• All-State students from Red Oak

    By Laura Horn
    Large Group and Individual Speech Coach

    For Large Group Speech, once a group performs at State they can be nominated by their judges to go on to All-State.  It’s a very selective and subjective process. A group can receive straight ones at State and still not be nominated for All-State.

  • Local schools study grade share option

    STANTON/VILLISCA — The Stanton and Villisca School Boards have agreed to take part in a Joint Feasibility Study that would look into the possibility of whole grade sharing between the two districts.

    The Stanton Board of Education approved the joint study, which will be conducted by Dr. Bob Decker of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) for a cost of $3,000 and a maximum of $500 in expenses.

    Stanton Superintendent Judd Ashley said the cost would be $3,500 per district.

  • A backpack of love

    RED OAK — It all started with a petty theft.
    Last year, a student at Inman Primary started taking food out of her mother’s cupboard and taking them to school.

    While the mother noticed the missing items, she didn’t say anything initially, simply figuring the girl was getting hungry at school. But when the girl kept taking food, and the amount started to increase, the mother finally asked her daughter why she was taking canned goods to school.

  • Middle School Book Fair starts Feb. 14

    By Mrs. Erickson

    We are now gearing up for our 2011 Book Fair. The fair will run from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. We are reaching out to our local businesses in hopes that you will be able to help us fill some of our book purchase needs this year.
    We rely immensely on our Book Fair for a lot of our book purchases for the school year. In order for us to ensure our students have the opportunity to indulge themselves in a good book that they enjoy reading, we must keep up with the popular titles and authors that our students request.

  • Red Oak Middle School straight A students
  • Essex School honor roll


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    1st semester honor roll

    A Honor Roll (Gold)

  • ISU students named to Dean’s List

    AMES - More than 5,530 Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2010 fall semester Dean’s List. Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.

  • 2011 Robert D. Blue Scholarship Application is Available Online

    DES MOINES — State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced today that the application for the 2011 Robert D. Blue Scholarship is available online at www.rdblue.org. All Iowa residents who plan to attend college in Iowa for the 2011-2012 school year are eligible to apply.

  • Students Named to BVU Dean’s List

    STORM LAKE — The following students have been named to Buena Vista University Graduate and Professional Studies Dean’s List for terms one and two: Tara McCormick from Villisca. McCormick  attends the Creston Buena Vista University Graduate and Professional Studies location.
    Richard Mullen from Villisca. Mullen  attends the Creston Buena Vista University Graduate and Professional Studies location.

  • Kirkwood announces Dean’s List Honors

    CEDAR RAPIDS - Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2010 Semester.
    Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction include: Zach Allen Wood from Red Oak , Construction Management - AAS; Brandon Lee Bruning from Villisca, Construction Management – AAS.