Education

Wed
29
Jan

ACSD students meet and learn from published authors ...

Waukon Middle School students in grades six, seven and eight had the opportunity to Skype with author Marsha Skrypuch from Brantford, Ontario in Canada the second week of January. The author visit was made possible through the McElroy Excellence in Education Grant. Allamakee Community School District teacher librarian Lisa Snitker wrote and submitted a proposal to the McElroy Foundation to purchase multiple copies of three of Skrypuch’s novels to create a cross-curricular WWII unit, where students would learn the history and stories surrounding that era. Skrypuch’s novel Making Bombs for Hitler is the State of Iowa Teen Award Winner 2019. The book is extremely popular with young adult readers and the factor that sparked the idea for Snitker to write the grant.

Wed
22
Jan

FreedomBank donates to area scholarship programs ...

FreedomBank of Waukon continues its charitable giving with a recent $3,000 donation to the Allamakee County Community Foundation to benefit future graduates of Waukon High School. Allamakee Scholarship Fund, Inc. is the benefactor for Waukon High School. In addition to the Waukon donation, FreedomBank also made donations of $3,000 to the high school scholarship programs of Postville, Elkader and MFL/MarMac through the Foundation. FreedomBank has locations in all these communities.

Wed
22
Jan

ACSD discusses West Elementary renovation project scheduled for this summer, approves purchase of new surveillance system for high school and middle school

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Monday evening, January 20 for its regular monthly meeting. Board President Al Rissman was absent.

Items approved under the consent agenda were as follows: staff for after-school programming was approved, as was a request for Sunday practice for the varsity boys basketball team due to postseason play and an out-of-state trip for middle school after-school programming. One open enrollment out was also approved.

Wed
22
Jan

Kids engage their minds in Mini STEAM Camp Feb. 12

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Mini STEAM Camp K-5” Wednesday, February 12 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

It’s full steam ahead on a day off from school with this mini-camp. The STEAM mini-camp is perfect for students in Kindergarten through fifth grades and keeps their creative minds engaged. Experienced instructors will lead students in hands-on activities that explore science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) in a fun, creative way. Snacks and supplies are provided. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch.

To register online for “Mini STEAM Camp K-5” (#75570) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions/75570, or call NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700. Registration deadline with applicable registration fee paid is January 31.
 

Wed
15
Jan

St. Patrick School to host annual Mardi Gras event January 25 ...

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be holding its annual Mardi Gras fundraising event Saturday, January 25 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Among the events taking place will be live and silent auctions, Cash Wheel, and “Press Your Luck” raffle. There will also be a raffle for a “Weekend Getaway Package” at Upper Iowa Resort, which includes a cooler full of goodies, beach towels and more. Local businesses and individuals have donated items and funds to help make the event a success for St. Patrick School. For tickets and additional information, contact Amy McCormick at 563-419-9336, Tami Stilwell at 319-361-6077 or St. Patrick School at 563-568-2170. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
15
Jan

Master Gardener program plans Winter Webcast series

Beginning in February, the Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide a winter webcast series in county extension offices across the state. Speakers for this year’s series were chosen based on current issues and Master Gardener volunteer interest, according to Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener state coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Participants will learn about climate change and native plants, and get tips for designing gardens that encourage children to spend more time outdoors. “The webcast series gives Master Gardener volunteers a chance to continue their learning, which they can apply to their volunteer projects within the community,” DeBlieck said.

Contact an ISU Extension and Outreach county office to see if they are hosting the webcasts, and for specific details about how to participate. Topics and speakers include the following:

Wed
15
Jan

Robey Memorial Library to host ISBA People’s Law School January 21

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is hosting the ISBA People’s Law School series through April 21. The library is partnering with the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) to bring free high-quality adult programming to the local community.

Tuesday, January 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the ISBA will live-stream a free educational event focused on the basics of buying and selling a home in Iowa. Topics to be discussed include:
• An overview of real estate law for home owners
• Abstracts and mortgages
• Neighbors, property lines and easements.

Wed
08
Jan

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.

Wed
08
Jan

Iowa 4-H Foundation has scholarships for current or former 4-H members

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.

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.

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