Education

Wed
15
Apr

Iowa pesticide applicators have more time, options to complete recertification

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is offering regulatory relief to help first-time pesticide applicators get certified during the 2020 growing season. This comes after the Department and its testing partners canceled several large, in-person testing sessions based on the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines provided by the CDC.

April 2, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a Proclamation that temporarily suspends the regulatory provisions in Iowa Codes § 206.5(3), 206.5(4) and 206.6(1) for the duration of the Proclamation and any future extensions. First-time commercial pesticide applicators who obtain a private applicator certification can be employed and operate under the instructions and control of a certified commercial applicator. Individuals can take the private applicator certification test online during this public health emergency.

Wed
15
Apr

Kee High School Senior Awards program is postponed

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Kee High School Senior Awards program originally scheduled for Friday, April 17 has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.
 

Wed
15
Apr

Scholarships available through Northeast Iowa Community Action

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) has announced the availability of NEICAC Scholarships supported solely by employees and friends of Community Action. The application and criteria for eligibility are available through the County Family Service Offices or the Administrative Office in Decorah (563-382-8436), online at www.neicac.org, or at high school guidance counselors’ offices.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 to be considered. Applicants may include graduating seniors, current college students and individuals who are returning to school for higher education. The scholarships are limited to assisting low-income individuals that live within the seven-county area served by Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC), specifically the counties of Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek in northeast Iowa.

Wed
08
Apr

Waukon High School alum Gary Schwartzhoff honored with Marshall Bartholomew Award


Waukon High School alum honored ... Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, a 1970 graduate of Waukon High School, was recently honored with the Marshall Bartholomew Award by Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. Schwartzhoff has been a music educator for 46 years and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The award plaque pictured at right above notes that Schwartzhoff was presented the award “for his significant contributions to the field of men’s choral music”. Submitted photos.

Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff, DMA, a 1970 graduate of Waukon High School and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been honored by Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. as the recipient of the Marshall Bartholomew Award. Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. is a National Association of Male Choruses that strives to promote quality men’s chorus singing and music, and its membership is made up of male choruses/glee clubs of the nation’s universities, colleges and secondary schools.

The Bartholomew Award was established by Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. (IMC) in 1978 after the death of the legendary conductor of the Yale Glee Club and founder of the Intercollegiate Musical Council, now IMC. The award honors choral musicians who have made significant contributions to the field of male choral music.

Wed
08
Apr

Three Kee High School Speech students receive All-State nominations for Individual Speech


Pictured above, left to right, Allison Donley, Owen Henkes, and Ella Strong ...

Despite the havoc caused by the COVID-19 virus with scheduled events during the month of March and beyond, the Kee High School Speech program had three of its students forge ahead to earn All-State nominations for this year’s Individual Speech competition. Kee Speech participants Allison Donley, Owen Henkes and Ella Strong each received the All-State accolades after a refined State Speech process in early March.

The Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) opted to cancel this year’s State Speech Contest and All-State Individual Speech Festival scheduled for March 8 and March 30, respectively. The IHSSA did grant schools the opportunity to schedule smaller State Speech competitions within their local area, which MFL/MarMac High School did March 8 in Monona, inviting Kee High School Speech members to participate.

Wed
08
Apr

Allamakee Community School District Board approves hiring of new elementary school principal

The Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors met in a special session Tuesday, March 31 via conference call to remain within the current guidelines for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The board met to approve the hiring of a new principal for the East and West Elementary Schools to replace multi-year principal Joe Griffith, who has been hired as the Superintendent of Schools in the North Fayette Valley School District.

Wed
01
Apr

Allamakee County Conservation Foundation to offer scholarships to area high school seniors

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; Postville, Waukon and Kee.

Students who would like to apply for the scholarship are encouraged to visit www.allamakeecountyconservation.org, the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, or their school’s guidance counselor for an application.  Applications will be accepted until April 3 of this year and recipients will be notified by May 1.

Wed
01
Apr

Driftless Half Marathon scholarship available to Kee and Waukon High Schools graduating seniors

The Driftless Half Marathon (DHM) is offering scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors who will be attending a college or university this fall. One $500 scholarship will be offered to a senior graduating from each of two local high schools, Kee High School in Lansing and Waukon High School. Students must be a part of their respective school’s scholarship fund.

Students who wish to apply for the scholarship are encouraged to contact their school’s guidance counselor for more information. Applications will be accepted until April 1 of this year. Recipients will be awarded during their respective school’s senior awards night this spring.

The Driftless Half Marathon Scholarship is made possible by generous sponsors and loyal runners. The race committee believes in giving back to the community those who live here are fortunate enough to call home. The committee also hopes to make a positive impact while also motivating people to be active.
 

Wed
01
Apr

Student Planning Pointers college planning resource for parents

A new resource for parents of students in eighth through 12th grades launched in early January. Iowa Student Loan® developed Student Planning Pointers for Parents, a twice-monthly email service, as an expansion to the free resources and tools it offers to families as part of its nonprofit mission.

Known as SP3, the service is available to parents who would like to help their students proactively prepare for postsecondary education and training. Parents and guardians can register each of their students’ grade levels for free online at www.sp3.org to receive seasonal and grade-specific information through email.

“This service empowers parents with the information they need to engage in planning with their students,” said Steve McCullough, CEO at Iowa Student Loan. “Studies show that students with engaged parents are much more successful in high school and college.”

Wed
25
Mar

Waukon High School student newspaper editor-in-chief shares some thoughts on the COVID-19 impact on her Class of 2020

Editor’s Note: Olivia Opat is a senior at Waukon High School and the editor-in-chief of the Waukon High School student newspaper, The Tribune, that prints monthly in The Standard during the school year. With schools being closed until mid-April at this point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the likelihood of no April edition of that student newspaper and the uncertainty of what the remainder of this school year will bring, Olivia wanted to share the following perspective on behalf of her fellow seniors:

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