Norwalk Community School District • May 2024

Class photo by Johnson Photography

Norwalk Community School District:

Annual Student Registration Opens May 1st!

*Fees will be applied to RevTrak accounts on July 1, 2024

By: Jake Loll, Director of Business Services

Registration/Annual update for 2024-2025 will open on May 1, 2024 and fees will be applied on July 1, 2024. An annual registration/annual update must be completed for ALL students (returning and new).  

  • New families to the Norwalk School District, please complete the new families online registration application located on the New Families page on the Norwalk Schools website.
  • Existing families and families with Kindergarten students who registered during the PK-K registration period, MUST complete the annual update (online registration) through the Parent Portal. Maintaining current and accurate student records is essential to student safety and service. The annual update includes student information updates, Kindergarten Round Up sign up, Student Release Agreements and Transportation requests. The annual update is done by completing the following steps:

Step 1) Log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account

Step 2) Scroll and find Quick Links

Step 3) Click on Online Registration button 

Step 4) Begin the Online Registration

Step 5) Once all information has been confirmed or updated, please be sure to click the big red "SUBMIT" button at the end of the registration.



Spring Activities

Just a couple weeks left of competition! Congrats to our seniors on a great season of spring activities!


Girls Tennis

Boys Tennis

Poster Images by Andy Kreider Photography

Girls Golf

Girls Track

Boys Track

Track Team Images by Johnson Photography

Norwalk Has Its First Drake Relays Champion

After a three hour rain delay on Saturday, April 27th, Norwalk junior Tony Anania left no doubt that he is the state leader in the 1600 meter run at the 114th annual Drake Relays. Anania brought home the first Drake Relay gold medal in Norwalk history in a time of 4:06.54. Not only did he win the race by a wide margin, but he broke the Drake record in the event that was set in 2014. He also has the state’s 4th fastest time in that event ever! Anania started the relays on Thursday evening finishing with a personal best 9:07.79 for 5th place in the 3200 meter run. The junior helped anchor the distance medley relay on Friday morning to a 6th place finish in 3:34.22. The other three members of that team were freshman Logan Atherton, junior Kadan Borcherding-Johnson, and sophomore Xavier Bush. Tony then finished in 2nd place in the 800 meter run that afternoon. His time of 1:53.86 is now tops in Class 4A. Overall, Anania brought home 4 medals last week!

Norwalk also had strong performances at Drake from the 4×100 quartet of Nate Platner, Kadan Borcherding-Johnson, Logan Atherton, and Isaac Sutcliffe. They ran a time of 43.79. The 4×800 squad of Henry Groos, AJ Mosqueda, Cameron Thomas, and Grant Wallace ran 8:03.65 to finish in 17th place. The Warriors hit the track again on Tuesday, April 30th for the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet at Pella Christian.

Results provided by Coach Matt Ramthun

Warrior Summer Camps Are Here!

So many great ways to keep your warriors busy with their favorite activities this summer!

To see all camps: 

Camps MUST be signed up for online and there are NO refunds!

Email  with any questions. 

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2024 Wall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Norwalk Community School District is proud to announce the 2024 Norwalk Alumni/Staff Wall of Fame Inductees: Alex Dorr (Graduate 2009), Tony Spencer (Graduate 1961) and Tom McLaughlin (Employee 1967-2024) 

Congratulations to this year’s 2024 Norwalk Wall of Fame Inductees who will be recognized at Norwalk’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony at the Norwalk Physical Education and Competition Center (NPECC) on Sunday, May 19.

The purpose of the Norwalk Wall of Fame is to recognize the accomplishments of Norwalk graduates and staff. Anyone can nominate a candidate for induction. Nomination forms and criteria can be found on the Norwalk website on the drop down under District. 

Alex Dorr, Graduate 2009

  • Author and youngest individual to receive the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) credential, Top 5% Speaker in the World
  • Leadership keynote speaker delivering 150-175 presentations per year to clients such as Bank of America, Ely Lilly, Washington Commanders (NFL), Mayo Clinic, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Stanford Medicine, and the US Department of Commerce among others
  • Former professional basketball player in England, winning 2014 EBL Division II Championship and Player of the Year

Alex Dorr is an author and leadership keynote speaker delivering 150-175 speeches per year across the globe. In 2023, he received the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) credential, placing him in the top 5% of speakers worldwide. He is among the youngest speakers on record to receive the award. His list of clients include Bank of America, Ely Lilly, Mayo Clinic, Washington Commanders (NFL), United Healthcare, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Stanford Medicine, Nationwide, Caterpillar and the US Department of Commerce among others. Although Alex was diagnosed with a rare hip disease at the age of five called Legg-Calve-Perthes he was able to persevere and eventually play professional basketball overseas in England, winning the 2014 EBL Division II Championship along with MVP and Player of the Year honors. He currently lives in McKinney, TX with his wife Ana and their three children – Archie, Augie and Alvina.

Tony Spencer, Graduate 1961

  • Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, Principal, Superintendent
  • Superintendent of International Schools in Tarsus, Turkey and Alexandria, Egypt
  • PhD Iowa State University
  • Inducted into the Simpson College Football Hall of Fame  
  • Red Cross Volunteer Disaster Deployments 

After graduating from Norwalk in 1961, Tony received his teaching degree from Simpson College in 1965. He became a lifelong educator serving for 5 years as a teacher of math and assistant coach for the 1970 Davenport State Championship Basketball team. The next 35 years were spent as an Assistant Principal, Principal, Athletic Director, Curriculum Director, and Superintendent in multiple Iowa and Missouri school districts. Tony was inducted into the Simpson College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He earned his PhD in Educational Administration from Iowa State University in 1988. His last 8 years were spent as the Superintendent of International Schools in Tarsus, Turkey and Alexandria, Egypt. During his tenure as an educator Tony was selected to serve on multiple North Central School Accreditation Team, the most recent being Beirut, Lebanon in 2007. After retirement in 2008, Tony and Dellaine (his wife of 56 years) were Red Cross volunteers for 8 years. They were deployed to multiple disasters across the US. Tony and Dellaine have 3 sons and 8 grandchildren. 

Tom McLaughlin, Employee 1967-2024

  • Teacher, Coach, Principal, Special Education Director, Buildings and Grounds Director, and a man of strong faith
  • National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, Norwalk Athletic Hall of Fame, BJ Stroud Lifetime Achievement in Special Education, Norwalk Educator of the Year, Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Footprint Award
  • “Everything we do in life is a matter of will, it is not what we know, but rather our thirst to find out that matters.”

Tom Mclaughlin came to Norwalk in 1967. He was a teacher and started the wrestling program. He was the head wrestling coach for 13 years. His teams accumulated a record of 114 wins and 28 loses with 40 tournament championships. Tom was principal at Lakewood, Oviatt, and the Mac Multiage school. During his principalship, Tom and his staff implemented Cooperative Learning, reorganization of grade levels, all-day kindergarten, student portfolios/student-led conferences, all day kindergarten, preschool handicapped program and Head Start. As special education director, Tom and his staff developed Norwalk’s state recognized full inclusion program, building assistance teams, and Collaborative classrooms. Tom and his teachers initiated staff development for over 300 schools. Tom is married to Stephanie and has four children Monica, Shannon, Luke, and Madison. Tom is active in his church and has been an ALPHA leader and is currently assisting in the development of a Fellowship of Christian athletes for Norwalk. Tom will be retiring after 57 years of service at Norwalk.

NCSD Welcomes New Human Resources Manager

Norwalk is pleased to announce Leslie Merriman as the HR Manager for Norwalk CSD! Leslie will begin in her position on Wednesday, May 1st.


Leslie lives in Norwalk with her husband, Dan, and children, Tanner (a 2023 Norwalk graduate and currently a first-year student at Iowa State University) and Anna (a 3rd grader at Orchard Hills Elementary). Leslie is also a Norwalk alum!


Leslie has 12 years of experience in human resources management. For the last two and half years, Leslie has served on the Iowa State University Human Resources Delivery team, where most recently she served as the Human Resources Partner for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In this role, she led HR efforts for all of the College's departments and centers and oversaw a team of three HR Coordinators.

Prior to Iowa State, Leslie worked at Drake University Head Start, which provides early childhood education to children ages birth to five. She served as the organization’s HR Manager, overseeing HR functions for more than 100 full-time and part-time staff. She was responsible for maintaining the agency’s HRIS system and oversaw all agency hiring practices, employee training and addressing staff concerns.


Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Iowa State and an M.P.A. with an emphasis in human resources and nonprofit management from Drake University. She has also earned her Society for Human Resource Management- Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification.


Welcome back to Norwalk, Leslie!

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