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Thursday, February 7, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine GOLDEN ATTITUDE AWARD AT EASTVIEW The staff at Eastview recognized 8th and 9th grade students exhibiting Golden Attitudes. The Golden Attitude Award is presented to students who contribute to our school in a positive manner through the attitude they display and their interac- tions with others. 9th grade stUdents Charles Putbrese, Ellen Wines, Melinda Klawonn and Elijah Richardson. OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal 2013-2014 Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Oviatt Elementary Conference Room, Room 209. Check the school district's website at www.norwalk.k12.ia.us for the required registration forms parents/guardians need to complete for their child(ren). If you do not have access to a computer and/or printer, contact Cheri Atherton, District Registrar, at 981-0676, for paper copies of the registration form(s). We thank you in advance for your participation in this registration process. Your promptness in completion of these forms allows us to be proactive in staffing appro- priately for the kindergarten class of 2013-2014. Winter Conferences, Portfolio Share and Art Show During February student-led conferences, February 18-21, you will receive up-to- date information on your child's academic progress and your child's personal selec- tion of work that demonstrates his or her accomplishments in some or all of the "district's seven Student Learning Goals: Learning to Learn Communication Thinking & Reasoning Interpersonal Skills Personal/Social Skills Technology Expanding & Integrafifig Knowledge We will combine the Art Show and Portfolio Share with our February conference. When you come to February conferences, we encourage you to set aside time to tour our building, enjoy the artwork of your child and that of his or her classmates and stop by the Book Fair! Fundraiser News ~ '"Sth grade students Trent Moritz, Ryan Kenned3~ M~illoi'if'Mifl'phy and Brady" Feb, 11 NO SCHOOL- Teacher Professio/aal Dcve!opment Brandsfield. Box Tops for Education Continue to send your Box Tops for Education coupons to school. Qualifying Box Tops coupons can be found on packages of participating General Mills Big G cereals and both Betty Crocker and several Pillsbury food service products, along with many other household products like Kleenex. For a complete list of participating prod- ucts, visit www.boxtops4education.com. This year, Box Tops will provide support for additional technology purchases at Oviatt Elementary. Thus far, community members have submitted Box Tops totaling $2,354.90, The next shipment of Box Tops for redemption is scheduled for February 21. If possible, trim your Box Tops and send in sets of 50 coupons per plastic snack- size or sandwich-size Ziploc bag. This is a building-wide project that benefits all Oviatt students. We thank you for your support! Community members without children attending Oviatt Elementa13 but who wish to contribute, can leave their Box Tops at the Oviatt Elementary Office. Thanks to all who participate in this easy fundraiser for the students in our school. Important Oviatt Dates Deadline for ads, ] legals and stories is Noon Friday! Feb. 18-21 Feb. 18 Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Art Show during conferences Regular School Day / Parent - Teacher conferences 4-7 p.m.- Regular School Day / Parent - Teacher conferences 4-7 p.m. NO SCHOOL Parent - Teacher conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. NO SCHOOL Maggie Luzier (8th grade) and Megan Staude (9th grade). Photos submitted. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 is a full commercial printer. *Flyers *Letterhead *Envelopes *Brochures *Magazines *Newsletters *Books, etc. Call for a free estimate! Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. Ist St Carlisle, IA 50047 515-989-3251 LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal t Norwalk Foundation Gets Target Grant:A special thanks to the Norwalk Foundation for getting tl~e Tar- get Educational Grant that will fund the 5th graders going to the Science Center. That organization has been invaluable for Lakewood. Last year, they purchased clickers that have been used for formative assessment. Thanks again to the foundation! Staff Development at Lakewood: The Lakewood staff will be emphasizing using data to drive instruc- tion in the area of reading. We continue, as a building, to focus on teaching both the strategies and the skills in order for our children to comprehend more effectively. We will also be threading the Iowa Core into our staff development, so that we can stay "on top" of reading instruction. Both elementary schools will be in the fifth year of implementing a new language arts curriculum and the early outs will be crucial in helping the teachers implement the curriculum. Whether you know this or not, the teachers have before school meetings once a week throughout the year in order to analyze data from the weekly selection reading tests. This year, the staff will concentrate working on gain- ing strategies in order to make your child both a fluent reader and one who comprehends text, both fiction and nonfiction. The staff will continue to study research- based methods and implement those within their class- room. We will be worcing on differentiation as it re- lates to independent irstruction. Other teacher profes- sional development wtl focus on technology as it re- lates to formative asses;ments, mapping and analyzing data. 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. Kristen Orton from Heartland AEA 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 confident that this year will be another great one! In education, there are four types of teachers: Traditionalist: Teachers with high expectations for students, but viewed developing personal relationship with them as outside their professional responsibility Sophisticate: Teachers were aloof and undemanding Sentimentalists: Warm but undemanding Supportive gadflies: High personal warmth with high active demandingness I remember two of my favorite teachers growing up. Both of those teachers (Mr. Brown and Mrs. Case) prided themselves on being challenging and rigorous. They were tough, but at the same time, you worked hard be- cause they valued that nurturing piece of education and I wanted to succeed to please them. In their classes, we activity participated in discussions and were willing to work hard because they had developed a positive, mu- tually respectful rapport. It reminds me of the old say- ing, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." This year we are pushing our teachers to become more rigorous with their instruction while continuing to build strong relationships. I view these two pieces of a three-legged stool. The last leg is that our instruction is intentional and our professionals use the instructional strategies in the appropriate manner. I want to challenge you to think about your favorite teacher it will make your heart happy. Dates to Remember Feb. 11 No School/Professiohal Development Feb. 15 Valentine's Day Party Feb. 19 Conferences 4-7 p.m. Feb. 20 Conferences 4-7 p.m. Feb. 21 No School/Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 22 No School March 11 3rd Grade Music Concert 7 p.m.