Education

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16
Mar

ACSD students celebrate Read Across America ...

Hundreds of students from the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) celebrated the National Read Across America event together Tuesday, March 1. District Teacher Librarian Lisa Snitker and the elementary reading committee organized the annual paired reading event in the Waukon High School/Middle School Auditorium. Students from East and West Elementary partner-read with Waukon Middle School students, reading print books and eBooks on the middle school student laptops, as pictured in the surrounding photos.

Wed
16
Mar

Kee Individual Speech participants compete at District Contest, advance to State ...

The seven members of Kee High School’s Individual Speech team pictured above took a total of 10 events to District Contest Saturday, February 26 at Maquoketa Valley High School. Pictured above, left to right are: Front row - Zoey Timmerman, Riley Troendle, Cadan Evanson, Neva Peterson; Back row - Isabelle Hammell, Abby Wood, Ahmed Atta. The following students advanced to the State Contest held Saturday, March 12 at Clear Lake High School: Abby Wood in Solo Musical Theatre, Ahmed Atta in Poetry, Neva Peterson in Literary Program, Riley Troendle in Prose and Cadan Evanson in Storytelling.

All five of those performances received a Division I rating and a gold medal at Saturday’s State Contest. Submitted photo.

Wed
16
Mar

Allamakee County Farm Bureau awards scholarships to area high school seniors

Brenna Berns ...
Brenna Berns ...
Dalton Dibert ...
Dalton Dibert ...
Madelyn Helgerson...
Madelyn Helgerson...
Drew Stock ...
Drew Stock ...

As a leading contributor to educational programs and scholarships for children in the state of Iowa, Farm Bureau provides students with over a million dollars of scholarship support. By investing in local youth, the Iowa Farm Bureau feels it is investing in the future of Iowa. This year, Allamakee County Farm Bureau is presenting scholarships to four area high school seniors.

Madelyn Helgerson is the daughter of Erik and Janelle Helgerson of Lansing and a Waukon High School senior. She plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Learning Technologies. Her application is also being sent to Iowa Farm Bureau for consideration of an additional scholarship.

Drew Stock is the son of Mark and Stacy Stock of Waukon and a Waukon High School senior. He plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Business.

Wed
16
Mar

Healthcare Faces of the Future for 6th-8th grades through NICC and VMH

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Healthcare Faces of the Future 6th-8th Grade” Wednesday, April 27 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon. The event will take place at the hospital’s ICN facilities.

Students who want to be a nurse, paramedic, doctor or other health professional can spend an action-packed day experiencing what these careers are like. They will have a chance to work with manikins in a health lab setting and try many interactive, hands-on activities. Guest speakers from local healthcare facilities will also share what it’s really like to work in their fast-paced jobs.

This camp is intended for students in sixth through eighth grades. Special appreciation goes out to Iowa Intermediary Network and Veterans Memorial Hospital for making this class available at no charge.

Wed
09
Mar

WHS Band members participate in Dorian Band Festival ...

February 27 and 28, four members of the Waukon High School Band participated in the annual Dorian Band Festival at Luther College in Decorah. Students from across the midwest were divided into either 2 massed band or one smaller wind ensemble.  The bands rehearsed over the course of the two day festival and performed and late afternoon concert on Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m.  Bailey Sherman and Cody Huinker participated in the Noble band under the direction of Shelley Hanson of Macalester College.  James VanderVelden and Logan Lubahn participated in the Sperati Band under the direction of Shawn Vondran from Northwestern University.  The students are under the direction of Jo Ann Knipfer Sherman, Waukon High School Band director. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
09
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors approves a number of personnel changes, including the retirement of several long-time teachers

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met twice in the month of February. At a February 3 special meeting, the board approved the following personnel items: Erin Plein as student council advisor and Joanne Ericson as a mentor.

The board also accepted the following resignations, all due to retirement: Mary Milewsky, Jon Snitker, Louise Wild and Tim Bulman. Approval was also given to a bid from School Bus Sales in the amount of $116,520 for a propane powered bus.

Wed
09
Mar

Public invited to March 16 presentation by founder of “The Learner Lab”

Trevor Ragan ...
Trevor Ragan ...

The public is invited to attend a Wednesday, March 16 presentation by Trevor Ragan, founder of The Learner Lab, a resource for understanding the science of better learning. Ragan will be speaking to staff members of the Allamakee Community School District during that scheduled professional development day of no classes, and will then conduct a presentation for the general public from 5-6 p.m. that evening at the Waukon High School Auditorium.

Ragan’s presentations are described as “an opportunity for students, parents and community members to hear a message about striving for excellence in all they do.” He explains that “learning is the most important skill. Great learners are agile, resilient, and adaptable. Great learners can acquire new skill when demands arise. In times of change, learners will thrive.”

Wed
02
Mar

Ag in the Classroom visits East Elementary School fourth grade ...

Fourth grade students at East Elementary School in Waukon got to spend a class period with Allamakee County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Elizabeth Blake Thursday, February 17, as she offered a presentation on the many careers/jobs there are on a farm. The students learned about how a farmer performs several different jobs on any given day, and they were very engaged while playing a game called “Guess the Hat” where they got three clues and a short job description and had to guess what job/career it was. The kids were excited when they got all the answers correct and enjoyed being able to do an interactive lesson and work as a group to come up with the different answers.

Wed
02
Mar

Mini-STEAM Camp for Kindergarten through fifth grades March 16

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Mini-STEAM Camp – K-5th Grade” Wednesday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

Keep kids engaged on that scheduled off-school day by signing them up for a mini-STEAM camp. Kindergarteners through fifth graders will be doing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities. Snacks and supplies are provided. Students should bring a sack lunch.

The deadline for paid registration is March 9. To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.

Wed
02
Mar

Registration to take place for Waukon Head Start

Waukon Head Start classrooms will be holding registration Thursday, March 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Waukon. Head Start, operated by Northeast Iowa Community Action (NEICAC), is a full-day program that offers a safe and nurturing environment while providing active learning.

Qualified teachers partner with families to provide a preschool experience for children who are three and four years old. Head Start services are funded by federal and state grants and are free for families who qualify.

Transportation is available in some areas. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided by the CACFP program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Parents are encouraged to bring proof of income and proof of their child’s birthdate.

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