• Red Oak students selected for SWIBA

    The Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association held its annual District Middle School Honor Band Auditions Saturday, Oct. 29, at Clarinda Middle School.        Students from the Red Oak Middle School Bands who were selected to participate in the SWIBA Honor Bands were:

    8th Grade: Natalie Butz, french horn and Ethan Hewett, mallet percussion;

    7th Grade: Emily Rose, trumpet, Jackson Welter, trombone, Rachel Mann, mallet percussion, and Harris Rogerson, percussion.      

  • Red Oak Schools Community release first quarter honor roll names

    The following students in Red Oak Community Schools were named to the first quarter honor roll lists for the 2011-12 school year:

    Red Oak Middle School All A's:

    6th grade, Sierra Athen, Jonathon Crawford, Alexandria Goodman, Perla Hernandez, Cendi Lemus, Veronica Ramos, Andrew Shalters, Abigail Sherman, Breanna Straw, Katelynn VanMeter, Hannah Vial, Elsa Wemhoff.

    7th grade, Sarah Behrens, Ryker  Connell, Christian Horn, Andrea Hunter, Dana Marsden, Weston Rolenc, Alexis Wingfield, Madison Wingfield, Colin Wise.

  • Stanton president: we didn’t intend to offend

    STANTON — After a controversial meeting with Villisca’s school board regarding a possible whole grade sharing agreement, Stanton’s Board President has said he never intended to offend anyone by stating what he calls simple facts.

    Jeff Magneson said like the rest of his board, he’s not a polished politician or wordsmith, and was simply trying to do what he believes is best for Stanton students.

  • With feelings hurt, Villisca looking at Corning

    VILLISCA — A recent joint meeting with Stanton’s school board appears to have pushed Villisca’s board and community to pursue a whole grade sharing agreement with the Corning district.

    During a public meeting Thursday in Villisca, results of a recently completed survey regarding the two whole grade sharing options were released.

    Surveys were mailed to parents and community members before the contentious Stanton meeting, and the results were 201 in favor Stanton, 153 in favor of Corning, and 63 indicating no preference.

  • Griswold gives to Veterans

    The Veterans Day Program at the Griswold Middle School/High School Auditorium is Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. All area Veterans, spouses and family members of Veterans will be honored.

    Following the program all are invited to the cafeteria for desserts and fellowship. Cards will be available to sign which are sent to those who are currently serving in the military.

  • High School Spanish students mentor third graders

    The third grades students in Tracy Vannausdle’s class at Red Oak’s Inman Primary School have buddied up with Red Oak High School’s Spanish students to improve their learning experience.

    Together they have worked on many activities, including learning 11 color words in spanish, counting to 22 in spanish, working on a virtual book, Skype sessions, penpal letters, and much more.

  • Stanton to host public meeting on school

    STANTON — The Stanton Steering Committee will host a public meeting Thursday night, with the discussion being about the future of Stanton Schools.

    The purpose of the meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m. in the Stanton High School, is to give information about the potential future of the Stanton School District, as well as to gather input from members of the community and parents and students.

    Those attending the meeting will also get a look at the district's enrollment status, financial situation and what options there are for Stanton.

  • WPAC hosts SW Iowa Student Leadership Conference

    The Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak will host the Southwest Iowa Student Leadership Conference Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Students will have the opportunity to discuss issues regarding local economy, career opportunities, post-secondary educational opportunities and rural area living. They will share their thoughts concerning changes they believe will better Southwest Iowa, learning how to plan through interactive discussion.

  • Red Oak Elementary Art class collects bottle caps

    Red Oak Elementary Art students are currently collecting bottle caps and lids for an upcoming project.

    Many shapes, sizes and colors are needed. Sources could be pop bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, frosting tubs, etc.

    Please rinse the lids before sending them to class.

    Also needed are some large, clear, plastic jars to use for collecting lids in businesses and organizations.

  • Lied Library displays art

    The following Essex students have their artwork displayed at the Lied Library in downtown Essex:

    Riley Jensen, Tristan Frank, Christian Dukes, Bruce Sederburg, Madison Terry, D.J. Moore, Wyatt Huff, Owen Hedditch, Cooper Nelson, Hailey Rydberg, Alex King, Brianne Johnson, Ireland Terry, Colby Carlson, Clayton Falk and Brienna Riley.

    Library hours are: Monday, 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.; Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.; Friday, 3-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon.