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SCHOOL and SPORTS I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District ] Norwalk Warriors Page light Girls Hi School Norwalk Swimmers pictured, left to right: Audrey Pritchard, Alex Bennett, Nicole Wright and Abby Pritchard. Photo submitted. High 'School Girls Swimming concluded Sat- urday, Nov. 6. Nicole Wright, senior from Norwalk, participated at the State Swim Meet in Marshalltown as an alter- nate for the Lincoln High School 200-yard Medley Relay team. The Lincoln Swim Team Banquet was held Thursday, Nov. 11, and the Norwalk swimmers re- ceived several awards. Abby Pritchard won a JV Participation Certificate. Audrey Pritchard earned a Varsity Letter. Alex Bennett earned a Varsity Letter and the Workhorse Award, given because of her good work ethic and effort at practices and swim meets. Nicole Wright earned her third Varsity Letter and the highly prestigious Tom Cady Award. The Tom Cady Award is given to a swimmer who displays a year-long dedication to the sport of swimming and thus a dedication to the Lincoln Swim Team. It is in honor of Tom Cady who spent five decades build- ing youth swimming pro- grams on the south side of Des Moines. Alex, Audrey, and Abby have joined a YMCA swim team to continue their training during the winter. Selected For All-State Choir Senior Colby Campbell and junior Nick Friesen of Norwalk High School have attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa High School mu- sicians by being selected as a member of the 2010 All- State Choir. Campbell is the son of Dave and Annette Campbell. Friesen is the son of Don and Bobi Jo Friesen. The 2010 Festival celt ebrated the 64 th anniver- sary of this prestigious event. District auditions for the 600 member All- State Chorus were held Saturday, Oct. 23, at Indianola High School. The singers, along with the All-State Band and All- State Orchestra, rehearsed in Ames November 18-19 with the Festival Concert concluding the event. The All-State Chorus was under the direction of Dr. Craig Arnold who has had an extensive career conducting choirs and or- chestras of all ages. He is N/Warren Town and County News I Colby Campbell and Nick Friesen. Photo submitted. currently the Artistic Di- rector and Chairman of • Manhattan Concert Pro- ductions in New York City. Iowa Public Television broadcast the All-State performance Thursday, Nov. 25. Check the IPTV website www.iptv.org for additional broadcast times. Sleeping on your back with a pillow under your head might prevent your eyes from getting red and swollen since fluid collects around the eyes when your head is level with or below your heart. Thursday, November 25, 2010 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal Teaching Study Skills A guide for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists Make Doing Homework a Positive Experience • Provide support and praise for homework completion. • Be available to provide non-critical assistance. • Give children choice in when, where, and how they complete homework assignments. • Encourage your children to complete homework well enough that they have a sense of pride and control over their own learning and levels of competence. • Maintain a positive and helpful attitude: avoid critism and anger. • Help children understand what types of homework they enjoy and encourage them to choose assignments accordingly. When given a choice, some students prefer written reports; others prefer hands-on projects. • Use homework preferences in developing a homework schedule. Some chil- dren prefer to complete the assignments they like least first, while others prefer to do their easier or favorite work first. • If a child dislikes a subject, find ways to make it less frustrating. For example, set a goal of doing five math problems and then taking a stretch, listening briefly to music, or playing with a preferred game or toy. • Encourage your children to participate in study groups with friends. Research shows that children who form study groups perform better than children who al- ways study alone.  is particularly appropriate with middle sdnool and high sdmol students. • Encourage your child to have fun, such as eating a snack, calling friends, start- ing an activity, playing a computer game, or watching a favorite show when home- work is finished. • Never use homework as a punishment. • Be a good listener, and encourage your child to ask questions about things that are hard to understand. • Set aside time for your children to share the skills and information they are acquiring with you. • Help children study for tests by quizzing them on the material in a friendly manner. "Drive time" in the car is a great setting for this. • Have your children imagine themselves as excellent students. Then brainstorm what needs to be done to make that a reality. Make Homework a High Priority • Make clear that you expect your children to complete homework well. • Establish a study routine. Children should be in the habit of studying at the same time and in the same place each day. Children and parents should decide on the study routine together, taking into account other activities, family commitments and favorite TV shows. Also, consider the child's ability to concentrate at different times of the day. Many elementary school children are too tired after dinner. They have trouble concentrating, are easily frustrated and are slow to complete tasks. Ide- all the family should agree upon a study hour when the television and stereo are off, there are no phone calls, and the entire family studies, reads, or completes paper- work. • Establish aplace to study with good lighting and a table or desk. Some children prefer to study in their own room. Others do better if they are studying at the kitchen table or other location near parental help. A computer may be helpful, or even re- quired for some schoolwork. Some children are able to study with a littlebackground noise such as music. Few students can study effectively in front of the TV and most need uninterrupted quiet. Other children may prefer to work at the library and will need transportation. • Have supplies/equipment on hand including binders, notebooks, paper, pen- cils, pens, assignment books, erasers, dictionaries, a calculator, ruler, computer, tape, glue, reference books and/or software programs. Parents can avoid last-minute panic by asking before dinner whether their child has all the supplies she needs for that night's assignments. • Demonstrate, and enforce, that completing homework is a higher priority than other activities. A child should not watch TV and talk with friends before completing homework, unless time later in the day has been set aside upon for homework comple- tion. • Reduce activities if a child has so many commitments that there is insufficient time or energy for homework. • Have help available for every subject. This might be a parent, neighbor, friend, teacher hot line, an on-line homework service, or a tutor. The helper needs to be someone who is knowledgeable about the subject and who can help the child with- out becoming frustrated or angry. • Establish a family expectation that studying for exams is expected and take pri- Concluded p.9