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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SM,LLTOWNPAPERS 2i7 WEST COA ST, SHEL'TOi4 AiA 983o +-z'6 Warren ....... "'" ............ iii,,i ' ilid,1!ii!!iii.!id!l iiii ,ih ,I h lII,li 1111,1 / Town and County /News 50 Nowk War.o Simon Estes Performs in Norwalk-see p. 10 Vol. 45 No. 23 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, October 24, 2013 9f Chamber's Annual Fall Celebration Firehouse Chili The annual Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce Supper Nov. 5 Fall Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Wright Place, 340 Wright Rd., Ste Members of Norwalk A. Tickets are $20 prior to Friday, Nov. 8; after that date Firefighters Association they will be $25. will host a Firehouse Chili Members of Norwalk High SchoolCulinary Arts class Supper Tuesday, Nov. 5, will prepare the lasagna dinner, along with appetizers from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the and desserts. Two dollars of every ticket sold will be Norwalk Firehouse, 1100 donated to the Norwalk Student Education Foundation. Chatham Ave.  In addition to the meal, there will be casino games, The event is being held live music featuring Chris Ranallo, raffle drawings and on Election Night so that wine tasting. Everyone will receive $200 in play money busy parents won't have to when they enter the event. The play money may be used cook an evening meal for Stephanie Brown to purchase two raffle tickets for a chance to win a door the family. Cost for the prize or it may be used to play the casino games. Chili Supper is a free-will Norwalk Teacher Donations of cash or raffle items are currently being donation. Receives Award accepted. To donate or for more information, contact Stephanie Brown has the Chamber Office, 1043 Sunset Dr., Ste. 3, or by phone Bank To Itost been selected to receive a at 981-0619. Professional Development The City of Norwalk, City State Bank and McClure Pie Contest Award given by the Profes- Engineering are assisting the Norwalk Area Chamber The annual City State sional Educators of Iowa of Commerce with the celebration. '. Bank Pie Contest will be' Foundation. Brown teaches held Frida Nov. 1, at the Middle School English bank, 801 Main St. Win- classes at Norwalk Coro- ners will be awarded munity School, including prizes, advanced English. She was There will be two cat- awarded this scholarship because of her goal to ob- egories in which to enter, tain a gifted and talented fruit and cream. Pies must endorsement from Mor- be dropped off at the bank ningside College. Her in- between 7 and 8 a.m. Fri- volvement in the gifted and day, Nov. 1. Following talented program will judging by members of the equip her to advance the community, the pies will educational opportunities be served in the bank for gifted learners. lobby beginning at 9 a.m. The annual scholarships given by the Professional Educators of Iowa Founda- Lions Club tion can be used by the re- Cipient for expenses such as Pancake tuition, books, conferences and workshops for profes- Breakfast sional development. Five Members of the scholarships are available to teachers in the state of Norwalk Lions Club will Iowa annually. host their annual Pancake The Professional Educa- and Sausage Breakfast tors of Iowa Foundation has from7tolla.m.Saturda} allotted over $8,000 in Nov. 2, at the Norwalk scholarship money to Masonic Lodge ( across teachers and students from City State Bank). across the state. Profes- Cost for the event is a sional Educators of Iowa is . free will donation. They an association that offers also willbe collecting non- independent educators a perishable items for the choice in representation. Norwalk Food Pantry. Their goal in education is to Proceeds from theevent put students first. PEI is will be used for Norwalk dedicated to restoring pro- NORWALK High School scholarships fessionalism and purpose and community service to teaching the youth of Ttiek-or-Ttoat 00ight projects. Iowa. p.m. See Norwalk and [Wodno,dQg, ,[ Cumming City i Oct. Drive Carefully.| Ballots p. 6 " - YOUR CITY 1 GOVERNMENT IN ACTION| By Mary Lou Gray ) Council approves 1st reading of ordinance for new four-way stop signs for city intersections. The City of Norwalk regular council meeting was held Thursday, Oct. 17, at City Hall with Mayor Doug Pierce and all councilmembers present. Council approved minutes from the October 3 Regu- lar Council Meeting and the Special Council Meeting held October 7. Mayor Pierce moved the Public Comment to the end of the agenda. ConSent Agenda-Expenditure, tax abatements and monthly reports were approved by council. The job de- scription for the Community Development Director was updated and approved by council. Item % Speed Regulations. The first reading to amend the City's Ordinance for speed regulations on North Avenue was approved. The intersection of North Avenue (G-14) and R-57 (27th Street) has a significant history of accidents with property damage and personal injury according to city information. A four way stop sign is part of this Ordinance for R-57 and North Av- enue. Also includes reducing the speed limit on Beardsley from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour between Sunset Drive and 80th Street. Item 8. Stop Signs. The first reading to amend the City'sOrdinance for placement of stop signs was passed by Council. The following locations are being consid- Concluded p. 13 some things in common between states, each state bears the responsibility of creating a curriculum for their lo- cal students. The govern6r's message can be found at: http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/branstad-executive_ order-rejects-federal-common-core/. Further, the governor strongly affirms Iowa's need for common "Iowa standards" and "Smarter Balanced" assessments. This can be found at: http:// siouxcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/ branstad-iowa-must-adopt-state-education-standards/ article_97a 151 ab-c68c-5986-840a-02f76b270af3,html. One insight in the governor's speech of particular inter- est was: "Smarter Balanced testing is the direction we're looking at going." Information regarding Smarter Bal- anced testing information can be found at: http:// www.smarterbalanced.org/. These Smarter Balanced Tests are rigorous and in many ways different than the old ITBS tests. They will require more higher order thinking skills, entry by computer, writing components and other changes that will make these tests the most rigorous that Iowa students have ever taken and are highly aligned to the Iowa Core. Raising the bar for stu- dents also requires retraining for staff. Just like an) oth- er industry, changes in basic design require much re- tooling. Our staff is studying techriolog unpacking the Iowa Core, examining the Smarter Balanced system and working to understand the many new models of teach- ing being produced at the state level. We appreciate the additional early out time that we received this year to begin this task. This time has made a positive differ- ence in our ability to remain competitive with other Iowa schools. Governor Branstad also expressed a sense of urgen- cy to the Iowa State Board of Education, "We being the last state to adopt state standards, that is one of the rea- sons we fell behind." He does not intend that Iowa fall further behind other states in achievement growth. So, the path seems clear. Governor Branstad intends Iowa Schools to adopt the Iowa Core and participate in Smart- er Balanced testing. As a result, Norwalk schools are preparing diligently for that challenge. We are using our planning times to understand and implement the core in our daily work. We are learning how to choose text materials which align to the Iowa Core. We are spend- ing time studying our assessments to determine which are useful for the future and which are antiquated. Pre- pare for many changes in Iowa education. They are com- ing soon! Norwalk Educators honored: Past, Present and Fu- ture: As many of you know, NHS teacher Andy Mogle is winding down on his reign as "Iowa Family and Con- sumer Science Teacher of the Year." Andy's excellence was also recognized by his selection as overall "Iowa Teacher of the Year" i n 2008. Andy is a great asset to the community as a whole and works tirelessly to prepare our students for postsecondary education and the world of work. In addition, Lakewood teacher Pam Nichols has just been named Iowa Technology Teacher of the Year by ' Concluded p. 11