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Norwalk Warriors I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Page Four N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, January 8, 2015 NHS Wrestling Schedule Varsity Jan. 8 7:30 p.m. Dual, Pella Jan. 10 9:00 a.m. Varsity Tourney Jan. 15 7:30 p.m. Dual, Grinnell Jan. 17 10:00 a.m. Varsity Tourney Jan. 20 7:30 p.m. Chariton, DM East Jan. 22 5:30 p.m. Johnston, Valley Jan. 24 9:30 a.m. Varsity Tourney Jan. 31 10:00 a.m. Conference Meet Feb. 5 5:30 p.m. Quad Feb. 14 12:00 p.m. District Tournament Pella Marshalltown Norwalk Ankeny Chariton Johnston Interstate 35 TBA Carroll TBA NHS Wrestling Schedule lv Jan. 8 6:30 p.m. Dual Pella Jan. 15 6:30 p.m. Dual, Grinnell Jan. 17 10 a.m. JV Tourney Jan. 20 6:30 p.m. Chariton, DM East Jan. 22 5:30 p.m. Johnston, Valley Jan. 24 9 a.m. JV Tourney Feb. 3 5:30 p.m. JV Tourney Middle School Wrestling Middle School Jan. 9 4:15 p.m. W. Marshall, N. Polk North Pella Norwalk Ankeny Chariton Johnston WDM Dowling DC-Grimes NHS Girls Basketball Schedule Varsity Jan. 9 6:15 p.m. Pella Jan. 13 6:15 p.m. Oskaloosa Jan. 16 6:15 p.m. Newton Jan. 20 6 p.m. Carlisle Jan. 23 6:15 p.m. Grinnell Jan. 27 6:15 p.m. DC-Grimes Jan. 31 4 p.m. DM Lincoln Feb. 3 6:15 p.m. Pella Christian Feb. 6 6:15 p.m. Pella Community Feb. 7 2:30 p.m. Chariton Feb. 10 6:15 p.m. Oskaloosa Feb. 13 6:15 p.m. Newton Feb. 18 7 p.m. Regional Tournament Feb. 21 7 p.m." Regional Tournament Polk HS Pella Oskaloosa Newton Carlisle Norwalk DC-Grimes Norwalk Pella Christian Norwalk Norwalk Oskaloosa Norwalk TBA TBA NHS Girls Basketball Schedule lV Jan. 9 4:45 p.m. Pella Community Jan. 13 4:45 p.m. Oskaloosa Jan. 16 4:45 p.m. Newton Jan. 19 7:30 p.m. Carlisle Jan. 23 4:45 p.m. Grinnell Jan. 27 4:45 p.m. DC-Grimes Jan. 31 2:30 p.m. DM Lincoln Feb. 3 4:45 p.m. Pella Christian Feb. 6 4:45 p.m. Pella Community Feb. 7 I p.m. Chariton Feb, 10 4:45 p;m. Oskaloosa I LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY I Holiday Shopping: I wanted to publicly thank all of the volunteers that made Secret Santa and the Holiday Hop occur for the elementary students. These people volunteer countless hours in order for these activities to run smoothly. The PTO is invaluable to the operation of both Oviatt and Lakewood[ The Value of Fine Arts: As I watched the band and the honor choir perform be- fore our holiday break it made me very proud of the product that Mr. Hardy and Mrs. Friesen produce with 5th grade students. I'm a firm supporter in kids having a balance of academic, athletics and fine arts in creating a well-rounded experience for our students. According to "The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies National Endowment for the Arts," students with deep arts engagement are four times more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, including school government, yearbook school newspaper, service clubs and com- munity volunteering. Prolonged engagement in the arts shows that student partici- pants enjoy greater academic achievement and those students are better prepared for college. Dedication to artistic activities also contributes to better outcomes in their entry in the initial job market and better alignment with professional careers. Further, students with high levels of arts engagement have a higher GPA and are more likely to go to college. Those who lack a rich experience in the arts are five times more likely not to gradu- ate from high school. Students heavily engaged in the arts are four times more likely to participate in extracurricular activities than those who are not. That's quite a pay- off for such a relatively small investment. Kappan Article: I was reading the Kappan magazine, Extraordinary Teachers, Ex- ceptional Students article and it referred to the master teacher as one who refines and polishes the students' initial capabilities. That is what I feel as if every teacher in the district should strive for each minute of each day. Here wore the qualities of the master teachers: Personalizing Instruction: We are working hard with the staff to differentiate instruction based on the student's passion or deficits. The new language arts curricu- lum does a particularly good job of adding enrichment opportunities for those stu- dents who need it. Providing Shortcuts: Teachers try to provide shortcuts and enable students to begin the long journey towards being self-directed problem solvers who reflect on their learning. The focus area of this is usually in the area of math. Caring and Loving: To me, treating people fight always comes first. I encourage the staff to embrace and help every single one of their students and enhance their abilities. Not Creating Clones: Master teachers do not want students to be carbon copies of themselves. We know that the students today are different than when we went to school and we need to change our strategies to fit their needs. I take a tremendous amount of pride knowing that Norwalk teachers need both subject matter expertise and pedagogical expertise. They work hard daily to teach students of differing abilities, interests and learning styles. That is what we do best! Winter Weather: We want to remind all parents of our recess policies. The Norwalk School District will follow the guidelines recommended by the Child Care Weather Watch and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Their website is www.idph.state.ia.us./hcci/common/pdf/weatherwatch.pdf. Make sure children are dressed adequately to spend 20-30 minutes outside. Make sure your child has a hat, mittens or gloves and winter coat. If we have snow on the ground, children MUST have snow boots or they will need to stay on the blacktop and not be able to play in the snow. If your child needs to stay inside from recess for more than three days, you will need to send a doctor's note. Be sure your son/daughter comes to school dressed for the cold weather. If you are not able to provide your child with winter items, contact Janet Jensen or Brett Collins anytime for confidential assistance. Pella Comm. Norwalk NHS Girls Basketball Schedule Newton 9th Grade Carlisle Jan. 8 6:30 p.m. Pella Community Lakewood Elem. Norwalk Jan. 12 6 p.m. Oskaloosa Oskaloosa DC-Grimes Jan. 15 6:30 p.m. Newton Lakewood Elem. Norwalk Jan. 19 6 p.m. Carlisle Carlisle Pella Christian Jan. 22 6 p.m. Grinnell Grinnell Norwalk Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. DC-Grimes Lakewood Elem. Norwalk Jan. 31 I p.m, OM Lincoln Norwalk Oskaloosa Feb. 2 6:30 p.m. Pel4a Christian Lakewood Elem.