Education

Wed
20
Apr

NICC and partners create Sector Board to address education and workforce needs - Local community members and business leaders invited to attend April 29 meeting

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is creating industry sector boards to serve counties in northeast Iowa by bringing together higher education, local high schools, employers, economic development officials and workforce agencies.

The local sector boards employ a collaborative team approach to find solutions to workforce challenges, identify skilled workforce needs and boost local economies. New members of the Waukon Sector Board first met February 19 to discuss objectives of the group, workforce concerns and potential solutions.

The development of sector boards and its focus on teamwork and dialogue is the key to addressing the short-term and ongoing, long-term needs of industries in Allamakee County, according to Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC Vice President of Business and Community Solutions.

Wed
13
Apr

Waukon High School presenting "Arsenic and Old Lace" this weekend ...

Waukon High School presenting "Arsenic and Old Lace" this weekend ...
Waukon High School presenting "Arsenic and Old Lace" this weekend ...

The Waukon High School Drama Department will be presenting the production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," written by Joseph Kesselring, this Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 at the Waukon High School Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets will be sold at the door the evening of each performance. See the advertisement in the Events & Entertainment section on Page 2A of this week's issue of The Standard for additional information.

Members of the cast and crew for this year's production include the following:

Wed
13
Apr

Reality 101 event hosts over 200 graduating seniors from area schools

A dose of Reality 101 ...
Veterans Memorial Hospital sponsored Reality 101, which was held at the Waukon High School for all area schools April 6. Over 200 Kee, Postville, MFL/MarMac and Waukon High School graduating seniors were able to attend. Over 80 individuals and businesses volunteered their time to create a real life financial scenario for all of these students preparing for graduation. The students were required to visit each of the 30 stations to open a bank account, pay their taxes, purchase an automobile and insurance, pay for daycare, groceries, a home, household supplies, vet expenses, health and life insurance, and still have a balance of $0 to $200 in their checking account. Pictured below are students from Waukon High School (left photo) and Kee High School (right photo) making their way through the Reality 101 process. Submitted photos.

Over 200 graduating Seniors from Postville, Kee, MFL/MarMac and Waukon High Schools attended Reality 101 at the Waukon High School Wednesday, April 6.  Over 80 individuals and businesses volunteered their time to create a real life financial scenario for all of these students preparing for graduation.

Each student chose a career and researched monthly income based on average northeast Iowa wages in the classroom setting prior to the activity. The day of Reality 101, the students were provided with a life scenario which may include a spouse, children and possibly even child support situations including information provided on their chosen career and college plans.

Wed
13
Apr

Waterville All-School Reunion June 25-26 continues to add events

Plans continue to progress for the Waterville All-School Reunion, which is open to anyone who ever attended or was affiliated with the school, June 25-26.

In 1960, when the Waterville High School closed with students going to Waukon, the student census at the Waterville School for kindergarten through 12th grade was 323. Today the town of Waterville has a population of 143, but one can imagine that Saturday, June 25, when all roads lead to Waterville for reunion activities, that population will be bursting at the seams.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. when the school, library, city hall, fire station and former Lutheran Church will be open for visitors to “remember when.” Perhaps reunion-goers were baptized, confirmed, married or attended church and Bible School at the church on the hill. City Hall and the library, whose sites connect, are home to the graduation class pictures. The City Hall will also be hosting a display of “old days in Waterville.”

Wed
06
Apr

Annual audit report released for Allamakee Community Schools

Nolte, Cornman & Johnson P.C. has released an audit report on the Allamakee Community School District in Waukon. A copy of the audit report is available for review in the District Secretary's office, the Office of the Auditor of State, and on the Auditor of State's web site at http://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/index.html.
The District's revenues totaled $15,997,676 for the year ended June 30, 2015, a 0.19% decrease from the prior year. Revenues included $5,134,713 in local tax, $1,117,824 in statewide sales, services and use tax, charges for service of $1,158,463, operating grants, contributions and restricted interest of $2,515,986, capital grants, contributions and restricted interest of $10,095, unrestricted state grants of $5,815,304, unrestricted interest of $63,261 and other general revenues of $182,030.

Wed
06
Apr

Waukon High School alum Michael Bechtel honored for inspiring students

Honored for inspiring students ...
Michael Bechtel, a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School, was recently honored with a 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. He is currently an assistant professor of science at Wartburg College in Waverly. Submitted photo.

Michael Bechtel, assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College in Waverly, was recently honored for his teaching efforts with a 2016 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. Bechtel is a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School and the son of Dean and Sherry Bechtel of rural Monona.
Bechtel was one of 14 teachers selected for the honor recognizing teachers who have made an extraordinary impact on the lives of students. He was nominated by Caitlin Miller, a former student of his when he was a science teacher at Central High School in La Crosse, WI.

Wed
30
Mar

Kids Club enjoys robotic adventures during early dismissal afternoon …

During its last early dismissal from school, West Elementary Kids Club had 66 students participating in an afternoon of five fun-filled stations. The most exciting station was organized by Kathy Hay from Keystone Area Education Association (AEA). Hay brought with her four different types of robots, each with outstanding capabilities. “Meccanoid” (pictured) is a three-foot tall robot that follows voice commands including dance, exercise, high five, kung fu, and walks with people. “Ollie” is a cylinder-shaped robot that spins, turns and speeds along any surface. Star Wars movie-goers would have enjoyed the “BB8,” which is just like the BB8 in the new Star Wars movie, but is 10 times smaller. The head stays on the top while the bottom sphere body rolls right, left, forwards and backwards, spinning as it goes.

Wed
30
Mar

Waukon Walking School Bus gearing up for spring ...

The Waukon Walking School Bus will start its spring walking season in April. Walking School Bus dates include the following Thursday mornings: April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 19. The Walking School Bus provides a safe, fun and active way for students to get to school. The Walking School Bus will start in downtown Waukon. Interested families should drop students off by 7:40 a.m. at the Area Development and Visitor Center on the corner of First Street and Main Street. Routes lead to East Elementary, West Elementary and St. Patrick schools. Students will be walking 10 to 20 minutes and arrive to school by 8:10 a.m. or earlier. Parents are reminded to dress their students for the weather, as spring mornings can be pretty chilly. The Walking School Bus will not walk if it is below 40°F or if it is raining/storming/snowing. Volunteers to walk with the students are also encouraged.

Wed
30
Mar

Allamakee County Conservation partners with area schools ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) has partnered with Postville Community Schools and Eastern Allamakee Community Schools to build bluebird houses for distribution to the public. Students in the industrial arts programs with instructor Todd Neal from Postville Community Schools and instructor Ray Rankin from Eastern Allamakee Community Schools used the project to learn basic woodworking skills including layout design, planing, sawing and assembly while providing a service for the residents of Allamakee County. The students were also given the opportunity to install birdhouses around their schools and houses. Materials for the bluebird houses were provided free of charge by the Yellow River State Forest Sawmill, and Luster Heights Correctional Facility also helped with planing of the rough-sawn lumber. Without the help of these organizations, the project would not be possible.

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