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I OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR 00wQtk riO( NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk VValTiO]S ..... L ...... 4, ,-,P,_ R, cu= T, WA /' ]iill--il -.l.ltlil_l il I I I lit I I I I I IIIII ll'"ll"l'l"l"l"il'i'iiilii'iilllliiii,iliii,i,iiii,,ill, I, Warren Town and County WS , 50 VoL 46 No. 11 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, July 31. 2014 .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Welcome Back! We are ready to embark on the 2014-15 school year. Last year was a great year. Academically, Iowa and Norwalk have three over-riding goals; 3rd grade read- ing readiness, workplace readiness and college readiness. Here is an update on our progress toward those three goals: 3rd Grade Readiness: This year 90% of all elementary students at each grade level were at or above Benchmark on DIBELs next com- posite scores. We have never accomplished that before. On Iowa Statewide Tests, the average cohort of stu- dents grew an average 7.6% at each grade level. Some of the greatest results in elementary achievement growth in Norwalk history! Career and Work Readiness: *Warren County DMACC Career Academy at Southridge Mall is a great success. Warren County Schools filled the program. Parents, please consider this option for your child if they plan to directly enter the world of work or are considering trade school after high school. This is a great preparation for good, well pd jobs. Our on-campus career programs in Norwalk are some of the best available at local school level. Our ca- reer education teachers are some of the best in Iowa. College Readiness: once again, we are in the top 50 for advanced place- ment (AP) coursework across Iowa. We are one of only 17 schools that havebeen on that "Belin-Blank AP Col- lege Readiness List" Since its inception in 2005. Norwalk's "graduation requirement" bar was raised last year, Graduation honors are now based on the col- lege entrance requirements from Iowa's regents univer- sities. Graduates also create electronic portfolios and exit interviews with staff. That system is unique in Iowa High Schools. .That innovative work was capped with the an- nouncement that US) NEWs and World Report named Norwalk one of the top 20 "College Ready High Schools" in Iowa. That hard work represents the dedi- cation and visi0n'of everyone in our community. Other honors which deserve our attention: Our directors group and their classified staffs were acknowledged witl ! the award the year. The Iowa City/ County Management Association "Program of the Year for City-School Collaboration." Our shared Bus/City Maintenance facility, shared technology services and leadership, shared building/grounds leadership is a model in efficiency and savings. The dollars we save are then redirected to teaching and learning. Our professional teaching staff was selected for the Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant from the state of Iowa. Over the next three years, all Iowa schools will participate. Norwalk teachers were chosen to as- sist in leading the selection, implementation and moni- toring of Norwalk's curriculum process and academic initiatives; Some will be teach',g half days and others will work additional hours outside the school day. We anxiously await the infusion of practicing teachers into the leadership and decision making process in Iowa. Norwalk is one of the early innovators of this statewide honor. What next? Despite rolling off the most successful decade in Norwalk academic histor) much work remains. Long Concluded p. 9 Norwalk Cast Receives Award Awards received by the NHS "WAND" cast, left to right: Sebastian Capp, Alli Heckart and Zach Cook Photo submitted. The cast of Norwalk High School's "WA-ND" was selected in June to receive awards presented at the Des Moines Civic Center by th4 Des Moines Performing Arts Group. Representing the NHS cast was Sebastian Capp (Macardi O'Reilly-Goldstein), Alli Heckart (Angel Devine)and Zach Cook (Alex Taylor). During the three-day event, three of the "WAND" cast members worked for many hours with professionals from the east coast. Their choreographer was Ryan Kasprzak, whose most current venture was working as the Asst. Choreographer for NBC's hit Smash. Julie McBride, their music director, worked recently with the casts of Ameri- can Idiot, Matilda and The Lion King. Awards received by the cast and crew were: Special Recognition for use of Magic Illusions, Special Recognition for commitment in Producing a New Musical and Pro- duction Award for Community Engagement. Individual Awards were presented to: Sebastian Capp (Macardi) for Outstanding Lead Role, Sebastian Capp performing a seg/nent of "My Father's Hand" and Sup- portingRole of Angel Devine - Alli Heckart. Arbor Day Foundation Free Trees - Receive 10 Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees By Joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbo Day Fom- dation wikh a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colo- rado blue spruce trees through the Foundation's Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member's area, which falls between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. "Colorado blue spruce trees provide homeowners with numerous benefits," said Matt Harris, chief execu- tive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "They can be used a s an energy-saving windbreak, for privacy, as ornamen- tal trees and even as living Christmas trees out in the yard. They truly provide year-round beauty for any landscape." New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation's bimonthly publication. - To receive the free Colorado blue spruce trees, send a $10 membership contribution to: Ten Free Blue Spruce s, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Ne- braska City, NE 68410, by August 31, or j.oin online at arborday.org/august. Learn @ Your Library: Caring Conversations Talking about death is difficult and awkward for family members. Each may have different reasons for wanting to stay silent or to talk. Some family members say nothing, out of fear of saying the wrong thing. Another says noth- ing because of a supersti- tious belief that to ac- knowledge death is to has- ten it. It can be much easier if you know what to do. Learn how to begin end- of-life conversations and funeral planning discus- sions with family mem- bers at a "Learn @ Your Library" class Thursday, Aug. 7, from 1-2 p.m. Pre- register for this free pre- sentation by calling the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary at 981-0217 or stop- ping by thecirculation desk. " Agenda City. Council Special Business Meeting Agenda Thursday. July 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m. 1. Call to order at 5:00 p.m. 2. Approval of the Agenda. 3. Consideration of li- quor license for Outskirtz. 4. Discussion related to a Master Ordinance re- lated to individual re- gional storm water drain- age facilities. 5. Fire code updates dis- cussion. 6. Interstate discussion. 7. Capital project priori- ties. 8. Capital equipment priorities. 9. Other. 10. Adjournment. Annual NABC Golf Benefit The 7th Annual Nor- walk Athletic Booster Club (NABC) will be held Sat- urda3 Aug. 23, at Warrior Run Golf Course with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. (Select desired time of play.) Deadline is Monda) Aug. 11. The event is 9 holes twice through, four-per- son best shot. The cost is $65 per person or $260 per foursome. Price includes lunch, starting at noon. There also will be prizes. For a registration form, contact Stacy Rosonke at srosonkeourcaptive.eon Proceeds are used for the general fund of the NABC. REMINDER! The City of Norwalk has installed the new speed limits for Sunset Dr./: : Hwy 28. I Deadline for ads, I- legals and stories I is Noon Friday! dq: .