August 2020

Wed
12
Aug

Preparing for the classroom in the time of COVID

West Union Elementary principal, Travis Elliott helps some students (l-r) Mikah Opperman, Brooklyn Cline, and Katelynn Sadler pick out a few books at the school’s library. Students and faculty will be wearing masks during portions of the school day, as social distancing will not always be possible.  The first day of school is set for August 26.   (Megan Molseed) 

 

Preparing for the classroom in the time of COVID

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

For many families, back to school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years.  When parents are typically focusing on getting back into a bedtime and morning routine, as well as making sure their student has all the supplies on their list. 

However, this year, there are many more components to preparing for the new school year.  

With the abrupt end of the 2019-2020 school year, students haven’t been in the classroom since the middle of March, meaning the first day of school will fall over five months since the students have been inside a classroom.

It’s difficult enough in a regular year to adjust to a school schedule after summer vacation.  But this is an unprecedented amount of time.  Additionally, many families have fallen out of routine as schedules changed over the last few months.  

Wed
05
Aug

SW XC starts Monday

SW XC starts Monday

 

South Winn will officially start the cross country season Monday, Aug. 10, at 3:30 p.m. Practices normally run until 5 or 5:30 p.m.

High school runners should meet on the west side of the high school.

Be prepared to follow the current recommendations  from the athletic associations (see related Covid-19 story). 

For further information, feel free to contact varsity coach Kearney at kkkearney@swinn.k12.ia.us or junior high coach Formanek at cformanek@swinn.k12.ia.us

The first meet of the season is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Edgewood.

Wed
05
Aug

SW fall sports the same, yet different

SW fall sports the same, yet different

 

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

 

So far, there will be a fall sports season for Iowa high schools. While it will look like the games of last year, there will be some real changes due to the Covid-19 virus.

Both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSSA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) released their respective fall guidance recommendations to confront the pandemic.

As for general guidelines, there will be no handshakes, hugging, chest or fist bumps before, during, or after contests.

In addition, each sport has its own set of specific guidelines.

In football, the biggest single change noticeable in the stands will probably be the mandate to have an officials’ timeout every four minutes on the game clock for players to properly sanitize and hydrate; the timeout will last two minutes. In addition, the breaks between the quarters will also be two minutes long.

Masks are encouraged, but not mandated, but plastic shields are not allowed.

Water is for hydration only, there will be no rinsing of mouths, necks or mouthpieces, and spitting is banned.

Social distancing is urged and teams will have more space on the sideline (extending to the 10-yard lines), and coin tosses will have two officials and one representative per team.

Wed
05
Aug

JoAnn Wagner

JoAnn Wagner

 

JoAnn Wagner, age 72, of rural Calmar, IA died suddenly at her home Friday July 31, 2020.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the St Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar with Rev. Robert Gross presiding. 

 The service will also be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/CFOSparishes

In consideration of concerns regarding Covid-19, social distancing and wearing of masks will be observed during funeral service.

Wed
05
Aug

South Winneshiek will use 'hybrid' system for school reopening

South Winneshiek will use 'hybrid' system for school reopening

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

South Winneshiek Schools Superintendent Kris Einck has announced that the School District will start the 2020-21 school year with a “hybrid system” of education as an options approved as a Return to Learn delivery model by the Iowa Department of Education.

Per the Dept. of Education, districts may choose to offer educational services through a hybrid model of continuous learning and on-site Learning for at least some portion of the 2020-21 school year. This means services are offered both remotely and at physical school locations. The hybrid model may allow for social distancing while partially reopening school buildings to provide educational services.

Wed
05
Aug

Betty and the Gents perform at the Ossian Pavilion

"Betty and the Gents" will be on the Ossian Pavilion stage for a live performance, Sunday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)

 

 

The third of four live summer performances at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. "Betty and the Gents" will be on stage for this live performance. 

Tom and Betsy Kirby are the featured performers for this event. Tom, a native of Calmar, is a 7th grade math teacher for the Mason City Community School District. Betsy is a music teacher for the Mason City Community School District. Tom, Betsy and their boys live in Mason City. This live performance is sponsored by the Luana Savings Bank. 

All 2020 Summer Performances at the Pavilion are free. The public can bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the event on the lawn at Carey's Park in Ossian. All those attending the performances are asked to follow suggested Covid-19 guidelines in order to keep themselves and others safe: wash and sanitize your hands often, respect appropriate social distancing at the pavilion venue, wear a face mask even though you are outside and cover any coughs or sneezes. 

Wed
05
Aug

Virginia Gage

Virginia Gage

 

Virginia Ann Gage, 84, of Wadena, Iowa died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette. Virginia was born August 28, 1935, to Vincent and Ellen (Gager) Baumler in St. Lucas. 

 

On June 25, 1953, Virginia was united in marriage with Edwin Gage. Six children were born to this union.  The couple farmed north of Wadena for many years, moved into Wadena where they ran the Corner Auction for a time, and finally, purchasing the grocery store in Wadena that they owned and operated for ten years. The couple were foster parents (which they dearly loved) to a number of children. Virginia enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers, sewing, going to square dances and garage sales. Virginia also babysat and was a Cub Scout Leader. She was a member of Lima Ladies Aid and the Legion Auxiliary and Community Club of Wadena.

 

Wed
05
Aug

Fall sports the same, yet different

NFV guard/linebacker Kale Rodgers pounds the heavy bag as the Northeast Iowa Football Camp opened Monday, Aug. 3 on the practice field at NFV. Rodgers is one of the senior ‘workout warriors’ noted for his off-season work in the weight room. (Jerry Wadian Photo)

 

Fall sports the same, yet different

 

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

 

So far, there will be a fall sports season for Iowa high schools. While it will look like the games of last year, there will be some real changes due to the Covid-19 virus.

Both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSSA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) released their respective fall guidance recommendations to confront the pandemic.

As for general guidelines, there will be no handshakes, hugging, chest or fist bumps before, during, or after contests.

In addition, each sport has its own set of specific guidelines.

In football, the biggest single change noticeable in the stands will probably be the mandate to have an officials’ timeout every four minutes on the game clock for players to properly sanitize and hydrate; the timeout will last two minutes. In addition, the breaks between the quarters will also be two minutes long.

 

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