The Norwalk Board of Education honored 12 student-contest winners at the start of its meeting Wednesday night.
Last month Columbus Magnet School won a $30,000 cafeteria make-over from Uncle Ben's Rice and Rachel Ray after six student entries were recognized in the Cooking with Kids Contest. The entries featured students and their parents in a 90 second cooking video.
"Additionally, they're looking for ways to create a kids cooking studio within the school to allow for further hands-on-connections to the curriculum as well as to encourage healthy eating habits for children and their families."
Columbus Magnet School principal Emily Lopez says the school is in the process of initiating new nutrition and fitness programs and activities.
"Columbus Magnet School will be holding a cook with your kids month after the start of the new year during which time families will be encouraged to spend time in the kitchen with their children and submit recipes, sometimes and anytime recipes."
Superintendent of schools Manuel Rivera announced state performance profiles noted Norwalk to have improved significantly on CAPT and CMT test scores.
"Norwalk public schools did reach the overall district performance index for both CMT and CAPT," said Norwalk superintendent of schools Manuel Rivera. "As I've noted in the past under the old accountability system with AYP, usually there was one of the two that the district didn't quite meet, so the district had been recognized as the district in need of improvement for a number of years. Had we had the same accountability system within the system now, this would've become the beginning of sort of getting off that list."
"In science 27 countries scored higher than us and in reading 27 out of 23 scored higher," said board member Jack Chiaramonte. "Obviously something's wrong and it isn't money."
Members say standards must continue to be held high in order to not only maintain test scores, but continue to improve them.