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Thursday, April 18, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven ! BLAI Wy jiOIOnDe Ln' pMc ipNTARY I Distinguishing Between Assessments A parent asked a great question about assessments. They wanted to know the difference between the teachers using summative vs. formative data during their instru . on. This is the best way for me to explain it. The summative assessmentdata is often called "autopsy data" by researchers, because it is taken after the fact and doesn't' serve the students at the time when they really need the help. Examples of summative data are the Iowa Assessment or the unit benchmark tests. The formative assessment is given during the learning. I would define the formative assessment as something that we have control over at the school level and we can make instruc- tional changes based orL the data. Below is a general overview of each type of assess- ment: Type of Assessment When givenZ Examples Roles Impo~ance Teacher use Formative During Learning Demonstrations, clicker tests, discussion, quick responses or assignments Teacher and learning as active participants Determines next step for teacher for their instruction Change for instruction, grouping pacing and collaboration Summative After Learning Multiple choice tests or end of unit tests Teacher is evaluator Determine proficiencies or grades Use to create prof' iencies or non proflcienc!es Teacher Appreciation Week: The week of May 5 ,Teaching is a hard job. It's stressful but the professionals embrace it with a pas- sion for reacting and learning and children. Each teacher makes decisions based on our student's needs and abilities. The goal of each professional is to work creatively and to be innovative with their craft. Many times people think that teaching is a nine month job. What many don't un- derstand is that teachers spend countless hours off the clock in professional develop- ment, planning, preparing, reading and learning and growing as a professional. If you look at the parking lot any time of the da) you will see someone working extra to better prepare your children to become better learners. Teachers are professionals and take a tremendous amount of pride in what they do on a daily basis. They really do care about every child who walks in that door. I challenge everyone that when they walk in, they need to be better than the day be- fore! This week, I ask that you say or do something positive to show the teachers how much they are appreciated. Our childrendesei-ve the best. Thank you for entrusting your children into our care. We promise to do our best each day! Upcoming Events May 6 DIBELS Testing May 7 Band Concert- 7 p.m.-Auditorium May 9 5th Graders Visit Middle School " After-School should not be an Afterthought After-school programs and activities can be wonderfully enriching, providing children with opportunities to stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, learn team- work and build social skills. Today's range of available activities is greater than ever--from computer classes to cheerleading clinics, music lessons to Scout troops, art and dance to football and soccer. Here are some important things to consider when enrolling your children in after-school programs: Whose idea is it? Try to make sure that your child has at least some interest in the club, sport, or lesson you are signing him or her up for. What if you want them to attend and they don't want to? Incentives can work wonders. Together, set two goals. The first is yours: spell out the activity you want them to participate in, the amount of time you want the,-n to devote and the attitude you want them to have about it. The second is theirs: following your rules and achieving the goals you set for them, decide on the speda! privilege or reward they can earn. '; How intense is it? Some after-school gymnastics prograzns are a great excuse for children to burn off energy andlearn a few new skills. Others are totally focused on training the next Olympian. Find the program that really fits what you and your child are looking for. Can it help your child academically, athletically, or socially? All children have areas of strength and areas where they need some enrichment or encouragement, After-school programs can help with both! Choose one activity that lets your child expand on his or her strengths and try to find another one that offers a challenge. For example, enroll an athletic child in a basketball league and in the library-reading club, or sign up a shy youngster in Scouts as well as an art or music class. What kind of commitment are they looking for? Your 10-year-old may have just what the coach or instructor has always dreamed of--amazing flexibility, artistic talent, a perfect butterfly, or a 90-mph serve, But be wary of programs that expect your child to commit to four days a week or more. Children still need rime to do their schoolwork, sleep 10 hours a night and to "chill." Have you heard good feedback from other parents and children? The best after- school programs get great reviews from children and their parents. If just the par- ents are raving about a program, your children may be sorry you signed them up. If just the children are crazy about it, it may be too lax or too expensive to meet your needs. Are you over-scheduling? Unstructured playtime is very important for children. It is a great time for them to use their imaginations, "veg out," or just have fun. Be sure that you do not take their childhood away from them by filling every after- school hour with "enriching" activities. While there are many things to consider when contemplating after-school programs, remember also that anything you do is better than the all too-common alternative--letring your children decide, every day, what they want to do after school. Too many children today fritter away their child- hoods watching television or playing computer/video games. Whatever after-scho01 program you choose, help your children see that life is not a spectator sport. Norwalk Easter Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes Following are the State Capital. She stated it and discuss later when Norwalk Easter Public Li- was a successful day with more information is avail- brary Board of Trustees a chance to talk to many able. Minutes for the regular legislators. Director C. Cashdrawer/slider- meeting of March 11, 2013. Sealine also reported that discussed purchase so Roll Call she has been working with funds could be monitored The meeting was called Annette Clark (Youth Ser- and tracked. to order at 6:50 p.m. Laura vices Librarian) and Mary D. Laptop computer - Greiner, Jordyn Hill, Tom Kay Johnson (Adult Ser-discussed need for new Dunn, Diana Duffy and vices Coordinator) on the laptop for programs. Di- Donna Kitterman were strategic plan and will con- rector Sealine willresearch present. Library Director tinue to work on it options and bring a pro- Holly Sealine was present, throughout March. Finall posal to the next meeting. Public Comments/Guests Director Sealine brought E. Camera - discussed There were no guests, up some larger purchases need for camera for pro- Review/Change of Agen- that would help with pro- gram use. Director Sealine da-policies will not be re- gramming, such as a newwill research getting a card viewed tonight, laptop computer, LCD reader Review Last Meetings projector and a digitalMeeting ActivityRecord Minutes camera. She also men- Motion 1: Agenda Ap- Director's Report tioned the need for twoproval with change to de- The month of February additionalbook bins in the lete policy review: Motion 2013 saw 4,062 visitors to children'sarea for the easy by Laura Greiner, sec- the library. We had a typi- reader books However, onded Donna Kitterman. cal month of circulation Director SeaIine would Motion passed with 5,902 items; however like to gather more infor- Motion 2: Approval of the items checked-out via marion before asking the February Minutes: Motion our digitallibrary (Wilbor) Board of Trustees to make by Laura Greiner, second- increased this month by a decision, ed by-Donna Kitterman. 16% with a total of 225 Unfinished Business Motion passed. checkouts. We are excited A. Treasurer's Report -Motion 3: Approval of to announce that later in Director Sealine is moni- bills to be paid: Motion by March the Wilbor interface toting the budget It is on Laura Greiner, seconded willbe updated to makeit track, by Jordyn Hill. Motion easier to use. The library B. Strategic Plan - passed. saw 25 new accounts tabled for now. Director Motion 4: Approval of added, seven programs for Sealine is working on this. Budget: Motion by Donna adults and 16 children's New Business Kitterman, seconded by programs. A. Budget was ap- Laura Greiner. Motion Director Sealine re- proved passed. ported back on Legislator B. Out of State ILL Adjournment Day, held March 6 at the Policy - wilt monitor use Chairperson Tom Dunn requested a morion for ad- journment. Motion by Jordyn Hill seconded by Laura Greiner. Motion passed. Adjourned at 7:43 p.m. Respectfully submitted by: Diana Duffy, Secretary (NAPS)--Psoriasis patients may get relief from their ' symptoms by exposing their affected skin to natural sun- light and wearing light cot- ton clothing. They should also discuss treatment options with a dermatologist. For more information and to find a nearby dermatologist, visit www.psoriasisconnect.com. After Prom April 27 After Prom is a drug and alcohol free event held when prom is over. This year it will be held at the high school Saturday, April 27, from midnight until approximately 6 a.m. April 28. Once the students are signed in, if they want to leave the parents are called. It takes approximately $9,000 to put on this fun, safe and very worthwhile event for "our kids." The evening's entertainment will consist of laser tag, inflatables, a photo booth, DJ, various other games, food, prizes and a hypnotist. Following this will be a pancake breakfast at the fire station. The cost is $30 per student to be paid in advance. Checks should be made out to After Prom and mailed to Box 177, Norwalk, IA 50211 or dropped off at the High School office. The committee consists of parents and community members. If anyone is interested in helping, contact Theresa Webb at Webb2t@aol.com or 515-490-0211, or Kathy Fazio at kfazio7569@msn com or 515-556-0201. There are various ways you can help out. You can do- nate some sort of snack or soda for the evening; they can be dropped off during decorating Saturday morn- ing, The committee could use help decorating Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until noon. If you want to help at After Prom, be at the high school at 11:30 p.m. Satur- day. The evening goes very fast and it is fun watching and listening to our "kids being kids.' Iis a Ifu I c mmercial printer" ! I Call us for your flyers, t ! I .le e.rhead' enVel pes' 1 I brochures, magazines, I I Photo Printing, Inc. I s. I', st:, ,oo,! . ! 515-989-3251