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Thursday, January 24, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY To Perform at Boys State Tournament By Jill Anderson, Principal , Staff Development at Lakewood: During the full day professional development days, the teachers have been digging in deeper to the Common Core standards. This year, they have focused on Language Arts and Math. There will have to be some shifts to our instruction and the teachers are "pulling up their sleeves" and trying to learn what will need to chance within their instruc- tion to satisfy these changes. One of the resources that I read from is ASCD magazine. The article, Making the Shifts, explained it very well for me. - The English Language Arts and Literacy Standards The English language arts and literacy standards include expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening that apply in English language arts classes as well as the application in both science and social stud- ies areas. 1. Building Knowledge Through Content-Rich Non- fiction Reading content-rich nonfiction in history, social studies, science and the arts in elementary school is crucial for later reading growth and achievement. Stu- dents need to be grounded in information about the world around them if they are to develop the strong general knowledge and vocabulary they need to be- come successful readers. Nonfiction plays an impor- tant part in building students' knowledge about con- tent. As teachers implement the standards, our stu- dents will need to read rich literature as well as con- tent-rich nonfiction in elementary school. Luckily, the Scott Foresman curriculum is a mixture of both fiction and nonfiction in the weekly selections. 2. Reading and Writing Grounded in Evidence The Common Core State Standards emphasize us- ing evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims and clear information. Rather than asking students to respond to questions they can answer solely from prior knowledge or experience, the standards prioritize questions that require students to read texts with care. Be ready for your child's teacher to start working-with your child in working through how to develop higher level answers to deeper qrfes- tions. The standards also require'narrative writing throughout the grades. Each teacher will be working on incorporating more writing within his or her daily instruction. 3. Regular Practice with Complex Texts and Academic Language The complexity of a text is determined by a number of factors, including syntax and vocabulary of words. We will be working hard during the second semester in order to create strategies to help studentsunder- stand and breakdown vocabulary within each aca- demic area. As a community member, you should be proud of the tradition that has been built and the increase in the reading achievement scores as this curriculum was implemented. Heather Tobey, our curriculum council representative along with Mark Crady, the curriculum director will be leading our teachers in this process. Our goal is to continue this tradition and as leaders in the school, we will facilitate this process. We are confi- dent that this year will be another great one! Lakewood Calendar Jan. 23 Early Out, Teacher Professional Development - 12 p.m. Feb. 4 Band Concert - 7 p.m. Auditorium Feb. 6 Early Out, Teacher Professional Development - 12 p.m. MEDIC;AP 2521 Sunset Drive Call 285-2026 t:TI I C% ~ medicapcentraliowa Norwalk High School senior Allison Taylor recentl3r - was chosen as one of 32 cheerleaders from more than 260 for the Iowa All-State Cheer Squad. She currently is practicing and will then perform during half-time of the Boys State Basketball Tournament Friday, March 8, at Wells Fargo Arena. Taylor's dedication and pas- sion for Norwalk is contagious as she strives to be her best and to encourage teammates to work hard and work together. As Captain of the football and boys basketball squads at Norwalk High School and as a former All-State cheerleader, she has grown into a leader and will no doubt succeed in her future endeav- ors. Photo sub nitted. New Historical Novel Orphan trains: They are a part of our country's history that many don't know about and some don't care to remember. Local retired teacher, Ethel Barker, was fascinated when she came across an article in a local historical journal revealing the his- tory of orphan trains in the 1800"s and early 1900's. Accompanying the article was a photo of three young boys sleeping in a New York alleyway among piles of trash. The story and the image stayed with Ethel as she embarked on her jour- ney of research and even- tually wrote For the Love of Pete: An Orphan Train Story, a story eight years in the making. For the Love of Pete fol- lows three young people as they go from "street rats" to orphan train rid- ers on their quest for a lov- ing home. Barker follows each to Iowa where they are displayed to be chosen for a family and overcome adversity while leaning on one another for sup- port. A tale that reveals both a transformative time in our history as well as the true meaning of Norwalk family, For (he Love of Pete resonates with all genera- tions of readers and espe- cially those with a passion for history. Ethel Kjaer Barker spent a happy childhood in Illinois, California and Iowa. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Mas- ters of Arts from the Uni- versity of Iowa and went on to teach remedial read- ing to Junior High stu- dents. In doing so, Barker recognized the need for "books that educate while holding students' interest. She currently resides with her husband, a retired high school principal, just outsid of Iowa City. For The Love of Pete: An Orphan Train Story is her first novel. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday ! OFFICIAL PUBLICATION PUBLIC NOTICE OF STORM WATER DISCHARGE The Iowa Department of Transpor- tation plans to submit a Notice of In- tent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be covered under Na- tional Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No.2 "Storm Water Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity for Construc- tion Activities." The storm water discharge will be from highway construction activity lo- cated in Warren County on US High- way 65. The project is construction for partial paved shoulders and sur- face leveling near Liberty Center and con)inues north to the east Junction of US 65 / County Road G-58. The Public Lands Survey location is from Township 74N, Range 23W, Section 15/16 to Township 75N, Range 23W, Section 21/22. Storm water will be discharged from ,15 point sources and will be discharged into the following streams: Otter Creek Comments may be submitted to the Storm Water Discharge Coordina- tor, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATU- RAL RESOURCES, Environmental Protection Division, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034. The public may review the Notice of Intent from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon- day through Friday at the above ad- dress after it has been received by the Department. OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Managing Your Child's Health Issues at School When your child has a health issue, it is absolutely essential that you and the school work together as a team. Here are some of the essentials you need to know to make that work on behalf of your child: Develop your own school management plan. Each medical issue carries with it its own set of "manage- ment" needs. For example, if your child has diabetes, you will need to outline your child's insulin schedule, eating plan, target range and testing times, as well as how to recognize and treat blood sugar crises. The same type of detailed information--what personnel need to look for, what should be done, what follow-up is needed--should be completed for every health issue, from epilepsy to asthma. Know whom to tell. Clearl the school nurse and classroom teacher need to be aware of your child's spe- cific medical needs. Depending on your child's condi- L tion, other staff, including cafeteria workers, coaches and playground supervisors, may also need to be kept in the loop so they can properly respond to a situation or help prevent one from occurring. Keep up-to-date. Make sure that the medical infor- marion on file at your child's school is up-to-date. En- sure that all medical supplies needed are on-hand, both for routine monitoring (e.g for diabetes) or emergency care (e.g inhalers or Epi-pens). In addition, work with the school nurse to make sure you are kept informed, well in advance, if any supplies need restocking. Create an 504. The same planning used for accom- modatingochildren with disabilities can be applied to children with medical issues. Work with the school to create a written plan, detailing the school's role in your child's care, noting any special accommodations the school may need to make. Get academic support: Make sure that teachers understand that your child may oc- casionally need to miss class because of his or her con- dition. Discuss how your child will make up for missed work. How to deal with curious classmates. Children are curious about anything that is out of the ordinary-- and, when your child has a health issue, it is very likely that classmates will sense it. Role-play with your child to help him or her anticipate the types of questions others might ask and how best to answer them. It is not contagious. Once children know that your child didn't "catch" his or her condition, that it's under control and that there's no way it can be passed on to other children, the topic usually loses its interest, al- lowing your .child to blend back in with classmates. Turn to the experts. Virtually every childhood con- dition or disease has an excellent advocacy organiza- tion, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Epi- lepsy Foundation, which offers educational materials targeted to school-age children. If you feel it would be helpful to provide classmates with additional infor- mation, contact the organization and request materi-- als to share with the class. Be available. Be sure that the school nurse and teacher have your cell phone, home phone, or other contact information available, as well as the numbers of others who are qualified to act on your behalf in the case of an emergency. Do not panic. 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