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SCHOOL and SPORTS I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warriors Page Eight Warriors Open 2014 with Win The Lady Warriors hosted 5-2 Knoxville in a conference matchup and won 55-41. The first half was close with Norwalk holdinga one point lead at the quarter. Tori Van- Velzen began the" scoring with a steal and a lay up. One minute later Elyse Rice put back a missed sh.ot for a 4-3 lead. Hannah Hegland hit a three- pointer and VanVelzen again connected for a 9-8 lead. In the second quarter, turnovers plagued Nor- walk and both teams went into the locker room even. Norwalk's scoring came from VanVelzen at the free-throw line, Rice scored,- Jaycie Owens added a couple of free throws and Shelby Nelson dropped in a.three. Beginning the third, the defense intensifieff for Norwalk es they outscored the Panthers 19-9 behind another Hegland three. Rice then went on a scor- ing flurry getting the next - eight points fordthe War- riors. Owens, VanVelzen and Sidney Logan added field goals; In the fourth quarter, 10 of the Warriors 16 points came from the charity stripe as Knoxville had to resort to fouling to try to get back into the game. Kierstin Vaske hit four in a row, Logan and Owens also connect from the line. VanVelzen and Logan added buckets. Hegtand sealed the win with a steal and a layup with seven seconds left. VanVelzen led Norwalk with 1'4 points. Rice fin- ished with 12. Hegland ended up with eight, Owens and Logan had seven each, and Vaske fin- ished with four. The War- riors are now 4-6 overall and 2-1 in Little Hawkeye Conference play. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Mcmo00 D00y-t0000r Day) i MASONIC SCHOLARSHIPS The Grand Lodge of Iowa, A.F. & A.M. has an- nounced that two scholar- ship programs are now available for 2014 graduat- ing seniors from Iowa's Public High Schools. Infor- mation is available both from School Guidance Counselors and on the Grand Lodge of Iowa's website at www.grand lodgeofiowa.com. One scholarship pro- gram is for graduating se- niors from Iowa Public High Schools who will graduate in 2014 and plan to study in an academic field; 60 scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded. Since the pro- gram's inception in 1970, the Grand Lodge of Iowa has awarded more than $2.7 million in scholar- "ships to 2,045 graduating seniors from Iowa Public High Schools all across the state. The deadline for ap- plications'is February 1. The second scholarship program is the "Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarship" or MCEC Technical Scholar- shi). Scholarships will be awarded to graduating Iowa High School seniors planning" to enroll in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College; 20 scholarships of $1,250 each will be awarded. This is the fifth year for this scholarship. The deadline for applications is March 1. (NAPS)--Mitsubishi Elec- tric Cooling & Heating re- cently added to its Hyper- Heating (H2i) product line of residential systems. The units are ENERGY STAR and tax-credit qualified, provid- ing heating down to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit. To learn more, vit www. MitsubishiComfort.com. N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, January 16, 2014 OVIATT ELEMENTARY[ By Sheila Taylor, Principal Oviatt Elementary Preschool Program in the preschool program will automatically be enrolled Congratulations to the Oviatt Elementary Preschool in the four year-old program-for the 2014-15 school year, Program for their upgraded Iowa Quality Rating from for those families who opt to continue their participa- the Iowa Department of Human Services. The Iowa tion in the Oviatt Preschool Program. Quality Rating System (QRS) is based on a five-star rat- Specific Information for the Four Year-Old Preschool ing focusing on different areas: space and furnishing, Four year-olds attend Monday, Tuesda26 Thursday personal care routines, language and reasoning, activi- and Friday, 8:05-11 a.m. for the morning session and ties, interaction, program structure and parents and staff. 11:50 a.m.-2:45 p.m. in the afternoon. There is no tu- The,process is extensive and laborious involving an ition fee since we participate in Iowa's Statewide Vol- application process, observations of each classroom and untary Preschool Program. We have no transportation interviews with each teacher. Oviatt was previously services for general education students. There is a $60 designated as a three-star school, but from our October registration fee. visit we were awarded a four-star rating. I am very proud Oviatt Preschool Program Open House of our teachers and program. This is quite an accom- We offer a Preschool Open House Monday, Jan. 20, plishment and well deserved! 5:30-7 p.m. for families interested in learning more about 2014-2015 Registration for Oviatt Elementary Pre- the three and four year-old 2014-2015 Oviatt Preschool school Program Program. Families can tour the classrooms, meet the Oviatt's preschool program is available for children teachers and have questions answered. An RSVP at 981- who will be three or four years old on or before Sep- 1005 is appreciated, but not required. We 10ok forward tember 15. to meeting you and your child(ren)! If you are interested in registering your child, check Community Preschools' Registration Information the Norwalk website at www.norwalk.kl2.ia.us for the Community participation in the Statewide Voluntary registration paperwork. Preschool Program for four year-olds is very positive Please read carefully for the registration process, by providing a quality preschool program at little or no Registration takes place during the week of January cost to parents. Registration plans for 2014-2015 are now 27 and concludes Friday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. Use Entry #1 developed. If you want your child to attend preschool for registration purposes. The doors are open during next year at one of the following three area preschools: the week from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. We offer two morning 1) Serendipity Preschool, 2) Stepping Stones Preschool, sessions for three and four year-olds and two afternoon or 3) Oviatt Preschool Program, continue to read be- sessions solely for four year-olds, low. You can enroll one of two ways: We are glad you have an interest in one or all of our- 1. Access registration forms from the Oviatt Preschool preschool programs! To qualify for the financial ben- Program website; or, efits of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, 2. Request a packet of registration materials by call- your child must be age four on or before September 15. ing Arlene Kluesner, Principal's Secretar at 981-1005 Four year-olds have a minimum of 10 hours of tuition- or email her at akluesner@norwalk.kl2.ia.us, free instruction. All completed registration packets, along with a $60 Common Program Attributes registration fee, must be received by Mrs. Kluesner dur- Our three preschools meet quality preschool stan- ing the Week of January 27. Registration doses at 4 p.m. dards that address the following attributes: Friday, Jan. 31. Completed registration forms can be 1. Research-based curriculum focused on the child's hand delivered or mailed to Oviatt Elementary at 713 development in the following critical areas of social/ School Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211. emotional, physical, cognitive and language skills Registration materials delivered prior to 7:30 a.m. 2.Tenhoursminimumresearch-basedinstructionper January 27 or after the closing datetime January 31 will week be included in the lottery system explained below only 3. Early childhood.licensed teachers if there is space available in the 2014-15 preschool pro- 4. Early childhood certified teacher assistants grams. You are encouraged to follow the timesdates as 5. Maximum enrollment number of students per ses- detailed, sion is 20 children with one teacher and one teacher as- Selection Process. A lottery system approach will be sistant conducted the following Monday, Feb 3, with parents 6. Preschoolers who live outside the Norwalk com- informed early that week if their child is included on munity can attend preschool at one of these three sites; the roster of the 2014-15 Oviatt Preschool Program. At however, there is no open enrollment option for chil- this point, if a child's name is not drawn, the parent has dren who attend preschool in the Norwalk community the option to place the child on a Wait List. All registra- but live outside the school district's boundaries when tion fee payments for those children who are not drawn they reach kindergarten age. are shredded or returned, based on parental preference. Unique Program Attributes If you have questions," contact Sheila Taylor, Oviatt The Norwalk Community is fortunate to have a vari- Preschool Principal, at 981-1005, ext. 1011, or email, ety of preschool options available for families. Stepping staylor@norwalk.k12.ia.us. Stones Preschool is a faith-based program that provides Specific Information for the Three Year-Old Preschool preschool and daycare. Serendipity Preschool offers a Program not-for-profit preschool program. The Oviatt Preschool General education three year-olds attend Monday, Program, located within Oviatt Elementary School, Tuesday, Thursday and Fricfa 8:05-11 a.m. Tuition is serves students with sPecial needs, as well as general $215/month and is due the first day of school each education students. month. We have no transportation services. There is a Each preschool program has unique qualities that $60 registration fee. Enrollment numbers in this pro- may assist you in determining where you prefer your gram are capped to ensure a balance of three and four child attend. You are encouraged to cotltact each pre- year-olds in our a.m. session, school to determine which program best meets you and Current general education three year-olds enrolled , Concluded p. 9