Education

Wed
17
Jul

Growing in the garden at recent youth sessions ...

Gardening and pizza went together perfectly in Waukon and Lansing at recent youth sessions hosted by Allamakee County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Youth learned the different parts of a plant, and how each part is edible depending on the fruit or vegetable. It was discussed which parts help make a pizza, while everyone designed their perfect pizza. Ideas ranged from pepperoni to ice cream to candy pizza. Youth used English muffins to make personal pizzas for lunch.

They also discussed the four needs for plants to survive: air, soil, water and sun. To highlight soil, everyone was able to plant their own pizza garden to take home, using a variety of seeds used to make pizza such as tomato, pepper, basil and thyme. To highlight sun, they made UV bracelets, which turned colors in the sunshine. Other skills gained were knife cutting, correct handwashing using the Glo Germs, and measuring and making their own snack.

Wed
17
Jul

Little Switzerland FFA Agronomy team brings home State Champion Honors ...

Four individuals of the Little Switzerland FFA Chapter from Waukon High School competed in the Agronomy career development event (CDE) at both the District and State levels earlier this summer. The team included members (left to right in the submitted photo above) Sarah Stock, Kendra Gibbs, Caleb Helgerson and Olivia Marti. May 13, the team competed at the Northeast Iowa District Contest held at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo and was named the Reserve Champion Team. In the final individual standings, Olivia Marti placed 2nd, Sarah Stock placed 5th, Kendra Gibbs placed 12th, and Caleb Helgerson placed 16th.

Wed
17
Jul

Little Switzerland FFA Ag Mechanics team claims fifth place at State ...

April 24, three members of the Little Switzerland FFA chapter at Waukon High School participated in the District Agriculture Mechanics career development event (CDE) at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) campus in Calmar. The team, which included Ethan Gibbs, Ryan Kolsrud and Drake Hankes, achieved a 15th-place finish out of 39 teams. Individually, Ethan Gibbs placed 11th, Ryan Kolsrud 36th, and Drake Hankes 89th at that District level of competition.

Wed
17
Jul

ACSD Board of Directors selects its legislative priorities for the IASB for 2024-2025 school year

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) School Board met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, July 15. Under the Consent Agenda, the board approved the following personnel items (pending a satisfactory background check): Katelyn Thiessen, 9th grade volleyball coach; Jarod Dahlstrom, Jon Snitker and Chris Dahlstrom, volunteer varsity football coaches; and Cassie Schellsmidt, high school night custodian.

There were four open enrollments out of the school district that were approved. A Student Teaching Agreement with Luther College was also approved, as well as a Day School Agreement with Chileda Institute, Inc.

Wed
10
Jul

Seven ways to help a student save for college

by Nancy Dunkel
Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation

Chances are, you and your student will rely on multiple sources of funding for a college education. Common funding sources are your own savings and earnings, your student’s savings and earnings, scholarships and loans.
Make a resolution to reduce the amount of future student loans with these tips:

Wed
10
Jul

Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corp. offers seven tips for planning for student loans

By Jim Schipper
Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation Board Member

Many families turn to federal and private student loans, like those offered by Iowa Student Loan (ISL) Education Lending, to cover remaining college costs after savings, earnings and other financial aid. But the options for college financing can be confusing. Here are seven tips for finding the right loans for your family.

Wed
03
Jul

Pair of Waukon High School graduates awarded scholarships from P.E.O.


Graduates of Waukon High School awarded P.E.O. Scholarships ... A pair of Waukon High School graduates were awarded scholarships by Chapter EK of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Sisterhood at the annual Senior Awards Night held in May at Waukon High School. Pictured in each photo with P.E.O. Chapter EK members Joan Schwartz (left) and Betty Steege (right) are Olivia Marti (top photo), recipient of the $2,500 STAR Scholarship, and Breckan Stewart (bottom photo), recipient of the $500 Chapter EK Scholarship. Submitted photos.

A pair of young ladies from the 2024 graduating class of Waukon High School were awarded scholarships from the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood. The scholarships were distributed at the school’s annual Senior Awards Night held in May.

Olivia Marti was selected to receive a $2,500 STAR Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was recommended by P.E.O. Chapter EK, which has been a part of the Waukon community since it was organized in 1914.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional women in their final year of high school to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the U.S. or Canada in the next academic year. The competitive STAR Scholarship is for women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success.

Wed
03
Jul

Andrew Kelleher of New Albin is one of 10 Iowa natives awarded Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

Andrew Kelleher of New Albin is one of 10 students from the University of Iowa (UI) - all hailing from hometowns in Iowa - who have been granted a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards the recipient up to $5,000 to study abroad.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, these experiences offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse cultures, languages, and economies, fostering a deeper understanding of the world, and better equipping them with skills to excel in leadership positions within both government and the private sector.

“These Gilman recipients are incredible individuals who will study abroad in varied and unique locations,” said Teresa Kout, participant services coordinator in UI International Programs. “One of the most satisfying aspects of my position is to interact with students who are applying for the Gilman Scholarship.”

Wed
26
Jun

Summer Reading Program to start at Robey Memorial Library

Robey Memorial Library’s “Read, Renew, Repeat” Summer Reading Program 2024 begins Monday, July 1 and runs through Wednesday, July 31. Activities include Reading Challenges with prizes for all ages, Kids and Teens Grab-and-Go Activity Bags, craft events and fine forgiveness. This summer’s activities are further described below.

Wed
26
Jun

ACSD Board of Directors makes variety of preparations for upcoming school year

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) School Board met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, June 17. Board member Beth Shafer was absent.

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