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SCHOOL and SPORTS f Page Eight Official Publication for the Norwalk Connnunity School District N/Warren Town and County News Norwalk Warriors 6th Grade Basketball Norwalk Warriors 6th grade basketball team placed 1st at the Tom Guess/ord Memorial Tournament of Champions. Pictured, left to right, Row 1: Bowen Born, Tucker Christensen, Scott Anderson. Row 2: Tanner Foltz, Tyler Johnson, Nate Lane, Liam Bucldey, Zach Marker, Coaches 7ravis Foltz, Brennan Bucldey and .Scott Johnson. Photo submitted. LADY WARRIORS BASKETBALL Upset Bid Falls Short for Lady Warriors Norwalk faced yet another rated team, 5th ranked Per, but fell short in the end. Norwalk led for most of the game, but a strong 4th quarter by the Blue Jays downed the Warriors, 55-46. The Warriors raced out to a 15-7 first quarter lead with Sidney Logan leading the way scoring six points. Hannah Hoover hit a three-pointer, Jaycie Owens, Elyse Rice and Tori VanVelzen added baskets to put the Warriors in;charge of the game. Perry pulled a little closer in the second, outscoring the Warriors 14-12. The game was tied at the end of the third at 35 when the Warriors were unable to score, missing shots on 8 of 12 possessions. Perry outscored Norwalk 20-11 in the final frame as turnovers plagued Norwalk. Norwalk was ledby Logan with a game high 14 points. VanVelzen finished with 10, Owens seven, Rice four, Hannah Hegland, Kierstin Vaske and Hoover chipped in three each. Hannah Poppens ended the game with two points. Norwalk Faces DCG Norwalk faced its fifth rated opponent in nine games and came up short, 50-26. The Warriors closed 2013 with a 3-6 record, five of the losses coming to rated teams. The Warriors again kept the game close in the first half leading by one at the end of the first and trailing by six at the break. Logan provided the offensive spark in the' first quarter, scoring seven points. Poppens scored from beyond the arc and VanVelzen added a basket to provide the advantage for the Warriors. The Warriors managed only five points in the second quarter and trailed 23-17 heading into the locker room. The Phillies turned up the pressure in the third quarter and allowed Norwalk only four points. The last quarter aw Norwalk turn over the ball six more times as DCG held the Warriors to five points for the lowest offensive output of the season. Logan paced the Warriors with 11 points. VanVelzen finished with six. Vaske finished with four, Poppens three and Mikayla Jaminet scoring her first varsity basket for two points. The Warriors shot a dismal 5-o'f-14 from the free-throw line. Norwalk will be back in action Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against a 5-2 Knoxville in a conference matchup. Live Healthy Iowa Kids Is your school or organization looking for an opportunity to build a culture of . wellness in 2014? If so, Live Healthy Iowa and Live Healthy Iowa Kids have the perfect opportunity for you! Both programs are preparing to kick off their annual 10 Week Wellness Challenge. The kids and adult 10 Week Wellness Challenges run at the same time and have the same general concept; however, they track a few different things. The adhlts will track their activity minutes and/or their weight loss ($20/participant) and the youth will be tracking their activity minutes throughout the entire 10 weeks and during two-week time periods, they will be tracking their fruits, vegetables, milk, water and screen time minutes. The challenge is free for all youth and Live Healthy Iowa Kids is proud to offer weekly motivational emails, an online team tracking page, opportunities to win in - centives during and after the challenge and access to many online resources. At the Concluded p. 9 Norwalk Warriors Thursday, January 2, 2014 News from Norwalk Community Schools 1:1 Committee Leah Alliman and Tricia Kurtt Communfi'cation Subcommittee As teclology contin- ues to evolve in the world, schools have begun to use it as an evolving educa- tional tool. As other dis- tricts in the central Iowa region began to imple- ment the 1:1 Initiative, Norwalk paid close atten- tion. At the request of ad ministration, the 1:1 Com- mittee was created in Janu- ary 2012 to explore the possibility of implement- ing the 1:1 Initiative :at Norwalk High School. The committee is composed of staff members from a vari- dy of departments led by a Norwalk High School Dean, Tom Scallon, and the Norwalk Technology Director, Tim Geyer. The first task of the 1:1 Committee was to use in- quiry when researching the 1:1 Initiative. Members were asked to read four articles from scholarly journals regarding the 1:1 Initiative. A variety o( top- ics were discussed in the readings such as support for students and staff, fac- tors in the success of implementation, devices used and overall impact on studYent achievement. The readings selected also demonstrated the benefits and drawbacks of imple- menting the 1:1 Initiative in schools. As committee members read the articles, they explained the positive and negative findings of each aYticle, as well as the implications, of using 1:1. After each member read the articles, the committee came together to discuss similarities and differ- ences in their findings, cre- ating an overall list of the research conducted. After the initial list was created, committee members con- tinued to conduct inde- pendent research and added to the list when a new finding was discov- ered. The committee com- piled their research and used it to create a vision statement to guide future work. After a series of meet- ings discussing the posi- tive and negative implica- tions of 1:1 research, the committee felt prepared to begin the next step in the research process, which was visiting schools that implemented the 1:1 Ini- tiative. To create an en- hanced learning environ- ment for our students, it was best to not only learn about other schools imple- menting 1:1, but to see these schools in action. Two schools were chosen to visit initially (though many more schools have been observed as of today), Van Meter and North High School. Van Meter and North High School w-ere selected to observe due to the timing Of their 1:1 implementation. Van Meter implemented the 1:1 Initiative in the 2009-2010 school year, where North High School had just implemented its 1:1 Initia- tive program at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Visiting these two schools allowed our committee the opportunity to witness the 1:1 Initiative in the begin- ning and later stages of the program. Before visiting Van Meter and North High School, the Committee re- searched the LoTi (Levels of Teaching Innovation ) Framework, which is used to assess authentic class- room use of technology. The LoTi framework in- cludes the use of a matrix, which places the use of technology integration on a scale of 0 (non-use) through 6 (Refinement). After researching and dis- cussing this tool, the Com- mittee decided to use the framework as a guide when visiting the two school districts. Each com- mittee member was given a chart based on the LoTi framework to use as a guide when observing in- structional practice in classrooms. The 1:1 Committee spent half a day at each school. The visit began by speaking with the building principal, curriculum di- rector and technology di- rector of each district about their implementa- tion of the 1:1 Initiative and the progress they hav e made since implementing the initiative. After this meeting, committee mem- bers divided into sub groups that observed sev- eral classrooms. While ob- serving the instructional use of 1:1, committee members documented where the classroom would fall on the LoTi framework. Committee members also recorded what resources and in- structiohal methods were being used by staff and students in the classroom. During these observations, the committee members were also able to speak with staff and students re- garding the 1:1 initiative. After visiting the two buildings, the 1:1 Commit- tee debriefed, explaining their findings and where the classrooms fell on the LoTi framework. While research is vital when considering a new initiative, it is also impera- tive to have the support of the teachers who will be expected to implement the initiative in their class- rooms. Therefore, after re- searching and visiting school districts, it was de- cided by the committee to conduct a survey asking Norwalk High School staff for their thoughts about the possible implementa- tion of the 1:1 Initiative. The survey asked staff for their thoughts regarding how the 1:1 Initiative would enhance student engagement and research- based strategies used in the classroom. It also asked staff to explain con- cerns and what excites them about possibly using 1:1. After the survey re- sults were collected, the committee split intb sub groups to record trends found in the survey. The committee then held sev- eral meetings to discuss the trends and discrepan- cies found in each question of the survey. Committee members then brought their findings from the sur- vey to their departments to receive feedback about possible implementation. Further discussion was held with all parties in- Volved -(content depart- ments. 1:1 Committee, Concluded p. 9