Redbird Roundup, Vol. 26

Friday, April 19, 2019

Principal's Greeting

Happy Friday Norris Staff!

I know we are all so happy to have the sun back! It has made for some great outdoor time for our spring sports, as well as our classes. These last five weeks are very busy, so please check out the calendar below for updates.

This edition of the RBR is also jam packed with some awesome powerful practices and school activities-it has really been a busy week!

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Carr

April 22-26

Monday, April 22: 4th Q Progress Grades Due, MTSS-B Vision Team Meeting After School

Tuesday, April 23: VILS PD during team time; Dancing Classrooms Performance from 8-9 a.m. in gym; Boys Soccer at Beveridge; Girls Soccer Home vs. Beveridge; RASA Family Night at 6:30

Wednesday, April 24: Principals Roundtable at 7 a.m. in room 129; Track home vs. King; New Teacher Meeting after school

Thursday, April 25: Boys Soccer at King; Girls Soccer Home vs. King

Reminder-Carr gone April 29-May 3

Just a reminder I will be gone April 29-May 3. I will still have access to my phone and email, but it won't be a rapid response like normal. My amazing NLT will be on hand to help with anything.

Staff Introductions

This week we will meet Jared Good, Merce Miro Porta, and Narelle Naeve.

Jared Good

Name: Jared Good

How many years have you been teaching? This is my 6th year

What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? I like that the staff is so supportive of each other, and willing to help each other out. In my 6 years here I have come to consider most of my coworkers a second family.

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Indoor activity is building model kits, it is very zen and helps me develop patients and focus. Outdoor activity is hiking and camping with my cat!

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Hand washing dishes and having to fold laundry. Like seriously, I thought I would have some wise cracking robot to do these things for me just like the Jetsons

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Going to a park to read or journal in a hammock.

What TV show would you binge watch if you had the time? Game of Thrones again, its so hot right now

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? I could give an in depth discussion on Game of Thrones based theories, inter house relationships, and how people are tied to each other.

Mercé Miro Porta

Name: Maria Mercè Miró Porta

How long have you been teaching? 25 years teaching

Favorite quotes: "Don't give up! Fight until the fight is won" "Problems are solved without procrastination: every problem has its immediate solution."

Outdoor activity: Walking. It's not about age, but about health and people around me. Anytime with my son's company!

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

Travel all around the world, starting at Australia.

Sweet or salty, and favorite food in that category? Sweet: Reese's Cheesecake.

Narelle Naeve

Name: Narelle Naeve aka Nardawg

How many years have you been teaching? At the end of this year 2.5

What is one of your favorite quotes? Be the change you want to see in the world- Gahndi

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 30 flirty and thriving but still get to retire after I put in my years!!

What is something you learned in the last week? there is a worm called a velvet worm lives in a jungle in Africa and they squirt a sticky web like substance at their prey to paralyze them then they eat them whole.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation? How to write an IEP.

Sweet or salty? And what food is your favorite in that category? Salty and sour cream and ceddar Ruffles chips. They have to be Ruffles!!

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Powerful Practices

Escape Room Math!

Mr. Good and Ms. Naeve engaged their students in an Escape Room activity to review perimeter and area of a rectangle. They pre-selected student groups, and provided a relevant (and funny) task. Students had to work together and use technology to find out who tipped over Ms. Naeve's car and who TP'ed Mr. Good's house. Awesome activity!

Writeable App

Ms. Jacobberger uses the app Writeable to engage her students in essay writing and peer/self review. She posts a writing prompt, then after students submit they can do their own self-review, and peer review based on a rubric. Awesome new tool!

Gradual Release with Guitars

Mr. Kress moves through the phases of gradual release in such a great way in his guitars classes. Students hear him model the song, then say the notes out loud, then play the notes and say them at the same time, then play. Students are not only learning how to play guitar, but to really read music. It was great!

The Learning Never Stops!

Ms. Cochran, Mr. Good, and Ms. Matz recently attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference in San Diego. They walked away with some great ideas they can share with their colleagues and use in their classes!


Ms. Recic's students recently read some literature on the Titanic. To bring learning to life, students received passports of passengers and had to read to learn their fate, and even got a test of what the water felt like to those on board. Super engaging lesson!

National Council for Teachers of Science Conference Presentation

Ms. Greco and Ms. Real y Vásquez attended the National Science Conference in St. Loius last week. They participated in some great PD for science teachers, and Ms. Greco also presented with her district coach Ms. Argo on Co-Planning in a Three-Dimensional Classroom. Awesome representation by our science teachers!

Cupcakes in a Cone

Our ACP students followed a recipe and measured ingredients to make cupcakes in a cone! What a neat activity for our kiddos!

Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard

Aca Penta

Congrats to our Aca Penta students who competed at the district Super Quiz competition, and walked away with some medals!

Author Carl Decker Visit

Carl Decker was amazing with our kids. He was humorous and so engaging. Our students represented Norris with pride, asking intelligent questions and they were so tuned in to his path to becoming an author. Best quote from Mr. Decker: “It’s too hard to be perfect, just be pretty good.”
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GSA Day of Silence

Our GSA students recognized the Day of Silence on April 10 to bring awareness to the LGBTQ community and the challenges they may face in schools. Our staff sported their GSA shirts that day as well. This group is growing and bringing on new activities to make Norris a safe place for all!

#BeKind Event

Ms. Ward took Zy'Arra Williams and Yviana Flores to the #BeKind event which brought together middle school students from the metro to talk about ways their schools could exemplify what it means to #BeKind! Our students came back with some great ideas to share.

South High Guitar Festival

Mr. Kress took his guitar students to the South High Guitar Festival. It is sort of their version of Adjudication. Students were able to play for an expert and get feedback, as well as hear some great guitar trios!

6th Grade Field Trips

Our 6th graders have had some neat field trips recently. They attended the International Horse Show at the CHI Center, and the Omaha Stormchasers game at Werner Park.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

It was an amazing showing by our Redbird thespians in their final performance of our spring play. The audience laughed and loved the show! A big thank you to Ms. Jacobberger and Mrs. Carver for sponsoring this event!

Completely Kids Author Luncheon

Every year Completely Kids (RASA) hosts an author luncheon as a fundraiser for their organization. This year I was able to take Ms. Switzer, Mr. Silva, Mr. Schnabel and Ms. Naeve to hear from author Jessica Lahey who wrote, "The Gift of Failure." She talked about confidence vs. competence, and how to generate motivation in kids (autonomy, competence, connection).

Spring Sports

Spring sports are off and running, pun intended. Here are some pictures from our track meet at Lewis and Clark.

Final Thought

Isn't this the truth? We have been doing lots of interviews this week and it's great to hear the excitement and passion from new educators, and reflect on what it was like being in that seat. This is an amazing job. Not always easy, sometimes stressful, but totally worth it.