Education

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Feb

All 38 advance to State! Kee High School Large Group Speech advances 11 teams to State Speech Contest involving all 38 participating students


Ensemble Acting - “Ouija Initiation” ... Left to right: Macy Manning, Alexis Johnson, Monica Davis, Jada Mitchell. Submitted photo.

One Act - “Selfie” ... Left to right - Front row: Allison Donley, Laurel Scott, Ella Strong, Rachel Walleser. Back row: Kyle Conway, Daniel Wagner, Nick Buege, Kellen Maddox, Owen Henkes, Dawson Sires. Submitted photo.

The Kee High School Speech program experienced a very successful day at the Northeast District Large Group Speech Contest hosted by Decorah High School Saturday, January 25. The Kee program had 38 students competing in a total of 12 different acts, with some students competing in multiple acts. A total of 11 of those acts, involving all 38 of those students, received Division I ratings to earn advancement to the Iowa High School Speech Association State Large Group Contest this weekend.

The State Large Group Contest for Northeast Iowa is being hosted by Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque this Saturday, February 8. Participating acts will be vying for possible nomination to perform at this year’s All-State Large Group Speech Festival to be held at the Iowa State Center in Ames.

Wed
05
Feb

Waukon High School alumna Mollie Marti brings THRIVE Resilience Model to Waukon schools in support of student mental health

The Alice Hermeier Foundation, a fund held by the Allamakee County Community Foundation, has partnered with County Social Services (CSS) to support the mental health needs of students by bringing the THRIVE Resilience Model to Waukon schools.

Mollie (Weighner) Marti, a 1984 graduate of Waukon High School, has returned to her hometown to help implement the project. Marti founded and directs the National Resilience Institute (NRI), a nonprofit organization that grew out of a community resiliency project she started in Mount Vernon after the tragic loss of young lives to suicide.

Wed
29
Jan

Human trafficking abolitionist to host presentations at NICC


David Zach ... Submitted photo.

When he’s not touring or recording music as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Remedy Drive, David Zach follows another passion with equal fervor - abolishing human trafficking throughout the world.

Zach has made nine international deployments to Southeast Asia and Latin America as an undercover operative with the abolitionist group, The Exodus Road. While undercover, Zach identifies instances of minors being sold and captures actionable evidence of illegal trafficking activities in brothels and red-light districts. The information and evidence The Exodus Road gathers leads to raids on establishments that result in the arrests of traffickers.

Zach tours college campuses and visits communities in the United States to share his experiences. He believes that ordinary human beings can make a tremendous impact on freedom and justice in the world.

Wed
29
Jan

EACSD Board of Directors approves specifics for At-Risk Programming and Dropout Prevention personnel, hears about upgrades at New Albin

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, January 20. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President.

After the agenda was adopted, the board asked for audience comments but there were none. The board next approved the authorizations for the January consent items, minutes of the December meetings, bills for January, Secretary’s Financial Report for December, and the Student Activity and Food Service December Reports.

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:

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