Here is the complete article by Tom Renner: Norwalk, McMahon Basketball Teams Slip From State Radar
Here is an excerpt:
“It’s hard to keep them home,’’ said Mike McElveen, who has been the director of the Carver Center basketball programs since 2005. “Some of them want to go away.”
Keyes and Dustin are working with the Norwalk Youth Basketball Association and the Carver Center, the two primary feeder programs into the high schools. They hope to encourage players to stay at home.
…Norwalk is considered a league contender this year. Its best players include sophomores Roy Kane and Jeremy Linton, who transferred to Norwalk after a year at Trinity. Both were members of successful Carver Center teams. Their Carver teammate, Roy Hinton, will be a starter at McMahon. “I think it’s possible that Norwalk could be really good next year,’’ McElveen said.
Noroton Presbyterian Church gave Carver a grant to utilize Lexia Reading software in its after school programs installed in the school computers. Here students at Ponus Ridge Middle School use the software to develop their foundational reading skills. The software provides explicit, systematic, adaptive learning on foundational reading skills, scaffolding students as they struggle and advancing them to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. Free school-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home. Students work at their own pace. Carver staff and teachers are notified (on web-based reports and via email) when students require support or intervention. Each student’s action plan takes the guesswork out of differentiating instruction by focusing the Carver staff and teacher’s time on the greatest needs and prescribing the instructional intensity needed to help students reach their end-of-year benchmark.