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Education

  • Iowa graduation rates edge to an all-time high

     Iowa’s high school graduation rate edged up in 2018 to an all-time high of 91.4 percent, underscoring long-term progress, according to figures released today by the Iowa Department of Education.

  • Red Oak to run hard surface only route through Friday, March 15

    From Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger:

    The Red Oak Community School District will be operating buses and school vehicles on hard surfaces only from Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Friday, March 15, 2019.  The condition of the gravel roads has deteriorated with the melting snow, rain, and traffic on the saturated surfaces.  This means buses will not be traveling on any gravel (rural) roads. 

  • Summer STEM program coming to Red Oak in July

    Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming to Garfield Elementary School
    Camp Invention Inspires Local K-6 Students to Become Future Innovators

    Red Oak, IA – March 11, 2019 - Camp Invention®, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Garfield Elementary School the week of July 8 - July 12, 2019.

  • Villisca school district informational bond referendum meeting March 5

    A Villisca Community School District Informational Bond Referendum Community Meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 5, in the Middle School Media Center. All interested persons are invited to attend.

    The bond referendum is asking the Villisca Community to allow the Villisca Community School District to issue (GO) General Obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,005,000 to provide funds to repair, improve, and equip the Enarson Elementary and Villisca Middle School buildings, including HVAC, fire alarm systems, plumbing and roof improvements.

  • Save Our School, Save Our Community meeting in Essex March 5

    A "Save Our School, Save Our Community" meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Essex high school gymnasium. All interested persons are invited to attend.

    This informational meeting is to discuss possible positive outcomes for the school and community. Meeting organizers wish to, "engage in friendly and supportive dialog which could lead to outcomes more desirable to the long term good and progress of the Essex Community."

  • Nominations open for annual Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award

    Nomination forms are available until March 31 at kmaland.com for the 12th annual Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award Foundation will have awarded $400,000 to area teachers and school districts through the award program.. The award is named in honor of the late philanthropist, and Emerson native, who created the award in 2008 to recognize teachers who entice kids to come to school and see teaching as a calling, rather than a job.

  • Red Oak to be in session March 4, April 1 to make up for snow days

    Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger said there will be school March 4, March 5, April 1 and April 2 to make up for days missed because of the weather.

    March 4 and April 1 were originally scheduled as professional development days. March 5 and April 2 were built in the district’s calendar as snow make up days.

    Messinger said the district will continue with early outs per usual. He added days needed to make up for days missed will be added to the end of the year.

  • Red Oak BPA attends first contest

    Recenlty, Macy Bozwell and Sebastian Vasquez participated in the very first State Business Professionals of America contest attended by Red Oak Schools.
    Bozwell competed in Medical Office Procedures, placing 32 out of 74 competitors, and Interview Skills, where she placed 24 out of 58.

  • ROMS Jazz Band takes fifth

    The Red Oak Middle School Jazz Band placed fifth at the 20th annual SWIBA/Dick Bauman Memorial Jazz Festival in Glenwood Monday, Feb. 18.  
    The band performed three selections for a panel of three judges, who supplied written and recorded comments. The first selection the band performed was a swing tune titled “Birdhouse Blues” by Terry White, and featured improvised solos by Brayden Sego on trumpet, Jonah Wemhoff on trombone and Joshua LeRette on drum set.  

  • Red Oak Middle School Honor Rolls

    2nd Quarter All A’s Honor Roll

    Grade 6: Brody Bond, Nicole Bond, Kennedy DeVries, Landon Gigstad, Maggie Gray, Raevyn Lucas, Christian Saldana-Ramos, Kyler Sandholm, Hope Schmadeke, Nevaeh Soar, Syriana Spann.

    Grade 7: Max DeVries, Joshua LeRette, Cyrus Mensen.

    Grade 8: Aiden Bruce, Lainey DeVries, Sam Fields, Michelle Grass, Josie Rengstorf, Tessa Rolenc, Jonah Wemhoff.