Education

Wed
16
Mar

Healthcare Faces of the Future for 6th-8th grades through NICC and VMH

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Healthcare Faces of the Future 6th-8th Grade” Wednesday, April 27 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon. The event will take place at the hospital’s ICN facilities.

Students who want to be a nurse, paramedic, doctor or other health professional can spend an action-packed day experiencing what these careers are like. They will have a chance to work with manikins in a health lab setting and try many interactive, hands-on activities. Guest speakers from local healthcare facilities will also share what it’s really like to work in their fast-paced jobs.

This camp is intended for students in sixth through eighth grades. Special appreciation goes out to Iowa Intermediary Network and Veterans Memorial Hospital for making this class available at no charge.

Wed
09
Mar

WHS Band members participate in Dorian Band Festival ...

February 27 and 28, four members of the Waukon High School Band participated in the annual Dorian Band Festival at Luther College in Decorah. Students from across the midwest were divided into either 2 massed band or one smaller wind ensemble.  The bands rehearsed over the course of the two day festival and performed and late afternoon concert on Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m.  Bailey Sherman and Cody Huinker participated in the Noble band under the direction of Shelley Hanson of Macalester College.  James VanderVelden and Logan Lubahn participated in the Sperati Band under the direction of Shawn Vondran from Northwestern University.  The students are under the direction of Jo Ann Knipfer Sherman, Waukon High School Band director. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
09
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors approves a number of personnel changes, including the retirement of several long-time teachers

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met twice in the month of February. At a February 3 special meeting, the board approved the following personnel items: Erin Plein as student council advisor and Joanne Ericson as a mentor.

The board also accepted the following resignations, all due to retirement: Mary Milewsky, Jon Snitker, Louise Wild and Tim Bulman. Approval was also given to a bid from School Bus Sales in the amount of $116,520 for a propane powered bus.

Wed
09
Mar

Public invited to March 16 presentation by founder of “The Learner Lab”

Trevor Ragan ...
Trevor Ragan ...

The public is invited to attend a Wednesday, March 16 presentation by Trevor Ragan, founder of The Learner Lab, a resource for understanding the science of better learning. Ragan will be speaking to staff members of the Allamakee Community School District during that scheduled professional development day of no classes, and will then conduct a presentation for the general public from 5-6 p.m. that evening at the Waukon High School Auditorium.

Ragan’s presentations are described as “an opportunity for students, parents and community members to hear a message about striving for excellence in all they do.” He explains that “learning is the most important skill. Great learners are agile, resilient, and adaptable. Great learners can acquire new skill when demands arise. In times of change, learners will thrive.”

Wed
02
Mar

Ag in the Classroom visits East Elementary School fourth grade ...

Fourth grade students at East Elementary School in Waukon got to spend a class period with Allamakee County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Elizabeth Blake Thursday, February 17, as she offered a presentation on the many careers/jobs there are on a farm. The students learned about how a farmer performs several different jobs on any given day, and they were very engaged while playing a game called “Guess the Hat” where they got three clues and a short job description and had to guess what job/career it was. The kids were excited when they got all the answers correct and enjoyed being able to do an interactive lesson and work as a group to come up with the different answers.

Wed
02
Mar

Mini-STEAM Camp for Kindergarten through fifth grades March 16

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Mini-STEAM Camp – K-5th Grade” Wednesday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

Keep kids engaged on that scheduled off-school day by signing them up for a mini-STEAM camp. Kindergarteners through fifth graders will be doing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities. Snacks and supplies are provided. Students should bring a sack lunch.

The deadline for paid registration is March 9. To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.

Wed
02
Mar

Registration to take place for Waukon Head Start

Waukon Head Start classrooms will be holding registration Thursday, March 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Waukon. Head Start, operated by Northeast Iowa Community Action (NEICAC), is a full-day program that offers a safe and nurturing environment while providing active learning.

Qualified teachers partner with families to provide a preschool experience for children who are three and four years old. Head Start services are funded by federal and state grants and are free for families who qualify.

Transportation is available in some areas. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided by the CACFP program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Parents are encouraged to bring proof of income and proof of their child’s birthdate.

Wed
23
Feb

NEIA District Honor Band participants...

In early December, members of the Waukon Middle School and High School Bands attended the Northeast Iowa District Honor Band held in Oelwein. The students rehearsed throughout the day and performed in a formal concert that evening. The participating students are pictured here, and in photo above, include Moriah Downing - 8th grade clarinet, under the direction of Waukon Middle School Band Director Tim Lund; and in photo below, left to right, Bailey Sherman - 11th grade flutist, Logan Lubahn - 11th grade tuba and Cody Huinker - 11th grade trombone, all under the direction of Waukon High School Band Director Jo Ann Sherman. Submitted image.

Wed
23
Feb

New parent committee, N.E.S.T., working to ensure the success of every New Albin Elementary student

A parent committee was recently started at New Albin Elementary School in the Eastern Allamakee Community School District. The purpose of N.E.S.T. (New Albin Elementary Success Team) is to ensure the success of every student, in the classroom and beyond. The motivation for starting this group was to develop a partnership between the community and the school, working together towards the success of every student.

“By having parents involved, we will be able to show our students that their education isn’t just important to the staff at the school, but it matters to the entire community as well. We want the students to know we care about all aspects of their lives, and their success is our reward!” said New Albin Elementary School Principal and N.E.S.T. organizer Donna Thomas.

Wed
23
Feb

Pair of WHS graduates help U of I Dance Marathon raise over $1.3 million for Stead Family Children’s Hospital

A pair of Waukon High School graduates were among the nearly 1,000 University of Iowa students who participated in the 28th annual student-led Dance Marathon February 4-5. The annual event generated more than $1.3 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital this year.

Olivia Opat, a 2020 graduate of Waukon High School, was one of more than 150 current University of Iowa students who served in leadership positions for the 28th annual student-led Dance Marathon. Opat served as a member of the finance committee for Dance Marathon 28 (DM28).

Bailey Shafer of Waukon was one of more than 900 current University of Iowa students who participated in this year’s dance marathon. She is a 2021 graduate of Waukon High School.

The final tally raised by the students was $1,361,184.28, a total which pushed the amount of support generated by Dance Marathon over the course of its history to more than $33 million.

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