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1932 - Allamakee co. Rural Schools - 1932

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January 1932


High school normal training examinations will be conducted in Lansing, Waukon and Postville, January 13, 14 and 15.

The educational forces of the entire nation are joining in promoting a program of celebration for the Washington Bicentennial. Every school in Allamakee county has been mailed a colored copy of Stuart's Famous Athenaeum portrait of Washington. General directions for carrying out a program in the rural schools of the county were given in the January letter to the rural teachers. Every state, city and town will participate in this celebration of Washington's birth. No one place has been singled out for the national celebration; it is to be everywhere. We should consider it a rare privelage to join the hosts who this year are to pledge anew the faith which Washington gave to a free people. He is not a gift that can be bestowed, and no outsider can bring him to us. He is the great stream of influence flowing throughout our lives. To fail to celebrate his two hundredth birthday is unthinkable in our great American family. It is not a question of what we are going to do for Washington, but rather what we are going to do for us.

The Browning Club, affiliated with the federated clubs, has given a number of juvenile fiction books to the office of the county superintendent for distribution in the rural schools.

On January 16 a Study Center for rural schools will be held in the Waukon Court House. Miss Lou Sheper of Iowa State Teachers College will be in charge of this meeting. Bulletin No.1 on Reading issued by the State Department of Public Instruction will be distributed at this time.
~Postville Herald, Thursday, January 7, 1932, pg 8

February 1932


211 rural eighth grade pupils wrote the Eighth Grade Examinations in the seven town centers last Friday. Spelling and Hygiene examinations were offered to the seventh grade in the May examinations of last year, consequently only those who did not write in May and those who failed were writing these subjects. All the papers will be graded in the office of the County Superintendent and grades will be mailed to the teachers.

The rural teachers in charge of the Register and Tribune Spelling Contest for this year in this locality are:
Franklin Township - Mabel Thelman, chairman; Irene Maloney, Roberta Clark
Ludlow Township - Mrs. Sarah Kiesau, chairman; Gertrude Stock, Louise Bieber
Post Township - Ida Belle Brooks, chairman, Loretta Horgan, Lulu Leet
~Postville Herald, Thursday, February 11, 1932, pg 3

April 1932


Eulalia Klingbell of the Postville public school won the honor of being the best grade school speller in our county. Ernest Kolsrud of Center No.7 won second place, Iva Phipps of the Waukon public school third place and Walter Keenan of Jefferson No.4 fourth place. A large crowd listened in on the contest. All the contestants proved to be good sportsmen. Each represented his school and township as well as could be expected in face of the new experience. Wm. F. Shafer and C.A.Palmer presented the winners of second, third and fourth places with tickets to the Arthur H. Rackett Concert with High School Band and Waukon Drum and Bugle Corps to be given at the opera house, April 18th. Our county champion will take part in the state contest at Des Moines on the afternoon of May 7th. Congratulations and best wishes, Eulalia!

Final Reports From Two Schools
Final term reports have been received from Ludlow No.1 and No.5 and Southwest school in Union Prairie township. These rural schools have completed their work for this school year. A record of perfect attendance throughout the entire term was achieved by the following pupils: Ruth Kugel and Donald Kugel of Ludlow No.1; Donald Klein, Robert Stock, Donald Flage, Arlo Klein and Lois Fiet from Ludlow No.5; and Leona Ruen from Southwest school. Every rural pupil who is able to obtain a complete perfect attendance for the year will receive an award of merit from the office of the County Superintendent.

Eighth Grade Exams in May
Eighth grade examinations will be held on May 5th and 6th. Seventh grade pupils will have the privelage of writing in Hygiene and Spelling at this time. All eighth grade students who successfully passed the Rural Choir Test are exempt from writing the Music Examination. Pupils who attain an average of 90% or above in these examinations will receive a letter "I" award from the state department of public instruction. The following schedule will be observed during the examinaion:
Thursday a.m., May 5 - Preliminary Blanks, Spelling, Hygiene, Music
Thursday p.m., May 5 - Reading, Geography
Friday a.m. - May 6 - Preliminary Blanks, Arithmetic, Grammar
Friday p.m., May 6 - History, Civics
~Postville Herald, April 7, 1932, pg 8

May 1932


Since January 1932 sixty-nine rural teachers took advantage of the sample books in the office of the County Superintendent. To date there has been a circulation of 591 books over this time.

Some very nice bird booklets were found among the rural schools this spring - booklets on birds actually seen in our county this spring, and birds studied by the pupils.

There were 112 rural schools in operation during this year. Three-fifths of these closed with April and before the eighth grade examinations in May. Only one-third of these schools have nine months. This means that in the other two-thirds during the elementary course of 8 years, the pupils lose 8 months of their year. When these pupils go into high school and compete with pupils who have had nine months throughout their eight years, they have a decided handicap.

During the ten-year period 1921-31 tuition paid by the rural school districts mounted from $10,013.18 in 1921 to $19,623.49 in 1931. It is evident that this increased due chiefly to an increased enrollment in high school thru this period of years.

The office of the County Superintendent will be closed Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, to conduct the rural eighth grade examinations.
~Postville Herald, Thursday May 5, 1932, pg 3


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