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m -- A OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT . aK. , Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 12 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, August 9, 2012 ALL SCHOOL REUNION The annual All School Reunion will be held Sunda Aug. 12, from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Eastview Cafeteria, on the east side of Norwalk High School. Class photos will be at 2 p.m. Registration fee is $2. For more information contact Becky Barkley at 244-8046. Norwalk Community School District Achievement Update By Jan Jensen, NCSD Assessment Coordinator Each year Norwalk students in grades 2-11 partici- pate in the Iowa Assessments (formerly known as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills/Iowa Tests of Educational Development) testing program. This district-wide as- sessment is the required state assessment and is required by both Chapter 12 of Iowa code and Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. The test was renamed this year, all test items were new and the tests have been renormed. The Iowa Assessments are the sole assessment uti- lized by the Federal Department of Education (FDE) in determining whether districts and schools in Iowa are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and mathematics. Each district and school in Iowa is ex- pected to meet annual trajectory targets. These targets are points on the way to meeting the NCLB requirement that 100% of students in the United States perform at the proficient/advanced levels on their state assessment by 2013-2014. The targets apply to all student groups/ subgroups including: All Students, Special Education Students, Non-Special Education Students, Low Socio- economic Students, Non-Low Socioeconomic students and Ethnicity subgroups. Adequate Yearly Progress is determined based on student performance in grades 3- 8 and 11. To protect student confidentiality, NCLB regu- lations mandate that there must be at least 30 students in the group/subgroup subgroup to be given and AYP status. The Iowa Department of Education anticipates an increase in the number of Iowa schools that will be des- ignated as School In Need of Assistance (SINA) schools for the 2012-2013 school year. In 2011-2012, 416 Iowa schools had this designation. In addition, 30 Iowa school districts were labeled Districts In Need of Assistance (DINA). An increase in the number of school districts identified as DINA is also expected. At the district level, the Norwalk Community School District met all AYP targets. The "All Students" group met AYP targets at all buildings in the district. Norwalk High School (grades 9-11) and Oviatt Elementary met AYP in all areas. 2011-12 results show that an average of 90% of all Norwalk students in grades 3-11 are currently achiev- ing at the proficient/advanced levels in math. When re- viewing cohort data across the past 10 years this data is consistent with a trend of steady achievement growth. In reading, an average of 83% of all grade 3-11 students performed at the proficient/advanced levels. Students in subgroups have also demonstrated growth across the past .10 years, although the rate of growth'in all subgroups has not been rapid enough to meet annual trajectory targets. In two buildings the per- formance of the Special Education and Low Socioeco- nomic subgroups was below the required target score. Because these targets were missed, Norwalk Middle School and Lakewood Elementary School will each be designated as a School in Need of Assistance (SINA) this year. See below for detailed information on Norwalk CSD student achievement. Continued p. 9 Huff Chiropractic Plans I 1 Grand Opening Aug. 16 NORWALK POLICE CHIEF Dr. LeAnn Huff will hold a Grand Opening and Open Ed Kuhl House from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Thurs- day, Aug. 16, at her chiropractic clinic, 1409 Sunset Dr Ste. 5. The Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce will wel- come Huff into the business community with a ribbon cutting at noon. Refreshments of a light lunch will be served. Area residents will have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Huff and tour her office. They may also make ap- pointments to discuss health issues and to have a free consultation. If unable to attend the open house, appointments may be made by calling 515-850-1016. NHS Activities Director By A1 Lammers FALL FEST TO BE HELD AT WARRIOR STADIUM Fall Fest, the annual kickoff to the athletic and activ- ity season, will be held Thursda Aug. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at Warrior Stadium. The evening will be high- lighted with the purple/gold football scrimmage as well as the volleyball scrimmage. Both scrimmages are ten- tatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission into the stadium will be a free will offering of non-perish- able food items sponsored by the Athletic Ambassador Club. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Norwalk Food Pantry. WEB ATHLETIC/ACTIVITIES CALENDAR AND SCHEDULES AS WELL AS FACILITIES CALENDAR LINK As a reminder, the Athletic/Activities Office web- based athletic and activities scheduling system can be found online. The main view will show all athletic sched- tries 7-12 and by clicking on the advanced view link, all activities scheduled in the Norwalk school facilities will be available. All schedules for the 2012-13 school year are currently online. The following web address is the link to view the scheduling calendar: www.littlehaw keyeconference.com. In addition, a facilities calendar Concluded p. 2 Sara Routh To Perform In Des Moines Norwalk native Sara Routh, daughter of Katie and Ron Routh, will be performing in Des Moines with her L.A. Song Birds 2012 Summer Tour. Performances will be at the following Des Moines locations: Friday, Aug. 10 - Star Bar, 9:30 p.m two shows; Saturda Aug. 11 - Kathy's, 10 p.m two shows; Mon- daN Aug, 13, Iowa State Fair, AE Stage, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 15 - The Underground, 8 - 9:30 p.m. Tonic Sol-fa Benefit Concert Popular a capella vocal group Tonic Sol-fa will hold a concert Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center. All proceeds from the concert go to the Norwalk Music Boosters to serve and support the K-12 vocal and instrumental music programs in Norwalk Schools. Tick- ets will be available for purchase starting Thursda~ Aug. 16 at Norwalk's Fall Fest and through the Music Boost- ers' website at http://www.norwalkmusicboosters.com. Tickets are $25 each. Norwalk Schools will begin classes August 22 and the page willhopefully turn from this hot dry summer. We look forward to our strong partnership with Norwalk School District staff and our joint efforts to keep our schools a safe place. Your Police Department is making 'back to school' plans and we would like to share some of those with you. School Bus Safety - Last school year we had 14 school bus stop sign violations and this year with Kadyn's law, the penalty for such violations was in- creased to $250 and a possible 30 days in jail for a first offense. A second subsequent offense, if committed within 5 years of the first, may result in a $1,875 fine and one year in jail. Each day our school district oper- ates 12 buses and moves 1,400 students. Our patrol of- ricers will be watching traffic in those critical areas to hopefully deter any such violations. Oviatt Elementary School - There will be around 190 students beginning school for the first time. Our Officers will be assisting the Oviatt School staff with a safe walk to school class for those students. We would suggest to parents that they rehearse with their Kindergartener their route and their walk to school if they have one. Consider making a "what if" plan, in- cluding "bullies or strangers, etc." with your child and coordinate an alternate place of safety that your child might go to along their way. Fire lanes will also be strictly enforced. Lakewood Elementary - There will be a brief traffic jam on Beardsley as children are dropped off and picked up. We ask that during those times drivers avoid that area if at all possible. Our Officers will be working with the school staff to mitigate the impact to the safety of students and the flow of traffic in the area of Beardsley and Lexington. We encourage parents to consider drop- ping their children off and picking them up at an alter- nate location away from that immediate area. Norwalk Middle School - There will be 194 new 6th graders entering the challenging world of Middle School for the first time. We also know that for the first two weeks more parents will drop off their 6th graders at the school. OUr officers will be there to assist the school staff with the heavier traffic flow. We ask that parents please follow the directions provided by the school staff. Consider dropping off your child northbound along Cherry Street and let him/her walk in from there on the existing sidewalk. Norwalk High School - There will be about 850 ve- hicles parked each day in our High School parking lot. Both the parking pass and the driver's license are privi- leges and we remind parents and students that both can be withdrawn. OUr officers will be working with the High School staff to insure the safety of drivers in and around the High School and special traffic enforcement will be done in the residential areas that surround our High School. Fire lanes will also be strictly enforced. Drug Prevention - OUr K9 officer will be working closely with our School Resource Officer along with the School Staff to insure that drugs will not be present in our schools. We will again coordinate walk-throughs with the school staff, both in the buildings and in the parking lots. Zena and other area K9s will be combined to make our best efforts. Our primary goal is the safety of our students and school staff. We will welcome your assistance throughout the school year in our efforts.