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Thursday, December 19, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News t Page Nine Warrior Weekly Wrap-Up By Tyler French Norwalk boys" basket- ball games have officially begun and Norwalk's first week of games finished with mixed results. Norwalk defeated the Ballard Bombers 67-48, but lost to the Newton Cardi- nals 62-65. The two games showed areas where Norwalk is well-practiced and is stellar at, but also showed some glaring weaknesses that need to be fixed moving forward. During the Ballard game Norwalk demon- strated that they can domi- nate other teams and go on large runs. Norwalk's de- fense was the story against Ballard; they played con- sistent basketball, allow- ing only 24 points in each half. They also started and finished the game on strong notes, allowing four points in the first quarter and six in the fourth. The Warriors also recorded five steals and held Ballard to only 27.7% shooting. The starting point guard for Ballard, Mason Jensen, had a big game as he recorded 20 points, but he only shot 38.4% in the process. There is no telling how good their offense can be. As strong as their de- fense was against Ballard, they found some struggles against Newton. Norwalk did another stellar job at holding the opposing team under 50% shooting for the game, but Newton was able to shoot 21 free throws, 15 of which they made. The Cardinals also made a total of 10 three- pointers, six more than , Norwalk made. The differ- ential in the number of made three-pointers was a huge factor in the final score, as Newton scored almost half its points off the three-point shots. If they missed two of those shots Norwalk would have walked away from the game with a three- point win. If Norwalk wants to make sure that teams don't find that level of success shooting threes against them, they have to work on close-outs and getting a hand in shooters' faces. This will affect the opponents' shot and en- sure that Norwalk's de- fense will be as effective'as possible. Norwalk's offense was also faced with adversity for the first time during the young season. They had to overcome poor shooting and costly turnovers that led to transition baskets for Newton. Scoring was once again spread out and Grant Wright led the War- riors in scoring for the sec- ond straight game. Wright finished with 19 points for the game, while Austin Lavelle and Carter Albrecht each finished with 16 to spread the scor- ing out once again for the Warriors. The biggest problem that Norwalk faced was their three-point shooting percentage. Norwalk shot 21% as a team. When you are not shooting the ball well from outside, you need to look inside to compensate. Norwalk was unable to feed their big men inside as Norwalk centers fin- ished with a combined four points among the four players. Moving forward, if they continue to struggle with their outside shot, Norwalk has to get the ball inside or find ways to get easy lay-ups if they hope to win. All in all it was a suc- cessful week for the War- riors as they found out a lot about themselves as a team and individuals. The rest of this season will de- fine what type of team they will be when faced with adversity. The popular name for dogs, Fido, comes from the Latin word "fidus" for 'althful." Professional Learning Communities: This year, both Lakewood and Oviatt are using Professional Learning Communities as a structure of our initiatives. Rick DuFour is a nationally known expert on professional learning communities. There are basically four principles that he says that buildings must adhere to in order to be successful. As I read these, I was elated that I feel that Lakewood is moving in the right direction. The first is "Believe that Learning is Fun." I really try to embrace this and I think you can sense'that we try to model the love of learning and the beauty of laughter. I feel as if we have a great mix of fun, but the staff and students know when it is time to get to business and become "smarter." I continue to challenge the staff that "if you aren't getting better, you are getting worse." Secondly, he suggests that "Being a Servant Leader" is essential. I think that our staff really tries to serve not only the school community, but the community in gen- eral in an authentic way. They realize that my philosophy as a building leader is that there are no perimeters to our job descriptions and we do what it takes to create the most ideal environment for our clients, which are your kids! DuFour believes that "principals and teachers" should always "Continue to Be- come Lifelong Learners." I know that the common perception is that teachers get numerous days off of the school year. I challenge that perception because over half of our staff go to classes during their break time to become better at their profession. I have challenged them with the state blueprint, it is essential to think differently about education and become better at our craft. We have pushed ourselves in the area of alignment and with understanding specific interventions this year and will continue that push to meet our building reading goals. As a building leader, DuFour feels that as an instructional leader, it is imperative to ensure that relevance and authenticity pervade the school's work. Basically, a team approach should be genuine and the data the teacher's use should mean some- thing. This statement really makes me feel great because that is exactly what this building stands for each day we are here. With that, I'm very confident that we are providing a great learning environment for your kids at Lakewood. If ever you have a concern, feel free to let me know. If we don't know about things, we can't get better. Operation Santa: A special thanks to all of the generosity of our parents and the community in helping the counseling department help 45 Lakewood families pro- vide a Christmas for their children this year. These events are the things that make Norwalk a special place to work. Special Dates: Holiday Break: December 23-January 6. The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. -Jacob Bronowski CHRISTMAS CEvE CANDLELIGHT 00SERVICES (HREE IDENTICAL SERVICES) 00ONDAY, DEc. 23, 7:00 PM 00UESDAY, CDEc. 24, 2:00 & 4:00 PM Service Includes: Christmas Choir and Creative Dance Team Christmas gift for all the kids "Celebration of Lights" with personal candles Quality childcare for 5 and under It was a night that no one would forget. The night the Christ Child was born. Watch as we hear reflections on that night from Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth,The Inn Keeper, AWiseman, and A Shepherd. Each invited to take part in the birth of the world's Savior!