Redbird Roundup, Vol 12
Friday, November 2, 2018
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
Everyone can get very excited, we get an extra hour of sleep this weekend! I know I am excited. We have a big week ahead as well for the first week of November. A few highlights:
Monday, November 5 is our monthly faculty workshop. After some reflection, the format will change a little. We will start in the library to debrief on peer observations, then everyone will go to two previously selected stations of their choice. I am so excited to have our very own teachers presenting. You are the experts.
Tuesday will feature some PD on data, and how it applies to all content areas. Thursday we will have our monthly VILS PD.
Winter sports have begun and there are many activities coming up, please try and catch our students in action.
Our fundraiser also wrapped up this week. I know the chocolate can be a challenge, but this is huge in providing things for our students. Last year we used the money to buy prizes for the NSCAS Pep Rally, the MAP Growth Celebration, as well as to fund several field trips and the #itsaRedbirdthing t-shirts.
Get lots of rest this weekend and keep drinking lots of fluids! Winter illness is upon us, so self-care is super important.
Have a great weekend!
November 5-November 9
Monday, November 5: Faculty Workshop After School
Tuesday, November 6: Make-up Faculty Workshop for Activity Sponsors and Coaches, 7 a.m. in room 129; Team PD during the Day (Data); Boys Basketball at Buffett
Wednesday, November 7: Girls Swim vs. Buffett at Norris
Thursday, November 8: VILS PD by Team during the day; Boys Basketball vs. King at Norris
Friday, November 9: Girls Swim vs. King at Norris
Name: Brian Kohlhaas
How many years have you been teaching? This is year 15.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? My 7A team of teachers and the students have been wonderful!
What is one of your favorite quotes? I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass. – Counting Crows
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Cooking indoors and outdoors
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dusting – especially moving all the little knick knacks just to put them right back!
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Spend time with my wife and 3 daughters.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Email all of you a nice farewell note!
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Baseball
Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Both depending on the day. Salty: Ranch oyster crackers Sweet: cookies
Name: Troy Langabee
How many years have you been teaching? 15 or so years
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The team concept and the staffs effort working with students.
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Playing with my kids/Golfing to get away from kids.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Putting laundry away.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 26, knees didn’t hurt then.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy season tickets to Detroit Lions football, then buy the wife something for buying season tickets.
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The League. A comedy about a group of guys who play fantasy football.
Name: Tanya Partridge
How many years have you been teaching? I’ve been a School Psychologist for about 7 years, with the last 4 being at OPS.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The genuine kindness of students and staff here.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Walking my dogs with my family. It’s a little tricky with a toddler and two greyhounds but with the help of my husband we manage it.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 30
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Sleep, I’ve got an 18-month-old that keeps me busy:)
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy an island somewhere warm and tropical to retreat to with family and friends.
What is something you learned in the last week? That my daughter knows more words than I thought she did. Watching a child’s language skills develop is an amazing thing to see!
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The Office
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Greyhounds and the myths associated with greyhound racing. Also, why they make the best pets
Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Salty, I’d much rather binge on pretzels than sweets.
Descriptive Feedback and Re-teaching
Strive for 95!
Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard
Winter Sports Have Begun!
RASA Family Night
Heather Strouts is a Norris Alum and is currently student teaching in PE with Ms. Bressman. The picture on the right is her with her family. The one below is from when she was an 8th grader at Norris, in 1996. See if you can recognize the amazing and dapper staff member in the picture with her :)
We are glad to have her student teaching at Norris!