Redbird Roundup, Vol. 20
Friday, February 15, 2019
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
It has been a great week in Redbird Nation! We had some outstanding Parent Teacher Conferences last week, and it was wonderful to see so many families come out even with some unfortunate weather. We hosted a large Quiz Bowl tournament here on Saturday, and our other winter activities are moving along.
On Wednesday of this week we had two exciting events I want to share with you. The first was Coffee with the Principal. Although I only had three parents show, they were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to come to the building and chat. They had so many positive things to say, and are really pleased with their child's experience at Norris. The second event was the Creighton University visit. The professor of the Introductory Education class has reached out to visit Norris to show his students an urban school experience. While many of the students are education majors, some are unsure or going into another field. They visited classrooms and asked great questions in our debrief. They were so impressed with Norris, our students, our teachers, our school. They asked me what our greatest challenges and opportunities were. I shared that our two biggest challenges were family engagement, and educating kids in a challenging time who have challenging experiences. I also shared our greatest opportunity was that our kids provide us hope. They are incredibly resilient, and I feel hopeful being around them each day.
Another three-day weekend is around the corner, so I hope everyone can continue to rest and be healthy. We are only two weeks away from Spring Break, and then 4th Quarter will be here!
Have a great weekend!
Monday, February 18-No School, President's Day
Tuesday, February 19-Student Support PD (Schnabel emailed schedule); Girls Basketball at Monroe, Wrestling Home vs. Morton and Buffett
Wednesday, February 20-Team Leaders Meeting at 7 a.m., SS Co-Planning during Block 3/4, Boys Swim at Monroe, New Teacher Meeting
Thursday, February 21-ELA Co-Planning (Grade 7) during Block 3/4, Girls Basketball at Davis, Wrestling at Monroe
Friday, February 22-ELA and SS Co-Planning (Grade 6) during Block 1/2,
Name: Heather Blumel
How many years have you been teaching? This is my 11th year, 3rd at Norris.
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? My awesome team!
What is one of your favorite quotes? (see below)
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? TENNIS!!
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Laundry
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a ranch and rescue all the horses and dogs I could.
What is something you learned in the last week? How to install a grounded outlet.
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Friends
Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Salty. Potato chips
Name: Kris Hearity
How many years have you been teaching? 18 For OPS, 2 Private school, and 4 when I homeschooled my 4 kids
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The staff is amazing followed closely by most of the students
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Actions speak louder than words.”
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I love swimming and being by a pool!!
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Raking the yard! I have a huge yard with lots of older trees.. :(
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
No way... I continue to learn and become a little wiser each year. If I was to stay at a certain age..I wouldn’t learn what I need to.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Crash n burn!
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Really? Contact a good Investment person.
What is something you learned in the last week?
That doing my taxes are very difficult!
What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time?
Josh Gates’ Expedition Unknown
Sarahí Real y Vásquez
Name: Sarahí Real y Vásquez
How many years have you been teaching? 6 years
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? My favorite thing about NMS is the diversity and the Dual Language Program!
What is one of your favorite quotes? Live, love, laugh.
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Dancing, exploring.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Writing or reading.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off anything I owe, then save it to travel and invest it.
Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Sweet, I love chocolate.