Education

Wed
06
Apr

Waukon High School alum Michael Bechtel honored for inspiring students

Honored for inspiring students ...
Michael Bechtel, a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School, was recently honored with a 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. He is currently an assistant professor of science at Wartburg College in Waverly. Submitted photo.

Michael Bechtel, assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College in Waverly, was recently honored for his teaching efforts with a 2016 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. Bechtel is a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School and the son of Dean and Sherry Bechtel of rural Monona.
Bechtel was one of 14 teachers selected for the honor recognizing teachers who have made an extraordinary impact on the lives of students. He was nominated by Caitlin Miller, a former student of his when he was a science teacher at Central High School in La Crosse, WI.

Wed
30
Mar

Kids Club enjoys robotic adventures during early dismissal afternoon …

During its last early dismissal from school, West Elementary Kids Club had 66 students participating in an afternoon of five fun-filled stations. The most exciting station was organized by Kathy Hay from Keystone Area Education Association (AEA). Hay brought with her four different types of robots, each with outstanding capabilities. “Meccanoid” (pictured) is a three-foot tall robot that follows voice commands including dance, exercise, high five, kung fu, and walks with people. “Ollie” is a cylinder-shaped robot that spins, turns and speeds along any surface. Star Wars movie-goers would have enjoyed the “BB8,” which is just like the BB8 in the new Star Wars movie, but is 10 times smaller. The head stays on the top while the bottom sphere body rolls right, left, forwards and backwards, spinning as it goes.

Wed
30
Mar

Waukon Walking School Bus gearing up for spring ...

The Waukon Walking School Bus will start its spring walking season in April. Walking School Bus dates include the following Thursday mornings: April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 19. The Walking School Bus provides a safe, fun and active way for students to get to school. The Walking School Bus will start in downtown Waukon. Interested families should drop students off by 7:40 a.m. at the Area Development and Visitor Center on the corner of First Street and Main Street. Routes lead to East Elementary, West Elementary and St. Patrick schools. Students will be walking 10 to 20 minutes and arrive to school by 8:10 a.m. or earlier. Parents are reminded to dress their students for the weather, as spring mornings can be pretty chilly. The Walking School Bus will not walk if it is below 40°F or if it is raining/storming/snowing. Volunteers to walk with the students are also encouraged.

Wed
30
Mar

Allamakee County Conservation partners with area schools ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) has partnered with Postville Community Schools and Eastern Allamakee Community Schools to build bluebird houses for distribution to the public. Students in the industrial arts programs with instructor Todd Neal from Postville Community Schools and instructor Ray Rankin from Eastern Allamakee Community Schools used the project to learn basic woodworking skills including layout design, planing, sawing and assembly while providing a service for the residents of Allamakee County. The students were also given the opportunity to install birdhouses around their schools and houses. Materials for the bluebird houses were provided free of charge by the Yellow River State Forest Sawmill, and Luster Heights Correctional Facility also helped with planing of the rough-sawn lumber. Without the help of these organizations, the project would not be possible.

Wed
23
Mar

Kee High School Speech has trio chosen for All-State Festival

Three individuals from the Kee High School Speech team were selected for the All-State Speech Festival to be held April 4 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls after competing with students from nearly 100 other Iowa high schools at the State Individual Speech Contest in Dubuque March 12. Left to right in the top photos, MaKayla Manning was chosen for her Literary Program, Tom Martin was selected for improvisational acting, and Ethan Walleser was also chosen for improvisational acting. "These students will be showcased at the festival as the best Iowa student speakers in their event," Kee High School Speech Coach Tammy Manning said. "We are so excited, it has been a few years since we had individual members selected."

Wed
23
Mar

Cassandra Berger one of several University of Dubuque students helping at a homeless shelter as part of a leadership retreat

Cassandra Berger, a 2012 graduate of Waukon High School and current senior at the University of Dubuque (UD), was one of 13 UD students who replaced ceiling tiles and insulation, painted walls, and removed dilapidated items from a local homeless shelter for men Wednesday, March 9.
The UD students partnered with eight John Deere Financial sales executives from Des Moines, Iowa and Canada to volunteer at Almost Home, a homeless shelter for men that strives to help men find jobs and permanent housing. Some of the volunteers sorted clothes at Open Closet, a program of Almost Home that gives away clothing to people in need.

Wed
16
Mar

Waukon Walking School Bus gears up for spring

The Waukon Walking School Bus will start its spring walking season in April. Walking School Bus dates include the following Thursday mornings: April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 19. The Walking School Bus provides a safe, fun and active way for students to get to school. The Walking School Bus will start in downtown Waukon. Interested families should drop students off by 7:40 a.m. at the Area Development and Visitor Center on the corner of First Street and Main Street. Routes lead to East Elementary, West Elementary and St. Patrick schools. Students will be walking 10 to 20 minutes and arrive to school by 8:10 a.m. or earlier. Parents are reminded to dress their students for the weather, as spring mornings can be pretty chilly. The Walking School Bus will not walk if it is below 40°F or if it is raining/storming/snowing.

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