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Thursday, December_16, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine NORWALK DANCE TEAM TAKES TOP HONORS Left to right, Row 1: Kelsey Johnston, Kenzie Heisdorffer, Janie Myers, Hillary Cirksena, Amanda Torgerson. Left to right, Row 2: Maranda Kelley, Kelsi Burnett, Emily Hargin. Left to right, Row 3: Jordyn Marvelli, Breanna Hansen, Julia Sheber, Sarah Adams, Emily Dickel. Photo submitted. The Norwalk Dance forming Arts. Team competed at the The dance team also Iowa State Dance Team placed second in the Class Competition Frida)6 Dec. 3 VI Hip Hop. This great in Wells Fargo Arena. routine was choreo- They executed three rou- graphed by Elizabeth tines extremely well and Smith a former dance team placed in the top of each member. category. For the third year in a For the fourth consecu- row the Norwalk Dance tive year the Norwalk team has been awarded Dance Team has taken first the Distinguished Aca- place honors in Class XI demic award by maintain- Pom. The team placed sec- ing a grade point average ond in the Class IV Jazz category. Both of these award winning routines were choreographed by jay Peterson from Norwalk Super Stars Per- between 3.5 and 4.0. Also during Friday's awards ceremony, Kelsey Johnston was named win- ner of the $500 Iowa State Drill Team Association scholarship in the large school division. Congratulations to the entire team for their great showing and representa- tion of their school and community. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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For a start, put yourself in these situations: Your child's big science project is due tomorrow, but her after-school schedule has been so busy lately that she has not had time to finish it herself. Not wanting her to get a bad grade, you end up doing most of the work with her so she can turn it in on time. Your son's math homework packet is a big part of his grade, but he is having trouble with a few of the concepts. Is it OK to help him with some of the answers? Your daughter must write a poem for a school competition, but the verses she has come up with so far seem pretty bad. After thinking about her theme, you sug- gest different rhyming phrases that sound better. When the awards are announced, your daughter comes home excited and says, "We won!" We all want our children to do well in school. However, sometimes, we might want it too much and end up giving them too much assistance. The problem is, while their grades might look stellar, their self-esteem can suffer. Children are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. They know when they have earned a grade-and when they have not. Instead of helping them succeed, too much parental involvement can lead them to failure. So what is a concerned parent to do? How much help is reasonable? What kinds of suggestions or assistance are acceptable? Moreover, what do you do if they do not understand their home- work, even after asking you for guidance? Do not do it for them. Rule No. I is an easy one to remember. Do not ever do your children's homework or school projects for them. The assignments were given to them for a reason-they need to learn the concepts, and they cannot do that learning if you do their work. Guidance is great. Help your children understand assignments by talking with them about the concepts. Let us say your child is having trouble with basic division. Dump out a stack of pennies or paper clips, count the total, and together, divide them into groups of five, six, or seven. If your child has writer's block, instead of suggesting phrases touse, brainstorm together about ideas of things he or she could write about and ask your child to list some of the things he or she could say. Help your children to learn how to think through the process. Be encouraging. It can be frustrating to try to master new concepts and complete school projects. Give your children encouragement and understanding as they work .things through. Expand their brains. One great way parents can help their children with school projects is by asking them to go beyond their original ideas. If your son, for example, wants to do a shoebox diorama about dinosaurs, tell him that his original idea is good, but ask what other ways he could try. Do not give him ideas, buthelp him use his own creativity. Ask him to think out a number of different ways he could ap- proach the assignment. Let him follow his own path and both you and his teacher will probably be very pleased with the result. Not only that, the work will be his own. Finally, know when to call for help. If your child is consistently having trouble with a specific concept, even after you have helped explain it to him or her, it is time to let the teacher know. Chances are yours is not the only child in the class who is confused. In addition to learning the schoolwork, your child will gain some very important knowledge: that it is smart to ask for help when you do not understand something. LADY WARRIORS Concluded from p.8 to end the period 9-8 up for good, 34-32. Grinnell. Lammers and McAninch In the second quarter both added free-throws to both teams exchanged bas- seal the win. Lammers led kets and the Tigers held a Norwalk with nine points. 15-12 lead when Patava Patava and VanVelzen also playing in her first both finished with eight, scoring with one. Devin Brown, Shelby Seibert and Shannon Stephany all helped to contain Grinnell. Dana Billingsley started the game, but was injured going after a loose ball. She l game after being injured, added nine rebounds, should return to action k hit a three to tie the score. Mateer had seven pointsnext week when the War- ! Patava then scored on aand four boards, riors take on Pella. The r lay-up with 40 seconds left McAninch finished with Warriors are now 1-0 in and Norwalk led, 17-15. The Warriors took a 17- 16 lead into the half. in the third quarter Norwalk continued to build a lead when Hali VanVelzen scored to make the score 19-16. Lammers again con- nected from beyond the arc to stretch the lead to 24- 17. Mateer hit her deep shot to add to the lead, 27- 19. In the last quarter, Grinnell battled back to take a 30-29 lead. Patava hit her second three pointer to tie the game at 32 with 2:57 minutes re- maining. VanVelzen scored a basket with 2:18 remaining to put Norwalk three and Lyndsey LHC play. 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