Redbird Roundup, Vol 13

Friday, November 9, 2018

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!


What an exciting week we have had! I have highlighted a ton of powerful practices below, as well as extended the calendar through Thanksgiving. I am seeing amazing incorporation of technology, and increased use of cooperative learning in classes. Way to go!


We have an exciting event coming up at Norris on Monday, November 12. The Christmas tree that will be at the Durham this year is coming from right across the street from Norris. They are harvesting the tree on Monday the 12th, and we have invited several student groups to watch. There will be an announcement made at 8 a.m. for those students. In addition, those groups will receive free field trips to the Durham to learn about different holidays. Very cool!


There will be no Redbird Roundup the next two weeks. Next week I will be in Santa Fe at La Cosecha (Dual Language Conference) on Thursday and Friday, and the following week is Thanksgiving week. I will resume Redbird Roundups on November 30!



Have a great weekend!


Dr. Carr

November 12-November 16

Monday, November 12: Durham Christmas Tree Harvesting, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, November 13: Boys Basketball at Davis; Choose Your Adventure Reading Night at Norris, 5:30-7:30

Wednesday, November 14: Girls Swim at Morton

Thursday, November 15: Second Quarter Progress Grading Window Opens; Boys Basketball home vs. Marrs

Saturday, November 17: Norris Robotics Tournament

Monday, November 19: Grades due

Tuesday, November 20: Norris Musical, 7 PM, "The Lion King"

Wednesday, November 21: Redbird Pride Breakfast, 7:30-8; VILS PD 8-11, Lesson Planning and Grading 11-3

Staff Introductions

This week we will meet Rebecca McGary and Kendrea Stubblefield

Rebecca McGary

Name: Rebecca McGary

How many years have you been teaching? Seven months

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I have 2 favorite things: the security guards and I have basically become besties, and the students that I get to work one-on-one with in the PAC room are the absolute best!


What is one of your favorite quotes?
“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you, that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” ~ Warren Buffet

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Indoor Activity: Binging on Netflix
Outdoor Activity: Walking

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Anything with the floors! Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming. Also, getting gas.

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
22

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Scrolling on facebook.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Pay the taxes on it. Then pay bills. I’m boring like that.

What is something you learned in the last week?
I’ve learned that I can draw a pretty good looking cornucopia.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Binge watching shows on the flix of Net.

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time?
NCIS, NCIS:LA, SWAT, Criminal Minds, Major Crimes, The Last Ship, Walking Dead, Hell’s Kitchen, CSI, CSI: Cyber, Bones, SEAL Team, Face Off, Rizzoli & Isles, Supernatural, Friends.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
A makeup tutorial

Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category?
Sweet, CHOCOLATE.

Kendrea Stubblefield

Name: Kendrea Stubblefield

How many years have you been teaching? 13

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I have noticed great support from administrators and staff


What is one of your favorite quotes? Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Camping/hiking

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Pulling weeds in my vegetable garden

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? Not sure, living through life at any age is a journey and a lesson, good and bad.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Sleeping

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a business

What is something you learned in the last week? You're never promised tomorrow, learn to love and forgive.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for? Running

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? American Pickers

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Not sure I could do something like that...

Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Salty

Powerful Practices

Tech Integration

Mr. Brown uses Plickers to assess his Music Exploration students. Students each receive a unique card they can use to show their answers, and Mr. Brown scans after each question to log student responses. Great incorporation of technology and use of formative assessment!

Flipgrid

Ms. Carver's ELA students are using Flipgrid to summarize a story in 90 seconds. Great way to practice these skills and incorporate technology!

Incorporating Art

Ms. Rossell's students used pastel art to gain an understanding of perception vs. reality. They were able to select their own design to draw after learning about this type of art.

Call with a Navy Seal

Mr. Kennedy's Reading students spent time reading articles about Navy Seals. He really brought their experience to life when he had the students make a phone call to a real Navy Seal, who is a good friend of Mr. Kennedy's. Students could ask him any range of questions. Another great way to create relevance and engagement!

Cooperative Learning and Engagement

Mr. Knutson uses a variety of station activities to teach students about Newton's Laws. Students go through each station and complete the activity, and then describe how it incorporates Newton's Laws. High engagement! Great job!

Talking About Stress

Ms. Stubblefield does some neat activities with her students in the Student Success Center to talk about stress. In this activity, students name a stressor and throw a ball (gently) at a student, and the student tries to see how they can balance all their stress. This leads into a conversation about how we cope with stress and what resources we have. Great activity!

More Tech Integration!

Mr. White uses devices and QR codes in his weightlifting rotation. Students keep track of their reps and weight on their devices, and can scan QR codes to see videos of the exercises. Great job Mr. White!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

#middleschool

If you haven't yet, check out Ms. Wakefield's display in the library of Norris staff when they were middle schoolers. We haven't changed a bit :)

Creighton Ed Students Visit

We hosted 25 Creighton education students on Thursday for a school visit. They wanted to hear about our school, and see some of our amazing classrooms. They really enjoyed their visit!

Showing of Coco

Mrs. Zermeño and our No Place for Hate group sponsored a showing of "Coco" last Friday. Students and families could come make their own ofrenda for Día de los Muertos, and enjoy the movie!

Faculty Workshop

I strongly believe in the practice of teachers presenting to teachers for PD. It is incredibly valuable to learn from your colleagues. Thank you to the following teachers who presented at our last faculty workshop: Ms. Gatson, Mrs. Sorrell, Mrs. Nyatawa, Ms. Jangulo, Mr. Kammandel, Mr. Plank, Mr. Smith.

Congrats Dave!

Our very own Dave Dinslage was the recipient of 30 Ways to Say Yay! for the IMS Department at TAC. His year has been very busy with our new technology, and we are very grateful for him! Way to go Dave!

Ollie Webb Group Performance

Our ACP class sure had a treat on Wednesday. Several members of the Ollie Webb Performance Group came to Norris to show their stuff for our students. They shared their love for singing, and even invited us to sing a few songs!

Final Thought

Real Talk: "It is through personal connections that we communicate to them their worth." Wow. That hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it. I always relate quotes like that to my relationships with students and with my colleagues. I would encourage us all to make a special effort this week to have a big smile on your face, say hello to all those you walk by in the hallway, use their name, ask them how they're doing. Build those personal connections. It is more valuable than you know.