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'l Norwalk Warriors I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District [ Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, December 11, 2014 LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY ] Staff Development: One of my tasks as a building principal is that "learning" occurs for not only our students, but our teachers. Working collaboratively in recur- ring cycles of collective inquiry and action research should yield better results for the students they serve. I feel strongly that "two heads are better than one" and teachers should be expected to collaborate with their peers. It is a building expecta- tion that they share strategies and tools at least once per week within their team. The teams learn from each other, much like the students do within the classroom. I wanted to share what the Lakewood staff did during the building portion of the early out from the beginning of the year. The teachers have been diligent at looking at the Iowa Core standards and taking time understanding how that would relate to their teaching. The teachers are in professional learning communities and during Early Outs, they concentrate on priority standards, common assessments and data interpretation. The teachers are able to design interventions directly related to the weakness of the student. Each teacher will be able to give a prescription of instruction, based on each student's needs. The other part of the professional development time together will be spent on analyzing rigor and how instruction can change within the class- room in order to produce better thinkers. These early outs and Tuesday early bird sessions are invaluable to the work that we do to better educate your child. Bullying at Lakewood: Bullying prevention has been a priority at Lakewood this year. We want to be proactive in preventing bullying. One of the topics that the dean and counseling staff have been working with the students on understanding is how to be an upstander instead of bystander. An "upstander" is a person who stands up for what they believe and who stands up for others. We will be working with our students on developing those skills in order for them not to stand for bullying! I'm looking forward to this challenge in creating a safer learning environment for the students at Lakewood. We emphasize a positive cul- ture and climate within Lakewood and will continue to work with students on the respect, responsibility and safety practices our PBIS teaches. The counseling staff has worked each month with the students at Lakewood through classroom lessons on bullying. The DARE curriculum has changed in order to work with the students on the effects of bullying. Later in the year, Officer Shelly, a state trooper, will be talking to all 4th graders on Internet safety. Student Class Placement: According to Norwalk School Board Policy 501.4, all regular students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are placed hetero- generously and by random assignment with gender/cultural equity. In grades one through five if a parent feels that a child immediately following another sibling shouldn't have the same teacher, they may request a change. This request must be IN WRITING and made by the end of April. (Preferably by the end of March confer- ences in preceding year in order that the child is not placed with the same teacher.) Parents are not allowed to request a certain teacher for their child. If a parent has any concerns, you should contact the building principal by the end of March. Absences: If your child will be absent or late to school, we ask that you call the office by 8:30 a.m. at 981-1850. If no contact has been made, the secretary will call and verify their attendance. If there is no answer, we will do a "well child" check at your home. Lost and Found: Mark your child's belongings. We have many items in the Lost and Found at school and also at the bus barn with no names. We ask that you mark everything that your child may not have with them 100% of their day (lunch boxes, book bags, books, coats, hats, boots, snow pants, folders, toys, etc.). Feel free to come into the school and retrieve your lost items. Winter Weather: Winter weather is upon us. We want to remind all parents of our recess policies. The Norwalk School District will follow the guidelines recommended by the Child Care Weather Watch and the Iowa Department of Public Safety (www.idph.state.ia.us./hcci/common/pdf/weatherwatch.pdf). Make sure children are dressed adequately to spend 20-30 minutes outside. Make sure your child has a hat, mittens or gloves and winter coat. If we have snow, students MUST have snow boots or they will need to stay on the blacktop and not be able to play in the snow. If your child needs to stay inside from recess for more than three days, you will need to send a doctor's note. Be sure you're school dressed for the cold weather. If you are not able to provide your child with winter items, contact Janet Jensen or Brett Collins any- time for confidential assistance. Attention Lakewood Parents: The online conferences were very successful and we will be doing that again for the spring. We will designate the time for signing up in January. With conferences in the past, some parents were not able to make it dur- ing those times and would contact the teacher to set up a conference before or after school sometime. A week before conferences, you will receive a reminder note with your conference day and time. Lakewood's Twitter Account: @LakewoodElem Lakewood's Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/norwalklw GOLDEN ATTITUDE AWARD AT EASTVIEW The staff at Eastview recognized 8th and 9th grade students exhibiting Golden Attitudes. The Golden Attitude Award is presented to students who contribute to the school in a positive manner through the attitude they display and their interac- tions with others. Help us congratulate our students! 8th graders: Allison Kelly, Morgan Keen, Carson Raper, Tanner Dunn and Zach Dye. 9th graders: Dean Appleget, Destiny Yeager, Shelby Barten, Tyra Collins and Luke Vaske. Photos submitted. NHS Activities Director / By A1 Lammers Bowling The boys and girls bowling team opened their sea- son Monda Dec. 1, hosting Dowling Catholic. Boys Basketball The Warriors traveled to Ballard-Huxley Tuesday, Dec. 2, to take on the Bombers to open the 2014-15 regu- lar season. Girls Basketball The Warriors traveled to ADM and dropped a closely played non-conference game to the Tigers 55-51. The Warriors were within striking distance for the victory down to the end as they trailed by two with the ball and 12 seconds left in the game, but couldn't come up with the late game heroics as they dropped to 0-2 on the year. Freshman Miranda Hughes led all scorers with a career Lady Warriors Basketball The Lady Warriors took on another rated team, traveling to #6 Ballard and suffering a loss. The Bomb- ers handed Norwalk a 50- 17 defeat. Norwalk jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but fell behind after four minutes and was not able to over- come the Bombers. Miran- da Hughes led with seven points. Gabby Grove had six. Shae Campbell finished with two points, as did Tori VanVelzen. high 21 points while junior Tori VanVelzen finished with 16. Freshman Shae Campbell ended the game with a [ career high 14 points. The girls traveled to Ballard Tues- day, Dec. 2, as part of a girl/boy doubleheader and then opened conference play Friday, Dec. 5, at Grinnell. ADDITIONAL ATHLETIC/ACTIVITY NEWS The Norwalk Dance Team performed at the state ...... dance competition Friday, Dec. 5, at Wells Fargo. A tree planted in the mid- The Norwalk Jazz Band performed their holiday con- die of a flowerbed will add cert Monday, Dec. 1, in the Norwalk Performing Arts height and interest to the Center. Their performance was preceded by the Middle plantings below it. School Jazz Band. Best of luck to Norwalk junior Christian Belden and I sophomore Tyler Whitehead who are competing for the .................. I Des Moines Lincoln swim team this winter season. ~ ~ ~ ..~ .... ~,~, ~'--~'~--~ ~.:~ .... , .... SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order The anemometer is used for a oneyear subscription to to measure the force, PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 velocity or pressure of the wind.