Norwalk Community School District • December 2023

World Class Schools for Our Students: Preschool Information

NOTE FROM Shawn Holloway, Superintendent

For our students, staff, and families, this time of year signifies more than just a break from school routines—it's a period to connect, rejuvenate, and appreciate the joy of belonging. Regardless of your family traditions, the winter holiday season is a reminder of the values that unite us all. Amidst the hustle and craziness of the season, it’s important to embrace family time, engaging in activities that bring everyone closer together and allowing us to enjoy each other's company.

As we bid farewell to 2023, let's take this time to recharge. It's an opportunity to step back, relax, and find comfort in the simple pleasures that surround us. Looking forward, the year 2024 holds promises of new opportunities, growth, and achievements for our educational community.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank two individuals who've been a huge part of our school community: Maribeth Wright and David Albrecht. Maribeth has served as a board of director for ten years, the last several as board president. David served our district on the board for the past eight years. As superintendent, I’ve been lucky to work with both for the past six months. I appreciate their hard work and dedication to the Norwalk Community School District. Being a board member isn’t always fun, some would say it's never fun, but over the years both Maribeth and David put the students of Norwalk first in their decision-making process.

To everyone who voted in the November elections: thank you! Your votes really matter when it comes to our schools. Thanks for caring and taking the time to make your voice heard.  Wishing you all a safe, restful, and delightful holiday season and a wonderful start to the upcoming year.

Warm regards,

Shawn Holloway

Norwalk CSD Superintendent

Above: Norwalk employees and school board members thank former President, Maribeth Wright and Vice President, David Albrecht for their years of service to the Norwalk School Board.


Winter Sports Introduction

Winter is a great time to see a variety of our student activities in action! For upcoming event dates and times, please click here.

Girls Basketball 

Boys Basketball

Girls Wrestling

Images and posters created by Andy Kreider Photography

*Boys Wrestling, Boys Swimming & Girls/Boys Bowling will be featured next month.

Norwalk Debate Team Update

by Jenipher Sutherland, NHS Debate Coach

The Norwalk High School debate team wrapped up the Central Iowa Debate League season by coming in 2nd place with a Varsity record of 11 wins and 4 losses. Throughout October and November, debaters competed over resolutions that covered the US increasing military presence in the Arctic and Federal student loan forgiveness. Varsity debater Carson Tyner and JV debater Dominic Gunn-Burch were both awarded All-Conference speaker awards. Both JV and Varsity had an excellent CIDL season. Our varsity Public Forum and varsity Congress debaters continue on as they prepare for weekend tournaments, IHSSA State Debate, and the NSDA West Iowa District tournament. 


Now Hiring All Substitutes

We are hiring substitutes in all areas of our district. Substitutes are a vital part of learning and supporting our students.

Substitutes Needed: 

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraeducators

Immediate Needs:

  • Skilled Maintenance/HVAC-R (apply link below)

Great retirement - IPERS, great pay ($25 - $28 /hour depending on experience), vacation, uniforms, sick leave, year around work, team environment, variety in work and location

  • General Nutrition Workers

Full-time 30 hours per week ($16.60 - $17.60/hour) - IPERS, health insurance, paid leave, uniforms provided, collaborative working environment

Substitute Openings
HVAC/Maintenance Position


School Board Election Results

The Norwalk Community School District would like to thank all the citizens of our District that supported the community by voting in the November 7, 2023 City and NCSD School Board elections. Certified election results were as follows: 

The Norwalk Community School District welcomes back board member incumbent, Michelle Kelly and welcomes new board members, Kate Baldwin and Dan Doerfler. We look forward to continuing the important work of Growing Learners and Leaders by supporting the growth of Norwalk Schools and creating a safe and healthy learning environment for our students where they can achieve academic and personal success.

The NCSD would like to send a special thank you to Emily Blom, Donald Cook and Jacob Heuser for their commitment to run for school board in the 2023 elections. The NCSD would also like to thank former President, Maribeth Wright and former Vice President, David Albrecht for their many years of service and commitment to the Norwalk School Board. 

Above: Newly elected Norwalk School Board members, Kate Baldwin, Dan Doerfler and re-elected member, Michelle Kelly attend their first board meeting in November.

Norwalk High School Presents Alice In Wonderland at the NPAC on Dec. 1 & Dec. 2

Are you ready for a little madness in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center? Don’t be late for these very important dates! Tickets are on sale now!

NHS presents Alice in Wonderland

Friday, Dec. 1- Saturday, Dec. 2

Norwalk Performing Arts Center

Showtime: 7:00 PM, Doors Open: 6:30 PM




No passes will be accepted. Online sales only!

Don’t miss tea time with your favorite Alice In Wonderland characters on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Photos of the Month!

Thanksgiving Feast: Foods 1 and Culinary creating a Thanksgiving masterpiece right before Thanksgiving break. Photos taken by NHS photography students as a collaborative curriculum opportunity with culinary.

District Links



Athletics & Activities



Dec 22 - Jan 2: Winter Break

Jan 15: No School - MLK Day

BELONG SHOP - Store Closes Dec. 2nd!

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