September | 2019
World Class Schools for Our Students
Thank You !
I want to devote my monthly article to the great patrons of our district and say thank you to the Norwalk CSD residents for the amazing support that has allowed the district to make a historic investment in infrastructure and set our students up for success for years to come. The district is on the cusp of completing three of the four construction projects that were on the February 2017 bond issue. 84% of the people who voted on February 7, 2017 said yes to this investment !  Orchard Hills Elementary School, Norwalk Middle School renovations, and Norwalk High School renovations construction projects are all nearing completion as contractors and district staff members take care of the details that always come up at the end of a construction project. Oviatt Elementary renovations will be done by the summer of 2020.

Thank you to FRK Architects, Story Construction, the City of Norwalk, and multiple contractors and subcontractors for helping district staff members through these construction projects. Speaking of district staff members, I would like to thank Kate Baldwin, Executive Director of Administrative Services, Richard Sleeth, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Tim Geyer, Director of Technology, Sheila Taylor, Orchard Hills Principal, Beth Ward, Norwalk Middle School Principal, Chris Basinger, Norwalk High School Principal, Jake Loll, Associate Business Manager, Karla Geyer, Accounts Payable Clerk, Sue Sarnecki, Buildings and Grounds Secretary, all of the NCSD Buildings and Grounds crew, the Technology Department staff members, the secretaries at Orchard Hills, Norwalk Middle School, and Norwalk High School, the teachers and support staff in each of the impacted buildings, and district office staff members who have contributed to and supported these construction projects and the people primarily responsible for the thousands of decisions that needed to be made to complete these projects.

Finally, I would like to thank three other groups in our district. Thank you to the students at Orchard Hills, Norwalk Middle School, Eastview School, and Norwalk High School who put up with construction noise and messes last year and at the start of this year. Thank you to the parents and guardians of these students for your patience as we completed these projects. Thank you to the NCSD Board of Directors - President Rick Kaul, Vice President Maribeth Wright, Director David Albrecht, Director Justin Fletcher, and Director Dana Schuemann - for your wise counsel, expertise, focus on learning, servant leadership, and time commitment to lead our district into new and exciting territory. All of you are true Warriors!

I apologize if I have missed anyone deserving of a thank you, please know that any omission was not intentional.
Yours in service,
D.T. Magee
Continuous Improvement
and Effective Instruction
by Dawn Schiro, K-12 Director of Continuous Improvement
It is the belief of Norwalk Community School District that we are Growing Learners and Leaders!  Further, we believe that we can be highly effective in promoting student learning if we utilize a research-based framework to guide our school improvement efforts. One such research-based approach is the Marzano High Reliability Schools (2014) framework. Norwalk Schools has been engaged in the study of Dr. Marzano’s work for many years and we continue to use research to monitor our own effectiveness as a learning organization. The High Reliability Schools framework, based on forty years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become a high reliability school—where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond. Our schools have all been Certified in Level 1 as Safe and Collaborative Schools through the Marzano HRS certification process. 
by Alison Cornwell, Human Resources Director
Norwalk CSD is looking for substitute teachers and paraeducators! We have a few more spots open to join our substitute teaching and/or paraeducator pool for the 2019-2020 school year! Applying is quick and easy by visiting Our substitute teacher rate is $115/day for the first 15 days, then $135/day starting on day 16. Our substitute paraeducator rate is $11.55/hour. For information about how to obtain a substitute teaching authorization, visit If you have any questions about our hiring process, please contact Human Resources Director Alison Cornwell,
To apply, visit and click Employment.
View our current job openings here:
NCSD Athletic and Activities UPDATE
by Al Lammers, Athletic & Activities Director
Greetings from the Norwalk High School Athletic / Activities Office

The fifth induction for the Norwalk Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, September 26 at the Homecoming Community Pep Rally in Warrior Stadium. The new inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the homecoming football game on Friday, the 27th. Congratulations to our 2019 Norwalk Athletic Hall of Famers:

Van Atherton – Class of 1972
Cindy Johnston Ford – Class of 1977
Tony Dougherty – Class of 1991 (Due to an overseas work commitment Tony will be inducted in 2020)
Christopher “Kit” Anderson – Class of 2011
Head Coach Henry Christowski – Softball Coach from 1969 – 1980

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at this year’s Homecoming Community Pep Rally which will be held on Thursday, September 26 beginning at 6 PM. A reception will also be held after the pep rally. The 2019 class will also be recognized at halftime of the homecoming game on Friday, September 27.

The by-laws, nomination and selection criteria, as well as the nomination form can be found on the Norwalk Athletic / Activities website located at . Nominations of candidates for next year’s hall of fame must be submitted to the Norwalk Athletic / Activities Office postdated no later than July 1, 2020. Contact the Norwalk Athletic / Activities Office for additional information or clarification.
You can access all schedules online at or at . You can also follow all Norwalk Athletic & Activity news by following us on Twitter @norwalk_pride

Be A Warrior!!!
Lakewood Elementary News
Jill Anderson, Principal
Chris Larson, Student Advocate-
We are so excited to start the school year at Lakewood. Our overall mission is “Every Child, Every Day.” We push ourselves to make students better each day they walk into the building! This year's theme is 1,2,3…. YOU ARE AWESOME. If you see staff running around the school with the Tshirt on, you know that it is a neighborhood day. We love what we do and hopefully, you can feel that as you walk into the building! 

Lakewood Wins the Prestigious Character Counts School of Character
The Ray Center annually recognizes Iowans who show the Six Pillars of Character Counts: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Good Citizenship. Members of the Lakewood staff received the award at an award ceremony in July. Some excerpts of the recommendation letters said the following: 

 “ No matter why you are in the Lakewood Elementary School building, from the time that you enter until the time that you leave, you will witness all of the pillars of character from everyone that you encounter: students, staff, faculty, and administrators. The culture of Lakewood provides a good learning environment and a place for our children to learn and demonstrate all of the pillars of character. I know that by attending Lakewood, my children will not only be a better student but better people. It makes me happy to know that my children are not just attending school for academics, but also to learn the qualities of character to become outstanding citizens in the community. I have witnessed students in the Norwalk Middle School and High School demonstrating good character, and I believe this starts with the foundation provided at Lakewood Elementary."

“The thing that IS perfect about this school- they are always looking for ways to work together to do what is best for the kids. Creative solutions to challenges both big and small. As a community, we have seen them take tough situations and turn them into life lessons for our kids. They create an environment that will tolerate nothing less than tolerance and growth. The look at the most hopeless kid and they find a reason for them to be hopeful.”