Education

Wed
01
May

Waukon Middle School students place second in state level of The Stock Market Game (TM)

The future of financial education and investment strategy shines brightly as local student teams emerged victorious in the prestigious The Stock Market Game Competition. SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) Foundation has announced the student winners of this year’s Stock Market Game™ competition in Iowa. The top two teams with the highest portfolio value - along with their teachers and schools - were honored in the elementary, middle and high school categories.

Among those top teams was the Waukon Middle School team under the guidance of instructor Lee Stegen. That team of Waukon Middle School students finished second in the Spring 2024 competition, where Dallas Center-Grimes Oak View Middle School placed first.

Wed
24
Apr

Participate in Coe College Honor Band event ...

Saturday, April 13, five students from the Beginning Band at East Elementary School in Waukon had the opportunity to participate in the Coe College Honor Band in Cedar Rapids. The honor band is held each year, and there are two ensembles that perform at the event - one for first-year players who are mostly in fifth grade, and a second ensemble for second-year players in sixth grade. During the day, the students had the opportunity to rehearse with world renowned composer Carol Britton Chambers, who also composed two of the pieces that the students had to learn for the festival. The bands performed a final concert at 4 p.m. that afternoon in the Coe College campus auditorium. The five Beginning Band students from East Elementary School who attended the Coe College Honor Band are pictured above and include (left to right) Isabella Hogan, Ivy Streeper, Malea Downing, Leighton Staggemeyer and Emma Berges. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Apr

Applications due May 10 for Robert D. Blue Scholarship

State of Iowa Treasurer Roby Smith has announced that the 2024 Robert D. Blue Scholarship is open for applications. Applicants must be a current senior or former graduate of any Iowa high school who plans to attend a college or university within the state. Awards are based on financial need, an original essay, academic achievement and recommendations.

Smith is a member of the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation, which funds the scholarship. The Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation was created in 1949 by Governor Robert D. Blue. Scholarship applications are only accepted online and must be submitted by May 10. Visit rdblue.org online to apply and learn more.
 

Wed
24
Apr

EACSD Board approves list of 2024 graduates, hears variety of updates

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The  Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) met in regular monthly session Monday, April 15. Two operational matters for the 2024-2025 school year were approved, including the operational sharing agreement for a school business official with South Winneshiek School District, and the Area Education Agency (AEA) Purchasing Agreement.

For the current school year, the board approved the overnight softball trips in June for the West Delaware Tournament and the Don Bosco Tournament. Coaches will be reimbursed for one room at the Don Bosco Tournament and the players will be responsible for the cost of their hotel rooms at both locations. The school will provide transportation.

Tue
16
Apr

Top sellers in recent P.S.S.T. fundraiser get to pie their principal, win class prizes ...


In the photo above, West Elementary School top student seller Ayrabella Ringis is pictured with Mrs. T. after putting a pie in her face. Submitted photo.

Pictured above are the top-three student sellers from West Elementary School. Left to right: Lucas Larkin - third place, Kinnick Troendle - second place, and Ayrabella Ringis - first place. Submitted photo.

In the photo above, East Elementary School top student seller Marc Drier is waiting for his whipped cream pie to be filled up by Emily Moore of P.S.S.T before he places it in the face of the anxiously waiting Mrs. T. Submitted photo.

Pictured in the photo above are the top-four student sellers from East Elementary School after Mrs. T. received her pie. Left to right: Zoahii Rosas, Stella Christen, East Elementary School Principal Samantha Thornton, Mark Drier and Noah McKee. Submitted photo.

P.S.S.T. (Parents Supporting Students and Teachers), the parent organization supporting East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon, held a fundraiser in February to raise money to help bring performances, guest speakers, special field trips and much more to the elementary students of the Allamakee Community School District. Students sold items to family and friends and in return earned prizes.

The top class in fundraising sales at each school earned a pizza party, and it was Mrs. Colsch’s class at West Elementary and Ms. Ihde’s class at East Elementary earning the honors for 2024. The student who sold the most at each school also got an award... they got to put a whipped cream pie in the face of their school principal, Mrs. Samantha Thornton, or Mrs. T. as the students call her.

Tue
16
Apr

ACSD Board of Directors approves salaries and contract settlement with Education Association, agrees to still commit funding to Keystone AEA

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Negotiations Committee members met with Allamakee Community Education Association (ACEA) representatives to discuss contract negotiations Friday morning, April 12. In its initial proposal, ACEA asked for a base salary increase of $860 to $34,070. The total increase with step movement, insurance increase, lane change increase and the increase in the base came to 3.95%, with the step movement and lane changes given according to Article V, Section 3 of the Master Contract.

Wed
10
Apr

EACSD Board of Directors appoints retired Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier to assume that role once again as current Superintendent and Principal Dr. Sarah Murray recovers from serious injuries suffered in fall


Strong in her recovery ... Eastern Allamakee Community School District Superintendent and Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff Murray is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a fall from a four-foot retaining wall at her home the evening of March 15. The fall left her with no feeling or movement from her chest down, and the hope is for her to continue her rehabilitation from those injuries at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, IL as she continues to show improvement in her current recovery. Submitted photo.

Steve and Dr. Sarah Murray ... Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Friday, March 15, Eastern Allamakee Community School District Superintendent and Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff Murray posted on Facebook a picture of her husband, Steve, and her on their date night in an area restaurant. A few hours later, she was being airlifted to Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, WI fighting for her life after falling at home.

Steve was inside their home and Sarah went to the edge of their side yard which overlooks the Mississippi River to see a barge. She slipped and fell about four feet off a retaining wall. Steve rushed out and immediately called 911. The Lansing EMTs were there within a few minutes, assessing the situation.

Wed
10
Apr

Mini-STEAM Camp - K-5th Grade class at NICC Waukon Center

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a Mini-STEAM Camp - K-5th Grade class Wednesday, April 24. This class will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Avenue NW.

Keep kids engaged on their day with no school April 24 by signing them up for a mini-STEAM camp. Kindergarten through fifth grade students will be doing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities. Snacks and supplies are provided. Those attending are advised to bring a sack lunch.

The deadline for paid registration is April 17. To register online visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call NICC Waukon center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
10
Apr

South Bear School to teach pottery on the kick wheel during summer program

For two weeks in July, South Bear School in rural Decorah will be re-opening its doors for students to join an intensive pottery workshop. South Bear School adheres to a ceramics tradition passed down from the European Guild System to the Bauhaus, to Pond Farm Pottery in California, to South Bear School.

Work and learning are based primarily on demonstrations, observation, and practice on the kickwheel. Quality one-on-one and group instruction will be provided by various alumni from the first iteration of South Bear School (1970-1987). Camp on the property at no extra cost for the full retreat experience, or commute from the nearby area.

Wed
03
Apr

Kee High School Drama Department to perform “Robin Hood” this weekend ...

Submitted image.
Submitted image.

Kee High School’s Drama Department will be presenting “Robin Hood” by Tim Kelly this Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and this Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Kee High School gymnasium. Admission will be payable at the door. Pictured at right is a scene from a recent dress rehearsal for the production.
Members of the cast and crew for this production include the following:

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