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Norwalk Warriors [ Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School .District Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, December 2, 2010 1 .... notes from I Den ly V Superintendent of Norwalk Schools What do we have to be thankful for? Over Thanksgiving break, I was pondering all the wonderful things happening in the Norwalk district lately, and I can't help but stop and say a few words of thanks. First, thanks to the ministerial association. Ev- ery year they step up to the plate and organize things for the school district. Once again this year, they are working to provide lunches for students who are not able to supply their own lunch or fees. This proactive charitable work Comes at a time when many families have lost an income, or two incomes. The community-wide charitable organizations, foundations and booster clubs are too numerous to mention. As soon as I mention one, I fear I will leave someone out. But, to those volunteers, you have our thanks for the glasses, scholarships, commit- tee work, finances and all the support that you provide. We could never do it with- out you! . A great activities program has a strong history and tradition. Norwalk has always fielded great programs at all levels. However, the last fiveor ten years has been beyond compare. We have seen more championships, stellar rankings and rat . gs, professional athletes, performers and movie stars than ever before. Often, the other side" of schoolin~ can be undervalued. Here in Norwalk, activities are hard to miss. We are one of the most powerful programs in Iowa. I am very thankful to our taxpayers for the construction work that is occurring in . the district. Things are being accomplished for the students and community that have only been dreams. Classroom space appears set for many years into the future. A new auditorium and stadium are well underway_ The auditorium is attached to a form the largest auditorium near the Des Moines International Airport. What op- portunities this will present. Traveling performers, political campaigns and other events will dot our schedule along with our full slate of school events. In addition, the new stadium will positively impact our performances and community opportu- nities. Our championship soccer programs need a regulation-sized field. The Euro- pean Oval track will allow enough space'for a properly sized soccer field. The eight lanes of our track will allow Norwalk to hold larger and more prestigious track meets. Any of you who are sports enthusiasts have seen the negative impact of ground- induced concussions on athletes. The synthetic turf on our new field will allow fewer concussions upon ground impact than grass fields. The additional seating will accommodate our growth for years to come. Tennis courts are already com- pleted. This project provides a home for a very successful tennis program. A home to former and future state champions. The new courts also provide a community wellness opportunity that will make Norwalk a friendly location for families, Finall I want to thank our school board, staff, parents and students. As you read in the Des Moines Register on Sunda)5 Nov. I0wa Test 5c0res have remained fiat. The headline read, "State data shows little change in math, reading proficiency over the past six years." The achievement snapshots revealed that student proficiency in the state of Iowa over the last several years averaged in the seventies. Never over eighty percent. Iowa.math proficiency was usually in the seventies and never above 80.6% proficient. Conversel ten years of Norwalk district-wide scores show the consistently improving results, over the state average. Table I demonstrates grades 3-11 reading results for students who attended Norwalk for the full academic year (FAY). The 2010-11 school year found our students at 77% proficient. This year our studen.ts are at 82% proficient. 90.0% FAY G3-11 READING 85.0% " e~ 8o.o% /~ 75.o%~ ~J'~'~'~~ ' 70.0% 65.0% 60.0% 55.0% 50.0% : F~0-01 F01-02 F02~3 F03-04 G~ F04~5 (33-11 F05~6 G~11 F06.07 G3-11 S07-08 G3-11 S08~9 (33-11 S09-10 (33-11 G~.,6,8,9.11 G~.,6,8,9,11 G4,6,8.9,11 9,11 Table 2 demonstrates district-wide growth in math over the last ten years. The 2010- 11 school year found us at 74% proficient. Ten years of growth shows this year's class at 86% proficient. FAY G3-11 MATH 90.0% 85.0% . .., f~'~" "~'~"~-"~ 80.0% .~..~.- 75.0% ~,..~t" 70.0% 65.0% 60.0% 55.0% 50,0% .... Foo-01 F01-(]2 F0~-(~ FO3-(71G~- F0,$-Q5G3-11 F05-C6~11 F06-07G3,-11 S07-OBG%11 S06-0~G~11 S0~-10(~-11 ~4 6.89 11 (~,~8,9.11 ~68911 911 Norwalk is truly blessed with great facilities, programs and hard-w0rking students, parents, administration and a visionary school board. Their hard work is demon- stratea in our results, Verhaps most significantly, over the long run, Norwalk dent achievement results are on the increase. If you read the Des Moines Register article, you would realize how unique that result is in Iowa and across the nation. I am forever thankful that my own kids went to Norwalk. Norwalk High School Bowling The Norwalk High Landstrum, Devan Casey Maher, Kyle West School Boys and Girls Loffredo, Jenna Manatre) and Stephen Young. Re- bowling teams return to Alex Parrish, Bailey Peters turning juniors will in- the lanes for their second and Marie Putbrese. Theclude Spencer Hoyt and year of varsity competi- lone freshman this year is Tyler Johnson Sopho- tion. The home for the Lauren Torgerson. The mores returning to this Norwalk bowling teams Lady Warriors will be year's team are Peter will be at Val Lanes, 100 muchimpr0vedfr0mtheir Davidson, NickDohlman, Ashworth Rd., West Des 7-19 mark from a year ago Ross Hraha, Brandon Moines. and may give Newton a Mahlstedt, Tim Phillips, The girls' team will run for the Little Hawkeye Colin Shaul and Cody bring a lot of experience to Conference title. Torgerson. the squad. Gone from last The Norwalk boys' New to the team this year's team are Taylor team will also be experi- year are seniors Brett Shaul, Katie Hall and Katie enced this year and should Coons, Dominic Hager Lever, an. The girls' team do well in defending their and Josh Tuggle. The lone is returning four letter conference title. Gone junior will be Brad Chase. winners from last year's from last year's team, New sophomores will be team. They are seniors Jes- which finished third in last Logan Cooper, Aaron sica Overturf and Chelsea year's inaugural State Coughennower, Sloan Frazer, junior Megan Championships for bOYS,Janssen, Cameron Jenson, Greenwood and sopho- Justin Lamb, Cody Frazer Austin Schulz, Andy more Kayle Sheets. Also (who finished ninth in the Sherer and Jamie Stoffel. returning from last year's State Individual champi- Freshmen will include team is sophomore onships), Kyle Brown and Jaleel Chandler, Collin Samantha Cretsinger. Aaron Bnmner. ReturningMiller, Shane Newton, New to the team this letter winners from last Andy Noble, Lenox Par- year is senior Elise year are senior Co-Cap- sons and Mitch Phipps. Baekgtr0m and junior taing Alex Weikum and Norwalk will contend for Allison Lewis. There are Lincoln Henry. Henry fin- another Little Hawkeye plenty of sophomores and ished in sixth place in the Conference Title, but freshmen who will add State Individual Champi- Knoxville, Newton and needed depth to the line- onships. Also letteringPella Christian will chal- up. The sophomores are from last year's team is se- lenge Norwalk for the top Kendra Brock,an, nior David Phillips. Re- spot. Roxanne Brooks, Megan turning from last year's Hofman, Paige squad ,will be seniors Concluded p.9