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~-,IViA, LL i L)~~ibl ~'~i~'~ -,~, ~ ~ :~r~:-i~~--: ::~ ~ ~!~ii~;" OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 51 No. 40 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March 7, 2019 Mayor's Moment By Tom Phillips As I sit here writing this column, we have just gotten another four inches of snow. While I enjoy seeing a nice blanket of white, like most of you, I'm getting awfully tired of shoveling. I just keep reminding myself that Spring is just around the corner and the snow will soon be gone. Unfortunately, I know we are probably going to have a few more snow storms before winter is finally over. If you haven't already signed up for the City's new text alert system, I highly recommend you do. The City uses this system to alert residents and business owners when they activate and deactivate the Norwalk Snow Ordinance. It has been getting a real workout this winter too with all of the times we have had to use it. This text alert system takes the guess work out of knowing when the snow ordinance is or isn't in effect. It's easy just text: NORWALK to 46986. Budget: It's already budget time and City Council, staff and I have been working hard to set next year's budget. I'm happy to say our property tax levy is going to remain the same as last year. We've been able to expand the number of projects we're working on, provide amenities that taxpayers have been requesting, expand our public safety staff and equipment, as well as working on some long overdue street projects, all while keeping our levy steady. Community Chat: The next community chat will be Saturday, March 9th at City Hall from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to attend at any point during this time. Bring your coffee and questions or concerns and join us for a conversation. It is very informal but a great opportunity to ask questions or bring an issue to our attention. Meeting Cancelled: Please Note: Due to Spring Break, the City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 21st is cancelled. I hope you all have a great start to your spring. Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Dinners The Norwalk Knights of Columbus will once again offer Fish Fry Dinners on Friday evenings during Lent. Dinners will be served March 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and April 5th and 12th. The events will take place at the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church hall, 720 Orchard Hills Drive in Norwalk, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each week. The menu will include baked and fried fish, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, baked potatoes (while they last), french fries, cote slaw, and drinks. Contact St. John's Catholic Church at 981-4855 with any questions, including information on cost of the event. Please join us each week! Kelli Harris Honored as Norwalk Chamber's Kelli Harris was chosen as the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and was honored at the annual chamber banquet held at Echo Valley Country Club. Educator Kelli Harris has a different definition of Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, often expressed as 3.14. TO Harris, the number represents the day - March 14, 2012 - she accepted the offer to teach mathematics for the Norwalk Community School District. Harris currently teaches Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 lab to eighth and ninth graders at Norwalk's Eastview School. She also is the mathematics curriculum lead for grades 9-12 for the district. Harris's love of mathematics education has roots in her family. She is a fourth-generation teacher. Her mother Jill Bass was her own high school math teacher in Boone and her grandfather Craig Anderson was a school superintendent in Boyden- Hull before his retirement. An aunt is a high school English teacher and an uncle was president of the Boone School Board and Iowa Association of School Boards. "Needless to say, education has always been a part of my life and I'm lucky to have been surrounded by passionate educators all my life," she says. Her interest began early - in first grade - where she stayed after school in Mrs. Gage's classroom in Boone until her father, Chad Bass, could pick her up. The teacher let her take the extra worksheets from the recycling bin so, like many kids, she could play school at home. "I knew then I wanted to be a teacher," she says. "I was blessed with amazing educators from K-12 through college and stayed very active in high school and college in sports, band and various organizations. I knew I wanted to share my love of school and learning with others." Harris graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake in 2012 with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. In 2014 she completed a master's in education in curriculum, instruction and teacher leadership from Buena Vista. The curriculum includes studies in learning, development and motivation, leadership in a changing society, cognition and instruction, curriculum design and instructional leadership. "My master's program provided me a well-rounded experience that has continued to benefit me as a teacher and curriculum lead," she says. "I learned a great deal about how our brains develop and learn which has allowed me to provide engaging learning experiences for students. I also learned about curriculum design and assessment which has been beneficial when building units and during our curriculum review process as a department." Harris's commitment to teaching is reflected in another aspect of her active life. She recently completed 200 hours of training to become a certified yoga instructor and leads classes evenings and weekends at Power Life Yoga in Des Moines. She also shares her nergies with Norwalk students as assistant middle chool cross country coach and assistant coach for Varsity girls track as the throwing coach. Her first paying job, teaching beginning swimming lessons, combined her love of teaching with her love of sports, convince the little kids to put their faces in the water, I told them Dory and Nemo from the movie were under the water," she says. "To my surprise it worked. They all came up excited, saying they saw them. That trick served me well." Harris and her husband Justus built a home in Norwalk in 2015 and love being part of the community where they enjoy spending time with their miniature Goldendoodle, going on walks and trying new restaurants. Harris, right, is shown receiving her award from Eastview Principal Dr. Jody Ratigan. Information for this article was provided by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. nofi Plan to attend City of Norwalk's Community Chat Held the 2nd Saturday of each month, 9-10:30 a.m. at City Hall, 705 North Ave. Residents are invited to visit with city representatives about a variety of topics. City of Norwalk Dog License Applications A reminder that dog licenses in the City of Norwalk are coming due for the year. You are required by law to annually license all dogs six months or older. Licenses are due by March 31st. On April 1st, a $10 per dog late fee will apply. Please see the City of Norwalk website (www.norwalk.iowa.gov) or call 515-981-0228 if you have questions.