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Thursday, September 23, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Iowa Lions Foundation Provides Vision Reader Stream to Sight Impaired Youth Iowa Lions Foundation Trustee, Jim Cain of Norwalk, observes Tyler Juranck of Council Bluffs demonstrate the use of the Vision Reader Stream to members of the Council Bluffs Lions Club. Juranck received his Stream earlier in the year. Cain is a member of the Norwalk Lions Club. Photo submitted. The Iowa Lions Foundation has been providing Vi- sion Reader Stream to middle school and high school youth throughout the state of Iowa who are vision im- paired. The Stream is a handheld device (similar to a deck of cards and weighing about six ounces) that has been de- signed with users who are blind or have low vision. Its controls are all tactile and easy to operate, with the only visual indication being a small LED (light-emitting di- ode) that enables the user with low vision to know when the unit is off, on or charging. There are also audio in- dicators for all the operations as well. On this single device, you can store and listen to talk- ing books from the National Library Service, DAISY books from Bookshare, books and programs from audible.com, your music collection and any text file from your computer. The Stream doubles as a handy voice recorder for personal notes, meetings or lectures. Some textbooks can be downloaded by the local AEA (Area Education Agency). Any student interested in obtaining a Vision Reader Stream should contact their local Lions Club. Any po- tential recipient needs to schedule an appointment with the Iowa Department of the Blind to determine eligibil- ity and also for instruction in the operation of the Stream. F MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS ] By Ken Foster, 6-7 Principal A Note of Thanks I would like to thank the drivers who picked up stu- dents from the front of the Middle School Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 15. Because of deadlines and weather, the construction crew had to continue to lay asphalt during our critical pick up time. Your patience and understanding were greatly appreciated. Because of your actions, traffic flowed as smoothly as possible under the circumstances and no students were ever put in harms way. I would also like to thank Officer Criswell, as well as the flag people who helped with the situa- tion. It is wonderful working with an understanding community. l surarce COMMIFF~ED FO OUR CUSTOMERS AND OUR COMMUNITY,, Norwalk Girls and Boys Cross Country The Norwalk Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed at the Ballard Invitational MondaF Sept. 13. It is one of the largest meets in the state with top- notch competition. Unfor- tunatel~ due to inclement weather only the varsity teams were able to com- pete. Leading the Warriors was senior Kit Anderson with an all time best of 16:32 and finishing second behind fifth ranked Zach Bucheit from Pella. Ander- son is currently ranked 11~ in Class 3A and has fin- ished second behind fourth ranked Evan Selsor from Winterset at both Dallas Center-Grimes In- vitational and Winterset Invitational. Also running well for the Warriors this season is senior Austin Dermody. Dermody fin- ished an impressive 13th at Ballard in an all time best of 17:56. Freshman Chance Sauer, junior Andrew Grant and senior Nick Adams have been adding great performances to the boys team. Senior Megan Patava and sophomore Sarah Adams have been leading the Lady Warriors Cross Country team this year. Patava is currently ranked 22"d in Class 3A and ran an all time best of 15:30 at the Winterset Invitational. Patava was attending a National Conference on Youth Leadership recently and therefore was not able to compete at the Ballard Meet. Adams, who ran an all time best of 16:52 at Winterset, finished an im- pressive 16t" at Ballard in a time of 17:05 with sopho- more Cassidy Gomick not far behind. Gornick fin- ished 33rd in a personal best time of 18:05. Junior Alexa Berkenpas finished 35th in 18:15 and junior Madison Coons finished 40t" in a time of 18:29. The Lady Warriors are also very excited to run at the Creston Invitational. "We are running very well this season, with so many of the athletes reach- ing personal best times. Each athlete is anywhere from 15 seconds to two minutes ahead of where they were last season. The improvement is fun to see. We have high expectations this season and with this fantastic group of runners I have no doubt that we will reach them!" said -Hea'd Coach Michelle Wiedmann. Come out and show your su'pport at the Norwalk Invitational Monday, Oct. 4 at McAninch Sports Com- plex. The meet will start wifh junior high running at 4:30 p.m. This is also Senior Night for the Senior Cross Country Runners. Blood Drive at Norwalk High School Blood Donations are Needed to Maintain a Stable Blood Supply Maintaining an adequate blood supply is necessary in order to ensure blood is available to hospital patients when it is needed. It is difficult to predict when and exactly how much blood will be needed, which is why it.is important for volunteer blood donors to make blood donations on a regular basis. Help maintain the local blood supply by donating blood at the Norwalk High School Blood Drive Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The drive will be held in the Norwalk High School at 1201 North Avenue and is sponsored by Na- tional Honor Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Wiedmann at 515-981-4201..You can also schedule your appointment online at www.bloodcenterofiowa.org. Remember, The Blood Center of Iowa is offering a special What Color Do You Bleed promotion now through October 2. Donate blood at the Norwalk High School blood drive and you'll be able to redeem a What Color Do You Bleed t-shirt for just 100 points from The Blood Center of Iowa's Online Store. The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become Lifeserve Blood Center. As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the count13~ Lifeserve Blood Center provides blood and blood prod- ucts to 87 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Eligible blood donors must be - at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds.and should be in general good health, For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800-287-4903 or visit www.bloodcenterofiowa.org. LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students 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 between the student and the teacher is the most significant 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 expectations for the students. Each year, the kids do a culture survey and for every teacher there is a conference looking at the perceptions of the students. The teacher set goals about classroom climate and tries 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 courtselor or never hesitate to call Mr. Oleson or myself. We can't fix things if we don't know about them. Each Tuesday morning before the students arrive, the Lakewood teachers join together to have professional development discussion based on the Iowa Core prin- ciples. Be ready to read about the Iowa Core within the next couple of years in the Iowa media. We are starting to educate the faculty in the characteristics of effective instruction. One key component in excellent classrooms is the opportunity for stu- dents to become responsible for their own learning. Even in the classrooms that are run in a relatively traditional manner, students contribute to the flow of events, shap the direction-of the classroom discussions and become authorities on their won ex- periences and on the work they are doing within the classroom. Classrooms should be a place where the students know the expectations and take responsibility for their own learning and the teacher should be the facilitator of learning rather than the dictator of learning. Teachers need to take students seriously as both intellectual as well as social be- ings. Our students work hard, think things through and at times struggle with the concepts being taught. We basically are trying to create better thinkers and problem solvers, which at time becomes frustrating to all involved-students, teachers and parents. I've encouraged the teachers not to enable students, but to push them to solve and critically ponder ideas. One student came up to me in the hallway and said, "You are pushing us to our limits!" I said that I would take that as a compli- ment. Sept. 27 Fundraiser ends Oct. 20 Teacher Professional Development Dismissal-12 noon Oct. 21 Make up Picture Day Oct. 26 Fundraiser delivery at Lakewood 3-6 p.m. Nov. 9 Regular Day, Conferences 5-8 p.m. Nov. 10 No School, Conferences 10-8 Nov. 11 No School, Conferences 10-8 MATHCOUNTS COMPETITION Mathcounts is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that increases enthusiasm for and enhances achievement in Iowa's middle school mathematics. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade student competitors are attracted to the Mathcounts program because it provides them with an exciting and challeng- ing forum. Best known for its signature initiative, Math-counts distributed free curricula and promotional materials the first part of September to each of the middle schools in Iowa. Teachers and volunteers will begin to work with their students, building their math and critical thinking skills. During February 2011, teams of students proceed through regional competitions followed by ,the state competition that will be con- ducted Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Olmsted Center of Drake University. The results from the state competition will determine the top four individuals and top coach who will represent Iowa at the National Mathcounts competition being held in Wash- ington, D.C. at The Renaissance-Washington, D.C. May 5-8, 2011. In Iowa, the Mathcounts program is made possible through the sponsorship of the Iowa Engineering Foundation and the Iowa Engineering Society. By working together, parents, teachers, engineers and business people, can and will make a dif- ference for the future of our children. For more information about Mathcounts, visit the Mathcoun, ts website at http:// mathcounts.org. 7