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Norton district using technology to help students, parents

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Norton City Schools students, along with their parents, can use a variety of technological resources to help them succeed in school, according to a presentation made at the Nov. 19 Board of Education meeting.

District Technology Director Angie Wagler said these resources are free and help students learn and excel in academic subjects.

The available free resources include: InfoOhio, which is available through the school and is used by students in kindergarten through 12th grades for research in learning; Google Apps for Education, which is an account for students in third through 12th grades that offers word processing, help with presentations and an email account in a safe environment, and is also used for student collaboration; Progress Book, which lists student assignments and grades, and allows parents to track their child’s progress; Everyday Math Online, for students in kindergarten to fifth grade, which allows parents to see what their children are learning and offers games and more to help with math instruction; and the district’s website, which offers information on what is happening in the district, as well as what will happen, in addition to teacher’s web pages filled with information and classroom resources.

“I wanted to make sure all the students and parents know these resources are available to them to help them succeed academically,” said Wagler.

For more information on any of the resources, contact Wagler by email at awagler@nortonschools.org.

Also at the meeting, Norton Mayor Mike Zita presented a proclamation recognizing the Norton High School Marching Band for its accomplishments this year. According to the proclamation, the band earned its sixth consecutive superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band finals in Brunswick Nov. 3. The band also had its first semifinal appearance Nov. 9 at the Bands of American Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, where it finished third in the nation Nov. 10.

Students of the Month recognized at the meeting include:

√ Erica Yovanovich, of Norton High School;

√ Jimi Howell, of Norton Middle School;

√ Kaci and Maci Stults, of Grill Elementary School; and

√ Tommy Smith, of Cornerstone Elementary School.

The student from Norton Primary School will be recognized at next month’s meeting.

Attendees to the meeting also were able to tour Cornerstone. The board has been meeting in various school buildings as improvements are made to the board’s regular meeting place in the Norton High School Media Room.

“Parents attending the board meetings get to see both the good and bad in each building during these tours,” said Treasurer Stephanie Hagenbush.

In other business, the board approved various personnel items, including: the appointment of Pamela Tritt as finance secretary; family medical leave for sixth-grade math teacher Amber Wheatley, effective Nov. 27, and preschool teacher Laura Nichols, effective Feb. 16; and disability retirement for kindergarten teacher Antoinette Johnson, effective May 31, 2012.

The next school board meeting is set for Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Grill Elementary, 6125 Kungle Road.

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