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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.

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.

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

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Maquoketa Valley's homecoming court includes, front from left: queen candidates Macy Anderegg, Erin Digmann, Megan Mensen and Angie Wilson and honorary attendants Flavia Xavier of Brazil and Maeva Luis Garcia of Spain; back, king candidates Rob Bockenstedt, Jeremy Fischer, Colton Nefzger and…

Western Dubuque's 2015 homecoming court includes, front from left: Lexi Healey, Kayla Horsfield, Alyssa Dougherty, Paige Deppe, Theresa Brehm and Brooke Kluesner; back: Jordan Lux, Journey Wilson, Cory Wernimont, Jake Westhoff, Matt Kluesner and Zach Funke. Homecoming king will be crowned at…

The Edgewood-Colesburg senior homecoming court are in front from left: Olivia Bailey, Alley Burgin, Cassi Ries, Allison Bolsinger and Alysa Steger; in back from left: Kaden Jones, Andrew Askeland, Michael Lueken, Jamie Nefzger and Seth Hoeger (IMG_7294.JPG).

The Beckman homecoming court includes seniors, front from left, Tia Recker, Casey McCarraher, Becca Kennedy, Rachel Link and Grace Nebel; back: Ben Hageman, Drew Wilgenbusch, Tyler Deutmeyer, Jacob Grover and Tyler Hirsch. The homecoming football game will be Friday, Sept. 25, with activitie…

A 23-year veteran will leave the Edgewood-Colesburg school board, while a new member will join the board following the Sept. 8 school board elections.

The Western Dubuque School Board bid goodbye to outgoing board member Jeanne Coppola and heard that its elementary center at Cascade is off the Schools in Need of Assistance watch list for this school year.

The Edgewood-Colesburg FFA chapter will be holding a little kids’ tractor pull during the Plagman Barn Days in Garber. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m.

Two current school board members, one former member and a newcomer are vying for two seats on the Ed-Co school board in the Tuesday, Sept. 8 election.

 At one point, Rick Colpitts wasn’t even sure he was going to college. Now, with 32 years as an educator behind him, he’s taking over as superintendent of the Western Dubuque Community School District.

It’s a coming home of sorts for the new human resource director and board secretary for the Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District.

Jeff Corkery’s retirement as superintendent of the Western Dubuque School District ends a 40-year career in education, including the last nine years as leader of the largest geographic district in the state of Iowa.