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Thursday, May 30, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen .... notes from Superintendent of Norwalk Schools SIAC college and work readiness committee with Principal Dale Barnhill. Aaron Evans introduces his Math Champions to the Norwalk School Board. Award-winning artists Bailey Peters, Aleyna Moeller and Maggie Harlow-Vogt. [] New staff pictured below. ~i!iill ~iiii!~!ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~,~,,,~:~ ........................ ~.~ AmY Gage Dawn Schiro The Oviatt Outdoor Learning Center, named in honor of Laura Sivadge. Photos submitted. The Norwalk Band was recognized after theiz outstanding performance at the Band- masters Convention in Des Moines. Sheila Taylor Changes in Personnel: It is a bittersweet time of year. Over two thousand students are looking for- ward to the last day. But, we must also bid farewell to a great senior class and many of my colleagues. Retiring this year are Brent Walker, Suzanne Swift, Donna Roush, Rita Fryer, jan Smith and Laura Sivadge. They have been terrific public employees and deserve our thanks. Our curriculum director Mark Crady is assuming the role of a Zone Coordi- nator at AEA 11. We will be sad for our friends to leave, but wish them well in the next phase of their lives. Conversely, we wish to welcome Dawn Schiro from Western Dubuque, Amy Gage and Sheila Tay- lor as replacements for some of these roles. Expanded Early Out Schedules on Norwalk's Calendar for Next Year: Earlier this year, Director Mark Crady facilitated a School Improvement Ad- visory Committee (SIAC) of teachers and parents. They studied new state and national educational requirements, Norwalk student achievement data and conducted profes- sional development time comparisons between Norwalk and other Cen- tral Iowa Schools. SIAC recommended that Norwalk increase the number of early outs used for professional develop- ment. They developed a calendar which increased the amount of professional development time with no loss of student contact time. After studying their results, I concurred. My recommendation was sub- sequently approved by the Board. There will be changes in next year's calendar. Like Indianola, Carlisle and others across Central Iowa, we are adding "early outs" to our calendar. Look for these changes under the 2013-14 calendar on our website. I realize this calendar change will cause disrup- tion for some family schedules, especially for younger students. ! regret that. However, the expan- sion of state and federal requirements, increasing complexity of problems facing our students and the increasing achieve- ment gap in Iowa necessi- tates the move. I wanted to give all families this "heads up reminder" that a change is coming. I want you to have maximum time to make arrange- ments. I do appreciate your cooperation with this issue and will monitor and report the results of this change. Outdoor Learning Space Dedicated at Oviatt: A grant application from Warren County Phil- anthropic with commit- ments from PTO, City State Bank and Bedwell Gardens added to Oviatt's outdoor learning space. The board previously ap- proved the grant applica- tion and the grant has now been approved and the re- sults are complete. There was a "house" warming this week to dedicate the facility. City State Bank provided support, Tom McLaughlin put the house together and Bedwell Gar- dens provided the flowers. Final136 I would like to thank Norwalk staff, par- ents and Board for their tireless work on behalf of Norwalk kids. Tom McLaughlin To Be Inducted To Wrestling Hall of Fame October 26, 2013 Tom McLaughlin will receive a lifetime service award and be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. His name will go on a plaque at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in StiUwater, OK and the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo. McLaughlin saw and wrestled in his first wresting match t the age of 19 in college. Four years later he started the wrestling program at Norwalk and was head coach from 1967-1980. During that time his teams had a dual meet record of 114 wins and 28 losses. They won over 40 championships that included 13 conference, six sectionals and one district championship. His state tournament teams finished 4th in 1971, 7th in 1972 and 4th in 1974. He was district coach of the year in 1972, 1980 and district assistant coach of the year in 2007. After retiring, McLaughlin continued assisting with the Norwalk Wrestling Program in various capacities rangfiag from volunteer coach to full-time assistant. Due to his commitment to the Norwalk Wrestling Program, there is an award in his name given each year to the wrestler who displays "Perseverance through life's struggles with a championship attitude." McLaughlin has been employed bythe Norwalk Schools for 46 years. He is married to wife Stephanie and has four children-Monica, Shannon, Luke and Madison. l If a car is traveling at 55 milesper hour, it will travel The first nylon-bristled toothbrush with a plastic hart- 56 feet before the average driver can shift his foot die was invented in 1938.The electric toothbrush first from the accelerator to the brake, appeared in 1939.