May 14, 2015 - 11:55 am - Posted in News, School News

Sheldon, Iowa — Four Sheldon Community High School seniors were awarded scholarships at a ceremony held Wednesday at Sheldon High School.

The John N. and Irene E. Bowers Scholarships are awarded each year to two graduating Sheldon High School seniors who will be pursuing degrees in nursing, and two who plan to pursue degrees in teaching.  Each of the four recipients receives a $3,000 scholarship.  Recipients are selected each year by the Sheldon Education Foundation from recommendations by the Selection Committee.

The scholarship winners from the Sheldon High School Class of 2015 for nursing are Kelsey Den Hartog, the daughter of Wayne and Debbie Den Hartog, and Shayla Van Meeteren,the daughter of Gary and Natalie Van Meeteren.  The winners planning to pursue teaching careers are Emma Beahler, the daughter and Blake and Sara Beahler, and Samantha Kleinwolterink, the daughter of Leon and Carla Kleinwolterink.

September 29, 2014 - 9:42 am - Posted in Community Calendar, School News

15th Annual Parade of Bands & Dinner will be on Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lunch will be served at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  S-O Band Boosters will be catering a meal of Pulled Pork, Cheesy Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Bar/Cookie & Drink. Freewill Offering will be taken;  Minimum Suggested Donation of $5/person

Support your S-O Marching Generals with your donation and by filling the stands!

 Performances begin at 2:00 pm at the Football Field. 6th Grade Band, 7th/8th Grade Band, and High School Marching Band Show “Arabia”.

Making decisions about what to purchase is an everyday activity that Northwest Iowa 4-Hers explored in a “District #iwantthat!” Consumer Judging contest at the 2014 Clay County Fair.

4-Hers representing six Northwest Iowa counties tested their consumer management skills Saturday, September 6, 2014, weighing factors such as nutritional values, product services, price, quality and need.  They were challenged with five different consumer buying stations from calculating nutritional value and cost of school lunches to choosing a pair of cowboy boots. The 4-Hers studied class fact sheets and were then to decide the importance of selected factors when ranking four products or methods at each judging station.

The District 4-H #iwantthat! Consumer Judging contest is sponsored by the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development Program of Clay County.  4-H #iwantthat! Consumer Judging provides youth a method of gaining consumer knowledge and skills through a contest format.  The county and district consumer judging events give those youth who participate a hands-on opportunity of demonstrating their consumer skills.

Junior Division

(Individual 1st thru 10th Places)

1st                 Preston Sundblad           Clay

2nd                Monroe Daniels              Clay

3rd                 Faith DeGroot                  O’Brien

4th                 Reid Jansen                       Woodbury

5th                 Adam Mitchell                 Woodbury

6th                 James Dagel                     Osceola

7th            Aimee Hulstein                               Sioux

8th                 Kaylee Hansen                 Clay

9th            Seamus Donner               Woodbury

10th          Keanna Postma                               Lyon



Senior Division


(Individual 1st thru 10th Places)


1st                 Jordan Hansen                  Clay

2nd                Anessa Schoo                    Osceola               

3rd                 Katelyn Pitts                      Clay

4th           Morgan DeGroot              O’Brien

5th           Kelsey Jones                      Woodbury

6th           Megan Blauwet                                Lyon

7th           Anna Plathe                       Woodbury

8th           Erica Kellenburger          Lyon

9th           Katelyn Johnson              Osceola

10th             Hannah Dagel                   Osceola

June 16, 2014 - 2:35 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, School News

The Ashton Public School will be having an all school reunion on Saturday, July 5 at the Ashton Community building.


If you attended school in Ashton or are interested in coming but did not receive a letter, everyone is welcome to come. Stop by between 2 and 5pm to visit with friends.

April 9, 2014: The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2014.

Iowa’s winning video for 2014 was submitted by a group of five teens from the Sibley Public Library, Paige Hurlburt, Mariah Elser, Ben Wollmuth, Skylar Rueter and Rachel Poppen. The teens who submitted their video were sponsored by youth services librarian Rachel Loutsch.

This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Spark a Reaction.” Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

The winners were announced on April 9, 2014 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners were named from the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

To view this year’s winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at <> . The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

The winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them. Whether produced by an individual teen, groups of teens, a teen library club, or a teen school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers. Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the “Spark a Reaction” idea. Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions. In addition to promoting reading and the “Spark a Reaction” slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries.

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.

CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge for 2015. Please check the CSLP website ( <> ) in early fall for information on the 2015 Teen Video Challenge.

CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.