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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District ] Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 27, 20t4 KATE BALDWIN Concluded from p. 1 State Opus Honor Choir Pictured, left to right: Board Members George Meinecke, Maribeth Wright, Rick Kaul, Superintendent Dr. Denny Wulf, Business Manager Kate Baldwin, Board President Katherine Schmidt and Board Member Justin Fletcher. Photo submitted. ment and provided structured professional development for teachers. Dr. Wulf's re- cent award as superintendent of the year recognizes that legacy of leadership and commitment. Tyrus Lankford, Nathan Heckart and Mckenzie Parker performed in the Iowa State Opus Honor Choir Thursday, Nov. 20, at CY Stephens in Ames. Over 3,500 stu- dents auditioned for four choirs. Eight hundred students were selected. Lori Nielsen and Gerard Krupke are their directors. Photo submitted. I LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY [ By Jill Anderson I have begun reading more about what is called the "Effort Effect" and the effect on student motivation. The basic premise is to reinforce effort and persistence in- stead of the product. Many of our students give up if tasks do not come easily for them. Instead of having the persistence to continue to work, they raise their hand for help or simply quit. Some take that as lack of moti- vation; I simply realize that we are reinforcing the prod- -!, uct instead of the process. The challenge to you as parents is to deliver messages that reinforce effort. In the next sporting event, talk with them about how hard they tried, instead of how many points they scored. In the next assignment, talk about the importance of the independence of trying alone and not giving up, instead of the score of "right and wrong." Nobody in life tries to fail, but what we are trying to do is to give the students motivation and confidence to be able to accept the failure part in becoming a better learner. In her book, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs," Ellen Galinsky said that all children are born with executive function skills that will eventually need to be learned as an adult. There are three things you can do as a parent to help in the develop- ment of those skills: 1.) Praise your child for their effort rather than their intelligence. This can reinforce his or her willingness to take on challenges. 2.) Ask your child WHAT IF questions in discussions. A role playing activity can deepen students' communi- cation and critical thinking skills. 3.) Disputes between children are an opportunity to teach students to deal with conflict constructionally. Challenge them to consider other perspectives. Dates to Remember Nov. 26-28 Thanksgiving NO SCHOOL Dec. 3 1:30 Elementary (K-5)/2:00 Secondary (6-12) Dismissal Dec. 10 1:30 Elementary (K-5)/2:00 Secondary (6-12) Dismissal Dec. 17 1:30 Elementary (K-5)/2:00 Secondary (6-12) Dismissal Dec. 22-31 Winter Break NO SCHOOL From AI Lammers Activities Director Bowling The boys and girls bowl- ing team began practice and will open their season December 1, when they host Dowling Catholic. Boys Basketball The Warriors officially got practice started Mon- da34 Nov. 17. Tuesda Nov. 25, Norwalk hosted Carlisle, Indianola and 1-35 in the inaugural Warren County Pride Scrimmage in which all proceeds from the free-will offering for admission were donated to the Food Bank of Warren County. The Pride Chal- lenge was presented in con- junction with the Iowa Hall of Pride. The scrimmage was actually a four quarter game, but was not counted in regular season records or individual stats. Girls Basketball The Warriors opened their season Friday, Nov. 21, as the Indianola Indi- ans visited Norwalk in a girls tripleheader. Wrestling The Warrior Wrestling team officially began prac- tice Monday, Nov. 17. ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY NEWS Congratulations to the NHS Debate team for plac- ing 3rd in the Central Iowa Debate League this season! Also, congratulations to Collin Kilgore who has been selected for Varsity All-Conference and to Liz Nimmo and Leah Moeller who were selected for Jun- ior Varsity All-Conference! Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *NORWALK FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *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