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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Warriors Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News NMS HOLIDAY VOCAL CONCERT Thursday, December 20, 2012 NOTES FROM MARK CRADY Norwalk Schools Curriculum Director As I mentioned in a recent newspaper article, a School " Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC), made up of parents and educators, have been working on how new state and federal education requirements, as well as a shifting economic landscape are impacting Norwalk schools. During the SIAC sdy several things became apparent. The two most prominent issues were that stu- dent achievement in Norwalk is behind other metro area schools and those schools who have higher student achievement also have more professional development time for their teachers. While we have made great strides over the past 10 years to move above the state average, limiting ourselves to that target may be placing our stu- dents at a disadvantage in comparison to students in other districts. Below is a chart that compares the percent of stu- dents proficient in Reading on the 2012 Iowa Assess- ments to data from 11 Metro area schools within a 50 mile radius of Norwalk. Almost all of the districts that are represented have more PD time per year than Norwalk. Districts included are: Dallas Center-Grimes, Adel-Desoto-Minburn, Ankeny, Johnston, Pella, Indianola, Woodward-Granger, Carlisle, Waukee and Urbandale. Concluded p. 9 Norwalk Middle School 6th-8th grade vocal students performed in the Holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 13. Lori Nielsen and Gerard Krupke direct the choirs. Cheri Hoyt and Jennifer Schaff are the accompanists. Photos submitted. Norwalk Opens Conference Play With Win The Lady Warriors faced conference foe New- ton Friday, Dec. 7, with a 45-37 win. Hali VanVelzen opened a big first quarter for the Warriors with a strong move to the basket. The Cardinals matched that with a bucket and then Elyse Rice hit from short corner to put Norwalk up for good. Hali VanVelzen would add a basket, as well as Tori VanVelzen and Calyn Thompson. Paige Lammers knocked down a three and the Warriors were in control 15-5 after one. Newton would outscore the host team in the second quarter 13-12, for a 27-18 Norwalk half- time lead. Scoring in the second quarter would be provided by Hali Van- Velzen, Lammers, Rice and Jenn Villegas. The second half was played a little move evenly as Newton would outscore Norwalk 19-18, but the Warriors would hold onto the lead for their first con- ference'win. Hali Van- Velzen led Norwalk with 13, Villegas had nine and Rice eight. Lammers fin- ished with five, Thompson four, Tori VanVelzen three and Devin Brown three. Jaycie Owens made her first varsity appearance and came up with several key defensive stops for the Warriors. Morgan West- vold also played. Norwalk is now 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunda}; 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) Norwalk Schools will be on Winter Break Dec. 20 thru Jan. 2. Classes will resume Thursday, Jan. 3. OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivdge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Student:s Effective and Appropriate Help With Homework Parenting requires many judgment calls, including numerous decisions related to schoolwork and school projects. Principals and teachers are always stressing how important it is for parents to be involved, but how much is too much? For a start, put yourself in these situ- ations: 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 want- ing 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 com- petition, 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 an d 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 g;ive them credit for. They know when thev have earned a grade-- and when they have not. Instead of helping them suc- ceed, 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 assis- Concluded p. 10