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t OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR * %watk NOrl NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SMALLTOWNPAPERS 2i [ WEST COTA ST. ~SHELION WA 98584-2263 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 34 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 10, 2013 Spoerry Receives Certificate From Norwalk City Council A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Hank Spoerry on behalf of the City of Norwalk for his dedi- cated service to the Public Safety Department for nearly 14 years. His professionalism in the perfor- mance of his duties resulted in the Norwalk Police Department being recognized as the premier records department in the State.of Iowa for over a decade. Pic- tured is Mayor Doug Pierce presenting Spoerry with the Certificate of Appreciation at the Norwalk City Council meeting Thursday, Jan. 3. Photo submitted. Welcome to one in a series of articles written by your city leaders. Each will be an opinionated article meant for you to become more aware and involved in your community, ff you have an issue, concern, or a question you would like to see addressed in a future publication, please find our contact information on the city's website www.ci.norwalk.ia.us ) How a "Bro Cave" Inspires a Community Toy Drive By Jamie Sylvester To say my seven-year-old son is a sports nut is a gross understatement. He hasn't watched a cartoon in over two years because there is always a football or baseball game on another channel. No? Then he'll watch ESPN's highlights, or documentaries on a player's life, with in- tensity. Football games are not entertainment for Todd. He dissects each play and official's ruling like it were surgery and explains to whoever will listen what is go- ing on at that time. After he plays football at Iowa, he plans to play for the New Orleans Saints, but told me that he may have to play at Michigan "because the worst teams get to choose first" (huh?). So he and his dad decided it was time to create what my little boy refers to as his bro cave (he even posted signs, I swear). Now when I descend the stairs of our basement, gone are the mountains Of discarded toys, replaced with a sickening amount of black and gold, as Hawkeyes and Saints share the color scheme. A 7 foot tall fathead of Drew Brees is poised to throw me a pass as I get closer. But I digress As I pack up toys with missing parts, old batteries, some that have never been opened (seriously?!?), I won- der what to do with all this STUFF. Especially now that Christmas brought even more STUFF. Box it up for the garage sale I'll probably never have the time to have? This gave me an idea. And then an even bigger idea. Vince and Judy Else are a retired couple who live in the small southwestern town of Nodaway. For decades the couple has used an extra house on their property as a workshop of sorts to clean and fix and replace batter- ies in old toys, bicycles, stuffed animals, puzzles, any- thing that a child would delight in opening Christmas Concluded p. 2 Registration For Twin Rivers Leagues Norwalk Twin Rivers Baseball and Softball Leagues 2013 registration will be at the Norwalk-Easter Public Librar~ Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Softball registration only on this date.) Baseball and Softball Divisions are Pee-Wee-Grades K-2 (BB)/Grades 1-2 (SB); Minor League-Grades 3-4 and Major League-Grades 5-6. All players must show up at registration to try on uniforms. Sample uniform sizes will be available at reg- istration for correct sizing and fit. NEW FOR 2013: Norwalk Twin Rivers Baseball will be allowing the registration of complete (pre-fotmed) teams within each division. Send an email to norwalktwinrivers@msn.com for details regarding the Team Registration Form. Team Registration Form must be completed in full with all required signatures at des- ignated sign up time. individuals signing up on Janu- ary 19 may not be picked up and added to a team sign- ing up with the Team Registration Form. For more information about both leagues, visit http:/ /www.leaguelineup.com/norwalksoftballleague. KC Pancake Breakfast 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. notes from " Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Why is Norwalk Schools considering adding more professional development time? Norwalk conducts state-required "continuous im- provement studies of professional development" each year. These studies focus on how well each Iowa school adheres to the mandated Iowa Professional Develop- ment Model (IPDM). The IPDM can be found on the Iowa Department of Education website at: http:// educateiowa.gov/index, php?opfion=com content&task =view&id=232&Itemid=1286#pddocuments. These IPDM studies reveal that the number one concern of Norwalk teachers was "inadequate professional devel- opment time to prepare for, deliver and assess quality instruction." An Area Education Agency study affirms that Norwalk is in the bottom 20% of all Central Iowa schools regarding professional development time for our staff. Additional validation came in thb Des Moines Register article which identified Norwalk as one of "Iowa's Top 100 Workplaces." WorkDynamics con- ducted an in-depth study of the Norwalk District as part of the identification process. WorkDynamics found Norwalk to be an efficient district filled with some of the finest workers in the state. However, the lowest score was found in the area of professional development time necessary to improve the product (in our case, the prod- uct is student achievement). A triangulation of these studies indicates that Norwalk teachers do not have time to adequately addrgss state and national mandates with the present time constraints. This challenge will prob- Concluded p. 9 Gutknecht Records in Nashville" By Mary Lou Gray Songwriter and musi- cian, Jacey Gutknecht, a 2011 graduate of Norwalk High School recently was invited to Nashville, TNto record her music for pro- moters. She is the daughter of Jeff and Janice Gutknecht of Norwalk. Her love of music began at the age of three at the piano and gradually came to include the violin, drums and gui- tar. From fifth grade through her senior year, she was a percussionist and played the snare drum during four years of high school. During this time she picked up the guitar and taught herself how to play. Gutknecht writes music and also sings. She posted her songs on a website where individuals can go and listen. In December, she was contacted by Michele and William Gawley of Nashville. They invited her to come and record at the Omni Sound Studio, which is located on Music Row in Nashville, the center of the music in- dustry,-where many well- known artists have re- corded. She recorded five songs Jacey Gutknecht for the Gawleys. The next step for her music is to be promoted to music labels and companies. There may be a CD in the future for Gutknecht if label compa- nies like her music. Gutknecht is a member of Fellowship Community Church and on a recent Sunday performed "Til Kingdom Come," one of the songs she wrote and recorded in Nashville. She is a member of Mexico Caravan Ministries and will be serving and minis- tering in Mexico for the next seven months. During her ministry, she partici- pates in leading praise and worship music. In her spare time, Gutknecht writes music and partici- pates in building homes for families in Mexico. NOTES FROM MARK CRADY Norwalk Schools Curriculum Director / Over the past several weeks, I have w tten a number of articles about the changes taking ace in Iowa edu- cation and how Norwalk and many school districts in Iowa are working to address ese new mandates. One of those mandates is found in Section 284.6, subsection 8, of existing Code which gives the school district the responsibility to create quality professional develop.- ment opportunities for educators. In a recent Iowa Department of Education legislative rule update, Director Glass writes: At least 36 hours annually "outside of the minimum school day" must be used by "practitioners to collaborate with each other" or "to engage in peer review" activities. This collabora- tion or review time is not to be confused with individual educator preparation time and schools should not count individual educator preparation time as collaboration time. In a Des Moines Register article (January 2, 2013), Linda Fandel, the governor's special assistant for edu- cation, provided an explanation of the need for this type Concluded p. 11