Education

Wed
09
Dec

Activities available from Robey Memorial Library during upcoming winter break

Beginning Wednesday, December 23, Winter Break Grab & Go activities are available for kids and for teenagers at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. Each grab bag includes supplies to create something great over winter break.

Kids Grab & Go features Pasta Snowflakes and Waddling Penguin projects. Teen Grab & Go features Yarn Hats, Candy Cane Reindeer and Coffee Filter Snowflake projects. Activity bags are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis until gone. This program is in addition to the Grab & Go activity available for kids and for teens the second Wednesday of each month.

Wed
02
Dec

Eastern Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors holds annual organizational meeting, hears review of COVID school closure guidelines, impact of Alliant Energy plant closure and funding update

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) held its regular monthly meeting Monday, November 16 at Kee High School in Lansing. The regular meeting began with the board’s annual meeting to elect officers and designate representatives to handle the official business of the board throughout the year.

The annual meeting was called to order by Marian Verdon, Board Secretary. The following board members were present: Tony Becker, Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Kelli Mudderman and Heather Schulte. Also present at the meeting were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee Middle School and High School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff, and Board Secretary Marian Verdon.

Wed
02
Dec

New round of grants to Northeast Iowa Community College helps fulfill mission and service to the local community

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) continues to secure additional resources that allow the College to serve the community and fulfill its mission while navigating the challenges of the pandemic. The College has received several major federal and state of Iowa grants, more than $4.2 million, with much of the funding made possible by strong partnerships with local private and public sector organizations.

“The grants awarded to the College and our partners in the 5,000-square-mile district allow us to enhance the services we provide for our students, local industries, high schools and communities. Even during the challenges created in a fluid environment by the pandemic, NICC continues to demonstrate resilience, innovation, collaboration and stewardship. The College is able to achieve these results because of our strong partnerships in northeast Iowa,” said Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., NICC president.

Wed
02
Dec

Aerial Applicator Continuing Instruction Course now available

Allamakee County will offer the Aerial Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Monday, December 7. The local attendance site is Allamakee County Extension and Outreach office. The course will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register or to obtain additional information, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Allamakee County at 563-568-6345.
 

Wed
25
Nov

Dairy Evaluation Team earns second-place finish ...

The 2020 Northeast District FFA Dairy Cattle Career Development Event was held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester Saturday, September 26. Twenty-four teams participated in this year’s District event, with participants completing a dairy evaluation test along with placing four classes of cows and heifers. The Dairy Evaluation test consisted of common knowledge, pedigree evaluation, sire evaluation and farm management questions. This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, contestants did not give oral reasons to a set of judges. The state Dairy Cattle Evaluation event date is still to be decided.

Wed
25
Nov

Allamakee Community School District provides further details on requiring face coverings for students and staff

At its regular monthly meeting Monday, November 16, the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors voted - on a 3-2 split vote - to implement the requirement for students and staff members to wear face coverings in all district buildings. The face covering requirement was put in place beginning Thursday, November 19 and was done so in response to rising COVID-19 case numbers in Allamakee County.

“We held off on this issue as long as possible,” explained Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Jay Mathis when addressing the matter with the school board at that November 16 meeting. “We’ve been very blessed that we haven’t had any huge outbreaks in the school yet. I have given a great deal of thought to this, and agonized over it, but we feel that this was the best way to keep staff and students safe, and in school.”

Wed
25
Nov

Aerial Applicator Continuing Instruction Course now available

Allamakee County will offer the Aerial Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Monday, December 7. The program is provided by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

The local attendance site is Allamakee County Extension and Outreach 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 will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Allamakee County at 563-568-6345.

The course will fulfill 2020 recertification requirements for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 11 and 10. Some of the topics covered will include information on safe handling and storage of pesticides, laws and regulations, personal protective equipment and pest management.

Wed
18
Nov

Students and teachers in the Allamakee Community School District embrace technology during COVID-19 pandemic


Zoom application at East Elementary School ... In addition to teaching her in-person students in her third grade classroom at East Elementary School in Waukon, Mrs. Sara Retallick also provides virtual instruction to students learning from home via Zoom application software through the open computer pictured on the large desk in the center of the photo. Submitted photo.

Virtual learning at Waukon High School ... Waukon High School senior Matt Ronan interacts with 11 of his classmates who are in his same class virtually via the computer at right. Submitted photo.

submitted by Allamakee Community Education Association

Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) is adjusting to the changes prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. One of those options for students is to learn from a location different than the school by remote means.

To accomplish learning remotely, usually from home, teachers and students are using an application called Zoom. Also being used are the learning management systems Canvas and Seesaw, along with free programs like Quizlet, Socrative and Google Documents.

Zoom allows students who are home to connect on their computers to the school. Students at home and in the classroom, along with the teacher in the classroom, can interact with video and audio, in real time. Occasionally, there are internet connection issues, but these have been relatively rare for students and teachers.

Wed
18
Nov

Waukon FBLA students compete in Business Battle ...

The four Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students pictured above were among high school students from Colorado, Iowa and Missouri interested in business who competed in a Business Battle from October 19-30. The Business Battle featured seven business-oriented assessments conducted online: Accounting & Financial Management, Business Basics, Business Development & Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Financial Concepts, Information Technology, and Marketing, Sales and Communications.

Wed
18
Nov

ACSD Board of Directors approves mask mandate for district students and staff as last item of regular meeting business

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Monday evening, November 16 for its regular monthly meeting. As its last item of business for the meeting, the board approved mandatory mask usage by students and staff throughout the district on a split, 3-2 vote.

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