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Thursday, February 14, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine I LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal In 2010, McReL developed the What Matters Most Framework on what factors matter the most in having the most positive effect on student success. I'm pleased to say that I think that our district attacks each of the areas on a daily basis. 1.) Guaranteed challenging, engaging and intentional instruction: Teachers are on a six year cycle in which they choose a curriculum which is researched-based. They try to pick curriculum which challenges students, they push themselves in build- ing positive relationships with them and are intentional in their use of a broad reper- toire of teaching strategies. 2.) Ensure curricular pathways to success: We want each student in the building to have a challenging, personalized learning experience that will allow them to be- come ready for life success. 3.) Provide whole-child student supports: We try to provide cognitive, emotional and learning supports to address a variety of student level factors that are crucial to success of each student in the building. 4.) Create high performance school cultures: We strive to develop a culture of high expectations for learning and behavior, which is even more powerful predictor of student success than socioeconomic status. 5.) Develop data driven districts: Norwalk prides itself on making all decisions based on data. We use multiple data sources for each of the decisions that we make throughout the year. DIBELS Midyear Results I'm very excited about the progress that our readers are making with their Oral Reading Fluency and their accuracy in reading, The teams at the beginning of the year set their SMART goals based on the beginning of the year data. The midyear data will guide the teachers with their instruction as they will continue to work to meet their year-end goal. Below are the results: Oral Reading Fluency 2012 Beginning of Year Results Percent of Group Middle of Year Results Percent of Group Grade 3 Low Risk 70 80 Some Risk 17 13 At Risk 12 7 Grade 4 Low Risk 71 79 Some Risk 17 14 At Risk 12 7 Grade 5 Low Risk 72 77 Some Risk 11 14 At Risk 17 9 *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Raising Responsible Children Raising a child means more than helping him or her grow up healthy and happy. It is important that, by the time they are ready to leave home, children have learned to be self-sufficient and responsible. Those kinds of lessons take an entire childhood to learn, but they are among the most important legacies you can pass on to your children. Here are some ways to start: Make them Calendar Girls (and Boys). Give your child his or her own calendar. Have children mark a test or project due, or when a sports or group activity is sched- uled. Each child's calendar should be posted in a visible spot and get them in the habit of checking it every day--either adding new events and deadlines or crossing off things they have completed. Keeping Track. As tempting as it is to bail out your children if they forget their lunch or homework or put off an assignment until too late, those mistakes can be excellent tools to teach responsibility. If your child needs to borrow lunch money, make sure it is paid back from his or her own savings. If the project is due the next day, fight the urge to step in and help get it done. Children only need a few such lessons, and some serious follow-up discussions from their families and teachers, to realize that it is not worth it to be irresponsible. Helping Others. No matter what your child's situation in life, there always are others in greater need. Get your child involved in helping those less fortunate by working through community, school, or religious groups that focus on community service. Show that you believe in what you are teaching by volunteering yourself as well. Pet Smarts. Taking care of the family pet is an excellent way to learn responsibil- ity. Children quickly learn the consequences if they forget to take the dog out, forget to feed the cat, or let a caged pet out unattended. Your children need to know that their pets depend on them. Get to Work. Assign weekly chores to everyone in the house, rotating them so that, eventually, everyone has a turn at doing the dishes, putting away laundry and taking out the trash. Divide the jobs by age, with older children doing the harder jobs and make sure to never list anything as a "gift" job or a "boy" job. Save for the Future. Financial responsibility is easy to teach if you start when your children are young. From their very first birthday money, teach them to set aside a certain amount for the future. A good rule of thumb is to put half away for savings and save half for spending, either on things they want right away or things they would like to buy in the future. Consider Matching Funds. If your children are saving for something that is a big- ticket item, consider setting up a matching fund, where, if they earn the first half, you will chip in the second. Even though it sounds like the same concept as saying you will split the cost with them, it is actually more effective to have them demon- strate to you first that they have worked and saved enough to pay for their share. Finally, remember that the only way to teach your children responsibility is to model the behavior yourself. Make sure they know that they can depend on you to follow through on promises. Help them see that you value your contributions to your job, your community and your family. Decorator's Notebook Beautiful Weatheflxooflng Protection For Exterior Wood Care Projects (NAPS)--Caring for exte- rior .wood surfaces--such as decks, fences, siding and fur- " nitrite--does more than just help the outside of your home look its best; it can protect your investment. Weather- proofing stains and finishes help protect wood surfaces from the harmful effects of the elements, ensuring a beautiful, long-lasting finish. According to the experts, weatherproofing protection for your deck and other exte- rior wood care projects can be broken down into three easy steps: preparation, color selec- tion and staining/finishing. Here are some tips from Eric Lundquist, director of mar- keting for Stain & Specialty Products at Behr: 1. oreyo apply the stain, you need to ly prepare the ran'face. That's the key to attaining a beautiful appearance and achieving long-lasting dura- bility. Wood that has a peel- ing stain or finish, or is in poor condition, should be stripped to remove all evions coat- inp. Then dean with a wood cleaner such as the recently nilmlated BEHR Premh Albln4)ne Wood . Tho deaner can be usod to bright- ea and remove un3dew stadra in a single ste New or weath- ered wood should also be cleaned to remove any exist- ing mold or mildew stains, opm dogged pes on the sur- face, and to restore the wood An In-stmo visualization tool helps you see what the col- ors would look like on a deck, fence, siding, fumitum or composite surface. to its original, natural color. 2. Color Selection. This is an opportunity for you to use your favorite colors on the outside living spaces of your home. And remember that color changes and/or improve- ments you make to your home's exterior can enhance your home's curb appeal. A wide variety of shadss is avail- able so finding the one that's fight for you is easy. Behr's color offerings include Red- wood and Cedar Naturaltone, Wood-land Green and Cape Cod Gray, as well as custom wood stain colors. Behr's Exterior Wood Care Center at The Home Depot offers color chips in-ore and visualization tools so you can see what the colors will look like on a deck, fence, siding, furniture or composite sur- face. Plus, you can find 8- ounce sainples for testing color before applying to a large area. S.Staining and Fin- ishing, When you are ready to stain, be sure to use a 100- percent acrylic resin formu- lated to protect decks, siding and fences year-round. Your options include: o A solid color weather- proofing wood stain, which reveals the wood texture but conceals the grain, offering the most durable and long- lasting finish and vibrant color. It hides blemishes, imperfections and signs of aging wood. A semi-ira.sparent weath- erproofing wood stain that lets natural wood grain and texture show through and provides more durability than clear or wood-toned products. It adds subtle color and is ideal for new or un- stained surfaces. A transparent weather- proofing wood finish adding color to the wood while enhancing the wood's nat- ural beauty. Visitors to Behr's Exter/or Wood Care Center can scan a QR code found on the back panel of their wood stains and finishes brochure for a short informative video. For more information, including exterior how-to instructions, visit WoodSmart by BEHR at www.behr.con To find and share tips and inspiration, fans can also "like" Behr on Facebook, follow Behr on Twitter and bookmark Behr's blog all about color and design at www.colorfully behr.cem.