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Thursday, July 18, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Staci Appel Makes Bid for Iowa&apos;s 3rd Congressional District Lifelong Iowan and rural Ackworth resident Staci Appel has announced her intention to run for Congress in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District. As a mother of six children, former legislator and a financial consultant, Appel will fight for all Iowans and to create jobs for this generation and the next. "I am running for Congress because I believe the people of the 3rd District need a leader who will fight to make Washington work for them and after 18 years iri Washington, Congressman Latham has become part of the partisan gridlock," said Appel. "If being a proud mother of six children has taught me anything, it's how to listen, compromise and work across the aisle to find common sense solutions. I will focus on issues that re- ally matter, like creating jobs and balancing the budget while putting Iowa families first." Appel's campaign announcement comes following more gridlock and dysfunction in Washington after the Farm Bill failed to pass the U.S. House for the second year in a row. The bipartisan Senate Farm Bill supports some 16 million jobs across the country. She was born and raised in Iowa and currently re- sides with her family near rural Ackworth. Prior to tak- ing time off work to concentrate on raising her children and working with various community and charitable organizations, Appel was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and UBS Paine Webber. For 11 years, she helped families save for college ancplan for the future. Democrat Staci Appel served in the Iowa Senate from 2007-2011, representing the 37th District. A fighter for Iowa's working families, she led the Way with legisla- tion to assure quality preschool for 4 year olds in Iowa; the Iowa Smoke Free Air Act, and in 2009, the Equal Pay for Equal Work ACt. She so fought for the reorganization of state gov- ernment which resulted in huge savings and an early retirement package that saved the state millions. Dur- ing the past eight years, Appel has focused on raising her children. She has made a commitment to serve her community by working with schools and charitable or- ganizations. Little Free Library At the comer of Cherry Parkway and Parkhill Drive, Norwalk's Little Free Library is open for browsing. It is part of the worldwide project which offers free books to anyone who opens its doors. These free books are a variety of subjects for both adults and children includ- ing cookbooks and primary readers. The mission of the Little Free Library is promoting literacy and community connections with over 200,000 boxes located around the world. Use your Norwalk Lit- tle Library as a tool to build support of reading and the Norwalk Library by reader participation, collecting good books and sharing them. Similar Little Free Li- braries can be found in Anl<eny, Des Moines and Bea- verdale. Take a book or two from the little library or leave a book donation. If you have several to donate, place them on the deck at 1206 Parkhill Drive. For more information, contact the Little Free Library custodian: Linda Echelmeyer at email leche1819 @msn.com. The only place you can win a football game is on the field. The only place you can lose it is in your heart. -Darrell Royal DENNY WULF Concluded from p. 1 2OO8-O9 Reading 80.3 Mathematics 84.7 Science 80.6 Social Studies 77.3 2009-10 80.6 85.1 2010-11 2011-12 Growth 2008-12 89.5 87.4 , +7.1 92.3 91.1 +6.4 85.3 95.1 89.0 +8.4 82.8 90.9 86.4 +9.1 A second area for celebration is the dropout rate. Although dropouts are unacceptable outcomes for educators, you can see that we are steadily progressing toward 100% graduation. Another outstanding record! Year 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 2009-10 92.5% 2010-11 96.8% 2011-12 98.7% 5-Year Cohort Graduation 9-12 Dropout Rate Rate 94.6% 1.54% 97.3% 0.95% NA 0.79% Hard work and training time is needed in several areas: Ten years of continuous achievement is certainly encouraging. However, our students with IEPs often score below the proficiency level in many areas. Sometimes, far below proficiency. Our students of low socioeconomic status often score below the averages of our scores for other students. Additionally, we do not attain a satisfying number of students above the 90th percentile in all subject areas. While an astounding 19.4% of our math students score in the top 10% on standardized tests, only 9.8% of our students attain the 90th percentile in language arts. These goal areas will require specialized training and materials. The district hired curriculum specialists Dawn Schiro from Western Dubuque and Amy Gage from Anken);. Their experiences and expertise will help lead us to the next level. Additionally, expanding the early out schedules will assist in providing the time necessary for these goals. The need for technology hardware and training: Technology is another huge area for growth for the Norwalk District. Director Tim Geyer led an effort to survey students and staff with a program called Clarity. It provided vast amounts of data regarding our needs in technology. A few of the Clarity conclusions appear below: ,85% of students believe technology enhances learning. A huge majority. ..75% of students believe technology enhances engagement. Again, a huge majority. ..But only 13% of students report access to classroom computers "all the time." ..59% of students believe school encourages technology. While 95% of teachers believe so. ,.95% of students have computer access at home when needed. ,But, only 32% have ready access at school when needed. ,Only 17% of teachers feel rewarded for innovations in technology by money, recognition or extra PD. ,Although 85% of students believe technology enhances learning, less than 15% of teachers encourage stu- dents chat online regarding academics, 37% of teachers assign research online, 21% of teachers assign multimedia assignments, 15% share digital content and 40% assign use of online documents. As you can see, there is a large disconnect between the student's excitement about technology and the availabil  ity of technology. Perhaps most impacting is the relationship enhancing learning with technology and the teacher training to provide it. While 85% of our students report that technology enhances learning, very few teachers are adequately trained to provide that type of instruction. In this digital age, we must multiply our efforts in this area. The school board has committed to a 1:1 computer program at NHS. Additional training with teachers will facilitate this new technology. School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC): It is once again time to reinvigorate our "Response to Growth" SIAC subcommittee. You cannot go anywhere in the district without seeing a basement being poured, studs going up, rafters being set and happy families moving in. It is again time to assess our needs for the next twenty years. There are also groups that problem solve for special education, talented and gifted, English Lan- guage Learners, School Safety, Title 1 Reading and many others. Call my office at 981-0676 or email me at dwulf@norwalk.k12.ia.us to get involved. We can use the help! Overall, there is much to celebrate in Norwalk; new facilities, successful activities, constantly improving achieve- ment, a staff with more awards than any in Iowa, great kids and parents, a supportive city, police force, fire responders and chamber, great civic groups and ministerial association. Seldom do we stop to recognize the outstanding leadership provided by the school board. They challenge, poke, cajole, inspire and lead with cour- age. We will sincerely miss our outgoing board members Deb Hobbs and Tom Phillips. They have led the district with spirit and dass. I will miss these loyal and dedicated Warriors. Good luck in your "retirement." Get ready for another outstanding year of Warrior action and accomplishment. Go Warriors! Tips For Making Picnics Easier (NAPS)--Oe of the moat de]i Uanp to   the warmer months is to eat outside, and. fortunately. planning a picnic does not have to be a big production. Picnics can be sponbmeous I l SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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Also a big thank you to the volunteers who came out Friday morning and cleaned up the fireworks area! SPECIAL THANKS! Thank you to the Norwalk Police Department, Norwalk City Council, Norwalk Pablic Works, Norwalk Fire Department, Norwalk Parks & Rec, North Warren( Town & County News, Parade,: City Park, Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, our families for their support and all the volunteers who:assisted in some way Norwalk Lions, your dedication and hard woriS/ greatly appreciated by all.  i  Lions are...  Members of the world's iaeSt and most active Ser, vice dub organization, We ai men and women whoi:. reach out the hand of friendship to others. We are e: . r who are interested m-m0000inSour local community a " better place to work and live..-We are individuals who take great pride in helping make a positive difference in the lives of people around the world and who enjoy fun, fellowship and helping the less fortunate. . If you are interested in joining the Norwalk Lions to help us make Norwalk an even better place to live, con- tact any dub member or attend one of our club meet- ings. Meetings are usually held the second and fourth Wednesdays of most months at the Norwalk Public Li- brary at 7 p.m. If you are interested or have any questions, contact me. Submitted by: Linda Bussanmas Norwalk Lions Club, 1119 Skylane Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211, 515-979-8757