Redbird Roundup, Vol. 3
Friday, August 30, 2019
Our Mission and Vision
Norris Middle School prepares all students for their future by providing a safe, caring, and diverse school environment that maintains high expectations, academic excellence, and respect for all. Success, achievement, respect…It’s a Redbird thing!
La Escuela Secundaria Norris prepara a todos los estudiantes para su futuro ofreciendo un entorno escolar seguro, atento y diverso que mantiene altas expectativas, excelencia académica y respeto para todos. Éxito, logro, respeto…Es una cosa de los Redbirds!
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
It has been an exciting week with lots of activities getting moving. I know we are all looking forward to the long weekend, and a chance to relax and spend time with family and friends.
The NLT has been in our coaching cycle completing instructional coaching visits and having conversations with teachers after, as well as MTSS-B classroom walk-throughs. It has been so powerful to have dialogue with teachers. We have been reinforcing powerful practices (learning goals) and encouraging enhancement to those practices (students re-stating learning goals, using strong verbs etc.). I have really valued the conversation and I hope you have too.
I have had several staff members come to me this week to share something really positive that has happened in their lives. Maybe some good news they were waiting for, or a surprise that just made their day. It absolutely brings me great joy to hear these things. Thank you for sharing them with me. And it makes me reflect: We really are a family here. We see each other more than we see our own families sometimes. We share in each other's joy, support one another, encourage one another, and also share in each other's challenges. I am so glad to call you family :)
Have a great weekend!
Monday, September 2: No School, Labor Day
Tuesday, September 3: Team PD Throughout Day (more info to come) on Learning Goals and MAP Testing Administration
Wednesday, September 4: Safety Team Meeting (Schnabel) Wellness Wednesday (Staff can wear wellness gear)
Thursday, September 5: Nothing Scheduled
Friday, September 6: College Gear Day; Tailgate Potluck Lunch 10:20-12:45 in library
Up Next Week in the Redbird Roundup
I do three staff introductions each week. You'll be getting an email from me with questions. Even if you have done it before, please participate and do it again! Please respond and include a picture by Thursday! I will do the first week.
Up next: Mary Goltl, Michaela Sullivan, and Justina Tibbs
Rachel Adams-Para in ACP
Name: Rachel Adams
How many years have you been teaching? 2 years as a preschool teacher and about 1 1/2 years as a para
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? Kind staff members and students
What is one of your favorite quotes? Do what you feel in your heart to be right... for you'll be criticized anyway.-Eleanor Roosevelt
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Gardening/yard work
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dishes
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 21
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Donate to a children's charity
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The Great British Baking Show
Name: Andrew Dickel
How many years have you been teaching/in education? Just started lucky #13
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The staff has been incredibly welcoming.
What website/app do you use most often? Spotify (cannot live without music)
What is the best thing that happened to you this week? My wife allowed me to play a round of golf.
Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or an entire lifetime without dessert? 30 days without my phone. I am on my phone too much anyway, could probably use a little detox, and not sure I can live without sweets.
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The Office, Parks and Rec, Happy Endings
What would you sing at karaoke night? The Wood Brothers – Happiness Jones
Name: Kristi Ryan
Years as a counselor - This will be my 20th year, 10 in a public high school, 4 in K-8 private school and the rest in public middle.
My favorite thing about Norris Middle so far is that everyone seems to be solution focused and committed to helping students find success.
Something most people don't guess about me -- I love sports, both watching and playing. I grew up playing softball and played in leagues until about 7 years ago when my body decided it couldn't recover as quickly from even minor injuries. A baseball field is my happy place.
The worst food I ever ate was Steak and Kidney Pie in England. I am not a picky eater at all, but this nearly made me gag in my effort to be polite.
Farthest I have ever been from home is England. My brother and his family live there.
I would love to go without my phone permanently, I can't survive a day without something sweet.
TV show that I would binge watch if I had the time -- I really want to watch This is Us. I have only seen one or 2 episodes, but I have heard great things.
Wellness Word to the Wise
Go to bed 10 minutes earlier. By the end of the week, you’ll get 70 extra minutes of sleep. If you keep it up all year, you’ll have slept 60 hours more. Imagine how well-rested you’ll feel!
Wednesday, September 4 is our first Wellness Wednesday. Remember, staff can wear wellness gear on these days!
More Learning Goals!
And More Learning Goals! (Can you tell this is our focus for September?)
Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard
A little note goes a long ways. I am big into notes. I love drops, postcards, sticky notes, whatever there is. Just another way to communicate with someone that is more personal. As we move to really tackle our school attendance, I found this website with some great suggestions around writing personal notes to students and families. I know some teams are already adopting this. A little nudge with a personal touch means a lot in a school as large as ours. If you need postcards, I have plenty in my office :)