Education

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Technology teacher Curt Valentine looks over the electric train that was donated to his class. He hopes to have students working on the electronics this year, and printing new cars for the locomotive to pull with the class 3D printer. The wall to the left has been painted for “green screen” effects when making videos.

Partnership aids innovative learning

BURNSIDE — A model train covering a table in the corner of the room immediately catches the eye when students walk into Curt Valentine’s technology classroom. There’s much more to his class than just sitting behind a computer. Valentine and industrial tech teacher Andy Peterson at ...

Clothes closet opens

Fort Dodge Middle School students are benefiting from a new service available to them at the school. Recently, staff created a clothes closet to assist students with this basic need. According to Kim Bodholdt, director of school climate transformation, teachers were noticing kids with unclean ...

ILCC to host Show/Jazz Choir Festival

ESTHERVILLE — On Jan. 23-24, 27 show choirs and jazz choirs from area high schools and middle schools will come to Iowa Lakes Community College for the annual Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival. The choirs will perform for three clinicians. Clay Blackman of Omaha, Nebraska, is returning ...

Patriot Pen award winners share essays

The Fort Dodge VFW Post 1856 recently awarded its annual Patriot Pen awards to three area students. The subject of this year’s essay was “America’s Gift To My Generation.” First place, and second place in the district, was Mackenzie Camden, 13, a seventh-grade student at Fort Dodge ...

FD Community School District names January students, employee of month

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employee of the month for January. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Allisyn Parker is the elementary ...

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Amanda Peterlin, Circle of Friends Art instructor, helps Nolan Slininger, mentee, choose chalk to use on his project.

Strong bonds built through FDSH circle of friends art class

During sixth period at Fort Dodge Senior High you’ll find about 30 students laughing, smiling and creating in an art room. Circle of friends art combines general education and special education students together in an art class. According to Amanda Peterlin, instructor, the general ...

Webster County 4-Hers receive honors at 2017 awards banquet

The annual Webster County 4-H Leaders Recognition and 4-H Awards Banquet was recently held at the Starlite Village in Fort Dodge. The council introduced the 4-H leaders for the past year who presented awards to members of their respective clubs for Junior, Intermediate and Senior Achievement ...

4-H volunteers, leaders recognized

4-H award of clover pins and certificates were presented for volunteers serving five, 10, 15 and 40 years as a 4-H volunteer. Those with five years of service to the 4-H program received the silver clover pin: Mary Eslick, Dayton Tigers club leader; Allison Lansman, Elkhorn Earlybirds club ...

Top 4-H awards, scholarships given at Webster Co. banquet

The annual Webster County 4-H Leaders Recognition and 4-H Awards Banquet was recently held at the Best Western Starlite Village in Fort Dodge. Several awards were presented. The Outstanding Consumer Sciences award is given annually to a Senior 4-Her and is based on consideration of the ...

Power Dodger Time gives extra support

Fort Dodge Senior High students needing extra academic support now have another option in Power Dodger Time. Power Dodger Time is an intervention strategy designed for students who need to improve their grades, are struggling with a concept, or have missing work. “As we move to a ...

FD schools name December students, employee of the month

The Fort Dodge Community School District has named its students and employee of the month for December. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school, one high school student, and one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Armondez Mosley Clark is the elementary student ...

Student robotics contest coming to MNW

MANSON — A mechanical showdown featuring robots made by students from Iowa will be held in Manson for the first time on Saturday. The event is called the First Tech Challenge. It is a robotics competition that “allows students to compete head to head using a sports model,” according to ...

SMART helps improve student scores at Butler

When students arrive at school, the assumption is they are ready to learn; however, that’s often not the case. To help develop the readiness skills of students, Butler Elementary installed a SMART room. SMART stands for Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training and ...

35 AHS musicians participate in Honor Choir Festival

Thirty-five Algona High School musicians participated in the North Central District’s Iowa Choral Directors Association Honor Choir Festival on Nov. 6 at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. A record of more than 800 musicians from 28 area school districts participated in ...

CCS students take field trips

Community Christian School students traveled to Des Moines on Oct. 12 to tour Terrace Hill and the Salisbury House. The fifth- through eighth-grade classes learned about Iowa’s governors and Iowa History. They learned about the original builder of the house, how it came to be donated to ...

Area students named to 8th Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team

JOHNSTON — Iowa Corn recently announced the 18 Iowa college students who will make up the eighth Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team. Area students chosen are: Mason Claude, Webster City, attending Iowa Central Community College; Maddie Hoch, Algona, attending Iowa State University; Jamin ...

St. Edmond releases Christmas concert dates

St. Edmond Catholic School has announced its Christmas concert dates. The high school concert will be held at 3 p.m., Dec. 10; kindergarten through second grade, 2:30 and 6 p.m., Dec. 14; sixth through eighth grades, 7 p.m., Dec. 18; third through fifth grades 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 21. All ...

Sac County 4-H awards event held recently

SAC CITY — The Sac County Extension and Outreach 4-H program held its annual 4-H awards event. The Sac County 4-H’ers submitted their record books to the Extension and Outreach Office. The committee came in and judged the record books over a course of three weeks. The Awards Event was ...

Senior High opens food pantry onsite for students

Fort Dodge Senior High now has a food pantry onsite for students in need. According to FeedingAmerica.org, one in eight Iowans are food insecure. One in five children do not have enough to eat. Katie Degner, a senior at FDSH, is working to make a difference in these numbers at the high ...

FDSH Red Sand project brings awareness to human trafficking

Fort Dodge Senior High’s Teens Against Human Trafficking club participated in the Red Sand Project. Red sand was poured into the cracks of the sidewalks and parking lot at FDSH to highlight the victims of human trafficking who fall through the cracks of our system. “We poured red sand ...