November | 2019
World Class Schools for Our Students
You're on the School Board?
Over the last 15 years, I heard that comment many times. Some may find it disappointing that parents and residents do not know their School Board members, but I have enjoyed the anonymity. This allowed me to hear unfiltered comments on how the Board and District are doing. Now it’s time for someone else to hear this comment.

My involvement in Norwalk School District (NSD) began in 2000, Superintendent Tom Fish convinced me to join the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC). Then came the 2002 Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) committee, followed by the 2004 Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) committee. Also in 2004, I was urged to run for the School Board, was elected, and have been at the Board table ever since.

I have had the pleasure of serving with very good Board members, the type that do not have an agenda, other than what is best for “the kids”. Decisions have been based on data, sound reasoning, and guidance from a professional administration and staff. The Board members, administration, staff and District employees are second to none, thank you all for working as a team and being so dedicated. Special thanks to Denny Wulf and Kate Baldwin, not just for me, but for the District, as we would not be where we’re at today if not for you. Superintendent Magee, thanks for picking up the ball and running with it. I know “Continuous Improvement” is not just a catch phrase for you. I appreciate the time we have worked together, and your enthusiasm for the District. I have others to thank, but there are too many to list in this article.
Everyone thinks being a School Board member is a time consuming, thankless “job”, that pays nothing. I disagree, the rewards are with you for a lifetime. The accomplishments I’ve seen in the District would take many pages to list. I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as a Norwalk School Board member, and would like to remind all that a paragraph from my 9/9/2002 Letter To The Editor (Sally), at the North Warren Town & County News, is still valid today:

"Overall, my opinion is that the school district is doing a good job with what they have to work with. They are fiscally responsible, stay focused on what’s best for the kids and more than welcome participation from residents of the school district. I would suggest more people become proactive and work with the school district, by volunteering for committees, participating in school board meetings, or providing feedback prior to issues being resolved."

Be A Warrior

Rick Kaul
President, Norwalk School Board
2019 School Board Elections GO VOTE!
By: Kate Baldwin, Executive Director of Admin Services
The Norwalk School Board election is Tuesday, November 5th!

During the 2019 legislative session, Iowa adopted new legislation that moved the traditional school election from September to align with the city official elections held on the first Tuesday of November. School board members will continue to be elected to 4-year terms. Individual polling locations are determined by voter precinct assignment. Please refer to your voter registration card or the Warren County auditor (515-961-1020) to determine your polling location.

The Norwalk Community School District board of directors consists of five members. All directorships are “at-large”, meaning candidates may reside at any location within the school district. This year the District has 3 seats open. The following candidates will be listed on the ballot:

Dana Schuemann (Incumbent first elected in 2015) 
Norwalk High School Marching Band Season Recap
by Adam Hoffmann, NHS Band Director
The Norwalk Warrior Marching Band's show this season was entitled, Earth, Wind, and Firebird - blending the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire (September, In the Stone, Fantasy) with classical pieces from Mussorgsky (Night on Bald Mountain), Bach (Air), and Stravinsky (Firebird). The result was an exciting and powerful musical book with many crowd-pleasing moments. The process started in the early spring as Mr. Menke found music and a theme for the season. Mr. Menke and Mr. Hoffmann spent time looking over the music, making edits, and coming up with a plan for the season. Drum Line and Color Guard started learning skills for the show in July, and all band students arrived August 1st to start working on the music and marching skills. Throughout the season, students worked to learn and memorize the show music while also learning where to go on the field and how to march in uniform. Besides playing at our home football games, the Warrior Marching Band participated in four competitive events this fall.
photo credits (above): NHS Photography Teacher, Carrie Krupke
photo credits (below): NHS Photography Student, Taelor Hunter
Fall Athletics Season Recap
Football: District Champions (2 consecutive years) 8-1 regular season record, 5-0 District record, finished 5th in RPI rankings, and ranked 8th by the Des Moines Register State Football Qualifier for 10th time in last 12 years
Boys Cross Country: 2nd place finish at Little Hawkeye Conference Meet, 2nd place finish at State Qualifying Meet, Qualified for the State Cross Country Meet for first time since 1998. Won two meets during regular season. 

Girls Cross Country:  3rd place finish at Little Hawkeye Conference Meet, 2nd place finish at State Qualifying Meet, Qualified for the State Cross Country Meet for second consecutive year and third time in school history. Won two meets during regular season.
Volleyball: 23-17 regular season record, 4-3 conference record 4th place, finished 4th at Little Hawkeye Conference Tournament
Swimming: Metro Conference Regular Season Champions and Conference Meet Champions
Norwalk Middle School News
Middle School Concert Bands
The Norwalk Middle School Bands had their first concert of the year in October. All of the bands sounded excellent and the Norwalk Performing Arts Center was packed! Middle school will host its next concert on January 16th for 7th and 8th grade students.
Youth Appreciation Luncheon
Elizabeth Iverson and Jack Larson will be representing Norwalk Middle School at the annual Youth Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Central Iowa Optimist Clubs. These two students were chosen due to their contributions of time, talent, and the enthusiasm they have made for a better school. Congratulations to Elizabeth and Jack who will have the honor of hearing from the guest speaker, Brian Sther, president and CEO of KCCI-TV at the event!
Eastview Golden Attitude Recognition
The Golden Attitude Award is presented to students who contribute to our school in a positive manner through the attitude they display and their interactions with others. Congratulations to all of these well deserving Eastview kids!

8th Graders: Caden Endres, Tyler Davis, Aidan Harder, Elena Tobey, Brooke Kimball
9th Graders: Claire Farrell, Kennady Patterson, Zadie Wadle, Gavin Franklin, Caden Stumbaugh
Robo Warriors Host First Central Iowa Competition
by Nicci Lamb
The Norwalk Robotics teams competed in their first meet last Saturday, October 26th at Lakewood Elementary. Norwalk hosted 12 teams from across central Iowa that all competed in 6 matches each. Each match consists of 4 randomly selected robot teams.

The Norwalk RoboWarriors Gold team, which is comprised of grades 9 to 12, finished 1st with 5 wins and 1 loss. The Norwalk RoboWarriors Purple team, which is made up of 7th & 8th graders, finished 3rd with 4 wins and 2 losses. These results leave the teams ranked 5th and 13th in the State after the first of 5 rounds of statewide competitions. The teams compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), which is a worldwide competitive robotics program with more than 5,800 teams. The teams compete next on November 9th at Lakewood Elementary.
Last week was National School Bus Safety Week! The Norwalk Schools Transportation Department spent the week focusing on bus emergency evacuation drills with students from K-12th grade. Students were also reminded of rider safety rules and best practices.

A BIG THANK YOU to our NCSD Transportation Department for all you do in keeping our students safe! 

Norwalk Schools Flu Shot Clinic
The Norwalk Schools flu vaccine clinic has been rescheduled for:

Thursday, November 21st
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Norwalk High School Gym Lobby

Please see the attached letter and required forms for more information. All students, staff and families are welcome!
Upcoming Events & Activities
Football Image (above) photo credit:  Jason Williamson
Design Credit:  NHS Student, T enley Schroeder
Severe Weather Alert Information:
The Norwalk Community School District will continue to use Infinite Campus Parent Messenger to alert parents on winter season weather delays, early-outs, cancellations and facility closings.

The following communication channels will also be used.