Education

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 ...

FDCSD names November students and employee of the month

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

FDSH professional development focuses on technology

With the implementation of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative at Fort Dodge Senior High, teachers are using professional development opportunities to learn more about technology integration. Recently, Steven Wilcken, math instructor, shared with his peers how he uses technology in math lessons. ...

MNW senior presents winning project

Jacob Siepker, a senior at Manson Northwest Webster High School, presented his award-winning project at the recent ITEC Conference, the state’s preeminent educational technology conference held every fall. His project, “The Mines,” won a blue and then a purple ribbon as one of the best ...

Algona H.S. musicians selected for ‘All-State’

ALGONA — Seven Algona High School musicians were selected through audition for membership in the Iowa Music Educators Association and the Iowa High School Music Association’s annual All-State Band and Chorus in Storm Lake. The 70th annual Iowa All-State Music Festival will be held in Ames ...

9 FDSH students selected to All-State Music Festival

Twenty-two band/vocal students from Fort Dodge Senior High recently auditioned for the 2017 Iowa High School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival. Nine Dodger vocalists were selected: They are: Karisa Meier, senior — soprano; Olyvia Selby, junior — soprano; Keziah Henkelman, ...

FDCSD to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training

The Fort Dodge Community School District is offering opportunities for parents and community members to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The YMHFA training course is designed for lay people to learn methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of ...

FD students, employee of month named

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employee of the month for October. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student. It also recognizes one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Livia Kalvig is the ...

FD students, teacher honored at Belin-Blank

IOWA CITY — Katherine Day and Ryan Madden, of Fort Dodge and students at Fort Dodge Middle School, were among almost 500 students from Iowa and throughout the nation who were recently honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony. Recognized students were ...

State Marching Band Festival set for Saturday at Dodger Stadium

An Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival will be held Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Sixteen bands from throughout central Iowa will participate in the festival. Area bands competing include: Fort Dodge Senior High, Algona, Bishop Garrigan, Humboldt and Pocahontas ...

New morning routine at Butler helps build sense of community

Butler Elementary has implemented a new morning routine to help build a sense of community at the school. Students are welcomed each day with breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m., school clubs from 7:50 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. and Morning Meeting at 8:10 a.m. According to Stephanie Anderson, ...