Redbird Roundup, Vol 10

Friday, October 12, 2018

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!


The rain has finally stopped (for now) and fall is officially here! It has been a busy and exciting week as we get ready for conferences and iPad rollout. Our fall sports are wrapping up, with volleyball and cross country finishing this week, and football beginning of next week.


Please check the calendar below for some important events coming up. Next week will be an exciting one, and although Wednesday and Thursday will be long, it will be great to have Friday to rest.


We started our all school fundraiser this week and our students will be selling chocolate bars. I make it a tradition to buy a whole box from the first person who asks me, and Montana Solario was the lucky winner :)


Have a great weekend!


Dr. Carr

October 15-19

Monday, October 15- Grades due

Tuesday, October 16-VILS PD by teams

Wednesday, October 17-Conferences and iPad Rollout, 3:30-7

Thursday, October 18-Teaching Planning and Prep, 7:30-11; Conferences and iPad Rollout, 12-7

Friday, October 19-Non-duty day

Staff Introductions

This week we get to know two of our custodians, Paul Gunter and Jenna Schartz.

Paul Gunter

Name: Paul W.C. Gunter

How many years have you been in education? Custodian for 16 years


What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Playing kick ball with my daughters

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cutting the grass

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 33

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

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Throw a party

What is something you learned in the last week? Never take anything for granted

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

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Anything netflix marvel series

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

Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Both at the same time. Caramel and cheese popcorn.

Jenna Schartz

Name: Jenna Schartz

How many years have you been in education? Custodian for almost 2 years

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The staff, everyone has been so wonderful.


What is one of your favorite quotes? “Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.”

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Vacuuming, when I was younger, I hated the loud noise from the machines, similar reasons now that I am an adult.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Probably pay off my little bit of debt.

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

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? Older Disney Movies, I grew up watching them and loved everything about them, most things Disney sort of became a hobby of mine.

Powerful Practices

Scavenger Hunt!

Mr. Kohlhaas' students are practicing adding and subtracting fractions, and he gets them up and moving by having them do a scavenger hunt around the room. But wait, there's more! They don't go in order. The answer gives a clue to the next question they go to, so there is extra thinking involved! Great job Mr. Kohlhaas!

Brain Breaks

I love learning new brain breaks. Ms. Naeve engages students in a little "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" where they pick an action and do it the specified number of times (example-5 push-ups, 4 snaps, 3 claps etc..) Great way to get students moving and refocused!

That's not Ms. Greco....

Ms. Greco has a guest teacher, Ms. Argo, a Science Coach from the CIS department. Ms. Argo is working with Ms. Greco to understand how the new science standards play out in the classroom, and there is no better way than to teach the content herself. We are glad to host her, and glad she is able to experiment in the classroom so she can provide support to other science teachers in the district.

Math Talk

Mr. Good is also teaching his students about adding and subtracting fractions, and he has his students create problems for their peers to solve. Once they solve, the original creator has to check their work and provide feedback. Great example of cooperative learning and engaging students in math talk!

Less than a week until iPad rollout!

We hope to have devices in as many students' hands as possible at the end of next week, and the anticipation is really building. Mr. Kammandel and Mr. Amburgey are already diving all the way in by having their students use iMovie to show how they solve equations. This technology addition will be a game-changer for our Redbirds.

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

Quiz Bowl Tournament

Ms. Jacobberger organized a phenomenal Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, October 6. Mr. Plank coached the two Redbird teams, and our Redbird Posse took care of concessions. This is a huge event, but there will be an even bigger version in the spring! It takes a lot of people to make this run smoothly, so thank you to all!

RASA/Norris Family Night

RASA teamed up with Mr. Heybrock (Title 1) and organized a great family resource night on Thursday. We had providers from Grief's Journey, One World, and many others who could provide resources for our families. Thank you to staff who helped out and Mr. Heybrock for organizing a great event!

Fall Sports Wrapping Up!

Our JV boys football team finished their season with a win on Thursday and our cross country teams had a great showing at the middle school championships, including Oliver Alvarez with a top ten medal! Our volleyball teams finished up this week as well and had their end of season party on Wednesday. Congrats to all our teams on great seasons!

Ally Pledge

Our GSA proudly hung our Ally Pledge in the cafeteria, and had some items for sale during lunch to celebrate Allies Week. This group is off to a great start, and committed to keeping Norris a safe place for all!

Redbird Alumni

Mr. Lee is one of our awesome subs at Norris, and also a former Husker and NFL player. Read his cool story here about how he's passing on his legacy:


https://www.omaha.com/sports/midlands/former-husker-oudious-lee-tells-son-malcolm-a-budding-star/article_63303af2-4718-5a8b-bfe0-509ae862a17a.html

Final Thought


One of the prizes for winning the door decorating contest was class coverage. I was able to cover Ms. Sporcic's 7/8 class on Thursday, and it is beyond refreshing for me to be teaching. First of all, I love it. I will always say that being a teacher was the best job. Second, it is challenging, and I love and embrace the challenge. I was on my toes and ready for action for all 90 minutes, and I was totally exhausted after! Third of all, it really convicted me to model and practice what I preach. I want my students to be engaged and having fun, just as I want my staff to be engaged and having fun in our faculty PD. I want deep thinking, comprehension, and real-life application. I want what I teach to be meaningful. Thank you Ms. Sporcic for the opportunity to work with your class.


And last, the counselors presented the NLT with some delicious cookies on Thursday as a thank you for National Principal's Month (October). The sweet treats were much needed, so thank you!