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Thursday, September 26, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine I ] Booster Club Golf Tourney OVIATT ELEMENTARY Members of the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club hosted their 6th annual golf ben-' By Sheila Taylor, Principal efit at Countryside Golf Course August 24. NABC President Tim Stephany said the event was very successful and will be held again next year. Stephany added that the One of the biggest changes this year has been early dismissals each Wednesday. These early dismissals provide teachers the opportunity to meet, learn and grow as educators. As a parent, I want my children's teachers to be the most knowledgeable, skilled and masters of their trait to help prepare my children to be productive citi- zens. These early dismissals give the faculty the avenue for continued growth and development. An effective model for growth is to meet on a regular basis versus trying to cram in a lot of information into a full day scattered throughout the year. The Wednesdays provide the consistent and frequent opportunities for growth. Teach- ers are trained on a concept, take it back to their classroom and implement and then come back the next week to talk about what went well, what they can do to improve and continue learning the next steps. What is Oviatt's focus for our early out Wednesdays? This year as a district our focus has been on developing professional learning communities. PLCs meet weekly to discuss priorities for learning, common assessments and focus on student learn- ing. This year we are starting with reading/language arts to learn what changes are involved with the Iowa Core. 'hrough common assessments the PLCs discuss stu- dents and plan for instruction, interventions and enrichment based on what students have learned. We look at each student's learning and plan for their instruction with a goal of each student mastering the standards by the end of the year. This is best accomplished as a team which is the focus of the professional learning communities. This year we are fortunate to have mini-iPads in each classroom with a ratio of one iPad for each pair of students. This is an engaging instructional tool for the class- room. Through our early dismissal Wednesdays teachers are learning how to use the iPad in the classroom to supplement the curriculum as an effective learning tool. Oviatt's goal for student learning is focusing on reading instruction with 90% of students meeting their growth targets by the end of the school year. Teachers are involved in Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) pro- fessional development on some of our early out Wednesdays. The training focuses on how students learn to read and why some children have trouble; how to teach reading and spelling most effectively how to interpret individual differences in stu- dent achievement and learn scientifically-based reading research for instruction. Other topics for professional development for this school year are curricular stud- ies and research, writing instruction, cooperative learning and data discussions and goal setting. We appreciate the time and opportunity to focus on continued growth for our faculty. This in turn helps your children and our schools. Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed-there's so little compe- tition. -Elbert Hubbard SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES b SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson- 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 Athletic Booster Club has put a focus on raising additional funds for larger athletic projects and the nearly $9,000 raised from this event will certainly help in that re- gard. A big thank you goes out to the 120 individuals who participated in this year's outing. Without their participation, this event wouldn't have been possible. Several area businesses also donated items for a raffle and their help is greatly appreciated. Stephany noted that hole sponsorship was key to the event's success and wanted to thank the following entities for their support: Farewa)5 Countryside Golf Course, City State Bank, Scott's Foods, NuTech Seeds, Cyclone Automotive Training, Logan Contractors Supply, Haskin Chiropractic Clinic, HyVee Corporate, Stephany Insur- ance, Accelerated Physical TherapF DeRocher Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Edward Jones - Lance Eddie, Lane Insurance, Dr. Lori Miller and Brad Miller, Norwalk Fam- ily Physicians, Norwalk Family Dentistry, Knights of Columbus Council 7556, Ron's Auto Repair, Burke Golf Academ55 Rich Hervey- JJ Designs, Norwalk Ready-Mixed Concrete and Flooring America. Norwalk Athletic Booster Club Minutes August 28, 2013 Tim Stephany called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. There were 16 people present at the meeting. Secretary's Report Minutes from the regular meeting and the annual meeting in July were reviewed. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Nancy LaVelle and seconded by Scot Meuler. Motion carried. Treasurer's Report Troy Downs reported that after he pays Fast Signs and receives the last few spon- sorship payments, we will be around $9,000 for revenue from the golf outing. This is approximately $850 more than last year's outing. Troy has rolled over all remaining funds from each of the sports from last year. The current financial figures presented at tonight's meeting are current With all all0-. cations fully completed. Motion to accept the financials was made by Lori Vaske and seconcfed by Matt Leek. Motion carried. Concession Report Mary Knickerbocker reported Fall Fest was very successful in concessions with $400 profit the night of Fall Fest and $1,600 profit the night of the scrimmage with ADM. Mary reported that she will be sending out the board counting schedule for vol- leyball games soon. The first home game is scheduled for September 10. Coaches Wish List Volleyball - Coach Byars requested $348.48 for coach's apparel. Motion was made by Nancy LaVelle to approve funding, seconded by Coach Gavin. Motion carried. Cheerleading - Coach Moede requested $154.67 for coach's apparel. Motion was made by Tim Daniels to approve funding, seconded by Coach Wiedmann. Motion carried. Membership Report Lori Vaske reported there are currently 49 new members, however we are down $5,000 from where we were last year at this time. We.will have a membership table at each of the home football games which will hopefully increase membership. Tim Stephany reported that he sent out an email to all past members reminding them to become a member again this year. Tim Daniels reported that he has updated the website with the new membership list that Lori has provided him with. Athletic Directors Report Middle School: Darin Schreck was not in'attendance at tonight's meeting to report on the middle school activities. High School: A1 Lammers reported that everything is going well with the start of fall sports. Volleyball will start Thursday and there have been some cancellations due to the increased heat. A1 indicated that he had to purchase an ice machine for the high school due to the other one breaking down. Al requested that the boosters fund this expenditure with money in the general fund. B6ard discussed and determined there were monies avail- able to pay for the machine. Total cost for the machine is $3,172. M6tion was made by Stacy Rosonke to fund this amount for the ice machine, seconded by Scot Meuler. Motion carried. Public Relations Nancy LaVelle reported that she sent all congratulatory cards to the baseball and softball players who received conference recognition. Stacy will write up a thank you from the golf outing that Nancy will put in the paper. Old Business Scot Meuler thanked everyone for volunteering at the 6th Annual Golf Benefit at Countryside. Hole sponsorships were up this year. Everyone thanked Scot for all of his work to put the outing together. New Business Chris Larson asked if he could get a representative from the boosters to sit on a committee that would promote working with other organizations inthe community. This committee would consist of PTO, Education Foundation, Music Boosters, Ath- letic Boosters and Watch Dogs. This committee could be highly beneficial to all and would foster assisting each other with events that are planned and promote volunteerism across all groups. Tim Stephany and Stacy Rosonke volunteered to represent the Athletic Boosters at a meeting that Chris is planning. A1 Lammers indicated that the Project Graduation organization came to him and reported that there has been no one volunteer to take on the responsibilities of Project Graduation. This organization is key in contacting area businesses and then put together a program insert containing area business sponsorships. The revenue ger k- erated from these sponsorships is returned to Project Graduation for events that are planne d for seniors. Scot Meuler volunteered to work with A1 and the previous Concluded p. 10