NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
World Class Schools for Our Students:
Thank You
As we get ready to celebrate and usher in the new year, I would like to take a moment to reflect back a little and thank our community for helping us make the first half of the 21-22 school year successful and meaningful for our students, staff and families. Your support and the support of our teachers and staff are what fuels Norwalk schools' mission as we continue to grow learners and leaders and live out our theme of UNITY in our classrooms, our district and our community.

As we look to 2022, I'd like to wish all of our Norwalk families, students and staff a Happy and Healthy New Year! Let's make 2022 an amazing year!

Yours in service,
D.T. Magee
District News & Articles
The Latest News
Orchard Hills Students Perform at ISU Men's Halftime Show
Orchard Hills Elementary 3rd grade students won the exclusive opportunity to be the Iowa State Men's Basketball halftime show on December 19 as part of winning a School Wellness Club classroom challenge! They rocked halftime in front of nearly 12,000 fans and made Norwalk Schools proud!
Below: Congratulations to Mrs. Myers' Kindergarten class for being a Top 3 Hy-Vee Wellness Week winner! This allowed Oviatt Elementary to participate in a health and wellness assembly hosted by the Hy-Vee KidsFit team! Students had a blast learning and came away with prizes. Thank you to Hy-Vee!
NHS Photography Hosts Virtual Guest Speakers from George Eastman Museum
by Carrie Krupke, Photo 1, 2, Social Media/Communications & MS Band Lessons
It has been the practice of the Photography Program at NHS to have a guest speaker from different areas of the industry visit our classroom every month since the program’s reboot in 2018. Guest Speakers have ranged from nationally known studio owners, award-winning local photographers, Meredith Corporation Director of Photography, a National Geographic photographer, military photo reconnaissance pilots, and the Director of the Digital Darkroom for the Des Moines Police Department, to name a few. In December, students had the chance to learn about photography in its historical context more in depth from members of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. 

Kate Emery, Manager of Digital Engagement for the museum and Suzanne Kolodziej, Director of Education for the museum collaborated with Nic Brandreth, Historic Process Specialist and Staff Videographer for the museum to create a live, virtual lesson demonstrating the gelatin emulsion dry plate process of making film. This kind of film became the basis for motion pictures and ‘still’ photography that we know today. George Eastman introduced the Kodak camera in 1888, giving the general public the ability to create their own photographs without needing any prior skills or experience. Nic explained the chemistry that creates the film and how those particular ingredients work together to allow us to “paint with light” (the definition of the word “Photography”) and create an image written onto that piece of film. This virtual field trip experience is the first of its kind for the George Eastman Museum and NHS students piloted it for the Museum to be able to offer a similar experience to other schools across the country.

Mrs. Krupke works with the guest speakers who visit the class to share about their education that led them to their current career in the photography industry, and she specifically looks for speakers who can touch on a current assignment the photo students are creating in class to keep the material relevant & applicable. Learning about this historical process and development of the camera and film lends itself to the course’s standard of “understand(ing) the history, evolution, and current trends of photography”. Students will use this information as a foundation for their final project researching a famous photographer & the equipment that photographer used to create the images for which they are most well known.  

Future guest speakers topics for this school year include x-ray & radiology technologies, a National Geographic Editor, social media influencers, and storm chasing photojournalism. 

Photo 1 & 2 are considered to be CTE (Career & Technical Education) classes, are open to students grades 9-12 at NHS and currently host 3 of the 4 foreign exchange students visiting Norwalk in addition to students from just about every activity in the building.

Follow Norwalk HS Photography on Twitter @HSPhotoPhactory to see more student work like the images below!
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
Wrestling and Bowling Teams
Above: Wrestling poster created by Andy Kreider Photography

Below: Girls and Boys Warrior Bowling Teams
HUMAN RESOURCES
Grow With Us in the New Year!
With the new year brings exciting new opportunities to be part of our growing community at Norwalk Schools! If you enjoy working with children and like the idea of a flexible schedule, we invite you to check our open career opportunities at norwalkschools.org!
STUDENT INFORMATION
Norwalk Schools Preschool & Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023
by Amy Gage, Oviatt Elementary Principal
Students in Extreme Living Situations
Do you know of a child or family who lives in any of the following situations:

  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or financial hardship
  • In a shelter
  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative option
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station

If so, the school-age child may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Please contact Eric Neessen, Director of Student Services at 981-0676 x 4011 at the district office for more information and help.
COMMUNICATIONS
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Photos of the Month
Holiday Celebrations: Students and staff from Oviatt, Orchard Hills and Lakewood spend the week before winter break participating in dress up days, decorating hallways, caroling and spreading holiday cheer to celebrate the season!

District Links
Upcoming Important Dates:
Jan. 17, 2022: No School K-12 (Teacher Work Day, MLK Day)
Norwalk Easter Public Library Resources
From college application essays to the SAT, school reports, and even creative writing, get free feedback on any type of writing. You can connect with a live tutor for immediate help or use the writing lab for thorough feedback. For more information, please visit https://www.norwalklibrary.org/ or on Facebook @NEPLibrary