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Page Ten OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students School Anxiety Every child has days when he or she doesn't want to go to school. Children suffering from school anxiety, however, feel that they can't go to school. Fortunately, only about two percent of school-age children develop school anxiety and virtually all of them can learn to overcome it with the help of parents, teachers and coun- selors. What causes school anxiety? There are a variety of reasons why a child may feel he or she can't go to school. The most common are the fear of being bullied, test or performance anxiety and social isolation from class- mates. Is school anxiety different from being a truant? Yes. Children who skip school to be defiant are truants. Children who have school anxiety are actually psycho- logically afraid to go to school. How does this problem start? There usually is some event that launches a child into feeling that he or she cannot attend school. For example, school anxiety could occur after a child has been out of school for a long pe- riod; if the child suffers from an illness; if the child is attending a new school; if the child has experienced a huge embarrassment; or if the child is the victim of a bully. What if the child complains of medical problems? Sometimes children feel physically sick even if they aren't. It is important to determine if the source of the sickness is physical or psychological, If the family phy- sician or school nurse rules out physical problems, the child's family and the school must insist that the child keep attending class and work together to find a solu- tion. How long does it last? That depends on the approach taken to treat the problem. The most important thing is to make sure that the child attends school every day, even if it is traumatic. The longer they stay home, the harder it is to get them back in school. What are the long-term consequences? If a child doesn't go to school, his grades and peer relationships suffer. This can, if allowed to continue, lead to long- term problems such as getting into college, or even work- related problems far in the future. How is school anxiety treated? It's important that parents and teachers work together to identify what is prompting the school stress. Once the cause is identi- fied, work can begin to find a solution. Usually that means helping a child feel more secure, along with be- havior.management techniques to teach him or her how to handle difficult situations. Rarely is it necessary to change the child's teacher or school. What should we tell the child? There are three re- ally important points to get across to a child who is ex- periencing school anxiety: 1. All children must go to school, by law. Staying home is not an option. 2. Their family, teachers and counselors will work with them to address any of the reasons why they feel they cannot attend school. But the child has to work on it as well. 3. Their family loves them, their school respects them and everyone understands that they are feeling stressed. The best path to overcoming school anxiety is recog- nizing the problem early, working with the teachers and counselors to identify the reasons for avoiding school and developing a plan of action to help the child over- come it. Photo Printing is a full cormnercial printer located in Carlisle, Iowa.. If you have a flyer, letterhead, envelope, brochure, magazine, newsletter, book, etc., that you would like to have printed, give us a call for a Free Estimate. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 515-989-3251 N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, August 25, 2011 LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students Discipline Discip}ine in schools is always on the forefront of many teachers, parents and community members' minds. Using PBIS (Positive Interventions and Sup- ports), we view discipline as an opportunity to teach skills rather than just a punishment. In the past 30 years, research has told us that challenging kids are challeng- ing because they lack the skills not to be challenging. The skills they lack include crucial cognitive skills, es- pecially in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frus- tration tolerance and problem solving. If they had these skills, they'd use them because they prefer not to be be- haviorally challenging. That's because doing well is preferable to not doing well. These students don't lack motivation, they lack skills. Tlqis is where we step in and look to teach theseskills. It is similar to a student who may struggle with read- ing. We would provide them with the means necessary to improve their reading. This is no different for the student who has challenging behavior. One way PBIS helps us teach students is by modeling proper and ex- pected behavior. We also like to work cooperatively with parents to help with this process because it takes a team to truly make a positive difference in these students' lives. Congratulations to the Nutrition Department Congratulations to Chris Woodyard and her lfinch crew (Donna, Rita and George) in receiving the $1,000 Fuel UpTM Breakfast Grant. The Fuel Up Breakfast Grants program is sponsored by General Mills Foodservice as part of a partnership effort with National Dairy Council to help improve student access to high- quality, nutritious foods at school. This grant specifi- cally targets breakfast, providing funds to help schools improve or expand their breakfast progbams with an emphasis on alternative breakfast options that are sus- tainable. Chris and staff will be designing the "Get and Grab" breakfast for students this year. Our goal will be to in-- crease breakfast participation by the Lakewood students before they start their academic day! Congratulations Chris! Important Dates Aug. 25 2 p.m. Dismissal Aug. 26 2 p.m. Dismissal Sept. 5 Labor Da34 No School Sept. 8 Fall Picture Day Sept. 9 Lakewood Fundraiser Kickoff Sept. 21 Teacher Professional Development, 12:05 Early Out Sept. 28 Fundraiser Ends Oct. 25 Fundraiser Delivery at Lakewood Aug. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. ment Sept. Sept. NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL 2011 VARSITY VOLLEYBALL A=Away H--Home Aug. 25 - A, Southeast Polk High School, Southeast Polk Tournament, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 - A, Creston, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 - A, Pella Christian, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 8 - A, Dallas Center - Grimes, 7 p.m. Sept. 10 -A, Grinnell, 9 a.m. Sept. 13 - H, Norwalk High School - NHS Gym, Oskaloosa, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 20 - A, Newton, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 24 - A, Des Moines Roosevelt, 8 a.m. Sept. 27 - H, Norwalk High School - NHS Gym, Grinnell, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 6 - H, Norwalk High School - NHS Gym, Des Moines Lincoln, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 11 - H, Norwalk High School - NHS Gym, Knox- ville, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 13 -A, Pella, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 15 - A, Winterset, 9 a.m. Oct. 18 - A, Bondurant, 5 p.m., Bondurant-Farrar HS & Boone HS 2011 9th/JV VOLLEYBALL A=Away H=Home 30 - A, Creston, 5:45 p.m., 9th & JV 1 - A, Pella Christian, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV 8 A, Dallas Center-Grimes, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV 10 - A, Winterset, 9 a.m., JV Tournament 13 - H, Oskaloosa, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV-NHS Gym 17 - A, Urbandale, 8 a.m., 9th Grade Tourna- 19 - A, Pella HS, 5:30 p.m., 9th Quadrangle 20 - A, Newton, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV Sept. 24 - A, Johnston, 9 a.m., 9th Grade Tournament A, Indianola, 8:30 a.m., JV Tournament Sept. 27 - H, Grinnell, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV, NHS Gym Oct. 6 - H, Des Moines Lincoln, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV, NHS Gym Oct. 8 - A, Waukee, 8:30 a.m., JV Tournament Oct. 11 - H, Knoxville, 5:30 p.m., 9th & JV, NHS Gym Oct. 15 - H, Norwalk, 9 a.m., 9th Grade Quadrangle, NHS Gym Oct. 18 -A, Bondurant, 5 p.m., vs Bondurant-Farrar HS & Boone HS Lightning is three times hotter than the sun. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Mernoml Day-I~d~or Da~9 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force I have been appointed by the Speaker to repre- sent House Republicans on a newly created state- wide child sexual abuse prevention task force, which was created by the legislature. Under a provi- sion in this section, four legislators, among others, are to serve on the task force - each appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate. The law calls for devel- opment of a model child sexual abuse prevention policy for schools and pos- sible recommendations on legislation. The section also charges the organiza- tion, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, with convening and staffing the task force, which must report to the legislature by January 16, 2012. Legislative Pages Every year the Iowa Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us House of Representatives, as well as the Iowa Senate and Legislative Services Agency (LSA), employ Iowa high school juniors and seniors to serve as Pages for the legislative session. The duties of the Pages may vary depending on whether they serve as Sen- ate Pages, House Pages, or LSA Pages, but generally Pages provide valuable as- sistance to Representatives or Senators and staff by assisting with tasks such as working at the switch- board, delivering mes- sages, distributing legisla- tion, assisting committee chairpersons or sorting amendments. When visi- tors at the Capitol want to visit with their legislators, "it is often the Pages who inform the legislators that someone wants to see them. Pages are paid and many schools grant credit for a student's work in the Legislature. Check with your school if you are in- terested in gaining school credit. I encourage local stu- dents to apply for the Page program. We are fortunate to be close enough to Des M6ines so a young person can serve as a Page and still live at home. I hope area students will apply to serve as Leg- islative Pages. It is a real opportunity for students to gain real world experi- ences, see firsthand how laws are made and inter- act with their government and elected officials, as well as other young people who are interested in gov- ernment and politics. The application for the 2012 Legislative Page Pro- gram is due no later than Frida3~ Oct. 7. To receive more information or an ap- plication, go to: http:// www.legis.iowa.gov/ DOCS/lsaReports/pageInfo/ PageApplication.pdf. As alwavs feel free to con- tact me with your ideas or concerns at julian.garret Ka)legis.state.ia.us. IDid You now. l (NAPS)---Ditferent pa~ents can have varied responses to the same medication based on a number of factors---such as weight, age and their genea. 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