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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR nor00ath NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 33 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 3, 2013 .q OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Defining Education Terms The ABCs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to educational abbreviations and acronyms. Parents, understandabl are often confused by all the terms used by schools and teachers. Here is a quick look at some of the most common terms: NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act) is the 2001 reau- thorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is a federal law that was designed to im- prove student performance and make schools, school districts and states more accountable for students" suc- cess or failure. While NCLB is in place nationwide, it continues to be a topic of discussion and debate among educators, parents, and legislators. AYP (adequate yearly progress) was established un- der NCLB as the measure that states must use to show that their schools and School districts are effectively working to meet basic state standards for math and read- ing, as well as for attendance and high school gradua- tion. Each state has its own system for measuring school progress, often invol .ving statewide testing. State edu- cation departments may intervene if a school does not make AYP for two years in a row. The law also enables parents to transfer their children to a different school or obtain tutoring if their school's test results continue to be substandard. ELL (English-language learners) is a broad term used to describe students whose second language is English- that is to say children who are raised in homes where the main language spoken is not English. ELL is now being used as a term to replace other, more specific, cat- egories, including students with limited English profi- ciency (LEP), second-language learners (SLL) and En- glish as a Second Language (ESL). IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was created to help ensure that children who have spe- cial needs, such as dyslexia or autism, are able to re- ceive a free public school education that meets their needs. FAPE (free appropriate public education) is one of the hallmarks of IDEA-- that American children, regard- less of their disability, are entitled to a public school education. IEP (individualized education program) is a person- alized educational plan created for students who have been identified as having specific educational disabi]li- ties. An IEP is a team as well as an educational program. IEP team members include the child's classroom teacher and special education teacher, the parent(s), a public agency representative, and, in many cases, the student. Working together, the IEP team ensures that the child receives the education and services necessary for progress and success. Rfl (response to intervention) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. Students" progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to de- termine the need for another method of instruction and/ or intervention in both general and special education. Many states also have "named" tests and programs to gauge students' progress. From Virginia (SOLs) to Iowa (ITBS), if you have a child in public school, you will hear plenty about your state's achievement tests, includ- Concluded p. 8 New Oviatt Reading Program The Norwalk PTO and Oviatt Elementary are work- ing on a reading program at Oviatt Elementary. They are reaching out to the Norwalk Community in search of people to read and be read to with students at Oviatt Elementary. These children are in pre-school to 2nd grade. The school would match you up with a child that needs a little extra "boost" in helping them learn to read. You don't have to be a great reader yourself- you just need to have a little time and caring to listen to a child as they learn the basics of reading. What a gift you could bring to a child - and yourself - to help a child learn to read. The time commitment is 30-60 minutes a week. The PTO organization would even provide coffee and treats if you have a group of people that you'd like to meet up with at school and then work with a child after you had some social time together. If you are at all interested, contact Karin or Arlene at Oviatt Elementary to get the process started. Oviatt's phone number is 981-1005 or email akluesner@nor walk.kl2.ia.us or kstewart@norwalk, k12.ia.us. AGENDA REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:30 p.m. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation - Hank Spoerry 4. Approval of Minutes - December 6, 2012 Regular Council Meeting and Notice of Cancellation of Decem- ber 20, 2012 Regular Council Meeting. 5. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Receive and file for Audit the State 2012 TIF/ Urban Renewal Report D. 2013 Appointments of Council / Mayoral and staff representatives 7. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Public Hearing (delayed from December 20, 2012) and consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, by adding a new section 17.04.370 pertaining to conversion to condominium or multiple family housing Cooperative (first of three readings) B. Consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapters 55, 56, 57 and 177, related to animal control and associated fees (first of three readings) - C. Consideration and second reading of.a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapter 135, by add- ing section 135.14 pertaining to capital improvements projects cost sharing (second of three readings) D. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal Code providing for parking restrictions on the north side of School Avenue from Main Street to Lane Avenue in and for the City of Norwalk, Iowa (second of three readings) Concluded p. 2 Mayor's 00.VO[h Moment nor00 By Mayor Doug Pierce Happy New Year, Norwalk! It seems like it was just a couple weeks ago that we had the "tree lighting" event November 25 to kick off the Christmas Season and now we have started another year...so here we go, 2013! For this month, I would like to share a portion of a letter sent to Chief Ed Kuhl and myself by the Assistant War- ren County Attorney, Daniel B. Schwalm. "I would like to formally commend Officer Ben Lewiston for his outstanding investigation in a recent case. The professional manner in which Officer Lewiston handled this situation was what I would consider "text- book." The squad-car video of the encounter could be used to train other officers to demonstrate how calmly and professionally to handle a difficult subject suspected of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Because of the defendant's behavior, the roadside stop could have eas- ily turned irR.o a debacle. That did not happen because of Officer Lewiston's professionalism." "Officer Lewiston testified at two separate jury trials in this Case and was thoroughly prepared each time. Officer Lewiston was particularly outstanding at ex- plaining to two separate twelve-person juries about his formal ILEA training and about the detailed process of professionally investigating suspected drunk drivers. I have been practicing law for over eight years and tried over 150 cases to a verdict at trial involving many po- lice officers across different counties and states. In this case, I learned that the citizens of the City of Norwalk are fortunate to have Officer Lewiston on patrol." I wanted to share these comments with you to make you aware of the superb capability and professionalism of one of Norwalk's finest, Officer Ben Lewiston. Con- gratulations on a Job Well Done, Ben! City of Norwalk Community Chats January 12, the City of Norwalk will begin the year with a "Community Chat" at the Maid-Rite, 1031 Sun- set Dr. Mayor Doug Pierce, a council member and City Administrator Marketa Oliver will be at the Maid-Rite from 9-10:30 a.m. Depending on what issues may be the hot topic of the time, a particular department head would also be asked to attend. This would be an oppor- tunity for members of the public to stop by and visit about whatever they wish in a very informal manner. Oliver advises the city plans to promote the Commu- nity Chat through the newsletter and on Facebook/Twit- ter and with press releases. The first "Chat" will focus on the comprehensive plan. KC Pancake Breakfast Jan. 13 Members of Knights of Columbus will hold a Pan- cake Breakfast Sunda Jan. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, sau- sage, juice, milk and coffee for a free-will donation. Proceeds are used for community service projects. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR nor00ath NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 33 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 3, 2013 .q OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Defining Education Terms The ABCs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to educational abbreviations and acronyms. Parents, understandabl are often confused by all the terms used by schools and teachers. Here is a quick look at some of the most common terms: NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act) is the 2001 reau- thorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is a federal law that was designed to im- prove student performance and make schools, school districts and states more accountable for students" suc- cess or failure. While NCLB is in place nationwide, it continues to be a topic of discussion and debate among educators, parents, and legislators. AYP (adequate yearly progress) was established un- der NCLB as the measure that states must use to show that their schools and School districts are effectively working to meet basic state standards for math and read- ing, as well as for attendance and high school gradua- tion. Each state has its own system for measuring school progress, often invol .ving statewide testing. State edu- cation departments may intervene if a school does not make AYP for two years in a row. The law also enables parents to transfer their children to a different school or obtain tutoring if their school's test results continue to be substandard. ELL (English-language learners) is a broad term used to describe students whose second language is English- that is to say children who are raised in homes where the main language spoken is not English. ELL is now being used as a term to replace other, more specific, cat- egories, including students with limited English profi- ciency (LEP), second-language learners (SLL) and En- glish as a Second Language (ESL). IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was created to help ensure that children who have spe- cial needs, such as dyslexia or autism, are able to re- ceive a free public school education that meets their needs. FAPE (free appropriate public education) is one of the hallmarks of IDEA-- that American children, regard- less of their disability, are entitled to a public school education. IEP (individualized education program) is a person- alized educational plan created for students who have been identified as having specific educational disabi]li- ties. An IEP is a team as well as an educational program. IEP team members include the child's classroom teacher and special education teacher, the parent(s), a public agency representative, and, in many cases, the student. Working together, the IEP team ensures that the child receives the education and services necessary for progress and success. Rfl (response to intervention) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. Students" progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to de- termine the need for another method of instruction and/ or intervention in both general and special education. Many states also have "named" tests and programs to gauge students' progress. From Virginia (SOLs) to Iowa (ITBS), if you have a child in public school, you will hear plenty about your state's achievement tests, includ- Concluded p. 8 New Oviatt Reading Program The Norwalk PTO and Oviatt Elementary are work- ing on a reading program at Oviatt Elementary. They are reaching out to the Norwalk Community in search of people to read and be read to with students at Oviatt Elementary. These children are in pre-school to 2nd grade. The school would match you up with a child that needs a little extra "boost" in helping them learn to read. You don't have to be a great reader yourself- you just need to have a little time and caring to listen to a child as they learn the basics of reading. What a gift you could bring to a child - and yourself - to help a child learn to read. The time commitment is 30-60 minutes a week. The PTO organization would even provide coffee and treats if you have a group of people that you'd like to meet up with at school and then work with a child after you had some social time together. If you are at all interested, contact Karin or Arlene at Oviatt Elementary to get the process started. Oviatt's phone number is 981-1005 or email akluesner@nor walk.kl2.ia.us or kstewart@norwalk, k12.ia.us. AGENDA REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:30 p.m. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation - Hank Spoerry 4. Approval of Minutes - December 6, 2012 Regular Council Meeting and Notice of Cancellation of Decem- ber 20, 2012 Regular Council Meeting. 5. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Receive and file for Audit the State 2012 TIF/ Urban Renewal Report D. 2013 Appointments of Council / Mayoral and staff representatives 7. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Public Hearing (delayed from December 20, 2012) and consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, by adding a new section 17.04.370 pertaining to conversion to condominium or multiple family housing Cooperative (first of three readings) B. Consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapters 55, 56, 57 and 177, related to animal control and associated fees (first of three readings) - C. Consideration and second reading of.a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapter 135, by add- ing section 135.14 pertaining to capital improvements projects cost sharing (second of three readings) D. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal Code providing for parking restrictions on the north side of School Avenue from Main Street to Lane Avenue in and for the City of Norwalk, Iowa (second of three readings) Concluded p. 2 Mayor's 00.VO[h Moment nor00 By Mayor Doug Pierce Happy New Year, Norwalk! It seems like it was just a couple weeks ago that we had the "tree lighting" event November 25 to kick off the Christmas Season and now we have started another year...so here we go, 2013! For this month, I would like to share a portion of a letter sent to Chief Ed Kuhl and myself by the Assistant War- ren County Attorney, Daniel B. Schwalm. "I would like to formally commend Officer Ben Lewiston for his outstanding investigation in a recent case. The professional manner in which Officer Lewiston handled this situation was what I would consider "text- book." The squad-car video of the encounter could be used to train other officers to demonstrate how calmly and professionally to handle a difficult subject suspected of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Because of the defendant's behavior, the roadside stop could have eas- ily turned irR.o a debacle. That did not happen because of Officer Lewiston's professionalism." "Officer Lewiston testified at two separate jury trials in this Case and was thoroughly prepared each time. Officer Lewiston was particularly outstanding at ex- plaining to two separate twelve-person juries about his formal ILEA training and about the detailed process of professionally investigating suspected drunk drivers. I have been practicing law for over eight years and tried over 150 cases to a verdict at trial involving many po- lice officers across different counties and states. In this case, I learned that the citizens of the City of Norwalk are fortunate to have Officer Lewiston on patrol." I wanted to share these comments with you to make you aware of the superb capability and professionalism of one of Norwalk's finest, Officer Ben Lewiston. Con- gratulations on a Job Well Done, Ben! City of Norwalk Community Chats January 12, the City of Norwalk will begin the year with a "Community Chat" at the Maid-Rite, 1031 Sun- set Dr. Mayor Doug Pierce, a council member and City Administrator Marketa Oliver will be at the Maid-Rite from 9-10:30 a.m. Depending on what issues may be the hot topic of the time, a particular department head would also be asked to attend. This would be an oppor- tunity for members of the public to stop by and visit about whatever they wish in a very informal manner. Oliver advises the city plans to promote the Commu- nity Chat through the newsletter and on Facebook/Twit- ter and with press releases. The first "Chat" will focus on the comprehensive plan. KC Pancake Breakfast Jan. 13 Members of Knights of Columbus will hold a Pan- cake Breakfast Sunda Jan. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, sau- sage, juice, milk and coffee for a free-will donation. Proceeds are used for community service projects. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211