Education

Wed
04
May

EACSD Board of Directors approves graduation candidates, moving of 5th, 6th grades to Lansing

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held at the Kee Connect Building - the former Middle School - in Lansing Monday, April 18.  Board members present included Tony Becker, President Bobbie Goetzinger, Melanie Mauss, Kelli Mudderman and Arla Wagner.   Also present were Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee High and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff, New Albin Elementary Principal Donna Thomas, and Board Secretary Michele Martin.

After the agenda was approved, the board authorized the April consent items, minutes of the March meeting, bills for April, Student Activity and Food Service March Reports.

Wed
04
May

IHCA Foundation offers variety of health care scholarships; Applications due May 31

The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation is offering 88 scholarships to help individuals interested in pursuing or advancing their career in long-term care. Scholarship opportunities are available for current long-term care employees seeking to advance their health care or leadership skills, as well as high school seniors, veterans or individuals residing in rural Iowa counties who are pursuing an education in health care.

Wed
27
Apr

St. Patrick School first grade classes visit The Standard...

The Standard newspaper office in Waukon hosted some special visitors Wednesday, April 20. First grade students from the classrooms of Ms. Deb Hauber and Ms. Thea Meyer at St. Patrick School in Waukon toured The Standard office for a field trip to learn more about the newspaper and its importance to the community, along with the jobs and processes involved in publishing a newspaper. Students in the two classrooms (pictured at right in a combined photo) had a chance to ask questions and also helped contribute to and edit their own newspaper front page to print and take with them. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Wed
27
Apr

Chapter EK P.E.O. hosts annual reception for Waukon High School graduating class...

The annual P.E.O. reception for girls from the graduating class at Waukon High School was held Monday, April 18 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, marking the 59th anniversary of the event. The evening began with refreshments served. After a welcome by past president Nina Van Gorp, introductions by guests and members were made. President Loretta Schafer presented the program on “Life Can Be Golden,” based on the Little Golden books. The girls then shared memories from their high school years. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
27
Apr

Midwest Veterans of America hosting essay contest for high school students; Enter by May 1

Midwest Veterans of America is hosting an essay contest for high school students, freshmen through seniors, with cash prizes awarded to top entries. The theme of the essay is “My American Veteran Hero” and entries are due by May 1.

According to Midwest Veterans of America leadership, all essays must be typed in English with no color or graphics, and contestants can not identify themselves within the essay content. Essays must be the contest entrants’ own work; copied or plagiarized essay content will not be entered into the contest. All essays become the property of the Midwest Veterans of America.

Essays will be judged on how well the entrant understands, develops and presents the theme, which should be a positive representation of the veteran hero being written about. Entries should demonstrate research has been conducted about the hero and the author’s experience with them.

Wed
20
Apr

Waukon High School Band earns 22 Division I ratings at IHSMA State Contests


Perfect scores ... Pictured above are Waukon High School soloists who received a perfect score on their performance at the IHSMA State Contest held in Waukon April 2. Left to right are Reagan Lubahn - trumpet, Abby Wiemerslage - marimba, and James VanderVelden - trumpet. Submitted photo.

Additional Division I Soloists ... Left to right - Front row: Alaina Gebel, Bailey Sherman; Back row: Cody Huinker, Logan Lubahn, Jacob Smith, Ryan Kolsrud. Submitted photo.

Division I Woodwind Ensembles ... Left to right - Front row: Annie Ellingson, Bailey Sherman, Tamara Guchshenkov, Alice Day; Back row: Taylor Kiel, Gabe Goettel, Clara Deeny, Noah Evans, Jackson Perkins. Submitted photo.

Division I Brass Ensembles ... Left to right - Front row: Reagan Lubahn, Jay Aldrich, Lauren McCabe; Back row: Cody Huinker, Logan Lubahn, Jacob Smith, Micheal Duncklee. Submitted photo.

Division I Percussion Ensembles ... Left to right - Front row: Abby Wiemerslage, Alaina Gebel, Ella Dehli; Back row: Ghada Ibrahim, Ryan Kolsrud, Dekota Bechtel. Submitted photo.

Division II Solo and Division III Ensemble ... Left to right: Taylor Kiel and Clara Deeny, Division III clarinet duet; and Tamara Guchshenkov, Division II soloist. Submitted photo.

Saturday, April 2, members of the Waukon High School Band performed for the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) State Solo and Ensemble Contests. The event was hosted by Waukon High School and involved each soloist or ensemble performing for a judge who rated their performance on a five-point scale in eight different categories.

The group had 24 events that performed for the festival - 10 soloists and 14 ensembles. At the end of the day, the band had received 22 Division I ratings, one Division II rating, and one Division III rating. Band Director Jo Ann Sherman stated, “I knew by about 10:00 that we were going to have a good day, but I could never have dreamed that we would receive the results that we did by the end of the day.  The students were amazing.

Wed
20
Apr

Kee High School production of “Little Shop of Horrors” ...

Kee High School’s musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors” (MTI production) hit the stage in the Kee High School gym Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3. Pictured at right are cast and crew members for this year’s productions.

“It was an amazing opportunity for the Kee High students to perform a different type of production with the use of puppets, and they rose to the challenge,” shared staff director Tammy Manning. “Not only was there strong musical/acting talent performed on the stage, but equally top-notch backstage crews along with the sound and light people. Everyone has a job to do to make the show successful, and it truly takes a village of people and support from the community.” Submitted photo.
 

Wed
20
Apr

NICC Waukon Center offering Moped Rider Class April 23

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a Moped Rider class Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

This class is required by the state of Iowa for students who are 14 years of age or older who do not possess a driver’s license. Students learn the rules of the road, safe driving skills and laws governing moped use. The course is classroom-only, so a moped is not needed. Upon successful completion of the class, students receive a DOT (Department of Transportation) certificate which must be presented at the driver’s license office to apply for the moped license. Students must be at least 13 years old to take the class.

To register online for “Moped Rider” (#84940) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/waukon, or call 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
13
Apr

Waukon High School Music Department travels to Memphis and Nashville, TN

The Waukon High School Music Department recently took 19 students on a trip to Memphis and Nashville, TN over the school district’s recent spring break from March 24-28. Students were able to learn about and experience American musical history from its roots in blue grass, country and soul music (with some of their activities pictured in the surrounding photos).

The students left by chartered bus Thursday, March 24. When they arrived in Memphis late Thursday evening, their first stop was to the Bass Pro Shop Pyramid, a pyramid-shaped store that was once an event center and sporting arena. The pyramid is so large that it is considered the sixth largest pyramid in the world.

Wed
13
Apr

Read Across Iowa celebrations at New Albin Elementary ...

Read Across Iowa launched March 1 and began a month-long celebration to bring the joys of reading to kids of all ages. Agriculturally-themed Read Across Iowa classroom visits happened at New Albin Elementary School and across the state and featured books and materials about agriculture that will appeal to all readers.

Becky Rea, K-12 Program Coordinator from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County visited Pre-K through second grade classes at New Albin Elementary School. “Sylvia’s Spinach” or “Right This Very Minute” were read aloud to each class. Classes sampled either a yogurt parfait or salad kabob featuring spinach (far left photo). Pre-K and Kindergarten made plant part flowers (middle photo). First and second grade planted spinach seeds (far right photo). “When you read with children, you are making an investment,” said Rea. “Early reading and talking with children gives them a strong start and a life-long return.”

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