Redbird Roundup, Vol. 12
Friday, November 15, 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 Redbird Nation!
This Redbird Roundup is two week's worth of activities and events. I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for joining in a great World Kindness Day and Team Leader Appreciation Day on November 13. It was really wonderful to recognize our amazing team leaders. They are one of a kind, and so appreciated for all they do.
Grades are due Monday for mid-quarter progress. Hard to believe the next time we submit grades will be the end of the semester! Time flies! We are well into our second coaching cycle for teachers and are seeing tons of growth around learning goals. Way to go! Our upcoming PD will continue to address our SIP/CSI plan, as well as prepare us for Accreditation, which takes place in February.
I always encourage you to try and get to our student events, including athletics and our musical, which is coming up November 26th. It's amazing to see our students and their talents highlighted!
Enjoy the weekend and the little warm-up of weather!
Monday, November 18: Grades due
Tuesday, November 19: VILS PD by team, Boys Bball at Marrs
Wednesday, November 20: CLUBS DAY BELL SCHEDULE! Principal's Roundtable, 7:00 in room 129
Thursday, November 21: Classroom Support-Jacquie here, Fundraiser Dance for 6/7 grade at 2 p.m., Boys Basketball at Monroe
Friday, November 22: Fundraiser Dance for 8th grade at 2 p.m., Girls Swim 7th City Finals
Name: Blake Heybrock
How many years have you been teaching/in education? 7 years, all at Norris.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? Most definitely the students.
How would your friends describe you?
What is something we would never guess about you?
I do not like to be wet. So most water activities are not a thing for me.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen a kid do?
It was my first year teaching, first quarter, first block of the day…. Two 6th grade boys up at the front of the class twerking on each other when I was in the back of the room helping a group of students.
What is the best thing that happened to you this week?
Witnessing students being kind to each other and doing something for another student because they wanted to be helpful.
What is the worst food you ever ate?
Thai, just no thanks!
Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or an entire lifetime without dessert?
I have a sweet tooth so, bye phone.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Barcelona, Spain. And I’d move there in a heartbeat!
What would you sing at karaoke night?
Oh, maybe something from Hee Haw or Mac Davis.
Name: Cathy Lodge
How long have you been in education? 22 years teaching with OPS. This is my 9th year at Norris.
Favorite think about Norris- The staff and students
What is he funniest thing I saw a kid do? Twenty one years ago I had a student use a pay phone and call 911 to turn himself in from stealing from me. Eleven years later I taught his daughter in 1st grade and later 6th grade here.
What is the farthest you have been away from home? Australia
What would you binge watch? I just got done binge watching Parenthood this summer as I never saw it the first time. I am planning on watching the Marvelous Mrs Maisel during Christmas break as the new season comes out in December.
My favorite song to sing during karaoke night is Tequila
A hot dog is a sandwich because it is meat and bread.
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: Cody Kotrous, Rebecca McGary, and Margie Zukaitis.
Wellness Word to the Wise
Organize your desk
Declutter your desk to boost your physical and mental feelings of wellness.
Focus on easy and accessible storage solutions and remember, as Marie Kondō says in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, “Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.”
Stations with Schumacher
Learning from the Pros
Bill Ritchie, a bassist with the Omaha Symphony, visited our 8th grade Strings class on Friday, November 8. He demonstrated some amazing playing ability, but also taught students about proper technique. Check out this video of their experience!
Checks for Understanding
Mrs. Carver's students are working to understand poetry. She has them take it a stanza at a time, and when they have determined the meaning with their partner, they stand up. She then hears their responses and provides feedback.
Ms. Sullivan uses Socrative to check her students' understanding of multiple meaning words (change, bat etc.). She is able to provide immediate feedback and determine what re-teaching is needed!
Mrs. Walentine uses a Think Pair Share for bellwork before students take their summative assessment. She provides her students with sentence stems to better facilitate the activity so students can have academic conversations with one another.