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Early this month, a survey was sent to students and staff asking about their New Year’s resolutions.

The Blazers have high hopes for 2021 and the rest of the school year. Academically, students look forward to clean slates and new classes in the second semester.

The year 2020 was very strange and startling for everyone, impacting the students and staff at Beckman Catholic High School in a variety of ways. While 2020 started off as usual, spring came with a surprise for many. In March, schools across the country were shut down due to corona virus.

Xavier third graders worked with Randy's Market to decorate turkey pumpkins. From left, Kannon Olberding, Chase Rahe, Max Milbert, and Wyatt Lueck show their creations. The creations will be on display at Randy's through Thanksgiving.

Our band program now has musician masks and instrument bell covers that allow us to play our instruments safely indoors. We also have new band books. We are glad that we have band twice per week plus private lessons. We are now doing a fundraising project, which will help to provide seat cov…

While school was shut down in the spring, WD made many new changes. One of those changes was our new science lab tables. The district replaced old two-seat tables with new high-quality tables. These tables allow 6-8 seats with the option of sitting or standing. They are more durable, have a …

There are many inspirations for art; some of these helped me make the picture above. For the robotic part of the stuffed rabbit, I wanted to do something futuristic and nostalgic at the same time. The bronze metal face indicates that this stuffed animal is old and rusty. The wallet leg was a…

Making candy dispensers in Mr. Diers’ Woods/Manufacturing class was a lot of hard work. Some of us had never used tools, but we were able to build these wonderful dispensers. To make them, we had to measure and cut wood, drill holes with a drill press and assemble the project with an air nai…

In sixth grade, we are learning about DARE (Drug/Alcohol Resistance Education). We are learning many useful things like: how to say no in respectful ways, how to avoid negative situations, why we shouldn’t use drugs, health effects of drug, tobacco, and alcohol use, and good communication sk…

Students can earn Bobcat Bricks for being respectful, on your honor, accepting, and responsible. Students get called to the office by the principal and he reads what their teacher wrote about them. Students then get a treat such as candy. Students enjoy getting Bobcat Bricks. (By Lanie Kennicker)

October DMIS Citizens of the Month, from left, Kaci Arnold, Cael McIlrath, Caiden Begle, Evelyn Winkelman, Josie Steffen, James Hoover.

September DMIS Citizens of the Month, from left, Clarie Schieltz, Noah Nickol, Caleb Smith, Lauren Vaske, John Lemke and Morgan Kaiser.

Absentee ballots are now available at the Delaware County Auditor’s Office for the Maquoketa Valley Community School District’s Special Election to be held on Tuesday, April 5.  This election is only for registered voters in the Maquoketa Valley Community School District. 

Students from Western Dubuque, Beckman Catholic and Cascade high schools are again dancing together to raise money for students at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The dance marathon is planned for 7-10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at Western Dubuque High School, with the community…

On the evening of Nov. 9, 1938, 9-year-old Susi Hilsenrath and her brother Joseph went to bed excited about their mother’s birthday the next day.

In this election year, some presidential candidates have questioned other candidates’ honesty, and some have told tall tales to increase their political standing in hopes of becoming the 45th president of the United States.

Timothy Rowe, McKynlee Rowe, Addysen Rowe and Bobbi Rowe read together at the Dyersville Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's family literacy night Feb. 17 at the Dyersville Social Center.

The Maquoketa Valley Board of Education set the school calendar for the 2016-17 school year Feb. 15.

The Edgewood-Colesburg School District is going to stick with a four-day-per-week preschool for children younger than 5, despite requests by some parents to switch to two days per week.

The track and gymnasium floor at the Peosta Community Centre echoed with the pitter-patter of hundreds of school-aged feet Feb. 15, as Peosta Elementary School conducted its second annual walkathon.

As part of their annual Catholic School Week celebration, junior kindergarten through sixth grade students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School ended the week’s celebration with an all-school photo. Those in early childhood are not pictured, as it was taken on a non-school day for them.

Western Dubuque High School recently purchased a high-tech piece of equipment that is engaging students while promoting interest in engineering and computer programing.

Sue Daker, of Sue Daker Consulting, began working with Edgewood-Colesburg Elementary Jan. 11 to help teachers improve literacy instruction . She said her approach is about comparing data to what the teachers do.

The Western Dubuque School Board saw just how impassioned the district’s instructional coaches are at Monday’s board meeting. The district instructional coaches, along with curriculum and assessment director Kelly Simon, reported about the group’s late October trip to Denver, Colo., for a na…

A recent release of a new web-based data system allows parents to track how well their children’s schools are doing on a variety of educational measures.

An open house will be held for anyone interested in Seton preschool or kindergarten programs on Monday, Jan. 11. Preschool open house will be from 6-7 p.m. and kindergarten open house will be from 6:30–7:30 p.m., all at the Peosta Center. Call 556-5967 with questions.

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The rapport between the two is remarkable, considering that they are neither peers nor relatives. Jaycee Fleege giggles as she tells LuAnn McQuillen about a Christmas gift she might have inadvertently spotted, one she hopes will be under the Christmas tree. They share a conspiratorial smile.

Iowa’s high school graduation rates are the highest in the country. According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Education, 90.5 percent of Iowa’s seniors graduated from high school in the 2013-14 school year, compared to an 82.3 percent national average.

Mike Heiberger of Heiberger Insurance, Epworth, brought in a cookie cake and donated new javelins to Western Dubuque’s Special Olympics program as a thank-you to special education students for helping with a jobs preparedness program that donates more than 10,000 bags annually for the popcor…

Ed-Co school board members learned about the progress of the district’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System Dec. 14.

It’s raining books in Jessica Pape’s office, and she couldn’t be happier. Pape, assistant director of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce, is also the community coordinator for the Dyersville Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The books she has been collecting are slated for the hands of …

Visitors toured the newly completed two-million-dollar vocational building at Western Dubuque High School at an open house Nov. 22. Classes in the new building will begin on Nov. 30.

Edgewood-Colesburg High School will perform a musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29.

Peosta Elementary principal Shari Steward gets duct-taped to the wall with 360 pieces of duct tape, one for each dollar raised in a food drive to benefit the Epworth Food Bank. Students were also asked to bring needed items. For each dollar raised, a student got to apply a piece of duct tape…

Marine Staff Sergeant Mike Clasen spoke at Western Dubuque High School on Veterans Day. Clasen graduated from WD in 1995 and served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Over 200 community veterans were recognized at the assembly. The student council also had a memorial brick dedicated at …

Xavier students Claire Hillebrand, Nathan Offerman and Isaac Barrick earned first, third and second place in a flag essay contest sponsored by the American Legion, represented by Greg Wagner (IMG_4282.JPG).

The Beckman junior class is sponsoring a breakfast and bake sale on Sunday, Oct. 25 serving from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Beckman cafeteria. The cost is: ages 12-and-up, $7; ages 5-11, $3; and 5 and under free.

The 36th annual craft and vendor show, sponsored by the Maquoketa Valley Athletic Boosters, will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maquoketa Valley School in Delhi with free admission.

It is a concern at schools across the state and one that was brought up at the Oct. 19 Maquoketa Valley School Board meeting. “All of a sudden, it’s here,” said Ann Norton, MV district curriculum director. “We have to address this.”

If this year’s second graders don’t pass reading proficiency tests by the end of third grade, they will have to attend a 75-hour summer school or repeat third grade.

Western Dubuque Schools business manager Mark Frasher outlined the 2014-15 annual financial report on the condition of the district to school board members at the Oct. 12 board meeting. “We had a very good year financially,” Frasher told the board.

The 24th annual Beckman Gala is slated for Saturday, Oct. 17, and this year’s event, titled “The Great Gatsby” has a new twist. The event is held at Beckman each year, with both the commons and gymnasium transformed into an elegant dining room social setting.

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At the end of the school year, the Luxemburg school will close. Classes at La Salle will consolidate into the Holy Cross center.