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Congratulations 2017-18 Retirees and Service Award Recipients

Posted on 05/01/2018 at 11:22 AM

Congratulations to Mona Enstrom, Tim Fischer, and Martha Tabor on their upcoming retirement from Keystone AEA. Best wishes to you!

We also congratulate all of our service award recipients:

FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
Kimberly Anderson
Tara Augustyn
Debra Crane
Halsey Darling
Tasha Fritz
Penni Gaul
Alicia Helle
Suzanne Maas
Paula Mahoney
Andrew Pape
Sandra Reeg
Kendra Sbai

TEN YEARS OF SERVICE
Micala Andreassen
Heather Blevins-Freitag
Amy Conlin
Gretchen Conway
Trishia Dietzenbach
Anne Haupert
Cynthia Henriksen
Amy Holst
Amy Jackson
Connie Krueger
Becky Lower
Jason Martin-Hiner
Kimberly Moore
Lee Pool
Luann Soukup
Dianne Sperfslage

FIFTEEN YEARS OF SERVICE
Matthew Dahling
Joleen Doyle
Sarah Jones
Teresa Shea
Karen Stoffel
Michael Trevethan

TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE
David Block
Anne Britt
Ann Streufert

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
Audie Baumgartner


THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE
Mary Jo Nordheim
Anita Palmer
Karen Stewart
Deb Sylvester

 

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
Robert Hankey

 

FORTY YEARS OF SERVICE
Julie Einck

 

 

Montauk Regional History Day Results

Posted on 04/02/2018 at 1:37 PM

Montauk (Keystone AEA) Regional History Day was held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Keystone Area Education Agency, Elkader, Iowa. This year's theme was Conflict & Compromise in History. Approximately 130 students from 8 schools participated in five categories (Jr. Division). The following entries/students advanced to the State Contest that will be held Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. They have a chance to advance to the National Contest, held at the University of Maryland, June 10-14, 2018, in College Park, Maryland.

 

JUNIOR DIVISION HISTORICAL PAPER:

Title: Thirteen Days: Conflict and Compromise During the Cuban Missile Crisis
Student: Justin Berlage
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien
 

Title: The Conflict Surrounding the Anglo-Guatemalan Treaty of 1859
Student: Izaak Eichinger
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT:

Title: The Saver that Many Don’t Know Fr. Al Schmitt
Student: Oliver Schmitt
School: Turkey Valley Elementary, Jackson Junction, IA
Teacher: Leslie Raymond
 

Title: Women in WWII
Student: Megan Blong
School: Turkey Valley Elementary, Jackson Junction, IA
Teacher: Leslie Raymond
 

Title: Civilian Conservation Corps
Student: Dalton Hemesath
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:

Title: Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in School
Students: Jaden Weis, Chloe Dixon
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien
 

Title: Russia Bleeds Red: The Fall of the Tsars and the Rise of the Soviet Union
Students: Gabrielle Kielkucki, Kaitlyn Clemen, William Lemke, Brian McGrane, and Joseph Hermsen
School: Beckman Jr./Sr. High School, Dyersville, IA
Teacher: Shantel Kahrs

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY:

Title: The Tripolitan War: A Fight Against Coastal Corsairs
Student: Jenna Hartz
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien
 

Title: Japanese American Internment
Student: Drew Berns
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP DOCUMENTARY:

Title: The Treaty of Versailles: An Optimistic Compromise that Sparked Even Greater Conflict
Students: Dylan Muhlbauer, Liz Clement
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien
 

Title: Bloody Sunday: A Compromise for the Freedom to Vote
Students: Courtney Hubbell, Anabel Bradley, and Katherine Stone
School: Harding Middle School, Cedar Rapids, IA
Teacher: Shannon Haas

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Title: Conflict and Compromise in Lowell: Girls Go on Strike
Student: Alex Kane
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien


Title: Claudette Colvin: Conflict Hidden in History
Student: Grace Bachelder
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:

Title: Edna Griffin: The Rosa Parks of Iowa
Students: Lauren Johnson, Grace Gerleman, Ruby Sullivan, and Larsson Shockey
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack


Title: Desegregation at Prince Edward County
Students: Paige Lange, Brielle Buresh, Mikiah Krieg, Anya Lovstuen, and Caleb Huebner
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL WEB SITES:

Title: The Double V Campaign: Victories at Home and on the Battlefield
Student: Ellen Rooney
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien


Title: Conflict of Desegregated Education and Compromise of The Little Rock Nine
Student: Amy Jensen
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP WEB SITES:

Title: Compromise Through Conflict: The Orphan Train
Students: Hailey Bower, Julia Phillips
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien
 

Title: Clifford Beer’s Change in Mental Health Reform
Students: Allison Pavlovec, Serena Sweet
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

 

Spring Fun Day for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

Posted on 03/28/2018 at 3:53 PM

A Spring Fun Day is scheduled for students who are deaf and hard of hearing on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Keystone AEA in Dubuque. This spring fun day will provide time for collaboration with other students and the opportunity to engage in learning and fun social activities with other deaf and hard of hearing students. The event runs from 9:30am to 2:00 pm with lunch and beverages provided by the Iowa School for the Deaf. Schools are responsible for transporting their students to and from this spring fun day.


Activities will include:

  • Decorate hearing aid boxes
  • Anatomy of the ear
    • Build an ear
    • Edible ear
  • Hearing Testing
    • Video-otoscopy
    • Hearing test
  • Student-led discussion regarding hearing loss
    • Different types of amplification
    • Communication breakdown and repairs
  • Assistive Technology
    • FM, classroom amplification system, Bluetooth, bed shakers/flashing lights, sonic alert, Facetime/Skype, telecoil
  • Games

Parents, interpreters, and paraprofessionals are welcome to attend.  For more details contact: Amy Holst at aholst@aea1.k12.ia.us or 563-245-1480.

Free Family and Community Offering during Keystone AEA’s Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference

Posted on 03/22/2018 at 1:49 PM

Keystone AEA is sponsoring its first annual two-day Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference on April 13-14 at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Dubuque. The featured speaker is Jim Sporleder, the former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington, the subject of the award-winning video documentary, Paper Tigers. Registration for the educator conference is full. Roughly 300 educators will attend to learn more about ACEs and the impact of trauma on youth, fostering resiliency, exploring ways to become a trauma sensitive school, interventions and strategies to support trauma affected youth, mindfulness, and self-care strategies.

As an extension of the conference, a free Friday evening family and community night is planned. From 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on April 13th Jim Sporleder will host a special viewing of “Paper Tigers” with a discussion of how trauma-sensitive practice changed the culture of the school and the lives of its students. From 6:00-7:30 p.m. Heather Forbes will provide a live virtual presentation titled "Battling Bad Behaviors." When we look beyond the behaviors, the science really is giving us the answers. She will give you everything you need to help a child not only change his/her behavior, but to heal from traumatic experiences. Heather will share multiple examples of typical behaviors we see from children and apply the science in a practical and common sense way. There will be time for a question and answer session.


Although the family night is free, pre-registration is required (space is limited). The deadline for registration is April 10th.  In addition to the in-person option at the Best Western Conference Center, a virtual option will be available for the Heather Forbes session.  Please register online at https://tinyurl.com/tssfn or call 563-556-3310 and ask for Jean.

Keystone AEA to Offer Substitute Authorization Class

Posted on 03/20/2018 at 8:24 AM

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization.  This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85. issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee). Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:

  1. Has achieved at least one of the following:(1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
  2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
  3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
  5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

 

Renewal of Authorization

The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

 

Class Registration through Keystone AEA

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are April 27-29, 2018 at Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA  52001-3090. The course number is 11852 – Substitute Authorization Course (Dbq).     (Friday, April 27th –5:00-9:00 pm;  Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm.)

A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To Register for the class through Keystone AEA go to:  http://bit.ly/2nADqCZ

Select the blue and white ‘Register Now’ button.  (Note: When filling out the ‘Course Registration’ page, select the open circle to the left of the word ‘Recert’. Even though you are not a teacher you need to select the Recert option.)

The deadline to register is April 18, 2018.

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class

An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners. The link to the BOEE License Application website is:  http://www.boee.iowa.gov/licensure/new/sub.html

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or kwessel@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

PBIS-IA Announces 2016-17 Recognition Awards

Posted on 02/21/2018 at 11:26 AM

107 PBIS schools are being honored for their PBIS implementation efforts for the 2016-17 school year. To qualify for one of the six levels of recognition, schools were provided the opportunity to complete an application and submit evidence from May 15, 2017 through December 31, 2017. As part of the review process, PBIS Coordinators approve the award level based upon submitted products, student outcome data and implementation fidelity data. The criteria for each level aligns with a stage of implementation, with criteria building from the planning stage or Emerging level through full implementation and sustaining, or the Paramount level.

Special congratulations to these area schools:

Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School - Banner Level
Aquin Elementary School - Banner Level
St. Francis Xavier School - Banner Level
Drexler Middle/Intermediate School - Banner Plus Level

 

 

 

 

Iowa’s AEAs seek nominations for annual awards recognition

Posted on 01/05/2018 at 3:20 PM

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to education and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs)? Please take a few minutes to nominate this person for recognition!

Iowa’s AEAs bestow three awards annually to outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the work of Iowa’s AEAs. To submit a nomination, complete this application by Feb. 2, 2018. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination. The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of AEA personnel in February. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified the first week of March. Awards will be presented during the annual Iowa’s AEAs Boards of Directors’ Conference and the ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 5, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston.

The three awards and criteria can be found below. Each nomination should include examples of why your nominee should receive the award.

 

1. Friend of the AEA Award
Acknowledges contributions by policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations who have been great partners and demonstrate strong support for furthering the mission of Iowa’s AEAs. Open to all policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations.

 

2. E. Robert Stephens Award
Dr. E. Robert Stephens, better known as “Dr. Bob” and the father of Iowa’s AEAs, acknowledges contributions in the area of innovation and support to local districts, AEAs, the Department of Education and other partners/organizations. There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community including:

  • Benefits of this individual’s leadership;
  • Creative leadership in inspiring and motivating others to achieve and contribute;
  • Strong commitment to the profession by active participation in professional activities; and
  • Evidence that the individual is respected by his/her colleagues and the community.

Open to AEA staff who serve in an administrative role and AEA board members.

 

3. Innovative Creator
Celebrates amazingly innovative and creative thinking and actions to get results for students, educators, Iowa’s AEAs, school districts and other partners. Open to all AEA staff, board members, educators, policymakers, students...all of us are creators!

For more information, contact Connie Johnson, Iowa’s AEAs Communications Director, at (712) 335-6044 or cjohnson@plaea.org.

 

Archive: 2017 AEA Award Recipients

 

Reorganization Hearing Held

Posted on 10/17/2017 at 2:56 PM

The Keystone Area Education Agency Board of Directors met at 5:30pm on October 16, 2017, at Decorah, Iowa, to hear comments concerning the petition for the reorganization of the Decorah and North Winneshiek Community School Districts which was filed, pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 275, with the administrator of the Keystone Area Education Agency on September 15, 2017.

The Keystone AEA Board of Directors deliberated and reviewed the matter on its merits. The petition was approved for presentation at a special election according to law. The complete Ruling and Order, including the boundaries, will be published in the Decorah Newspaper.

Keystone AEA Board Members Elected

Posted on 09/29/2017 at 11:09 AM

Area school boards elected three incumbents and one new board member to the Keystone Area Education Agency Board of Directors during September elections.
 
Jan Kreitzer of Cresco was re-elected as the director in Director District 1. The director district includes the Howard Winneshiek, North Winneshiek, Riceville, and Turkey Valley Community School Districts and part of the New Hampton Community School District. Kreitzer will begin her second term on the Keystone AEA Board.  Bill Withers, M.D., of Waukon, was re-elected as the director in Director District 3. The director district includes the Allamakee, Clayton Ridge, Eastern Allamakee, and MFL MarMac Community School Districts. Withers will begin his fortieth year on the Board.  Sandra Gassman of Epworth was re-elected as the director in Director District 6. The director district includes the Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District, and part of the Dubuque and Western Dubuque Community School Districts. Gassman will begin her sixth year on the Board. Nancy Bradley of Dubuque was elected as the director in Director District 7, which includes a portion of the Dubuque Community School district.
 
The board will elect officers at an organizational meeting on October 16.

Reorganization Petition Received

Posted on 09/29/2017 at 11:06 AM

A petition for the merger of the Decorah Community School District and the North Winneshiek Community School District was filed with Keystone Area Education Agency on September 15, 2017. Pat Heiderscheit, Administrator of Keystone AEA, has announced that a public hearing regarding a petition for the merger of the Decorah CSD and North Winneshiek CSD will be held on October 16, 2017 at 5:30pm in Recital Hall, Center for Faith and Life, at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The final date for filing objections to the proposed merger will be noon (12pm) on October 9, 2017.

Objections to the proposed merger of the Decorah and North Winneshiek Community School Districts (requests for dismissal of the petition and/or objections to the boundaries of the proposed school district) may be filed by any landowners or residents in the districts. The objections must be in writing, and submitted to Keystone AEA prior to the final filing date and time. Objection forms are available at the following board secretaries’ offices: Keystone AEA at 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader; Decorah Community School District, 510 Winnebago Street, Decorah; and North Winneshiek Community School District, 3495 N Winn Road, Decorah.      

Copies of the petition are available for inspection at the two school districts and at the Keystone AEA office in Elkader. The official notice of the final dates for filing objections and the hearing on the petition is published in the September 26 and 28, 2017, editions of the Decorah Newspaper.

Substitute Authorization course offered

Posted on 09/27/2017 at 3:57 PM

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization.  This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85. issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee). Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:

  1. Has achieved at least one of the following:(1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
  2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
  3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
  5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

Renewal of Authorization

The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

 

Class Registration through Keystone AEA

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are November 3-5, 2017 at Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA  52001-3090. The course number is 31726 – Substitute Authorization Course (Dbq).     (Friday, Nov. 3rd –5:00-9:00 pm;  Nov. 4-5th – 8:00 am-5:00 pm.)

A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To Register for the class through Keystone AEA go to:  http://bit.ly/2nADqCZ

Select the blue and white ‘Register Now’ button.  (Note: When filling out the ‘Course Registration’ page, select the open circle to the left of the word ‘Recert’. Even though you are not a teacher you need to select the Recert option.)

Deadline to register is October 25, 2017.

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class

An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners. The link to the BOEE License Application website is:  http://www.boee.iowa.gov/licensure/new/sub.html

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or kwessel@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

Keystone AEA welcomes new hires

Posted on 08/17/2017 at 12:02 PM

Keystone AEA is pleased to introduce several new staff members as we kick off the 2017-18 school year. Please join us in welcoming them aboard!
 


 


Bev Berns
School Improvement
Facilitator
Elkader
 

Megan Elsinger
School Improvement
Facilitator
Elkader
Speech-Language
Pathologist
West Union

Amber Post
Occupational Therapist
Waukon
 

Mindy Reimer
Librarian
Elkader
Speech-Language
Pathologist
Dubuque
Speech-Language
Pathologist
Decorah
 
 
 

 
 

Keystone AEA to Offer Substitute Authorization Class

Posted on 07/25/2017 at 8:46 AM

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization.  This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85. issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee). Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:

  1. Has achieved at least one of the following:(1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
  2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
  3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
  5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

Renewal of Authorization

The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.
 

Class Registration through Keystone AEA

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are August 25-27, 2017 at Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA  52001-3090. The course number is 21728 – Substitute Authorization Course (Dbq).     (Friday, August 25th –5:00-9:00 pm; August 26-27th –9:00 am-5:30 pm.)

A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To Register for the class through Keystone AEA go to:  http://bit.ly/2nADqCZ      Select the blue and white ‘Register Now’ button.  (Note: When filling out the ‘Course Registration’ page, select the open circle to the left of the word ‘Recert’. Even though you are not a teacher you need to select the Recert option.)

The deadline to register is August 15, 2017.

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class

An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners. The link to the BOEE License Application website is:  http://www.boee.iowa.gov/licensure/new/sub.html

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or kwessel@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

Keystone Area Education Agency Board of Directors Elections

Posted on 07/05/2017 at 3:03 PM

Elections for four members of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Area Education Agency will be conducted in September.
 
Director District 1 includes the Howard-Winneshiek, North Winneshiek, Riceville, and Turkey Valley Community School Districts and the following precincts in the New Hampton Community School District: Chickasaw, Dayton-Richland, Deerfield-Washington, Jacksonville-Utica, New Hampton 1, 2, 3, 4, and Washington.

Director District 3 includes the Allamakee, Clayton Ridge, Eastern Allamakee, and MFL MarMac Community School Districts.

Director District 6 includes the Clayton County Buena Vista Township; the Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District; the following precincts in Dubuque County: 33, 34, 35, 38, 40, 41, 42, & 44; Jackson County Precincts 4, 5, and Richland-Washington of the Western Dubuque Community School District; Dubuque County Mosalem-Table Mound E-Washington Precinct and Jackson County Precincts 2 & 3 of the Dubuque Community School District.

Director District 7 includes Dubuque County Precincts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 31, and 36 in the Dubuque Community School District.
 
The above director districts are currently represented by Jan Kreitzer of Cresco, Director District 1; Bill Withers, M.D., of Waukon, Director District 3; Sandra Gassman of Epworth, Director District 6; and Merle Gaber of Dubuque, Director District 7.
 
The positions are four-year terms that expire in October 2021. The elections are conducted in accordance with Section 273 of the Code of Iowa. Nominations may be submitted by filing a “Statement of Candidacy” form with the board secretary of the Keystone AEA on or before August 15, 2017. If no candidate files by the deadline, a convention will be scheduled with prior notice given, and persons may file for candidacy or be nominated at the convention. Each board of education within the director district may cast a vote, weighted according to the school district’s population, for the election of a member to the Agency's Board of Directors.
     
Statement of Candidacy forms may be obtained by contacting Julie Tschirgi, Board Secretary, at the Administration Office of the Keystone AEA in Elkader or by calling (563) 245-1480.

Montauk District History Day Results

Posted on 04/04/2017 at 9:22 AM

Keystone AEA Regional History Day has been renamed by state to Montauk District History Day. The contest was held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Decorah Middle School, Decorah, Iowa. This year's theme is Taking a Stand in History. 101 students from 6 schools participated in five categories (Jr./Sr. Divisions). The following entries/students advanced to the State Contest that will be held Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. They have a chance to advance to the National Contest, held at College Park, MD, June 11-15, 2017.

Listed by Division and Category:

 

JUNIOR DIVISION HISTORICAL PAPER:

Title: Thomas Paine: Taking a Stand for his Beliefs Through Writing
Student: Meredith Toussaint
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Sitting Bull: Taking a Stand for Native Americans
Student: Justin Berlage
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT:

Title: Iowa Girls Basketball Equal Rights
Student: Abby Milburn
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Anne Sullivan Taking a Stand for the Disabled
Student: Chloe Dixon
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:

Title: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Students: Jaden Weis, Alex Kane
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Dr. Williams: Opening Hospitals, Hearts, and Minds
Students: Emma Brauer, Kendra Bigler
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY:

Title: Loving
Student: Asha Merritt
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: E. Wayne Cooley: Taking a Stand for the Iowa Girl
Students: Noah Lovelace
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP DOCUMENTARY:

Title: How It All Began When Motown Took a Stand
Students: Amber Hussain, Abby Bolson
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Jesse Owens: Taking a Stand Against Racial Injustice
Students: Liz Clement, Dylan Muhlbauer, Nicolas Vergara Zafra
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Title: Woodstock 1969
Students: Storme Barr
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Beethoven
Student: Gabriel Anderson
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:

Title: Anne Sullivan: Signing Through Stereotypes, Striving Through Education
Students: Ally Bouska, Samantha See
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Mildred Fish-Harnack and the Red Orchestra: Taking a Stand Against Hitler and the Nazi Party
Students: Leila Johnson, Sofie Grouws
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL WEB SITES:

Title: Dorothea Dix: Taking a Stand as a Proponent for the Mentally Ill
Student: Clara Rooney
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien,

Title: The Dominican Butterflies: Taking a Stand
Student: Grace Thompson
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP WEB SITES:

Title: John Muir: Standing Up for Nature by Preserving Our National Parks and Founding the Sierra Club
Students: Maggie Kane, Rachel Bower
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Fanny Durack Taking a Stand for Women’s Rights in Swimming/
Students: Mia Smedsrud, Kiana Folkedahl
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

 

Dr. Bill Withers presented with award from Iowa’s Area Education Agencies

Posted on 03/31/2017 at 11:04 AM


Pat Heiderscheit and Dr. Bill WithersDr. Bill Withers, board member at Keystone Area Education Agency, was the recipient of the Dr. E. Robert Stephens Award from Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Withers received the award during a presentation at the AEA Boards of Directors’ Conference on March 30. This is the first year for the awards and it is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the AEA system. Withers was nominated for the award by fellow board member, George Holland.

The Dr. E. Robert Stephens award acknowledges contributions in the areas of innovation and support to local districts, AEAs, the Department of Education and other partners/organizations. Over 50 years ago, Stephens was a graduate student at The University of Iowa. He was asked by the Iowa Department of Public Instruction and rural superintendents in the state to direct a study to find a prototype to distribute instructional services equitably and efficiently across Iowa. His vision eventually found its way to the Iowa Legislature in 1974, when Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) were passed into law. This award is named after “Dr. Bob” to honor exemplary work by those associated with educational service agencies and AEAs.

In fall 1974, Dr. Bill Withers was in his fourth term as a school board member for Allamakee Community School District when Senate File 1163 transformed the 79 county and joint county school systems into 15 Area Education Agencies. In the basement of a bank building in Elkader, he recited the oath of office as an Area 1 board member in September 1974. A month later he was elected Vice President of the Area 1 Board of Directors. It was at that time that Dr. Withers started a cornerstone practice of his service as an AEA board member. Bill continues to meet with the boards of the school districts that he represents and bring those conversations to the AEA board table. He has twice presided as President of the board and currently serves in the role of Vice President, while also chairing the Policy Committee.

Dr. Withers, along with his wife, Libby, their three sons, and daughter-in-law were in attendance at the awards ceremony in Des Moines. “We are honored to present this award to Dr. Bill Withers,” said Brent Siegrist, Executive Director of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. “His many years of service as an AEA board member is his testament to the AEA system and his dedication to the school districts he serves.”

The Iowa Legislature established Iowa’s Area Education Agencies in 1974 to be an effective, efficient and economical means of identifying and serving children from birth to age 21 who require special education services. This decision was a result of the federal law mandating a free, appropriate, public education for children with disabilities. Since that time, Iowa’s nine AEAs continue to provide services to every public school district and accredited, nonpublic school in Iowa. While Special Education comprise about 80 percent of the services offered, the mission of Iowa’s AEAs it to improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children.

Keystone AEA Partners with Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health to Provide Lifelines Suicide Prevention Curriculum

Posted on 10/28/2016 at 11:18 AM

Keystone Area Education Agency is partnering with Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health to offer Lifelines suicide prevention curriculum to all 23 school districts in the Keystone area. This mental health professional development opportunity for school counselors and educators is centered around The Complete Lifelines Trilogy of Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention programs. Lifelines is a whole-school program that educates administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students on the facts about suicide and their roles in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The goals of Lifelines are to increase the likelihood that members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents, know how to initially respond to them, and know how to rapidly obtain help for them troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions.  


Funds for the 23 Lifeline kits, valued at $466 each, were raised by Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health during their second annual "Step Up and Reach Out Suicide Awareness Walk". Keystone AEA and its trained Crisis Response Team are thankful for this partnership with the Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health. The Lifelines training will be held on November 29, 2016 at Keystone AEA in Elkader.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Posted on 09/22/2016 at 2:07 PM

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Board of Directors of Keystone Area Education Agency 1 will conduct a public hearing in the high school library at the North Fayette High School, 600 N Pine Street, West Union, Iowa at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 17, 2016.

The subject matter of the public hearing is the Petition for Reorganization seeking the merger and consolidation of the North Fayette Community School District and the Valley Community School District to be known as the North Fayette Valley Community School District. A copy of said Petition is on file in the office of the Administrator of Keystone Area Education Agency 1, 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader, IA 52043, and is available for examination by the public between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday prior to said hearing.

This proposed Petition for Reorganization and this public hearing regarding same are governed by Iowa Code Section 275.12-275.16.

Objections to the said merger and consolidation as prayed for in said Petition may be made by any person residing or owning land within the territory described in said Petition, or who would be injuriously affected by the changes petitioned for. Said objections shall be in writing on forms that may be obtained in said office of the Administrator of Keystone Area Education Agency 1 or from Julie Tschirgi, Board Secretary at jtschirgi@aea1.k12.ia.us, during the hours set forth above. Objection forms that request that property be removed from the proposed merger and consolidated district shall include the correct legal description of the property to be removed. Forms are also available from the district offices at North Fayette and Valley.

Such objections must be filed in the office of the Administrator of Keystone Area Education Agency 1, 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader, IA 52043, not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, October 10, 2016.

All interested parties are invited to attend this hearing at which time petitioners and objectors may present evidence and arguments thereon.

Published in the Clayton County Register, the Elgin Echo, the Fayette County Union, and the Fayette Leader on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 

 

Keystone AEA board members elected

Posted on 10/01/2015 at 9:39 AM

Davis Johnson of Decorah was elected as the director in Director District 2, including the Central, Decorah, Postville, and South Winneshiek Community School Districts. Johnson will begin his first term on the Keystone AEA Board. Sue Updegraff of West Union was elected to her first term as the director in Director District 4 including the North Fayette, Oelwein, Valley, and West Central Community School Districts, and a portion of the New Hampton Community School District. Gerald Hilton of Strawberry Point was elected as the director in Director District 5. The director district includes the Maquoketa Valley, Starmont, and West Delaware Community School Districts, and a portion of the Western Dubuque Community School District. Hilton will begin his first term on the Keystone AEA Board. Incumbent Walter Pregler, was re-elected as the director in Director District 8, covering a portion of the Dubuque Community School District. Pregler will begin his fifth full term on the board. George Holland of Dubuque was elected to his first term as the director in Director District 9, also covering a portion of the Dubuque Community School District.
 
The board will elect 2015-2016 officers at an organizational meeting on October 19 at the Keystone Area Education Agency Administration Building in Elkader.

New faces at Keystone

Posted on 08/14/2015 at 3:55 PM

Several new staff members will be joining Keystone as we begin the 2015-16 school year.  Welcome aboard!


Matthew Baumann
Tech Support Specialist
South Winneshiek CSD


Tyna Bentley
Itinerant Teacher-ECSE
West Union

Nicole Busta
Part-time SLP
Decorah


David Ellefson
Tech Support Specialist
Eastern Allamakee CSD


Suzy Hilgerson
Media Clerk
Elkader

Michael McMahon
SE Consultant
Dubuque

Amber Melchert
SLP
Dubuque


Gertie Monat
School Improvement
Facilitator-Math
Elkader


Katie Nolan
Communication Aide
Dubuque

April Wade
Itinerant Teacher for
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing
Delhi

Maggie Winkel
SE Consultant
Dubuque

Daniel Zaccaro
School Psychologist
Dubuque


 

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