Education

Wed
03
Apr

EACSD Board of Directors holds public hearings on proposed levy and budget, discusses moving forward in the absence of Superintendent

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors conducted business as usual at its business meeting in March, but after the district’s business meetings were concluded, the board informally discussed the plans moving forward as EACSD Superintendent Dr. Sarah Murray continues to recover from her recent accident. Superintendent Murray sustained severe injuries in a fall at home Friday, March 15. She remains hospitalized in La Crosse, WI but eventually will be moved to Chicago, IL for further rehabilitation, according to recent updates.

Wed
03
Apr

NICC Waukon Center to host Ceramic Self-Watering Flower Pot class April 9

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a Ceramic Self-Watering Flower Pot class Tuesday, April 9. The adult class will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

Historians and archaeologists believe the earliest examples of glazed ceramics appear in the world as far back as the 8th century. Class participants can learn this ancient tradition and art, how to apply glaze colors, styles and their own unique imprint on pottery through the glazing process.

Participants can be creative and enjoy uncomplicated artmaking with pottery pieces and numerous glaze colors provided. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome to participate. All supplies will be included.

To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
27
Mar

Allamakee Music Boosters celebrating Music in Our Schools Month with special stage performances scheduled for April 1

In celebration of March being Music in Our Schools Appreciation Month, the Allamakee Music Boosters, with the help of Parents Supporting Students and Teachers (PSST), are bringing OPERA Iowa to the Waukon area. The Allamakee Music Boosters appreciate all of the hard work and dedication of the music department staff in the Allamakee Community School District.

Monday, April 1, the day will begin with elementary students having the opportunity to watch a performance of “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing,” composed by Malcolm Fox. This is a hilarious story of a serpent in the circus who desires to be more than a snake; he wants to sing!

Wed
27
Mar

Mini-STEAM Camp - K-5th Grade class at NICC Waukon Center

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a Mini-STEAM Camp - K-5th Grade class Wednesday, April 24. This class will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

Keep kids engaged on their day with no school April 24 by signing them up for a mini-STEAM camp. Kindergarten through fifth grade students will be doing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities. Snacks and supplies are provided. Those attending are advised to bring a sack lunch.

The deadline for paid registration is April 17. To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
27
Mar

Final week for seniors to apply for Allamakee County Conservation Foundation scholarship

The Allamakee County Conservation Foundation (ACCF) is offering scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors who will be attending a college or university pursuing a degree in natural resources or a related field. One $500 scholarship will be offered to a senior from each of the area high schools in Allamakee County, including Postville, Waukon and Kee High Schools.

Students who would like to apply for the scholarship are encouraged to visit www.allamakeecountyconservation.org, the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing, or their school’s guidance counselor for an application. Applications will be accepted until April 1 of this year and recipients will be notified by May 8.

Wed
20
Mar

Kee Individual Speech advances eight performances to State; Senior Cadan Evanson nominated for All-State ...

The Kee High School Speech Program had seven individual speech members (pictured in group photo below) take nine events to the District Contest February 24 at West Delaware High School in Manchester, where eight of the events advanced on to the State competition held at Hampton-Dumont High School Saturday, March 9. Kee Speech students attending the District Contest, pictured left to right, included: Front row - Payton Becker, Riley Troendle and Ashlyn Henkes; Back row - Isabelle Mettille, Cadan Evanson, Izzy Hammell and Brendan Jones.

At the State Contest, the Kee participants received the following ratings: Cadan Evanson - Radio News (1) and Prose (1); Riley Troendle - Prose (2) and Expository Address (1); Brendan Jones - Spontaneous (1); Izzy Hammell - Poetry (1); Payton Becker - After Dinner (2); Isabelle Mettille - Music Theatre (1).

Wed
20
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors approves variety of personnel matters for next school year, hears a number of updates as school year heads toward its final months

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday, March 18. Board members Erik Helgerson and Kelly Deeney were absent. The board approved the revised agenda.

Under the consent agenda, the board approved the hiring of the following personnel (pending a satisfactory background check): Josh and Nate  Keenan, Summer Custodial Help; Ann Hagensick, Elementary Education Teacher, Strat I; Tim Bulman, Middle School Football Coach; Alison Sherman, Middle School Math Teacher; and Kids Club Staff. The board also approved two staff transfers: Stacy Miner from Middle School Special Education to Middle School Math and Allison Rottink from Elementary Special Education Strat I to Elementary Special Education, Strat II-ID.

Wed
20
Mar

Spring registration period for $1,000 scholarship soon coming to a close

Iowa high school and college students, as well as their parents or guardians, have a chance at one of 45 scholarship awards deposited into a College Savings Iowa account. Registration for the Iowa Student Loan (ISL) Education Lending Scholarship is open now through March 29. Registration is available online at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Savings and scholarship recipients will be determined by a random drawing in April.

“After a very successful fall registration period, we are happy to offer a second chance for Iowa families to receive funds for their education,” said Steve McCullough, president and CEO, Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation (ISLLC), which sponsors the scholarship and provides educational funding under the name ISL Education Lending. “And the valuable information all registrants receive as part of the program can help make their existing college funding go further.”

Wed
13
Mar

Allamakee Music Boosters and PSST to host OPERA Iowa for April 1 performance of Beauty and the Beast

Area residents of Waukon will have the chance to see one of Iowa’s premier performing arts organizations when OPERA Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera’s educational touring troupe, arrives Monday, April 1 to present Gretry/Borths’ Beauty and the Beast (sung in English), at the Waukon Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The performance is sponsored by the Allamakee Music Boosters and PSST (Parents Supporting Students and Teachers - the parent organization that helps support the elementary schools in Allamakee Community Schools). Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the performance.

Wed
13
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors approves wide variety of personnel matters, change authorization for HVAC project

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors held a special board meeting Friday morning, March 8 to discuss a handful of personnel matters and a change authorization request. Among those personnel items, the board approved Carley Sweeney as a volunteer coach for the Waukon golf program.

The board also accepted the following resignations: Bob Wasson from his ninth grade boys basketball coaching position (pending finding a suitable replacement), Melissa Ward from her middle school math position, Jason LaPage from his positions of middle school math and middle school play director, Jeff Haas from his custodian position, and Ashley Beach from her position of Strategist II Special Education Teacher. The board also approved a Change Authorization Request for $20,856 to the Waukon Middle School HVAC Upgrade project that includes the replacement of four doors at the middle school facility.
 

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