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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Connnunity School District I Norwalk Warriors Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News e Thursday, January17, 2013 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean Of Students Five Key Skills For Academic Success It's never too early or too late to help your child develop the skills for academic success. Learn how to build these skills and stay on track all year long. By GreatSchools Staff It takes a combination of skills -- organization, time management, prioritization, concentration and motivation -- tO achieve academic success. Here are some tips to help get your child on the right track. Talk to your child. To find out which of these skills your child has and which he can develop further, start a simple conversation that focuses on his goals. Ask him about his favorite subjects, classes he-dreads and whether he's satisfied with his latest progress report. Listen for chies. Incorporate your own observations with your child's self-as- sessment. Is your child overwhelmed by assignments? She may have trouble orga- nizing time. Does your child have difficulty completing her work? She may get distracted too easily. Is your child simply not interested in school? She may need help getting motivated. Identify problem areas. Start here to help your child identify which of the five skill areas are trouble spots. 1. Organization-Whether it's keeping track of research materials or remember- hag to bring home a lunch box, children need to be organized to succeed in school. For many students, academic challenges are related more to a lack of organization than to a lack of intellectual ability. Tips to help your child get organized: • Make a checklist of things your child needs to bring to and from school every day. Put a copy by the door at home and one in his backpack. Try to check with him each day to see if he remembers the items on the list. • Find out how your child keeps track of his homework and how he organizes his notebooks. Then work together to develop a system he will want to Use. • Shop with your child for tools that will help him stay organized, such as bind- ers, folders or an assignment book. 2. Time Management- Learning to schedule enough time to complete an assign- ment may be difficult for your student. Even when students have a week to do a project, many won't start until the night before it's due. Learning to organize time into productive blocks takes practice and experience. Tips to help your child manage time: • Track assignments on a monthly calendar. Work backward from the due date of larger assignments and break them into nightly tasks. • Help your child record how much time she spends on homework each week so she can figure out how to divide this time into manageable chunks. • Together, designate a time for nightly homework and help your child stick to this schedule. • If evenings aren't enough, help your child find other times for schoolwork, such as early mornings, study halls or weekends. 3. Prioritization-Sometimes children fll behind in school and fail to hand in as- signments because they simply don't know where to begin. Prioritizing tasks is a skill your child will need throughout life, so' it's never too soon to get started. Tips to help your child prioritize: • Ask your child to write down all the things he needs to do, including non- school-related activities. • Ask him to label each task from 1 to 3, with 1 being most importan t. • Ask about each task, so that you understand your child's priorities. If he labels all his social activities as 1, then you know where his attention is focused. • Help your child change some of the labels to better prioritize for academic suc- cess. Then suggest he rewrite the list so all the ls are at the top. • Check in frequently to see how the list is evolving and how your child is priori- tizing new tasks. 4. Concentration-Whether your child is practicing her second-grade spelling words or studying for a trigonometry test, it's important that she works on school- work in an area with limited distractions and interruptions. Tips to help your child concentrate: • Turn off access to email and games when your child works on the computer. • Declare the phone and TV off-limits during homework time. • Find space that fits the assignment. If your child is working on a science project, she may need lots of Space; if she's studying for a Spanish test, she will need a well- lit desk. • Help your child concentrate during homework time by separating her from her siblings. 5. Motivation-Most children say they want to do well in school, yet many stilfail Concluded p. 11 Norwalk Wins Youth State Wrestlin Norwalk Youth State Dual Team Champions pictured, left to right, Row 1: Coach Matt Jensen, Matt McCombs, Trenton Harper, Grant Harbour, Travis McCombs, Ehtan Vetterick, Coach Wes Duncan. Row 2: Coach Major Ennen, Caden Schmidt, Carter Schmidt, Garrett Westvold, Alanah Vetterick, Jack Livingston and Coach Eric Thompson. Row 3: Coach Dustin Harper, Tyler Hirl, Alan Moore, Caleb Rees, Trey Wulf, Orin Waters and Coach Jim McCombs. Photo submitted. Norwalk Wrestling won the Youth State Dual Team Championships, Sunday, Jan. 6. Norwalk's first six weight classes were filled by youth wrestlers from third through sixth grade. These wrestlers combined for an incredible 27-3 record. Norwalk Middle School wrestlers flexed their muscles in the final six weight classes, bringing home a championship trophy. Norwalk defeated Knoxville 59-18, North Scott 44-9, Washington 42-21 and Ballard 30-28. In the state championship dual, Norwalk defeated Creston 37-23. Individually, Norwalk had five undefeated wrestlers receiving first team All - State honors - Grant Harbour (59), Travis McCombs (66), Ethan Vetterick (74) and Alan Moore (120). Wrestlers finishing the tournament with only one loss were Tren- ton Harper (53), Caden Schmidt (82), Carter Schmidt (90) and Jack Livingston (112). Lady Warriors Go To 3-0 in Conference Norwalk traveled to at the free-throwline for a scored on a short jumper. Knoxville to begin the New Year and pulled out a 48-37 win to grab a share of the lead in Little Hawkeye Conference play. Knoxville opened the game with a bucket and the Warriors answered with a three from Paige. Lammers. The Panthers scored the next five points and Hali VanVelzen put back a missed, attempt to pull to within two. Knox- ville added a free throw, then Lammers connected on another three to put the Warriors ahead for good. Norwalk led 12-10 af- ter one. The Warriors scored on a free throw and a minute later, Tori VanVelzen blocked a shot and hit Jen Villegas, who drove the length of the floor for a bucket and the Warriors were off to a five point lead and a 25-14 at the half. Knoxville closed the gap to six when Hali VanVelzen scored and went to the charity stripe for a three point play to extend the lead to nine. The Warriors finished scoring 48-37 win. Van.Velzen led the War- riors with 14, Lammers finished with 11. Devin Brown and Tori Van- Velzen chipped in six each. Elyse Rice had four points. Villegas, Abbey Mont- gomery and Calyn Th- ompson finished with 2 each. Dana Billingsley con- tribute one point and had three steals. The Warriors are 4-4 on the season. Lady Warriors vs Pella Christian A battle of conference unbeatens was decided in Norwalk Tuesday, Jan. 8, and the Warriors pre- vailed 43-33 over Pella Christian. The Eagles took the early lead with the Opening bucket and Paige Lammers answered with a three-pointer. Pella Christian responded with another field goal, then a minute later Elyse Rice Norwalk never trailed again leading by as much as 12, going into the locker room leading 20-8. The Eagles cut the lead down to 32-30 late in the game, but Norwalk responded by scoring on the next sev- eral possessions to take control of the game. Lammers had five three- pointers and led all scor- ers with 19. Hali Van- Velzen finished with nine, Devin Brown five, Tori VanVelzen and Dana Bil- lingsley, four each. Elyse Rice chipped in two. The Warriors are now 4-0 in Little Hawkeye Confer- ence play. I Deadline for ads, I leg,s and stories I is Noon Friday ! SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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