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Thursday, February 4, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-lst Grade Principal and Rodney Martinez 2nd-3rd Grade Principal Putting School Work First Never before has homework been so controversial. Busy parents and overscheduled children argue that either there is too much homework or that schoolwork should be done in school Teachers and principals, how- ever, view homework as a way to reinforce classroom lessons or give students needed extra practice. There are many ways that parents, schools, and students work- ing together, can put homework first while making it seem like less of a burden. What is the policy? Ask about the district, school, or teacher's homework policy. Is there a set amount of time your child is expected to spend on homework each night? Ask how often there will be special assignments or long-term home-based projects. Knowing the answers to these questions can help you and your child sched- ule the necessary time to complete the work. Watch the time. Some children work faster than oth- ers and some assignments are longer than others. How- ever, if your child is spending hours every night on homework, check for: *Distractions. Is your child studying in a quiet, well- lit place? Do not let television, phone calls, or siblings distract him or her from completing the work. *Advice. Is there someone available to answer quick questions about assignments? *Tools. Does your child have the tools (i.e., paper, pen, calculator, dictionary) needed to complete the as- signment? *Attitude. The attitudes of children are often affected by the attitudes of parents and caregivers. Children need to see that you support your child's need to complete both schoolwork and homework. *Share concerns. An occasional homework overload is not grounds for a heart-to-heart with the teacher. Be- low are some signs that it is time for a conference or a note. *Busy work. 15-20 multiplication problems or spell- ing words at a time is fine, but 50 is excessive. *Brain busters. Talk with the teacher if your children consistently do not understand their assignments. *Brainless. Is everything just too easy? Does your child mock the simplicity of the assignments? Let the teacher know. *Unpredictable. If your child is overwhelmed with homework one da and has none the next, find out why. Sometimes, kids put off projects until the last minute- which means you need to work with them on organiz- ing their study time. Families should expect a relatively consistent homework load during the week. Scale back. If your child's life is so full of after-school and weekend activities that he or she has no time or energy for homework, perhaps it is time to reevaluate. These activities should never replace school as the pri- mary focus of a child's life. Stop yourself. Many parents "help" their children by doing some of their homework. This is never OK. It is far better to send a note to the teacher explaining why your child did not finish the assignment. Stay involved. Show your children that you care about what they are doing in school. Check their as- signment books every day to help them keep track.of what's due next and what projects are coming up. Re- view their homework, even checking in with them while they are working on it. Most importantly, give your child credit. Praise the work they do. Compliment their study habits. Stay on them if they slack off, but give them credit for all they are doing and learning. Nothing could be more impor- tant. NOkW00I0000$00 1037 SUNSET DRIVE (HIGHWAY 28), NORWALK, IA 50211 m John Phillips Owner Candace Ritzler Manager Rioardo Alverio AUTO HOME" FARM RANCH " BUSINESS " LIFE HEALTH SPECIALTY BONDS ......... 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You must start slower, turn more gradually and start stopping sooner in inclement weather. As for being discourteous, many are parking where they are blocking the flow of traffic or cars that have appropriately parked. Before just stopping, think about the other traffic and ask yourself, "Am I blocking someone by parking here?" Slowing down and being courteous will go a long way in keeping our kids safe. WARRIOR BASEBALL CAMP The Norwalk Warrior High School Baseball program will be conducting a baseball camp for potential future Warriors in grades third, fourth, fifth and sixth Satur- day, March 6. Third and fourth grade camp will be from 9 a.m.-12 noon and the fifth and sixth grade camp will run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The camp will be held in the Norwalk High School gym with instruction from the Norwalk coaching staff and current varsity players. Registration forms can be found on the school website under "Activities, .... Camp Info." The cost is $30 and includes a camp t-shirt. For more information contact Head Coach Chad Wiedmann at 981-1838 at the high school. Camp regis- tration is due Saturda Feb. 13. Lady Warriors Continued from p. 8 and overcame a strong sec- ond quarter by Norwalk to win 40-29. The Warriors took early control of the game when Makenzie Reed scored on a lay-up with 6:26 in the first quar- ter and led 2-0. After a couple of Tama scores, Paige Lammers hit from beyond the arc to pull Norwalk within two, trail- ing 7-5. Lammers again hit a shot with 1:55 remaining and the Trojans managed a 12-11 lead at the end of one. Reed hit a three to put the Warriors on top 14-12 and then Brie McAninch scored when Reed hit her with a pass and the lead was 16-12. Norwalk led at the half 18-16 and had a chance to extend the lead with no time on the clock, but missed on the oppor- tunity at the free-throw line. Norwalk was unable to find the same offensive intensity in the third quar- ter and was outscored by Tama 15-4 and the Trojans took a 31-22 lead into the final quarter. Both teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter and South Tama held on for the win. Reed led Norwalk with 12 points. Taylor Welden fin- ished with six, Lammers five, McAninch two and Devin Brown one. The Warriors fall'to 5-5 in Little Hawkeye Conference play. Norwalk Battles No. 1 The Lady Warriors trav- eled to Sioux City Satur- day morning, Jan. 30, to take on the number one rated Heelan Crusaders. Heelan jumped out to an early 18-9 first quarter lead taking advantage of the height difference they en- joyed over Norwalk. The Warriors battled back in the second quarter; Lammers hit her second three-pointer of the first half and McAninch hit a 12-footer from the wing and the lead was cut to 23- 14. Reed found Hall VanVelzen under the bas- ket and the lead was 24-21 with 1:55 left to play. Thirty seconds later Reed drove through the lane and found VanVelzen again under the basket and Norwalk trailed by one. With 40 seconds remain- ing Reed and VanVelzen teamed up again and the score was 27-25. Heelan's all-stater Carli Tritz scored on a short jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds and the Crusaders went into the rocker room leading 29-25. The third quarter, Tritz showed why she signed to play at Creighton and took over the game. The Warriors were outscored 21-7 and trailed 50-32. Lammers hit her third three of the game in the last quarter, along with a steal and a score by Tori Mateer, but it was not enough as the Warriors fell 71-50. Lammers led Norwalk with 11 points. Concluded p. 11 Know Your Constitution Winner Headed to Washington, D.C. Nicole Golay, of Norwalk High School, will be in Washington, D.C. Feb. 21-26, as a winnerof the Know Your Constitu- tion contest. She will be ac- companied by teacher AI Hart. Sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association's (ISBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD), the annual contest is designed to encourage high school youth to learn more about the constitu- tions of both the United States and the state of Iowa. Each fall, a quiz with 50 multiple choice questions and one essay question is distributed to high school students all over the state. The students are then given several weeks to complete the test. While the multiple choice ques- tions cover facts, the essay requires the students to make practical use of their constitutional knowledge by applying it to the situa- tion given in the essay prompt. This year's essay question asked students to address constitutional is- sues related to the gay marriage debate. After all quizzes are re- turned to the ISBA office, the YLD committee grades them, selecting up to 100 finalists, one from each Iowa House district. "Hundreds, if not thou- sands of exams were com- pleted by high school gov- ernment students across the state," said Lance Lange, co-chair of the YLD Know Your Constitution Committee. "Of the 608 exams thatwere eventu- ally submitted, approxi- Nicole Golay mately 60 high schools were represented. One hundred students were chosen as finalists and, from the finalists, five win- ners of an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. were randomly selected." As one of the five win- ners, Golay will attend the Close Up program. Close Up uses Washington, D.C. as a living classroom, giv- ing students an opportu- nity to see government and democracy in action. Through Close Up, Golay will be able to go beyond a mere tour of the monuments. She will have the oppornity to interact withiembers of Congress on Capitol Hill and visit the Supreme Court, expe- riencing a unique and close-up view of how the government operates. The Iowa State Bar As- sociation is a voluntary organization of more than 7,900 lawyers and judges who are licensed to prac- tice law in the state of Iowa. Oldest of the volun- tary bar associations in the country, the ISBA has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1874. Lady Warriors vs South Tama Makenzie Reed. Photo by Brad Springer.