Redbird Roundup, Vol. 24

Friday, March 29, 2019

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!

What an awesome (and exhausting!) week! There was a lot of anticipation around our new testing structure, and it went amazing. It really takes a team effort to make something that huge go so well, and everyone did their part. We still have our 6th graders left to test on April 16 and 17, and want them to rock NSCAS!!

Next week we are back to the normal grind with a faculty workshop Monday, and team VILS PD Tuesday. Our spring sports also kick off competition, so please check out the schedule and try and catch our kids competing.

Staff Appreciation Week is coming up (May 6-10) so Mrs. Greco and I are working out the fine details. Maybe this could be part of the gifts? :)

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Carr

We need you here!

Thank you for perfect attendance on March 26 and 27! It was so incredible to have everyone here to make the first round of testing run smoothly.

Coming up:

6th grade NSCAS testing: April 16 and 17

Just as our students' attendance is important these days, so is yours. We need you here to help provide a strong testing environment so our students can do their best.

April 1-5

Monday, April 1: Faculty Workshop after school

Tuesday, April 2: Make-up faculty workshop for coaches and sponsors at 7 a.m. in 129; VILS PD by teams all day

Wednesday, April 3: GSA meeting after school; Track at Morton

Thursday, April 4: New Student Registration from 4-8

Staff Introductions

We are skipping staff intros this week. Will resume next week!

Powerful Practices

ESL Para Support

We are so fortunate to have three amazing ESL Paras who support our students throughout the day. Ms. Alston, Ms. Centorbi, and Ms. Obenauer really help to provide small group and one on one help to our kiddos.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Mr. Hammond's PE students are practicing getting out of a human knot. They have to work together and communicate to make this happen, and one group got all the way up to 14 students!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

Holocaust Speaker

We were honored to have Dr. Fred Kader speak to our 8th graders on Monday, March 25. He shared his story of becoming an orphan and surviving the Holocaust, and then becoming a pediatric neurologist because he wanted to help children. Our students did a great job listening and being respectful, and his words were very powerful.

Thanks Maddock :)

Ms. Maddock treated us to some awesome cookies as a thanks for support during her journey. We are glad she is back at Norris!

Seize the Awkward Presentation

Members from GSA and StuCo were treated to a presentation by three high school students on "Seize the Awkward." The high school students (one a former Redbird) participate in the UNMC Health Alliance, and were asked to pick a topic/resource and share it with others. "Seize the Awkward" helps people begin the conversation with friends or others if they think they may be struggling. It was a great resource for our students.

Ahhhh, Spring

It's awesome to have Spring finally here, and our Spring sports kicking off. We have three boys soccer teams, three girls soccer teams, and a large track team getting ready to compete.

Student Appreciation Week

It was a fun week to recognize our students during our first Student Appreciation Week. Monday we celebrated our Strive for 95 kids. Tuesday and Wednesday we allowed students to use phones and earbuds during lunch, Thursday we played music during passing, and Friday we gave out prizes all day. Our students really did a great job with testing, so this was a fun way to reward them. We also had Jo on the Go here on Wednesday as a thank you to staff for all your hard work with testing.

Final Thought

We know this. We believe in it. We wouldn't be here if we didn't. Sometimes, we just need a reminder. The kids who need the most love show it in the toughest ways. Don't lose sight of "your why." They are why were are here, so let's give them our all.