Redbird Roundup, Vol 17

Friday, January 11, 2019

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!


Welcome back! It is so wonderful to see everyone again, and great to start 2019. We are off to a great start in Redbird Nation. MAP testing is moving smoothly (knock on wood..) and teachers are reviewing procedures and routines and setting students up for success for second semester.


We piloted supported co-planning this week with math and science in place of our team PD. All teachers will still complete a peer observation at the end of the month. Math and Science will observe their content, and all others will observe a teacher in their cohort on technology integration. More reminders will come!


Mr. Schnabel has sent out a few emails about some new items coming this semester including our "7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens" reading during RBB, and our new color-coding for bathrooms. Please refer to those emails and we will make sure to keep reminding you and students of changes!


Next week we look forward to a VILS PD related to assessment. Our winter session 2 sports are also in full swing, with boys swimming, wrestling, and girls basketball.


Below are a few pictures from my honeymoon in Mexico. We relaxed and spent lots of time in the sun, and did a little exploring at Chichen Itza and Valladolid. It was a great trip, and my first to Mexico (it will not be my last though).



Have a great weekend!


Dr. Carr

January 14-18 Calendar

Monday, January 14: MTSS-B Vision Team meeting after school

Tuesday, January 15: MAP Data PD by appt with Collington; Dr. Carr at principal's meeting at TAC

Wednesday, January 16: VILS PD by teams; Professional Book Club meets after school (Rossell)

Thursday, January 17: Science Fair Night, 3:30-5:30

Staff Introductions

This week we will get to know Dawn Reyes, Colin Shenefield, and Sandra Vega.

Dawn Reyes

Name: Dawn Reyes

How many years have you been teaching? Six


What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Cleaning toilets!!!

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

I'm one of those odd people who rarely watches television. I also have a flip phone!

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

My neighborhood in the Park Ave area (a.k.a Ford birth site Neighborhood). Not to be confused with Field Club = ) History, revitalization efforts and gentrification, the people, architecture, etc. Sightings of Norris kids.

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

Lately I've found myself reading lots of articles recommended by Pocket. I'm trying to get back to reading books (three in progress) and getting the guitars out. They really don't like being neglected.

What is something you learned in the last week?

That there are heavy metal bands in Mongolia.

Colin Shenefield


Name: Colin Shenefield

How many years have you been teaching? 2

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I’m glad that Chuck Norris finally has a school named after him.

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? One of my favorite indoor activities is playing board games with my friends and family. Hiking and photography are my outdoor favorites.

What is something you learned in the last week? A zorse, cross between a zebra and a horse, is a real thing.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Food Security

Sandra Vega

Name: Sandra Vega

How many years have you been teaching? 19 years of teaching, 7th year at Norris.

What is your favorite activity, indoor or outdoor? My favorite outdoor activity is hiking, being out in nature.

What is something new you learned last week? Last week I learned that the reason giraffes have purple/black tongues is so it does not get sun burned.

If you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you spend your time doing? Whenever I have 30 minutes, I Iove hanging out with my nieces.

Sweet or salty? Definitely sweet just not chocolate.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? If I won the lottery, I would travel the world starting in Egypt.

Powerful Practices

Tech Integration

Ms. Parks welcomed her students back with a lesson on parts of speech in preparation for Winter MAP. After reviewing nouns and adjectives, she gauged students' understanding with Quizizz, where she is able to see how each student is progressing. She can then use that info to re-teach or move on. Great job Ms. Parks!

Supported Co-Planning

Our Math and Science teachers are piloted supported co-planning during block 3/4 this week. With the help of their district supervisors and coaches, they are discussing pacing, lessons, assessments, and much more. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, especially the co-teachers and others for covering, as well as Mrs. Collington and Mr. Heybrock! We hope this time is beneficial, and look forward to doing it with ELA and Social Studies in February. More info to come!

MAP Scheduling and Rotations

The Sixth Grade Team experimented with a new schedule for MAP. Students test during blocks 3/4 and 5/6, then go to various rotations during 7/8 with various teachers. They do everything from writing their "one word" to writing their name in Hieroglyphics, to games, to Kahoot, and much more! What a great way to provide a break at the end of a long day of testing. Great job!

Student Goal Setting

Ms. Westbrook engages her students in a goal-setting activity in her Affective Skills classes after break. They are able to design a board to represent their goals, interests, and vision for their future. Great start to the semester!

Procedures for Passes

7A is working on a new procedure to monitor restroom passes. Each class has a clipboard and each student receives three passes per quarter. Students can see how many passes they have remaining at any time. Great idea!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

Walking Club Begins!

Ms. Kidder and Ms. Westbrook are starting a walking club before school! Sign-up is available by their classrooms and the main office, and it's a great chance to get kids moving before school!

New Student Open House

We had a great turnout at our New Student Open House (much better than last year!). It was great to meet our future Redbirds and show them the school, as well as share with them about our iPads and other activities they can participate in.

New Sports Season

Our next season of sports has started including girls basketball, boys swim, and wrestling. Thank you in advance to our coaches (Armstrong and Rechkemmer for bball, Silva and Greco for swim, and Knutson and Lewis for Wrestling) for their hard work with our kids. We can't wait to see them compete!

Final Thought

Ms. Novakoski sent me these pictures on Wednesday from the ACP class time in the library. I hope they make you smile like they made me smile! Have a great weekend!