Redbird Roundup, Vol. 2

Friday, August 23, 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!

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!

We have our first full week with students under our belts. It has been great to see kids get into their routines, and understand their schedules. It has also been great to see teachers continuing to teach and reinforce procedures and routines while diving into the content as well. Our instructional focus for the first month is learning goals, specifically, posting, unpacking, and referencing learning goals. I have highlighted some powerful practices below.

Our fall sports have also begun, with many students participating in volleyball, football and cross country. A huge shout-out to our coaches for their time and dedication to our kids: Parks and Reid (VB), Langabee, Plank, Cobelens, Bernard (football) and Rossell and Rechkemmer (cross country). Thanks also to Mr. Schnabel, Ms. Connie, and Mr. Wize for all their work coordinating paperwork and transportation after school.

Friday, August 30 will be our Redbirds Rising Day. More info to come via email, but just remember to wear Norris gear that day as we film our school promotional video.

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Carr

August 26-30

Monday, August 26: Learning Walks Practice during team time; Adult Sexual Misconduct Training Make-up after school in library; MTSS-B Vision Team meeting

Tuesday, August 27: Nothing scheduled

Wednesday, August 28: Nothing scheduled

Thursday, August 29: Know Your Rights event hosted by RASA, 6-7:30

Friday, August 30: Redbirds Rising Day AM; Half Day TP and P PM (Flex Time)

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: Rachel Adams, Andrew Dickel, and Kristi Ryan.

Staff Introductions

Elizabeth Busboom, 7B Special Education

Name: Elizabeth Busboom

How many years have you been teaching/in education? 7 years

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? Everyone is so friendly.

What website/app do you use most often? Facebook and snapchat

What is the best thing that happened to you this week? I have enjoyed seeing my students’ personalities come out more this week.

Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or an entire lifetime without dessert? Go an entire lifetime without dessert. My phone is my alarm clock and the way I communicate with my family and friends.

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

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? Ireland

Kat Duvall, 7A Social Studies

Name: Kat Duvall

How many years have you been teaching/in education? If I am claiming my university practicums and student teaching, then 3. This is my first year teaching professionally.

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? My favorite thing about Norris is how supportive the staff is to one another. That puts us all in a great position to be the best we can be for our kids.

What website/app do you use most often? Spotify….for SURE!

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen a kid do? I didn’t get to see this myself, but my sister told me a story of a kid bringing a live cat to school in their backpack and keeping it in their locker. The poor cat was disturbed apparently.

Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or an entire lifetime without dessert? No contest. Bye phone! I love desert.

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? The Office or Breaking Bad. Over and over!

What would you sing at karaoke night? Good-Bye Earl. Always a fave.

Connor Martin, 6th Grade Social Studies

Name: Connor Martin

How many years have you been teaching/in education? I am a first-year teacher.

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? My favorite thing about Norris Middle School is how helpful my colleagues are.

How would your friends describe you? My friends would describe me as competitive and caring.

What website/app do you use most often? I am super young compared to a lot of other people around here so I use Snapchat the most often.

What is the worst food you ever ate? The worst food I have ever ate are peas. Absolutely disgusting.

Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or an entire lifetime without dessert? I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I would rather go an entire lifetime without dessert.

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

Wellness Word to the Wise

Commit to one healthy stress-relieving activity per day. Choose an activity you find relaxing, commit to it, and you may quickly notice improvements in your well-being. Some examples include reading, walking, dancing, singing, deep breathing, and pampering yourself :)

Powerful Practices

Learning Goals

I was fortunate to be in many 6th grade classrooms this week and they are really rocking learning goals. I have included pictures from Mrs. Burse and Mrs. Lodge, Ms. Blumel, and Ms. Real y Vásquez and Ms. Lescewicz. I also visited 7B and heard Ms. Busboom and Ms. Hansen unpack their learning goal with their students, including having them identify synonyms for their verbs. These teachers also have great procedures in place where students copy the learning goals into their agendas. Awesome job!

Coffee Time!

Mr. Plank's Aca Penta students are reading "Fever 1793" which takes place above a coffee shop. He set the stage with his students by creating a coffee shop in his classroom while students did research on background for the novel. Awesome job!

NLT Bingo

I challenged my NLT to complete a Bingo card to gain some great classroom experiences to start the year. Their reward for completed Bingo is me covering their lunch supervision. If they get blackout, I do their lunch for a whole week. They had to do classroom visits, math problems, and take selfies with students, among many other things.

Introduce Yourself!

There are lots of great activities to help your students to get to know one another. Ms. Real y Vásquez has her students create a name poem that includes their personal characteristics, aspirations, and heroes, and then share with the class. It's a great way to have them share and also practice speaking in front of others!

Service Learning

Ms. Jacobberger has worked very hard to form a partnership with JP Lord and Mrs. Mac Holmes for our Service Learning students. Mrs. Mac Holmes came to talk to her Service Learning students about some of the things they may see at JP Lord, and answered any questions students had so they could be prepared for their amazing experience.

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard


Each of our team leaders was asked to coordinate a teambuilding activity with their team before the end of August. I have heard of some great ideas like going out to breakfast, escape rooms, and even ax throwing :) Here are some pictures from teambuilding activities!

Tunnel Walk

I realized I forgot to include pictures of our tunnel walk last week in the RBR. This is such a cool way to welcome students to our building, I love their faces as they walk through all our staff members greeting them. Thank you for being so excited and welcoming to our students!

Final Thought

Here's to our heroes at Norris who keep the building running. We appreciate you!