Education

Wed
09
Nov

Keystone AEA partners with NEIA Behavioral Health to provide Lifelines Suicide Prevention curriculum to area school districts

Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) is partnering with Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health to offer Lifelines suicide prevention curriculum to all 23 school districts in the Keystone area. This mental health professional development opportunity for school counselors and educators is centered around The Complete Lifelines Trilogy of Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention programs.

Lifelines is a whole-school program that educates administrators, faculty and staff, parents and students on the facts about suicide and their roles in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. The goals of Lifelines are to increase the likelihood that members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents, know how to initially respond to them, know how to rapidly obtain help for them, and to make troubled adolescents aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions.

Wed
09
Nov

Upper Iowa University and NICC sign agreement for Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program

Upper Iowa University and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) for students, the first agreement of its kind in the state of Iowa.

The Nursing CEP agreement allows students at Northeast Iowa Community College to complete a four-year degree in nursing from Upper Iowa University. While completing a two-year associate degree in nursing at the Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar or Peosta campus, students in the CEP cohort are concurrently enrolled in Upper Iowa University courses toward their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Concurrent enrollment means that students in this program who graduate with their associate degree from Northeast Iowa Community College need only attend Upper Iowa University for six to eight additional months to complete their BSN degree.

Benefits of the Nursing CEP agreement include:

Wed
02
Nov

O'Kones presents program to NEIA Regional IRSPA ...

Retired Waukon teacher Barbara O’Kones (pictured above) presented her program “St. Augustine by Bicycle to San Diego” to the Northeast Iowa Regional Iowa Retired School Personnel Association (IRSPA) at the annual meeting October 20. She showed her PowerPoint pictures and gave insight to the 94 days and over 3,000 miles she traveled with her brother. The West Union IRSPA unit hosted Decorah and Oelwein unit members and guests for the meeting and program. Thirty-five people enjoyed the morning brunch that was provided by Fayette County Historical Society members in their building meeting room prior to the program.

Wed
02
Nov

Eastern Allamakee and MFL/MarMac shared superintendent receives statewide recognition

Dr. Dale Crozier, shared superintendent of the MFL/MarMac and Eastern Allamakee Community School Districts, was a nominee for the 2016-2017 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI). “SAI is pleased to recognize leaders who are dedicated to promoting student achievement and committed to education,” said Roark Horn, the association’s executive director.

Both districts have recently implemented successful teacher leadership and personalized professional development programs that empower the teaching staff. The districts have also worked to maintain and improve facilities. Dr. Crozier credits positive local school boards in both districts, plus building-level leadership for achieving these tasks. He indicates that both districts, although faced with declining enrollment, are doing their best at all times to put children first in all decisions.

Wed
02
Nov

Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Course to be offered November 9

Allamakee County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, November 9. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

The local attendance site is Allamakee County Extension, located at 218 Seventh Avenue SE, Suite #102 in Waukon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9-11:30 a.m. The registration fee increases after November 2. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Allamakee County by phoning 563-568-6345.

Wed
26
Oct

Wikan named to Homecoming Court at Wartburg College ...

Courtney Wikan (pictured at far right in above photo), daughter of Ed and Lou Ann Wikan of Waukon and a 2013 graduate of Waukon High School, was named to the Wartburg College Homecoming Court for the annual celebration observed at Wartburg College in Waverly October 10-16 this year. Wikan is a senior biology major. Members of the court were selected by the junior and senior classes, with all student body members voting on King and Queen, who were Alex Gheysens, a communication arts major from Antwerp, Belgium, and Taylor Smola, a neuroscience major from Stevens Point, WI. Pictured above, left to right, are 2016 Wartburg College Homecoming Court members Tyler Metcalf, Calyn Thompson, Alex Gheysens, Sophia Corpstein, Tyler Vogel, Taylor Smola, Clay Waterbury, Molly Zmudka, Patrick Rooney, Courtney Wikan. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
26
Oct

EACSD Board of Directors hears report on district enrollment, updates on current and future programs

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, October 17. The Board approved two requests for overnight trips for student organizations.

Ray Rankin, FFA Advisor, and three FFA students presented information regarding the 2016 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN taking place October 18-22. The Spanish Club  will also be traveling to Guatemala for an 11-day trip in the summer of 2017.

The Board also approved the auditing contract with Kay Chapman, CPA PC for fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018 for $6,800, $6,900 and $7,000, respectively. The Board received and filed the October 1, 2016 Certified Enrollment, which noted that enrollment district-wide decreased by 2.6 students.

Wed
26
Oct

NICC holding open house for renovated Agricultural Technology Building Nov. 2

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is holding an open house on Wednesday, November 2, for its renovated Agricultural Technology Building at the Calmar campus. Community members, agriculture and business leaders may tour the renovated facility from 3 - 7 p.m. and attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Thu
20
Oct

Third grade classes visit Allamakee County Museum, Gjefle cabin ...

The Allamakee County Historical Society has invited third grade classrooms from throughout Allamakee County to visit the Allamakee County Courthouse Museum and the adjacent Gjefle cabin in Waukon. Third grade classes from St. Patrick School in Waukon (pictured above) and New Albin Elementary School (pictured below) completed their tours Wednesday, October 5, with the guidance of Judge John Bauercamper, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick and Deputy Tim Smedsrud, and Allamakee County Historical Society members Carolyn Clark, Marcia Rush and Christine Klingeman. Additional visits from third grade classrooms are anticipated in the spring. Anyone wishing to tour the museum or cabin is asked to call 563-568-2954 or Marcia Rush at 563-880-3014. Submitted photos.
 

Thu
20
Oct

ACSD Board of Directors gets updated on variety of matters during regular monthly session

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly board meeting Monday night, October 17. During the reports portion of the meeting, ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold noted that the wrestling room project has been completed.

Herold also spoke briefly about concerns with the upcoming election season. He said that his biggest concern is education funding (allowable growth). Herold said that which ever candidates get elected, they take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Iowa. Iowa Code states that allowable growth should be set within 30 days of the Governor submitting the draft budget to the legislature. Herold noted that for the past few years, legislators have ignored this rule.

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