and Bonnie Meyer and Clay Kramer from a donation made to the program in their honor. The piece, "Iowa River Scenes," was composed by Cory J. McBride of Oelwein and is based on life in Allamakee County. It is a three-movement work with sections depicting the bluff country, rolling river and American Indian heritage. All band students in grades 5-12 will be participating in the performance of this piece. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
01
Mar

Recognized for academic achievement at University of Dubuque luncheon …

Annika Anderson, a senior at Waukon High School and the daughter of Marilyn and Lee Anderson of Waukon, attended the University of Dubuque President’s Academic Honors Luncheon Saturday, February 11 on the university’s campus. Anderson is pictured at right in the above photo with University of Dubuque President Jeffrey Bullock. The academic achievements of more than 30 high school students from the Midwest were celebrated at the luncheon. Each student will receive an academic scholarship for their education at the University of Dubuque. During the luncheon, students also learned about opportunities available to high achieving students at the University of Dubuque, including the Wendt Character Scholars Program, Joseph and Linda Chlapaty Summer Fellowship, Scholar-Leader Honors Program and the Pre-Law Program. Submitted photo.
 

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