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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warriors Page Eight LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students l Class Placement: According to Norwalk School Board Policy 501.4, all regular students enrolled in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade are placed heterogeneously and by random assignment with geri- der/cultural equity. In grades one through five, if a par- ent feels that a child immediately following another sib- ling shouldn't have the same teacher, they may request a change. This request must be IN WRITING and made by the end of April. (Preferably by the end of February the preceding year in order that the child is not placed with the same teacher.) The child concerned will be moved down one spot, in the alphabetical sequence and placed accordingly. If the alphabetical sequence places the child under a teacher other than the exclusion requested, he or she would be placed in accordance with normal assignment procedures. Parents are not allowed to request a cer- tain teacher for their child. If a parent has any con- cerns, you should contact the building principal by the end of March. Study Club: Study Club is h resource available to stu- dents that attend Lakewood Elementary. Students are provided a structured and quiet setting conducive for homework completion. Students that attend Study Club can receive extra guidance from certified staff members. Study Club is held Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4 p.m. in the library at Lakewood. The goals of Study Club are: 1) increase homework completion for students, 2) to provide additional aca- demic assistance to students having difficulty complet- ing work at home, 3) to provide a studious and struc- tured setting that allows students to focus on school work, 4) increase student's responsibility of work completion, 5) increase student's confidence in ability to finish school work. Any student can attend and Study Club is especially useful for Students that are having difficulty complet- ing work during school or returning completed home- work. Students that do not complete homework may be required to stay for Study Club for that particular night. If your child is required to stay for Study Club, you will be contacted by the teacher or your child. Your child will not stay if you were not contacted directly; however, the teacher may request he/she stays the fol- lowing night. New Conference Schedu Wednesday, Feb. 24 Regular School Day, Conferences 5-8 p.m. Thursday; Feb. 25 No School Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 No School, Conferences 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 24 Regular School Day, Conferences 5-8 p.m. Feb. 25 No School K-9, Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 26 No School K-9, Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 15-19 Spring Break, No School March 23 Fourth grade trip to Des Moines Symphony April 7 Early Out, Teacher Professional Development, Elementary dismissal at 12:05 p.m. April 22 Lakewood Art Show, 5:30-7 p.m. May 5 Early Out, Teacher Professional Development, Elementary dismissal at 12:05 p.m. N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, February 18, 2010 Large Group Speech Students At State Contest Pictured are the students going to the Ankeny state contest. Photo submitted. By Margo Murillo The district large group speech contest for the Iowa High School Speech Asso- ciation was held Saturday; Jan. 23 at Waukee High School. Norwalk entered 13 categories with a record number of 50 students par- ticipating. The group's sea- son began in late October and lasted until the Febru- ary contests. All groups did very well at the district level with eight groups advancing to the state level competition. Those who performed at the state contest in Ankeny High School Sat- urday, Feb. 6 were Readers Theater - Kira Fetters, Shelby Purscell, Mac- Kenzie Minnis, Damon Sindelar, Sky Bussanmas, Abby Landis, Colby Campbell, David Welker, DeLaynee Hochstetler, Emma George, Kara Huen and Jessica Hyslope per- forming the playlet "Help Wanted." Two solo mimes also advanced, Jessica Hyslope in "Too Much Fun in the Sun" and Chelsea Frazer in "Change of Plans." One improvisational group in- cluding Colby Campbell, Joe Quick, Sarah Saltz and Zach Schroeder also per- formed. All three of the en- semble acting groups made it to the state level. Those students were Zach Schroeder, Emma George, DeLaynee Hochstetler and Sarah Dahl performing "The Little Death," Taylor Tomlinson, Shayna Holle, Trent Safford, Justin Senecaut and Marilyn Bagley in "Psychic Hair Hotline," and Kaitlin Leichty, Taylor Weldon, Allie McCurnin and Sa- vannah Blake in "Road Trips." The last group to per- form at the state level was the Radio News team con- sisting of five freshmen, Marie Putbrese, Michael Bockholt, Sam Bergan, Lily Clark and Kaitlyn Ludlow. Three of these groups received the highest Divi- sion one rating. Those groups taking the top hon- ors were the freshmen Ra- dio News team, Ensemble Acting group in "The Little Death" and the Group Improvisation team performing the improvisa- tion "Over 70 Winter Olympics." After the state contest is held, each of the three judges nominates the best performances they saw throughout the day. If two judges nominate a group, they are asked to perform at the AllState Festival held in Ames. For the first time in several years, the Radio News team was nominated and asked to perform at the All State Festival Saturday; Feb. 20. This is the highest honor in tional for a freshmen team speech contests and excep- to achieve. Norwalk Music Boosters Following are the Norwalk Music Boosters Minutes for the Meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 in the HS band room at 7 p.m. Teacher Reports: Upcoming High School band events: Feb. 8-Little Hawkeye Conference Honor Band Festival in Knoxville; Feb. 15-Winter concert at Waukee HS auditorium, Feb. 20-Indianola Jaz Festival, Indianola; Feb. 26-Coe College Jazz Festival in Cedar Rapids and March 8-Solo/Ensemble contest, Norwalk. Upcoming High School Choir events: Feb. 20- Indianola Jazz Festival Indianola; Feb. 23-Choral solo/ ensemble contest, Norwalk; March 2-"Spotlight" con- cert at Eastview cafeteria, featuring division I rating winners; March 5-Jazz choir to Kirkwood Festival Ce- dar Rapids; March 6-Show Choir competition in Coun- cil Bluffs and March 27-Final show choir performance, Norwalk. NHS choir trip to Colorado is April 21-26 with 67 singers and 10 chaperones signed up. Informational meetings on trip specifics and rehearsals are coming soon. Kim Ward thanked Boosters and Cal's for the fundraiser dinner. Upcoming Middle School band events: Feb. 13-Jazz band contest at Callanan Middle School, Des Moines; Feb. 20-Indianola Jazz Festival, Indianola; March 4-Sixth grade band and vocal concert and March 6-SCIBA solo/ ensemble contest, NMS. Upcoming Middle School choir events: Feb. 19-Sev- enth and eighth solo/ensemble contest, NMS. Feb. 20- Show choir at Indianola Jazz Festival Indianola; March 2-Seventh and eighth Honor Choir Festival, Dallas Cen- ter-Grimes; March 4-Sixth grade band and vocal con- cert and March 27-Final show choir performance, Norwalk. Upcoming elementary band and vocal events: Feb. 11-Fifth grade vocal concert; Feb. 16-Fifth grade band concert; March 6-SCIBA solo/ensemble contest and March 30-Third grade vocal concert. Fundraising Programs: Deb Luzier and Tami Frazier are working on a fundraising plan for future needs of Concluded p. 10