Education

Wed
10
Jan

Kee High School to host UIC Speech Contest for first time ever this Saturday ...

For the first time in its history, Kee High School will have the privilege of hosting the Upper Iowa Conference Speech Contest this Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ten Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) schools, including MFL/MarMac, Clayton Ridge, South Winneshiek, Postville, Starmont, North Fayette Valley, West Central, Turkey Valley, Central Elkader and Kee, will attend and bring their large group speech teams to perform for a critic judge where ratings will be given based on how well the teams performed. This contest is designed to prepare these conference schools for the District Contest being held this year at MFL/MarMac High School in Monona January 20.

Wed
10
Jan

Allamakee County 4-H'ers participate in Visual Arts workshop ...

Ten Allamakee County 4-H’ers participated in a Visual Arts Workshop Thursday, December 28. The youth spent the morning learning about goal setting, design elements and art principles, and concluded the morning by painting wood pallets. Pictured above with their finished creations are: Left to right - Front row: Ashley Liddiard, Brittany Liddiard, Keagan Palmer, Taylor Kiel. Back row: Izzy Mettille, Diana Davison, Aliana Gebel, Tessa Rubendahl, Emma Palmer, Breelyn Dahlstrom. For more information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Morgan Bjerke, County Youth Coordinator at the Allamakee County Extension Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
10
Jan

Allamakee County Conservation Foundation to offer scholarships to area high school seniors

The Allamakee County Conservation Foundation (ACCF) is offering a scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors from an Allamakee County high school who will be attending a college or university pursuing a degree in natural resources or a related field. One $500 scholarship will be offered to a senior from each of the school districts - Postville, Allamakee and Eastern Allamakee - in Allamakee County.

Students who would like to apply for the scholarship are encouraged to visit www.allamakeecountyconservation.org or the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing for an application. Applications will be accepted until April 1 of this year and recipients will be notified by May 1.

Wed
03
Jan

Brian Dougherty named Nuffield International Farming Scholar

Brian Dougherty ...
Brian Dougherty ...

The Nuffield International Farming Scholars program has announced the selection of its 2018 Nuffield Scholars, which includes two agriculturalists from the United States of America and two from Brazil. Among those Scholars is Waukon area native Brian Dougherty, a 1991 graduate of Waukon High School and the son of John and Rita Dougherty of Waukon.

Dougherty is joined in the honor by Steven Griffin of Washington, NC, the assistant manager for Griffin AG LLC, a farming operation that grows corn, wheat and soybeans for storage and marketing, along with other value-added crop. Also joining those two American selections are two Brazilians, Artur Falcette of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul and Mauro Nakata of Sorocaba, Sao Paulo.

Wed
03
Jan

Music students perform Christmas concert...

Thursday, December 7, music students of Sandy Good performed a Christmas concert for the residents at Wellington Place in Decorah. Those students are pictured in the surrounding photos. Pictured above, left to right, are Emily Myers, daughter of Jim Myers and Mindy Myers of Decorah; Creed Monroe, son of Darin and Sarah Monroe of Decorah; Maddox Wiethorn, son of Dan and Amy Wiethorn of Decorah; Klaara Short, daughter of Michael and Torea Short of Decorah; Haylee Hackman, daughter of Jason and Lorie Hackman of Waukon; and Sydney Hageman, daughter of David and Kathy Hageman of Decorah. Pictured at right, left to right, are Alina Tallier, daughter of Aleksandra Tallier, and Ruby Sullivan, daughter of Brian and Jennifer Sullivan, all from Decorah. Pictured below, left to right are: Front row - Addison Wicklund, daughter of Chris and Melissa Wicklund of Decorah, and Jerikah Dodd, daughter of Austin and Marcie Dodd of Decorah.

Wed
03
Jan

NICC agriculture program redesigned to reflect innovations in farming

As new technologies and best practices are introduced in agriculture, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) re-designs the focus of its academic programs to reflect innovations and ensure that curriculum is workforce relevant. At its December 18 meeting, the NICC Board of Trustees approved the suspension of the College’s Agriculture Production - Associate of Applied Science degree program and approved a new Associate of Applied Science program in its place, Agronomy and Crop Science.

The Agriculture Production program, which presented an overview of a variety of ag production areas, will close at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. The new Agronomy and Crop Science program, to be offered starting in 2018-2019, focuses on soil health, food production and farm sustainability. New courses include Plant Physiology, Livestock Nutrient Management, Grain Management, Agriculture Fertilizer and Chemicals, and a Special Project.

Wed
27
Dec

St. Patrick School RoboCats earn advancement to State competition, awarded other high honors at First Lego League regional event


St. Patrick School RoboCats advance to First Lego League State Competition ... The St. Patrick School RoboCats robotics team competed in the First Lego League regional competition December 9 in Dubuque, earning advancement to the state level of competition January 13-14 in Ames and being awarded the honor of being selected as an Iowa Global Innovation Candidate for an additional special competition in the future. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Ethan Palmer, Annie Ellingson, Isabel Nesseim, Jaxon Brinkman. Back row - Coach Loretta Schafer, Kyrie Snitker, Ezra Sweeney, Ethan Lewey, Jack O’Neill, Lucas Byrnes, Ryley Burington, mentor Pat Novak. Not pictured: mentor Nina VanGorp. Submitted photo.

Saturday, December 9, the St. Patrick School RoboCats robotics team competed in a First Lego League (FLL)  regional competition held at the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School in Dubuque. The theme of the 2017 First Lego League season is Hydrodynamics.

Thirty teams of students, ranging in age from nine to 16, competed in the three major areas of First Lego League including Core Values, Robot Design and Robot Game, and Hydrodynamics Project.  Teams were judged in the areas of Core Values, Robot Design and Hydrodynamics Project, and they received points for each mission that was completed during the Robot Game matches. At the end of the competition, the judges tabulate points and choose teams to advance to the state competition held on the campus of the Iowa State University College of Engineering in Ames January 13-14.

Wed
27
Dec

ACSD students have artwork selected for display at Keystone AEA ...

Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade in the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) under the direction of art instructor Carlyn Lechtenberg had their artwork selected to be put on display at the Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) building in Elkader during the months of January and February. The art displays are open to the public for viewing during office hours. Students whose artwork was selected for the display include Kaleb Finn, Ada Iverson, Roland Melcher, Laryn Bulman, Raleigh Lonning, Emma Retallick, Sutton Jones, Mariesa Gibbs and Kelby Cahalan. Their artwork is pictured above and labeled accordingly. Submitted images.
 

Wed
20
Dec

EACSD Board holds regular session

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting for the Eastern Allamakee School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, December 18. Board member Melanie Mauss was absent due to jury duty in Cedar Rapids. Audience comments included presentations from Tammy Manning, director of the Kee High School Speech program, and Jana Troendle, preschool teacher.

Wed
20
Dec

Online continuing education available for Early Childhood professionals through ISU

The quality of care that children receive between birth and age five sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers professional development for child care providers.

Participation in professional development is an important part of providing quality care and education. Research indicates a strong correlation between formal education and training of providers and quality early care and education for children. Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) regulations provide minimum standards for continuing education. Many Iowa initiatives encourage child care professionals to exceed minimum professional development expectations.

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