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Articles from 08/2017

Director Wise: Wait, what? Life's essential questions

Thursday, August 31, 2017
My 11-year-old son, Weston, is the most avid reader I know. We usually end the day sitting next to each other reading. While I’ll admit my reading time occasionally consists of catching-up on the day’s news on Twitter, I also try to mix in good, old-fashioned books as much as possible. One of my favorites this y…

Want a free water-bottle filling station?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education along with a host of public-private partnerships want students this year to turn away from sugary drinks and replace them with fluoridated water.   “Rethink Your Drink” is a campaign thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Qualifying Iowa scho…

For second year in a row, early literacy efforts make strides

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
For the second year in a row, Iowa has made significant progress to improve the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today. Speaking from Edmunds Elementary School in Des Moines, Reynolds said the share of students who met or surpassed the benchmarks Iowa uses t…

‘Dirty jobs’ host Mike Rowe to talk skilled trades in Iowa

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Celebrity Mike Rowe, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is coming to Iowa in September to help build awareness of the opportunities available in the skilled trades. The Iowa Department of Education is one of the co-sponsors of the event scheduled for Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p…

Walker receives national 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement award

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Melissa Walker, a consultant with the Iowa Department of Education bureau of nutrition and health services, received the 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement Award from the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC), Inc. The NASSNC annually recognizes and honors the contribut…

This was a real game-changer

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Kirk Howard accepting his completion certificate from State Senator Bill Dotzler. WATERLOO - Turning one’s life around isn’t that easy when you’ve had past run-ins with the law. With a felony in his past and no high school diploma, Kirk Howard had many doors closed in his face. “I found myself lookin…

Win $1,000 for your school

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Iowa Safe Schools Alliance (ISSA) is sponsoring a video contest for Iowa high school students.   The winner of the contest will take home $1,000 for your school (there also are cash prizes for second and third place). This year’s contest theme is “See something, say something,” and videos should be fo…

Director Wise: Gearing up for another great year

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
August feels like a hazy early morning when my alarm has yet to buzz, but it’s only minutes away. I’m faced with a choice; force myself back to sleep for a few fleeting moments, or get up and start the day earlier than planned. Then the list springs into my head. I think about all of the opportunities and challenge…

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 29, 2020 at 11:19pm.