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Learning the three ‘R’s — 1800s style

Posted November 2, 2018 at 7:09 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

On Oct. 24, West Sioux’s Ireton kindergartners and first graders had class at the Ireton Country School — learning just as their ancestors did more than 100 years ago.

(Above) They began their school day with raising the American flag and reciting the Pledge to the Allegiance like their great-grandparents would have. Next, they returned to “today” reciting their Positive Behavior Instructional Support (PBIS) Pledge.

(Middle Top to Bottom) When they returned to the classroom, they practiced their math skills at the chalkboard — after receiving instruction in what the blackboard and chalk were and how to use them from teacher Carol Westra.

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    A-W volleyball drops two matches

    The A-W volleyball team dropped two matches last week. On Oct. 2 A-W lost 3-0 to Hinton. Set scores: 17-25, 20-25, 20-25. Then on Oct. 4 lost 3-1 to Gehlen. Set scores: 16-25, 25-22, 15-25, 11-25.

    Vs Hinton

    Kailee Tucker had seven kills, 15 digs, two block assists, 9 of 10 serves with one ace.

    Brooke Koele had three kills, two assists, two digs.

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    Senior Spotlight



    By: Lilly Stabe

    Autumn Stowe, the daughter of Kammy and Jerry Walker and Rob and Kim Stowe, was born on October 19, 2000, in Sioux City, Iowa. Autumn has two siblings: Chase and Bryce.

    Autumn is employed at Maynards and the Akron Veterinary Clinic.

    Her favorite pastime is studying. Her favorite movie

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    JV FB Loses to West Lyon

    By: Nash Lininger

    Akron-Westfield’s JV football team played a tough game against West Lyon on Monday, October 1. Sadly, the Westerners were defeated by a score of 42-28.

    Sam Mullinix was 12-22 passing with 3 touchdowns and 226 yards under his belt. In rushing, Cole Moffatt led the team with 6 rushes for 32 yards. Dallas Smith led the receivers with 4 catches for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns, followed by Donovan Irizarry with 5 catches for 81 yards.

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    Senior Spotlight



    By: Lilly Stabe

    Lillian Stabe, the daughter of Justin and Cindy Stabe, and Angie Stabe, was born on January 5, 2001, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lillian has one brother named Kody.

    Some of the other names Lillian goes by are “Lilly”, “Lil”, and “Squeak”.

    Lilly is employed at the Akron Pool

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    Question Of The Week

    By: Hailey Wait

    Students and staff of Akron-Westfield were asked, “What is your favorite time of the school day and why?”

    Teacher and coach, Mr. Eric Walkingstick, said his favorite part of the day is, “all of it, it’s fun to get to be around good people.”

    Shaylee Siebens, a senior at Akron-Westfield, said her favorite part of the day is, “In between class times because we

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    Akron Lions request donors to follow the rules

    The Akron Lions appreciate all the papers people place in the Akron Lions’ Paper Barn at the end of North Third Street.

    However, they would like to remind people that they accept any paper that is not shiny or slick. Newspapers are great but not the shiny, slick advertisements. With phone books, remove the shiny covers.

    The reason is that the paper is recycled into housing insulation. The spray insulation doesn’t stick to the shiny, slick paper, said Akron

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    ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ set for Saturday, Oct. 20

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Mark Saturday, Oct. 20 on your calendar! Beginning at 4 p.m., downtown Reed Street is the place to be.

    Several entities have created an evening Halloween Spooktacular.

    There will be:

    • Pumpkin Decorating: People of all ages can carve or paint a pumpkin, which will then be used to decorate Reed Street. People can pick up

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    A-W shuts out Le Mars Gehlen

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield football team totaled 499 yards in offense while holding the Jays to 110 offensive yards on Friday, September 28.

    In a game that was close to an aerial circus, a total of 77 passes were thrown. Nick Jacobs was 30 for 49 in passing for a total of 291 yards. Jacobs also ran for 118 yards in 23 carries. A-W had 208 rushing yards, compared to Gehlen’s 11.

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    Senior Spotlight



    By: Hailey Wait

    Hailey Erin Nicole Wait, daughter of Tasha Wendel, was born on July 7, 2001 at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. Hailey, otherwise known as hailes01, is the proud older sister of Bridget, Jordan, Hunter, Ciara, Dillon, Phoenix, and Laila.

    Her favorite pastime is reading, writing, watching Netflix, and sleeping. Hailes01 enjoys listening to Ed Sheeran and

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