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SCHOOL and SPORTS Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 11, 2010 Norwalk senior Kit Anderson competed in the State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 30, held in Nov. 25-26 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 15 Dec. 17 Dec. 20-21 Dec. 20-31 STATE CROSS COUNTRY Fort Dodge. This was Anderson's fourth year in a row to compete at the State Meet. Also qualify- LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY [ By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students As you read the newspaper, school reform is on the front page at least once a week. In fact, since the early 1980% the United States has been engaged in the most intensive school reform effort in its history. I understand the need to have the rigor and standardization within the educational setting, but I also have cautioned teach- ers that there is also the need to meet the needs of each individual student. The question now becomes, how do we do that at the elementary level? I feel that personalized education is not just a theory, but should be a reality. Even though I support the core curriculum, I've challenged the teachers to differenti- ate different areas within their instruction in order for the students to play a significant role in designing their own real life learning. Hopefully, the teachers will be- come the advisors who will guide students in educat- ing themselves, tutor them and help in the management of the activity without thinking for the students. In do- ing this, the teachers will start to recognize that our stu- dents come from different socioeconomic situations and cultural backgrounds; learn in different ways and at different speeds. They have different talents, problems and aspirations. I honestly feel as if we will learn as much from kids as long as we give them a chance to prosper. New Dismissal Plan After meeting with the city, we are going to be slightly changing our dismissal procedures. This will begin af- ter conferences on November 15 and will only affect fifth grade car riders. Everyone will do their normal routine except for fifth grade car riders as they will now all go to the cafeteria. Fifth grade parents will now wait in the parking lot by the gym and along the bus entrance. We'll keep these kids in the cafeteria until 3:20 (approximate time when the buses are all gone). They will then be dismissed at that time. The city wants to keep as many cars off of Beardsley as possible. If there are fifth grade students who have a third or fourth grade sibling, they will be released to be picked up at the nodal time. We hope this will alleviate much of the congestion on Beardsley and we thank you for your patience with us as we've worked through the process. If you have any questions or concerns about the new process please con- tact Dave Oleson at 981-1850. Box Tops Thank you to everyone for donating their box tops to our drive. We collected over 5,000 which earned Lake- wood $510. This money will be used to help with tech- nology purchases for our students. Nov. 12 No school Nov. 24 2 p.m. Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break No school Thanksgiving Break Fourth grade vocal concert at Lakewood at 7 p.m. Secret Santa Shopping before school at Lakewood and Oviatt 7-8 a.m. 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Secret Santa Shopping before school at Lakewood and Oviatt 7-8 a.m. Snow make up days Winter Break No School ing for the State Cross Country Meet was senior Megan Patava. Patava was unable to compete due to an injury she sustained at the Regional Cross Coun- try Meet the week before. This would have been Patava's third year to com- pete at the State Meet. The 3A level was filled with an all-star lineup, in- cluding Johnny Fuller, a senior from Glenwood (placed first), Ryan McMahon, a senior from Algona (placed second), Evan Selsor a senior from Winterset (placed fifth), Zach Bucheit, a junior from Pella (placed third), and our very own Kit Anderson from Norwalk (placed 23ra). Anderson placed 12 th as a junior in a time of 16:36. This year Anderson was running his career best times and look- ing very strong, unfortu- nately due to an injury he sustained at the Nevada Invitational, Anderson had a three-week setback in his training. Anderson was still able to run a great race and placed 23 rd out of 125 of the top cross coun- try runners in the state. Anderson ran a time of 16:46. Head Coach Michelle Wiedman said "There is no doubt in my mind that if Kit wouldn't have had the unfortunate hamstring injury he would have for sure placed in the top 10 at State. Kit has a great fu- ture in running. He has yet to show his full potential, and whichever college is smart enough to pick him they will not regret their decision. Kit has had a very uccessful high school running career in cross country and I know he's going to have a great track season as well. Coach Boies and I will greatly miss Kit next year and we wish him the best of luck with his future running career." Anderson is the first male Cross Country run- ner at Norwalk to qualify for State as an individual all four years of high school. Patava is only the second female runner at Norwalk to qualify for State as an individual three years in a row. This is a great accomplishment by these two young ath- letes. Head Coach Wiedmann said, "Patava had a very successful senior season and was running her best times. She is such a strong athlete both mentally and physically. She had been placing first or second at most of the meets all sea- son long. Patava's injury happened at a very inop- portune time in the season and I felt so badly for her that she couldn't run her last race of her high school career. Patava plans on at- tending UNI and majoring in elementary education. We are going to miss Megan a great deal next year, we wish her the best of luck with her future en- deavors." Represent NHS Tuesday, NOV. 2, Lauren Bunce and Josh Tuggle, se- niors at Norwalk High School, attended the Des Moines Metro Area Optimists Annual Youth Appre- ciation Luncheon. Both students were chosen to rep- resent Norwalk High School by the Administrative Team because each has a positive vision and each makes those around them better. The Optimist Creeds also states one should, "Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble." Although these are lofty goals, Bunce and Tuggle are worthy representa- tives because of the way each carries themselves on a daily basis. 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