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SCHOOL and SPORTS I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District l Norwalk Warriors Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, August 29, 2013 By Norwalk HS Principal By Jill Anderson, Principal By Sheila Taylor, Principal Dale Barnhill What a great week having the students back to school! W a t c h D. O. G. S. : eat food selections that stu- I feel so fortunate to be here in Norwalk at Oviatt Ele- NeW Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2014 Thanks to the parentswho dents pick up to munch on mentary School. The staff, parents and students have The new requirements will better prepare students for success in college and the work place. Examples of the new requirements are: electronic portfolio, exit in- terview, service learning, senior project and increased credit requirements. " Details of the requirements can be found on the school website by going to Academics; Graduation Require- ments. Parents are encouraged to call, email or stop in to discuss the new graduation requirements. Dale Barnhill, High School Principal, Phone: 981-4201, dbarnhill@ norwalk.k12, ia.us. New Method of Determining Class Rank In the past, class rank for Norwalk students was de- termined solely on the students" grade point average. The following formula is now being used to determine class rank: Norwalk Class Rank (NCR) Formula In the formula Grade Point Average (GPA) and Ad- vanced Norwalk Courses are weighted as 40% of the score respectively. The ACT is weighted as 20% of the score. The following is an example of a student's class rank score if the student had a 4.0 GPA, received the highest ACT score of 36 and took all 36 Advance Norwalk courses: Grade Point Average 4.0 X 18 -- 72 Advanced Norwalk Courses 36 X 2 = 72 ACT score 36 X 1 -- 36 Total ffi 180 It's very possible for a student to have a 4.0 grade point and be ranked number 25 or higher if the student did not take any advanced Norwalk courses and had a low ACT score. Attendance Parents, call the High School attendance line at 981- ,.-,. 1830 or the office at 981-4201 if your student is going to be absent from school. Fun&raising Office Depot will give the Norwalk School District a credit equal to 5% of a qualifying purchase to use for free supplies. The only thing you need to do is give Of- rice Depot the school's 5% Back to School ID number when buying school supplies. Remember this ID num- ber 70028688 and thanks for your help. i Did Yeu Knew? (NAPS)---Retirement plan- ning should be a lifelong, evolving journey. It may pay for you to talk to a financial adviser about the role per- qj manent life insurance prod- ucts can play in your retire- ment plan. Learn more from Northwestern Muttud experts at wwwamrthwestemmuOmL oom and (414) 271-1444. NASs Mars Rover Curi- osity may reveal whether there's life on Mars. It's pow- ered by plutonium-238, which undergoes radioactive decay and releases heat to produce electricity without any moving parts. Learn more at httpY/www.new.ans. org/pi/ "on# docs/2012-09-10.pdf. Education reformers, such as the experts at the Fried- man Foundation, contend that public schools spend too much on non-teaching per- sonnel--money that could be spent for teachers and on stu- dents. To learn more, visit www.edchoice.org. Parenm, teachem and school administrators are joining a national"green sdmolg" move- ment to improve the energy effacioney and malth" of pub- lic school& At the forefront is The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Couneil, supported by United Technologies Corp. Learn more at www.centerforgreen schools.org. have volunteered to be a part of the WatchD.O.G.S. program. It is a vital part of our environment at Lakewood. A special thanks to Brad Miller who continues to coordinate the efforts. Call Janet at Lakewood 981-1850 if you are interested in more in- formation. This is a great way to volunteer at Lake- wood. Culture for Success: I have to remind myself that education is not all about paperwork and account- ability. Literature and common sense remind me of what I know by instinct and experience. I know that the relationship be- tween the student and the teacher is the most signifi- cant predictor of student learning. I feel as if the Norwalk teachers have a nice balance of caring deeply while at the same time have high expecta- lions for the students. Each year, the kids do a culture survey and for every teacher there is a confer- ence looking at the percep- tions of the students. The teacher set goals about classroom climate and try to look through the "eyes of children" about how their classroom looks. If you have any concerns, contact your child's teacher first, talk to the counselor or never hesitate to call. We can't fix things if we don't know about it! Grab and Go: I read an interesting article about the changing economy in Educational Leadership this summer. I was reminded that 21.9 percent of chil- dren in the United States live in households strug- gling to put food on the table. That's one of every five children! The church- es in Norwalk have been great in supporting the schools in this area. The nutrition department has been cooperative in pro- viding food for those stu- dents who need a quick breakfast before starting the day. The Grab and Go breakfast items are easy to during class at the begin- ning of the day. If at any time you need help, do not hesitate to call our school counselors, Jan Jensen and Brett Collins at 981-1850. Football Expectations for Elementary Students: Well, it's game week and time to prepare for the first home football game and cheer the Warriors to an- other great year. I thought that sharing information with the parents will help create a safer environment for the students. Section A - Lakewood - Lower seating Section B - Middle School been so welcoming. I am looking forward to a really good year. With school back in session we want to have a heightened awareness especially in the mornings and afternoons when Students are going to and from School. Drive slowly and carefully, especially around school zones. Starting this week we are back to a normal daily schedule: 7:30 a.m.-Doors open; students wait with their class- mates in the halls 7:55 a.m.-Classrooms open 8:05 a.m.-Tardy bell; classes begin 3:00 p.m.-Dismissal for kindergarten and 1st graders at Door 2 3:05 p.m.-Dismissal for 1st and 2nd grade bus students 3:10 p.m.-Dismissal for the rest of the students Don't forget early out Wednesdays are new this year. Each Wednesday students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. We are implementing a new system to help monitor - Lower seating Section F - High School - lower bleachers Section F - Eastview - Stu- dents are to sit above the high school students in Section F Section G - The Band Additional Expectations: *Footballs or any other types of balls are not to be brought into the stadium. Noise makers, ban- ners, signs and costumes that cover a student's face is prohibited. Students will not be allowed to cross over in front of the stadium build- ing team rooms, Students are to remain in the bleach- ers unless going to the restroom or concessions. Students are to use the home concessions only. Important Dates Sept. 4 Early Out Sept. 6 Picture Da5 Fundraiser Kickoff Sept. 11 Early Out Sept. 18 Early Out _ Sept. 25 Early Out Lettuce leaves consist of 95 percent water by weight.This is what makes the lettuce crisp. The cells high in water press against each other, pro- ducing the crunchy tex- ture that is so desirable in the fresh leaves. - . . yisitors to our s.chgols: It i s qallet:: Kegp N Track. Itin- volves all visitors coming though'D0i3 1 and using eir driver's license to enter the building. The system checks each person with the sex offender registry list. If you volunteer in the schools you will need to complete a volunteer application which can be found on the dis- trict website. All volunteers will need to apply even if you volunteered in previous years. Volunteers will be checked on the criminal and sex offender registry lists in order to be approved to help in the schools. Visitors will only be able to enter Door 1. What does this mean? Parents and visitors will not be able to come into the school with their children through Door 2 or 14 in the mornings or after school. All adults will need to enter through Door 1. To make this transition smooth, I would suggest working with your child to drop them off and saying good-bye at the door and then having your child enter school on their own. Be assured we have a hand- ful of staff at each door to help students find their way. We have a large number of students that are car rid- ers. To help keep traffic flowing, remain in your car if you are in the drop-off lane. If you need to come into the building, park your car in a parking place and enter through Door 1. This will help by not holding up traffic when a vehicle is "parked" in the drop-off lane. A huge thank you to our wonderful WatchD.O.G.S. Dads who have been present to greet students each morning. Their energy brings smiles and excitement to students and adults as they enter the building. It gets the day started on a positive note for everyone. If you are interested in finding a different way to be involved in the schools, a program was started last spring and continues this year, Everybody Wins! Iowa- Power Lunch. This program asks for volunteers to com- mit each Tuesday during lunch to read with a student buddy. The program creates opportunities for students to develop a positive relationship and grow in their con- fidence as a reader. If you are interested in being in- volved or want to learn more about the program, you can contact Judy Corcoran at Oviatt@everybody winsiowa.org. There will be an orientation session Sep- tember 10here at Oviatt. Prior to working in the schools all volunteers will need to complete an application which can be found on the district website. This pro- cess checks all our volunteers on the criminal and sex offender listings. We would love to have a buddy for each student that wants to be involved in this program. If you have the time and interest, we would love to have you helping here at Oviatt.