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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warriors Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News ,:::::::::: Norwalk High School Drake Honor Band News Congratulations to the following Norwalk High School students accepted to the Drake Honor Band: Students selected to the Concert Band - Kaylyn Fisher, clari- net; Aleyna Moeller, clarinet; Kim Suckow, oboe and Bella Hosier, trumpet. Stu- dents selected to the Wind Ensemble - Kat Appel, flute; Michael Bockholt, per- cussion; Sam Bergan, trombone; Tim Phillips, trombone and Taylor gimmerman, trumpet. The festival is held Friday and Saturday Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.The concert will be held at Drake University in Sheslow Auditorium in the Music Building. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Photo submitted. Optimist Representatives Fall 2012 Melanie Riordan Ben Elliott happy to permit the pres- representatives because of ence of trouble." Although the way each carries them- these are lofty goals, Elliott selves on a daily basis. and Riordan are worthy Wednesda3 Nov. 7, Ben ElIiott and Melanie Rior- dan, seniors at Norwalk High School attended the Des Moines Metro Area Optimists Annual Youth Appreciation Luncheon. Both students were chosen to represent Norwalk High School by the teach- ing staff 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 If you could drive to the sun at 55 miles per hour, it would take about 193 years. State Opus Honor Choir LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial D,y-tbor Da 9 Liz Hatfield and Jordan Heinold were selected to par- ticipate in the State Opus Honor choir Thursday, Nov. 15, at Iowa State University. Out of 800 students that auditioned, they were selected to perform in the 180 voice treble choir. Pictured with Instructor Lori Nielsen. Photo submitted. Thursday, November 22, 2012 PRINCIPAL'S PEN Concluded from p. 1 • Focused on the student's level of proficiency in the concepts being taught. • Allowed students to "redo" assignments and tests for credit. • Created a seminar period that allows the majority of students and staff to have an open period where students can come in for additional help. The implementation of differentiation has had a positive impact on the success of students. For example, the opportunity to redo an assignment for credit has encour- aged students to not give up, but keep working at their assignments to obtain credit or even improve their grade. Students who at one time may have dropped out of school are now remaining in school. Differentiation is a very positive instructional tool, but has reduced the time teach- ers have to: • Prepare for classes • Grade tests and homework • Collaborate with other teachers The redo policy adds time to the teacher's workload since the assignments stu- dents redo need to be assessed. Creating differentiated lessons requires additional planning time to meet the needs of students who learn in different ways and at dif- ferent speeds. Staff has accepted the aforementioned challenges because they are witnessing an improvement in student learning, but the need for more planning time or staff de- velopment time has become increasingly apparent. Differentiation is only one initia- tive the high school staff is engaging at this time and they are committed to the continued research and implementation of practices to improve student learning. 4 SCI-IOOL AND SPORTS PAGES '1 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 - 285q838 • NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 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 i I