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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ..... I,!t ,.!.,ll Warren Town and County ws 50 Vol. 42 No. 31 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, December 23, 2010 Norwalk City Hall Remodeling Plans Underway Norwalk city council members are working on the site plan and remodel project for City Hall. The proposed improvements do not alter the size or shape of the current build- ing but do include changes to the parking lot and demolition to the existing garage building to the east of City Hall. The new .site will have 31 parking spaces along with three handicapped spaces. Renovations to the exte- rior will include removing the current bay doors and replacing by windows and shade structures which will be both functional and an architectural feature. The brick will be stained to a neutral color and the stain has a 20-year-plus life span and requires less maintenance. Changes to the interior will include a complete renovation to provide ad- ditional office space, two meeting/work rooms and a city council chamber meeting room which will Concluded p.7 and more pictures .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Taya and Tanner Downs, of Norwalk, brought dona- tions for the Norwalk Food Pantry to the newspaper office during the open house Saturday, Dec. 11. Staff photo. Thank you to all who braved the cold weather to at- tend our open house Saturday, Dec. 11. Several draw- ings were held and the winners of the two poinsettia plants were Teresa Downs and Irene Glade. Gail Carey's name was drawn for the Christmas dinner gift certifi- cate. Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Over the last few years, pivotal educational research has emerged focusing on the significance of ensuring that students read by the end of third grade. A landmark example can be found at: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/reports/readingmatters.aspx This study is entitled: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters: A special report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data from the study supports the following concepts: Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work and in life. A frequent observation is that until third grade, children are learning to read. After third grade, they are reading to learn. The report cites Children's Reading Foundation information indicating about half the printed fourth-grade curriculum is incomprehensible to children who read below grade level. The school board studied these results and others. As a result, they created a "school board goal" that all children will read at grade level by .the end of third grade. They focused resources specifically at research based studies designed to improve achievement. As a measure of their progress, the chart below is taken from the Iowa Department of Education website. This chart compares Iowa's reading scores (the first bar) to AEA 11 (second bar) scores and Norwalk scores (the third bar). Early Deadline Wednesda3 Dec. 29, at noon is the deadline for the Thursday, Jan. 6 issue. The office will close at noon Thursday, Dec. 30, and be closed Frida Dec. 31. Please make sure your name and telephone num- ber are included on all Concluded p.9 items that are either dropped off in the box, mailed or brought into the office. We must know who is submitting articles. Softball League Registration The Norwalk Softball League is a competitive softball league for third- sixth grade girls. Registra- tions will be held at the Norwalk Library January 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also look for upcom- ing skills clinics in January and February. For further information, contact Angie or Marla at ns12011 @yahoo.com or 515-314- 9041 or 515-720-2767. f =.