Education

Tue
31
Dec

Confinement Site Manure Applicator workshops scheduled for early 2020

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in January or February 2020. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, associate professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

Tue
31
Dec

NICC offering Photo Editing Essentials class

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Photo Editing Essentials” held consecutive Thursdays, January 9 and 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Join professional photographer Nick Chill as he presents the essentials of editing digital photos to look their best. This class is not specific to a certain editing program, but instead provides an understanding of general editing practices and tools.

To register online for “Photo Editing Essentials” (#75125) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call the NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline is January 2, 2020.
 

Tue
31
Dec

Iowa high school seniors who demonstrate their college financial know-how have a chance at receiving scholarship awards

Registration is ongoing through February 21 for a scholarship that offers Iowa high school seniors a chance to receive one of 30 scholarships worth $2,000 for college while learning important financial literacy skills. In addition, each recipient’s high school will receive a corresponding $250 award.

High school seniors may register for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship between now and February 21. Iowa Student Loan® will award $2,000 scholarships to 30 students who complete two online financial literacy tutorials and score highest on a related assessment. Registered students also receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips, such as the importance of early career and college planning and ways to reduce student loan indebtedness.

Tue
24
Dec

Annual Tour of Churches raises over $1,800 in funds for local relief programs ...

Sunday, December 8 the Waukon High School Vocal Music Department participated in its annual Tour of Churches. Over $1,800 in donations were collected at St. John’s Lutheran, Old West Lutheran, First Presbyterian, St. Patrick’s Catholic, First Baptist, Zion United Church of Christ and St. Paul’s United Methodist churches and distributed to the Allamakee County Relief Office, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, the Backpack Program and the Waukon Community Meal. Several Waukon businesses donated items for the students to enjoy on their tour as well. Fareway donated string cheese, Kwik Star donated bananas and Culligan offered bottled water for each performer.

Tue
24
Dec

Free session regarding NICC Career Pathway Certificate: Welding (GMAQ) in Waukon

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) invites the public to attend a free information session to learn about the upcoming Welding Career Pathway Certificate program offered in Waukon January 21 at 6 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center.

The demand for welders in northeast Iowa is high, and local employers offer stable jobs with good wages that are going unfilled. With the skills learned in this Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) class, participants will be ready to start their career as a highly sought-after welder in a matter of months. They will learn safe working practices, become familiar with welding equipment, use basic measuring tools, read manufacturing-part blueprints and identify standard welding symbols. By the end of this lecture and hands-on experience, students will also be able to weld carbon steel in multiple positions to meet American Welding Society (AWS) standards, and be prepared for immediate employment or continuation in the extended welding program.

Tue
24
Dec

Iowa 4-H Foundation scholarships available

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced applications are now available for its 4-H scholarship program. Over 100 scholarship opportunities valued at over $110,000 will be awarded. The various scholarship awards range in amounts from $500 to $10,000. Some of the scholarships are open to students pursuing any field of study, while others are open to students pursuing more specific degrees in agriculture, food and nutrition, ag business, animal science and journalism.

Former and current Iowa 4-H members are eligible to apply for 4-H scholarships if they meet individual scholarship requirements, as determined by the scholarship donors. Applicants must enroll as a full-time student to receive scholarship awards.

Wed
18
Dec

Perform at NEIC Music Festival ...

Monday, November 25, members of the Waukon High School Concert Choir and Concert Band pictured above and below, respectively, attended the Northeast Iowa Conference Music Festival hosted by New Hampton High School. The students rehearsed all day long with their respective ensembles before performing together at a concert held that evening as well. The Waukon High School Concert Choir students are under the direction of Sarah Bieber and the Waukon High School Concert Band students are under the direction of Jo Ann Knipfer Sherman. Pictured above are the participating members of the Waukon High School Concert Choir: Left to right - Front row: Madi Moser, Oonaugh Ahouse, Ainsley Lydon, Madelyn Helgerson, Peyton Verthein; Back row: Ryan VanderVelden, Denzel Decker, Aidan Jones, Nathan Liddiard.

Wed
18
Dec

Selected to perform in NEIA Bandmasters Association Honor Band ...

Saturday, December 7, five members of the Waukon High School Concert Band performed with the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (NEIBA) Honor Band in Oelwein. Being selected to the NEIBA Honor Band is the highest honor an instrumentalist can receive in the Northeast district, other than All-State. The students rehearsed throughout the day and presented a formal concert that evening. Pictured above are the Waukon High School Concert Band students selected to perform. Left to right: Vivian Khan, Sophie Halverson, Owen Halverson, Alexis Hogan, Bridget Duncklee. They are under the direction of Jo Ann Knipfer Sherman. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
18
Dec

ACSD Board of Directors approves resignation of Curriculum Director due to medical reasons, hears initial report on first-ever ISASP testing

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Monday evening, December 16 for the board’s regular monthly meeting. Several items were approved under the consent agenda as follows:

In personnel matters, the board approved hiring Julie Stemper as a substitute bus driver, Laural Gulla as a middle school paraprofessional and David Hansmeier as a volunteer wrestling coach. The board also accepted the resignation of Gretchen DeVore from her position as Curriculum Director. In an email to the board, DeVore explained that due to medical issues, she was resigning effective November 1, 2019. ACSD Superintendent Jay Mathis thanked DeVore for her years of service to the Allamakee Community School District and said that they “wish her well.”

Wed
11
Dec

Waukon Middle School after school program provides opportunities for caring, sharing and learning ...

Waukon Middle School’s after school program, 10th Hour, chose to spend the day together for the two “no school” Professional Development days held earlier this fall in the Allamakee Community School District. The group’s first all-day trip started with making Thanksgiving decorations for residents of Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Students had a great morning reading stories, playing games and coloring with the senior citizens. They enjoyed giving them a turkey decoration (pictured above) they had made earlier to brighten up their rooms. That afternoon was a splash spent enjoying swimming, pizza and each other’s company.

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