Redbird Roundup, Vol 9
Friday, October 5, 2018
Happy Friday Norris Staff!
We are nearing the end of first quarter and there is lots of excitement around. Our Student Tech Team members received their iPads this week, and that is making our school very excited for rollout on October 17 and 18!
We held our faculty workshop on Monday where we talked about Standard Response Protocol and our School Improvement Plan. We also debriefed on our peer observations for the month of September. Our Tuesday PD was on cooperative learning, and next week you and your teams will be discussing lesson design and implementation. NLT will be coaching all throughout the month!
Our 6th graders had a big week taking their annual H2O field trip to Fontenelle Forest, and our Strings students were able to see the Black Violin performance on Thursday at the Holland.
Next week we have our first Family Night with RASA on Tuesday, please join us as we share resources with our community! The grading window opens Thursday.
Have a great weekend!
October 8-12 Calendar
Monday, October 8: MTSS-B Vision Team Meeting after school
Tuesday, October 9: Fundraiser Kick-off Assemblies (see email from Schnabel for schedule) Student Support PD with Jacquie during team time; Scheduling Committee at 3:15; RASA/Title 1 Family Resource Night from 6-8; Volleyball at Lewis and Clark
Wednesday, October 10: Cooperative Learning Lesson Design/Implementation Discussion in Teams; Professional Book Club with Rossell after school; Cross Country City Finals at Bryan
Thursday, October 11: Grading Window Opens; JV Football home vs. Bryan Middle
Friday, October 12: Football home vs. Marrs
Name: Tonya Bogan
How many years have you been teaching? First year
What is your favorite thing about Norris Middle School? The staff and students
What is one of your favorite quotes? "There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return." Nelson Mandela
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Vacuuming. I have my grandson come do it.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 50-old enough not to go back and young enough to stay.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Close my eyes and open my mind.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Pay off my debt.
Sweet or salty, and what is your favorite food in that category? Sweet, ice cream.
Name: Tisha Webster
How many years have you been teaching? I have been a para for 10 years.
What is your favorite thing about Norris? My ACP kiddos.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Live life like no one is watching and be happy.
What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Softball
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dishes
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? Forever 31!
When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time? I enjoy mowing my yard.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Send my kids to college.
Cooperative Learning/One Stray
Norris Staff and Students Seen and Heard
Black Violin Performance
September Redbirds on the RISE
Congrats to our September Redbirds on the RISE. These students were recognized on Monday as our first batch of Students of the Month. A huge honor!
6A-Yulisa Lorenzo Peralta and Fernando Lopez
6D-Anderson Acosta and Judith Garcia
7A- Angel Nila-Bonila and Kloe Lopez
7B-Bryan Monje and Petrona Jacinto
7C-Juan Chino and Vanessa Becerra
7D-Carmen Wilhem and Oliver Alvarez
8A-Christian Belcher and Zy'Aerra Williams
8B-Ashley Antunuez and Abdilexy Andres Gutierrez
8C-Felix Rodriguez and Bridget Kriegh
8D-Diana Lopez Padilla and Jesus Garcia7th Grade-Bethzy Molina Garcia
VILS Parent Night #2
Some of our alumni, Jennifer and Neli Hernandez Briceno, helping out the community. This article came out last year.
I treasure our Dual Language Program. It is truly one of the most incredible hallmarks of our school community. Our program is one-of-a-kind, and if you ask any DL expert, it is done with fidelity and really how a DL program should be done. A huge kudos to our teachers in this program: Mr. Bernard, Ms. Wright, Ms. Reyes, Ms. Miro Porta, Ms. Vega, Ms. Lescewicz; their team leader Mr. Lewis, counselor Mrs. Zermeño, DL Liaison Ms. Real y Vásquez, Admin. Mr. Schnabel, and so many others who advocate for this program daily.
Why do we do it? Why do we purposefully and creatively schedule 150 students? Why do they take certain classes in English and others in Spanish? Well, check out the graphic to the right to understand more. And think of the power our students have by being bilingual. The power of communication, of understanding, of thinking.