Education

Wed
29
Jun

Area students explore science and technology at NICC Waukon's STEAM Coding Camp ...


Area students explore science and technology at NICC Waukon's STEAM Coding Camp ...

Twenty-one students in fourth through sixth grades from the towns of Waukon, Decorah, Harpers Ferry, Postville and Lansing participated in STEAM Coding Camp - Engineering a Better World from June 6-10 at Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Waukon Center. At the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp students learned computer coding by applying NASA science concepts and robotics. The camp included classroom instruction, hands-on activities and computer programming to create a game, simulation or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day.

Wed
29
Jun

Waukon High School graduate selected as recipient of Graduate Fellowship Award ...


Waukon High School graduate selected as recipient of Graduate Fellowship Award ...

Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate student Kerry A. Magner was recently awarded the 2015 Ron Eckelkamp Memorial Fellowship. Magner, the son of Rose Magner and James Magner, both of Waukon, is pursuing a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering with a Geotechnical Emphasis at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. Pictured, left to right, in recognition of the Fellowship awards are Dr. Wen Deng, Chao Zeng, Junnan Cao, Kerry Magner and Dr. Bate Bate.

Wed
22
Jun

ACSD Board of Directors hears presentation on Vision to Learn program, approves several hires in anticipation of school year

The Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors met in its regular monthly session Monday evening, June 20, facing a full agenda in its first regular meeting since the end of the school year. Board member Patty Nordheim was not in attendance, as was the case with several other administrative staff members due to a technology conference being held that same day in Dubuque

During  the School Lunch Report, Superintendent Dave Herold advised that the current negative balance shown on the report is obviously due to no lunch fund income coming in while school is not in session, but food continues to be purchased throughout the summer months and lunch refunds have also been issued since the end of the school year. On behalf of Food Service Director Julie Magner, Herold also advised that the school district served approximately 2,000 more lunches this year than last year.

Wed
22
Jun

Village Farm and Home provides financial support to FFA chapter ...

Village Farm and Home provides financial support to FFA chapter ...
Village Farm and Home provides financial support to FFA chapter ...

Village Farm and Home has played a major role in the success of the Little Switzerland FFA chapter at Waukon High School for many years in a variety of different ways. In recent years, Village Farm and Home has partnered with Red Brand Fencing and the National FFA Organization to provide financial support to the local chapter. From 2012 to 2015, $4,450 has been provided to the local chapter through the Home Grown Program. Through that program, for every roll of wire that is purchased locally at Village Farm and Home, $1 is donated back to the local FFA chapter. The funds donated have been used at the local level to help students reduce expenses to travel to National FFA Convention, and to purchase contest preparation materials and equipment needed in the agricultural classroom and FFA chapter.

Wed
22
Jun

Allamakee County 4-H College Scholarships distributed at local Senior Awards events

4-H Scholarship winners from Waukon High School ...
Awarded 4-H Scholarships at the Waukon High School Senior Awards ceremony in May were, left to right in above photo, Nolan Hagen, Bethany Stock, Brock Berns and Megan Leiran. Submitted photo.

Five Allamakee County 4-H members were each awarded a $250 scholarship at their school’s Senior Awards ceremony in May. Waukon High School graduating seniors Nolan Hagen, Brock Berns, Megan Leiran and Bethany Stock, and Hannah Lage of Postville High School each received an Allamakee County 4-H College Scholarship sponsored by the Allamakee County Agriculture Extension District of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Hagen, a nine-year 4-H member of the Lansing Blackhawks, is the son of Jon and Amy Hagen of Waterville. During his 4-H career, he participated in several community service projects, along with being active in County Council. Hagen has also participated in beef and horse projects. He will attend Northeast Iowa Community College in the fall majoring in Beef Science.

Wed
22
Jun

Increases in fees for upcoming school year, number of personnel matters among items addressed by EACSD Board at regular session

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly Eastern Allamakee School District (EACSD) Board of Directors meeting was held Monday, June 20 at Kee High School. Board members Bruce Palmborg, Bobbie Goetzinger Melanie Mauss and Board President Heather Schulte were present, and board member Kelli  Mudderman was absent. In addition, Board Secretary/Business Manager Janet Heiderscheit, New Albin Elementary Principal Chad Steckel and Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier were present. Kee High School and Middle School Principal Mary Hogan was attending a technology conference in Dubuque, with Superintendent Crozier attending the following day and a total of six EACSD staff members attending the conference

President Schulte called the meeting to order. The normal and customary authorizations were approved: June consent items, minutes of May meetings, bills for June, Secretary’s Financial Statement, Activity and Food Service Report.

Wed
15
Jun

Waukon Lions Club hosts Waukon High School Class of 2016 Honors Banquet ...

The Waukon Lions Club hosted its annual Waukon High School Honors Banquet at the First Presbyterian Church in Waukon May 4. Students ranking within the top 15% academically of the Class of 2016 were honored. The evening included a meal served by the Presbyterian Women and inspirational talk by guest speaker Steve Gearhart, a 1982 Waukon High School graduate who currently serves as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The graduates told the audience of their future plans and were then presented certificates by Waukon High School Principal Mike Hardy and Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Dave Herold. Pictured above are the honor students and speaker Steve Gearhart. Left to right - Front row: Zoe Roberts, Kaley Benzing, Bethany Stock, Kaylonna McKee, Jessica Sholes, Leah Riese, Alex Marti, Madison Snitker. Back row: Thomas Treptau, Peyton Hesse, Adam Hansen, speaker Steve Gearhart, Drew Adam, Isaac Fink, Haden Hammel.

Wed
15
Jun

Student takes advantage of dual credit opportunity through NICC

McKayla Stock ...
McKayla Stock ...

McKayla Stock’s strategy to gain a head start on her college education while still a student at Waukon High School was helped along by a strong concurrent enrollment agreement between her school and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).

Heaping portions of ambition, drive, compassion and the motivation to begin a career as a nurse also helped Stock to realize her dream. The 2014 Waukon High School graduate earned 33 dual enrollment college credits by the time she set foot on the NICC Calmar campus and, this May, completed an Associate Degree of Nursing.

Wed
15
Jun

Awarded America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship

Waukon High School graduated senior Chase Pladsen has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In the fall, Pladsen will study Animal Science at Iowa State University in Ames.

Wed
08
Jun

Waukon High School graduate honored as Gold Star Teacher ...


Waukon High School graduate honored as Gold Star Teacher ...

Rich Strike, a 1979 graduate of Waukon High School and the son of Marvin "Bud" and Marge Strike of Waukon (with whom he is pictured), was recently honored with a Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. Rich Strike is currently a mathematics teacher at Cedar Falls High School, continuing a 33-year tenure down that career path that follows in the footsteps of his father, who was a long-time mathematics teacher at Waukon High School. The younger Strike was one of 10 teachers from Black Hawk County to be recognized with the Gold Star Award this year, emerging from a list of more than 1,300 nominations made by students, parents, community members and colleagues. He and his wife, Jane, live in Cedar Falls. They have two children, a son, Paul, and a daughter, Cara.

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