No school Thursday in Norwalk

Norwalk City Schools won't be holding any classes Thursday due to the amount of community members going to the state semifinals in volleyball.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 5, 2012

Because of the many fans (students, staff and community) heading to Dayton on Thursday for the state semifinals in volleyball, Norwalk City Schools will not hold classes in the district. The school day will be made up at a later date – to be determined by the school board.

Norwalk defeated Parma Padua in five games Saturday afternoon in the Div. II regional volleyball final match at Ontario High School. (The scores of the games were: 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23 and 15-10.)  Norwalk advances to the state semifinals at noon Thursday at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University.

"We are proud of our volleyball team and the tremendous support from our super fans. Good luck to all as they head to Dayton in a quest for a state championship. Go Truckers!" said superintendent Dennis Doughty.
 

Comments

OHIOHOOSIER76

way to keep priorities? ... and this is two days after you are asking for more money from homeowners??? I mean, I'm all for community involvment and supporting our young student athletes, but I think cancelling / rescheduling / postponing a day of school is a bit much.

Ehovemom

You did see that the day will be rescheduled? It is a smarter use of monies to run buses and hold school when the most students are present.

Trucker4

*It is a smarter use of money*

FlyBoy86

Trucker4, either way is correct, it just depends on what country you're in or from. The same with theatre, centre, colour, or cheque. All are technically correct everywhere else but America. :)

OHIOHOOSIER76

You did see that I mentioned that (about the day being rescheduled)?

GottaloveNorwalk

Why should students be punished by having to make up a day when they do not want to go to the game? The students who want to go should take the absence, teachers are there to teach not go watch a volleyball game. So if they make it to State are we going to have yet another day to make up so the teachers can go watch another game? Why didnt we get a free day when Aubrey made it to state for Tennis?

starshine80911

Why can't they watch the game by you tube or some such thing? Then they can have their classes while the game is not on? Or maybe the kids who want to learn, go about their day as normal, and those that choose to watch the game, must take a lower grade or be assigned extra work? Really! We are in the 21st century! There are many solutions to this 'problem' aside from closing school for an extracurricular activity!

GottaloveNorwalk

You are so right! I wonder how many people went to watch them when they had local games? I frankly could care less about driving 4 hours to watch a volleyball game, its a free day for teachers to NOT teach, but why make everyone make up a day for a sport.

Dr. Information

Im willing to bet most of the teaching staff will make the trip in support.

apatrick44

I would bet they'd make the trip as well...keep in mind many of the teachers have had these girls as students at one time or another. All of these girls are intelligent and well rounded individuals, not just athletes. To show support for these girls goes beyond just parents...as educators they support the students beyond the educational aspect! Thank you Norwalk Teachers for doing so!! GO Truckers

thirtysomething

I don't think they needed to cancel school for this either. I congratulate the girls and am really excited for them, but to say that most of the district will be absent that day anyway is ridiculous. Do they honestly think that most of the elementary students will be in Dayton on Thursday instead of at school? I'd bet they'll have some busses running kids to this game like they did for the Ontario game, and I don't like the idea of our teenage drivers driving all that way.

sport24728

I applaude the decision by Norwalk to close for the day, allowing students, parents and fans to attend the game. Athletics are a part of the school experience and should be enjoyed by those that want to be an active participant. I knew it would only be a matter of time before people started complaining about this. Please look after the city while the rest of us Trucker fans are in Dayton. Good luck girls. Go Truckers!

The Truant Officer

@ sport24728 - I would bet you're a student commenting on here, so I can't blame you for being so shallow minded about "school experience". People paying property taxes to fund your athletics is what makes your "school experience" even possible. The act of rescheduling school for a volleyball game is only 1 of many reasons the tax levy will go down in flames, so enjoy your sports while they last !

sport24728

Nope, not a student. A grown adult. But the fact that you think you can bully a "perceived student" on an anonymous message board certainly speaks volumes to your character.

"Enjoy your sport while they last"? That's a truly sad comment on your behalf. I would like to educate you though. Sports ARE part of the school experience. Musicals ARE part of the school experience. Band performances ARE part of the school experience. There is more to school that showing up and sitting at your desk from 7:30-2:30. And in case you haven't noticed, there are LOTS of great things going on in the Norwalk City Schools right now, and that includes a volleyball team making it to the State tournament.

Do us all a favor. Stay away from the public send-off on Wednesday and DEFINITELY stay away from the victory celebration upon the teams' return. Go Truckers!

Dr. Information

@sport......if you disagree with Truant, then you must be a student in this posters eyes.....COMICAL at best.

ladydye_5

When was the last time school was cancelled for a band concert????? When was school cancelled for choir to attend a performance???? Sports take a HIGHER priority than the "arts", always have, always will.

apatrick44

@ the truant officer - people paying property taxes to fund your athletics is what makes your "school experience" even possible. That is absolutely the farthest from the truth. Not only have these girls worked together as a school team, they have spent many, many years playing for a JO volleyball club such as Black Swamp or NorthShore. They as well as their parents have invested countless hours of training for a sport they love and have spent weekend after weekend, year after year during off season at volleyball tournaments to improve their "game" in preparation for High School play. Their parents have spent the thousands of dollars, not your tax dollars, so their daughter can train with such an elite club. Add up all the years of dedication, hard work, and parent financial invesement and maybe you will then see that it's NOT your tax dollars that actually fund the school athletic volleyball program...only a tiny little portion of it. Would you just stop with the negative comments and applaud these girls for their dedication and a job well done! Go Truckers! See you Thursday at Wright State University!! And before there is any assumption here...I am an adult, I am not employeed by the school, and I do not have a daughter on the High School Volleyball team.

apatrick44

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained A duplicate post.

hit the road jack

People like you are much of the problem,these kids are supposed to be at school for learning something that will be useful after they graduate (hopefully)

Dr. Information

I think its a great thing to support your school and your student athletes who have worked so hard to get to the final 4. Its a once in a life time event and experience. Good luck Norwalk and I hope many students and fans show up in support. I see Buckeye Central is doing the same thing. The school also has lined up a few buses to take many students wanting to go down and watch the team play and support them but do not have the means to drive to Dayton. Good luck to Buckeye as well.....don't listen to the nay sayers/haters. Jealousy is a (you know what).

sport24728

It's my understanding that HS students can get a ticket to the game AND transportation to/from Dayton for $5. The Athletic Boosters are picking up a portion of the ticket cost and helping to defray transportation costs. As stated above, this is sometimes a once in lifetime opportunity and it's very common for schools to close down for the day. Go Truckers!

truckin

"Once in a lifetime" that sounds like great support. Are you saying the school athlete's can NEVER be this good again?

Dr. Information

Unless the seniors on this team can get held back and play again (which cannot happen anymore)...then yes, it is. The chances of repeating at state for schools of our size around this area, are slim to none. The negativity I will never understand.

apatrick44

The senior players are valuable...but if you've followed the volleyball program at all you'd realize that even at the 7th and 8th grade levels there are fantastic athletes. Both teams captured the NOL title this year as well as their grade level tournament titles...This goes to show the program has a bright future and we just may see Norwalk getting to this level again!

scooter58

Other than the fact that they may conflict with our beloved college or pro sports, why not have these games during the DAYTIME on a WEEKEND? Seems like that would keep from having to postpone classes, and as many people as wanted to could travel in daylight to the game(s) of their choice? No disruptions to classes or work. This seems like a no-brainer to me. Who really benefits from having these games on a weekday? Or, who would really be hurt by having them on weekends? I ain't sayin', I'm just sayin'!

sport24728

There isn't enough time to do it on the weekend. You have 8 semi-final games to play between the 4 divisions. And then the 4 finals matches are all held on Saturday. Go Truckers!

Dr. Information

@scooter.....they do have games on Saturday, its called the state Finals, the Semi Finals are held on Thursday or Friday depending on what division you are in. With so many divisions, you cannot have all the games (Semi and Finals) packed into one day, its impossible. Same goes with state basketball. Its been this way long before you were ever born. Try getting with the times.

scooter58

Gee. How about having the FINALS the NEXT weekend or on Sunday then? These ARE EXTRA-curricular activities, after all. When they start interfering with the primary responsibilities of the school (classroom teaching), they ought to be re-evaluated. There are options as to day and location. Rather than reschedule school days, they ought to be able to schedule extra-curricular activities so they don't interfere, or inconvenience non-participants. As to my age, that is irrelevant, and "impossible" is usually only in the eye of the beholder. It was "impossible" to have an electronic dialog similar to ours 40 years ago, too. Look how far we've come!

Dr. Information

@scooter....Feels like Im talking to a wall. They cant have finals the NEXT weekend.....because other sports are starting up. You see, sporting seasons have this thing called a schedule and they stick to it. You can't prolong a season or shorten it. Also, (beating my head against the wall).....OSHAA, nor do any schools have events on Sundays. I'll let you figure out why on that one. Go Truckers.

The Truant Officer

SCHOOL KIDS BELONG IN SCHOOL !!! What in the world is the school board thinking ? The world of academics does NOT revolve around volleyball ! I can't believe the school board wants to raise people's property taxes, and then pull a wasteful stunt like this. Just how much extra money does it cost the district to cancel a day and make it up later on ???

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