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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District I Norwalk Warriors Page Eight Norwalk Instrumental Music Students Make All-State The Norwalk Instrumental Music Delartment had six students audition for All-State Saturday, Oct. 22, at Indianola High School. Michael Bockholt, percussion; Alexa Berkenpas, euphonium; Rachel Lundberg, clari- net and Aleyna Moeller, clarinet, all had solid auditions, representing Norwalk well. These students represent the best musicians in our school and will be auditioning for the SCIBA Honor Band December 1. Tim Phillips, junior trombone and Taylor Zimmerman, junior trumpet, of Norwalk High School have attained the highest honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected into the All-State Band. Tim is the son of Jeff and Joan Phillips. Taylor is the son of Brenda Dale. The 65th annual All-State concert will be held in Hilton Coliseum Saturda Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The con- cert will be broadcast on IPTV November 24, at 7:00 p.m. and November 27 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Iowa State Ath- letic ticket office or through Ticketmaster. MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS By Ken Foster, 6-7 Principal FALL CONFERENCES 2011-2012 This is a reminder to all parents and guardians that Middle School conferences are just around the corner. Conferences give parents/guardians an opportunity to meet the teachers of their children and receive informa- tion concerning the child's academic and behavioral achievement. The Middle School conference schedule is shown below. Open conferences are on the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and are on a first come, first serve basis. Tuesday and Wednesday con- ferences are held in the Eastview cafeteria and for those who do not like the cafeteria setting Thursday confer- ences are held in the teacher's rooms in the Middle School. Afternoon conferences are scheduled and can be requested by the teachers or the parents. If you would like to schedule your conference, contact one of your child's teachers and they will be happy to reserve a time for you. Norwalk Middle School FALL CONFERENCE 2011-2012 Tuesday, Nov. 8 Regular School Day Wednesda Nov. 9 Thursday, Nov. 10 Friday, Nov. 11 Open Conferences A-L 5-8 p.m. • Location-Eastview Cafeteria No School at Middle School Teacher/Parent Requested Conferences Noon-4 p.m. Open Conferences M-Z, 5-8 p.m. Location-Eastview Cafeteria NO School Teacher/Parent Requested ConferencesNoon-4 p.m. Open Conferences, 5-8 p.m. Location-Teachers' rooms in the Middle School NO SCHOOL, NO CONFERENCES SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 3, 2011 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney MaIinez, Dean of Students Making Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child A parent-teacher conference is a time when impor- tant people in a student's life can talk about how that student is doing in school. It's a chance for you to ask questions about the class or your child's progress. It is also a time for you and the teacher to work together as a team to discuss ways you both can help your son or daughter. Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or sec- ondary school, parent-teacher conferences are impor- tant. If your school does not schedule regular confer- ences, you can request them. Teachers need your help to do a first-class job. To- gether, you can help your child have a great school year. Before the Conference Schedule an appointment--A parent-teacher confer- ence is not the only time when parents and teachers should make contact. Parents may want to schedule a special meeting with their child's teacher for a variety of reasons. If you need to set up an appointment with the teacher, make a phone call or write a quick note to the teacher, and let him or her know if you have par- ticular issues you would like todiscuss. Talk to your child--Find out which subjects your child likes the best and the least. Ask why. Also, ask if there is anything your child would like you to talk about with the teacher. Help the child understand that you and the teacher are meeting to hetp him or her. If your child is in middle or high school, you may want to in- clude him or her in the conference. Gather input from others--If your spouse, another care-giving adult, or someone with pertinent informa- tion or insight (doctor, counselor, other guardian) can't attend the conference, ask for that person's concerns and questions before the conference. Make a list--Before you go to the meeting, make a list of topics to discuss with the teacher. Along with questions about academics and behavior, you may want to talk to the teacher about the child's home life, per- sonality, concerns, habits and hobbies, and other topics that may help the teacher in working with the child (e.g., religious holidays, music lessons, part-time jobs, a sick relative). During the Conference Establish rapport--As an icebreaker, take notice of something that reflects well upon the teacher. For ex- ample, thank the teacher for having made thoughtful notes on your child's homework or for the special atten- tion in helping your child learn to multiply. Ask questions-Questions you ask during the con- ference can help you express your hopes for the student's success in class and for the teacher. It's a good idea to ask the important questions first, in case time runs out. The teacher's answers should help you both work to- gether to help your child. If your child receives special services (e.g., gifted and talented programs, speech or occupational therapy), be sure to ask about the frequency of services and your child's progress. What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my student's progress? How does my stu- dent handle taking tests? Addressing problems--Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to discuss any difficulties (either aca- demic or behavioral) a child might be having at school. When problems arise, parents will want to: • Avoid angry or apologetic reactions. Instead, ask for examples. • Ask what is being done about the problem and what strategies seem to help at school. • Develop an action plan that may include steps that parents can take at home and steps the teacher will take when the problem comes up at school. • Schedule a follow-up conference and decide on the best way to stay in touch (phone, email, or letters sent to the home). Develop an action plan--If the student needs help with a behavioral or an academic issue, you and the teacher should agree on specific plans--that you both will work on--to help your child do better. Be sure you understand what the teacher suggests: If it's not clear, ask him or her to explain. Set up a way to check on your child's progress. You and the teacher can decide how best to stay in touch, such as through phone calls, notes, or additional meetings. Ending the conference--End the conference by re- viewing what you discussed and restating your action plan. This is also a good time to set up your next meet- ing. After the Conference When discussing the conference with the child after- ward, stress the good things that were covered and be direct about problems that were identified. If an action planis in place, explain to the child what was arranged. When an action plan is in place, consider the following: Watch your child's behavior and check on classwork and homework. Ask how the student feels about schoolwork. Stay in touch with the teacher to discuss your child's progress. Express appreciation as progress is made. A good way to promote a continuing relationship with the teacher is to say "thank you" with a note or a tele- phone call. Continuing to keep in touch with the teacher, even if things are going well, can play an important role in helping the child do better in school. When a child knows parents and teachers are regularly working to- gether, the child will see that education is a high prior- ity requiring commitment and effort. Questions to ask during the conference: • what subject does my student like most? Least? • What can I do to help my student with subiects he finds difficult? How can I help my Student study? Pre- pare for class? Improve his work? A good time to ask these questions is when the teacher gives you samples of your son's or daughter's work. • Is my student trying as hard as he can? • Does my student participate in class discussions and activities? • Is my student in different classes or groups for dif- ferent subjects? Which ones? How are the groups de- "termined? • How well does my student get along with others? • Has my student missed classes? • Have you noticed changes in the way my student acts? For example, have you noticed squinting, tired- ness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems? • How are you measuring my student's progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects? Oviatt's Conferences dates are as follows. If you need to check your time, call the office, 981-1005. November 9 Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8 p.m. November 10 No School- Parent Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.--8 p.m. November 11 No School- Parent Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. November 12 No School l 't Illl I HI I[lI Ill Ilil [Ell] 1:1 Ii [flllIIl00lll n lllll IlIlIIlBIIIll| llllll I I [1111 i! '