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Partnerships boost FMHS’s CTE programs

February 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With state education funding a bit better this year, but still pretty tight overall, partnerships with communities are a key part of growing high school CTE programs. With [Read More…]

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Show Choir’s 30th year brings Chapman back

February 23, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A familiar face graced the ever-buzzing rooms of the Fort Madison High School Music Department Thursday night. With the 30th edition of the FMHS Show Choir Invitational this [Read More…]

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FMHS to celebrate career, technical education efforts

February 9, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – National data shows that students taking career and technical education courses in high school are faring better in earnings and career readiness that those who excel academically, but [Read More…]

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Schools out early today, canceled Wednesday

January 29, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

FORT MADISON – Due to the potential for record-setting wind chill temperatures tonight through Thursday, Fort Madison Community Schools and Holy Trinity Catholic will be releasing two hours early today. They have also canceled school [Read More…]

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Early numbers show school’s levy could drop

January 29, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – With the Fort Madison School District just now starting their budgeting process, early numbers could possibly show a drastic reduction in the levy rate for next year. District [Read More…]

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Iowa Fertilizer employees donate coats to FM students

January 6, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF WEVER – Earlier this week, Iowa Fertilizer Company and its employees donated winter coats and other winter clothing items to students attending Richardson Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School in Fort Madison. Through [Read More…]

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School officials react to Young’s passing

January 1, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

The following is an update to the story on the Monday morning death of Fort Madison School board member Gayla Young. BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fort Madison School District Superintendent Dr. [Read More…]

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FM schools rank above state watch list

December 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A freshly released report that identifies state school districts’ performances against federal benchmarks has given Fort Madison School District something to celebrate this holiday season. According to [Read More…]

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Kempker’s brightens up area schools

September 22, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article FORT MADISON – Students in both the Burlington Community Public School District and Holy Trinity Catholic School District are gaining a fresher look this school year with the help of Kempker’s True Value and [Read More…]

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FMCSD announces early dismissal

May 28, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Due to extreme temperatures forecasted, the Fort Madison Community School District will have an early dismissal tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29th at 1:00 PM, according to a PowerSchool announcement made this [Read More…]

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Banned seniors get chance to walk at graduation

May 25, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR Fort Madison Community School District Superintendent Erin Slater has offered an olive branch of sorts to the 19 seniors who are currently banned from participating in the Fort Madison High [Read More…]

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Police release statement on school vandalism

May 22, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 1

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – More details have come to light regarding the vandalism that currently has approximately 20 seniors banned from walking the stage at the Fort Madison High School graduation [Read More…]

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Senior prank leads to commencement ban

May 21, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Fort Madison School district officials have suspended approximately 20 seniors after a Sunday night vandalism spree that took place inside the Fort Madison High School. The suspension [Read More…]

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Lincoln School put on early morning lockdown

April 24, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Lincoln Elementary students and staff were put on lockdown this morning after a domestic incident in the neighborhood was reported by Fort Madison police. The lockdown has [Read More…]

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FMHS girls win season’s first tennis meet

April 8, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – In frigid temperatures, the Fort Madison girls tennis team sneaked in a meet with Keokuk Saturday morning. What was originally scheduled to be an Invitational, turned out [Read More…]

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Voters knock down two area referendums

April 3, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Voters in southeast Iowa shot down two attempts to improve school facilities for area students on Tuesday. The third time wasn’t charming for Fort Madison School district [Read More…]

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Author talks reading with FM elementary students

March 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – Children’s author Jill Esbaum is in town talking with Fort Madison elementary students about lonely Bigfoots and cows that jump off cliffs. The Iowa native visited with [Read More…]

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Bill to cut “backfill” payments has mixed local impact

March 5, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – A proposed bill that would phase out payments to counties for commercial and industrial tax replacements is getting mixed reactions from area agency budget officials. Senate File [Read More…]

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Congressional High School art competition now open

March 5, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Submitted article WASHINGTON  – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that high school students in the Iowa’s Second Congressional District may now begin to submit their original artwork to be considered for the 2018 Congressional Art [Read More…]

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Area science kids take over Westland Mall

March 1, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR WEST BURLINGTON – More than 183 students took over Westland Mall on Thursday morning as part of the 38th annual Southeast Iowa Superconference Science Fair. Junior and senior high students [Read More…]

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HTC students spend evening talking science

February 27, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR FORT MADISON – The HTC newly renovated hallways were packed Monday night with a wide range of students peddling some very interesting science projects. The annual science fair at the [Read More…]

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Central Lee wants to bond for facility, security upgrades

February 20, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR DONNELLSON – Central Lee school officials will be holding community meetings starting this week to talk about a $9.8 million referendum to update district facilities. Projected improvements in the district [Read More…]

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HTC 1st semester honor rolls announced

February 11, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY PCC STAFF Holy Trinity Catholic middle and high schools have announced their honor rolls for the 2017-2018 1st semester. Pen City Current joins our family of advertisers in congratulating these hard working students for [Read More…]

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Frigid temps delay classes

January 15, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

Fort Madison Community School District has announced a two-hour delay of school for Tuesday, January 16 due to frigid temperatures across the area. The complete announcement reads: Good evening. Due to bitterly cold temperatures, the [Read More…]

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Weather forces FM schools to dismiss early

January 11, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

Fort Madison school district has just announced early dismissal for all students K-12. The full announcement reads: Due to forecasted severe weather travel advisories in effect from now until late tonight, the Fort Madison Community School [Read More…]

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Fort Madison schools delayed Monday

January 7, 2018 Lee Vandenberg 0

PCC STAFF FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Community School District administration has announced a two-hour delay for the start of classes tomorrow morning, Monday, January 8, due to current and forecasted hazardous road conditions for [Read More…]

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