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.J I ,i,!ii!i iiii~, OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 4 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, June 13, 2013 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Laura Sivadge ED.D., Principal The school year has ended and hopefully all of our Oviatt children are experiencing fantastic first days of summer! It is fairly quiet around our building right now; however, several individuals are already busy getting the learning environment and our educational programs ready for the coming school year! Our building g0al for 2012-2013 was focused on stu- dents' achievement in reading skills as measured by the DIBELS Next criterion-referenced test. The teachers and children worked diligently to improve each child's spe- cific deficit skills and/or stretched the learning of chil- dren reading at or above grade level. Reading progress as measured by both the DIBELS and the Iowa Assess- ments reflect continued growth of the students at each grade level, K-2! Each teacher wrote an annual professional growth goal focused on improved reading skills of his or her students. Teacher's individual end-of-year reflections on the joint work of students and teachers made me so proud of their joint efforts and the end results of im- pressive reading growth from fall to spring. Often teach- ers would cite in their reflections the significance of our parent volunteers, WATCH D.O.G.S. and parental com- mitment to the practice of reading as a significant con- tributing factor to the children's successes. I cannot stress enough the importance of positively engaging parents and community in the reading experiences of our early learners! We so appreciate the dedication of the adults who help the children practice their reading skills. Before I shift our focus from this past school year to fall, I want to thank everyone who joined me in my re- tirement celebrations! I was spoiled with a building- wide program that found the children singing original songs and presenting me with the most beautiful step- ping stones each grade level had designed and created for use in our home's landscaping. PTO continued with this outdoor theme with the presentation of an impres- sive stone bench with a plaque that reflects my work with the children of Norwalk Schools. I thank those who contributed to the special memo- ties this program made possible! The fun didn't end there as the staff then had a roast for me. I thank Scott's Fire Destroys Barn Photo submitted. Thursday, June 6, at approximately 11 a.m., the Norwalk Fire Department was dispatched to 515 W. North Ave. for a possible structure fire. At 11:O4 a.m., first arriving firefighters reported flames through the roof of a 40 x 60 horse barn. "Moments after arriving, the roof collapsed," said Captain Doug Richardson. Firefighters focused on protecting two adjacent struc- tures due to the significant progression of the fire. "Al- though we do not know the cause, it would appear that it had been burning for some time before a passing motorist called 911," said Richardson. Firefighters from Norwalk and West Des Moines battled the fire for more than three hours. Two horses and three dogs were saved, but three rab- bits perished. The building is considered a total loss and the cause has been listed as undetermined. Fun at Windflower Park Sunday Area residents are re- able. minded of fun at Wind- Also performing willbe flower Park this Sunday, local musicians Dan Trilk June 16, when Norwalk and Jay Heaverlo along Parks and Recreation and with their friends. Foods for generously donating the treats for this event Chillin' the Most SprayWindflo cer Park is a and the staff for their entertainment. The roast was fol- Paint Artist from Clear- family-friendly play- lowed by a picnic at Starkweather's shelter house with water Beach, FL will host ground and skate park. hot dogs and picnic foods donated by Fareway's Gro- a family event from 1-5Those attending are asked cery and Meat departments. Special thanks to Bryan and p.m, weather permitting, to bring their own picnic Todd for grilling the meat and serving the guests! Entertainment will in- and lawn chairs. No alco- It was my wish to have my retirement party at clude professional spray hol is allowed in the park. Starkweather's shelter. I wanted our children to have paint artist Dave Siddens, the chance to play while the grown-ups visited. It was'a former Norwalk resident. LUNCH IN THE perfect night--just as I had wished it to be. Rodney Paintings are $15 and spe- Martinez knew of my wish and from there lots of people cial requests will be avail-PARK jointly worked to make this happen! I am humbled by Members of Norwalk the well wishes shared and appreciate th'e efforts par- Party TO Honor United Methodist Church ents made so their children could join me at the park. will sponsor Lunch in the When the children return next fall they will find new Pastor Kiboko Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. technology in their classrooms! Each year the technol- Members of Norwalk every Friday, beginning ogy devices in a district building are replaced. This year, United Methodist Church June 7 and continuing it is Oviatt's turn for a building-wide technology up- will host a party from 4 to through August 16. It is date. Tim Geyer, the district's technology director, led a 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at held at City Park, 907 team of Oviatt tech leaders in the review of instructional the church, 1801 Sunset NorthAve. options that were deemed age appropriate for our PK-2 Dr., honoring Pastor Everyone is welcome to children. Needless to say; we are very excited about the Kiboko as he departs for a enjoy fun outdoor activi- opportunities this new technology will offer our chil- three month Spiritual Re- ties and games during the dren and teachers! newal Trip to South Africa. _ summer, as well as free Sheila Taylor is the new principal for Oviatt Elemen- A picnic dinner, enter- food. For more informa- tary! I am confident you will find her a caring and im- tainment and inflatablestion, contact the church at Concluded p. 4will be provided. 515-981-4251. City Ordinance To Propose Curfew for Minors By Mary Lou Gray City officials are proposing an ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal code providing for a curfew for minors in and for the City of Norwalk. The proposed curfew was discussed by Mayor Doug Pierce, councilmembers and city officials at the regular June 6 council meeting. The Council determined a c rfew for minors is necessary to promote the public health, safe , morals and general welfare of the City and specifically to reinforce the primary authority and responsibility of adults responsible for minors. Also it will protect the public from the illegal acts of minors committed after the curfew hour and it will protect minors from im- proper influences and criminal activity that prevail in public places after the curfew hour. Minor means any un-emancipated person under the age of eighteen years. The ordinance states it is unlaw- ful for any minor to be or remain upon any public place or to be in places of business or amusement in the City between the hours of twelve thirty o'clock (12:30) a.m. and five o'clock (5:00} a.m. Councilmember Jamie Sylvester made the motion to approve the ordinance and waive the second and third reading. Councilmembers David Mdrillo and Frank Curtis stated they would like to see more discussion and input concerning the curfew. Sylvester rescinded her motion and the matter will be up for more discus- sion and information. Curtis stated he would like to see more information from other cities with a similar cur- few. I YOUR CITY ] GOVERNMENT IN ACTION/ By Mary Lou Gray d City Pool Opened June 10. City Discussing Curfew For Minors The City of Norwalk council meeting was held Thurs- day, June 6, 2013. Mayor Doug Pierce called the meet- ing to order with all members present. Council approved the agenda. Minutes of May 16 were approved. Consent Agenda Tax Abatements-The following tax abatements were approved by council: Hubbell Homes, LC, 202 Balfour Drive, Single family residence (SFR), $416,867; Happe Homes, LLP, 410 and 512 Braeburn Dr., SFR, $264,900 and $235,000; KRM Development, 501 and 505 Braeburn Dr., SFR, $204,446 and $262,500; Comito Real Estate, LLC, 1850 Colonial Pkw Improvements in the amount of $11,500,000. Orton Homes LLC, 526 Crescent Ln., SFR, $245,000 and 1921 Dorchester St., SFR, $270,000; Savannah Homes, Inc., 308 Elm Ave., SFR, $192,000; S. Rowe, 339 Hakes Dr., Industrial, $752,900; R M Madden Construc- tion, Inc., 2882 and 2884 Jaden Lane, SFR,$150,000; J. Bussanmas, 100 Orchard Trail, SFR, $169,800 and Blackstone Homes LLC, 601 W. Pine Ave., SFR, $255,000. Liquor License was renewed for Kum and Go #28 and Kum and Go #240. Beer permits were approved for the Party Before The Works 4t" of July celebration. Special Events Permits were approved for the Party Before the Works July 3, from 7 p.m. to midnight and Lakewood Days, Saturday, June 22, 6 a.m. to midnight. Council declined to waive the $50 special events ap- plication fee requested by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce for the Party Before the Works event. Councilmember Leto stated there is a charge for admis- Concluded p. 13 Ik .,.aJ