Education

Wed
21
Mar

ACSD Board of Directors officially approves hiring of Superintendent, discusses variety of items in regard to closing of Waterville Elementary and in preparation for next year

by Brianne Eilers

MARCH 5 SPECIAL SESSIONS
The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met in closed sessions for special meetings Monday, March 5 regarding the selection of a new superintendent to lead the district. During the 6 p.m. meeting, the motion to offer a two-year contract for the position of superintendent to Robert Jay Mathis at an annual salary of $149,500 was approved. See sidebar story in shaded box at right for additional information on Mathis and his hiring.

Wed
21
Mar

ACSD Board makes hiring of Jay Mathis as new Superintendent official at regular session

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors officially hired area native Jay Mathis for the district's Superintendent position at the board's regular monthly session Monday, March 19. Mathis and retiring ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold will be transitioning the rest of the school year before Mathis officially begins his duties July 1 of this year.

Wed
21
Mar

ISU Extension and Outreach hosts "Making Ends Meet"

Iowa State University Allamakee County Extension and Outreach is hosting a financial workshop, "Making Ends Meet." For those who would like to get more for their money, save money for their financial goals, have money ready for emergencies, develop a plan for spending and saving and be more confident about their money, this program, taught by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Family Finance Specialist Jeannette Mukayisire, is designed to help.

During this two-part workshop, attendees will learn how to make their money work for them. The workshop is free to the public and will meet at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office in Waukon, located at 218 Seventh Avenue SE, Suite #102, Tuesday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 29 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Wed
14
Mar

Liddiard awarded $1,000 scholarship in Voice of Democracy national competition ...

Waukon High School junior Sean Liddiard, pictured in the center of the above photo at the State of Iowa competition for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and VFW Auxiliary Voice of Democracy student essay contest where he was awarded first place earlier this year, represented the VFW Department of Iowa at the national level of competition held in early March during the 2018 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The son of Dan and Kelly Liddiard of Waterville, he was one of 53 finalists for the national level of the essay competition, and he was one of 17 essayists in that national competition to win a $1,000 scholarship, being awarded the Department of Tennessee Cooper T. Holt - John Furgess Scholarship. All 53 national finalists were awarded scholarships ranging from the $30,000 top prize to $1,000 scholarships. Robyn Anzulis of Woodbine, MD represented the VFW Department of Maryland and was awarded the $30,000 T.C.

Wed
14
Mar

NICC offers Air Fryer & InstaPot class March 20

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering "Air Fryers & InstaPots: Avoiding the ‘Single Use Syndrome’" Tuesday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Those who own an Air Fryer and/or an InstaPot, or who are thinking of getting one, can explore a range of easy-to-prepare meals and snacks that will make these appliances worth the space they take in the pantry. To register online for “Air Fryers & InstaPots: Avoiding the ‘Single Use Syndrome’” (#59647) or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, call NICC Business and Community Solutions at 800-728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar campus) or the NICC Waukon Center at 563-568-3060.
 

Wed
14
Mar

St. Patrick School to host 5K Walk/Run March 31

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be hosting its annual 5K walk/run Saturday, March 31. The event will be open to all ages and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Registration for the event can be accomplished by filling out the registration form below and returning it, along with a check made payable to St. Patrick School for the appropriate registration fee, to St. Patrick School, c/o Katie Fahey, 200 Second Street SW, Waukon, IA 52172. The registration fee, which includes a long-sleeve t-shirt, is $20 ($15 for youth shirt sizes) if paid by March 26. Registration will also be held from 7-7:45 a.m. the day of the race at the St. Patrick School Upper Building gymnasium, but registration after March 26 will not guarantee receipt of a long-sleeved t-shirt and will be charged an additional $5 fee.

Wed
07
Mar

ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold to be honored by IHSAA this Friday at Boys State Basketball Tournament

Dave Herold ...
Dave Herold ...

Retiring Allamakee Community School District Superintendent of Schools Dave Herold will be among three school administrators honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) later this week with the Bernie Saggau Award of Merit at the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament being held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The award presentation will take place during halftime of the Class 4A State Championship game, which is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Named after the former Executive Director of the IHSAA following his retirement in 2004 after a 41-year career leading the governing body of Iowa high school male athletics, the Bernie Saggau Award of Merit is the highest honor the IHSAA bestows. It is awarded by the Board of Control to individuals for their service to interscholastic athletics and support of education-based activities for students.

Wed
07
Mar

U.S. Air Force musicians to perform at Waukon High School Monday ...

The United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue jazz ensemble (pictured at right) will present a joint concert in collaboration with the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) bands in the Waukon High School gymnasium Monday, March 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This is a family-friendly, all-ages event. The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform immediately following the Allamakee Community School District Parade of Bands Concert, at approximately 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
07
Mar

Money Smart Kid Essay Contest offers chance to win $1,000 for college

Waukon State Bank is participate in Money Smart Week being observed April 21-28 this year, and there is an opportunity for a student to earn money for college through the Iowa Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, which is sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Students in seventh through 11th grades can now enter the 12th annual Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. The student with the winning essay will be selected as Iowa’s Money Smart Kid for 2018 and receive $1,000 toward college savings, funded by the Iowa Bankers Association.

“The Money Smart Kid Essay Contest is a fun competition to get the next generation thinking about the importance of saving,” said Gail Prestemon, Waukon State Bank President. “We would love to see a student from our local community receive this year’s award and encourage all eligible students to participate.”

Wed
28
Feb

Annual WHS FBLA Carnival rescheduled for this Friday ...

After winter weather forced cancellation of school this past Friday, February 23, the Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter will now be hosting its annual FBLA Carnival this Friday, March 2 in the Waukon High School gymnasium and cafeteria from 4-7 p.m. All games and activities will be available to play for just a quarter with proceeds returning back to the elementary schools. Some of those activities include Gunny Sack Races, Pool Noodle Toss, Soccer, Duck Pond, Bags, Scooter Races, Football Toss, Basketball, Face Painting, Balloon Darts, Fishing, Finger Painting, Ring Toss, Photo Booth, Hungry Hippos, Cookie Decorating, Bowling, Jumbo Jenga and Nerf Darts. A small concession stand will also be available. Submitted photo.
 

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