Education

Wed
11
Oct

Lions Club donates to WHS Music Department ...

The Waukon Lions Club recently donated $600 to the Waukon High School Music Department, including $300 donated to the Instrumental Music program under the direction of Jo Ann Sherman and $300 to the Vocal Music program directed by Sarah Bieber. Lions Club leaders noted that these programs were very important in providing talent for the Lions Variety Show, and the Waukon Lions are very appreciative of their assistance. Pictured above at the donation presentation, left to right, are Waukon Lions Vice President Kim Gates, Waukon High School Vocal Music Director Sarah Bieber, Waukon High School Instrumental Music Director Jo Ann Sherman, and Waukon Lions President Tom Phipps. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
11
Oct

Troendle part of NICC’s fifth-place Dairy Judging Team at World Dairy Expo ...

The Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Dairy Judging Team placed fifth in the National Dairy Judging Competition at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI October 1. Among those team members was Kee High School 2022 graduate Cheyanne Troendle of Waterville. Pictured above in the submitted photo, left to right, are team members Coach Blake Courtney of Decorah, Kaylee Ferfecki of Cecil, WI, Cheyanne Troendle of Waterville, Becky Schumann of Garber and Peyton Luehmann of Lewiston, MN.

Wed
11
Oct

Allamakee Community School District annual audit report released

Nolte, Cornman & Johnson P.C. out of Newton has released an audit report on the Allamakee Community School District in Waukon.

The District’s revenues totaled $18,053,846 for the year ended June 30, 2022, a 3.97% increase from the prior year. Expenses for District operations for the year ended June 30, 2022 totaled $15,841,999, a 3.41% decrease from the prior year. The increase in total revenues was due in part to increases in revenue from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest compared to the prior year. The decrease in total expenses occurred primarily in the instruction function.

Nolte, Cornman & Johnson P.C. reported three findings that are further explained on pages 67 and 71 of this report. The findings address issues such as a lack of segregation of duties and supplemental weighting. Nolte, Cornman & Johnson P.C. provided the District with recommendations to address the findings.

Wed
04
Oct

St. Patrick School Kindergarten class learns science with assistance from ISU Extension ...

Mrs. Brink’s Kindergarten class at St. Patrick’s School in Waukon enjoys when Becky Rea, K-12 Program Coordinator with Allamakee County Iowa State University (ISU) Extension in Waukon visits the classroom to teach science experiments, both inside and outside the classroom. As evident in the photos at right, the students have enjoyed making, seeing and learning about such things as carbon dioxide, their own bubble wands, rockets and marshmallow launchers. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
04
Oct

Allamakee and Eastern Allamakee among this year’s Iowa PBS Ready for School Communities

Iowa PBS’s commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, childcare providers and local partners in several Iowa communities to implement STEM and literacy-based activities for children ages two through five years old.

Ten such school districts throughout Iowa were selected as part of this year’s program. Among those school districts are both the Allamakee Community School District and the Eastern Allamakee Community School District.

Wed
04
Oct

Christmas Tree Painting Party classes offered at NICC Waukon Center

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a Christmas Tree Painting Party class Tuesday, November 14. The youth class will run from 3:45-4:45 p.m., and the adult class will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Ave NW.

Adults and young students will learn how to apply beautiful colors, styles and their own unique imprint on a ceramic Christmas tree. Have fun being creative and enjoying uncomplicated artmaking with a ceramic tree and numerous colors provided. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Ceramic tree, bulbs and light kit supplies are included in the cost of the class.

The deadline for paid registration for either class is November 7. To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
27
Sep

Pair of Waukon High School graduates awarded 4-H scholarships this summer


Gebel receives Ralph and Agnes Dostal 4-H Scholarship ... Alaina Gebel (far right in the photo above) was one of two recipients of the Ralph and Agnes Dostal 4-H Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Pictured above with Gebel at the scholarship presentation are Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director Emily Saveraid (far left) and the scholarship’s other recipient, Morgan Moen (center) of Winneshiek County. Submitted photo.

Palmer receives 4-H Legacy Scholarship ... Emma Palmer (second from left in the photo above) accepts the Kris Fish Kuhlmann 4-H Legacy Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation from the Kris Fish Kuhlman family (three pictured at right) and Emily Saveraid (far left), Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Submitted photo.

A pair of 2023 Waukon High School graduates and Allamakee County 4-H members were among 4-H’ers from across the state of Iowa who received scholarships through the Iowa 4-H Foundation at a recognition ceremony held Sunday, July 9 in Ames. Alaina Gebel, daughter of Nate and Tami Gebel of rural Lansing, and Emma Palmer, daughter of Eric and Stephanie Palmer of rural Waukon, were among those honored 4-H members.

Wed
27
Sep

Waukon, Lansing FFA chapters claim high finishes in Tri-State Ag & Dairy Expo competitions

More than 470 FFA members from 39 Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools participated in the annual Tri-State Ag & Dairy Expo held Thursday, September 14 at Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar. The expo featured dairy judging and dairy products contests where students enhanced their evaluation skills on dairy cattle and products.

The Little Switzerland FFA chapter at Waukon High School was named the champion dairy products judging team. Team members included Caleb Helgerson, Ethan Gibbs, Kendra Gibbs and Olivia Marti. Ethan Gibbs was also named the high-scoring individual of the dairy products contest, and Olivia Marti was the runner-up finisher in that competition.

Anissa Stanley, a member of the Lansing FFA Chapter at Kee High School, was a fourth-place individual finisher in that dairy products judging competition.

Wed
27
Sep

Ceramic Self-Watering Flower Pot class at the NICC Waukon Center

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a Ceramic Self-Watering Flower Pot class Tuesday, October 10. The adult class will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

Historians and archaeologists believe the earliest examples of glazed ceramics appear in the world as far back as the 8th century. Attendees of this class can learn this ancient tradition and art form while learning how to apply glaze colors, styles and their own unique imprint on pottery through the glazing process.

Have fun being creative and enjoying uncomplicated artmaking with pottery pieces and numerous glaze colors provided. No experience necessary and all skill levels are welcome. All supplies included.

The deadline for paid registration is October 3. To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
20
Sep

ACSD Board of Directors hears updates at first meeting of the new school year

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) School Board met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, September 18. Board member Scott Melcher was absent. The board approved the revised meeting agenda, with the addition of item “G”: Utility Tractor Trade-In under New Business.

Under the Consent Agenda, the following personnel matters were approved (pending a satisfactory background check): staff for Kids Club; an increase in hours for Nancy Snitker; and Jay Schneider as a bus driver.

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