Student Events - Great Prairie Area Education Agency

Student Events

Great Prairie AEA offers a number of student activities for area students.

Click on an event below for more information.

AEA Student Art Exhibit

Area Math Bees

Future Problem Solving

History Day

Invent Iowa

Physics Competition

Senate Youth

Young Writers' Conference 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 AEA Student Art Exhibit

Target Group: Students in grades K-12
Fee: None
Timeline: Every six months in Ottumwa and Burlington office
Description: Ottumwa - Two dimensional student art is displayed in 38 frames (24" x 30") at Great Prairie AEA for a period of six months.

Burlington - Student art is displayed in frames (sizes 8" x 10" through 16" x 20") at Great Prairie AEA for a period of six months. (Need 34 pieces of artwork per school)
Local Commitment: Ottumwa - Teachers can sign up for a 6 month period beginning June and in December month and send in their artwork.  Please contact Shelley Morgan at Shelley.morgan@gpaea.org.

Burlington - Teachers can sign up for a 6 month period beginning June and in December month and send in their artwork. Please contact Laurie Selters at Laurie.selters@gpaea.org.
Contact:
Shelley Morgan - Ottumwa Contact
Administrative Secretary
319-753-6561 Ext. 5310
 
Laurie Selters - Burlington Contact
Communication Secretary
319-753-6561 Ext. 1227 Burlington Office
Laurie.selters@gpaea.org

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Area Math Bees

Target Group: Students in grades 6
Fee: None
Timeline:
INTENT TO PARTICIPATE: February 25, 2016
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 31, 2016
6th GRADE AREA COMPETITION: May 3, 2016
Location: Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Fairfield, IA
Description: The Math Bee consists of various rounds for individuals and a team problem-solving round. Math topics include number sense and estimation; patterns and functions; geometry and measurement; statistics and probability; ratio, proportion, and percent.
Further Opportunities: Teams or individuals qualify to attend State Math Bee, Date to be determined.
Local Commitment: Submit Intent to Participate by deadline. Select team(s), team member(s) and submit registration before deadline. On the day of the event, teachers will be scorers and need to bring an adult volunteer for each team registered in the Area Bee.
Contacts:
Lori Mueller 
Mathematics Specialist 
319-385-9005 Ext. 3009  Mt. Pleasant Office 
Links:

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Future Problem Solving

Target Group: Students in grades 4-12
Fee: None (none to AEA, but they do pay to Iowa Future Problem Solving $50 to $80 per team, depending on size.  Karen Dadisman, AEA 267 handles the registration).
Timeline:
Location: 
Regional Bowl: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Snow date: TBD
 
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
200 North Main Street
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Description: Teams and individual participants meet in Fairfield to use a six-step model to reach action plans that address a complex societal issue. (9:30-11:30) 
Registration:
Contact Joyce Anderson for coach packet and registration information:
                                           
Contact by phone: 800.392.6640 
Local Commitment: Teacher-sponsors will register teams with AEA 267. By December, contact Doreen Underwood at GPAEA to notify student participation to attend the regional Future Problem Solving Bowl, and serve as proctors for other participants.
Contacts:
Doreen Underwood 
Diverse Learner Specialist
319-524-2682 Ext. 4108, Burlington Office 
Doreen.underwood@gpaea.org  

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 History Day (Voltaire Twombly)

Target Group: Students in grades 6-12
Fee: $5.00
Timeline:
 
Voltaire Twombly District Schedule
 
REGISTRATION CLOSES: March 21, 2017
Website Lockout:  March 24, 2017
Papers Due: March 24, 2017
District Contest (Ottumwa): April 7, 2017
Websites Available: April 10, 2017
 
Location:

Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA

Description:
This contest is a culmination of exploration into a historical subject related to an annual theme through research that leads to imaginative projects, original performances, media presentations, or papers.
 
2016 Theme: Exploration Encounter Exchange in History
Further Opportunities:
State Contest:
  • Junior & Senior Division - Monday, April 25, 2016
Iowa Events Center- 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
 
State History Day Coordinator Contact: TBD
Email for more information: museum.education@iowa.gov
 
National History Day in Iowa
State Historical Society of Iowa 
600 E. Locust, Des Moines, IA 50319-0290
Office: 515.281.6860 Cell: 515.868.7248   
National Contest:
2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest
June 13-17, 2016
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Local Commitment:
Teacher sponsor is needed to conduct local History Day to determine participants in Great Prairie AEA District Contest.
 
For school buildings to participate at the regional event, two judges and two volunteers are required.
Contact:

Lisa Sines
Instructional Services Secretary
319-753-6561 Ext. 5230  Ottumwa Office
Lisa.sines@gpaea.org

Doreen Underwood 
Diverse Learner Specialist
319-524-2682 Ext. 4108, Keokuk Office 
Doreen.underwood@gpaea.org  

Resource Links:

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Target Group: Students in grades 9-12
Fee: None
Timeline:
Regional Physics Competition - TBD
State Physics Competition (Tentative) - TBD
Description: The Physics Competition is a series of physics related competitions for high school students, grades 9-12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as an understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in the Physical Sciences. Official rules and additional information are available by searching the Iowa Physics Competition home web
Contact: Tami Plein
Science Specialist
319-753-6561 Ext. 1162  Burlington Office
Tami.plein@gpaea.org

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Senate Youth

Target Group: Students in grades 11 and 12
Fee: None
Timeline:
Participation for 2016 U.S. Senate Youth Program
DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Friday, October 2, 2015
TESTING AT THE AEA: October 2015
Description: This program is designed to give young Americans at the 11th and 12th grade levels a working knowledge of American political life. It will consist of a week in Washington, D.C.(March 5-12, 2016) for two Iowa high school students. In addition, the two Iowa high school representatives will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. All expenses will be paid by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Local Commitment:
Great Prairie AEA area high schools are invited to nominate one outstanding high school junior or senior student who is currently serving in one of the following areas:
  • student body president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer;
  • class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer;
  • student council representative;
  • student representative to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organization.

Also to qualify, a student must be a permanent resident of the United States, currently be enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in Iowa, and have at least one parent or guardian who is a legal resident of Iowa. The foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must, within two years after high school graduation, enroll at an accredited U.S. college or university pledging to include courses in government or related subjects to his or her undergraduate program. 

Your nomination should be communicated to Shannon Johnson, at Shannon.johnson@gpaea.org . Your application should be submitted by Friday, October 2, 2015, to Great Prairie AEA. In nominating your candidate, please take into consideration, in addition to the specific student elective office, the following factors:

  • Leadership ability. Having been elected to school of class officer by their peers.
  • High scholastic standing. Demonstrated ability to achieve.
  • Ability to read, write, speak and think. (Clear speech and logical thought processes are important in question and answer session with distinguished speakers during Washington Week.)
  • Community involvement. Participation in a wide spectrum of activities on and off campus. Music, sports, art, politics, social uplift.

After submitting your application, an exam time will be scheduled for a 2.5 hour block of time. The exam will cover the US Constitution and other government concepts. Testing will be administered at the GPAEA Burlington and Ottumwa offices. Testing will be scheduled between October 5- 22, 2015.

Five students achieving the top five "Qualifying Test" scores at each Area Education Agency will become eligible to write the "Essay-Completion" section of the test. The five written essays from each area education agency will be submitted to the Department of Education for determining the two state winners and two alternates.  
 
 
To download application from Iowa Department of Education site: 
http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php

For questions regarding applications, contact:
Stefanie Rosenberg Wager
Social Studies Consultant
Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146 
515-494-5610
Stefanie.RosenbergWager@iowa.gov
 
Contacts: Shannon Johnson
Professional Development Secretary
319-753-6561 Ext. 1136  Burlington Office
Shannon.johnson@gpaea.org

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Young Writers' Conference 

Target Group: Students in grades 3-6 and 6-12
Fee:
$1.25 student participation fee
Teachers and students need to bring sack lunches.
Timeline:
                              
Secondary Day (Grades 6-12) - March 8, 2017
Elementary Day (Grades 3-6) - March 7, 2017
Hosted at William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Conference Schedule: Check-in: 9:00 am, Concludes: 2:00 pm
REGISTRATION CLOSES:  January 23, 2017
Description: Students celebrate their talent in writing by sharing their personal writing, hearing from published authors, writers or storytellers, and participating in small group workshops. Two students per class from grades 3-6 and one student per section of English from grades 6-12 may attend the conference (or two per grade level if single-section school). 
Local Commitment: This is a year-long program of writing with students encouraged to revise and polish pieces, save selected work, and share pieces with their class. Teacher and students determine method of selecting participants for Young Writers' Conference. (New writers are encouraged to attend each year.) Each teacher attending the conference will be assigned at least one sharing session. Parents are welcome to volunteer.
Contact:
Carol Ryon
Young Writers' Conference Coordinator
 
Lisa Sines
Instructional Services Secretary
319-753-6561 Ext. 5230  Ottumwa Office
Lisa.sines@gpaea.org
Links
YWC Logo
Keynote:   Sarah Prineas - Secondary Day
                 Sarah Prineas - Elementary Day
 
Young Writers' Conference Brochure 
 
 
 

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