• Pvt. Montana S. Hoyt

    Army Pvt. Montana S. Hoyt has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

  • Nebraska Wesleyan announces honor list

    LINCOLN—  Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its Academic Honors List for the spring semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

    A student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 for 12 or more hours of coursework to qualify for the list.

    Christine Mainquist and Alex Whigham, both of Red Oak, were named to the honors list.

  • Iowa KidsNet to teach about foster care and adoption

    COUNCIL BLUFFS — Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa’s foster and adoptive families, will give an information session in Council Bluffs Aug. 28, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

    Foster care is the temporary placement of children with families outside of their own home due to abuse, neglect or other family crisis situations. The goal is for loving families to provide children with a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

  • YFU seeks host families for exchange students

    Youth For Understanding USA, a nonprofit educational organization, is seeking volunteers and host families to mentor and host high school exchange students.

    YFU exchange students bring spending money and have health insurance. They come prepared to follow family rules and want to become a part of the community.

    Students and their host families are supported by local YFU representatives who form a nationwide network of more than 1,500 volunteers.

  • Red Oak Schools lend laptops to students, to begin roll out sessions this week

    With the goal to provide a variety of technologies, new learning opportunities and unique resources to students in Red Oak, the Red Oak Community School District  has been planning more than two years for the ability to participate in the One-to-One Laptop program.

    Among the tasks Red Oak completed in order to prepare for the program was the upgrading of the schools’ infrastructure to handle the wireless demands, server virtualization and teacher professional development.

    The project will forever change the way instruction is given in the classrooms.

  • Summer Reading Program

    The Summer Reading Program at the Red Oak Public Library had 183 kids participate this year.

    The following kids were asked to read 15 or more books, invite someone to the library, volunteer for programs and earned prizes for their work:

  • YES! a tailgate party

    There will be a Tailgate Fundraiser for the Youth Experiencing Success Mentoring Program at the Red Oak Fire Station, Friday, Aug. 24, before the Home Football game, from 5-7 p.m.

    The menu will include:

    – a rib eye or hamburger sandwich
    – baked beans, chips, bar or cookie
    – lemonade and water

    The cost will be a rib eye for $7 or a hamburger for $5.

    The Mills-Montgomery Cattlemen’s Association will be doing the grilling.

  • Tag-A-Longs gear up for 2012-13 season

    The 2012-13 school year is fast approaching and its once again time for the Tag-A-Long Booster Club Annual Membership Drive.

    A Tag-A-Long Booster is anyone who supports the athletic programs in Red Oak and makes a donation. This support helps to reach annual goals for the 7-12 grade athletic programs in the Red Oak Community School District.

  • Red Oak Community Schools supply lists

    The Red Oak Middle School supply list, obtained from the Red Oak Schools website and printed in the July 31 edition of the Red Oak Express, was outdated. Below is the correct list:

    Red Oak Middle School

  • Dept. of Ed. announces school meal policy

    The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services, announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack Program.

    State and Local school officials have adopted family size and income criteria for determining eligibility, which can be viewed online at the Iowa Department of Education website  educateiowa.gov.