Education

Wed
11
May

Summer "Growing Season" webinars can help gardeners grow in knowledge

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County Office  is hosting the seventh annual “Growing Season” webinar series at Waukon during June, July and August. Gardeners will learn about benefits of shade in landscape, tree problems, and native garden insects.

The three-part series is offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program and is open to all interested gardeners. Participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.

Wed
04
May

Waukon High School wins Conduct Counts video contest ...

Waukon High School wins Conduct Counts video contest ...
Waukon High School wins Conduct Counts video contest ...

Waukon High School was recently announced as the 2015-2016 winner of the Conduct Counts Parent/Coach Relationship video contest sponsored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa High School Sports Network. The winning commercial video was produced by Lisa Snitker, Waukon Middle/High School Librarian, and highlights how local coaches and parents foster healthy relationships in high school sports. The video was featured during the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament and will also be televised during the 2016 Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament and State Football Play-Off broadcasts. The video can also be viewed on the Conduct Counts website at http://www.conductcounts.com/2015-16-winners.html.

Wed
04
May

Waukon Middle School Accelerated Reading program receives grant funding ...

Waukon Middle School was recently awarded a Shopko Foundation grant to support the school's Accelerated Reading (AR) program, which promotes regular reading at each student’s individualized level. Each quarter of the school year students strive to meet reading goals and are rewarded with incentives for reaching those goals through the Waukon Middle School Library Program. The grant of $300 will be used to purchase incentives to continue to reward student reading success. Pictured above in the center of the photo, Allamakee Community School District Librarian Lisa Snitker accepts the grant funding from Waukon Shopko manager Valerie Kleinow, as some of the Waukon Middle School students who will benefit from the grant also look on. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
04
May

Waukon High School and Allamakee Scholarship Fund to present Class of 2016 Awards Program May 10

Waukon High School will be hosting its annual Senior Awards Program for the Class of 2016 Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Waukon High School Auditorium. All students, parents and families, and community members are invited to attend.

Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. and many community groups and businesses will present awards that evening to members of this year's Waukon High School graduating class. In addition, honors and achievements by Waukon High School Class of 2016 members will be recognized during the event.

Any organization presenting an award to the students is asked to contact Waukon High School Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson at 563-568-3466 as soon as possible to confirm program information and inclusion of their presentation in the event program.
 

Wed
04
May

Number of personnel changes at ACSD special session include hiring of new Board Secretary/Business Manager

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Tuesday, April 26 at 8:30 a.m. for a special session. Several personnel matters were decided, among them hiring a replacement for retiring Board Secretary/Business Manager Janice Rea.

After conducting its regular business and prior to adjournment, the Board entered a series of closed sessions to conduct interviews with Angela Carlson, Tina Cooper and Jaime Curtin for the School Board Secretary/Business Manager position. The recommendation to hire Jaime Curtin as the School Board Secretary/Business Manager at an annual salary of $65,000 was approved when the Board reconvened in open session and reviewed all information and references for each applicant.

Wed
27
Apr

Good Fellas Riding Club donates to afterschool programs ...

Good Fellas Riding Club donates to afterschool programs ...
Good Fellas Riding Club donates to afterschool programs ...

Waukon Good Fellas Riding Club contributed a very large donation to Community Connections West Elementary Kids Club, East Elementary Kids Club and the Waukon Middle School afterschool programs. Members of the Riding Club presented the check to Virginia Kurth, West Elementary Site Coordinator, Thursday, April 7 at the program's Family Night during the Iowa Department of Education visit. The Riding Club members shared their children’s past and present connection to the afterschool programs. The club has been involved in the Allamakee afterschool programs for many years. The students and staff of the afterschool programs are very grateful for this generous donation. The continuous support of the program from many individuals, families, churches, businesses and organizations in the community is much appreciated. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
27
Apr

Michael Osterholm elected to Luther College Board of Regents

Michael Osterholm ...
Michael Osterholm ...

Luther College President Paula Carlson announced the election of four new regents to the college's Board of Regents: Jeffrey Anderson, Sandee Joppa, Michael Osterholm and James N. Young.

"We are so pleased to welcome Regents Anderson, Joppa, Osterholm and Young to the Board of Regents," said President Carlson. "They bring years of professional experience in financial management, human resources, health and higher education to the Board, along with a deep commitment to Luther College. As Luther alumni and parents, they understand the value of a Luther education, and their service as regents will strengthen the college for generations to come."

Wed
27
Apr

ACSD Community Connections program receives "Exceptional" rating following State of Iowa visit

Community Connections program receives "Exceptional" rating ...
Vic Jaras from the Iowa Department of Education/21st Century Learning Center had the chance to speak with many local families during the recent State of Iowa evaluation visit for the Allamakee Community School District Community Connections (Kids Club) elementary sites. The local program received an "Exceptional" rating following the State of Iowa visit. Submitted photo.

Recently, Community Connections elementary school sites within the Allamakee Community School District, also known as Kids Club, had their evaluation visit from State of Iowa education officials. The local program received an "Exceptional" rating following the State of Iowa visit.

Vic Jaras from the Iowa Department of Education/21st Century Learning Center said, "I talked with dozens of parents who all had glowing praise for the program. Parents felt students improved because of the program. Students loved this program."

Wed
20
Apr

ACSD School Board accepts retirement resignation of long-time Board Secretary at special session, holds regular monthly session

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors held a pair of meetings this past week to address a variety of issues.

APRIL 14 SESSION
The Board held a special meeting Thursday morning, April 14 to hold two public hearings and take action on a handful of agenda items. Public Hearings on the proposed budget for 2016-2017 and on amending the 2015-2016 budget were held, with no written or oral objections received.

Wed
20
Apr

EACSD School Board hears report on early childhood and first grade reading programs

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee School Board held its regular board of directors meeting Monday, April 18. President Heather Schulte called the meeting to order and Board members in attendance were Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Bruce Palmborg  and Kelli Mudderman. In addition, school district personnel included  Superintendent  Dale Crozier, New Albin Elementary Principal Chad Steckel, Kee High School Principal Mary Hogan and  Board Secretary Janet Heiderscheit.

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