• Featured Memory - "My Lab School Remembrance"

    Posted: Jan 23, 2017
    Our featured memory for this Monday was submitted by Jim Brewer in 2013.

    Jim writes of what he saw as the singular uniqueness of Price Lab School, defined by the firmly held precepts embodied by the leadership: mutual respect for everyone in the community; the freedom to express and defend a viewpoint; and the belief that each person had the innate ability – and right - to develop according to their own goals.  

    You can read the entire memory shared by Jim here: "My Lab School Remembrance"

    We hope it will spark fond memories of your own and that you'll take a few minutes to share those with us on the "Our Memories"page at PriceLabHistory.org

    We'd love to hear from you!

  • Featured Memory - Monday, January 9, 2017

    Posted: Jan 09, 2017
    Today's feature is this memory shared with Price Lab History on December 1, 2013

    "Mrs. Albrecht's Memories" touches on the unique nature of a K-12 building and the special place that Price Lab was to so many of us.

    Our thanks to Mrs. Myrtle Albrecht for sharing her memories with us. You can read even more shared memories on the "Our Memories" page of pricelabhistory.org

    We hope that after you've read other's memories you'll take a few minutes to share yours. We'd love to hear from you!

  • Featured Faculty/Administration - Ross A. Nielsen

    Posted: Dec 26, 2016
    “If you are looking for excellence, you will find it here. If you are looking for challenge, you will find it here. If you are looking for opportunity, you will find it here. If you are looking for commitment, you will find it here, too.”
    -- Ross A. Nielsen

    These words, by which Ross so well captured the spirit and culture of the lab school, could just as easily be used to describe Ross himself. A tireless advocate for students and educators alike, we are pleased to share our full profile of Ross A. Nielsen as this week's featured faculty/administration. 

    Malcolm Price Laboratory School Director, Ross A. Nielsen, circa 1985

                  Ross A. Nielsen

  • Monday Feature - History of the NU Golf Program

    Posted: Dec 12, 2016
    Our Monday feature is the recently completed history of the NU Golf Teams.

    Researched, compiled, and written by coach and faculty member Lee Weber, this comprehensive history of golf at NU from 1968 through 2012 includes many wonderful photos, stories, and memories from those who participated over the years.

    We cannot express enough thanks to Coach Weber for putting in the incredible amount of work necessary to ensure the history of golf at NU was recorded for us all.

    Thank you Coach!

    You can read the entire history as part of the NU Archives on UNI's Rod Library website.
    (Use this direct link.)

    A golf team reunion is planned for this summer during the Sturgis Falls Celebration. 
    Keep watching our website and facebook pages for more details as we get closer.
  • Monday Memory - Recollections from the 1960s

    Posted: Nov 28, 2016
    Sharing another memory for this Monday. This one is from Bill Sindlinger, Class of 1969.

    Bill shares about growing up in the neighborhood around campus and his memories of the laboratory school. Everything from the elementary playground to advanced classes in the high school. Bill's wonderful memories touch on a little bit of every part of life in and around Price Lab.

    Read Bill's submission here: Recollections From the 1960s

    As we work to collect and curate the history of the lab school it is memories like Bill's and like yours that are invaluable to us. Please consider taking a moment to share some of your stories through the "Our Memories" page here at pricelabhistory.org

  • Monday Feature - Lab School Leading the Way

    Posted: Nov 14, 2016

    4 Notable Lab School Achievements

    Throughout its 129 years, the lab school was known for leading the way. As we explore its history, we are uncovering many notable achievements. Here are 4 we've recently begun to look into. You can read about more achievements, recognitions, and awards on the About Malcolm Price Laboratory School page. If you know of other notable achievements we should look into please let us know! You can contact us through our website or by email: pricelabhistory @ gmail.com

    1. One of the first high school Defense Councils formed in the United States after Pearl Harbor.

    ISTC Laboratory School Director Dr. Guy Wagner formed the Council in January 1942. It consisted of 11 Laboratory School seniors, including ISTC  President Malcolm Price’s daughter, Nancy (today the nationally-known novelist). The Council collected and mailed boxes of food, books, and magazines to soldiers—especially Lab School alumni. It also worked to conserve electricity, paper, and soap to make the shortages less. A Victory Corps for the whole school was soon organized which focused on recycling waste, physical fitness, and Red Cross work.

    Both programs received national magazine attention.

    2. Pre-school string quartets – begun in the late 1940s by Lab School music teacher Melvin Schnieder.

    The Suzuki method of nursery and kindergarten violin playing came to the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  Again the Laboratory School was pioneering.

    3. Nationally praised Atomic Energy curriculum in 1950 for elementary grades through high school.

    This full atomic energy curriculum was the first of its kind attempted in the United States.

    The “Iowa Plan for the Study of Atomic Energy” was described as “the best being done” by the July 10, 1950 Newsweek magazine. A committee led by Dr. Guy Wagner created the elementary “bulletins” which were shared in one-day teacher institutes in 32 Iowa communities. Iowa teachers could incorporate the atomic energy “course” into existing science or social studies courses or they could teach the unit independently. Students studied both the science of atomic energy and its historical and ethical dimensions. The program was first tried at the ISTC Laboratory School.

    4. 1994 – Helping plan for the Internet

    The Lab School fourth-grade was one of three classes in the nation chosen to participate in a teleconference to help determine the route of the “information highway” (Internet)

    These are just a few of the many noteworthy achievements credited to the lab school. Keep watching our website for more history of these and other projects as we continue to research the legacy of the lab school.
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