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J Norwalk Warriors I iO~icia~ l~b~icatiO][~ ~Or the NOr~l~ralk COmmu~ty sc~ D~c~ I Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, September 5, 2013 + PRINCIPAUS PEN Dale Barnhill, High School Principal Parents are needed to serve on the High School Par- ent Advfsory Committee. Committee members are an important part of the decision-making process to im- prove the educational program. Call Deb Fairfax or Dale Barnhill at 981-4201 if you are interested in serving on the Parent Advisory Committee. During the course of the school year, pictures are ran- domly taken that could find their way into various pub- lications. A parent or guardian must request to not have their student's picture printed, otherwise the school dis- trict will assume publication of the student's picture is acceptable. 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, 7002868~, and thanks for your hell~. As always, if there are any questions or concerns, call the high school office at 981-4201. Dates to Remember Week of September 9 is Homecoming Week September 10 - School Board Election September 12 - Community Pep Rally Class ring presentation to sophomores September 13 - Homecoming Game September 14 - Homecoming Dance September 18 - Senior class picture LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Professional Learning Communities: As you kno~ Lakewood is using PLC during the early out Wednes- day in order to create a structure to improve student achievement. The teams engage in inquiry into both best practices in teaching and best practices in learning. One of the keys to the success of the PLC is to reflect on their present practices and the te~m analyzes the level of achievements of their students. Classrooms: The teachers worked hard the first couple of weeks of school to continue to create consis- , tent routines and a sense of community. It is common sense that if relationships are not formed, learning will not occur at the optimal level. When the teachers de- sign the daily schedule, they work hard at creating ap- propriate pacing and stamina. The teachers try to capi- talize on the energy by structuring lessons that balance sitting and listening with active participation. If you walk into a classroom, there is usually alternating quiet times of focused, individual work with more active hands-on periods. Lakewood prides itself on innovative practices in or- der to keep our students engaged. Whether it is partici- pating in the action learning labs, doing Brain Breaks or using the clickers for formative assessment, we know that the more engaged our students are, the more they learn. Fundraiser. I've been asked what the fundraiser is used for throughout the year. This year, the PTO is co- ordinating it and so it will go into the account for field trips, assemblies and technology for the classrooms. Recentl~ the PTO purchased more AR books and the test that students use to evaluate whether they under- stood the book, a laminator and a screener for people as they enter the building. In the past, they have purchased iPads for the classroom. They are also sponsoring _the Iowa History Play that occurs at the end of the year. Without that support, the students would not be given sex. j, some of the same opportunities thatthey currently have with your hi Ip! Video and Computer Games Video and computer games top the wish lists of many children. While they do have their advantages, electronic games can lure children away from activ- ities such as outdoor play, reading, arts. and crafts and socializing with their friends and family. Here are some tips to help par- ents maintain the balance between video and com- puter game use and other activities: * Take advantage: Elec- tronic games do have their advantages. Playing these games can help children feel comfortable with tech- nology; give them the chance to compete against themselves, rather than another child and can help children learn to pay close attention, follow direc- tions and solve problems. Despite these advantages, computer and video games should never re- place other types of play. Demand active play: Too many children today are overweight and out of shape. Electronic games and television do not help the situation. Require your children to spend at least as much time engaged in physical activities, such as sports or active outdoor games, as they do in front of a screen. Provide an education: If your children must play electronic games, buy ones that teach as well as enter- tain. Check the ratings: Be- fore you let your children bu36 rent, or play a game, look on the front of the box for its rating. Games rated "E" (everyone) are usual- ly the best for school-age children. "T" (teen) games include questionable lan- guage, scenes and themes and are intended for those 13 and over. There's a good reason "M" (mature) and "AO" (adults only) games are not recommended for those under 17--they are usually loaded with vio- lence, foul language and Read the content de- + OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students scriptors: In addition to on when and how long who is on the other end. If the rating, every video and your child can play video you allow your children to computer game contains a or computer games, play online games, make black and white content Keep an eye on sure their screen names do descriptor box on the back grades: Too many chil- not reveal their age, grade, of the game's box. These dren's grades slip because or other personalinforma- descriptors give more de- they are spending tootion. Check ESRB's website tails about the product in much time with the latest for the content and rating terms of violence, sexual game. Use game time as a information for the online themes and language. For privilege, not a daily activ- game sites your children more information on rat- ity, and insist that school- frequent. Never allow ings and content descrip- work always comes first, your children to chat in tors, visit the Entertain- Keep violence out ofonline game rooms. ment Software Rating your home: There is a * Play together: Playing Board's (ESRB) website at strong link between ' computer and video www.esrb.org or call them watching/playing violent games together is a way to at 800-771-3772. programs and acting ag- connect with your child Set limits: The desire gressively. Keep violent while monitoring what he to play "just one more"games off limits, both at or she is playing. Just re- game can be overwhelm- home and at friends' hous- member to spend time to- ing and can entice children es. gether away from the elec- (and adults)into spending .Avoid online games: tronic games and televi- too much time in front of In the online environment, sion, too. the screen. 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