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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warriors Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News NORWALK WARRIORS PLACE 1ST Thursday, March 15, 2012 a Norwalk 1st grade Warriors placed 1st in their season at Sports Plex West. They also received 1st place in the tournament. Pictured, back row, left to right: Coach Lane, Coach Carlson, (missing Coach Whipple), Braeden Carlson, Ian Fisher, Justus Williams, Jack Sievers. Front row, left to right: Kaden Tomkins, Tyler Lane, Will Patterson, Ryder Rietz and James Whipple. Norwalk 3rd grade Warriors placed 1st in their season one at Sports Plex West. They also received 1st place in the tournament. Pictured, back row, left to right: Tyler Wagner, Carter LaVelle, Max Juergens, Cole Tunender, Carson Elberts. Front row, left to right: Grant Larsen, Sam Eggers, Haidyn Havick, Kyan Tomkins and Ethan Carlson. Photos submitted. Parents Have Homework, Too. By Sybil Humphries "No gift is too costly (or too hard to obtain) for a par- ent to give his child." No parent would choose to give his or her child an inferior gift, or a gift that would be harmful in any way. The gift of a good.education is a most valuable one. What can parents do to contribute their part to this gift? The teachers (school) have one very important part. The child has a very important part. Parents have an equally im- portant part. Without the parent's part, the education will not measure up. In short, parents have homework. The home is where it all begins. Parents are the head of the home. The head of the home provides, teaches, reinforces and enforces. If the head of the home does not fulfill its ob- ligations, no other agency can fill in the gap. The child carries with him/her everything that is absorbed in the home. First of all, parents must supply the basic needs of the infant, including food, shelter, clothing, love and security. By the time the child has reached school age, parents have done lots and lots of "homework." How- ever, the assignment is just beginning. When the child begins school the parent's role t-,kes on a new dimension, that of enhancing the "formal lu- cation." That is, the education that is provided bythe school. A parent's role in the education of his childhas many dimensions. A parent's "homework" carries vith it many responsibilities. These responsibilities include keeping the proper attitude towarcl education and school, supporting/helping your child, setting healthy priorities, consistency in discipline, rewards and con- sequences, open communication, helping with work missed during sickness, being active in school matters and controlling your child's school attendance. Attitude. It begins with attitude. If you have a posi- tive attitude toward school in general your child will also have a positive attitude. If you have concerns about the school or the teacher, be very careful how you voice these concerns in front of your child. Your child will OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students pick up on your attitude, adopt it as his or her own and take it to school. Negative.and apathetic attitudes are at the root of a large portion of discipline problems at school. Support. Your child cannot go it alone. When he or she has a particular assignment that may require spe- cial hel p or supplies, you are the one he/she turns to for help. Be there with all the support and help possible. There may come a time when your child will need extra help on schoolwork. If you cannot provide this help, speak to your child's teacher about it. There may be some remedial materials, or the teacher may be able to help you and your child work through the problem. You may consider outside help, such as a tutor. Arranging the schedule in the home to accommodate quality "home- work" time/place is one aspect of support. Your child will need to feel secure in the fact that you will be there helping. Priorities. In order for education to come out on top, it must be given top priority. This must be a true com- mitment in light of tlie many interesting and beneficial activities that are available for the youngsters. These include sports, scouts, music/dance lessons and other activities. Too many activities will bring down "the edu- cational level of your child. This should be closely moni- tored during the school year. Consistency. Whatever your methods of discipline, consequences and household management, consistency is the key. When you promise a consequence, follow through. Be firm. Try not to be influenced by your child's per- suasive tactics. Children consistently test authority. Be prepared to follow through each time. Results, while not always immediate, will be forthcoming. Children are just that - children. Although they are learning to accept some responsibility, they are not yet adults and should not be treated as such. This is their time in life to learn things like consistency and priorities and it is your "homework" to instill these qualities in your child. Chil- dren need to know that their poor choices create conse- quences. Rewards and Consequences. Worthwhile rewards may help reinforce responsible actions. However, re- wards do not have to be in the form of costly material gifts. Rewards may be in the form of time spent together, a special word of praise, or a chance to skip a chore. Just let your child know how proud you are of him/her. Consequences should fit the misbehavior as much as possible and should be done immediately, when pos- sible. Try not to become emotional when you discipline your child and be sure to let the incident go. "Forgive and forget." If you remain hostile toward your child after disciplining him/her, you are distancing yourself from your child. Make sure you are still "available" to your child. Communication with your child. Talk with your child. Listen to your child. Make casual comments about what he/she is saying to show that you are listening. Do Concluded p.10 I Norwalk Student 1 Education Foundation Activities and Events By Lori Miller, President Pepsi Refresh-Thanks to everyone who voted dur- ing the Pepsi Refresh contest. We came in third nation- ally for the $5,000 prize. We need to get 1st place to win the money. So ....... we ale going to try again. Watch for updates this fall. Hoping for a football season-Pepsi Refresh contest! Come "Taste for Education"- Friday, April 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Wright Place. Tickets available from your NSEF board members. Drive One 4UR School-Monday, April 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., NHS parking lot. A "No Haggle" test drive of a brand new Ford vehicle. Opportunity to raise $6,000 for our school. A possible additional $10,000 for a great video of the event- Stay tuned!!!!