Education

Wed
17
Jun

Waukon Head Start still taking applications for 2020-2021 school year

Waukon Head Start classrooms are still taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start, operated by Northeast Iowa Community Action, is a free full day preschool program that offers a safe and nurturing environment while providing fun, active learning.

Qualified teachers partner with families to provide the best possible 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 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Parents are encouraged to bring proof of income and proof of their child’s birthdate.

Wed
10
Jun

Palmer awarded scholarship from Iowa 4-H Foundation

Faith Palmer ...
Faith Palmer ...

Faith Palmer, an Allamakee County 4-H member from Waukon, was awarded the Marion E. Jerome Foundation 4-H Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation this spring. Palmer is a 2020 graduate of Waukon High School and the daughter of John and Meghan Palmer of Waukon.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced the recipients of over 90 Iowa 4-H scholarships valued at more than $100,000. Over 400 applications were submitted and scholarships have been awarded to recipients from 54 counties across the state of Iowa with a wide variety of 4-H experiences.

By attending State 4-H Conference, camps and conferences, and the State 4-H Legislative Day in Des Moines, Palmer has built connections with 4-H members across the state. In the fall, Palmer will be starting her sophomore year at Iowa State University majoring in Dairy Science.

Wed
10
Jun

Graduating seniors awarded Hammel-Zoll Scholarships


Ainsly Lydon ...

Rachel Walleser ...

A pair of 2020 graduates from local high schools were honored with Hammel-Zoll Scholarships awarded annually to seniors graduating from those respective high schools. The scholarship awards were each $2,000 in funding assistance to help further the students’ education plans.

Ainsly Lydon, a 2020 graduate of Waukon High School and the daughter of John and Shelly Lydon of Waukon, was awarded the St. Patrick Parish Hammel-Zoll Scholarship for 2020. She plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Rachel Walleser, a 2020 graduate of Kee High School in Lansing and the daughter of Ted and Stacy Walleser of Lansing, was also awarded a $2,000 Hammel-Zoll Scholarship. She intends to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo to pursue a career as a Dental Hygienist or Dental Assistant.
 

Wed
10
Jun

Waukon High School Spotlight Artist for May is also Senior Art Award winner ...

The suspension and ultimate end to the Allamakee Community School District school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the Spotlight Artist series typically published in Waukon High School’s student newspaper, The Tribune, not to be featured. The Spotlight Artist for the month of May was scheduled to be senior Abbie Brainard, who was extremely active in the art program with courses and participated in a variety of contests and events outside of the school day. She also used her artistic talent to help other organizations within the school. From making posters for sporting events and the middle school play to designing the Homecoming and student council shirts, decorating the Homecoming football and graciously completing any other odd and end artistic tasks that came her way.

Wed
03
Jun

Katelyn Benzing, Elena Rolfs honored as Governor Scholars for Waukon and Kee


Katelyn Benzing ...

Elena Rolfs ...

Iowa’s top academic students have been chosen for the 2020 Governor’s Scholar Program. The Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau, are presenting this recognition which began in 2003.

Among those honorees was a pair of local students. Katelyn Benzing, daughter of Brad and Becky Benzing of Harpers Ferry received the honor for Waukon High School. Elena Rolfs, daughter of Walter and Carla Rolfs of Lansing, was named Kee High School’s recipient.

The 425 seniors being honored were selected by their high schools as the highest academic achievers. All students received a recognition plaque and certificate to commemorate their achievement sent to their home address. The in-person ceremony for this year was canceled due to COVID-19 and the ongoing guidelines concerning public gatherings. Student honorees have been announced via news release, social media and the IHSAA website.

Wed
03
Jun

Artist of the Week winner ...

In March of this year, Allamakee Community School District art instructor Carlyn Lechtenberg had a student randomly nominated for Artsonia’s “Artist of the Week” award and win the award based on public vote. Waukon High School sophomore Dallas Howe (pictured at right with Mrs. Lechtenberg) received a plaque and a Blick Art gift certificate for winning the weekly contest with her pop can mosaic flag design also pictured above. The Waukon High School art program received a Blick Art gift certificate as well. View all student artwork online at artsonia.com and keep up with what’s happening in the art room by following Mrs. Lechtenberg on social media. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
03
Jun

Waukon High School Spotlight Artists for April ...

The suspension and ultimate end to the Allamakee Community School District school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the Spotlight Artist series typically published in Waukon High School’s student newspaper, The Tribune, not to be featured. The Spotlight Artists for the month of April were to be seniors Brady Enyart and Megan Rathbun. Allamakee Community School District art instructor Carlyn Lechtenberg shared that both students have been very dedicated to and active in the art program as they’ve been involved in many, if not all, of the art classes offered in high school, noting that they produced quality work with well thought-out ideas. Mrs. Lechtenberg also said it was very rewarding to see each student’s skill levels improve with each art class they took and project they created.

Wed
20
May

ACSD Board of Directors hears update on Return to Learn Plan to be submitted to the State of Iowa by July 1, other matter updates

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) School Board members met for their regular monthly meeting Monday evening, May 18. The meeting featured a full agenda addressing a variety of matters.

In personnel matters, the board approved the following hires, pending a satisfactory background check: Lee Stegen as eighth grade boys basketball coach; Stacie Cooper as elementary school guidance counselor; Lauren Allison as second grade teacher; Ben Rausch as head varsity girls basketball coach; Bob Wasson as ninth grade boys basketball coach; and Ashley Beach as special education teacher. Waukon High School Principal Jen Garin was appointed to the City of Waukon Parks and Recreation Board.

Wed
13
May

Allamakee-Clayton REC awards scholarships

Nathan Liddiard ...
Nathan Liddiard ...

Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative (REC), Postville has awarded area high school graduates with the Hauschild Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1995 in memory of Robert “Bill” Hauschild by his wife and family.

The scholarship is provided in recognition of Hauschild’s service as a board member, from his election in 1988 until his death March 17, 1993. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors in Allamakee-Clayton Electric’s service area and are available to students who are entering a course of study within the electrical field.

Nathan Liddiard, son of Dan and Kelly Liddiard of Waterville, is graduating from Waukon High School this spring and plans to attend Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon to study Powerline Technology. The Cooperative awarded Liddiard a $250 scholarship. REC awarded five additional scholarships to students in surrounding communities.
 

Wed
13
May

EACSD Board hires Sarah Updegraff as new Kee High School/Middle School Principal

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors met in a pair of recent special sessions, one on each side of the start of the month of May, to address the principal vacancy at Kee High School/Middle School in Lansing following the announcement of the retirement of current Kee High School/Middle School Principal Mary Hogan. The board initially met Thursday, April 30 in what ended up being a closed session lasting nearly two hours to review and discuss applicants for the Kee High School/Middle School Principal position.

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