• Area students graduate from IWCC

    The following area students recently graduated from Iowa Western Community College:

    • Of Red Oak: Larissa Driver, associate of applied science in management and supervision; and Brooke Jones, practical nursing diploma.

    • Of Essex: Chase Heinold, associate of arts in marketing management; Brandon More-house, associate of arts in business administration; and Ashle Ross, assoicate of arts in general studies.

    • Of Emerson: Ryan Mahoney, associate of science in general studies.

  • Red Oak Schools collect Box Tops for Education

    Inman Primary and Washington Schools are collecting Box Tops for Education again this year.

    Each Box Top collected is worth 10 cents to go toward the Red Oak area students' education.

    Help by cutting Box Tops from favorite General Mills products and sending them to school with a child in Kindergarten-Fifth grade. Collection boxes have also been set up at Fareway and Hy-Vee stores in Red Oak.

  • Volunteers read with their “buddy” at Inman Primary

    Inman Primary is fortunate to have many volunteers and one way those volunteers help is to listen to children read. This helps children improve their reading accuracy, reading fluency, and reading comprehension.

    In my class, each second grade student is paired with a volunteer buddy that comes to listen to that child read for 30 minutes one day each week. The second graders go with their buddies to the media center where they read from their selection of “good fit” books. By pairing with the same child all year, the reading buddies get to know each other.

  • Third grader recognized at art show

    Mya Southwell, a third grader at Inman Primary School, recently received a certificate of appreciation for participating in the 66th Annual Iowa Association of School Boards Convention Student Art Show. 

    This event took place Nov. 16-17, in Des Moines. 

    Southwell’s rendition of “Starry Nights” by Vincent Van Gogh, was an oil pastel she made in Mrs. Euken’s art class. 

    The following students were also recognized:

  • AIB College of Business welcomes visitors to campus

    AIB College of Business in Des Moines is inviting prospective students and their families to visit the college at the Court Reporting Technology Day, Friday, Jan. 27.

    Visitors will get hands-on experience using traditional stenographic machines and learn how to generate television-style captions using their voice, a microphone and a laptop.

  • SWCC Offering Class-Explore Teaching of Math and Science

    Southwestern Community College is offering a one-credit class, Exploring Math and Science Teaching, this spring for individuals who have considered teaching K-12 math or science.  

    The class begins Jan. 31, and will meet Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.

    Because this course is made available through a grant, the tuition will be reimbursed for students who successfully complete the course.

    During the course, students will hear from innovative teachers each week and will get opportunities to observe and teach in a classroom setting.  

  • Red Oak Elementary Art collects labels for supplies

    For more than 38 years, Campbell's Labels for Education program has supported schools across the country by providing more than $114 million in free merchandise in exchange for proof of purchase from Campbell products.

    This year, the program is getting even better with a new look and focus on supporting the Arts, Athletics and Aca-demic enrichment programs that can spark children's successes. Labels for Education is also adding new partnerships, programs, resources and incentives to help generate more support for schools.

  • No. 5: Villisca/Corning agree to whole grade sharing

    VILLISCA  — After a year of planning and countless meetings, the Villisca school board voted in December to enter into a whole grade sharing agreement with Corning.

    Under the agreed to academic portion, students in grades 9-12 will go to Corning while those in grades 6-8 will attend school in Villisca. Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students will remain in their respective districts.

    The two schools will begin sharing the academic portion of the agreement in the 2013-14 school year.

  • No. 4: Buck Laughlin dies; controversy ensues over retirement

    RED OAK — The death of a longtime Red Oak educator and principal sent the community into mourning before sparking a firestorm of controversy.

    Fred “Buck” Laughlin, 58, passed away May 21 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center after a prolonged battle with cancer.

    Laughlin was hired as a Red Oak elementary school principal in 1988 and was named Inman’s principal when the school opened in 2001.

  • Elementary students learn the fundamentals of music

    The Red Oak Community High School auditorium was filled with sounds of the season Dec. 1, as the third and fourth graders showed off their musical skills for their families and friends. It was so rewarding for the students to see their hard work pay off in front of an audience. We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our programs and we appreciate your support. The first and second graders will soon be preparing for their big concert night coming up in April.